March 20, 2007
Reno, NV- The Saint Mary's baseball team had its 14-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 7-3 loss to Nevada Tuesday afternoon from Peccole Park. Two Gaels went deep but it was not enough as SMC falls for the first time in over a month. Saint Mary's moves to 16-9-1 on the season while Nevada improves to 14-12.
The Gaels got things going early with the long ball. SMC got a two-run homer from second baseman Randy Wells in the top of the third inning to take the early 2-0 lead. The home run marked the first of his collegiate career.
Nevada's Short Kort got things started in the fifth with a single and designated hitter Baker Krukow was then hit by pitch. Following an out on a fly ball to left field second baseman David Ciarlo walked to load the bases for shortstop Chris Siewert. Siewert's single tied the game at 2-2 and left fielder Trevor O'Sullivan followed with an RBI single that put the Pack in front 3-2.
Pinch hitter Jason Sadoian doubled home the fourth run of the inning and third baseman Jason Rodriguez' ground out made the score 5-2.The Pack added to its lead in the sixth inning scoring a single run on one hit. Pinch hitter Terry Walsh walked, moved to second on a balk and over to third base on right fielder Matt Suleski's single where he scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-2.
Both teams scored a run in the eighth inning. SMC got a solo home run from shortstop Joel Staples in the top of the inning to close the gap to three. The home run was his fourth in three games and sixth on the season.In the bottom half of the eighth Walsh doubled and later scored on pinch hitter Mike Hale's sacrifice fly which was the final run of the game as Nevada won 7-3.
Reliever Jarad Mitchell (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the first win of his career. Kody Keroher (3) did not allow a run and just one hit in the final 1.1 innings to record his third save of the season. SMC starter Alex Jensen (1-2) was tagged with his second loss of the season both coming to Nevada. Jensen allowed five runs on five hits in five innings on the mound.
Suleski(2-for-4) and Siewert(2-for-3,R,2RBI) each had two hits to lead Nevada. Siewert added two RBI. Wells(3-for-5,R,2RBI) had three hits and two RBI to lead the Gaels offense.
Saint Mary's will take a week off before hosting Cal State East Bay on Tuesday, March 27. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.