March 26, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped its first series at home this season, falling to the Utah Utes 10-7 in the rubber match Sunday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. The two teams combined to bang out 30 hits in the contest. After the day, the Gaels move to 13-12 on the year while Utah improves to 11-11.
After Utah took an early 4-0 advantage at the top half of the second, the Gaels stormed back to tie the score with four of their own.
In the bottom half of the frame, senior Preston Young got things going with a double down the right field line. Senior Delaney Gallagher followed with a single that moved Young to third. With runners on the corner, senior Mike Harris notched an RBI with a single through the left side.
In the fourth, the Gaels then took over the lead. Hicks led the inning off with another single and junior Eric Cattoni was then walked. Senior Orben Frederick then laid down a perfect bunt to load the bases once again. Young was able to bring the lone run home on a sac-fly to center.
The Utes answered and knotted the game at five when Jay Brossman singled to left field to bring Tyler Kmetco home in the top of the fifth.
SMC then took back the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Hicks came through again. The shortstop rapped his third hit of the game to right field to bring in freshman Joel Staples.
Utah then put the game out of reach by scoring five times in the next two innings. SMC senior Dan Lewis (3-1) was tabbed with his first loss on the season. The senior allowed five earned and 12 hits while striking out six in six innings. Greg Krause earned the victory for the Utes. Krause tossed three innings and allowed three hits and a run while striking out two. Senior Chris Mezzavilla made his first appearance on the season and was perfect in his one innings of work.
Offensively SMC was led by the double play duo of Harris and Hicks. The duo each batted 3-for-4 on the day with Hicks leading the way with two RBIs and a run scored. Harris drove in one and scored once. Staples and Gallagher each recorded two hits and scored a run.
The Utes were led by leadoff man Ryan Khoury. The senior batted 4-for-6 with three RBIs and a run scored. Five other Utah batters tallied multi-hit games.
Saint Mary's will embark on its longest road trip of the season by playing eight straight away from Louis Guisto Field. SMC will begin its trip on Tuesday, March 28 against the San Jose State Spartans. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. under the lights at Municipal Stadium.