April 1, 2006
San Diego, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team bounced back from yesterday's West Coast Conference opening loss with a 5-3 victory over No. 25 ranked San Diego Saturday afternoon from Cunningham Stadium. With the win, the Gaels even the series at one and improve to 14-13 overall and 1-1 in WCC play.
SMC opened the scoring by plating two runs in the top of the third. The Gaels took the early lead on a two-run single to right field by senior Orben Frederick. Senior Adam Hicks and junior Eric Cattoni scored on the play. Hicks reached on a single and Cattoni smacked a double to begin the inning.
USD answered back in the bottom half by cutting the SMC lead to one. Shane Buschini was able to bring in Steve Singleton on a groundout to first. Singleton reached on a single to right.
The Gaels would then move the lead back to two by adding a run in the fourth. Hicks was able to capitalize on a lead-of double by freshman Joel Staples, by bringing him home on a single to right.
The Toreros would even the score at three with a two-run sixth. Buschini led the inning off with a solo-shot to right. Keoni Ruth would tie the score by drawing a bases loaded walk that scored Daniel Magness.
SMC then added the big run in the seventh and tacked on insurance in the ninth. Frederick would come through again for the Gaels by knocking in Hicks on a single to center field.
In the ninth, senior Delaney Gallagher took one for the team by getting nailed by a Josh Romanski pitch with the bases loaded. Cattoni was able to score to hand the Gaels the 5-3 victory.
The decision by head coach Jedd Soto to put Dan Lewis back in the pen to solidify the relief corps proved to pay off. Lewis earned the victory by throwing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. The senior struck out two and only allowed one hit to improve his record to 4-1 on the year.
Offensively, the Gaels were paced by the bat of Frederick. The senior batted 2-for-5 and drove in a game-high three runs. Hicks was perfect from the plate by batting 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Staples also added a multi-hit game for the Gaels while Cattoni scored twice.
The two teams will meet in the rubber game tomorrow at Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.