April 1, 2007
Malibu, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team fell behind early but rallied back late to make it a game. It wasn't enough though as the No. 10-ranked Pepperdine Waves held on to secure the series sweep with an 11-6 victory Sunday afternoon from Eddy D. Field Stadium. After the day the Gaels drop to 16-12-1 on the season.
The Waves appeared headed for an easy victory before Saint Mary's came to life in the top of the ninth, scoring five runs (one earned) against sophomore right hander Doug Konoske.
The Gaels plated five runs on four hits in the final frame to try for the comeback. SMC tallied its first run in the sixth inning when pinch-hitter Michael Cipolla drove home Joel Staples on a single down the right field line.
The Waves pulled out to early lead, plating six runs in the first inning. Pepperdine added five more in the bottom of the sixth to wrap up the series.
Saint Mary's freshman Anthony Aliotti was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs in three innings. Freshman Scott Schneider allowed five runs in three innings of relief while Alex Jensen walked one in two innings of relief.
Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann allowed one run and struck out four in seven innings. Adam Olbrychowski and Nick Gaudi pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Cipolla and Staples both tallied two hits for SMC. Junior Michael Nieto also tallied two hits and added a RBI for the Gaels.
The Waves had six players register multiple-hit games as every starter had at least one hit, including junior right fielder Donald Brown, who collected three hits.
The Gaels will return home to the friendly confines of Louis Guisto Field to continue West Coast Conference play. The Gaels will host the No. 20 ranked San Diego Toreros in a three-game set beginning Thursday, April 5 at 3 p.m.