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Baseball Edged In Pitchers Dual 4-2

April 5, 2007

Box Score

Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's starter Sean Gleason and San Diego hurler Brian Matusz dazzled on the mound but it was San Diego that came out ahead in the pitchers dual 4-2 Thursday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Matusz went the distance to hand the Toreros the series opening victory. After the day, the Gaels move to 16-13-1 overall and 0-4 in West Coast Conference play.

San Diego took the early lead on an unearned run in the first inning. Shane Buschini grounded out to second base to bring in Justin Snyder from third.

The Toreros would tack on one more in the third when Jordan Abruzzo singled up the middle to plate Snyder once again.

The Gaels finally got to Matusz in the sixth when they rapped out three hits and scored one. Senior Eric Cattoni got things going when he singled to right and moved to second on a balk. Back-to-back singles by freshman Randy Wells and sophomore Joel Staples brought home Cattoni from third.

San Diego answered right back and got the insurance runs it would need as they plated one run in each of the seventh and eighth innings to take the 4-1 lead.

Saint Mary's made it interesting scoring its second run in the ninth and threatening with Brian Hawkins at second. Freshman pinch-hitter Michael Cipolla ripped a single to center and scored on a double by J.P. Musgrove in the right-center gap.

Matusz (6-2) went the distance for the Toreros, allowing both runs on seven hits. The sophomore southpaw struck out 10 and walked one.

Gleason (4-3) scattered seven hits over seven innings and was tagged for two earned runs in the losing effort. Reliever Alex Jensen allowed one run on three hits in two innings of work.

Musgrove and Cattoni led the Gaels at the plate with two hits a piece. Musgrove and Staples tallied the two RBIs for SMC.

Snyder proved to be the thorn in the Gaels side as he was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Josh Romanski and Daniel Magness tallied two hits a piece with a RBI.

Saint Mary's will look to even the series tomorrow in game two of the three-game set. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.