April 10, 2007
San Jose, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team banged out 17 hits and plated eight runs but it was not enough as San Jose State defeated the Gaels 11-8 Tuesday night from Municipal Stadium. SMC out-hit SJSU 17-15 but dropped its eighth straight to fall to 16-16-1 on the season. SJSU improves to 22-12 on the year.
The Gaels had three innings in which they scored two or more runs. Every time SMC was able to climb back into the contest, San Jose State had an answer.
Saint Mary's evened the score in the top of the fifth with a three-run frame. SJSU came right back and put three more on the board to take a 7-4 lead.
Sophomore Joel Staples provided the big hit in the inning with a two-run triple off the right-center field wall to pull the Gaels within one. Freshman Michael Gonzales brought home Staples on a RBI single through the left side.
Down 7-4 the Gaels again showed resolve and pulled to within one with two runs in the seventh. Freshman Michael Cipolla scored on an Anthony Aliotti single up the middle. Cipolla rapped a single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Aliotti later scored on a Kyle Jensen sacrifice fly to right.
But once again SJSU answered back and increased its lead to four with three more in the bottom half.
SMC added two more in the eighth but SJSU added another to take the three run lead. Cipolla struck again for the Gaels, bringing home Gilbert Urbina on a RBI double to right-center. Aliotti again plated Cipolla on a shot up the middle.
Cipolla led all hitters with four hits and added three runs and a RBI. Five other Gaels tallied multi-hit games. Aliotti batted 3-for-4 with two RBI while Staples added two hits and two RBI. Eric Cattoni, Gonzales and Jensen each had two hits. Gonzales and Jensen added a RBI a piece.
Jason Santich-Hughes did the damage for the Spartans. Santich-Hughes batted 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBI. Sonny Garza rapped out three hits a drove in two runs.
Brandon Hennessey (3-0) earned the victory after tossing 2.2 innings of relief. Hennessey allowed two earned on three hits. Scott Schneider (3-2) was tagged with the loss. Schneider allowed three runs on five hits in four innings of relief.
Saint Mary's will look to put an end to its skid this weekend against LMU. The West Coast Conference three-game set is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 13 at 3 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.