April 15, 2006
MORAGA, Calif. - Saint Mary's College knocked Gonzaga University out of a share of first place in the West Coast Conference baseball race with an 8-4, 4-2 double-header sweep Saturday at Louis Guisto Field, extending Gonzaga's losing streak to four games.
The teams, who originally were going to play single games Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the schedule altered due to a wet field that postponed Friday's scheduled opener, decided late Friday to play Saturday's double-header as scheduled, a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday and leave Monday for a make-up day in the event of bad weather on the weekend.
The Gaels (18-15, 5-3) wasted little time in the opening game, scoring seven runs in the first two innings and chasing Bulldog starter and loser Josh Monroe (2-3).
Eric Cattoni got the Gaels off to a fast start, the .243 hitter leading off the game with his first home run of the season to start a four-run first inning. A pair of singles set the table for Delaney Gallagher's RBI double to right centerfield and Joel Staples capped the first inning with a two-run double to right center.
The Bulldogs (22-14, 4-4) got one run back in the second when Bobby Carlson lead off with a double to left center, went to third on a groundout and scored on Shawn Wayt's sacrifice fly to right field.
But the Gaels answered with three runs in their half of the second. Gallagher was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate the first run and Staples singled up the middle for two more runs to chase Monroe in favor of C.J. McClure, who allowed just one earned run, fanned two and walked one in 6.1 innings of relief. Monroe was making his first start since leaving his last appearance a week ago Friday against Santa Clara University after just three innings because of a tender elbow. He was examined during the week and cleared to start against SMC.
The Bulldogs made a late rally with three runs in the eighth. Darin Holcomb singled up the middle and went to third on Scott Campbell's single down the right field line. Dustin Colclough walked to load the bases and Ryan Wiegand's sacrifice line drive to right field scored Holcomb and sent Campbell to third. That brought on Dan Lewis in relief of SMC starter and winner Joel Fountain (6-3).
Gonzaga brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning of the nightcap but were unable to muster the needed rally and salvage the split. Aaron McGuinness lead off with a single to right center. That brought on Lewis in favor of SMC starter Corey Madden, who walked four and struck out four in his 8-plus innings of work. Lewis got a pair of fly balls and a fielder's choice to end the game and earn his second save of the season.
Patrick Donovan (5-3) was the hard luck loser for the Bulldogs in the nightcap. He went the 7.1 innings, struck out three and walked one while surrendering all four earned runs.
The Gaels took the early nightcap lead in the second when Adam Harris' sacrifice fly to right scored Gallagher who had reached on a one-out single and advanced to third on a Staples single. SMC added two more runs in the fourth, Gallagher singling with one out to set the stage for Staples second home run of the season and a 3-0 Gaels lead.
The Bulldogs got one run back in the fifth. Bobby Carlson walked, went to second on a balk and scored on Will Ayala's two-out single up the middle. But SMC countered in the sixth, two singles and an intentional walk loading the bases for Adam Hicks' sacrifice fly to right to score Staples.
Gonzaga got to within 4-2 in the eighth, Holcomb leading off with a double to right field and scoring on Colclough's one-out single to center.
Holcomb extended his team-leading hitting streak to 14 games by going 2-for-4 in the first game and 2-for-5 in the nightcap. Wiegand stretched his hitting streak to a season-high 15 games by going 1-for-3 in the opener but saw the streak end when he went 0-for-3 in the second game.