April 15, 2006
Moraga, CA- Playing in Moraga has not favored opposing teams this season. Saturday was no different as the Saint Mary's baseball team swept the West Coast Conference leading Gonzaga Bulldogs in a doubleheader by the scores of 8-4 and 4-2. Freshman Joel Staples drove in six runs to help the Gaels improve to 18-15 overall and 5-3 in WCC action.
Saint Mary's amassed seven runs in the first two innings to take game one in impressive fashion. Junior Eric Cattoni led the game off with a shot over the right field wall for his first home run in a Saint Mary's uniform.
Senior Delaney Gallagher then drilled a double to right-center that brought in senior Sam Carter. Staples followed suit with a double of his own to right-center to bring in Gallagher and Preston Young.
After the Bulldogs put one on the board in the top half of the second, the Gaels answered with three of their own. Gallagher recorded another RBI when he took a Josh Monroe pitch in the side with the bases loaded. Staples again came through for SMC with a single up the middle that brought in Carter and Young.
SMC would add its eighth and final run in the seventh when Carter blasted a C.J. McClure pitch well over the 400 foot sign in dead center. The prodigious shot was his seventh on the season and 21st of his career which puts the senior in a tie for fourth place in the career annals with Curt Cannedy.
The Bulldogs were able to plate three more in the eighth to pull within four. The Zags tallied three runs on three hits in the frame.
On the mound, senior Joel Fountain improved to 6-3 on the season. The senior tossed 7 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three. Monroe was tagged for the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Staples led the Gaels from the plate with a 2-for-4 effort and a game-high four RBIs. Young finished 3-for-5 on the day and Gallagher added two RBIs and one hit.
After putting on an offensive display in game one, senior Corey Madden (5-1) proceeded with a gem from the mound in game two. The senior threw eight strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out four.
SMC again jumped on Gonzaga early with a run in the bottom of the second. Senior Mike Harris hit a sac-fly to right field that brought in Gallagher. Gallagher led off the inning with a double down the right field line.
In the fourth the Gaels kept it coming by plating two more runs. Staples capped off his huge day with his second career home run, this one a shot over the left field wall near the tennis courts that brought in Gallagher.
In the top of the fifth the Bulldogs would put one on the board to pull within a 3-1 margin. Will Ayala broke up Madden's no-hitter with a grounder that squeaked through the infield to bring in Bobby Carlson.
SMC would answer in the bottom of the sixth when senior Adam Hicks brought in Staples on a sac-fly to right.
The Zags would pull within two, adding another run in the eighth. Dustin Colclough singled home Darin Holcomb who reached on a leadoff double to right.
Senior Dan Lewis closed the door on the Bulldogs in the ninth, making his second appearance on the day. The senior tallied his second save on the season with both coming in conference action.
Staples again led SMC, this time with three hits, two runs and two RBIs. Gallagher added three hits and two runs while Harris was a perfect 3-for-3 from the dish with an RBI.
Saint Mary's will conclude its conference series against Gonzaga tomorrow at Noon. If the contest is postponed it will be made up on Monday, April 17 at Noon from Louis Guisto Field.