April 17, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped the final game of the three-game set against Gonzaga by the score of 3-2. The Gaels were able to plate two late runs but the comeback effort was cut short Monday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. After the day, SMC moves to 18-16 overall and 5-4 in West Coast Conference play.
The Bulldogs jumped on the Gaels early for the first time in the series. Gonzaga was able to plate a run in the top of the second. Will Ayala drove home Jackson Brennan on a sac-fly to left field. Brennan reached on a single through the left side of the infield.
In the fifth, the Zags added two more. Ryan Wiegand brought in both runs on a single up the middle that scored Aaron McGuiness and Darin Holcomb.
The Gaels finally broke through and cut the lead to within one when senior Sam Carter drove in two on a base hit up the middle. The shot through the hole scored senior Adam Hicks and junior Eric Cattoni.
Ian Farmer (1-8) was tagged with the loss after allowing six hits and three runs in seven innings. The senior fanned five and walked two. Clayton Mortensen (6-5) earned the victory after giving up two hits and two runs in five innings of work.
Brandon Harmon earned his first save on the season for the Zags after allowing two hits in four innings. Saint Mary's senior Dan Lewis made his third consecutive appearance in the series. Lewis allowed one hit in two innings of relief.
Gonzaga was paced by the bat of Wiegand, who went 1-for-3 on the day with two RBIs. Scott Campbell added a 2-for-5 effort while Ayala tallied a hit and a RB I.
Saint Mary's will return to action tomorrow when it faces Bethany College in a doubleheader. The twin-bill will begin at 1:30 PM with the second game slated for 4:00 PM.