April 18, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team earned a non-conference doubleheader victory Tuesday by defeating the Bethany College Bruins by the scores of 5-1 and 3-1. The two wins gives SMC 20 on the season which marks the second consecutive year the Gaels have reached that mark under head coach Jedd Soto. After the day, the Gaels improve to 20-16 on the season.
In the first game the Gaels jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage. Junior Eric Cattoni led off the inning with a triple to right center. Senior Orben Frederick cashed in with a double down the left field line that brought in Cattoni.
Senior Sam Carter delivered the big blow with a two-run shot over the left field wall. The home run marks his career high eighth on the season and 22nd for his career, which moves him into sole possession of fourth place in the SMC history books.
The Bruins were able to answer with one run in the top half of the second. Mark Koski was able to drive in Daniel Garcia on a double play. Garcia reached on a leadoff double.
SMC would add one more in the bottom half. Frederick tallied his second double in as many at-bats, driving in freshman Cody Guymon from third.
The Gaels would add their fifth and final run in the bottom of the sixth. Guymon nailed a sac-fly to center which enabled senior Mike Harris to score from third. Harris drew a walk and then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error.
On the hill, senior Chris Mezzavilla earned his first victory of the season after tossing 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief. The senior allowed two hits and struck out three while walking two.
Jake McKinley was tagged with the loss after going the distance for the Bruins. McKinley allowed four earned on nine hits and struck out five.
Offensively, SMC was led by Frederick, who batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Cattoni added two hits and a run scored while Guymon was a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
Saint Mary's junior hurler Michael Nisco (2-2) led the Gaels with a six inning one-hitter. Nisco struck out the first five batters he faced and ended up fanning a career-high eight and only walking one in the outing.
Bethany tallied the first run in the game when Adam Horick touched the plate when David Raichart drew a throw on a stolen base. Horick tallied the lone hit for the Bruins.
The Gaels answered with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. Senior Adam Hicks drilled a single up the middle to bring in Preston Young and Delaney Gallagher. Young reached on a single to right while Gallagher tagged a single to left.
SMC would add the insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Young drove in Cattoni on a single to right field. Cattoni got the inning going with a double off the right-centerfield wall.
Offensively SMC was led by Young's two hits. The senior added an RBI and a run scored. Hicks chipped in with a 1-for-3 effort and two RBIs.
Senior Dan Lewis earned his third save on the season by pitching a perfect last inning. The outing marked his fourth consecutive relief appearance.
Saint Mary's will return to action when it travels to the Pacific Northwest to face the Portland Pilots. The Gaels will open the three game WCC series on Friday, April 21 at 3 p.m. from Merlo Field.