April 22, 2006
Portland, OR- Saint Mary's senior hurlers Corey Madden and Dan Lewis combined to pitch a five-hitter as the Saint Mary's Gaels topped the Portland Pilots 4-1 in a West Coast Conference baseball game Saturday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. Seniors Preston Young and Delaney Gallagher both went deep for SMC. After the series victory, the Gaels improve to 22-16 overall and 7-4 in WCC play.
The Gaels had 14 hits, giving them 29 in the two games against Portland. SMC has now outscored the Pilots 20-4 in the series.
Madden (6-1), held UP scoreless on three hits in 7.0 innings of work. The right-hander also struck out nine. Lewis allowed one run on two hits and two walks in 2.0 innings of relief.
Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard for five innings, before the Gaels broke through in the sixth. Young followed a Sam Carter lead-off single with a no-doubter that easily cleared the right field wall for a two-run home run. Gallagher followed with a solo home run to give Saint Mary's back-to-back home runs for the second straight day.
Young's blast was his ninth on the season and 24th of his career. The 24 home runs ties Carter for third place in the SMC career annals.
The Gaels added another run in the seventh. After a one-out single by Joel Staples, Carter promptly drilled a double to center field that scored Staples from first and gave SMC a 4-0 lead.
The Pilots got their lone run in the contest in the bottom of the eighth. Matthew Peters drove in Sean Nicol on a single through the left side.
Offensively the Gaels were led by Young who went 2-for-4 with two RBI's while Staples, Carter, Adam Hicks and Orben Frederick also finished with two hits. Junior Eric Cattoni swiped his 15th bag on the season and added a hit.
The Pilots and Gaels conclude their three-game series with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled to come from Joe Etzel Field.