April 23, 2006
Portland, OR- The Saint Mary's baseball team tallied six runs in a three-inning span to take the series finale from the Portland Pilots 6-5 Sunday afternoon from Joe Etzel Field. Sophomore Ian Gordon supplied the big hit with a two-run shot to lead SMC to its first road sweep on the season. After the day, the Gaels stay atop the West Coast Conference with an 8-4 mark and improve to 23-16 overall.
After falling behind for the first time in the series, the Gaels rallied for six runs and held onto the victory. The Pilots took a quick 3-0 lead after three but the Gaels scored once in the fifth, twice in the sixth, and added three more in the seventh to take the lead for good.
SMC would add two more the very next inning. Senior Adam Hicks connected on a two-run single to center that brought in seniors Orben Frederick and Mike Harris. Frederick drew a walk and Harris reached on a single.
Trailing 4-3 after the Pilots added another in the bottom of the fifth, the Gaels seized the lead with a three-run seventh. After Frederick reached on another walk, Harris brought him home on a double to left-center.
Gordon then left no doubt for SMC with a two-run shot to dead center that cleared the wall. The home run was his third on the season.
Portland was able to pull within one at the end of seven but then head coach Jedd Soto called in senior Dan Lewis to shut the door. Lewis did exactly that, holding the Pilots to just one hit in three innings of relief to earn his fourth save on the year.
Senior Ian Farmer started the game and allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings. Junior Chris Duke earned his first victory in a Gaels uniform after allowing one run on two hits in one inning of relief.
Brian Yoakum was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in an inning of relief.
Offensively, SMC was led by Frederick and Harris. Frederick tallied a 2-for-3 day with two runs scored while Harris added two hits, an RBI and two runs scored. Hicks and Gordon both tallied two RBIs while Carter batted 1-for-5 with an RBI.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Tuesday, April 25 against the University of Nevada. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.