April 29, 2006
Santa Clara, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team stayed atop the West Coast Conference with a 6-4 victory over rival Santa Clara Friday night from Stephen Schott Stadium. The Gaels broke a 4-4 tie with two in the eighth to earn the tough road win. After the day, SMC improves to 24-16 overall and 9-4 in WCC play.
With the score knotted at four heading into the eighth, the Gaels made sure to keep their one-game lead in the conference by plating two runs in the frame. Senior Mike Harris broke the tie and drilled what proved to be the game-winning hit, scoring pinch runner Cory Miller from third on an RBI single to left field.
Saint Mary's opened its scoring in the second when Harris brought in Gallagher on a single to right field. The Gaels would add three more in the next inning to take the quick 4-0 lead.
Freshman Joel Staples singled up the middle to bring in Cattoni from third. After a Sam Carter double, senior Preston Young plated Staples on a sac-fly to right. Gallagher then followed with a single to left that brought in Carter.
Santa Clara then clawed back into the game with three runs of their own in the bottom half. Daniel Nava provided the big blow with a three-run home run to right.
The Broncos would even the score at four in the bottom of the seventh. Kris Watts brought in Kevin Drever on an error by the Gaels.
Offensively Saint Mary's banged out 13 hits and was led by the senior duo of Harris and Gallagher. Harris batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs while Gallagher added three hits, two runs and an RBI. Senior Orben Frederick also tallied two hits for SMC.
Senior Dan Lewis recorded his fifth victory on the year in impressive fashion. Lewis threw three innings of hitless relief and struck out six to secure the win. SMC starter Joel Fountain allowed six hits and three earned while striking out five in six innings.
The 24 wins for the Gaels is the best mark tallied since the 1994 season. The best mark prior to that was when the Gaels finished 32-25 in 1991.
Saint Mary's looks to take its third consecutive road series in conference play, when it takes the field tomorrow for game two. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Stephen Schott Stadium.