April 29, 2006
Santa Clara, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team had its six-game winning streak halted Saturday afternoon, by dropping a West Coast Conference game to rival Santa Clara 10-6 from Stephen Schott Stadium. The Gaels banged out 10 hits but it was not enough as the Broncos ripped off 15 thus making the rubber game all more important for SMC. After the day the Gaels remain in first place but move to 24-17 overall and 9-5 in WCC play.
SMC took the early lead, but faltered late by allowing 10 runs in a four-inning span, including a five-run seventh.
The Gaels again jumped on the Broncos early by putting up four runs in the top of the fourth. After a junior Eric Cattoni double, freshman Joel Staples ripped his fourth triple on the year to bring in Cattoni.
Senior Sam Carter then followed with a single to right that brought in Staples from third. Senior Delaney Gallagher then supplied the punch and continued his series success with a prodigious blast over the right field fence, bringing in Carter. Gallagher's shot was his third on the season.
After allowing one run in the bottom half, the Broncos would plate three in the fifth, one in the sixth and five in the seventh to pull out the victory.
The Broncos were paced by the bats of Eric Newton and Donald Brandt. Newton drilled a two-run shot in the fifth and Brandt tallied two hits, including a home run and two RBIs.
The Gaels were able to tack on two more in the ninth but it was not enough to make up the six-run deficit. Gallagher, the SMC all-time doubles leader ripped another to bring in Carter. Senior Orben Frederick plated Preston Young on a single to right.
Gallagher led all SMC hitters with a 2-for-4 effort and three RBIs. Carter also tallied two hits, adding two runs and an RBI while Staples chipped in with two hits and an RBI.
Matt Wickswat (8-2) earned the victory for SCU after allowing six earned while striking out 10 in eight innings. Saint Mary's Justin Sloan (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two earned on two hits in an inning of relief. Starter Corey Madden allowed seven hits and four earned in five innings.
The Gaels and Broncos will face off in a crucial rubber game tomorrow in Santa Clara. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. from Stephen Schott Stadium.