April 29, 2007
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team salvaged its series against Portland Sunday with a 5-2 victory. The Gaels rode the arm of freshman Brandon Berl to their first conference victory on the season. After the day, the Gaels improve to 18-25-1 overall and 1-14 in West Coast Conference play.
The Gaels held off the Pilots and got on the board early and often. Saint Mary's recorded a run in each of the first four innings, including a two-spot in the fourth frame.
The Gaels again scored another, this time in the third to make it a 3-0 game. Mulligan singled on a shot up the middle to bring home Anthony Aliotti.
Saint Mary's broke the game open in the fourth with a two-spot in the frame. Wells came through again with a RBI single that plated Fuglerud. Wells then got caught in a run down that enabled Cipolla to score from third.
The five runs were more than enough for Berl. The freshman tossed seven innings and allowed one run on six hits with six strikeouts to move to 3-5 on the season. Michael Nisco earned his third save after getting out of trouble in the ninth.
The Pilots scored once in the eighth and added another in the ninth with two outs but another comeback effort was not in the cards for Portland.
Brian Yoakum (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in three innings.
Wells led all hitters with a 3-for-4 day and two RBI. Fuglerud and Mulligan both recorded a multi-hit game. Pinch-hitter Brandon Howard tallied two hits for the Pilots.
Saint Mary's will look to string together some wins as it hosts Patten on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.