April 30, 2006
Santa Clara, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team was in position to take the series in dramatic fashion, but a bases-loaded play at the plate proved to be the difference as the Gaels dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to Santa Clara Sunday afternoon. SMC will now return home for the final six games of West Coast Conference play. After the day, the Gaels drop to 24-18 overall and 9-6 in conference action.
Trailing by one with the bases loaded and one out, freshman Cody Guymon hit a fly ball to right field and fellow freshman Cory Miller attempted to score. On a bang-bang play, Miller was called out and the Gaels' dramatic comeback was cut short.
For the first time in the series the Broncos drew first blood, plating a run in the bottom of the third. The Gaels answered right back the very next inning.
But the Broncos would grab the lead by scoring two runs in the next three innings. In the seventh the Gaels would cut the lead to one but that is as close as they would get.
Senior Mike Harris got the inning going with a double to right-center. Guymon then plated Harris with a two-out single through the right side.
Dustin Realini and Daniel Nava led the Broncos offensively. Realini belted a third inning home run and added another with two runs while Nava collected two hits and an RBI.
The Gaels were led by Frederick and Harris who both tallied a game-high three hits. Frederick added an RBI while Harris scored a run.
On the hill, Chris Stansbury (2-1) earned the victory while Mark Willinsky earned his ninth save despite dodging a huge ninth inning bullet.
Saint Mary's Ian Farmer (1-9) was tagged with the tough loss. The senior went the distance for the Gaels, scattering seven hits and three earned while striking out three.
SMC will return to the friendly confines of Louis Guisto Field to close out the regular season. The Gaels have six conference games remaining at home where they are 15-5. Saint Mary's returns to action on Tuesday, May 2 to face the University of California at 2 p.m.