May 2, 2006
Moraga, CA- Down six runs the Saint Mary's baseball team was able to rally for six of its own but it proved to be just one short as SMC fell 7-6 to Cal Tuesday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels banged out 10 hits compared to the Bears nine but after the day Saint Mary's falls to 24-19 on the season.
After the Bears jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after three paced by two home runs which accounted for five of the runs, the Gaels rallied to score six in just two innings to even the score.
SMC mounted its comeback in the bottom of the fourth when they plated two runs. Senior Preston Young got the Gaels on the board when he scored senior Delaney Gallagher on a single down the left field line. Senior Mike Harris then brought in senior Sam Carter on a fielder's choice.
The Gaels then evened the score with a four-run fifth. Carter started the big inning with a single down the right field line that scored freshman Cory Miller from third. Harris then continued to stay hot with a two-run single up the middle that brought in Carter and Gallagher.
The Bears would break the tie and nail down the game with a run in the top of the sixth. After a double steal, Brennan Boesch singled to right field to bring in Allen Craig from third. Chris Errecart was hosed at the plate by a strong throw from Carter in right field.
Saint Mary's was led offensively by Gallagher, Young and Frederick. Gallagher batted 2-for-5 with two runs scored while Young chipped in with two hits and an RBI. Frederick also drilled two hits and drove in a run.
Travis Howell and Garrett Bussiere both went deep for Cal accounting for five of the seven runs. Boesch added two hits and an RBI while Mike Van Winden belted two doubles.
Alex Trafton (3-3) earned the victory for Cal, allowing one hit and striking out two in 2.1 innings. Chris Petrini tallied his first save on the season for the Bears.
Saint Mary's junior Michael Nisco (2-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on three hits in four innings. Starter Chris Mezzavilla allowed six earned in two innings while senior Dan Lewis pitched another hitless three innings of relief.
The Gaels will return to action on Friday, May 5 when they open a crucial three-game set against WCC rival San Francisco. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.