May 4, 2007
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped its series opener to conference rival Santa Clara by the score of 5-3 Friday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Despite two home runs by the Gaels, the Broncos pulled out the victory. After the day, SMC drops to 19-26-1 overall and 1-15 in West Coast Conference play.
The Broncos took the early 2-0 lead but the Gaels bounced back in a loud way. Two fourth inning bombs enabled Saint Mary's to even the score.
With one out in the bottom of the frame, freshman Michael Cipolla connected for his first collegiate home run on a shot over the left field fence. J.P. Musgrove then followed suit with two outs on a blast over the right-center field wall - his fourth home run on the season.
But the Broncos then got to SMC starter Sean Gleason for two runs in the sixth and an insurance run in the ninth on a wild pitch.
Gleason (4-7) went the distance and allowed five runs on 10 hits. The JUCO transfer fanned six and walked two. Nate Garcia earned the victory to improve to 4-5 on the season. Garcia allowed all three runs on seven hits and struck out six in seven innings. Jeff Lombard earned his 10th save on the year with a perfect ninth.
The Broncos out-hit the Gaels 10-8 and had eight of the nine starters record a hit. Offensively, Carl Bacon and Matt Long each had a pair of hits to lead SCU. Bacon drove in the eventual game-winning run with a double in the sixth, while Long drove in the team's first run in the third with a one-out single that scored Jon Karcich.
All eight Saint Mary's hits came off the bat of eight different batters. Cattoni, Musgrove and Cipolla tallied the three runs while Wells drove in one for the Gaels. The 49th run scored by Cattoni this season moves him into a tie for fifth all-time in the single season annals with Sam Carter.
Saint Mary's will square off with Santa Clara in a pivotal game two of the conference series. Saturday's contest will mark senior day as seven players will be recognized before the 1 p.m. start.