May 5, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped a tough West Coast Conference game against USF by the score of 6-4 Friday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels banged out 10 hits but left eight runners on to fall in the series opener. After the day, SMC moves to 24-20 overall and 9-7 in WCC play.
The Gaels took an early 3-0 lead but the Dons quickly answered with six runs in a four inning span to take the victory. USF broke the 4-4 tie in the top of the eighth with two runs to seal the win.
Saint Mary's jumped on San Francisco early, plating two runs in the bottom of the first. Senior Sam Carter started the scoring with a single to left-center that brought in freshman Joel Staples from second. Senior Mike Harris then brought in senior Orben Frederick on a sac-fly to left.
The Gaels would add one more in the third to take a quick 3-0 lead. After a Carter double, senior Preston Young drilled a single in the right-centerfield gap to bring in Carter.
The Dons would finally get to Gael starter Joel Fountain in the fifth. After tossing four innings of no-hit ball, USF pulled within one on a single by Jonathon Norfolk and a home run by Luke Sommer.
USF would then take its first lead of the contest with two more runs in the seventh. Stefan Gartrell led off the inning with a home run over the left-centerfield wall and Sommer would then triple off the right field wall. Mitchell Bialosky brought Sommer home with a single to left.
SMC then knotted the score at four in the bottom half. After Carter's second double of the game, Young followed suit with a double of his own to plate Carter from second.
The Dons quickly answered back and sealed the contest with a two-spot in the eighth. Gartrell drilled what proved to be the game-winner, a single through the right side that brought in Andrew Smith. Norfolk added the sixth and final run on a double to right that brought in Gartrell.
John Quine (4-3) earned the victory for the Dons, tossing 1 1/3 of one-hit relief with two strikeouts. Patrick McGuigan tallied his second save on the year with a hitless ninth. Saint Mary's senior Dan Lewis was tagged with his second loss on the season after allowing two runs in two innings of relief.
Offensively the Gaels were paced by the senior trio of Carter, Young and Harris. Carter went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored while Young batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Harris finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Gartrell and Sommer led the Dons with exactly the same line of 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Each drilled a home run as well.
The Gaels and Dons will square off in game two of the three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.