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Cipolla Hits Walk Off Single To Give Saint Mary's 3-2 Win

May 5, 2007

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Moraga, CA- Freshman Michael Cipolla may have been hitless for the first nine innings but in the 10th the newcomer cashed in with a walk-off single to score Eric Cattoni for the win. With the 3-2 victory over the Broncos Saturday the Gaels even the series at one. After the win Saint Mary's improves to 20-26-1 overall and 2-15 in West Coast Conference play.

What looked like disaster after sophomore Cory Miller was thrown out on third on a sac-bunt attempt by Cattoni in the 10th turned into jubilation for the Gaels. Cattoni was rewarded second on an Alex Rivers balk and then took third on a Fuglerud putout. Cipolla then ripped a single up the middle to hand Saint Mary's the win.

The Gaels were down 2-1 entering the ninth but the young squad showed resolve when they plated the tying run. Ryan Mulligan hit what looked like a routine out but the freshman forced the ball out at first and Randy Wells scored from second on heads up base-running.

Saint Mary's took the early lead in the third when Wells plated Gilbert Urbina on a base-hit to the shortstop. Santa Clara then evened the score in the fifth on an unearned run.

Both starters were dealing and turned out to get no decisions. SMC hurler Alex Jensen allowed one earned run on six hits while striking out two in nine innings. Matt Wickswat went 8.1 innings and fanned 10 and allowed two unearned runs with a walk for SCU.

Saint Mary's out-hit the Broncos 8-6. Wells and Ryan Young tallied two hits apiece. Sic different Bronco hitter recorded a knock on the day.

The game-winning run by Cattoni marks his 50th on the season which moves him into a tie for fourth all-time in the single season annals with Jason Waugh.

Senior Michael Nisco got the victory after striking out two in one inning of relief. SCU closer Jeff Lombard gave up a leadoff double by pinch hitter Michael Gonzales in the 10th to start the inning. Rivers was tagged with the loss after Miller was out at third and allowed Cattoni to score.

The series will be decided tomorrow in the rubber match. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.