May 6, 2006
Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's senior Preston Young blasted two home runs but it wasn't enough as San Francisco grabbed the series with a 5-3 victory over the Gaels Saturday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. After the day, SMC moves to 24-21 overall and 9-8 in West Coast Conference action while USF improves to 31-19 overall and 11-6 in WCC play.
Down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth the Gaels were in position to even the score. With the bases loaded and one out, the Gaels were unable to convert as USF all-time saves leader Patrick McGuigan closed the door for his third save on the season.
The Dons did most of their damage early with a four-spot in the top of the second. Lucas DeLong drove in two on a single up the middle that scored Luke Sommer and Stefan Gartrell. Joey Railey brought in DeLong on a single through the left side while Andrew Smith singled up the middle to plate George Lujan.
Young would get the Gaels on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a solo-shot that cleared the scoreboard in right field.
After USF would add one more in the top of the fifth, Young struck again. The senior blasted a prodigious shot to dead-center that cleared the 400 foot mark for his second home run of the day.
After the two home runs, Young now owns sole possession of second place on the SMC all-time home run list with 26. The senior passes Albert Richmond (1976-78) who sports 25. On the year, Young now has a career-high 11 round-trippers.
The Gaels would close the gap to within two, adding another in the bottom of the seventh but that is as close as they would get. Senior Adam Hicks plated freshman Joel Staples on groundout to second base.
Aaron Poreda (6-4) earned the victory for USF. Poreda tossed seven innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out five. Saint Mary's starter Corey Madden (6-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing two earned on seven hits in eight innings.
Offensively the Gaels were led by the bat of Young. The senior finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Hicks batted 1-for-3 with an RBI. Gartrell and Sommer both tallied two hits for the Dons with Gartrell driving in one.
Saint Mary's will close out its three-game set with San Francisco tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.