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Baseball Falls In Series Finale To USF 7-6

May 7, 2006

Box Score

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team suffered a 7-6 loss to USF in the series finale Sunday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Senior Preston Young belted his third home run in two days but after the series, SMC moves to 24-22 overall and an even 9-9 in West Coast Conference play. USF improves to 32-19 overall and 12-6 in WCC action.

The Gaels took an early 4-1 lead but the Dons put up four runs in the sixth and added two more with runs in the eighth and ninth to pull out the series sweep.

SMC got on the board first in the bottom of the second. Junior Eric Cattoni brought in freshman Joel Staples on a single to center field. Sophomore Ian Gordon supplied the big hit in the inning with a double down the left field line to advance Staples to third.

After the Dons evened the score in the top of the fourth, the Gaels answered with three runs to take a quick 4-1 lead.

Senior Orben Frederick singled up the middle to drive in senior Mike Harris and Gordon. Senior Sam Carter then drilled a single to center that brought in Cattoni from third.

San Francisco would rally back by plating four runs in the sixth. Stefan Gartrell powered the Dons to the big inning with a home run to left. The solo shot enabled the Dons to grasp the 5-4 lead.

Saint Mary's then evened up the score at five with a run in the seventh. Senior Delaney Gallagher beat out a groundball deep in the hole between short and third to enable Frederick to score from third with two outs.

The Dons would add two more in the eighth and ninth to hold on for the victory. Young supplied a scare to USF by cutting the lead to one with a majestic shot over the right field wall. But for the third consecutive day, USF closer Patrick McGuigan would slam the door for the save.

Offensively the Gaels were led by Frederick, Carter and Gallagher. The senior trio accounted for three RBIs and seven of Saint Mary's 13 hits. Scott Cousins batted 3-for-5 for the Dons, adding three RBIs while Gartrell also tallied three hits and knocked in two.

Brian Anderson (5-0) earned the victory for the Dons after tossing 1 2/3 of three hit relief. McGuigan earned his fourth save by getting the last two outs for the Dons. Gaels starter Ian Farmer (1-10) was tagged with the loss after allowing four earned on 10 hits. Senior Dan Lewis allowed a run and three hits and struck out three in two innings of relief.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Tuesday, May 9 for a doubleheader against Patten University. The first game of the twin-bill is slated for 1:30 PM from Louis Guisto Field.