May 11, 2007
San Francisco, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped its series opener to San Francisco by the score of 11-1 Friday afternoon from Benedetti Diamond. What started out as a pitcher's dual quickly turned into a rout as the Gaels allowed six in the seventh to fall to the rival Dons. After the day SMC drops to 21-27-1 overall and 1-16 in West Coast Conference play.
USF starter Aaron Poreda (7-6) threw 7.0 innings, only allowing one earned run off two hits and three walks, and recorded six strikeouts to earn the win. Junior left-hander Matt Baugh threw the final two innings, not giving up a run off two hits and added two strikeouts.
SMC's junior right-hander Sean Gleason (4-8) was tagged with the loss, giving up nine runs (eight earned), off nine hits, five walks, and recorded four strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. USF's final two runs came off freshman right-hander Jimmy Munill, who threw 1.2 innings, giving up four hits, a walk, and added a strikeout.
Saint Mary's scored its lone run of the game in the sixth. After back-to-back walks to Gilbert Urbina and Ryan Young, Cattoni was hit by a pitch. Freshman Michael Cipolla then grounded into a double play to plate Urbina from third.
Junior right fielder Luke Sommer had a 2-for-4 day at the plate, scored a run, and drove in three Dons. Junior second baseman Joey Railey was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and added his 19th stolen base. Junior shortstop Brian Chavez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Freshman third baseman Derek Poppert doubled and drove in two. Senior pinch hitter Daniel Morales also doubled and drove in one. Sophomore Zach Kim had a hit and two RBI. Senior center fielder Jonnie Knoble also smacked a base hit and drove in a run. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, senior catcher Jon Norfolk, and senior pinch hitter Blake Nelson added singles.
USF put up a run in the fourth and two in the fifth before breaking the game open in the seventh. Senior designated hitter Chris Bacigalupi walked to start the inning, and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Bobby Ethel, who stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw. Kim walked before Railey singled to left, scoring Ethel. Knoble walked, then Poppert doubled through the left side, scoring Kim and Railey. Sommer singled to right and advanced to second on the throw home, but both Knoble and Poppert scored on the play. An out later, Chavez singled to right center, scoring Sommer.
A two run eighth put the game completely out of reach for the Gaels. With two outs, junior pinch hitter Matt Lieb walked and scored on pinch hitter Morales' double to left. Morales then scored on Sommer's single to right.
USF and Saint Mary's play game two of the three game series tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.