May 12, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team matched Pepperdine run-for-run until the Waves tallied three in the sixth to take the series opener by the score of 7-4. Sophomore Ian Gordon drilled a home run and junior Eric Cattoni nailed a triple and two doubles in the loss, Friday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. After the day, the Gaels move to 26-23 overall and 9-10 in West Coast Conference play.
With the score knotted at four in the top of the sixth, the Waves plated three runs in the frame to take the victory. Donald Brown led off the inning with a double and was later brought home by Luke Salas on a sac-fly to left. Matt Aidem then singled to center to bring in Chase d'Aranud. Pepperdine finished its scoring on a David Uribes seeing-eye single to right that plated Aidem.
After trailing 2-0 in the third, the Gaels got on the board. Cattoni ripped a triple to left-center that brought in senior Mike Harris from first.
Down 3-1 Saint Mary's would even the score in the fourth. Senior Sam Carter started the inning with a leadoff single and senior Preston Young promptly scored Carter on a triple to left-center. Freshman Joel Staples was able to capitalize on the Young triple with a sac-fly to right that plated the senior.
Again the Waves would take the quick lead but the Gaels battled right back to tie the score. Gordon quickly picked up his teammates with a majestic leadoff home run over the left-centerfield wall to knot the score at five. For the backstop, it marks his fourth round-tripper on the year.
Offensively, the Gaels were led by Cattoni, Young and Harris. Cattoni batted 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple while Young batted 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Harris continued his hot play during conference with a 3-for-4 effort, adding a run scored.
On the mound, the Waves' Barry Enright (11-1) tallied the victory. The WCC wins leader was roughed up for four runs on nine hits but struck out six in 6.1 innings. Brett Hunter tallied his eighth save on the season, pitching a perfect ninth.
Saint Mary's will return to action tomorrow for game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.