May 12, 2007
San Francisco, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team rallied late to even the score 3-3 in the ninth but fell in the bottom half to drop the series by the score of 4-3 Saturday afternoon from Benedetti Diamond. The two teams combined to bang out 23 hits but it was the two SMC errors that proved to be the difference. After the day the Gaels fall to 21-28-1 overall and 3-17 in West Coast Conference play.
With a two run ninth, SMC tied the game at 3-3, but USF would come back in the bottom of the frame to win the ballgame. With one out, Lucas DeLong stroked a double in his first at bat of the game before Joey Railey was intentionally walked. SMC's new catcher, freshman Ryan Mulligan, tried to throw out DeLong on a double steal, but his throw sailed into left, allowing DeLong to score from third.
After getting the first two batters aboard in the ninth the Gaels were able to capitalize. Ian Gordon singled up the middle to plate pinch-runner Brian Hawkins from second. Senior Eric Cattoni got Kenny Fuglerud home on a single to the second baseman.
Senior left-hander Cole Stipovich (2-3) earned the win in 0.1 innings of relief, not allowing a run on one hit. Senior right-hander Daniel Morales gave up two runs (one earned) off two hits, a walk and recorded a strikeout in 0.2 innings of work. Senior right-hander John Quine didn't allow a run and struck out a batter in 0.2 innings.
Railey batted 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two stolen bases. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky and junior right fielder Luke Sommer each had two hits and scored a run. Junior short stop Brian Chavez and senior designated hitter Chris Bacigalupi each added a hit and an RBI. DeLong doubled and scored the winning run in the ninth. Senior center fielder Jonnie Knoble and freshman third baseman Derek Poppert also singled on the day.
USF got an early run in the bottom of the first when Railey singled and advanced to second on Knoble's sacrifice bunt. Railey then stole third and scored on a throwing error by SMC's junior catcher Ian Gordon.
Saint Mary's tied it in the second with a two out homerun by Fuglerud. The junior right fielder belted it over the right field wall for his first career home run in a Saint Mary's uniform.
The Dons retook the lead in the sixth, plating two. With two outs, Bialosky singled and advanced to second on Sommer's walk. Chavez singled to left, scoring Bialosky. Sommer then scored on Bacigalupi's single to center.
Freshman right-hander Taylor Stanton (1-5) took the loss in 0.1 innings of relief. He allowed the unearned run off one hit, a walk and a strikeout. Junior right-hander Alex Jensen started for the Gaels, allowing three earned runs off eight hits, two walks, and recorded two strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. Senior Michael Nisco struck out three in 2.1 innings of solid relief.
The two teams will conclude their 2007 regular season with the series finale tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. from Benedetti Diamond.