May 13, 2006
Moraga, CA- For the second consecutive day, Saint Mary's and Pepperdine traded blows for the majority of the game. In the eighth, one big inning proved to be the difference as the Waves scored five times to secure the series with a 12-9 victory Saturday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. After the day, SMC moves to 26-24 overall and 9-11 in West Coast Conference play.
With the score knotted at seven in the top of the eighth, Pepperdine tallied five runs in the frame to take the series. Danny Worth supplied the big hit in the inning with a three-run shot over the left field wall.
Pepperdine again scored first with three in the second but in the bottom half the Gaels quickly evened the score. Junior Eric Cattoni drilled a double to left that brought in freshman Joel Staples and sophomore Ian Gordon. For Cattoni, it marks his third double in two days and team-leading 16th on the year.
In the fourth, the Gaels took a quick 4-3 lead when Staples led off the inning with a triple to left center. Gordon took advantage with a groundout to short that brought in the newcomer.
In the sixth, the Waves then erupted for four runs but the Gaels again had an answer with three of their own. With two on, Harris drilled his second home run on the season on a hanging curve ball that cleared the left-centerfield wall.
Down 12-7 in the ninth, Saint Mary's added two and threatened to even the score once again. Hicks nailed a double down the left field line to bring in Staples. Harris then capped off his day with his fifth RBI in the game on a sac-fly to right that plated Gordon.
Brian Ozols (1-0) tallied his first victory on the season after allowing two runs on two hits in two innings of relief. Brett Hunter nailed down his ninth save of the season with a perfect 2/3 of an inning.
Offensively SMC tallied 15 hits and had three players tally three hits apiece. Harris batted 1-for-5 and knocked in five while Gordon batted 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI.
Saint Mary's will play its final game of the season tomorrow in game three of the series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.