May 13, 2007
San Francisco, CA- With a four-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth the San Francisco Dons stunned Saint Mary's with a five-run frame to earn the victory. A walk-off home run off the bat of Jon Norfolk proved to be the difference as the Gaels fell in the season finale 11-10 Sunday afternoon from Benedetti Diamond. Saint Mary's finishes the year 21-29-1 overall and 3-18 in West Coast Conference play.
Two errors in the ninth led to the come from behind win for the Dons. The Gaels rapped out 16 hits and plated 10 runs but it was spoiled with the late-inning heroics by the Dons.
Saint Mary's opened the game with four runs in the first and another in the second to pull out to an early 5-1 lead. USF battled back and evened the score with a four-spot in the third.
After both teams tallied another run the Gaels exploded for three in the eighth and one in the ninth to take the late lead.
Six Gaels recorded a multi-hit game. The top of the SMC lineup combined to bat 6-for-13 with four RBI and six runs scored.
Freshman Anthony Aliotti belted his first career home run with a three-run shot over the right field fence in the eighth. The newcomer finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI.
Eric Cattoni finished off his SMC career with a 2-for-5 afternoon. The senior added two runs and two stolen bases. Cattoni finished the season with 53 runs scored which is the second most tallied by a Gael in a single season in the history of the program. Cattoni also finishes his career with 45 stolen bases which ranks seventh all-time.
Freshman Randy Wells batted 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored while Ian Gordon finished off his 2007 campaign with two hits, a run and RBI. Wells wrapped up the batting title for the squad with a .354 mark as a true freshman.
Junior left-hander Matt Baugh (3-3) earned the win in relief, striking out three in the ninth. SMC's freshman right-hander Taylor Stanton (1-6) took the loss, giving up Norfolk's homerun.