May 14, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped its final contest of the season by the score of 12-2 to Pepperdine Sunday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Thirteen seniors played their last game at Saint Mary's. With the conclusion of the season, the Gaels finish 26-25 overall and 9-12 in West Coast Conference play.
The Gaels took a quick 1-0 lead but the Waves then sported innings of three runs in the third, three more in the fifth and four in the eighth to earn the victory.
The Waves would then knot the score at one in the top of the second and pour on three more in the third to take a quick 4-1 lead.
In the fifth, Pepperdine added three more and another in the sixth. Saint Mary's then tallied its second run of the game in the bottom of the sixth.
In his last game as a Gael, Carter nailed a home run over the left field wall for the solo shot. The round-tripper put his season total at 11 and 25 for his career which ties him for third all-time in the SMC annals with Albert Richmond (1976-78).
Pepperdine was not done though as they secured a share of the WCC title with a four spot in the top of the eighth.
Carter led the Gaels with a 2-for-4 day from the plate, adding an RBI and two runs scored. Gallagher chipped in with a 1-for-3 effort and a RBI.
Pepperdine was led by Chad Tracy who batted 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored. David Uribes batted 3-for-5 with three runs while Adrian Ortiz chipped in a 2-for-5 effort.
James Johnson (6-1) earned the victory for the Waves. Johnson went the distance, allowing five hits and two earned while fanning three.
The 26 wins are the most tallied by a Saint Mary's team since 1991. The 26-25 record marks the first time a Gaels team has finished above .500 since the 1991 season as well.