MORAGA, Calif. - Saint Mary's starting pitching has been sublime this year. For the sixth straight game a Gaels' starter went at least six innings while giving up less than three earned runs. On Friday, Kyle Barraclough turned in his second quality start of the year, throwing five shutout innings before BYU's offense came to life. The Cougars scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh to win game two of this three game series 4-1 Friday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
Barraclough (1-1) was having one of his most dominating outings from the early goings. He struck out seven batters before finally giving up a hit with one out in the top of the sixth. For the afternoon, Barraclough threw six complete, allowing just two hits, two runs with four walks and a season-high nine strike outs.
However, in the sixth inning he couldn't escape the jam he created. A walk and a single to right field put runners at second and third with one out. BYU's (3-2/1-1 WCC) Brock Whitney had the big hit of the day with a bases clearing double to right center.
Brad Nease took the ball for Saint Mary's (5-1/1-1 WCC) took the ball in the top of the seventh and issued a walk and a base hit to start the frame. A single by the catcher Wes Guenther and an error led to two more runs crossing the play for BY, increasing their lead to three.
The Cougar's starter Patrick Wisdom hit a shot to left center that would have scored a pair of runs easily, however Wells corralled the ball at the warming track and put another zero on the board for the Gaels.(2-0) pitched 6.2 solid innings, allowing seven hits, one earned run with three walks and six strike outs. Anderson received a lot of help from center fielder Stephen Wells who made the catch of the game. With two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the third,
Saint Mary's scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth when red-hot Donald Collins led off the inning with a single down the right field line. He moved over to second on a fielder's choice and eventually came around to score on a base hit by Wisdom to left field.
The one run wouldn't be enough however, even though the Gaels had their chances, on the afternoon SMC left 12 runners on base and was just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Against BYU's closer Mason Marshall the Gaels had the bases loaded with less than two outs in the bottom of the eighth but could not scratch a run across. Mason threw 2.1 innings, allowing two hits, with one walk and three strike outs for his second save of the year.
Nease pitched one inning in relief, giving up one hit, two runs, one earned. With a walk and a strike out. Freshman Tanner Kichler pitched two impressive innings, taking the ball in the eighth and ninth inning. He allowed just one hit, while striking out one.
The Gaels and the Cougars will pay the rubber match tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., at Louis Guisto Field. Saint Mary's will send sophomore lefty Jordan Mils on the mound. BYU will counter with right hand pitcher Adam Miller.