MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball was unable to salvage the series on Saturday afternoon, falling to BYU 7-3 at the new Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels managed three runs on eight hits but couldn't come back from an early 3-0 deficit to the Cougars.
For the second-straight day Saint Mary's (5-2/1-2 WCC) had their opportunities but once again could not get the clutch hit, as they left nine runners on base, going 3-for-14 with runners on. BYU (4-2/2-1 WCC) left 11 runners on base but still managed to pound out seven runs on 13 hits on the day, 11 of them with runners on base.
The Cougar's left fielder Austin Hall did most of the heavy lifting for BYU. A day after tallying four strike outs, Hall went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a run driven in. Jaycob Brugman finished the series on a high note going 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI's.
Sophomore lefty Jordan Mills (1-1) started the game for SMC and had two shaky innings to start the game but settled down after that. After giving up three runs in the first two innings Mills finished strong, getting through the third and the fourth in order. He went 5.2 innings pitched with seven hits, four runs, all earned, with two walks and four strike outs.
With the aid of an early 3-0 lead, BYU's starter Adam Miller (1-0) was able to mix and match his impressive fastball with a solid curveball and changeup. The Gaels had something brewing in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles by Patrick Wisdom and Troy Channing but couldn't bring them in.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Saint Mary's did score a pair. Chris Murphy started the rally reaching on an error by the second baseman law. He moved to second on a wild pitch, Toby DeMello walked to put runners at first and second. Donald Collins hit a shot to short that looked like a tailor made 6-4-3 double play, but the second baseman Adam Law dropped the ball for his second error in as many plays. Ricky Boas grounded out to short scoring Murphy, and two pitches later DeMello scored on a wild pitch.
Miller went 7.0 complete, allowing five hits, two runs, none earned, with three walks and four strike outs. He turned the ball over to Matt Milke in the eighth who issued two hits, a run, and a walk and was pulled in favorite of Chris Howard who finished the game throwing 1.1 scoreless with a hit allowed.
BYU added an insurance run in the seventh and two in the eighth to put the game out of reach. SMC scored one more run in the eighth when Channing scored on a double play hit by Murphy.
Kurt Jahnke took the ball for the Gaels in the top of the sixth, the threw three complete innings of relief, allowing six hits, three runs, two earned with two walks and five strike outs. Thomas Cortese pitched the final third of the ninth and recorded a strike out.
Boas and Channing were the only two Gaels to record multiple hits, Boas went 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Channing went 2-for-3 with a runs scored and a walk. Wisdom finished the day 1-for-5 but was once again the victim of great defense as he hit several hard hit balls that were tracked down by BYU's outfield.
The Gaels return to action on Tuesday when SMC hosts San Jose State at the new Louis Guisto Field at 2:00 p.m.