PORTLAND, Ore. - The Saint Mary's baseball team was on the other end of a pitcher's duel, falling 5-1 Sunday afternoon to the Portland Pilots at Joe Eztel Field. Kyle Barraclough took the loss as Portland's freshman lefty Travis Radke threw his first complete game.
Barraclough (2-8) pitched well for the Gaels, going 6.2 innings. He allowed a run in the third and was sharp through five innings, however, in the sixth with two outs things unraveled. For the day, Barraclough went 6.2, scattering nine hits, five runs, all earned, three walks and six strike outs.
Saint Mary's (23-25/7-13 WCC) struck first in the top of the first inning for the second straight day. Donald Collins again was in the middle of the rally, leading off the game with a single to third. Collins moved to second on a single to center field by Collin Ferguson, both runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch, Collins came in on a ground ball to the pitcher off the bat of Patrick Wisdom.
Barraclough kept the Pilots off the board for two innings before UP scored in the bottom of the third. Nick Aramenta singled on a play deep in the hole to short to lead off the third. Aramenta came around to score on triple by Turner Gill with one out. Barraclough stranded Gill at third striking out a pair of runners to end the inning. With the two strike outs in the third, Barraclough surpassed Tom Candiotti (1975-79) for second all-time in career strike outs, he now has 285 strike outs for his career.
Portland (24-18/11-9 WCC) took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning and added three insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. Kris Kauppila started the run scoring sixth reaching by way of the second walk of the day issued by Barraclough. A wild pitch moved Kauppila to second who came around to score when Brian Frattali singled up the middle just past a diving Ricky Boas. In the seventh inning the Pilots once again scored on the Aramenta - Gill combo. Aramenta singled through the right side with one out and came around to score on the two-out double by Gill who smashed a ground ball just past Collin Ferguson at first. Later that inning, Kauppila doubled down the right field line scoring Gill from second with two outs.
That final hit by Kauppila ended the day for Barraclough. Barraclough's line for the day was 6.2 innings pitched, surrendering nine hits, four runs, all earned, with three walks and six strike outs. Thomas Cortese entered the game for the Gaels with two outs and runners on second and third. Cortese got Zack McCoy to strike out but the ball got away from Toby DeMello who threw down to first, but the umpire argued that the throw pulled Ferguson's foot off the base, that allowed Cable Whalen to score, Kauppila was thrown out at home trying to score all the way from second to end the inning.
Radke (7-3) did his job keeping the Gaels scoreless after allowing the unearned run in the first. He earned his first complete game, surrendering four hits, one unearned run, with a walk and 10 strike outs.
Cortese finished out the game for Saint Mary's, going 1.1 innings, he did not allow a hit or a run but struck out a pair.
The Pilots outhit the Gaels 9-4 on the afternoon. The Gaels hit just 2-for-10 with two outs and 2-for-8 with runners on base. The Pilots on the other hand went 5-for-12 with two outs and hit .278 with runners on base going 5-for-18 and .286 (2-for-7) with runners in scoring position.
The Gaels and the Pilots will play the rubber game tomorrow at Joe Eztel Field at 1:00 p.m. Jordan Mills will be taking the ball for the Gaels. He will face Chris Johnson.