Saint Mary's Scores Late For A 6-5 Win Over Baseball
March 29, 2003
MORAGA, Calif. - Saint Mary's College (13-14, 4-3 WCC) scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth and then turned away a Gonzaga University (11-13-1, 2-6 WCC) threat in the ninth to hold on for a 6-5 West Coast Conference win in Moraga.
Gonzaga took the lead in the contest 5-4 in the top of the eighth inning as Nick Froman was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Two batters later Brad Welker connected for his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot to left field. The home run came against Saint Mary's relief pitcher Dane Dobrinich (4-2) who was credited with the win when Saint Mary's rallied to score two in the bottom of the inning.
The Gaels rally came against Bulldogs relief pitcher Eric Dworkis (3-3) as Mike Sansoe and Gilbert Gil had back-to-back doubles with one out to tie the game at 5-5. John Gonzalez replaced Dworkis on the mound and yielded a double to Bryan Byrne which proved to be the game winner.
Gabe Palma would work the ninth for Saint Mary's to pick up his second save of the weekend but it would not come without some concern. After getting the first two batters of the inning to fly out, Froman laced a double to left center to give Gonzaga chance but Palma would get a fly out by Marshall Bratton to end the game.
Gonzaga had jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the ballgame behind the strong starting pitching of Errol Simonitsch, who worked into the seventh with seven strike outs. The Bulldogs score three runs in the fifth as David Johnson, Sam Hess and Danny Evans all had RBI singles.
Saint Mary's took the lead in the seventh on a lead off home run by Sansoe and later received an infield single by Tim Spooner which forced Bulldogs second baseman Eric Rodland to exit the game.
Johnson went 4-for-5 for Gonzaga as the Bulldogs pounded out 16 hits in the loss. Hess added three while Gordon Corder, Welker and Froman each had two.
Byrne and Sansoe each had three hits for Saint Mary's which ended with 13 hits. The two teams will conclude the three game series at Luis Guisto Field at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Bulldogs looking to stop a five-game losing streak in Moraga.
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