MORAGA, Calif. – With one out in the bottom of the ninth, the Gaels got veteran-like base running from freshman second baseman Richard Boas in a walk-off win against No. 21 Stanford. Boas scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice from Markus Melgosa as the Gaels defeated the Cardinal, 3-2.
Boas led off the ninth with a single through the left side on a 1-2 pitch off Stanford’s closer Chris Reed (2-2). With one out, catcher Riley Heinzer laid down a gorgeous bunt down the first base line into no man’s land. Reed had to make a tough play to try and throw Heinzer out, who was able to slide in safely for the base hit. Stanford’s first baseman Brian Ragira was handcuffed by the throw and bobbled the ball allowing Boas to hustle from second to third.
On a 2-0 pitch Melgosa finally saw a pitch near the strike zone and clubbed it off the dirt in front of the plate causing a high bounce, the Cardinal’s third baseman Stephen Piscotty never had a chance at throwing out the speedy Boas who scored on a hook slide to give the Gaels the win.
Dorsey Ek (1-0) earned the win for the St. Mary’s, going 1.2 scoreless innings while allowing two hits. Ben Griset pitched an impressive 1.1 innings in relief, striking out the side in the seventh.
Saint Mary’s (18-18) used three pitchers on the afternoon, who stymied the Cardinal to two runs on seven hits. Jordan Mills started the game for the Gaels going a career-high six innings, scattering three hits, one run, with no walks while striking out three. Mills was perfect through 3.2 innings, retiring the first 11 batters he faced, and left the game in the seventh with a 2-1 lead.
Stanford (20-14) scored their first run of the game in the top of the sixth when Ragira scored on a two-out double from catcher Zach Jones. That tied the score up at one. St. Mary’s jumped out to the early 1-0 lead on a solo home run from Brenden Kalfus in the bottom of the fourth.
Kalfus had a monster day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and two RBIs. In the bottom of the sixth Kalfus broke the 1-1 tie, hitting his second homer off Stanford reliever Dean McArdle.
Reed had come on in the eighth with no outs and the bases loaded and sent the game into the ninth tied at 2-2 with a fielder’s choice, strikeout and fly out against the heart of the Gael order.
Cleanup hitter Troy Channing grounded to third, to erase the run at home, before Kalfus, struck out. Greg Ditmer then flew out to end the threat.
Scott Snodgress had originally loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth after Piscotty tied the game in the top of the inning with an RBI single off of Ek.