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Feb. 22, 2008

Box Score

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's Baseball Team opened up their season today in a rainy victory over the Towson Tigers, by a score of 14-3 at Louis Guisto Field. Strong pitching kept the Tigers bats in check most of the afternoon, while the Gael hitters racked up 14 runs on 16 hits. At the end of the day SMC's record stands at 1-0 overall, while the Tigers fall to 0-1.

Saint Mary's starter Brandon Berl (1-0) threw six impressive innings, allowing only three earned runs on five hits while striking out nine in his first start of the new season. Redshirt freshman Justin Kuks looked equally as impressive coming in for the final three innings giving up no hits and striking out five.

On the offensive side senior Geoff Byrns started off the scoring, when he scored on a sac fly from sophomore Scott Schneider to go up one to nothing in the bottom of the second. On the day Byrns went 2-for-2 with two doubles and a run scored in his debut with the Gaels.

Towson's pitchers had a rough day, as starter junior Josh Squatrito (0-1) only able to complete three innings while giving up five hits four earned runs and hitting three SMC batters. On the day the Tigers used five pitchers all of whom had a tough time trying to silence the SMC bats.

Saint Mary's also saw strong performances at the plate from the likes of sophomore standout Anthony Aliotti, sophomore Alex Jensen, and junior Cory Miller. Aliotti went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Jensen 2-for-3 and added an RBI, while Miller went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, Miller also added a stolen base as well.
 

 

While Towson's bats were quiet for most of the day, only managing five hits, senior first baseman Greg Furmanek gave the Tiger fans a brief moment of hope hitting a long home run off Berl to deep right centerfield to make the score 4 - 2 in the top of the fourth. The homerun by Furmanek was his first and the only one hit in the game.

Aside from Kuks and Byrns, a few other notable Gaels also made their debuts today including sophomore Connor Larkin and freshman Justin Fazio.

After SMC scored four runs in the second, Towson came back to score two in the top of the fourth. The Gaels responded by scoring two runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, and capped off their day by scoring four in the seventh.

The Gaels and Towson meet up again tomorrow for a double header at Louis Guisto Field, with the first game slated to start at 10:00 AM.