Baseball Loses Tough Game in Extra Innings to Pepperdine
Saint Mary's Rally Falls Short in 11 Innings
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Bryan Byrne hit a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to Pepperdine.
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April 8, 2004

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Moraga, CA - Bryan Byrne hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to tie the game for the Gaels, but Pepperdine scored one run in the top of the 11th inning to break the tie, leading to a 5-4 victory on Thursday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field. With the loss the Gaels fall to 3-7 in West Coast Conference action and 8-24 overall. Pepperdine improved to 9-1 in conference play and 15-16 overall.

Both teams will return to action for game two of the three-game series at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 9 at Louis Guisto Field.

The Waves jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but Saint Mary's answered with one run in the bottom half. To start the bottom of the third inning, junior catcher Stefan Foushee hit a solo home run over the left field fence to tie the game 1-1.


Pepperdine added two more runs off starting pitcher Jordan Simo in the top of the fourth, but Saint Mary's once again had an answer. The Gaels posted one run in the bottom of the inning after Eli Champion doubled to left centerfield to score Delaney Gallagher, who led the inning off with a single. The RBI double by Champion cut the lead to 3-2.

After trailing 4-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, Saint Mary's sophomore third baseman Bryan Byrne tied the game with a two-run home run over the centerfield fence, scoring Mike Sansoe, who singled to lead off the inning.

Neither team could break the 4-4 tie until the top of the 11th inning, when Pepperdine's Chad Tracy led off with a double and scored on a Saint Mary's error to give the Waves a 5-4 lead.

The Gaels' Parker Mangum (0-1) picked up the loss in relief of Simo. Simo pitched another outstanding game for the Gaels, pitching nine innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out four batters, while giving up nine hits.

Pepperdine's Steve Kleen picked up the victory to improve to 2-2

Both teams return to action on Friday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field for the second game of a three-game series.