Connor Eppard drove in the game-tying run with a pinch-hit single.
March 9, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. - An unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Saint Mary's to a 2-1 win over the Utah baseball team on Saturday afternoon.
Down most of the game after Saint Mary's scored a run in the fourth inning, the Utes tied the game at 1-1 in the eighth. Kody Davis led off the inning with a single and TJ Bennett walked. Both runners advanced on a ground out before pinch hitter Connor Eppard hit an RBI single to send Davis in and even the score.
Saint Mary's earned the win in the bottom of the ninth inning. With one out, an error and a single put two on base. After a balk that moved both runners over the next batter was intentionally walked to load the bases and lead to a sacrifice fly for the game-winning run.
Utah out-hit the Gaels, 6-5, but the Utes left eight runners on base compared to four stranded by SMC.
Davis went 2-for-4 to lead Utah at the plate.
Tanner Banks pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing just four hits with a season-high eight strikeouts. He falls to 1-3 with the loss. It is the second one-run game that Banks has been involved in this season. Nick Green and Dalton Carroll both pitched in the ninth inning.
"That was as good as a college baseball game as I've seen in a long time," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Tanner pitched great. It was too bad for him - the way he pitched he deserved to win today. The error happened when a ground ball came back at him and nipped his middle finger and he couldn't grab it. We had a lot of chances to score runs and couldn't get them across, which was disappointing."
Utah and Saint Mary's continue the four-game series on Sunday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m. PT.