MORAGA – Cal allowed Saint Mary’s to score four runs in the third inning and six runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 10-6 loss to the Gaels Tuesday at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga. The Bears fall to 22-19 overall and Saint Mary’s improves to 14-25.
Cal’s freshman starter James Holder gave up four runs to the Gaels in the third inning, yielding a fielder’s choice RBI to Mike Reardon, a two-run double to Mark Teahen and an RBI single to Brian Houle.
The Bears responded with a run of their own in the fourth inning on an RBI bunt single by senior Rob Meyer, but then things fell apart in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cal freshman reliever Brian Montalbo gave up six runs on five hits in the fifth, but also was a victim of two Bear errors in the inning.
Despite being down 10-1, Cal did make a game of it by scoring four runs in the sixth inning and a run in the seventh inning. In the sixth, the Bears had five straight hits against Saint Mary’s reliever Gabe Palma to start the inning, including an RBI double by Clint Hoover and a three-run homer to right field by Brad Smith, his first collegiate home run. Cal added a run in the seventh on an RBI single to left field by Carson White, but couldn’t get any closer..
The Bears will next travel to Tucson, Ariz. for a three-game Pac-10 series Apr. 20-22 against Arizona.