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Baseball Prepares For Tuesday Matchup Against Cal St. East Bay

March 26, 2007

Baseball Game Day: The Saint Mary's baseball team (16-9-1) will host Cal State East Bay (13-8) on Tuesday, March 27 at 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field. The Tuesday matinee will mark the final tune up for the Gaels as they will embark on West Coast Conference play this weekend.

Who's Hot: Saint Mary's freshman Randy Wells returned from a series off and hasn't missed a beat. The newcomer batted .435 (10-for-23) in the last five games with a home run and seven RBI. The round-tripper was a career first for the Pittsburg native. Wells also added four runs, three doubles and 16 totals bases.

Last Time Out: The Gaels saw their 14-game unbeaten streak come to an end when Saint Mary's fell at Nevada by the score of 7-3. The Gaels strung together a seven and a six-game winning streak over that span. In the game against Nevada, freshman Randy Wells and sophomore Joel Staples went deep for SMC.

Record Breaking: Saint Mary's senior Eric Cattoni jumped into sixth place all-time in stolen bases with 39 in just one and a half seasons. Cattoni is nine away from being tied for fifth in the annals with 48. With six more runs scored this season, Cattoni will crack the top-10 in runs in a single season. Mark Teahen sits in 10th with 45 in 2002.

Home Run Happy: Saint Mary's sophomore infielder Joel Staples continues to muscle up for the Gaels. In the last five games played, Staples has smacked four home runs and drove in 10 runs. Staples sports a team-leading six on the season which ranks second in the WCC. Staples clubbed four home runs as a freshman.

Scouting Cal State East Bay: The Pioneers enter Moraga with a 13-8 overall record. CSUEB split its two games against East Bay foe Patten, including an 8-4 victory. On the road the Pioneers are 5-5 and have yet to face a Division I opponent. As a team CSUEB is batting .307 and sport a 4.71 ERA.

Offensively the Pioneers are led by Marc Tuttle and Michael Thomasson. Tuttle paces the squad with a .471 batting average in 17 games while Thomasson adds a .393 average and a team-leading six home runs and 26 RBI. On the mound, starter Kyle Dunn is 3-1 with a 3.56 ERA. In 43 innings, Dunn has struck out 30 and walked nine. Out of the pen, Matthew Vieira has four saves in 12 appearances and a 7.20 ERA in 15 innings.

Versus The Pioneers: The two programs have met 33 times with Saint Mary's holding a 25-7-1 advantage since 1971. The last time the two teams met was in 2000 at Hayward when Saint Mary's won 12-5.

WCC Leaders: Saint Mary's sports numerous league leaders thus far. Freshman Randy Wells leads the league with a .417 average. Senior Eric Cattoni paces the WCC with 22 stolen bases and 39 runs scored. Cattoni is also second in on-base-percentage with a .487 mark. Freshman Anthony Aliotti ranks second in walks with 23 and leads the league with a .491 on-base-percentage. Joel Staples is second in home runs with six and RBI with 30.

On the mound, junior Sean Gleason is second in the WCC with a 2.40 ERA and fourth in punch outs with 46. Aliotti is fourth in ERA with a 2.79 mark and is tied atop the lead with a complete game.

History: Saint Mary's put together its finest unbeaten streak in the modern era. The Gaels strung together 14-straight without a loss. The streak included one seven-game and another six-game stretch.

Next Time Out: Saint Mary's will begin the much anticipated West Coast Conference slate this weekend. The Gaels open against the defending champion Pepperdine Waves on Friday, March 30 at 3 p.m. in Malibu. The No. 11-ranked Waves currently sport a 19-8 record.