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Baseball Heads To San Jose For Night Game

April 9, 2007

Baseball Game Day: The Saint Mary's baseball team (16-15-1, 0-6 WCC) will hit the road for a Tuesday game under the lights against San Jose State (21-12, 3-3 WAC). The non-conference matchup is the fourth and final meeting between the two squads this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. from Municipal Stadium.

Who's Hot: Saint Mary's freshman Michael Cipolla is beginning to get healthy and produce for the Gaels. The newcomer batted .333 (3-for-9) in his last four games with a team-leading two RBIs over a six-game span. Cipolla has also tallied a run scored and three total bases.

Last Time Out: Saint Mary's continued West Coast Conference play against San Diego last weekend. The Gaels are still in search of their first conference win as they dropped all three to the Toreros. SMC will look to get its first league victory against LMU in a three-game set beginning on Friday, April 13 at 3 p.m.

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 five 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.

Scouting San Jose State: The Spartans host the Gaels with a 21-12 overall record and are riding a three-game winning streak. San Jose blanked Santa Clara 4-0 in a mid-week game before downing NAIA foe Fresno Pacific in two weekend contests. As a team, SJSU is batting .295 and sport a 4.59 ERA.

Leading the way with the bat for the Spartans is Donato Giovanatto and Ryan Angel. Giovanatto paces the squad with a .358 batting average and .592 slugging percentage. Angel showcases a .321 average and team-leading 10 stolen bases and 25 RBI. Marcus McKimmey has provided the punch with five homes runs while adding a .284 batting average. Josh Amberson will toe the rubber for the Spartans. The WAC Pitcher of the Week is 3-0 with a 4.57 ERA and 42 Ks in 43.1 innings.

Versus The Spartans: The two programs have met 107 times since 1971 with the Spartans holding a 74-33 advantage. Saint Mary's is 17-27 at home against SJSU and 16-47 in San Jose. The two teams last met in a three-game set in the second week of the season. The Gaels won the two at home and dropped the lone road game of the series.

WCC Leaders: As a team the Gaels rank third in the conference with a .295 batting average. SMC sits in fifth with a 4.26 ERA. The Gaels sport a couple league leaders as the team heads into April play. Senior Eric Cattoni leads the league in runs scored with 40 and stolen bases with 22. Freshman Anthony Aliotti paces the conference with 26 walks and is second with a .470 on base percentage. Sophomore Joel Staples is second in home runs (6), and third in slugging percentage (.551) and RBI (32). Freshman Randy Wells is second in the conference with a .381 batting average.

Next Time Out: Saint Mary's will continue West Coast Conference play with a three-game set against LMU. The Gaels will continue their conference homestand on Friday, April 13 with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.