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Baseball Set For Non-Conference Game Against UC Davis

April 16, 2007

Baseball Game Day: The Saint Mary's baseball team (16-19-1, 0-9) will host UC Davis (11-21) in a non-conference matinee on Tuesday, April 17. First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field. The meeting will mark the second of the season for the two squads.

Who's Hot: Saint Mary's freshman Anthony Aliotti has continued to dazzle with the bat this season. In his last seven games, the southpaw is batting .429 (6-for-14) with three RBI. Aliotti has walked twice and sports a .500 on base percentage over that span. In the last game of the series against LMU, the Pittsburg native batted 2-for-3 with a RBI. At SJSU, Aliotti tallied three hits and two RBI.

Last Time Out: The Gaels are still in search of their first West Coast Conference victory after being swept by the LMU Lions last weekend. The Gaels dropped the series opener by the score of 11-3 and then fell in a doubleheader by the scores of 8-0 and 8-2. Sophomore Joel Staples batted .375 in the series with a double and a RBI.

Scouting UC Davis: The Aggies enter Moraga with an 11-21 record and a 6-8 road mark. UCD is coming off a weekend series where they were swept by No. 18-ranked Cal State Fullerton. As a team the Aggies are batting .296 and have a 5.16 ERA. Opponents are batting .288 and sport a 4.28 ERA.

UCD is led by Daniel Descalso and Aaron Hanke. Descalso leads the team with a .394 batting average, 34 runs and 25 RBI. Descalso has also smacked 16 doubles and walked 19 times. On the hill, Trevor Fox is 3-5 with a 4.21 ERA. Fox has fanned 30 in 57.2 innings pitched. Tuesday starter Bryan Evans is 1-4 with a 6.67 ERA in eight appearances.

Versus the Aggies: Tuesday's meeting will mark the second this season for the two programs. The two teams have met 52 times with the Gaels holding a 29-22-1 advantage since 1971. The two squads squared off in Davis earlier this season, UCD won the Tuesday matchup 6-3. After the Davis loss, the Gaels rallied off a school-record 14-game unbeaten streak.

Record Watch: 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 three 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.

WCC Leaders: As a team the Gaels rank third in the conference with a .293 batting average. The Gaels sport a couple league leaders as the team continues conference play. Senior Eric Cattoni leads the league in runs scored with 42 and stolen bases with 22. Freshman Anthony Aliotti is second in the conference with 28 walks and leads the league with a .473 on base percentage. Sophomore Joel Staples is third in home runs (6), slugging percentage (.557) and fourth in RBI (35).

Next Time Out: The Saint Mary's baseball team will continue WCC play this time on the road. The Gaels will head up to the Pacific Northwest to face Gonzaga in a weekend series. The three-game set will start on Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. from Washington Trust Field.