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Baseball Prepares For Last Tuesday Matinee

April 30, 2007

Baseball Game Day: The Saint Mary's baseball team (18-25-1) will remain at home to host nearby Patten University (25-23) in a Tuesday matinee. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field. The weekday matchup will mark the second meeting between the two programs this season.

Who's Hot: Saint Mary's freshman infielder Randy Wells has been swinging the hot stick. The newcomer batted .700 (7-for-10) over the weekend with a team-leading four RBI and three doubles. In Sunday's contest against Portland, the newcomer batted 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Wells had a multi-hit game in each contest.

Last Time Out: The Gaels got back on track in conference play by taking down the Pilots 5-2. The freshman duo of Brandon Berl and Randy Wells combined to lead Saint Mary's to its first WCC win on the season. Berl pitched seven strong innings while Wells drove in two and tallied three knocks on the day.

Starting Stoppers: Saint Mary's junior college transfer Alex Jensen pitched a gem in his first league start. Jensen tossed six innings and scattered five hits while fanning five in the no-decision. Freshman Brandon Berl got the Gaels back on track in conference play with a seven inning victory. Berl struck out six and allowed a run on six hits.

Mid-Season All-America: Saint Mary's freshmen Randy Wells and Anthony Aliotti were named to the Perfect Game Freshmen Mid-Season All-America list. Wells was selected at second base as the second-ranked newcomer at his position. Aliotti was tabbed as the third best utility player in the country as he has been one of the top two-way threats on the mound and at the plate in the league.

Scouting Patten: The Lions enter Moraga with a 25-23 overall record. Patten split a non-conference doubleheader against San Francisco State this past weekend. Patten took game one by the score of 12-8 while SFSU won the night cap 8-4. Oscar Ochoa drilled a grand slam for the Lions.

Through 23 games on the Patten stat sheet, Jeremy Wells leads the team with a .359 average on 23 hits. Joseph Jennings paces the squad with six home runs and 21 RBI. On the mound, Matthew Wouters sports a 2-2 record with a 3.78 ERA. Wouters was tagged with the loss at San Francisco State.

Versus the Lions: The two squads met earlier this season with the Lions pulling out the 13-11 upset victory in seven innings. Saint Mary's faced Patten University of nearby Oakland twice last season. The Gaels recorded victories in both games of the doubleheader with scores of 7-1 and 11-1.

Award Watch: Saint Mary's senior outfielder Eric Cattoni (Lethbridge, Alberta) was announced as a candidate for the baseball division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Cattoni was among a list of 30 candidates and is the lone representative from a California institution. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the CLASS award was designed to honor the attributes of seniors who remain committed to their university.

Record Watch: Saint Mary's senior Eric Cattoni moved into a tie for ninth all-time in single season stolen bases with 26. His 48 runs scored this season rank him in a tie for sixth in a single season with former Major Leaguer James Mouton. Cattoni also sits in sixth all-time in the annals with 43 career stolen bases, five away from two others in fifth.

WCC Leaders: As a team Saint Mary's ranks third in the WCC with a .285 mark. The Gaels sport a couple league leaders as the team continues conference play. Senior Eric Cattoni leads the league in runs scored with 48 and stolen bases with 26. Freshman Anthony Aliotti is third in the conference with 29 walks and second with a .451 on base percentage. Sophomore Joel Staples is third in home runs (6), fourth in slugging percentage (.527) and sixth in RBI (35). Cattoni is also second in triples with three.

Next Series: Saint Mary's will host rival Santa Clara in the final home series of the weekend. The two teams will square off in the first of three games on Friday, May 4 at 3 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.