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Baseball Concludes Season With Awards Banquet

May 18, 2007

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team put an end to its season with an awards banquet that was held last night in Hagerty Lounge on the Saint Mary's campus. Players, coaches, parents and fans filled the lounge to capacity to take part in the festivities.

Four awards were handed out to recognize the players for their hard work during the season. Senior outfielder Eric Cattoni was named the Most Valuable Player. Cattoni led the West Coast Conference with 54 runs scored which ranks second all-time in the SMC single season annals, trailing only former major leaguer James Mouton. Cattoni also ranked second in the WCC in stolen bases with 28 and his 45 career swipes rank seventh all time at Saint Mary's. The Lethbridge, Alberta native batted .303 in 47 games with three home runs and 15 RBI.

Alex Jensen was named the Pitcher of the Year.

Off the field, Cattoni was selected as a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and he also was named to the ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic Team. Earlier in the year, Cattoni received the prestigious CRC Chemistry Award and maintains a 3.99 GPA in Pre-Med/Biology.

Junior transfer Alex Jensen was named the Pitcher of the Year for the Gaels. Jensen was a jack of all trades for Saint Mary's as he was a mainstay out of the bullpen and an ace in the rotation during conference play. On the season, the right-hander made 15 appearances out of the pen and posted a 1-1 mark with a 3.51 ERA. During conference play, Jensen led the Gaels and was second among all starters in the league with a 1.74 ERA. Jensen allowed 19 hits in 20.2 innings while opposing batters hit .257. Overall the Oakland native posted a 1-2 record with a 3.84 ERA in 20 appearances.

J.P. Musgrove was named the Offensive Player of the Year.

Senior third baseman J.P. Musgrove was tabbed Offensive Player of the Year. Musgrove ended his SMC career with a .290 batting average, four home runs and 27 RBI on the season. The Pasadena native drilled a team-leading 11 doubles and slugged .438. During conference play, Musgrove led the Gaels with three home runs and 21 hits. Overall, the converted catcher played in a career-high 50 games with 49 starts, adding 19 runs and 49 hits.

Freshman Randy Wells shared the Newcomer of the Year award.

The Newcomer of the Year was split between two standouts. Freshmen Randy Wells and Anthony Aliotti headlined a solid rookie class for head coach Jedd Soto. The duo split the honor after leading the team in several categories. Wells was the first freshman to pace the team in hitting since Bryan Byrne in 2003. Wells batted .354 which ranked third in the conference. The Pittsburg native recorded a team-leading 63 hits, 11 doubles, three triples and 37 RBI. Wells also paced the team with 83 totals bases and added a home run. The second baseman tallied a team-high 19 multi-hit games, nine multi-RBI games and sported a 15 game hit streak earlier in the year.

Anthony Aliotti was one of the top two way threats in the WCC.

Aliotti was one of the top two-way threats in the conference. At the plate, the De La Salle product batted .320 with a home run and 37 RBI. Aliotti ranked fourth in the WCC in on base percentage with a .438 mark and added 30 walks. With the glove, the first baseman was one of the tops in the league with a .995 fielding percentage, making only two errors in 397 chances. On the hill the southpaw tallied a team-leading six wins with a 6-4 mark and maintained a 4.44 ERA. Aliotti pitched in 12 games and made 10 starts while striking out 46 in 52.2 innings pitched.

With a young squad the Gaels put together some memorable moments in 2007. Saint Mary's defeated the defending national champion No. 9 ranked Oregon State 4-1 to earn its first ever River City Classic title. The Gaels also rallied off a school record 14-game unbeaten streak. SMC recorded 17 wins at the friendly confines of Louis Guisto Field and erupted for 10 or more runs 10 times. With another strong recruiting class inked for 2008 and a year under the young squad's belt, the Gaels look to bounce back into the thick of the conference race next year.