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Baseball In Full Swing For The Fall

Oct. 12, 2006

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's College baseball team started official team practice October 2nd. The Gaels played seven intersquad games before they held their 3rd annual Scout Day at Louis Guisto Field on October 9th. Twenty three major league teams attended the event.

During the first seven games, the Gaels have been impressive at the plate and on the mound. Freshman Taylor Stanton is 2-0 with 10 strike outs in 10 innings. Freshman Jimmy Munill and Anthony Aliotti have picked up two wins each. Senior Michael Nisco was solid in his first start, tossing seven shutout innings. Junior College transfers Sean Gleason and Brian Justice have both thrown well in their debut outings as Gaels.

"I am really impressed with our pitchers in their first outings this fall," head coach Jedd Soto said. "We have had great control this early and have several pitchers locate four pitches for a strike."

Offensively, newcomer Michael Gonzales has been leading every offensive category with 14 hits in his first seven games. Fellow freshman Michael Cipolla is second with 12 hits and six runs batted in. Sophomore Joel Staples, who was a Second Team All-West Coast Conference selection last year, is hitting .400 after his first week.

On scout day, the Gaels were impressive on the mound and in the field. Several scouts commented that 10-12 players will have a chance to get drafted at some point during their career at SMC. Of the 14 pitchers who threw that day, 10 of them sat in the 88-93 miles per hour range with their fastballs and showed great command of their off-speed arsenal. Several position players were mentioned as prospects due to their speed, arm strength, defensive ability and balanced swings.

"We are very excited with this group. Even though we are very young on paper, the student-athletes are playing well together and have great instincts for the game," Soto said. "We have high expectations for this year's team."

The Gaels will be hosting their third annual alumni game Saturday, October 21st with the two games slated in the afternoon from Louis Guisto Field.