MORAGA, Calif. - After playing back-to-back West Coast Conference series, the Saint Mary's baseball team will travel to Honolulu, HI to play Hawaii in a four game non-conference showdown at Les Murakami Stadium in Oahu. The series starts Friday, April 13 at 9:35 P.M. PST, with game two on Saturday at the same time. The Gaels and Warriors will play a double header on Sunday starting at 2:05 P.M.
Saint Mary's (15-15) enters this weekend's series fresh after having Tuesday's contest against San Jose State rained out. It is the fifth time this season the Gaels have been rained out. Last weekend, the Gaels lost two of three to visiting Pepperdine. On Friday, the Waves' starter Jon Moscot was one out away from throwing a no hitter, Troy Channing broke up the no-hit bid with an RBI base hit to left field with two outs.
Channing is red-hot for the Gaels enter this weekend's series. He was named the SMC Student Athlete of the Week after leading the Gaels with a .412 batting average going 7-for-17 with three doubles, a home run and five RBI. The home run was the 45th of Channing's career which makes him tied for fourth all-time in the West Coast Conference.
Last week saw the end of two impressive streaks, Cole Norton's 13 game hitting streak came to an end in Friday's contest; however that did not stop him from hitting his first career home run in Sunday's contest. Norton is still riding a 16-game reached base safely streak. Also in Friday's contest, Patrick Wisdom's 19-game reaching base safely streak came to an end.
The Gaels pitching staff enters this week ranked 14th in the nation with a 2.80 ERA. The Gaels are currently on pace to break their team ERA record for a second straight year. On Friday, Martin Agosta won his 15th career game. The 15 wins makes him 10th all-time at SMC, just one behind Dan Ward (1984-1987) for eighth. Agosta will start Friday's contest for the Gaels as he looks to improve to 6-1. This year he 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA, the five victories is 36th in the nation, while the 1.80 ERA is 46th in the nation.
On Saturday, the Gaels will hand the ball to LHP Ben Griset. In Griset's last start he went 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits, allowing two earned runs, with one walk and a career-high 11 strike outs. His old career-high was seven strike outs, he tied that in the top of the fourth inning. On Sunday, the Gaels will go with LHP Ryan Brockett in game one and RHP Kyle Barraclough for game two. Brockett will be making his first weekend start of his career on Sunday. He is having a breakout year this season, he is 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA, in 28.0 innings pitched he has 28 strike outs to just 11 walks. Barraclough is looking for his 18th career victory, the Gaels senior ace is currently sixth all-time with 17 career victories. He is 59th in the nation with 50 strike outs, he now has 260 career strike outs which is third all-time at SMC, just 20 behind legendary SMC pitcher Tom Candiotti (1975-79).
Hawaii enters this week with an overall record of 19-13, they are 2-1 in the WAC after taking two of three from Fresno State last weekend. The Warriors are 19-9 at home this year, as a team they are hitting .252, averaging 4.25 runs per game. On the mound they boast a staff ERA of 2.64 which is sixth in the nation.
On Friday, Hawaii will send righty Matt Sisto to the mound. Sisto is 5-3 with a 2.78 ERA, in 55.0 innings pitched he has allowed 56 hits, 21 runs, 17 earned with 31 strike outs and just five walks. On Saturday, the Warriors will throw Jarrett Arakwa who is 3-3 with a 1.81 ERA, in 54 innings pitched Arakawa has 43 strike outs to just eight walks. On Sunday Hawaii will start with LHP Scott Squier and are TBA for game two.
All four games will feature free live statistics, the live stats can be accessed online on the baseball schedule page. Hawaii will also feature a radio broadcast on ESPN Radio (1420 AM and will be broadcast online at espn1420am.com. There will be live stream video of all four games that will be featured on www.OCSports.tv for a fee.