SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Saint Mary's baseball's Kevin Milam was named the Rawlings West Coast Conference Player of the Week for the week of May 15-21 after hitting three home runs on three consecutive days to help the Gaels sweep Santa Clara and clinch a spot in the WCC Tournament.
Milam hit two grand slams and a walk-off home run on Saturday to power Saint Mary's (37-18, 18-9 WCC). The Gaels' freshman designated hitter slugged .875 with 10 RBIs and seven runs scored while helping SMC go 4-0 on the week. He had hits and RBIs in all four of the Gaels' games – none bigger than his long balls over the weekend.
His first grand slam on Friday erased a 2-1 deficit and powered Saint Mary's to a series-opening win. Saturday, he swung at the very first pitch of the bottom of the ninth, sending it straight over the 400-foot mark of the center field wall to give the Gaels their second walk-off win of the year. And Sunday, he powered an 11-0 run in the late innings with his third grand slam of the season to make it 11-3, as the Gaels finished the sweep and clinched a spot in the postseason for the second straight year.
The Gaels begin play in the 2017 WCC Tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday versus No. 1 seed Gonzaga at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton. Tickets are available for purchase via the Stockton Ports website. All SMC tournament games will be streamed live on the Gaels' Gameday Central page.
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