TUCSON, Ariz. — Saint Mary's designated hitter Kevin Milam was named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Monday for the week of May 15-21 after hitting three home runs in three consecutive days and helping the Gaels clinch a postseason berth.
Milam hit two grand slams and a walk-off solo shot to help the Gaels (37-18, 18-9 WCC) sweep rival Santa Clara and clinch a spot in the West Coast Conference Tournament for the second straight year. He slugged .875 and had 10 RBIs while SMC went 4-0 on the week.
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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