MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team (1-3) hosts Chicago State (0-3) this weekend in the Gaels' home opening series. On Friday, the Gaels and Cougars have a first pitch at 2:00 p.m. Saturday the teams will square off at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday SMC and CSU will battle at 1:00 p.m. All SMC home games are played at the new Louis Guisto Field.
Last week the Gaels opened the year on the road at Cal State Northridge. Saint Mary's took one of the four games in the series and were led by Brenden Kalfus and Collin Ferguson with four hits apiece. Ferguson was a home run short of the cycle in the Saint Mary's victory.
Jordan Mills was on the mound for the SMC win, going six innings, allowing seven hits, walking one and striking out five. Patrick Keane earned the save allowing nothing in one inning of work.
Last weekend the Gaels went with the rotation of Mark Anderson (Fri.), Ben Griset (Sat. Game 1), Mills (Sat. Game 2) and Ryan Brockett (Sun.).
Probable pitching starters (subject to change) for this weekend are Anderson (Fri.), Mills (Sat.) and Griset (Sun.).
Saint Mary's stole 7-of-8 bases against CSUN, led by Shawn O'Brien who went 2-for-2. SMC also drew 20 walks as a team in the four game series, led by Cole Norton and Darian Ramage with four apiece.
Chicago State faced Alabama State last weekend and were overmatched, being outscored 39-4 in three games. Offensively, Mattingly Romanin led CSU with three hits in 10 at-bats, while Julian Russell added two hits. The Cougars hit four extra base hits in their series against Alabama State.
On the mound, Andrew Wellwerts, Dylan Sterrett and Eric Hall were the starting pitchers. Wellwerts went six innings, allowing five hits and five walks, holding Alabama State to a .227 average. Sterrett went five innings giving up seven runs, while Hall went 5.2 innings giving up nine runs.