"What a great night for our program," said head coach Jedd Soto. "We really appreciate the support for our team and it was wonderful to have so many family members, alumni and friends in attendance to help start our season."
O'Dowd entertained the audience with stories from the major leagues and life as an MLB General Manager. He also offered sound advice to the current players on everything from baseball skills to recognizing one's purpose in life.
This year's Meet the Players Night event raised more than $20,000 for the program through sponsorships, silent and live auctions, and a raffle. The SMC Baseball program would like to thank everyone who supported the event, especially the sponsors Dorothy and Joe Cortese, Kathy and Neil Norton, Jason Waugh '02, and Tom Candiotti '79 who helped to underwrite the event. Proceeds from the dinner directly benefit the baseball program and the student-athlete experience.
History was made on Sunday afternoon as Ryan Brockett tossed the first-ever no-hitter at the new Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels swept Chicago State in their three game home series and will host Stanford on Tuesday, February 26.