MORAGA, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s baseball team (9-20) returns to non-conference action this weekend when it hosts Georgetown (17-9) on April 5-7. Friday’s first pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday both begin at 1:00 p.m. All SMC home games take place at Louis Guisto Field on the SMC campus.
The Gaels look to build on their come-from-behind 9-8 victory over San Jose State on Wednesday afternoon. The Gaels were down 8-1 in the fifth but chipped away and claimed the victory.
After going 4-for-5 on Wednesday, Brenden Kalfus has taken over the West Coast Conference lead in batting average (all games) with his .389 mark. Markus Melgosa is second on the team with a .333 average while Anthony Gonsolin is hitting at a .293 clip.
Collin Ferguson leads the Gaels in total bases with 37, including a team-high three homeruns. Anthony Villa is the team RBI leader with 18 and DonAndre Clark leads the WCC in stolen bases with 13 in 15 attempts.
On the mound, Ben Griset was recently named the Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Month for March. He threw two complete game shutouts and had a 0.99 ERA during the month. Griset has a team best 1.76 ERA, followed by weekend starters Ryan Brockett (3.27 ERA) and Jordan Mills (3.49 ERA). Patrick Keane is the closer with four saves this season.
Georgetown recently won 2-of-3 from South Florida. Two of the games against USF went extra innings.
The Hoyas are led by Trevor Matern with his .371 average. Justin Leeson (.318) and Curtiss Pomeroy (.306) are also hitting over .300. As a team, the Hoyas are hitting at a .263 clip with eight homeruns and 118 RBI.
On the mound, the primary starters have been Jack Vander Linden (2-0, 2.72 ERA), Matt Hollenbeck (1-3, 3.93 ERA) and Thomas Polus (2-2, 4.50 ERA). Charlie Steinman is the closer with six saves.
After this week, the Gaels will play at UC Davis on Tuesday, before resuming WCC action at Gonzaga.