MORAGA, Calif. -- After slugging its way to a series-ending win over Gonzaga, the Saint Mary's baseball team will try to carry that momentum forward as it hosts San Jose State and travels to San Diego for a three-game West Coast Conference series this week.
Action begins Wednesday when the Gaels welcome the Spartans to Louis Guisto Field for the second and final game between the two teams this year. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Live video and statistics will be available through SMCGaels.com.
On Friday, the focus shifts south as Saint Mary's begins its series against the Toreros with a 6 p.m. first pitch. Saturday's game will also begin at 6 and Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m. Links to live video and statistics for all three games are available through the Schedule page on SMCGaels.com.
Saint Mary's begins the week with definite positives to build from after capturing the final game of its series against Gonzaga. The offense led the way Sunday, with every starter recording a hit for a team total of 15 en route to a 10-5 victory over the Bulldogs. Collin Ferguson hit a three-run home run and DonAndre Clark also drove in three runs in the victory.
Anthony Gonsolin continues to lead Saint Mary's (14-29, 6-12 WCC) at the plate this season, and he enters the week with team highs in batting average (.339), runs (28) and extra-base hits (16). The sophomore from Vacaville, California has also been good as the Gaels' Sunday starter and carries a 2-3 record and 3.86 ERA into this week's start.
The Gaels continue to be at their most consistent on the mound, with weekend starters Ryan Brockett and Cameron Neff set to join Gonsolin in resuming their familiar roles this week. Brockett enters the week with a 4-6 record and 3.44 ERA while Neff owns a 5-6 record and 3.99 ERA.
One definite bright spot from last week's action came in the form of freshman Corbin Burnes. The freshman from Bakersfield, California got the start against UC Davis and delivered his strongest performance as a Gael to date, throwing seven innings and allowing just one run on three hits. Burnes took a no-decision when the Aggies scored two in the eighth to take the lead.
San Jose State enters Tuesday's game against Santa Clara with a 13-31 overall record and 7-16 mark in the Mountain West Conference. The Spartans dropped two of three over the weekend at San Diego State and have lost six of their last seven.
As he did when the two teams met in early March, Brett Bautista leads San Jose State in hitting with a .310 average. Andre Mercurio isn't far behind at .290 and he's reached base safely in each of the last 20 games. The first meeting of the season between the two teams went San Jose State's way as the Spartans jumped out to an early lead en route to a 10-0 victory at San Jose Municipal Stadium.
San Diego enters the week with a 28-16 overall record and 12-9 record in the WCC. The Toreros dropped the first two games of last weekend's series at Pacific but rebounded to beat the Tigers 6-4 in Sunday's series finale.
One thing San Diego has been able to count on this season is offense. 10 players have batting averages above .300, including seven usual starters. Connor Joe leads the way with a .381 mark and the junior also leads the team in home runs (7) and RBI (40).
On the mound, seven different Toreros have started a game this season. Lefties Louie Lechich and PJ Conlon lead the team in starts with 11 and each sports an impressive 7-2 record entering the weekend. Lechich is one of the nation's top two-way threats, and he carries a .330 average into play this week as well.
After returning from San Diego, Saint Mary's will gear up for a mid-week trip to play Nevada before hosting San Francisco next weekend in the final home WCC series of the 2014 season.