SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Saint Mary's pitcher Cameron Neff took a quick moment to steal a glance into the stands, taking a peek at the nearly 2,400 fans that visited Goodwin Field for Saturday night's matchup between the Gaels and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton.
It was a well deserved moment of pause considering what Neff had just accomplished.
The freshman from Salinas, Calif. continued his recent run of dominance by shutting out the Titans, scattering four hits and striking out three to throw his second complete game in a row. This time, it led to a 6-0 Saint Mary's win and on Monday earned the right-hander West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
In shutting out Fullerton, Neff ran his streak of scoreless innings pitched to 18 after throwing a two-hit shutout one week earlier against Penn State. But, while that was impressive, the stage on which he performed Saturday made the feat even more remarkable.
A three-run rally by the Gaels in the third inning gave Neff the offense he needed, and SMC's Saturday starter took control from there. He was perhaps his most impressive in the ninth inning when, coming back out with over 100 pitches thrown, Neff set down the Titans in order with a popout, strikeout and groundout to finish his own game.
"He wanted me out there," Neff said of SMC head coach Eric Valenzuela. "There was no way I was letting the bullpen get in there."
Neff and the Gaels will be back in action this week, beginning with a Tuesday-Wednesday series against Minnesota at Louis Guisto Field. Both games begin at 3 p.m. Saint Mary's begins West Coast Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Portland.