Senior pitcher Katie Moss and junior utility Hailey Sparacino were named to the Preseason Team after terrific performances in 2016. Moss led the WCC in ERA last season (2.53) and finished third in strikeouts (130), third in innings pitched (169), and fifth in wins (12). Sparacino batted .278 last year with 10 runs batted in and was second on the team with 40 total hits.
Saint Mary’s was predicted to finish fourth in the conference after coming in fourth in 2016. Saint Mary’s will look to improve upon last year’s record of 20-27-1 with a team featuring plenty of new faces including 10 freshmen.
BYU was placed first in the coaches’ preseason poll with Loyola Marymount finishing close behind. BYU won the West Coast Conference last season after finishing 12-3 in conference play.
The Gaels will begin their season on Feb. 10 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The team will play their first home game on Feb. 22 against Bay Area rival Cal at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for that game and all future Gael home games can be found at the Tickets Link on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Athletic Ticket Office during weekday business hours at (925) 631-GoTx (4689).
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