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SB | Gaels Travel to Stanford, Pacific This Week

May 02, 2017

By: Trey Hannula
SMC Athletic Communications

MORAGA, Calif. — Following a tough three game series versus Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary's (16-26, 2-7 WCC) is set to play Stanford and Pacific on the road this week in the second to last week of the regular season.

On Wednesday, the Gaels will travel across the Bay to face off against the Stanford Cardinal (18-27, 1-17 Pac-12) in a 6 p.m. night game. Stanford is most recently coming off a weekend series sweep at the hands of No. 12 UCLA. The Gaels and Cardinal squared off twice last season at the Stanford Nike Invitational and split the games, including a 6-5 extra-inning win by SMC.

Saint Mary's returns to West Coast Conference play on Saturday when they face the Pacific Tigers (24-24, 7-5 WCC) in Stockton. The Tigers are winners of six straight and and currently sit in second place in the conference standings. Last season, the Gaels took two out of three against Pacific in Moraga.

All three games versus the Tigers can be seen live online as the entire series will be streamed live through Campus Insiders. 

Nikki Alexander is in the midst of an incredible offensive streak, safely reaching base in 24 straight contests. The freshman also has a 10-game hit streak dating all the way back to Mar. 28 against UMKC. Her .382 batting average is good for third in the WCC, as is her .472 on-base percentage.

Saint Mary's boasts two elite pitchers on their staff in Katlyn Whitt and Katie Moss, both of whom are among the conference's ERA leaders. The Gaels rank second in the WCC as a team in ERA, opponents' batting average, and home runs allowed.

Links to the live streams and live stats for all four games can be found on the Gaels' softball schedule page. 

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