Baseball featured on NBC Bay Area

The Saint Mary’s baseball team was featured on NBC Bay Area Friday night following its game against top-25 ranked Washington. Reporter Colin Resch filmed a piece on the Gaels’ success in 2016 and how the momentum will carry into 2017.

The NBC Bay Area piece can be viewed by clicking here. Both head coach Eric Valenzuela and preseason All-American Zach Kirtley are interviewed in the piece.

Saint Mary’s defeated nationally ranked Washington on Thursday in the series opener but fell 11-1 Friday to even the series. The series continues Saturday and Sunday with 1 p.m. start times each day. Tickets can be purchased on or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.

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Day 2 of UNLV Classic rained out

The second day of the UNLV Classic in Las Vegas has been washed out due to rain. Saint Mary’s baseball was scheduled to play host UNLV at 6:05 p.m. The earlier UC Davis vs. Nebraska Omaha was also rained out.

Sunday’s schedule has been adjusted to accommodate for makeups. See below:

8:30 a.m. – Nebraska Omaha vs. UC Davis
11:30 a.m. – Saint Mary’s vs. Nebraska Omaha
3:05 p.m. – UC Davis vs. UNLV

Fans can find the Tournament Central page by clicking here. Read host UNLV’s release on Day 2’s rainout by clicking here.

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Gaels receiving attention in preseason polls

The 2017 season is still 4 1/2 weeks away, but the Saint Mary’s baseball team is already receiving some preseason hype in national polls released by college baseball publications.

The Gaels were listed among “10 Teams To Watch” in the Preseason Top-25, released last month. SMC also received votes in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason Top-40, also released in December.

Saint Mary’s returns seven starters and 21 letterwinners from last year’s team that won its first-ever West Coast Conference regular season and tournament championships while making the program’s first-ever appearance in an NCAA Regional.

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New Year’s Win Roundup

To finish a remarkable 2016, the Gaels played in a celebratory McKeon Pavilion, to beat San Diego 72-60. The Saint Mary’s bench played with energy and poise to help fuel the win.

Below is the full roundup of stories, photo, and video coverage from
Game Story
Highlights Video
Photo Gallery
Box Score
Postgame Comments Video
Longform Interviews (Jordan Ford, Marty Clarke, and Steve Kroner of The Chronicle)

Happy 2017 from the Gaels!

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Win over Western Kentucky Roundup

On Wednesday, the Gaels earned win number eight on the season, beating the Hilltoppers by 22.

Former NBA Head Coach Mike Brown was in the building to watch SMC and poses for a shot with Athletic Director Mark Orr and College President James Donahue.

Here’s the full roundup of coverage from including game story, stats, photos, videos, and more.


Box Score:
Photo Gallery:
Randy Bennett Video Interview:
Naar and Fitzner Video Interview:
Raw postgame quotes:
Audio Interviews:


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Gaels vs. UC Irvine Roundup

You probably saw the biggest play of the game from last night…

But there’s plenty more coverage.
Here’s the full roundup from of Sunday night’s win over UC Irvine.

Game Story:
Box Score:
Photo Gallery:
Scenes of the Game:
Postgame Interviews on TuneIn:

Happy Monday, Gael fans.

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D1Baseball Names Kirtley Top-100 MLB Draft College Prospect

Saint Mary’s baseball infielder Zach Kirtley was named Thursday to‘s top-100 College Prospects for the 2017 MLB Draft. Kirtley is the only West Coast Conference player on the list and one of 20 infielders. He is among 42 position players on a list dominated by pitchers.

Kirtley is coming off a 2016 season in which he led the Gaels in nearly every offensive category (batting average, RBIs, home runs, doubles, walks) and helped the Gaels to one of their most successful seasons in program history. He spent his summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League playing among the country’s best. recently published a feature on Kirtley’s experience in the Cape Cod League this summer.

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