Perfect Game names three Gaels to preseason All-WCC team

As the baseball season draws nearer, the major Division I baseball websites continue to publish their season previews. Friday it was PerfectGame.org who published their West Coast Conference season preview, with three Gaels landing on the PerfectGame.org Preseason All-WCC team.

Junior right-handed pitcher Corbin Burnes, senior outfielder/right-handed pitcher Anthony Gonsolin and senior third baseman Anthony Villa all made the list. Burnes was also named PerfectGame.org’s Preseason WCC Pitcher of the Year. It was his third such nod in as many days after D1Baseball.com did the same Wednesday and Baseball America bestowed the title on Thursday.

The Gaels’ 2016 season opens at home on Feb. 19 versus Seattle University. Tickets can be purchased online on SMCGaels.com and by calling the Saint Mary’s ticket office at 925-631-GoTx. Season tickets, group tickets, multi-game plans and single game tickets are available for purchase.

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WBK | It’s a Super Saturday Match-Up In McKeon

With the Gaels win on Thursday night, the Saint Mary’s women’s hoops team has set the table for a Super Saturday match-up with league-leading BYU at 1:00 p.m. in McKeon Pavilion. Tickets are available for just $5 for fans wearing Saint Mary’s gear.

Why you should come:
Saint Mary’s (18-4, 9-2 West Coast Conference) vs. Brigham Young (19-4, 11-1 WCC).

Top two RPI’s in the WCC (No. 21 BYU, No. 42 SMC).

Gaels have six top-100 wins.

Cougars have five top-100 wins and two top-50 wins.

Winner will have the inside track to WCC title with just three weekends remaining.

SMC leads the WCC in eight statistical categories including ranking as the highest scoring team in the league.

BYU features an All-American and the WCC’s top individual scorer and rebounder.

SMC enters the game on an eight game winning streak.

BYU enters the contest on an 11-game winning streak.

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SMC alumni awards pre-game dinner before SMC v LMU

The SMC alumni office is inviting Gael fans to attend a special pre-game dinner next weekend for the 2016 Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame induction prior to the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team’s contest against Loyola Marymount.

The evening begins at the Soda Center with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by dinner, the induction ceremony and the 8 p.m. Gaels vs. Lions game in McKeon Pavilion.  Tickets to the dinner are $50 ($25 for GOLD Alumni).  Game tickets are not included.  Those can be purchased here or by calling the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx (4689).

This year’s recipients include:
Odell Johnson ’58, Alumnus of the Year
J.G. Larochette ’02, Meritorious Service Award
Ron Turner ’79, Signum Fidei Award
Freddie Silveria ’11, GOLD Award
Nancy Gracey Richardson, Honorary Alumna
Ted Tsukahara ’62, Saint John Baptist De La Salle Award
Allegra Porter ’04, SMC Athletic Hall of Fame
Mark Teahen, SMC Athletic Hall of Fame

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Time Changed for Women’s Tennis at Stanford

The time for the Saint Mary’s women’s tennis match at Stanford on Friday has been changed to 1:30 p.m. on the same day. The match between the two nationally ranked Bay Area rivals was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at the Taube Family Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif.

Fans can watch Friday’s match live on Stanford’s tennis streaming site. Both teams enter Friday’s match with one win early in the dual match season. The match will be the third consecutive top-25 opponent for Saint Mary’s and the fifth straight dual played away from home to start the year.

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D1Baseball.com Pegs Gaels as WCC Favorites

In it’s annual West Coast Conference preview Wednesday, D1Baseball.com picked Saint Mary’s to win the WCC title. Junior right-handed pitcher Corbin Burnes was also selected as D1Baseball.com’s Preseason WCC Pitcher of the Year. By virtue of being chosen to win the WCC, the website also predicted that the Gaels would be the WCC’s lone NCAA Regional team.

Saint Mary’s returns all but one starting position player, with 32 letterwinners coming back in 2016 from last year’s team that was one of the best turnaround stories in the country. The Gaels posted a 12-game improvement from 2014 with their most wins since 2009 and a better-than-.500 record in head coach Eric Valenzuela’s second season.

The Gaels’ 2016 season opens at home on Feb. 19 versus Seattle University. Tickets can be purchased online on SMCGaels.com and by calling the Saint Mary’s ticket office at 925-631-GoTx. Season tickets, group tickets, multi-game plans and single game tickets are available for purchase.

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How to watch SMC hoops this weekend

Television coverage this week for the 25th ranked Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team will be a little different than usual as the team hits the road for games at BYU and San Diego.

Thursday’s game in Provo will be televised live at 6 p.m. (PT) on BYUtv, while Saturday’s 6 p.m. game at San Diego will be produced by Fox Sports San Diego and televised in Northern California on CSN+.

Thursday’s game will be streamed live by BYUtv, while SMCGaels.com will have Saturday’s game via GaelVision (courtesy TheW.tv).

Below is a bit of basic information on where to find the games on your cable or satellite provider. Check your local listings for additional information and/or confirmation.  You might need a sports or other premium package to watch, which could be subject to various blackouts.

Thursday, Feb. 4 at BYU  (BYUtv)
Comcast (Northern California) - 228 (in SD)
Time Warner Cable (Southern California) - 465
DIRECtv - 374 (in SD)
Dish Network - 9403

Saturday, Feb. 6 at San Diego (Fox Sports San Diego)
Comcast (Northern California) - 780 (CSN+)
DIRECtv - 694
Dish Network - 408
Time Warner Cable
   -  San Diego:  61 & 322
   -  El Centro:  20 & 322
   -  Desert Cities/Desert Hot Spings:  76 & 322
   -  Yuma:  70 & 322
   -  Hawai'i:  227
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LMU Invitational golf tourney 2nd round suspended

The Saint Mary’s golf team was unable to conclude second round play at the LMU Invitational at Reflection Bay Golf Club in Las Vegas yesterday due to darkness.  The 14-team field resumed play this morning then will begin the tournament’s final round immediately afterward.

The Gaels are in third place at 2-over par, two shots behind second place Cal Poly.  UNLV has a comfortable lead at the top of the team standings at 22-under par.

For live results, click here.

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