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.