D1Baseball Names Kirtley Top-100 MLB Draft College Prospect

Saint Mary’s baseball infielder Zach Kirtley was named Thursday to D1Baseball.com‘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. SMCGaels.com recently published a feature on Kirtley’s experience in the Cape Cod League this summer.

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Navy-Red World Series schedule adjusted ahead of weather

With inclement weather in the forecast for Moraga this weekend, the schedule for Saint Mary’s baseball‘s annual Navy-Red World Series has been moved up by a day. Originally planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the series is now starting on Wednesday and running through Friday.

All three games will be played at Louis Guisto Field and are free and open to the public. See the series schedule below:

Wednesday — 1:30 p.m.
Thursday — 1:30 p.m.
Friday — 1:30 p.m.

The free car wash planned for Sunday, to be ran by the team which loses the Navy-Red World Series, is on hold for now until further notice. The weather forecast calls for rain on Saturday and Sunday.

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Live Gaels audio via TuneIn

Saint Mary’s Athletics has made it easier than ever to follow along live with Gaels Basketball games. All men’s basketball games will feature live audio streamed via TuneIn. Below, you’ll find instructions on how to listen in.


On mobile and tablet
• Start by downloading TuneIn for free from the App Store or the Google Play Store.
• Once downloaded, open the app and search for “Saint Mary’s IMG Sports Network.”
• Click the station with the official SMC logo and you’re ready for gameday!

On your computer
You can listen live on your computer, as well. Audio is available on our Gameday Central page here. Or, you can listen here on TuneIn’s site.

_mbb_0225160007.JPGCalling all of the Saint Mary’s hoops action is Alex Jensen, the Voice of the Gaels. Jensen will be courtside at home and on the road for all games this season. Listen on TuneIn for pregame and postgame shows with exclusive interviews with coaches and student-athletes.

As always, you’ll be able to watch most Gaels Basketball games via TheW.tv. The best place to watch is on our Gameday Central page with rosters, schedule, social media, news, and more.

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Soccer Senior Days

The Gaels men’s and women’s soccer teams had a lot in common with each other this weekend- Both played their final home match, both honored seniors on the field, and both teams earned significant wins.

Women’s Soccer


The Women’s Soccer team finished their season at home Saturday afternoon against Loyola Marymount. The Gaels earned a 2-1 victory, closing out their year with three wins in their final four matches. SMC’s three wins against the WCC, one of the toughest conferences in the country, are the most the program has earned in 13 years.

Before the match, the team honored six student-athletes who played their final match as a Gael. Those seniors are- Julia McDonald, Jessica Imbrie, Samantha Dion, Morgan Darling, Kiana Quarles and Mary Fraser.

Men’s Soccer


The Men’s Soccer team played their final home match of the year, a contest against Gonzaga. The Gaels needed a win in order to keep their WCC Championship hopes alive. When the pressure was on, the team executed winning 3-1.

In a pregame ceremony, the Gaels honored the three seniors on the team- Alex Braman, Lukas Isaacson and Rafael Sanchez Jr., to acknowledge the accomplishments of the graduating student-athletes.

To finish the season, the Gaels will play at Portland with the hopes of a WCC Championship still alive! If Saint Mary’s wins and if Pacific loses or draws (at Gonzaga), the Gaels will win the WCC Championship and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels last won the WCC Championship in 2011 and advanced all the way to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. Watch or follow along as the Gaels and Pilots face off at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Gaels at WCC Media Day

With less than two weeks until opening night and a Gaels basketball doubleheader at home, coaches and student-athletes from all West Coast Conference teams traveled to Los Angeles for the WCC Tip Off Event. Joe Rahon and Randy Bennett represented the men’s team and Devon Brookshire and Paul Thomas represented the women.


Joe Rahon practices his interview skills at the WCC Tip Off Event.

Preseason polls and all-conference teams were released and the Gaels once again found themselves near the top. The men were picked second by coaches, received three first-place votes, and landed Naar, Pineau, and Rahon on the all-WCC preseason team. The women were picked to finish third, earned one first-place vote, and Stella Beck was named to the preseason all-WCC team.


On Halloween, Devon Brookshire snaps a selfie with Darth Vader on the Twitter mirror.

It was lights, camera, action as the Gaels talked about the excitement for the upcoming season and the focus in the final stretch of practices before games begin. SMCGaels.com has a full round-up of the day with multiple videos.

Both Gaels teams play their first game of the year at home in McKeon Pavilion. On Friday, November 11, the women host Cal at 5:30pm and the men play Nevada at 8:00pm. Tickets are available on SMCGaels.com and the games will be streamed live via GaelVision.

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Saint Mary’s baseball history covered in SMC Magazine

The long, rich history of Saint Mary’s baseball was a recent focal point for an article in the Saint Mary’s Magazine. From its early days in the late 1800s and rising MLB stars in the early 1900s, to last year’s West Coast Conference championship and run to the NCAA Tournament, the story is an in-depth historical look at baseball at Saint Mary’s College.

“I think the expectations from within are high now. The talent pool of recruits is just skyrocketing. It’s a good feeling. But this year was just one step in the right direction.” — SMC Head Coach Eric Valenzuela

Saint Mary’s 2017 schedule is already out, highlighted by games against five 2016 NCAA Regional teams. Stay tuned to SMCGaels.com for more news, including ticket information.

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Gaels’ Australian Pipeline Featured on ESPN.com

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team’s long Australian lineage was featured in a story on ESPN.com Friday, titled — “Saint Mary’s Australian Connection Keeps Growing

The story covers the beginning of the Gaels’ Australian connection with head coach Randy Bennett‘s arrival and the signing of Adam Capon in 2001. It includes interviews with current Gaels Dane Pineau and Emmett Naar, as well as Bennett, Caporn and current assistant coach Marty Clarke.

“The school and community embraced us wholeheartedly from Day 1. Secondly, I think Coach Bennett and the leadership at Saint Mary’s have similar values that Aussie athletes and teams have — such as ‘team-first’ and toughness. This meant that the Aussie imprint was not only embraced but reinforced.” — Adam Caporn, former SMC Basketball Player

The 2016-17 season begins Nov. 11 at home versus Nevada. Tickets are on sale and available for purchase online, by phone (925-631-GoTx) or by visiting the SMC Ticket Office during business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday).

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