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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 2, 2007

LMU - 9
Sacramento State - 5

LOS ANGELES - A two-out, bases-loaded double off the bat of LMU junior Eric Farris broke open a 3-3 tie game in the sixth inning on Opening Day at Page Stadium. The Lions (1-0) topped Sacramento State (0-1) 9-5 in the opener for both teams Friday afternoon.

With two outs and teammates Michael Glomb (hit by pitch), DeAndre Miller (walk), and Brian Wilson (single to left) loading the bases in the sixth, Farris' shot down the right field line gave the Lions the lead for good. Farris finished the day 2-for-5 with the three RBI and some key defensive plays at second base.

LMU trailed 2-0 in the third before adding one run in the bottom of the frame on a double by Wilson. Sean Dovel tied the game at three in the fifth on a two-run home run over the fence in left center.

Starting pitcher Brad Meyers (1-0) earned the win after throwing six innings and striking out three.

Sacramento State starter Alvaro Orozco went five innings, but it was John Schlager (0-1) who suffered the loss after giving up the go-ahead runs.

The Lions tallied 13 hits in the Opening Day win, getting hits from seven of their nine starters.

After taking the 6-3 lead on Farris' shot, the Lions added three more runs in the seventh, scoring for a third straight frame. With one out, A.J. LaMonda, Angelo Songco, and Ryan Wheeler strung together three straight hits. Wilson's third hit of the day scored each of them to put the Lions up 9-4.

Lee Roberts, Nathan Keadle, and Joe Zeller each threw an inning out of the pen for the Lions, holding Sacramento State to just two final runs in the ninth. Roberts held the Hornets hitless with a strikeout in the seventh.

Miller equaled a school record, drawing four walks in the game. Four other Lions have accomplished that feat over the years, the most recent being Josh Whitesell (2001-03) in 2002.

The two freshmen to earn a start on Opening Day, Wheeler (3B) and Songco (LF), finished a combined 2-for-7 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Left fielder Ryan Blair led the way for the Hornets, going 3-for-4 with three RBI.

The win made gave the Lions their fifth straight Opening Day win at Page Stadium. The run features Opening Day victories over Cal (2005), UC Riverside (2004), Cal State Northridge (2001), Cal State Dominguez Hills (1999), and now Sacramento State.

LMU and Sacramento State will continue the three-game Opening Weekend series Saturday at Page Stadium. A pair of left-handers in Daniel Macias (LMU) and Mick Joyce (SAC) is slated to start on the mound. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. Fans who can't make it to the park can follow all of the action free of charge with both GameTracker and live audio on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 4
UNLV - 3

Las Vegas, Nev. - Junior right hander Barry Enright lived up to his preseason billing and sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames made an impressive debut as they helped Pepperdine to a 4-3 season-opening victory over UNLV Friday night at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.

Enright, who was tabbed a preseason All-American and named to the watch lists for the Roger Clemens Award (top pitcher) and Brooks Wallace Award (top player), was in mid-season form against the Rebels (1-3) as he worked seven innings, allowed three hits, an unearned run, struck out five and did not walk a batter in improving his career record to 24-3 and moving within one victory of 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list.

Thames, a transfer from West Valley Junior College, doubled, tripled and drove in three runs in his first game for Pepperdine (1-0).

The Waves jumped on UNLV starter Craig Heyer (1-1) right away as junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz opened the game with a triple and, after a lineout, scored on a triple by Thames.

The score remained 1-0 until the fifth inning when Pepperdine scored three times to take a 4-0 lead. Ortiz led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Danny Worth and a throwing error. Both runners came around to score on a double by Thames.

Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud followed with a single through the right side advancing Thames to third. One out later, Thames scored the final run of the inning on an infield out off the bat of junior first baseman Matt Aidem.

Enright held the Rebels scoreless through the first 4.2 innings before allowing an unearned run in the bottom half of the fifth.

UNLV cut the deficit to 4-3 in the eighth against Pepperdine sophomore closer Brett Hunter. The Waves' right hander surrendered a single and walk to the first two batters he faced before allowing a two-run double to Michael Brenly.

Hunter then struck out four of the next seven batters he faced to record his first save of the season and 12th of his career. The save moved him into a tie with Derek Wallace (1990-92) and Greg Reece (1970-72) for sixth place on Pepperdine's all-time saves list.

The victory marked the Waves' seventh straight season-opening win and improved their all-time record in openers to 36-16-1 dating back to 1954.

Pepperdine and UNLV will play Game 2 of the series Saturday at 2 p.m.

San Diego - 6
Texas - 5

ROUND ROCK, Texas - The University of San Diego baseball team held off a late rally by the fourth-ranked University of Texas to claim a 6-5 win Friday evening at the Dell Diamond.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 4-0 on the season and have now won fourth consecutive games against the Longhorns. With the loss, the Longhorns drop their season opener to the Toreros for the second consecutive season.

Texas entered the bottom of the ninth inning down 6-2, and began a rally that just fell short. Pat McCrory got the rally started as he dove in the first Texas run on a double to left field, plating Jordan Danks, who led off the inning with a single. On the same play a USD fielding error occurred allowing a second run to come across and allowing Danks to reach third. Matt Couch then took the mound for USD with one out and a runner on third. Kyle Russell grounded out to the second baseman allowing Danks to score the third run. Couch then hit the next batter before striking out Chance Wheeless to give the Toreros the win and Couch the save.

USD's Brian Matusz (2-0) picked up his second win of the season after another masterful performance on the mound. Matusz allowed one earned run on five hits in 5.2 innings of work, while striking out eight. Freshman AJ Griffin also looked impressive on the mound as he came in and threw 2.2 innings of work allowing four runs on five hits, while striking out three. Couch picked up the save as he allowed no runs on no hits in 0.2 innings of work.

The Toreros broke into the scoring column first as in the third inning; Justin Snyder recorded his first home run of the season. Snyder hit a solo shot over the right field fence to jump-start the USD offense.

San Diego tacked on another run in the fourth inning. Daniel Magness got things rolling with a walk and moved to second on a Kevin Hansen sacrifice bunt. After Magness moved to third on a wild pitch, Sean Nicol drove him in on a single up the middle to give USD a 2-0 lead.

The Toreros then added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning scoring three runs. Josh Romanski led off the inning with a stand-up double to left center field and moved to third on a Jordan Abruzzo single to right field. Shane Buschini then drove in Romanski on a RBI single to the shortstop, leaving Abruzzo at second. Both Abruzzo and Buschini moved one base when Mike Metzger pinch hit for James Meador and laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman. Daniel Magness brought in Abruzzo when he grounded out to the second baseman. Hansen then brought in the third run with a RBI single through the left side to push the score to 5-0.

USD then pushed across one more run in the top of the sixth inning. Logan Gelbrich led off the inning with a stand-up double and moved to third on a Snyder single through the right side. Abruzzo's sacrifice fly to left field then brought in Gelbrich to give USD a 6-0 lead.

Texas finally broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the sixth inning as the scored one run on Travis Tucker RBI single to right field scoring Preston Clark, who had singled, cutting the Torero lead to five.

The Longhorns then took back another run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Bradley Suttle groundout to the second baseman, which scored Nick Peoples who had walked, cutting the lead to four.

Snyder helped lead the Toreros' offense as he went 3-for-5 with one home run and one RBI. Both Hansen and Gelbrich went 3-for-4 at the plate and each had a double and Hansen had an RBI. Romanski finished the day with a 2-for-5 performance including a double and Abruzzo went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game series with the Longhorns. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

San Francisco - 6
Fresno State - 2

Fresno, CA - San Francisco baseball opened up the 2007 season exactly the way they wanted - with a win. After being swept by Fresno State in 2006, the Dons (1-0) took the 6-2 victory over the Bulldogs (0-1) in the season opener for both teams on Friday evening at Baiden Field.

Junior left-hander Aaron Poreda sparkled in his season debut, throwing 5.0 innings, allowing only one run off four hits and not giving up a free pass. Poreda earned his 11th career victory and is only one away from entering the top-10 in the USF career victories chart.

Senior left-hander Cole Stipovich threw three innings, giving up Fresno State's second run off three hits and two strikeouts. Senior right-hander Daniel Morales closed out the game, throwing an inning of scoreless ball, only allowing two hits and striking out a batter in his college pitching debut.

Fifth year senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble is rehabbed from last season's injury and smacked two hits, including a double and added a stolen base and two runs scored. With his 39th career stolen base, he's only four away from sixth place all-time. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky had two hits, including a three-run homerun in the top of the fourth, four RBI, and a run scored. Senior catcher Jon Norfolk and junior shortstop Tavo Hall also had two hits a piece.

Junior third baseman Brian Chavez earned his first hit as a Don and also scored a run. Junior Luke Sommer added a hit and an RBI.

USF returns to action at Baiden Field tomorrow, February 3rd, at 1:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 8
Utah - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sophomore Matt Wickswat proved Friday night why he is the Santa Clara baseball team's staff ace, scattering six hits over six scoreless innings and striking out 10 batters in the Broncos' 8-0 win over the Utah Utes at Stephen Schott Stadium. Wickswat matched a career-high with his 10 strikeouts in the contest as the Broncos captured their 2007 home opener.

Santa Clara (2-2) continues the weekend series with the Utes Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest followed by Sunday's 12 p.m. clash.

Offensively, Matt Long went 3-for-4 with a double, Gabe Alcantar and Tommy Medica each had a pair of hits, and Juan Parra added a pinch-single that drove in a pair of runs in SCU's four-run seventh inning which effectively put the game away.

"Matt did a nice job for us tonight. The reason we won this game is because of our pitching, there's no doubt about that," said head coach Mark O'Brien. "Wickswat set the tone, and it was good to see him come back and do a great job for us tonight after kind of a tough outing last weekend in Hawaii."

Chad Cullers took the loss for the Utes, who were opening up their 2007 campaign Friday night. Cullers gave up only one run and four hits in four innings, but SCU punished the Utah bullpen to the tune of nine hits and seven runs in their final four innings.

Although the Bronco defense committed four errors in the contest, none of them came back to haunt the team as Wickswat got out of three separate jams in the game to keep Utah off the board. With runners on the corners in the first, he struck out Jay Brossman before getting John Welsh to ground out to end the threat. In the third, Brossman singled to center with runners on first and second, but Long came up big defensively for the Broncos, gunning Nick Lowery down at the plate to maintain the 1-0 lead. Wickswat then got Welsh looking to end the inning.

"Basically it comes down to what we've been taught from day one, just getting to the next pitch," Wickswat said afterwards. "I think that's one of the biggest keys we have as a pitching staff, competing on every pitch even when innings get extended like that."

Single runs in the second, fifth, and sixth got SCU out to a 3-0 lead through six innings, and in the seventh, Evan LeBlanc's one-out single drove in Long, before Parra came up two batters later and slapped a line drive down the right field line to drive in a pair and open up a 6-0 lead for the Broncos.

From there, freshmen Alex Rivers and Matt Hiserman combined to keep the Utes scoreless over the remaining three innings, allowing only one hit, collectively.

Saint Mary's - 6
San Jose State - 6 (8)

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team rallied from a 6-2 deficit to even the score in the eighth inning at 6-6 but the game was called due to darkness and will be concluded tomorrow at Municpal Stadium in San Jose. The game will start in the top of the ninth with no outs and San Jose State at the plate. First pitch of the ninth frame is slated for 1 p.m.

Down 6-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Gaels stormed back to even the score. SMC scored one in the bottom half of the frame and then plated two in the seventh and one more in the eighth.

Saint Mary's sophomore Joel Staples drove in the game-tying run on a base-hit up the middle that scored senior Eric Cattoni. Cattoni started the inning with a double up the middle.

In the seventh inning, Saint Mary's junior catcher Ian Gordon drilled a long single off the left-center field wall to bring in freshman Anthony Aliotti with the bases loaded.

Saint Mary's junior hurler Alex Jensen threw 3.1 innings of relief and allowed one run on four hits with a strikeout.

Staples is batting 3-for-5 on the day with three RBIs. Freshman Randy Wells is batting 3-for-5 with two runs scored while Cattoni has added two hits and two runs.

After the conclusion of game one of the series, game two will promptly begin from Municipal Stadium in San Jose. Saint Mary's freshman Brandon Berl is slated to start versus Josh Amberson.

Arizona - 14
Gonzaga - 0

TUCSON, Ariz. - Evan Wells' single in the top of the ninth inning broke up a no-hitter Friday as the Gonzaga University (0-1) baseball team fell to No. 27 University of Arizona (1-0) 14-0 in the opening game of the 2007 season.

Arizona's Preston Guilmet (1-0) earned the win allowing one hit in 8.1 innings while striking out four. Combining with Guilmet for the shutout was Cory Burns, who faced the final two batters of the game. Taking the loss for Gonzaga was starter Brandon Harmon (0-1). Harmon allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 13 hits in 5.0 innings of work. Bobby McEwen and Jeremy Stumetz saw time out of the pen for the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga was held to four base runners for the game, with Aaron McGuinness reaching base twice. McGuinness was hit-by-a-pitch in the third inning and was walked in the eighth inning. Ryan Wiegand, who was walked to lead off the second frame, and Wells were the only other two Zags to reach base.

Arizona used extra base hits to their advantage all afternoon recording 12, including a solo home run by T.J. Steele to lead off the fifth inning.

C.J. Ziegler paced the Wildcats' offensive push going 4-for-5 with three doubles and a single, while driving in three runs and scoring four.

The Wildcats and Bulldogs will resume the three-game series on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., PST.