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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 3, 2007

LMU - 8
Sacramento State - 1

LOS ANGELES - In similar style to yesterday's Opening Day victory, the Lions scored a combined seven runs in their final two at bats to top Sacramento State 8-1 at Page Stadium. This time, it was senior DeAndre Miller's two-run double that broke open the 1-1 game in the seventh. The win clinched the Opening Weekend series for the Lions (2-0), as they go up 2-0 on the Hornets (0-2).

Junior Michael Glomb started the seventh by drawing a walk from Sacramento State reliever Cyrus Sarraf. Freshman Angelo Songco then doubled to left center, putting runners on second and third for the Lions. That set up Miller's heroics, has his extra-base hit broke open the game for LMU.

Just like yesterday's Opening Day, the Hornets scored first, when David Flores singled through the left side to plate Gabe Jacobo, who doubled to start the fourth inning.

The Lions made it 1-1 in the fifth, when Miller's sacrifice fly scored Glomb.

LMU added four runs in the eighth after batting through the lineup. Songco's second extra-base hit of the day, this time a triple, plated two of the four runs that inning. Glomb's sacrifice fly and Miller's single accounted for the other two runs.

The Lions got a great outing from their entire pitching staff. The LMU pitchers held the Hornets to one run and struck out 10 while walking just one. Senior Daniel Macias got it started for the Lions, throwing five innings and striking out six.

Junior Kevin Hernandez (1-0) earned the win after holding the Hornets scoreless and striking out two in the sixth and seventh innings.

Andy Beal and Xavier Esquivel had identical pitching lines, each tossing one inning with one strikeout.

Sarraf (0-1) suffered the loss for the Hornets after taking over for left-handed starter Mick Joyce. Joyce went 5.2 innings, allowing six hits.

Miller finished 2-for-2 with four RBI. Eric Farris (3-for-5), Brian Wilson (2-for-3), and Songco (2-for-4) also had multiple-hit outings for LMU.

Jacobo and Flores each went 3-for-4 for Sacramento State.

The Lions clinched the three-game series with the 8-1 win Saturday. The teams will conclude the series Sunday with first pitch slated for 12:00 p.m. Fans who can't make it to the park can follow all of the action free of charge on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

San Francisco - 4
Fresno State - 3

Fresno, CA - San Francisco defeated Fresno State 4-3 at Baiden Field on Saturday afternoon, the first time a Dons team has won a series over the Bulldogs since February 21-23, 2003 when USF took game two 6-5 and game three 9-7. The Dons are now 2-0 to start the season, and drop the Bulldogs to 0-2.

Senior right-hander Jason Dufloth pitched seven nearly flawless innings, only giving up two hits and no runs to earn the win. Sophomore right-hander John Quine earned his first save of the season, throwing two innings, giving up three runs off four hits and had four strikeouts.

The Bulldogs starter, junior right-hander Brandon Burke matched Dufloth's seven scoreless innings until hitting trouble in the eighth. Two consecutive singles by senior catcher Jon Norfolk and junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky were followed by a two-RBI double from junior second baseman Joey Railey. Junior shortstop Tavo Hall reached base on an error by Burke and an out later, freshman pinch hitter Derek Poppert singled in both Railey and Hall.

In the bottom of the frame, Fresno State mounted a rally against Quine when the Bulldogs' freshman third basemen Tom Mendonca singled and was batted in off the double from junior first baseman Jason Hershfield. An out and a walk later, senior designated hitter Loren Storey singled in Hershfield. Junior left fielder Steve Susdorf smacked an RBI single to right to cap the scoring. Quine got out of the inning with a strikeout.

Norfolk and Railey had two hits a piece for the Dons, with Sommer, Poppert, Knoble, and Bialosky each adding one. Hall stole his first base of the year.

USF finishes the three game series with Fresno State at Baiden Field Sunday, February 4th at 1:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 6
Utah - 5

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Five runs in the first inning, along with the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the third were enough for the Santa Clara baseball team to claim a 6-5 victory over the Utah Utes Saturday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium. The Broncos also benefited from solid efforts out of the bullpen, which held Utah scoreless over the final four innings and struck out nine batters.

The Broncos (3-2) will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, with the series finale set for a 12 p.m. first pitch.

Steve Kalush and Jeff Lombard provided the relief Saturday, with Kalush striking out six batters in two and a third innings, and Lombard striking out three over the final inning and two-thirds to pick up the save. Nate Garcia picked up his first collegiate win by going five innings and striking out five.

"I thought that Nate did a great job of just bobbing and weaving out there, and the big thing was that after he gave up three in the third, he came back strong with shutout innings in the fourth and fifth," said head coach Mark O'Brien. "Steve Kalush did a great job of getting out of the sixth after giving up a leadoff double, and Jeff Lombard came in, fired strikes, and got it going right away. I'm real proud of our bullpen."

Gabe Alcantar went 2-for-4 from the plate with a double and three RBIs to spark the SCU offense. Kevin Drever also had a pair of hits while reaching base in four of his five plate appearances.

Despite spotting the Utes a two-run lead after the top half of the first, the Broncos responded with five runs of their own to take a 5-2 lead. Drever led the inning off with a single, and after being sacrificed over to second, scored on Matt Long's double.

After Nathan Faulkner was hit by a pitch, Evan LeBlanc reached on an error, scoring Long. Two batters later, a passed ball allowed Faulkner to score from third, and aftr Ryan Conan walked and Jon Karcich was hit by a pitch, Alcantar's bases-loaded double plated the final two runs of the inning.

Utah bounced back in the top of the third, as Jay Brossman banged out a one-out homer to left to start a three-run rally. Two-out singles from Cody Guymon and Mike Mitchell evened the score at 5-5, but the Utah rally was brought to an abrupt halt by the heads-up play of catcher Tommy Medica. With runners on the corners, Mitchell took off and stole second, but Medica alertly faked the throw to second, and whipped the ball to third to pick Erich Kemp off of third to end the inning.

The Broncos manufactured the eventual winning run right away, as Carl Bacon led off the third with a single to left, and was sacrificed to second. After taking third on a groundout, Bacon was driven in by Alcantar's single off of pitcher Stephen Fife.

Arizona - 10
Gonzaga - 3

TUCSON, Ariz. - Aaron McGuinness and Evan Wells each recorded multiple hits Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University baseball team fell to No. 27 University of Arizona 10-3 at Kindall Field in Tucson, Ariz.

The loss was the second in as many days for the Bulldogs, who fall to 0-2 for season. With the win, Arizona improved to 2-0 overall.

Gonzaga starter Chris Highmark (0-1) took the loss in his first outing of the season. Highmark pitched 5.2 innings allowing seven runs, five earned, on nine hits while striking out six and walking three. CJ McClure came out of the pen for the Bulldogs, throwing 2.1 innings, allowing three runs, one earned on three hits. Arizona's Mike Colla (1-0) went 4.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out three to earn his first win of the season.

McGuinness led the Bulldogs' offense, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. The senior, who was a home run short of hitting for the cycle, led Gonzaga with two extra-base hits. Wells, who recorded the lone GU hit on Friday evening, finished the game going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Arizona jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a run scoring fielders choice and two a two-run single to center field by Dwight Childs.

Gonzaga answered with a pair of runs in the top of the third on run-scoring hits by Ryan Wiegand and Mark Castellitto.

The Wildcats' extended their one run lead in the bottom of the third, adding four more runs on three singles, a double and a sacrifice bunt.

The Bulldogs posted another run in the top of the eighth with a single by Tyson Van Winkle to score McGuinness. Arizona answered with three more tallies in the bottom of the frame to finalize the score at 10-3.

Gonzaga had plenty of opportunities to narrow the score, leaving 11 runners stranded on base, including six in scoring position.

The Bulldogs will look to avoid the sweep Sunday, when they play Arizona in the final game of the three-game series. Game time is set for 11 a.m., PST.

UNLV - 9
Pepperdine - 6

Las Vegas, Nev. - UNLV scored three first-inning runs and added four more in the third and held on for a 9-6 victory over No. 19 Pepperdine Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas. The loss was the first of the season for the Waves, who opened the year with a 4-3 win Friday night.

After retiring the first two batters to open the game, junior right hander Jason Dominguez found trouble with the middle of the Rebels' line-up as he surrendered consecutive singles and a walk before allowing a bases-loaded clearing triple to Braden Walker.

After Pepperdine scored an unearned run in the second, UNLV broke the game open with a four-run third as it sent 10 batters to the plate and ended Dominguez' day. The junior right hander was unable to record an out in the inning as he was hurt by a fielding error to open the frame then allowed three singles and a pair of walks before being relieved by junior Robert Della Grotta.

The Waves' bullpen restored order and allowed Pepperdine a chance to get back into the game as it scored two runs in the fifth and added one more in the sixth to cut the margin to 7-4.

Junior Adrian Ortiz had an RBI triple and shortstop Danny Worth singled in a run in the fifth while freshman Travis Tartamella produced a run with an RBI double in the sixth.

The Rebels added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth against freshman Jonathan Harmston and sophomore Nick Gaudi.

The Waves rallied in the ninth as Ortiz doubled to open the inning and scored on a triple by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames. Thames, who had three hits in the game, scored the game's final run on a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud.

Senior left fielder Luke Salas also had three hits and scored twice for the Waves.

Della Grotta along with freshmen Jordan Durrance and Daniel Farris combined for five scoreless innings of relief work before UNLV scored twice in the bottom of the eighth.

The two teams will conclude their weekend series with Sunday's rubber game beginning at 1 p.m.

San Jose State - 6
Saint Mary's - 5

San Jose, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped its first road game of the season in a 6-5 decision to San Jose State from Municipal Stadium Saturday afternoon. Freshman Randy Wells batted 3-for-4 in the losing effort. After the day, SMC falls to 2-4 on the season.

After the Gaels put together a big top half of the third with three runs to take a 3-1 lead the host Spartans answered with four in the bottom frame to take a 5-3 lead. Wells delivered the big hit with a single through the left side that plated two runs.

Kyle Bellows smacked a two-run double to left-center that brought in two for the Spartans.

The Gaels added another in the fourth when sophomore Cory Miller brought freshman Michael Gonzales home on a fielder's choice.

After SJSU took a 6-4 advantage SMC pulled to within one when freshman Anthony Aliotti drove home Wells on a groundout to second base. Wells started the inning with a triple to center field.

On top of Wells' three hits, the newcomer added two RBIs and two runs. Aliotti also drove in two while Miller tallied a hit, run and a RBI.

Saint Mary's freshman hurler Brandon Berl (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing five earned on 11 hits with five strikeouts in six innings. Spencer Snodgrass (1-0) earned the victory with a one-hit, three inning relief appearance. Scott Sobczak earned the save, allowing one run on one hit in two innings of work.

Saint Mary's will return home on Sunday, February 4 to host San Jose State in the rubber match. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field. The series finale will be available on the radio at SMCGaels.com.

Texas - 13
San Diego - 8

ROUND ROCK, Texas - The University of San Diego baseball team (4-1) dropped its first game of the season, 13-8, to the fourth-ranked University of Texas Longhorns (1-1) in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at the Dell Diamond to even the three-game series.

The Longhorns jumped out to the early lead, as in the second inning as they scored three runs on three hits. The Texas runs came on a Michael Demperio bases loaded walk and a Nick Peoples two-run single to center field.

The Toreros took back two runs in the top of the third. With two outs and no one on, freshman James Meador got things rolling with a walk and moved to second on a Shane Buschini walk. Both Meador and Buschini moved up one base on a wild pitch. Logan Gelbrich then rocketed a ball into center field, scoring both Meador and Buschini to cut the Longhorns lead to one.

San Diego then evened the score in the top of the fourth inning when Sean Nicol led off the inning with his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the left center field fence.

But that is the closest the Toreros would come as the Longhorns then answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring six runs on five hits to give the Longhorns a six run lead at 9-3.

USD would not be able to overcome this deficit as they would score one run the sixth inning on a Justin Snyder run-scoring double to left center field, one run in the seventh inning on a Buschini solo home run and three runs in the eighth inning on a three-run homer by Jordan Abruzzo to round off their scoring for the game.

Nicol helped lead the USD offense as he went 2-for-4 with one home run and one RBI. Mike Metzger also had a solid day at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with one double and one RBI and Abruzzo went 2-for-5 with one home run and three RBI.

Josh Romanski (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros on the mound as he allowed nine runs, four earned, on nine hits in 4.0 innings of work. Adrian Alaniz (0-1) was credited with the win for the Longhorns as he allowed three runs on five hits in 4.0 innings of work.

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