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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 4, 2007

LMU - 8
Sacramento State - 5

LOS ANGELES - LMU completed the Opening Weekend series sweep of Sacramento State (0-3) with an 8-5 victory Sunday at Page Stadium. Just like in games one and two, the Lions (3-0) did their damage in the late frames, scoring a combined seven runs in their final four at bats.

The go-ahead run came in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday, when Sean Dovel's single through the left side scored Eric Farris, who had singled earlier in the inning off Sacramento State starter Trevor York (0-1). York suffered the loss for Sacramento State after giving up the two earned runs on eight hits in his 5.2 innings.

Farris finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI. The Lions' second baseman went 8-for-14 (.571) on the weekend with six RBI and two doubles.

The Hornets jumped on the scoreboard early Sunday, putting up two runs on three straight hits in the first inning.

But LMU starter Brian Wilson (1-0) settled down and went on to hold the Hornets scoreless on just two hits for the remainder of his six innings of work. He earned the win for the Lions and finished with two strikeouts.

Wilson gave way to Mike Kenney, Lee Roberts, and Andy Beal out of the Lions' bullpen. The trio combined to strikeout three Hornets without a walk. Sacramento State made a push for a comeback bid in the eighth, when Patrick Cummins homered and David Flores, Montana Dye, and Wes Oberlin put up three straight singles. But Beal entered in the eighth inning with two outs and the two runners on base, and earned his first save of the season after tossing the rest of the game for the Lions.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first, the Lions cut the lead in half when Farris' sacrifice fly plated DeAndre Miller, who had doubled as the leadoff batter.

The Lions made it a 2-2 game in the fifth on a single by Michael Glomb that scored Angelo Songco, who had doubled earlier in the inning.

After taking the 3-2 lead in the sixth, LMU tacked on five more runs in the next two innings, thanks in part to singles by Brett Mendoza, Jeremy LaMell, Farris, and Glomb, and a double off the bat of Justin Bunkis. Miller (two walks), Dovel (hit by pitch), and Ty Kelly (walk) also reached base in the final two frames to help secure the sweep.

Glomb had two RBI after a 2-for-3 effort Sunday.

The Hornets were led offensively by Cummins and Oberlin, who each went 2-for-4 with a RBI.

The Lions also impressed defensively, recording just one error all weekend.

The Lions remain at home to host the 25th-ranked USC Trojans Tuesday at Page Stadium. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. Fans who can't make it to the park can follow the action free on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Saint Mary's - 7
San Jose State - 5

Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's freshman Anthony Aliotti led the Gaels at the plate and earned the victory on the mound as the newcomer led the Gaels to a 7-5 victory over San Jose State Sunday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. With the win, the Gaels improve to 3-4 on the season.

Aliotti batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs and in his first career start, the newcomer allowed eight hits, one earned run and struck out two in six innings.

The Spartans began the game with an unearned run in the first but the Gaels answered back with three in the bottom frame.

The Gaels rallied off three straight hits to start the inning. Senior Eric Cattoni ripped a hit to left and freshman Randy Wells followed that with single to center. Aliotti helped himself out with a RBI single through the left side to plate Cattoni.

Freshman Kyle Jensen singled to second base to score Wells and junior catcher Ian Gordon plated Jensen on an error by the second baseman.

In the fourth, Aliotti struck again with a single up the middle to score J.P Musgrove. Sophomore Joel Staples knocked in Wells on a single to right field.

With a 6-4 lead the Saint Mary's young bullpen came in and got the job done. Freshman Scott Schneider allowed an unearned run on three hits while Taylor Stanton was lights out once again in the ninth for his second save.

The two teams combined to rap out 22 hits but also combined for eight errors. Six of the 12 runs were unearned.

Cattoni batted 2-for-3 with two runs, a RBI and swiped his seventh stolen base on the season. Wells batted 1-for-2 with two runs and a RBI while Jensen added a run and a RBI.

Brian Chase led the Spartans with a 3-for-4 performance from the plate and a RBI. John Shaffer batted 2-for-5 with a RBI.

Saint Mary's will embark on its first road trip of the season when it heads to Baton Rouge, LA to face off against No. 31 ranked LSU. The Gaels will open the three-game set against the Bayou Bengals on Friday, February 9 at 7 p.m. ET from Alex Box Stadium.

San Diego - 4
Texas - 1

ROUND ROCK, Texas - Jordan Abruzzo's upper deck two-run bomb to left field and Shane Buschini's two-run homer over the left field fence lifted the University of San Diego baseball team (5-1) to a 4-1 win over the fourth-ranked University of Texas Longhorns (1-2) Sunday afternoon at the Dell Diamond, allowing the Toreros to capture the series.

With the Toreros trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the seventh inning, USD didn't panic as they simply got jumpstarted by Justin Snyder's stand-up double down the right field line. The very next batter, Abruzzo, then crushed his first offering from the Texas starting pitcher, James Russell, over the left field fence and into the upper deck of the stadium to give USD their first two runs of the game and a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the ninth, the Toreros tacked on two more runs. Abruzzo led off the inning with a single to left field and Buschini then launched a two-run homer over the left field fence to put the game at its final of 4-1.

"This is a huge accomplishment for this group on the heels of what happened last year," said head coach Rich Hill. "This is something this group can take with them for the rest of their lives, and hopefully we will just continue to get better from here."

"Coach Hill told me to just take a rip at the ball, and all I was waiting for was a fastball" said Abruzzo of his two-run homer. "Once I saw the ball was a bit inside, I was able to get a good barrel on it and it just straightened out enough to stay fair."

With the win, the Toreros have now taken five of the last six games against the Longhorns including the three-game sweep over UT last season.

The Longhorns began the scoring for the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as Preston Clark hit a run scoring double to centerfield to plate Jordan Danks, who had doubled, to give UT a 1-0 lead.

Abruzzo led the USD offense as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one homerun. Snyder was also a solid force for the Toreros at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with one double and one run scored.

USD starting pitcher Matt Couch (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he was engaged in a pitching dual. Couch allowed one run on five hits while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work. Ricardo Pecina came in and was lights out for USD in middle relief as he allowed no runs on no hits in 2.0 innings of work. That set the stage for freshman AJ Griffin, who came in to pick up his second save of the season, pitching in one inning allowing no runs on no hits.

James Russell (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Longhorns allowing two runs on four hits in 7.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they begin a three-game series with the University of Southern California Trojans. Friday's game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

Santa Clara - 3
Utah - 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Another strong effort from the Santa Clara pitching staff on Sunday afternoon propelled the Broncos to a weekend sweep of the Utah Utes with a 3-2 victory at Stephen Schott Stadium. Justin Kuehn picked up his first victory of the 2007 season after his second strong start, and Jeff Lombard finished things off with his second save in as many days.

The Broncos (4-2) will look to keep their four-game winning streak going Tuesday night as they host the UC Davis Aggies in a 6 p.m. contest at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Kuehn allowed only four hits and a run in five and two-thirds innings of work Sunday, picking up the win. Relievers Sean O'Neill, Daniel DeMarco, and Alex Rivers held down the fort over the next two-plus innings before Lombard came on in the ninth and, despite yielding a leadoff double, made quick work of the next three Utah batters to nail down the save.

Tommy Medica, David Hoffmire, and Jon Karcich each had two hits for the Broncos, while catcher Carl Bacon drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the first.

Utah's Nate Burnham scored in the third after singling and stealing second, then being driven in by Nick Lowery's single. SCU though, got the eventual game-winner across in the fourth as Hoffmire singled with one out, then advanced to third via a stolen base, then a wild pitch. Karcich then drove him in with a double to left.

The Utes closed to within one run after a Jesse Shriner double knocked in Brett Baldwin in the seventh, but from there, Rivers took the hill and struck out Corey Shimada to end the threat. Rivers also worked a scoreless eighth before handing things over to Lombard, who, after Fred Ferguson's double to start the ninth, retired the next three batters in order to preserve the sweep.

Arizona - 12
Gonzaga - 1

TUCSON, Ariz - The Gonzaga University baseball team was unable to avoid a three-game sweep to No. 27 University of Arizona Sunday, falling 12-1 at Kindall Field in Tucson, Ariz.

With the loss, Gonzaga falls to 0-3 overall for the 2007 season, while Arizona improves to 3-0.

The Zags' Clayton Mortensen (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the season, throwing 5.2 innings, allowing 11 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks while striking out six. Josh Monroe, Shawn Wayt, Chris Griffith and Matt Fields all saw time on the mound out of the Bulldog bullpen. Brad Mills (1-0) earned the win for Arizona in 6.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five.

Gonzaga's only run of the game was scored in the top of the seventh inning when Aaron McGuinness, who singled to lead off the frame, scored on a single by Mark Castellitto. Castellitto finished the game going 2-for-3, including the Bulldogs' only extra base hit of the game, a double to right center in the fifth inning.

McGuinness was the only other Zag to record multiple hits Sunday, going 2-for-4, with two singles. For the three-game series against the Wildcats, McGuinness led Gonzaga batting .556 with five hits and two runs scored.

All but one Wildcat in the Arizona starting lineup added to its 12 hits Sunday, with five batters reaching multiple hits. Leading the Wildcats was Bill Rhinehart, who went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Rhinehart hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to centerfield in the eighth inning to finalize the score.

The Bulldogs continue their 22-consecutive road game streak on Feb. 9, when they play the first game of a three-game series at No. 26 UC-Riverside. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

UNLV - 7
Pepperdine - 6

Las Vegas, Nev. - Sophomore Michael Brenly singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in the winning run and lift UNLV to a 7-6 victory over No. 19 Pepperdine Sunday afternoon and give the Rebels a series win at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.

The Waves (1-2) had rallied from a 6-3 deficit to tie the game in the fifth inning before UNLV (3-3) won the game against Pepperdine All-American closer Brett Hunter (0-1).

Hunter, who entered the game in the seventh inning, surrendered a lead-off double to Chad Miller in the ninth. One out later, Brenly singled up the middle to score Miller with the game-winning run.

For the second straight game, the Waves fell behind in the first inning as UNLV scored twice off sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, who was making his Pepperdine debut after transferring from UCLA.

Center fielder Calvin Beamon opened the inning with a single and scored on a double to right field by Braden Walker. One out later, Miller hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Walker and give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.

UNLV increased its lead to 4-0 with a pair of runs in the third inning before Pepperdine finally broke through against Rebels starter Kevin Skogley with three runs in the fourth inning to make it a one-run game at 4-3.

Sophomore right fielder Eric Thames, who enjoyed an outstanding opening series, got the Waves going with a single through the right side. Following a strikeout, sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud hit a ground rule double to put runners at second third.

Freshman catcher Travis Tartamella followed with an RBI single, senior left fielder Luke Salas sacrificed home a run and rookie designated hitter Mark Tracy singled home the final run of the inning.

After UNLV scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-3 lead, Pepperdine tied the game with a three-run fifth, capped by a two-run home run by freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy.

d'Arnaud led the Waves with three hits while Tracy collected and Thames was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and walked four times. Thames concluded the series 6-for-9 with four runs scored and five walks.

Pepperdine makes its home debut on Tuesday when it hosts Long Beach State at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.

Fresno State - 5
San Francisco - 4

Fresno, CA - San Francisco couldn't get the sweep as it falls to Fresno State 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at Baiden Field. The Dons fall to 2-1 while the Bulldogs (1-2) earn their first win of the season.

USF got the scoring started in the first on a Joey Railey single and senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble's RBI single two outs later. But the Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the frame off a walk, a single, and a run scoring double play. The Dons regained the lead in the second. Junior third baseman Brian Chavez walked and stole second, then was batted in on senior center fielder Lucas DeLong's single. A walk and an out later, junior shortstop Tavo Hall's RBI single scored DeLong. The lead would be short lived as the Bulldogs scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, the Dons scored one to tie, but the Bulldogs scored one of their own in the bottom of the frame. USF mounted a comeback in the ninth with the bases loaded and no outs, but Fresno's junior right hander Jason Breckley stopped the rally to earn the save.

Junior transfer Matt Baugh started for USF, throwing 4.1 innings and allowing four runs off five hits. Junior right hander Brian Anderson threw 2.1 innings of relief, allowing the Bulldogs final run off three hits, and earned the loss.

Hall had two hits and an RBI. Railey, Knoble, DeLong, and junior right fielder Luke Sommer each had one hit. Sommer and Chavez also added stolen bases.

USF returns to action on Tuesday, February 6 at the College of San Mateo. The home game versus San Jose State is set to begin at 2:00 PM.