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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 9, 2007

Pepperdine - 6
UC Davis - 2

Malibu, Calif. - Junior All-American Barry Enright allowed two runs over 7.1 innings and sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames collected three hits to lead a 14-hit attack as No. 23 Pepperdine defeated UC Davis 6-2 Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game series at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The victory evened the Waves' record at 2-2 on the season while the Aggies fell to 0-2.

For the second straight outing, Enright (2-0) was in command throughout, retiring the first seven batters he faced before allowing four straight singles that produced a pair of runs and gave UC Davis a 2-1 lead.

The win improved Enright's career record to 25-3 and moved him into a tie with Jacob Barrack (2001-04) and Randy Wolf (1995-97) for ninth place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list.

Pepperdine rallied for three runs in the third to take a 4-2 lead against Aggies' starter Bryan Evans (0-1).

Thames opened the inning with a base hit and sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud followed with a single to put runners at first and second. Junior first baseman Matt Aidem then laid down a bunt between the pitcher's mound and the third base line that Evans fielded and threw towards third base.

However, Daniel Descalso was not expecting the throw and it went into short left field allowing Thames to score the tying run. Senior Luke Salas followed with a bunt single and d'Arnaud scored all the way from second base when Descalso's throw pulled Grant Hirneise off the bag at first base.

Aidem scored the inning's final run on a double play.

The Waves added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings on a run-scoring double by d'Arnaud and RBI single by senior pinch-hitter Joe Evans.

Junior right hander Jason Dominguez worked the final 1.2 innings to record his first save of the season.

Pepperdine and UC Davis continue their three-game series with a 1 p.m. contest Saturday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Portland at Cal - PPD rain

San Francisco at Sacramento State - PPD rain

UC Riverside - 9
Gonzaga - 3

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell to UC Riverside 9-3 Friday afternoon at the Sports Complex in Riverside, Calif.

The loss drops Gonzaga to 0-4 for the season, while the Highlanders improve to 4-0 in 2007.

Brandon Harmon (0-2) started the game for the Bulldogs, but earned the loss after allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk during 6.2 innings on the mound. Chris Griffith, Josh Monroe and Jeremy Stumetz all saw time out of the pen for the Zags. Earning the win for UC Riverside was Marc Rzepczynski (2-0). The starter allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out six in 6.0 innings.

Three Bulldogs posted multiple hits to combine for eight of Gonzaga's nine hits on the day. Evan Wells and Tyson Van Winkle reach recorded three hits, while Aaron McGuinness went 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

The Zags scored their only runs in the first inning to get out to an early 3-0 lead. After walking Wells and McGuinness to start the game, Rzepczynski then hit Darin Holcomb with a pitch to load the bases. The next batter, Ryan Wiegand hit a single to left field to score Wells and McGuinness. Holcomb advanced to third on the single and later would score on a sacrifice fly by Mark Castellitto.

The Highlanders knotted the score 3-3 in the bottom of the second on a three home run to left center field by Aaron Wible. UC Riverside added an additional run in the bottom of the third frame when Jaime Pedroza scored on a ground out to shortstop.

UC Riverside added a pair of runs in the seventh inning on a sacrifice by Mike Vass and a double to left center by Mark Samuelson. UCR wrapped up scoring in the eighth frame, scoring on a double, fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly to left field.

Chris Highmark is expected to get the start for the Gonzaga Saturday when the Zags and Highlanders will play the second game of the three-game series. The game Saturday was originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch, but due to the threat of rain in the Riverside area, the start time has been change to Noon.

UC Irvine - 2
Loyola Marymount - 0

IRVINE, Calif. - The first road contest of the season also brought the first scoreless outing for LMU baseball. The Lions (3-2) dropped a 2-0 pitchers' dual at UC Irvine (2-2) Friday night.

LMU starter Brad Meyers had an impressive outing, as his line in the box score did not look like the line of a pitcher that suffered the loss. He finished with seven innings of work, allowing just one run on three hits. Meyers (1-1) also equaled his career-high seven strikeouts.

But offense was not the story of the night for either program, as each team put up just four hits on the night. For the Lions, the hits came from Jeremy LaMell, Eric Farris, Sean Dovel, and Angelo Songco.

Despite the limited offense, UC Irvine struck in the bottom of the fifth when a sacrifice bunt squeezed in Josh Tavelli from third base.

The Anteaters added the second run in the eighth when designated hitter Matt Morris doubled down the left field line.

The Lions also were charged with an uncharacteristic three defensive errors on the night.

UC Irvine starter Scott Gorgen (1-0) worked seven scoreless innings to earn the victory. Blair Erickson earned his second save of the season after tossing the ninth.

LMU and UC Irvine will continue the three-game series Saturday in Irvine, Calif. with a 6:00 p.m. start. Fans can follow all of the action free of charge on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Louisiana State - 4
Saint Mary's - 3

Baton Rouge, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team rallied from four down to make it a game at 4-3 going into the ninth but the Gaels were unable to get over the hump in the 2007 opener for LSU. The Tigers used a three-run first to pull ahead to secure the victory. After the day, the Gaels fall to 3-5 on the season.

Blake Dean opened the game with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first to do the majority of the damage.

Saint Mary's starter Sean Gleason kept his composure after the opposite field home run and held LSU in check until the fifth when the Tigers plated a run on a fielder's choice.

The Gaels got on the board in the top of the seventh when freshman Randy Wells smacked a triple to right-center to score senior Eric Cattoni. Cattoni reached based after getting hit by a Paul Bertuccini pitch.

SMC then climbed back into the contest like they have all season long to pull within one. The Gaels plated two in eighth to make the score 4-3. Freshman Kyle Jensen knocked in Michael Nieto on a hit up the middle. Pinch hitter Cory Miller plated Jensen on a throwing error by the second baseman.

Wells led the Gaels with a 3-for-5 effort from the plate with a RBI. Fellow newcomer Jensen batted 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored. Sophomore Joel Stapled also tallied two hits in four at-bats.

The Tigers were led by Dean who batted 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Michael Hollander batted 2-for-3 with a run scored in the Tigers 2007 debut.

Highly touted transfer Charlie Furbush earned the victory after tossing 5.2 innings with five hits and seven strikeouts. Furbush fanned the first five Gaels he faced.

Gleason was tagged with loss after allowing four runs on six hits while striking out five. Junior Alex Jensen pitched two perfect innings of relief.

Saint Mary's will continue its three-game set against LSU on Saturday, February 10 at 12 p.m. CT from Alex Box Stadium.

USC - 6
San Diego - 2

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (5-2) was upset by the University of Southern California (4-2) Friday evening in a non-conference game at Dedeaux Field.

The Toreros struck first as they scored one run in the top of the second inning. Logan Gelbrich got things rolling with a walk and moved to second on a balk by the USC starting pitcher. Daniel Magness then moved Gelbrich to third on a single to centerfield. Kevin Hansen laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to first base to push across Gelbrich, to give USD the early 1-0 lead.

USC then answered back in the bottom half of the second inning scoring one unearned run on a Will Rice run-scoring double to even the score at 1-1.

USC then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Johnny Bowden solo home run to left field, giving the Trojans a 2-1 advantage.

The Toreros evened the score in the top of the sixth inning when Jordan Abruzzo got things rolling with a single to right center field and moved to second on a Shane Buschini ground out to the first baseman. Gelbrich then brought in Abruzzo with a stand-up double down the right field line to pull the Toreros even with the Trojans at 2-2.

The Trojans then went on to score four unanswered runs over the next two innings to claim the win.

Brian Matusz had yet another masterful outing on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits while tying a career-high with 13 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. Ricardo Pecina (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits in 1.2 innings of work. Ryan Cook (1-0) picked up the win for the Trojans as he allowed two runs on six hits in 7.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game set with the Trojans with a 1:30 game at Dedeaux Field.

San Diego State - 7
Santa Clara - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Five quick runs in the first three innings of Friday night's baseball game between Santa Clara and San Diego State forced the Broncos onto their heels, and proved too much to overcome in a 7-4 setback to the Aztecs. A slow start which saw the Broncos held hitless for the first four-plus innings allowed the Aztecs to build the early 5-0 lead and snap SCU's five-game winning streak.

Santa Clara (5-3) will look to even the series Saturday afternoon in the 1 p.m. contest. The final game of the series is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.

Carl Bacon went 3-for-4 at the plate Friday night while Nathan Faulkner had a pair of hits and drove in three of SCU's four runs.

Matt Wickswat took the loss after giving up six runs on four hits and walking three in five innings. SDSU's Brit Hume struck out five Bronocs in six-plus innings of work to get the win.

A two-out rally in the Aztec first allowed them to open up a 3-0 lead. After Wickswat retired the first two batters he faced, he walked the following two, and the passes came back to haunt the Broncos as the next batter, Nick Romero, hit his first home run of the year down the right-field line. Romero's homer ended up being the only extra-base hit of the game for either team, which combined for 13 hits altogether Friday.

The Aztecs got two more in the third, as Frank Lonigro's RBI single and Romero's sacrifice fly plated two more. Romero went 1-for-3 on the day with four RBIs to pace the Aztecs.

After the teams traded runs in the fifth, SCU cut the lead to 6-3 in the seventh as Faulkner's bases-loaded single plated Matt Long and Gabe Alcantar. But SDSU reliever Shane Kaufman came in for Hume at this point and retired pinch-hitter Donald Brandt and Brady Fuerst to end the threat.

San Diego State scored again in their half to make it 7-3, and despite the Broncos loading the bases with none out in the ninth, they could only get one run in on an RBI groundout from Faulkner.