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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 10, 2007

Pepperdine - 5
UC Davis - 4

Malibu, Calif. - Junior shortstop Danny Worth went 2-for-2 and scored a pair of runs and No. 23 Pepperdine received some solid relief pitching as the Waves defeated UC Davis 5-4 Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win was the second straight over the Aggies (0-3) and improved Pepperdine to 3-2 on the season.

UC Davis scored single runs in the second and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead against Waves sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann.

Pepperdine tied score with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth against Aggies starter Trevor Fox (0-1). Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz opened the inning with a single to center field and Worth followed with a base hit to put two on with no outs.

After a sacrifice by Chase d'Arnaud moved both runners into scoring position, freshman designated hitter Mark Tracy followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Ortiz. The Waves' second run of the inning was unearned after right fielder Aaron Hanke dropped Jason Dominguez' fly ball with two outs that allowed Worth to score the tying run.

After the Aggies regained the lead in the fifth, Pepperdine scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.

Ortiz once gain got the Waves going as he led off the inning with a bunt single. Worth followed with a walk and both runners moved up to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by d'Arnaud. Fox then walked Tracy to load the bases.

Justin Fitzgerald came on to relieve Fox and was promptly called for a balk, allowing Ortiz to score the tying run and Worth and Tracy to move to second and third. Worth scored the go-ahead run after Dominguez hit a bouncer to third baseman Daniel Descalso. Descalso elected to go home with the play and his throw was wide of the mark, allowing Worth to score.

Pinch-hitter Matt Aidem followed with a base hit to left field to score Tracy and give the Waves a 5-3 lead.

Freshmen Daniel Farris, Jordan Durrance, sophomore Nick Gaudi and Dominguez combined to pitch 4.2 innings of relief, allowing one hit and an unearned run.

Farris (1-0) came on in relief of Dickmann and worked 1.2 innings to record his first career victory.

Dominguez worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to register his second save of the season in as many days.

Pepperdine will attempt to sweep the series when it hosts UC Davis in the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.

San Diego - 12
USC - 6

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (6-2) recorded a season-high 20 hits as they cruised to a 12-6 non-conference win over the University of Southern California (4-3) Saturday afternoon, evening up the three-game series at 1 game apiece.

Justin Snyder went 5-for-6 with one RBI, Shane Buschini went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Mike Metzger went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to help lead the Torero offense. Sean Nicol, Jordan Abruzzo Logan Gelbrich and James Meador all recorded multiple hits as all batters USD sent to the plate recorded at least one hit.

With the Toreros trailing 4-3 heading into the top of the fifth inning, the San Diego bats got red hot as they scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth inning to break open the game.

In the fifth inning, Buschini and Gelbrich led off the inning with back-to-back singles and each moved one base on a Kevin Hansen ground out to second base. After Metzger loaded the bases by getting hit by a pitch, Daniel Magness hit a two-run single to right field. On the same play, Metzger came across for the third run on the throw to give USD a 6-4 lead.

In the sixth inning the Torero poured on the runs as they scored four runs on five hits. Nicol and Snyder led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Abruzzo brought them home on a two-run double to left field. Abruzzo then moved to third on a Gelbrich single to left field to give the Toreros runners at the corners with one out. Abruzzo came across on a balk committed by the USC relief pitcher and Meador drove in the final run of the inning with a RBI single to centerfield to give the Toreros a comfortable 10-4 lead.

San Diego would then score one run in each of the seventh and eighth innings, as well as two in the first and one in the second inning to round out the scoring for the day.

Freshman AJ Griffin (2-0) was credited with the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out five in 5.0 innings of relief work. Anthony Vasquez (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Trojans as he allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros and Trojans will play a rubber game at USD's Cunningham Stadium on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.

Portland at Cal - PPD rain

San Francisco at Sacramento State - PPD rain

UC Riverside - 11
Gonzaga - 4

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Ryan Wiegand of the Gonzaga University baseball team drove home three runs Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs were unable to overcome an early deficit falling to UC Riverside, 11-4 at the Sports Complex in Riverside, Calif.

Gonzaga falls to 0-5 overall with the loss, while UC Riverside improves 5-0 for the season.

Bulldog pitcher Chris Highmark (0-2) took the loss allowing five runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. CJ McClure, Chris Griffith, Bobby McEwen and Shawn Wayt all saw time out of the pen for Gonzaga. Earning the win was UC Riverside starter James Simmons (2-0). Simmons threw 6.0 innings allowing one run on one hit, while striking out five.

Wiegand led the Gonzaga offense, going 2-for-4 including hitting a bases-clearing three-run double in the top of the eighth inning. The other Gonzaga run of the afternoon was scored in the third inning when Ben Greenslitt was plated on a sacrifice by Tyson Van Winkle.

The Highlanders used jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning. UC Riverside added a pair of the runs over the next two frames before breaking out for a four run fourth inning. UCR capped its scoring in the sixth inning, posting an additional two runs.

The Zags will look to avoid the sweep Sunday, when they face off in the final game of the three-game series. Clayton Mortensen is expected to get the start for Gonzaga with the game scheduled for 1 p.m.

UC Irvine - 7
Loyola Marymount - 2

IRVINE, Calif. - UC Irvine scored six unanswered runs in its final four at bats to top LMU baseball 7-2 Saturday night in Irvine, Calif. The three-game series between the Lions (3-3) and the Anteaters (3-2) will wrap-up Sunday at LMU's Page Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

After LMU struck first offensively for the first time all season, it was the Anteaters who got the last word, breaking a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good.

LMU took the 1-0 lead in the first inning when Sean Dovel's single scored Eric Farris, who had reached base on an error by Anteater second baseman Tyler Vaughn.

It didn't take UC Irvine long to tie things up, as Matt Morris singled to score Taylor Holiday for the 1-1 game.

LMU took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on back-to-back extra base hits by Farris and Dovel.

But the Anteaters fought back once again, after hits by Holiday and Morris in the fifth.

Then, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Tony Asaro singled and later scored on a single by Aaron Lowenstein to put the Anteaters up 3-2.

Again with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, a Josh Tavelli single scored Ben Orloff to put the Anteaters up by a pair 4-2.

Things got away from the Lions in the bottom of the eighth, as the Anteaters went on to add three runs thanks to a pair of hits and an error.

LMU starter Daniel Macias was solid over six innings, allowing the three runs on nine hits while fanning six. But he suffered the loss and fell to 0-1, allowing the go-ahead run in the sixth.

UC Irvine reliever Wes Etheridge improved to 2-0, after tossing four innings of scoreless ball. The Anteaters' starter, Daniel Bibona, also worked four innings before giving way to Etheridge and Eric Pettis.

Dovel and DeAndre Miller each went 2-for-4 for the Lions, with Dovel adding the two RBI.

Morris and Lowenstein each had three hits for the Anteaters.

The Lions and Anteaters conclude the three-game series Sunday at LMU's Page Stadium. The game is slated for a 1:00 p.m. first pitch. As always, fans who can't make it to the park can catch all of the action free of charge as it happens on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Louisiana State - 7
Saint Mary's - 6

Baton Rouge, LA- Down 7-1 heading into the eighth inning the young Saint Mary's baseball team would not quite as it plated five runs in the final two frames to pull within one. It was not enough though as LSU squeaked out another one-run victory (7-6) over SMC. After the day, the Gaels move to 3-6 overall while the Tigers improve to 2-0.

The Gaels and the Tigers were even at one for the first part of the contest until LSU dropped five in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.

The Tigers tacked on one more the next inning to expand the margin to 7-1. That is when the Saint Mary's bats came alive.

The Gaels erupted for two runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to give the Tigers their second scare in as many days.

SMC pinch-hitter Ryan Young started off the rally with a double down the left field line in his first at-bat of the contest. The shot down the line scored sophomore Joel Staples who led off the inning with a walk.

Young then came around to score when Gilbert Urbina hit an infield single deep in the hole.

The Gaels continued to pour it on in the ninth. With two outs in the final frame the Gaels got to reliever Clay Dirks with three unearned runs.

After an Anthony Aliotti single, Staples brought Aliotti home on an error by the right fielder. Freshman Michael Cipolla then got Staples and Young on a throwing error by the third baseman. The Gaels had the tying run on second when the final out was recorded.

Freshman Brandon Berl was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs but with only three earned as the Gaels committed three errors. Newcomers Scott Schneider and Kevin Brahney combined to pitch three perfect innings of relief.

Louis Coleman earned the victory for the Tigers after six hits and one run while fanning seven in six innings.

The Gaels once again out-hit the Tigers, this time by a 9-4 margin.

The two teams will play in the final game of the series tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT. from Alex Box Stadium.

San Diego State - 2
Santa Clara - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team suffered another tough defeat Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, falling 2-1 in a pitcher's duel to the San Diego State Aztecs. Despite out-hitting the Aztecs 10-4 in the contest, the Broncos left nine runners on base as the Aztecs clinched the weekend series.

Santa Clara (5-4) will try to avert a sweep Sunday afternoon as they battle the Aztecs in a 1 p.m. contest.

Nate Garcia had his best outing of the season for the Broncos, allowing only one run on three hits and striking out eight in seven innings. Gabe Alcantar went 3-for-4 from the plate while freshman Jon Karcich drove in the only SCU run.

San Diego State took the early 1-0 lead as Troy Hanzawa's two-out single to right scored Chris Anderson with the game's first run.

The Broncos answered in the fifth, taking advantage of an Aztec miscue in the field to tie up the contest. Patrick Glenn reached on a fielding error by Aztecs' first baseman Mike Willeford, then advanced to second on a throwing error by Willeford to open the inning. David Hoffmire's sacrifice bunt moved Glenn to third, and two batters laterm Karcich's single to left drove Glenn in with the equalizer.

SCU missed a pair of chances in the seventh and eighth, as the team had a runner thrown out trying to steal second in each inning.

The Aztecs took the lead for good in the eighth, as Anderson led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second, and consequently driven in by Josh Chasse's double to left-center off of Alex Rivers, who took the loss for the Broncos.

Aaron Brady got the win in relief for SDSU, shutting out the Broncos on four hits in the final three and two-thirds innings after starter Bruce Billings allowed an unearned run in five-plus innings of work.