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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 13, 2007

Pepperdine - 8
USC - 3

Malibu, Calif. - Junior shortstop Danny Worth and freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy collected three hits apiece to lead a 16-hit attack and junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski pitched four solid innings of relief to lead No. 19 Pepperdine to an 8-3 non-conference victory over No. 21 USC Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win was the fourth straight for the Waves, who improved to 5-2 on the season, while USC fell to 5-4.

For the third straight game, Pepperdine fell behind before rallying. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third, the Waves scored three times to take a 4-2 lead.

Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz opened the inning with a base hit and moved to second on a balk by USC starter Tommy Milone (2-1). Worth followed with a walk and sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud tied the score with a double down the left field line.

Freshman designated hitter Mark Tracy then singled to left field to drive in two runs to put the Waves on top, 4-2.

Pepperdine added a single run in the fourth and broke the game open with a three-run fifth, highlighted by a run-scoring single from sophomore second baseman Denny Duron and a two-run single from Worth.

For the second straight game, eight of the nine starters in the Waves line-up had at least one hit. Tracy and Brown each had two hits to go along with three hits apiece from Worth and Heroy.

Working in relief of starter Robert Della Grotta, Olbrychowski came on in the third inning with Pepperdine trailing 2-1 and limited the Trojans to three hits, a run and two walks.

Pepperdine returns to action on Friday when it opens a three-game series against No. 10 Wichita State at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.

San Francisco - 15
Cal - 6

Berkeley, CA - It was a day for season high's as San Francisco defeated Cal 15-6 at Evans Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Dons' 15 runs and 21 hits are the most in 2007, and tie the runs and hits tally in last season's win over No. 29 Hawaii (5/16/06). With today's win, USF (4-2) has beaten Cal (4-2) four straight. The Dons haven't lost to a Pac-10 opponent since falling to Washington State 8-7 last year (2/26/06).

Nearly every Don to step to the plate earned a hit, (13 of 17) and seven of them had two or more. USF scored consecutively higher runs in the first four innings (one-first, two-second, three-third, four-fourth) before adding one in the fifth and four more in the sixth.

The pattern would have been different if a play at the plate hadn't been overturned by the umpires in the third inning. With two outs, junior third baseman Brian Chavez reached on an error and advanced to second on freshman Derek Poppert's single. Senior center fielder Lucas DeLong then singled to center and Chavez scored from second. But he was first called out at the plate to end the inning. Chavez ran into the catcher, who dropped the ball, then proceeded to hold Chavez down while he retrieved the ball and tagged him out. However, the call was reversed and the Dons scored two more runs off sophomore left fielder Zach Kim's single to right.

In the fourth, the Dons scored on three consecutive doubles. With two on, senior Jon Norfolk smacked a two-RBI double to left and scored on Chavez's double to center. Chavez scored on senior Mitchell Bialosky's double to center.

In the sixth, USF scored four on six hits (five singles and a double) to cap the scoring.

Junior second baseman Joey Railey lead the way with three hits, including a double, three RBI and a stolen base. Sommer, Chavez (double), Poppert, DeLong, Kim (three RBI), and Bialosky (double) all had two hits. Freshman Bobby Ethel earned his first hit as a Don, a pinch hit single up the middle in the seventh.

The Bears had 11 hits, including two each by sophomore first baseman David Cooper (who also homered) and freshman right fielder Blake Smith.

Senior LHP Cole Stipovich (1-0) earned the win for the Dons, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Bialosky started the game, throwing 2.2 innings, giving up two runs off four hits and striking out one. Junior RHP Brian Anderson threw 2.0 innings of scoreless relief, only allowing two hits. Junior LHP Matt Baugh (2.0 innings, two runs, two hits, one strikeout) and freshman RHP Alex Kalogrides (1.0 innings, no runs, no hits) also saw time on the mound.

Cal also threw five pitchers in the game with freshman LHP Sean Watson (0-1) earning the loss, throwing 1.1 innings and giving up three runs on five hits.

USF returns to action Thursday in an exhibition game versus Rikkyo University from Tokyo. Game time at Skyline College in San Bruno is set for 11:00 AM.

San Diego State - 10
LMU - 6

SAN DIEGO - After rain delays and tie scores characterized much of the Tuesday night match-up down south, San Diego State used a three-run seventh inning to take the lead for good over LMU baseball. The Aztecs (5-2) went on to top the Lions (3-4-1) 10-6 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

San Diego State took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but LMU answered just as quickly, putting up three of its own in the top of the second. The Lions' three were all unearned, coming with two outs after an error by Aztec left fielder Cameron Johnson prolonged the Lions' at bat and put Angelo Songco on second base. Fellow freshman Ryan Wheeler then drew a walk, setting up a two-run double to right center by Michael Glomb. DeAndre Miller then singled Glomb home to make it a 3-3 game.

LMU went up 4-3 in the top of the third again with two outs on the board. Sean Dovel doubled to plate Eric Farris, who had singled earlier in the inning.

A leadoff triple by SDSU's Nick Romero put him in position to tie the game at four on a groundout by Garett Green in the bottom of the third.

Each team scored a single run in the fifth to keep it tied at 5-5. The Lions had two outs in the top of the inning when a 10-minute rain delay left Glomb waiting to hit for the second time in three days. Glomb answered this time with his second double of the day and later scored on Miller's third single.

Following another 33 minute rain delay, the Aztecs took a 7-5 lead on four singles in the bottom of the fifth.

The Lions cut the lead in half in the top of the seventh on back-to-back singles by Jeremy LaMell and Farris. But it was the bottom of the frame that led to the win for SDSU, as the Aztecs tallied three runs to make it 10-6.

LMU had an uncharacteristic five errors on the soggy night.

Freshman Tim Busbin saw his first collegiate appearance when he made the start Tuesday. San Diego State got to him quickly, and he was relieved by Mike Kenney, who went on to throw 3.1 innings. Joe Zeller (0-1) followed and suffered the loss for the Lions after allowing the go-ahead run in his two innings of work.

The Aztecs started Steven Hirschfeld, who worked four innings before giving way to the SDSU bullpen. Reliever Nate Solow (1-0) earned the win after tossing the fifth inning for the Aztecs.

Miller (3-for-4), Glomb (2-for-4), and Farris (2-for-3) led the way offensively for the Lions.

Designated hitter Pat Colwell led the Aztecs with a 3-for-4 effort. Brandon Glover added five RBI.

The Lions will continue the four-game road swing this weekend with a three-game series at Fresno State. Fans can follow all of the action as it happens free of charge on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

UC Davis - 6
Saint Mary's - 3

Davis, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team surrendered six runs in the first two frames to fall to the UC Davis Aggies 6-3 Tuesday afternoon from Dobbins Stadium. The loss marks the fourth straight as SMC drops to 3-8 on the season. UC Davis improves to 1-4 on the year.

Saint Mary's bullpen ace Scott Schneider got the start and was tagged for six runs, allowing four in the first and two more in the second.

The Gaels bullpen continued to shine as they shut down the Aggies for the rest of the afternoon.

Saint Mary's tallied its first run in the top of the second when junior Kenny Fuglerud scored on a Ryan Young single to left field.

The Gaels added one more in the fifth and another in the sixth. Senior Eric Cattoni was brought home after Randy Wells knocked a single to left and crossed the plate after an error by the third baseman.

In the sixth, junior backstop Ian Gordon rushed home on a wild pitch by Davis starter Brad McAtee. Gordon reached base on a single up the middle.

McAtee earned the win by pitching eight solid innings in which he allowed only one earned run and struck out a season-high eight batters. Justin Fitzgerald earned his first save as he struck out a batter in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

SMC sophomore Joel Staples led the Gaels at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort. Young tallied the lone RBI for the Gaels with a 1-for-4 day at the plate.

The Aggies, who scored all six runs in the first two innings of the game, jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning behind two-RBI singles from Brandon Oliver and Jacob Jefferies.

Grant Hirneise upped the Aggie lead to 6-1 in the bottom half of the second inning as he singled home two more runs.

Saint Mary's will return home for a three-game series against Utah Valley State. The series opener will begin on Friday, February 16 at 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.