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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 16, 2007

Gonzaga - 6
Oregon State - 5

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Evan Wells scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning Friday as the Gonzaga University baseball team upset No. 9 Oregon State University 6-5 in the opening game of the Coca-Cola Spring Training Tournament in Surprise, Ariz.

The win improves the Bulldogs to 2-5 on the season and marks their first win against a ranked opponent this year. The loss marks the first of the season for the defending national champion Beavers, who fall to 7-1 overall.

Earning the win for the Zags was relief pitcher Matt Fields (1-0). Fields pitched 0.2 innings, earned the win by being the pitcher of record when the game winning run was scored. CJ McClure earned the save for Gonzaga, retiring three straight batters in the ninth inning. Brandon Harmon started the game for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs, three earned, on 11 hits in 6.2 innings. Josh Monroe also saw time out of the pen for Gonzaga.

Mark Grbavac took for loss for Oregon State after allowing one run on two hits and a walk in one inning pitched. Michael Stutes started the game for the Beavers, throwing 6.0 innings allowing four runs on six hits and three walks.

Oregon State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after scoring in both the first and second innings. The lead didn't last long though, as Gonzaga knotted the game 2-2 in the top of the third. With runners on second and third, Aaron McGuinness hit a sacrifice fly to score Michael Rhodes and advance the runner on second, Wells, to third. The next batter, Darin Holcomb, then singled to left field to drive home Wells.

The game remained tied at two until the sixth inning, when Shawn Wayt singled up the middle to score Holcomb and Mark Castellitto to take the 4-2 lead.

The Beavers answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh on run scoring hits by Mitch Canham and Jordan Lennerton.

Gonzaga broke the tie in the next frame, with a single to right center by pinch hitter Brandon Blank to score Ryan Wiegand. Wiegand singled up the middle to lead off the inning.

After an Oregon State run in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game 5-5, Gonzaga scored the game winning run in the top of the ninth inning. With one out, Wells singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. The next batter, McGuinness, smacked a single up the middle to take the 6-5 lead.

Wells lead the Zags at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. Wells' double in the third inning was the lone Bulldog extra base hit for the afternoon.

Gonzaga will return to action Saturday morning, when they face the University of Missouri in the second day of the tournament. Game time is slated for 10 a.m., PST.

Pepperdine - 2
Wichita State - 0

Malibu, Calif. - In a battle of All-American pitchers, junior right hander Barry Enright came out on top as he pitched 7.1 scoreless innings to help No. 19 Pepperdine defeat No. 11 Wichita State, 2-0, Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game non-conference series at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Enright (3-0) and Wichita State sophomore Aaron Shafer entered the contest with a combined record of 36-6 and were tabbed preseason All-Americans.

Both pitchers lived up to their preseason billing as they locked up in a scoreless pitchers' duel until the Waves (6-2) broke through for a pair of runs in the sixth inning.

With one out in the sixth, junior shortstop Danny Worth singled through the left side. On Shafer's next pitch to junior Eric Thames, the Shockers' right hander lost his balance, fell awkwardly off the mound and was forced to leave the game.

Anthony Capra relieved Shafer and allowed back-to-back singles to Thames and sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud that loaded the bases. Junior right fielder Donald Brown followed and hit a medium-deep fly ball to right center field where Matt Brown dropped it, allowing Worth and Thames to score and give Pepperdine a 2-0 lead.

After Ryan Heroy followed with a single to left field to re-load the bases, Wichita State left-hander Noah Booth came out of the bullpen to strike out pinch-hitter Mark Tracy and catcher Travis Tartamella to end the threat and keep it a two-run game.

Making the Opening Day start for the Shockers, Shafer began the game in impressive fashion as he retired the first nine batters he faced before allowing a lead-off single to Adrian Ortiz in the fourth inning.

Enright continued his early-season dominance over opposing batters as he scattered seven hits and struck out four in a season-high tying 7.1 innings of work. Before being relieved with one out in the eighth inning, Enright's only difficulty came in the second when Wichita State put runners on second and third with no outs.

However, the sophomore right hander worked out of trouble by recording a strikeout, foul out and fly ball to escape the jam. The win improved Enright's career record to 26-3 and moved him into a tie with Patrick Ahearne (1991-92) and Mike Scott (1974-76) for seventh place on Pepperdine's career wins list.

Freshman left-hander Jordan Durrance entered the game in the eighth inning with runners on second and third with one out and thwarted a potential Wichita State scoring opportunity by getting a strikeout and ground ball to keep the shutout in tact.

Junior closer Jason Dominguez worked around a ninth-inning error to record his third save in three chances.

Pepperdine will go for six straight wins on Saturday when it hosts Wichita State at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 16
Utah Valley State - 1

Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's junior hurler Sean Gleason was lights out while the Gaels offense was overpowering in a 16-1 rout over Utah Valley State Friday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. With the victory the Gaels improve to 4-8 while the Wolverines drop to 0-3 on the season.

Gleason was nearly untouchable as the junior college transfer fanned 13 and scattered seven hits in eight innings to earn his first victory in a SMC uniform. Freshman Matt McCormick pitched a perfect ninth for the Gaels.

Saint Mary's scored all 16 runs in a five-inning span, plating multiple runs in four of the five frames.

After plating a run in the second, the Gaels erupted for four in third, four in the fourth and five in the fifth to run away from the Wolverines. SMC added two more in the sixth to secure the victory.

Eleven Gaels tallied a hit in the game with eight knocking in a run. Saint Mary's was led by freshman Randy Wells and Kyle Jensen. Wells tallied four hits in six at-bats and added two runs and a RBI. Jensen batted 3-for-4 with two runs and a RBI.

In his first collegiate start, Michael Cipolla added the punch with four RBIs and three runs scored. Junior backstop Ian Gordon knocked in four runs as well.

Freshman Anthony Aliotti continued to stay hot at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort and two runs scored with a RBI. Sophomore Joel Staples scored three times and added a hit while freshman Michael Gonzales knocked in two in his only at-bat.

Dan Bulow and Derrick Thomas tallied two hits each for the Wolverines. Tai Penrod was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in 2.2 innings.

Three Gaels are now batting over .400 on the season with Jensen and Aliotti sitting at .405. Wells follows with a .400 average. Gleason has struck out 24 in 23 innings pitched.

Saint Mary's looks to secure the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field. SMC hurler Brandon Berl will toe the rubber and face UVS starter Bryan Smith.

San Diego - 5 (11)
Virginia Commonwealth - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Shane Buschini's run-scoring double to center field lifted the 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (7-3) to a 5-4 11 inning series opening win over Virginia Commonwealth University (0-1) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium. This game was a continuation of Thursday's game that was called on darkness.

With the score knotted at 4-4 in the top of the 11th inning, Justin Snyder got things rolling as he led off the inning by reaching on a catcher's interference. Jordan Abruzzo then moved him to second on a single to center field. Buschini then launched a double deep into center field to push across the winning run.

The Toreros struck first as the scored one run in the bottom of the second inning. Logan Gelbrich got things rolling with a single through the left side and he moved to second on a Daniel Magness single to center field. Sean Nicol then drove in Gelbrich with a double to left center field to give USD a 1-0 lead.

The Rams then answered back in the top of the third inning as they scored two runs on three hits. The VCU runs came on a Richard Gonzales run-scoring double and a Sergio Miranda RBI single to give the Rams a 2-1 lead.

San Diego then evened the score in the bottom of the fourth inning. James Meador got things rolling with a single up the middle and moved to third on a Magness single to left field. After Nicol waked to load the bases, Kevin Hansen pushed across Meador with a single to left field to move the score to 2-2.

VCU then regained a two run lead in the top of the seventh inning on a Gonzales two-run single to left field to move the score t 4-2.

The Torero answered back in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jordan Abruzzo led off the inning with a single and moved to second when Shane Buschini reached on a catcher interference call, to give USD runners at first and second with no outs. James Meador then hit a single up the middle, bringing home Abruzzo for the first run. The second run came when Magness laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, who kicked the ball committing an error, which allowed Buschini to safely come across to even the score at 4-4.

Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo, Meador and Magness all recorded two hits on the day with both Meador and Magness recording RBI's.

Josh Romanski (1-1) picked up the win for the Toreros as he allowed no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work. Jared Bolden (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Rams as he allowed one run on two hits.

The Toreros return to action at 2 p.m. today as they play the second game of the four-game set at Cunningham Stadium.

Virginia Commonwealth - 6 (10)
San Diego - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Virginia Commonwealth University (1-1) scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning to upset the 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (7-4), 6-4, Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

After the Rams pushed across three runs, the Toreros tried to launch a comeback in the bottom of the 10th inning. Justin Snyder led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a balk. Josh Romanski then drove in Snyder with a single to left field cutting the deficit to two with no outs. But the Toreros could come no closer allowing the Rams to even the series at one game apiece.

The Rams struck first as they scored one run in the top of the first inning on a Chris Jackson RBI single through the right side to give VCU a 1-0 lead.

San Diego answered back in the bottom of the second inning scoring one run. Daniel Magness got the ball rolling with a stand-up double to right field. Mike Metzger then brought in Magness with a single through the left side to even the score at 1-1.

VCU then regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning when Jared Bolden came across on a balk committed by USD's starting pitcher Josh Romanski.

The Rams added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning when Gonzales hit an RBI single to the shortstop, pushing across Evans, who had tripled, to move the score to 3-1.

The Toreros responded in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring two runs on three hits. Metzger begin the offense with a single to right field and Sean Nicol then launched a double to left field moving Metzger to third. Kevin Hansen brought in the runs with a two-run single to right field to even the score at 3-3.

Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol led the way with his 3-for-4, one double and one run scored performance. Metzger also had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-4 with one RBI and Snyder was the only other USD player to record multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-5.

AJ Griffin (2-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on two hits in 0.0 innings of work. Mick Mattaliano (1-0) picked up the win for the Rams as he allowed one run on three-hits in 1.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the four-game series with Virginia Commonwealth with a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

Santa Clara - 11
UC Davis - 3

DAVIS, Calif. - Timely hitting and opportunistic play propelled the Santa Clara baseball team to its first win in 10 days Friday afternoon, stopping a three-game skid with an 11-3 win over the UC Davis Aggies in Davis. Coincidentally, the Broncos snapped their streak with a win over the very team they recorded their last victory over, as they defeated the Aggies 7-6 on Feb. 6.

The series will now shift to Stephen Schott Stadium for Saturday's contest, as the Broncos (6-5) and Aggies do battle beginning at 1 p.m.

Gabe Alcantar went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season Friday, driving in three runs and scoring three. Ryan Conan also drove in three runs with a bases-loaded triple.

Matt Wickswat allowed only three runs in five-plus innings to earn his second win of the season, as Steve Kalush and Matt Hiserman tossed shutout ball over the final three and a third innings, allowing only one hit apiece.

The Aggies actually struck first Friday, as Aaron Hanke, who went 3-for-5 on the day, led off the second inning with a single as Grant Hirneise followed up with a walk. After being sacrificed up a bag, the duo scored in the ensuing two at-bats, with Hanke scoring on a Kyle Mihaylo sacrifice fly and Hirneise being driven in on a Jacob Jefferies single for the 2-0 lead.

But the Broncos answered right away, taking the lead for good with four runs in the third. Base hits from Juan Parra and Matt Long led things off, and the two were sacrificed up a bag by David Hoffmire. After Alcantar was beaned to load up the bases, Carl Bacon drove in SCU's first run with a sacrifice fly to center, and Evan LeBlanc drew a walk to reload the sacks.

Conan then put the Broncos ahead to stay the rest of the way as he smashed his first career triple, which cleared the bases and gave SCU the 4-2 advantage.

UC Davis closed to within a run in the fifth on a Daniel Descalso RBI single, but one of three Aggie errors opened the door for a big Bronco seventh.

Jon Karcich reached on Descalso's error to open the inning, and four batters later, with two outs and two on, Alcantar hit his first homer of the year to extend the Bronco lead to four at 7-3.

With Kalush and Hiserman keeping the Aggie bats in check the rest of the way, the Broncos put things away for good in the ninth with a four-run burst. A wild pitch, a passed ball, and a throwing error all accounted for Bronco runs, as the squad put things out of reach for the 11-3 win.

Fresno State - 15
LMU - 4

Fresno, Calif. - LMU baseball trailed early Friday night at Fresno State, but the Lions had made a game of it by the top of the seventh inning and trailed just 5-4 in what looked like it would be a down-to-the-wire thriller. Fresno State (3-6) responded by registering seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a lead it would not relinquish, topping LMU (3-5-1) in game one of the three-game series 15-4.

Fresno State finished the game with 10 unanswered runs, running away with the game in its final two at bats.

The Bulldogs took a quick 1-0 lead on the Lions, pushing an unearned run across in the bottom of the first frame. Erik Wetzel singled and advanced to second on a Lion throwing error. A balk advanced him to third, and Wetzel later scored on groundout by Steve Susdorf.

Susdorf added to his RBI total for the game when he posted a three-run home run in the third to put the Bulldogs up 4-0.

The Lions scored their first run in the top of the fourth, with Eric Farris and Taylor Shoop putting up back-to-back singles to give LMU runners on first and third with no outs. Freshman Angelo Songco later plated Farris with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.

Fresno State earned the run back in the bottom of the fifth, when Loren Storey drew the first walk of the night from LMU starter Brad Meyers. A stolen base and passed ball placed Storey on third, and Susdorf made it five RBI when he brought home Storey with a single.

The Lions cut into the again lead by scoring two in the top of the sixth. It started with Sean Dovel, who was hit by a pitch from FS reliever Eric Otterson. Otterson and the next reliever Brandon Miller went on to walk the next three Lions to bring in Dovel. Then Michael Glomb's groundout scored Songco from third.

LMU added another run in the top of the seventh when Farris singled and Shoop reached first on an error. Dovel grounded into a double play, but Farris scored to make it 5-4.

Susdorf continued the damage in the bottom of the same frame, when his single through the right side plated another run to make it 6-4 Fresno State. He finished the game 3-for-4 with the six RBI to led Fresno State offensively.

LMU starter Brad Meyers suffered the loss, falling to 1-2 after allowing four earned runs in his 6.2 innings of work.

FS starter Brandon Burke improved to 1-1 after tossing five innings, holding the Lions to one run.

The three-game series between the Lions and the Bulldogs will continue with a 1:05 p.m. game Saturday. Fans can follow the action from Fresno, Calif. free of charge on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access (audio) at www.LMULions.com.

UC Riverside - 3
San Francisco - 0

Riverside, CA - San Francisco couldn't find the offense in a 3-0 loss to UC Riverside on Friday afternoon at the Riverside Sports Complex. The Dons (4-3) only collected four hits compared with Riverside's (6-2) nine.

Junior Aaron Poreda (1-1) earned the loss, throwing 5.2 innings. The left hander allowed two earned runs off two hits, but did not walk a batter. Poreda struck out a season high seven batters. Senior John Quine threw 2.1 innings of relief, allowing the Highlanders final run (unearned) off one hit and three walks, while striking out one batter.

Riverside's junior right hander James Simmons collected the complete game shutout, only allowing four hits and a walk, while striking out 15 Dons and only facing three batters over the minimum.

The Highlanders scored two runs in the third off a single, a sacrifice bunt, a double and another single. Their final run came in the seventh off an error, a double and a sacrifice fly.

Senior catcher Jon Norfolk, senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble, junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky and junior pinch hitter Matthew Lieb were the four Dons to earn hits (all singles). Knoble also stole his second base of the year.

USF and Riverside play game two of the three game series tomorrow at 1:00 PM.

Portland vs. BYU postponed due to rain