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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 17, 2007

Pepperdine - 10
Wichita State - 2

Malibu, Calif. - The top three batters in the Pepperdine line-up went a combined 8-for-12 with five runs scored and seven RBI and sophomore right hander Brett Hunter worked five innings as the 19th-ranked Waves ran their win streak to six games following a 10-2 victory over No. 11 Wichita State Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win improved Pepperdine to 7-2 on the season while the Shockers fell to 0-2.

Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz got the Waves' offense going early as he tripled down the right field line to lead off the first and scored on a single through the right side by junior shortstop Danny Worth. Pepperdine added two more runs in the inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Wichita State scored its two in the second inning as it took advantage of a pair of walks and hit batsmen by Hunter (2-1) to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Pepperdine countered with a run in the bottom half of the inning when Ortiz walked with one out, advanced to second on an infield out and scored on a single up the middle by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames.

The Waves broke the game open with a four-run seventh and tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning to build a 10-2 lead.

Ortiz finished the game with two hits, three runs scored and an RBI while Worth and Thames led Pepperdine's 14-hit attack with three hits and three RBI.

Hunter battled control problems in his five innings of work as he allowed three hits, two runs, walked five, hit two batters and struck out five.

Freshman left-hander Jonathan Harmston pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out two to earn his first collegiate save.

Pepperdine and Wichita State conclude their three-game series with an 11 a.m. contest on Sunday.

Portland - 2
BYU - 1

BYU - 4
Portland - 3

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Pinch hitter Adam Kerr knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Portland Pilots won the first game of a double-header 2-1 against the Brigham Young Cougars in non-conference baseball played on Saturday at Joe Etzel Field. BYU won the second game 4-3.

The first game of the double dip was only seven innings.

Tied at 1-1 with one out, Kerr, a junior, knocked in junior Cory Wiltshire with a double to deep center field as the Pilots (1-3) prevailed. Wiltshire led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman C.J. Cullen.

Senior Josh Roberts (1-0), who relieved starter Ari Ronick with one out in the top of the seventh, picked up his first win of the season. Roberts struck out both batters he faced. Ronick allowed just one unearned run, as he held the Cougars to four hits. He struck out six.

Jesse Craig (0-1) went the distance for BYU (3-2). Craig gave up two runs on seven Pilot hits, while striking out three and walking two.

The Pilots got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second inning. With senior Justin Pierce on first base and nobody out, senior Jesse Rodgers smacked a base hit that sent Pierce to third. After freshman Rocky Gale grounded out to the pitcher, Wiltshire brought home Pierce with a sacrifice fly to center field.

The Cougars tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. With two outs and runners on second and third, Dan Vargas scored Mike McKeever with a single to left field. Steve Parker tried to score from second on the play, but Pierce threw him out at the plate.

Rodgers had two hits for the Pilots.

Portland committed one error, while BYU was errorless.

The second game featured solid pitching performances for both teams, as Jordan Muir (2-0) picked up the win for the Cougars. Muir scattered six hits and allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings. He struck out four and walked three. Brad Kidd pitched one-third of an inning before giving way to J.D. Stambaugh, who pitched three innings to pick up his second save this season. Stambaugh gave up only one hit and struck out four.

Portland starter Given Kutz (0-2), a junior, lasted eight innings. He gave up six hits, struck out five and didn�t walk a batter. At one point, Kutz retired 14 straight BYU hitters.

Reliever Chris Siegfried, pitched one inning of relief and gave up one hit.

BYU scored the game�s first four runs. In the top of the first, Kent Walton gave BYU the 1-0 lead with an RBI double to left-center field.

The Cougars tallied three more in the top of the third inning. Parker made it a 2-0 game with an RBI single to left. Then with no outs and the bases loaded, Kasey Ko brought home two with a single to the left side of the infield. Cullen was able to knock down the hard-hit ground ball, but two Cougars were able to score. Cullen did throw out Jonathan Cluff at second base for the first out.

Kutz then ended the threat with two strikeouts. The Cougars didn�t get another hit until the top of the ninth.

Portland responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth. With one out and the bases loaded, sophomore Paul Crowder knocked home two with a single to right-center field. Wiltshire then recorded his second sacrifice fly of the day that scored Rodgers from third and pulled the Pilots within 4-3.

In the sixth, Portland got two runners on with two outs, but Kidd struck out Wiltshire to end the inning.

The Pilots totaled eight hits in the second game, while BYU countered with seven. No errors were made.

Portland next hosts the Concordia Cavaliers at Joe Etzel Field on Monday at 2:00 p.m. The Pilots and Cavaliers are also scheduled to play at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, also at Joe Etzel Field.

Saint Mary's - 13
Utah Valley State - 3

Story coming soon.

San Diego - 20
Virginia Commonwealth - 13

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (8-4) pounded out a season-high 23 hits, including Justin Snyder going a perfect 5-for-5, to pound Virginia Commonwealth University (1-2), 20-13, in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium Saturday afternoon.

On top of Snyder's 5-for-5 performance, Logan Gelbrich went 4-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored and both Josh Romanski and Daniel Magness went 3-for-4. Both Shane Buschini and Jordan Abruzzo each recorded multiple hits on the day as well to help lead the USD offense.

Junior Matt Couch (2-0) was brilliant on the mound for the Toreros in picking up his second win of the season. Couch threw in seven complete innings allowing three runs on six hits while striking out a career-high nine batters.

The Toreros used a big eight-run fourth inning to help break open the game. Abruzzo got things going with a lead off walk and moved to second on a balk. Buschini then rocketed his fourth home run of the season to give USD their first two runs of the inning. Gelbrich then kept things going as he singled and moved to second on a pass ball. Romanski moved Gelbrich to third on a single and Magness brought in Gelbrich on a single, which also moved Romanski to third. Kevin Hansen then brought in Romanski on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt. The next two Torero runs came on back-to-back bases-loaded walks and the seventh run came on a wild pitch. Gelbrich then drove in the final run with a RBI single to cap the scoring for the inning giving USD a 15-3 lead.

The Rams put on a late rally scoring 10 runs in the final two innings, but the 17-run deficit proved to be too much to overcome in the end.

USD would score four runs in the third inning, three in the sixth inning, two runs in each of the first and fifth innings and one run in the second inning to round off the scoring for the day.

Brett Walker (0-1) took the loss for the Rams as he allowed seven runs on nine hits in 2.2 innings of work.

The Toreros and Rams will conclude their four-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

Missouri - 10
Gonzaga - 3

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Darin Holcomb scored two runs Saturday but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University baseball team fell to the University of Missouri 10-3 during the second day of the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic.

Gonzaga slips to 2-6 with the loss, while Missouri, who are receiving votes in the national polls, improves to 5-1.

Gonzaga starter Chris Highmark (0-3) took the loss, throwing 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out three. Matt Fields and Bobby McEwen both saw time out of the Bulldog bullpen. Earning the win for the Tigers was Aaron Crow (1-0), who allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits.

The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning, when Mizzou posted three runs on singles by Ryan Lollis, Jacob Priday and a double by Trevor Coleman.

Gonzaga answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to bring the score to 3-2. Aaron McGuinness scored the first run of the game for the Zags on an error by the Tigers' right fielder. Holcomb, who singled to reach base, scored on the next play when Dustin Colclough grounded out to second base.

The Tigers added four more runs in the top of the sixth to secure the victory. Missouri would scored another three runs in the top of the eighth to finish its scoring for the afternoon.

The Zags scored their final run of the game in the bottom frame of the ninth when Holcomb scored his second run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Colclough.

Gonzaga will play in the final game of the 2007 Coca-Cola Classic Sunday, when they face No. 11 Arizona State University. Clayton Mortensen is expected to throw the first pitch for the Bulldogs at 1 p.m., PST.

Fresno State - 5
LMU - 3

Fresno, Calif. - LMU left 12 runners on base in a game where runs were tough to come by Saturday at Fresno State. The Bulldogs (4-6) secured the series win with a 5-3 victory over the Lions (3-6-1) in game two behind timely hitting.

The Lions threatened in the top of the ninth of the close game, getting two runners on with no one out. But LMU could not push across the needed runs, leaving another pair of runners on base to end the game.

Second baseman Eric Farris had the only multiple-hit outing for the Lions, but it was a big one, as he went 4-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.

LMU scored a run in the first when leadoff hitter DeAndre Miller drew a walk in the first at bat of the game from Bulldog starter Justin Wilson. Miller advanced to second on a groundout from Joe Zeller and moved to third on a wild pitch. Farris' at bat brought Miller home to give the Lions the early 1-0 lead.

Fresno State responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the first after back-to-back extra base hits by Todd Sandell and Steve Susdorf.

The Lions had bases loaded with no one out in the top of the third, but fell victim to FS's Wilson, who got two strikeouts and a groundout to strand the three Lions on base.

LMU was able to tie it in the top of the fifth, when Farris put up a leadoff triple and Sean Dovel followed with an RBI single to make it 2-2.

Fresno State went up 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth on a trio of singles and a sacrifice bunt.

After two walks and a hit batter in the top of the sixth, Miller was able to draw another walk that plated Michael Glomb to make it 4-3.

But once again, the Bulldogs responded in the bottom of the frame, scoring an unearned run on a squeeze bunt play to keep a two-run advantage at 5-3.

LMU starter Daniel Macias (0-2) was solid over his seven innings of work, allowing just three earned runs while fanning three.

Lion reliever Mike Kenney fought off the Bulldogs in the bottom of the eighth, coming out of the pen to retire the side in order with two strikeouts.

Wilson (2-1) went five for Fresno State, allowing two runs on seven hits before giving way to the Bulldog bullpen. Closer Jason Breckley earned his second save of the season after throwing the ninth and holding off the Lion charge.

Catcher Danny Grubb went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Bulldogs.

The Lions and Bulldogs will conclude the three-game series Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. game. As always, fans can follow all of the action free of charge on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio on www.LMULions.com.

UC Riverside - 9
San Francisco - 2

Riverside, CA - San Francisco suffered its second consecutive loss to UC Riverside, 9-2 on Saturday afternoon at Riverside Sports Complex. The Dons (4-4) were out hit by the Highlanders (7-2) 14-9.

Riverside scored all they would need with a four run second inning including a double and four singles. They also pushed across a run in the sixth, two in the seventh and two in the eighth.

USF scored one of their own in the fourth. Junior right fielder Luke Sommer reached base on an error by UCR's first baseman, Mark Samuelson. Sommer advanced to third on junior third baseman Brian Chavez's single and scored on senior catcher Jon Norfolk's single to right. They added their final run in the eighth when sophomore Zach Kim pinch hit for shortstop Tavo Hall and stroked a single to left. Sommer doubled to center to score Kim.

Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble led Dons batters with two hits and a stolen base. Sommer, Norfolk, Kim, Chavez, senior center fielder Lucas DeLong, junior second baseman Joey Railey and junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky all had one hit in the loss.

Senior right hander Jason Dufloth (2-1) earned the loss for the Dons, throwing six innings and giving up five runs (all earned) off 10 hits. Dufloth struckout three Highlanders and did not issue a walk. Senior Daniel Morales threw 2.0 innings in relief, allowing four earned runs off four hits and two walks while striking out one.

Riverside's D.J. Smith (2-0) earned the win in relief, throwing 1.2 innings and not allowing a run. Pat Cassa started for the Highlanders, going 4.1 innings and allowing one run off six hits.

For UCR, left fielder Aaron Wible and right fielder Mike Vass had three hits on the day. Shortstop Jamie Pedroza had two hits and three RBI.

USF finishes the three game series with UC Riverside tomorrow at the Riverside Sports Complex. Game time is set for 1:00 PM.

UC Davis - 7
Santa Clara - 5

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - A comeback bid in the ninth inning by the Santa Clara baseball team fell short with the tying run at the plate, sending the Broncos to their first home loss of the 2007 season as they dropped a 7-5 contest to the UC Davis Aggies Saturday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium.

The teams will meet in tomorrow's rubber game to complete the weekend set, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. in Davis.

Matt Long and David Hoffmire each had a pair of hits to lead the Bronco offense, while Alex Rivers allowed no hits and only a run in four innings of solid relief to keep SCU in the game.

Yet it was back-to-back home runs by the Aggies in a three-run fifth, and two runs in the ninth which ended up propelling UC Davis to the win. Daniel Descalso went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Aggies on Saturday, while Aaron Hanke also added a long ball to help the cause.

SCU struck first Saturday, as Gabe Alcantar's RBI groundout plated Long, who led the game off with a double, in the first inning. But UC Davis took advantage of some bad luck for SCU in the third, scoring twice thanks to a bases-loaded balk by starter Nate Garcia, then adding the second run on Grant Hirneise's single off of Garcia's glove.

Garcia fell to 1-2 on the year after giving up five runs in four and a third innings of work.

UC Davis extended the lead to 5-1 in the fifth, as Descalso's two-run homer with one away, followed immediately by Hanke's drive to left, quickly gave the Aggies a three-run cushion.

Santa Clara answered with a run in their half of the fifth, but more bad luck killed the team's rally. After Hoffmire singled to drive in Juan Parra with the first run of the inning, Alcantar came to the plate with Long on second and Hoffmire on first. Alcantar's deep fly ball into the left-field corner at first appeared to be caught by a diving Kevin James, but upon hitting the ground, the ball came loose.

While the umpire ruled that a catch had not been made, Long and Hoffmire, thinking a catch had been made, returned to their bases, only to each be forced out as both teams were momentarily confused with the turn of events. Nevertheless, the double play stood, and instead of having the bases loaded with only one out, the Bronco rally was over.

UC Davis added a pair of runs in the ninth that ended up playing a major role in the final score, as the Broncos took advantage of two Aggie errors in their turn up to score three unearned runs. But Aggie closer Nik Aurora came on to retire the final two SCU batters, with UCD left fielder Michael Jacobellis making a sliding catch on Hoffmire's fly ball down the left-field line to end the game.