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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 18, 2007

Saint Mary's - 3
Utah Valley State - 2

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team used some timely relief pitching and some clutch hitting to secure the series sweep over Utah Valley State with a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. With the win the Gaels improve to 6-8 on the season.

Trailing 2-0 after a Dan Bulow two-run home run in the fourth inning the Gaels rallied back.

In the next frame the Gaels cut the lead in half when freshman Randy Wells drilled a single up the middle to plate senior Eric Cattoni. Cattoni began the inning with a double to left-center field.

SMC then took the lead the next inning with two runs. Junior catcher Ian Gordon hit his first of two doubles to score freshman Kyle Jensen. Junior J.P. Musgrove followed suit with a double down the right field line to score Gordon from second.

Junior transfer Alex Jensen (1-1) earned his first victory in a Gaels uniform after tossing four innings of solid relief. Jensen allowed three hits and struck out six with no walks.

Freshman Taylor Stanton recorded a no-decision in his first collegiate start. Stanton allowed two runs on five hits while fanning three in five innings.

Gordon led the Gaels with two hits and two doubles with a RBI in four at-bats. Cattoni also tallied two hits with a double and a run. Jensen batted 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Eli Slesk led the Wolverines with a 3-for-4 day from the plate with a run scored. Cole Anderson added two hits while Bulow batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Jace Brinkerhoff was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts.

The series sweep marks the first of the season for the Gaels. Six Gaels batted over .400 in the three-game set with Wells leading the way with a .571 clip. Gordon recorded a team-high three doubles and five RBIs.

Saint Mary's will hit the road for five consecutive away games. The Gaels will start the road swing against Nevada on Tuesday, February 20 with first pitch slated for 2 p.m. from Peccole Park.

San Diego - 8
Virginia Commonwealth - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Justin Snyder and Logan Gelbrich each went 2-for-4 at the plate to help lead the 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (9-4) to a 8-2 win over Virginia Commonwealth University (1-3) Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium. With the win, the Toreros claim the four-game series with the Rams, 3-1.

San Diego wasted no time in scoring as in the first inning they scored four runs on four hits. Snyder led off the inning with a stand-up double to left center field and scored when Sean Nicol hit the ball to the second baseman, who bobbled the ball, allowing Snyder to safely come across for the first run and placing Nicol on first base. Nicol then moved to second on a Shane Buschini ground out and moved to third on a passed ball. Gelbrich then brought in Nicol with a RBI single to third base. Josh Romanski brought in Gelbrich with a run-scoring triple deep into right field and Daniel Magness brought in Romanski with a RBI single to cap the scoring for the inning.

VCU then answered back in the third inning cutting the Toreros lead in half. The Rams' runs came on a Richard Gonzalez RBI single and a Sergio Miranda RBI single through the right side.

San Diego then took back one of those runs in their half of the third as Buschini, who had singled, came across on a wild pitch to move the score to 5-2.

USD then added an insurance run in sixth inning as Magness hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Romanski, who reached on a error by the first baseman. USD then pushed across two more runs in the eighth inning on a Snyder RBI single and a Nicol run scoring triple to right field.

Snyder helped lead the USD offense with his 2-for-4 one double and two runs scored performance and Gelbrich also led the team's offense with his 2-for-4 one RBI and one run scored performance.

Ricardo Pecina (2-1) picked up the win for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out four in 5.1 innings of work. AJ Griffin picked up his third save of the season, as he allowed no runs on one hit, while striking out five in 2.1 innings of work. VCU starter, Cody Eppley (0-1), was saddled with the loss for the Rams as he allowed six runs, two earned, on seven hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The 18th-ranked Toreros will return to action on Friday as they host Wake Forest University in the first game of a three-game series at Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

San Francisco - 5
UC Riverside - 3

Riverside, CA - San Francisco ended the weekend series with UC Riverside on a high note, beating the Highlanders 5-3 at the Riverside Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. The win puts the Dons back above .500 at 5-4 and drops the Highlanders to 7-3.

Junior transfer Matt Baugh (1-0) earned his first win as a Don, starting the game and throwing 7.1 solid innings. The left hander allowed three runs (two earned) off eight hits and a walk while striking out six batters. Senior right hander John Quine earned his second save of the year, throwing 0.2 innings and not allowing a run.

USF started the game down one after UCR scored in the bottom of the second off a solo homerun by designated hitter Nick Salotti. But the Dons answered back in the fourth when senior center fielder Lucas DeLong singled and advanced to third on junior third baseman Brian Chavez's single to center. DeLong scored when junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky hit into a double play. To cap the inning, senior catcher Daniel Morales homered to left.

In the fifth, the Dons put up another two spot. Junior shortstop Tavo Hall singled and stole second. He scored on junior right fielder Luke Sommer's single up the middle. After Sommer stole third, he scored on senior designated hitter Chris Bacigalupi's ground out.

The Dons would add one more in the seventh as junior second baseman Joey Railey reached on an infield single and advanced on Hall's sacrifice bunt. Sommer then doubled to right to score Railey.

Riverside would score one in both the fifth and seventh, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Dons.

Railey led all dons with three hits, including a double. Hall (two stolen bases), Sommer (double, stolen base, two RBI) and Bialosky (double) all had two hits. DeLong, Chavez and Morales had one each.

Riverside's Dan Runzler (0-2) earned the loss, throwing 5.1 innings allowing four earned runs off 10 hits and struck out four Dons. Salotti had three hits for UCR and Carl Uhl and Aaron Wible each had two.

USF returns to action on Tuesday versus Stanford. First pitch in Palo Alto is set for 5:00 PM.

Arizona State - 9
Gonzaga - 2

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Ryan Wiegand hit his first home fun of the season Sunday as the Gonzaga University baseball team fell to No. 11 Arizona State University 9-2 during the final day of the Coca-Cola Spring Training Tournament in Surprise, Ariz.

The loss drops the Bulldogs to 2-7 on the season, while the Sun Devils improve to 7-3 overall.

Starting pitcher Clayton Mortensen (1-2) suffered the loss for Gonzaga, allowing five runs on nine hits, four walks in six innings of work. Mortensen also struck out four Arizona State batters. CJ McClure saw time out of the pen, throwing the final two innings of the game. Mike Leake (3-0) earned the win for the Sun Devils, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three over six innings.

Arizona State used run-scoring singles in both the first and second innings to take an early 2-0 lead before adding an additional three runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Gonzaga was held scoreless until the seventh inning, when Wiegand took the first pitch of his at bat and homered over the right field wall. The home run marked the first of the season for any Bulldog batter.

The Sun Devils added another four runs in the bottom of the eighth before Gonzaga's Darin Holcomb, who reached base on a double, was scored on a single to left field by Mark Ellis.

The Bulldogs finished the Coca-Cola Spring Training Tournament with a 1-2 record. Gonzaga upset defending national champion and No. 9 Oregon State University 6-5 on Friday, before falling to the University of Missouri 10-3 Saturday.

Aaron McGuinness and Shawn Wayt were each named to the all-tournament team for their performances this weekend. McGuinness, who had a seven game hit-streak snapped Sunday, earned the honor after posting two hits, two runs batted in and scoring one run, including a run-scoring single Friday against Oregon State. Wayt recorded three hits on the weekend, including two hits against the Beavers. Wayt also drove home three of Gonzaga's six runs on Friday.

The Zags will return to the playing field Thursday, when they travel to Arlington, Texas to partake in the Dallas Baptist University Tournament. Also while in Arlington, the Bulldogs will play Missouri State University in a non-conference match-up that is not affiliated with the tournament.

Fresno State - 5 (10)
LMU - 4

Fresno, Calif. - A chilly afternoon in Fresno, Calif. produced a heated extra-innings battle, as it took a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning for Fresno State (5-6) to get the 5-4 victory over LMU baseball Sunday. The Lions (3-7-1) had tied the game at 4-4 with two outs in the top of the ninth to force their first extra inning test of the season.

The drama began when, after trailing the entire game, Fresno State batted through the order to post three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead 4-3. The go-ahead run came on a single off the bat of third baseman Tommy Mendonca, who scored Brian Lapin after he had singled earlier in the inning.

But LMU's Eric Farris had something to say about it, as with two outs and no one on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Farris sent a long ball over the wall in left center field to keep the game going at a 4-4 tie.

Fresno State rallied in the bottom of the frame, getting leadoff hitter Loren Story on with a single and sacrificing him to second. The Lions intentionally walked the dangerous Steve Susdorf and had to also add Brian Lapin to the base paths after the runners advanced on a passed ball. So with the bases loaded and just one out, the Lions turned to reliever Mike Kenney. The Bulldogs attempted a suicide squeeze, but Storey was hung up coming in from third base when Todd Sandell did not get the bunt down. Kenney went on to get Sandell looking to force extra innings in the Sunday series finale.

The Lions got a runner to second base in the top of the 10th, when Angelo Songco doubled. But he was stranded there, leaving Fresno State with the opportunity to push one across in the bottom of the frame.

The Bulldogs did just that when Mendonca took a page out of Songco's book and put up a leadoff double. He moved to third on a groundout and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Danny Grubb.

LMU had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, beginning with a solo home run off the bat of Sean Dovel. Songco drew the walk after Dovel homered off Fresno State starter Clayton Allison. Glomb brought Songco home with a single up the middle for the Lions' early two-run lead.

The Bulldogs cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth after a pair of walks and a single.

The Lions made it a 3-1 lead when they loaded the bases after singles by Brian Wilson and Farris and a base on balls by DeAndre Miller. Taylor Shoop's groundout scored Wilson to keep the Lions up by two.

Wilson led the Lions on both sides of the field Sunday, going 3-for-4 at the plate and tossing 5.1 innings on the mound as the Lions' starter. He surrendered just one run while striking out five Bulldogs.

Farris also finished 3-for-4 after the game-extending heroics with his first home run of the season.

Kenney suffered his first loss, falling to 0-1 despite the impressive effort in the final 1.2 innings for the Lions.

Fresno State closer Jason Breckley earned his first win at 1-0 after tossing the final two for the Bulldogs.

The Lions return home to host UNLV Tuesday at Page Stadium. The Lions and Rebels are scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start, with all of the action carried free of charge on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio on www.LMULions.com.

Wichita State - 3
Pepperdine - 2

Malibu, Calif. - Junior left-hander Rob Musgrave allowed one run over seven-plus innings and sophomore third baseman Conor Gillaspie produced a clutch two-out double in the seventh inning to help No. 11 Wichita State to a 3-2 victory over No. 19 Pepperdine Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win was the first of the year for the Shockers (1-2) and snapped the Waves' (7-3) six-game winning streak.

In a battle of left-handers, Musgrave (1-0) out-dueled Pepperdine sophomore Robert Dickmann as he allowed four hits, a run, walked one and struck out four.

Dickmann was almost as good as he pitched a career-high six-plus innings, allowed six hits, two runs, walked four and struck out a personal-best six batters.

Down 3-0 heading into the eighth inning, the Waves rallied as they loaded the bases with no outs. Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz singled through the right side to open the inning and end Musgrave's day.

Junior shortstop Danny Worth greeted reliever Noah Booth with a double down the right field line and sophomore Eric Thames was hit for the third time in the game to load the bases.

After a strikeout, junior right fielder Donald Brown singled to right field to plate Ortiz and Worth to cut the margin to 3-2.

Wichita State head coach Gene Stephenson then went to his bullpen bringing in Jared Simon and Anthony Capra, who each recorded an out to preserve the lead.

Capra began the ninth and, after allowing a leadoff walk to Denny Duron, was relieved by Noah Krohl, who retired all three batters he faced to preserve the win and record the save.

Wichita State broke a scoreless tie with a run in the fifth inning as it took advantage of a leadoff walk. Right fielder Ryan Jones received a free pass to open the frame, reached second on a fielder's choice and came around to score on an RBI single by first baseman Derek Schermerhorn.

The score remained 1-0 until the seventh when left fielder Andy Dirks led off the inning with a single and scored on a two-out double to left-center field by Gillaspie off freshman reliever Daniel Farris.

Gillaspie scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch and throwing error by Pepperdine catcher Trent Diedrich.

Worth and Brown each had two hits to lead the Waves. Both of Worth's hits were doubles, giving him 45 for his career and moving him within one of 10th place on the program's all-time doubles list.

Pepperdine will attempt to start a new winning streak when it opens a three-game series against Fresno State Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.

UC Davis - 3
Santa Clara - 2

DAVIS, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team dropped its three-game series against the UC Davis Aggies Sunday afternoon after the Aggies captured a 3-2 win at Dobbins Stadium. In what was a tight pitcher's duel, UC Davis overcame a one-run deficit with two in the seventh for the deciding runs.

The Broncos (6-7) return home to Stephen Schott Stadium for four games this coming week, first hosting the Utah Utes in a 1 p.m. contest Monday afternoon, then hosting the Cal Poly Mustangs in a three-game series over the weekend. Friday's game is set for a 6 p.m. first pitch, with Saturday and Sunday's contests set to start at 1 p.m.

Carl Bacon and Gabe Alcantar each went 2-for-4 Sunday, with Bacon driving in a run and Alcantar smacking a double. Ryan Conan also added an RBI double.

Justin Kuehn, despite a strong showing in which he allowed only three runs on five hits in six and two-third innings, took the loss for the Broncos.

SCU got off to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first. With two outs, Alcantar doubled to left and was driven in by Bacon's single. Following Evan LeBlanc's walk, Conan drove a double down the left-field line to score Bacon.

Kuehn cruised through the first six innings, despite an unearned run in the third inning by UC Davis which made it a 2-1 game. But in the seventh, Evan Hudson led things off with a single, and after being sacrificed to second, got to third on Justin Schafer's infield hit.

With runners on the corners and one out, the defense came up big as Alcantar threw Hudson out at the plate on a Ryan Royster grounder. Yet after Kuehn's balk moved the runners up to second and third, Michael Jacobellis delivered what ended up being the decisive blow of the game, doubling to center to drive Schafer and Royster in with the tying and go-ahead runs.

Davis' Scott Chew held the Broncos to only two hits over the final three innings to claim the win in relief of Jeff Reekers, who gave up two runs on six hits over the first six innings.

Jacobellis had two RBIs for the Aggies while Hudson went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the team.