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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 20, 2007

Portland - 5
Concordia - 2

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland senior Adam Kerr went 4-for-5 with two RBI's as the Pilots defeated the Concordia Cavaliers 5-2 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. The Cavaliers mustered just four hits in the game.

Kerr, the designated hitter, also scored a run for the Pilots, who improve to 2-3 on the season. Senior first baseman James Allan had two hits in four at-bats and also drove in a pair.

UP starter Danny Meier (1-1) allowed just two runs on three hits in 7.1 innings to pick up his first win of the season. He struck out eight and walked two. Reliever Brian Yoakum recorded the final two outs in the top of the eighth.

Portland senior closer Josh Roberts struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Roberts has struck out the last five batters he has faced and has yet to allow a base runner in 2.2 innings of relief this season.

Concordia starter Bryan Goff (0-1) gave up two runs on five hits in four innings of work. Concordia, an NAIA school, used four pitchers in the game and falls to 0-2 this season.

The Pilots broke open a scoreless game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. With runners on the corners and one out, Allan drove in his first run of the season on a fielder's choice. Junior outfielder Billy Krause scored on the grounder to the shortstop. Kerr was cut down at second base.

Then with two outs and runners on first and second, senior third baseman Jesse Rodgers brought home Allan with a base knock to left field that made the score 2-0.

CU cut the lead in half with a deep fly in the top of the fifth. Catcher Cody Herrick hit a lead-off home run, his first of the season, that sailed over the left-field fence.

Portland added another run in the bottom of the sixth to claim a 3-1 lead. With two outs, Kerr drilled a double down the left field line. Allan followed Kerr with a base hit to left for his second RBI of the day.

The Cavaliers again made it a one-run game in the top of the seventh inning. Yoakum relieved Meier after a one-out walk to Sean Statchan. After a fly out to right field, Josh Mandin brought home a run with a double to center field. Yoakum then induced an inning-ending fly ball from Casey McLeod.

In the eight, Portland scored its final two runs. Kerr came up to the plate after an intentional walk to Krause loaded the bases with one out. Kerr then drilled his fourth hit of the day up the middle that plated two.

The Pilots finished with 10 hits and no errors.

Portland and Concordia are scheduled to play again on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field.

Saint Mary's - 13
Nevada - 4

Reno, NV - Saint Mary's banged out 15 hits and plated 13 runs to cruise past Nevada 13-4 Tuesday afternoon from Peccole Park. The Gaels used a nine-run fifth inning to secure the victory. With the win, SMC improves to 7-8 on the season while UNR drops to 4-9.

A nine-run top of the fifth inning by SMC put the game out of reach. The first seven Gael hitters of the inning reached base and scored in the big inning. In total, 13 hitters came to the plate in the inning.

Sophomore Joel Staples hit a two-run double while freshmen Kyle Jensen and Randy Wells both knocked in a pair during the frame. SMC got a solo home run from Ryan Young in the top of the seventh inning and added three more runs in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 13-4.

The home run marks a career-first for the sophomore. Staples added the big hit once again in the ninth with a triple to left field that scored two. Staples finished the game with four hits, four RBI and two runs scored.

Wells collected three hits with two RBI and two runs scored. Jensen added two hits with two RBI while Cory Miller also rapped out two hits with two runs and a RBI.

Wolf Pack starter Ben Colton (0-1) took the loss allowing five runs on six hits in four innings on the mound. Anthony Alliotti (2-1) got the win pitching five innings of three run ball for the Gaels. Michael Nisco (1) pitched the final four innings to earn his first save of the season.

Nevada scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning on two hits to go in front 2-0. Second baseman David Ciarlo doubled in center fielder Jason Sadoian with the first run and later scored when first baseman Shaun Kort reached on an error. Kort was credited with sacrifice fly despite the left fielder dropping the ball on the play.

The Wolf Pack got a solo home run from shortstop Owen Mackedon in the bottom of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the sixth inning back-to-back doubles by right fielder Terry Walsh and left fielder Mike Hale scored Nevada's fourth and final run of the game.

Saint Mary's will continue its week with three games in the River City Classic. The Gaels will open classic play against defending national champions Oregon State on Saturday, February 24 at 10 a.m. from Hornet Field.

UNLV - 5
LMU - 3

Los Angeles - For the second time in two games, LMU baseball fell victim to the eighth inning, as UNLV broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the top of the eighth Tuesday at Page Stadium. The Rebels (7-6) held off the Lions' (3-8-1) charge with a 5-3 victory in the mid-week match-up.

The 5-3 game was the Lions' third straight loss by two runs or less.

With one out in the eighth inning, a pair of walks set the table for back-to-back singles by Keith Smith and Efren Navarro Jr. that brought in the go-ahead runs.

LMU's Andy Beal (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound after being charged with the runs, but the junior did strikeout two of the 10 batters he faced in the seventh and eighth.

The Lions left a combined four runners on base in the final two frames, as their comeback bids were thwarted by UNLV relievers Adam Moser and Marc Baca. In the eighth, T.J. Bernardy used his first at bat of the game to draw a walk with one out. Pinch hitter Marty Mullins followed with his first collegiate hit, a double off the Mikos Blue Monster that moved Bernardy to third. But Moser then entered to retire pinch hitter Brett Mendoza and Michael Glomb to get out of the inning unharmed.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Brian Wilson reached first on a dropped third strike. He advanced to second when Eric Farris singled up the middle. Taylor Shoop followed and connected with what looked like would be a second straight single, when Rebel left fielder Blake Gailen made a diving catch to end the game.

Baca earned his second save of the season after tossing the ninth for the Rebels. UNLV's usual Friday starter Craig Heyer (2-2) earned the win after throwing the part of the seventh and eighth innings for the Rebels.

The Lions had taken a 2-0 lead in the first after a bases-loaded walk scored Wilson, who had doubled down the right field line with one out. Angelo Songco drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.

The Rebels cut the lead in half in the top of the second when Ryan Kowalski's single brought in Xavier Scruggs, who had singled up the middle earlier in the frame.

UNLV tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth on a pair of singles.

The Lions took the lead again with two outs in the fifth when DeAndre Miller scored on a wild pitch after a pair of infield singles by Miller and Wilson.

UNLV didn't stay behind for long, tying the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth when Gailen's double scored Kowalski, who had walked.

For the second straight game, Wilson finished with three hits for the Lions, leading the way offensively with the only multiple-hit effort. He also impressed defensively in his first career outing at first base.

Navarro Jr., Scruggs, and Kowalski each had two hits for the Rebels.

The Lions remain at Page Stadium this weekend to host San Jose State. The series opens with Friday's 2:00 p.m. game. As always, fans who can't make it to the park can catch all of the action on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.

Stanford - 4
San Francisco - 1

Palo Alto, CA - San Francisco had the lead, but couldn't hold it as it fell to Stanford 4-1 in non-conference action at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday evening. Previously, USF (5-5) hadn't lost to Stanford (4-5) since 2005.

USF held a slim 1-0 lead after the first inning. Junior second baseman Joey Railey singled to center and advanced to second when junior shortstop Tavo Hall attempted to sacrifice bunt, but reached base on an error. An out later, freshman designated hitter Derek Poppert singled to load the bases. Railey scored when senior Jon Norfolk reached base on a fielder's choice.

Stanford put up zeros until the fifth when, with two outs, they plated two. The Cardinal followed up in the sixth with two more to put it out of reach for the Dons.

USF out-hit Stanford 7-6.

Junior Mitchell Bialosky (0-2) earned the loss in the longest outing of his short pitching career. The right-hander threw 5.1 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) off four hits and a walk. Bialosky struck out five Cardinal batters.

For Stanford, Austin Yount (1-0) got the win in relief, throwing 5.0 scoreless innings, only giving up three hits and striking out two Dons. David Stringer earned his second save of the season, throwing 3.0 innings of scoreless ball.

Railey led Dons batters with two hits and a run scored. Poppert, junior right fielder Luke Sommer, junior third baseman Brian Chavez, senior first baseman Chris Bacigalupi, and senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble all had singles for USF. Sommer and Knoble both stole their fourth bases of the season.

USF returns to action this weekend in the River City Classic, hosted by Sacramento State and UC Davis. The Dons take on Sacramento State, in Sacramento, on Friday at 1:00 PM, UC Davis, in Davis, on Saturday at 1:00 PM, and St. Mary's (non-conference), in Sacramento, on Sunday at 10:00 AM.