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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 23, 2007

Pepperdine - 4
Fresno State - 0

Malibu, Calif. - It would be hard to imagine anyone performing any better than Barry Enright has through his first three starts of the 2007 season. However, the Pepperdine junior right hander topped his previous performances Friday afternoon as he pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout in defeating visiting Fresno State 4-0 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Enright allowed three singles, did not walk a batter for a second consecutive start, and struck out three en route to improving to 4-0 on the year and lowering his ERA to 0.59.

The win improved the No. 15 Waves to 8-3 while Fresno State dropped to 5-7.

In pitching the complete game, Enright ran his consecutive scoreless streak to 22.2 innings dating back to the third inning of the UC Davis game on February 9. He also upped his career mark to 27-3, tying him with Britt Craven (1988-90) and Steve Schenewerk (1997-2000) for fifth place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list.

The complete-game was the second of Enright's career and the first complete-game shutout by a Waves' hurler since Paul Coleman accomplished the feat in a 5-0 victory over San Francisco on May, 20, 2005 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Enright's previous complete-game came against Oklahoma State on March 11, 2006 when he allowed seven hits in a 6-3 victory.

After allowing a two-out single in the first inning, Enright retired 10 consecutive batters before surrendering back-to-back singles to begin the fifth inning. He then set down the final 14 batters to finish the masterpiece.

The Waves supplied Enright with all the run support he would need in the first inning as junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz opened the frame with an infield single, stole second and scored on an RBI double into the left field corner by sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud.

d'Arnaud led Pepperdine's nine-hit attack with three hits and three RBI. He produced a run-scoring single in the third and drove in the Waves' final run with an RBI single in the eighth inning.

Ortiz had a pair of hits and scored twice, while senior left fielder Luke Salas had an RBI single and sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames doubled and scored a run.

Pepperdine and Fresno State continue their three-game weekend series Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

San Diego - 2
Wake Forest - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Brian Matusz's one-hit masterpiece helped lead the 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (10-4) to a 2-0 shutout win over visiting Wake Forest University (3-2) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

Matusz (3-0) allowed no runs on one hit, while striking out 10 batters in 7.0 innings of work. This marks the fourth game that Matusz has recorded double-digit strikeouts in his five outings this season. Freshman AJ Griffin came in for two innings of relief and completed the dominance on the mound as he allowed no runs on no hits, while striking out three in picking up his team-leading fourth save of the season.

San Diego wasted no time in scoring as in the first inning the Toreros jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead. Justin Snyder led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Sean Nicol singled to left field. Jordan Abruzzo then brought in Snyder with an RBI single to right field to give the Toreros the early momentum.

The Demon Deacons had their best scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth inning as they loaded the bases with two outs. Ben Terry then stepped to the plate for Wake Forest and was facing a 2-2 count. Terry stuck his arm in front of a Matusz change-up and the pitch hit him. However, the home plate umpire ruled the pitch was in the strike zone and that the batter intentionally stuck his arm into the strike zone, thus calling it strike three, preserving the USD 1-0 lead.

USD then added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Josh Romanski got things rolling, as he was faced with no one on and two outs. He led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Daniel Magness brought in Romanski with an RBI single to cap the scoring for the day.

Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol, Shane Buschini and Romanski all recorded multiple hits on the day with Buschini and Nicol going 2-for-4 and Romanski going 2-for-3.

Brad Kledzik (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Demon Deacons, as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out six in 7.0 innings of work.

The Toreros and Demon Deacons will resume their three-game non-conference series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 9
Sacramento State - 0

Sacramento, CA - San Francisco took a commanding 9-0 victory over Sacramento State in its first game of the River City Classic in Sacramento Friday afternoon. The Dons (6-5) outpaced the Hornets (2-8) at the plate 10-2 as two USF pitchers held the Hornets to only a couple base knocks.Junior left-hander Aaron Poreda (2-1) had his best outing of the young season, throwing 8.0 scoreless innings, only allowing one hit and striking out seven. Freshman right-hander Chase Tigert made his Dons pitching debut, throwing a one hit, scoreless ninth inning.

Junior third baseman Joey Railey had his fifth multi-hit game of the season, smacking two singles. Senior center fielder Lucas DeLong also had two hits, including a double and had two RBI. Junior shortstop Tavo Hall, junior third baseman Brian Chavez, junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, sophomore designated hitter Zach Kim, and pinch hitters Matt Lieb and Alex Massari all had one hit in the game.

USF scored four runs through the first four innings before putting the game out of reach in the ninth, plating five. DeLong started off the inning doubling to left and advanced to third on senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble's ground out. After Railey walked, Hall hit an infield single, scoring DeLong. An out later, pinch hitter Lieb singled in Railey. Chavez singled in Hall before pinch hitter Chris Bacigalupi was hit to load the bases. Massari singled up the middle to score the final two runners of the game.

USF returns to River City Classic action on Saturday in Davis. The Dons will take on tournament co-host UC Davis in a 1:00 PM start.

Santa Clara - 8
Cal Poly - 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team enjoyed a huge night from the plate Friday, banging out 14 hits and putting up eight runs in an 8-3 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs at Stephen Schott Stadium. The win brings SCU's home record to a red-hot 6-1 so far in 2007.

The Broncos and Mustangs will continue their three-game series tomorrow afternoon with a 1 p.m. contest, before closing things out with a 1 p.m. game Sunday.

Ryan Conan hit his second home run of the season and drove in three runs Friday night, bringing his team-leading total to 13. Gabe Alcantar continued his hot start by going 4-for-4 with three RBIs and his team-leading seventh double of the season, while Carl Bacon and Juan Parra had three hits apiece for the Broncos (8-7).

"We had quality at-bats tonight and I think that was the big difference," said head coach Mark O'Brien. "Getting the leadoff batter on base in a couple of innings really helped our confidence, and we got some big swings from Gabe and Ryan tonight."

Santa Clara got off to a fast start, getting a pair of two-out runs on RBI singles from Alcantar and Bacon. The Broncos added to their lead in the third as Conan's fielder's choice brought in Matt Long, who walked to start off the inning, for the 3-0 lead.

Starter Matt Wickswat ran into some trouble in the fourth, walking Kyle Smith to start the inning, then giving up a two-run homer to center to Grant Desme, whose fifth of the season highlighted a 2-for-4 night. Brent Morel followed with a walk, and advanced to second on a passed ball, then took third on Wickswat's throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt to second, and scored on a wild pitch to even things up at 3-3.

Wickswat, though, turned to his defense to pick him up, as Bacon threw Adam Buschini out at third trying to steal after a Quentin Cate groundout. After giving up two base hits, and with runners on the corners, Wickswat helped himself by striking out Pat Pezet to escape the jam. The strikeout was Wickswat's fifth of the night, as he picked up his third win of the season.

Steve Kalush relieved Wickswat after a leadoff single by Morel in the sixth, and silenced the Mustang bats the rest of the way. The freshman reliever struck out five Cal Poly batters and allowed only one hit to pick up his first save.

"When Steve came out there it really gave us a calming presence," O'Brien said. "He threw his pitches for strikes, and did a great job. I was really happy with the way he came in and settled the game down."

SCU responded to Cal Poly's three-run inning with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth. With Jon Karcich on first and one out, the Broncos got four consecutive singles, moving station-to-station and taking a 5-3 lead as Long and Alcantar each picked up an RBI.

With Kalush handling things on his end, the Bronco offense kept up the attack in the seventh, as Conan followed up Alcantar's leadoff double with a smash off of the roof of the batting cages beyond the left-field fence for his second home run of the year.

"It felt good to come through with the home run, especially after hitting into a double play a few innings prior," Conan said after the game. "I wanted to do something to pick myself up a little bit."

The Broncos tacked on an unearned run in the eighth before Kalush capped off the win with a 1-2-3 ninth.

UT-San Antonio - 4
Gonzaga - 3

FRISCO, Texas - The Gonzaga University baseball team rallied in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell to the University of Texas San Antonio 4-3 Friday in the second day of the Southwest Baseball Classic in Frisco, Texas.

With the loss, Gonzaga falls to 3-8 overall. The win marks the first of the season for the Road Runners, who improve to 1-6 overall.

Down 4-2 heading into the ninth inning, the Bulldogs rallied to threaten to take the lead, but left the tying run at third base and the go-ahead run stranded at second to end the game. The Zags did post one run in the inning. Dustin Colclough singled to center field to score Ryan Wiegand before an out could be recorded.

Brandon Harmon (0-3) threw a complete game for the Zags in the loss. Harmon pitched 8.0 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. UTSA's Josh Ruffun (1-0) earned the win, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out nine in eight innings. Earning his first save of the season was Zach Calhoon.

UTSA took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with run-scoring singles by Trent Lockwood and Tim Palincsar.

Gonzaga answered with a runs in the top of the second and third innings to knot the score 2-2. In the second frame, Mark Castellitto continued his hot hitting with a one-run single to center to score Wiegand, who led off the inning with a double. Michael Rhodes singled in the third inning, and then stole both second and third, before scoring on a fielder's choice by Evan Wells.

Castellitto, who set a Gonzaga record with three doubles Thursday, continued his hot streak Friday, going 2-for-4 with a run batted in.

The Bulldogs will continue play at the Southwest Diamond Classic Saturday when they face host Dallas Baptist University at 5 p.m., PST.

San Jose State - 4
LMU - 3

LOS ANGELES - Another nail-biter in Los Angeles put the Lions on the wrong end of a 4-3 series opener at Page Stadium against San Jose State Friday. LMU (3-9-1) got a plus performance from starting pitcher Brad Meyers, but could not answer when the Spartans (8-3) broke a 3-3 tie game with a run in the top of the ninth.

The 4-3 game marks the fourth straight loss where LMU has fallen by two or less runs. San Jose State has now won five consecutive games.

What started as an exciting pitchers' dual between right-handers Meyers and Loren Moneypenny, came down to the final at bats for both teams, leaving the bullpens with the decisions.

San Jose State left fielder Chris Balatico tripled in the top of the ninth to score Kyle Bellows to give the Spartans the 4-3 advantage. Bellows had drawn a leadoff walk off Lion reliever Mike Kenney (0-2), who suffered the loss after tossing 1.1 innings.

Spartan reliever Greg Shannon (1-0), who held the Lions scoreless for his 1.2 innings of work, earned his first victory of the season. Scott Sobczak earned his fourth save after throwing the ninth.

Meyers impressed in his 7.1 inning outing, holding the Spartans to two earned runs while sitting down six.

"Brad Meyers threw well again today, as he has all season," LMU Head Coach Frank Cruz said. "He deserved a win today, just like San Jose State's starter Moneypenny did."

Monneypenny worked the first 6.1 innings for the Spartans, allowing three earned runs on five hits.

The Spartans struck first in the top of the third, scoring an unearned run when Balatico crossed the plate on a passed ball that went off the knee of home plate umpire Johnny Pineda.

LMU tied the game at 1-1 on a pair of doubles in the bottom of the fifth, when Michael Glomb's double plated Angelo Songco, who had doubled earlier in the inning.

San Jose State went up 2-1 in the top of the seventh after Kyle Bellows' double scored Donato Giovanatto, who singled to lead off the frame.

With one out, back-to-back extra base hits by Songco (second double of the game) and pinch hitter DeAndre Miller (triple) and a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Sean Dovel gave the Lions two in the bottom of the seventh for the 3-2 lead.

A pair of singles let the Spartans tie things at 3-3 in the eighth to set up the dramatic ninth-inning finish.

Songco led the way for the Lions with his 2-for-3, two run scored effort.

Shaffer and Bellows each had two hits for the Spartans.

Lion fans were also disappointed to see Eric Farris' hitting streak come to an end Friday. Dating back to last season, Farris had hit safely in 25 straight games, the longest streak since the LMU record was set at 27 games by Don Sparks in 1988. Sparks went on to be a fifth round draft pick of the New York Yankees that June. Entering Friday's game, Farris had posted a hit in every game dating back to April 23, 2006.

The series continues Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. start. Fans who can't make the trip to Page Stadium can follow the action on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.