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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 24, 2008

LMU - 7
Sacramento State - 2

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - LMU (1-1) defeated Sacramento State (1-1), 7-2, in game one of a double-header scheduled for Saturday at Sac State's Hornet Field before rain halted game two between the two teams in the middle of the fifth inning with the game knotted at two runs apiece.

The Lions got a strong combined pitching effort in game one, led by junior starter Mike Kenney. Kenney tossed five and two-thirds innings and allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out six batters en route to his first victory of the season. Junior Lee Roberts pitched the next inning and two-thirds, allowing only one hit and striking out one batter. Sophomore left-hander Russell Lowell was called upon to record one out in the eighth, retiring the batter via strikeout. Freshman Chris Eusebio recorded the final out in the eighth inning and sophomore Xavier Esquivel retired the side in order in the ninth to close the door on the Hornets.

Freshman Andrew Irvine continued his hot hitting, finishing three-for-five with a double, a run scored and a RBI. Junior Ollie Enos and senior A.J. LaMonda each collected two hits in the victory, with LaMonda connecting on his first home run of the season in the fifth inning. Junior Kyle Spraker also had a fine day at the plate, finishing one-for-two with a double, two walks, a RBI and a team-leading two runs scored.

Sac State's Trevor York got the start for the Hornets, turning-in five innings of work and allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out three batters. Nick Buchta took over at the start of the sixth inning, tossing the next three and two-thirds innings while surrendering two runs on four hits and four walks and punching-out three batters. Trevor Paine finished the game on the hill for Sac State, contributing the final third of an inning.

As it did in game one of the series, Sac State struck first in the bottom of the first. Ryan Blair, who is off to a blistering start in 2008, led things off with a triple before Blake Crosby lifted a sacrifice fly to right field on the ensuing play to give Sacramento State the early 1-0 advantage.

The Lions answered back in the top of the third inning, knotting the game at one run apiece. With two out in the frame, Jonathan Johnson got the ball rolling with a single before moving to second on a wild pitch. On the very next play, Enos made the most of the opportunity when he singled to centerfield to plate Johnson.

The Hornets wasted no time regaining the lead, plating their second run of the game in the bottom half of the inning. Back-to-back singles by Taylor Watanabe and Blair set the table for what could have been a big inning. Instead, Kenney induced a ground ball to third base that resulted in a 5-4-3 double play and the Lions exchanged a run for two outs.

Turning in the biggest half-inning of the day, LMU plated three runs in the top of the fourth to take a lead it would not relinquish. Sean Dovel started a string of LMU doubles in the frame, as he led things off with a shot to the gap. One batter later, Spraker followed with a double of his own to plate the first Lion run of the inning. An Andy Preston groundout moved Spraker to third before Irvine doubled to plate Spraker. T.J. Bernardy capped the doubles party when he traded places with Irvine to score the fourth Lion run of the game.

LMU added to its lead in the fifth inning when LaMonda connected on a pitch and drove it over the wall in left to make the score 5-2. Sac State answered back in the sixth inning when Brian Boyd contributed a two-out pinch-hit RBI-double to plate Wes Oberlin.

The Lions managed to collect two insurance runs headed into the bottom of the ninth, plating one in both the eighth and ninth innings. Spraker led off the eighth with a walk before moving to second on a balk. Preston followed with a single that moved Spraker to third, but an errant throw to the plate from center field sailed over the head of the catcher and allowed Spraker to scamper home. Ryan Wheeler took things into his own hands in the ninth inning, blasting his first home run of the season over the wall in left field to run the lead to 7-2.

Esquivel entered in the ninth inning looking to close the door on the Hornets and seal LMU's first victory of the 2008 campaign. The right-hander did just that, inducing a pop-up to shortstop, striking out Blair and getting Crosby to fly out to right field.

The Lions and Hornets started game two of the double-header shortly after the conclusion of game one. LMU and Sac State battled to a two-run stalemate into the fifth inning before rain halted the contest. The two teams will attempt to conclude the game before tomorrow's regularly scheduled 1 p.m. start. Irvine, Preston, Matt Koch and Michael Glomb contributed the four Lion hits over the first four and a half innings.

Freshman Martin Viramontes got the start for LMU, tossing four innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks while striking out five batters. His counterpart, Sac State's Corey Weglin, pitched four and a third innings and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four batters.

Sac State once again scored in the bottom of the first. Blair led things off with a single before moving to second on a Crosby sacrifice bunt. Blair scored easily on the very next play when David Flores hit a ground ball that found its way through LaMonda at first and moved to second when LaMonda was called for interference while standing in the base path.

Preston got the ball rolling in the top of the second when he tripled with one out in the frame. Koch wasted no time knotting the game at one run apiece when he singled home Preston on the ensuing play.

Sac State quickly answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the second after Oberlin reached on a strikeout that got away from Dovel behind the plate. Boyd followed with a single that put runners at the corners with nobody out before Brent Hottman dribbled a grounder down the first base line that allowed Oberlin to cross the plate safely.

Two scoreless innings passed before LMU scored the tying run in the fifth. Preston led the inning off by hitting a towering fly ball that looked to be headed for the seats until the wind held it up right at the warning track in right field for the first out of the frame. Weglin proceeded to issue Koch a four-pitch walk before Glomb connected on a RBI-double down the right field line to even the game at two runs apiece. With the Hornets on the ropes, the umpiring crew decided to call for a rain delay--killing the LMU rally and spelling an end to play on Saturday.

LMU and the Hornets will attempt to finish game two of the double-header before the start of the regularly-scheduled 1 p.m. game on Sunday. All the action can be viewed and heard live via Gametracker and the Lion's Audio Network.

Pepperdine - 3
Wake Forest - 2

Wake Forest - 13
Pepperdine - 9

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine baseball team splits its doubleheader with Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon, claiming the first game 3-2 in seven innings, before dropping the second game 13-9.

The games were the first for the teams this season after yesterday's contest was postponed due to rain. The teams will also play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Waves (1-1) rallied for a game one win after receiving a strong start from junior Brett Hunter (Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS) , as both teams struggled for offense. Wake Forest broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning, as an RBI single and a steal of home gave the Demon Deacons a 2-0 lead. The lead was short-lived, as the Waves put up three runs in their half of the inning, as Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) first cut the lead to 2-1 with a two-out RBI single that scored Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane). Senior Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) then delivered a two-run double to right field, which proved to be the game winning hit. Hunter made the lead last as he added two scoreless innings before giving way to Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS), who slammed the door shut with a perfect seventh inning to claim the save.

Hunter's final line included six innings pitched and six strikeouts, while allowing only four hits and two earned runs. Leading the offense was Mendonca, who went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, while Simon and Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) each notched a pair of hits. Wake Forest was led by Allan Dykstra, who notched three of the team's four hits.

The Waves carried the momentum of game one into the early stages of game two, as they built an 8-3 lead through four innings behind a three-run home run from junior Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif../Los Alamitos HS) in the fourth inning. Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) started and lasted four innings, but the Pepperdine bullpen struggled, as they allowed nine earned runs over the final five innings. The Demon Deacons rally was aided by a pair of four-run innings, in the fifth and the eighth, and a strong relief effort from Phil Negus, who allowed just one hit in 3.2 innings. Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif. (Bullard HS) attempted to rally the Waves with a solo home run in the eighth inning that cut the lead to 12-9, but Wake Forest added another run in the ninth inning and the Waves were unable to mount a rally in their half of the ninth, giving the Demon Deacons the 13-9 win.

The Waves offense was led by d'Arnaud, who notched four RBI, Mendonca, who notched two hits and two stolen bases and Diedrich, who went 2-for-3 with one RBI. The Demon Deacons offense accounted 15 hits, as Ben Terry and Ian Tompkins each notched three hits and four other players recorded a pair of hits.

Up next, the Waves and Demon Deacons will play another doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Portland - 12
BYU - 1

Portland - 8
BYU - 7

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland freshman Kevin Armijo hit a game-tying three-run double with two outs in the ninth inning and sophomore Clayton Shaw knocked in the winning run in the tenth to give the Pilots a dramatic, come-from-behind 8-7 win over the BYU Cougars in the second game of a double-header at Joe Etzel Field on Saturday. Portland pounded BYU 12-1 in the first game.

The Pilots won two of three from BYU on the weekend to open the 2008 season at 2-1. The Cougars, picked to finish second in the Mountain West Conference, drop to 1-2.

Down 4-2 in the bottom half of the eighth inning during the second game, the Pilots evened the score on a mammoth two-run homer that cleared the scoreboard in left-center field by senior Danny Meier.

BYU responded by plating three in the top of the ninth to take a 7-4 lead. Jonathan Cluff and Kasey Ko each had an RBI during the inning.

But Portland refused to falter, loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the final frame. Armijo came through with the game-tying two out double, hit deep down the right-field line. Brandon Michon then got sophomore Rocky Gale to line out and sent the game into extra innings.

After BYU failed to score in the top of the tenth, UP sophomore C.J. Cullen drew a lead-off walk before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Riley Henricks. Shaw followed with the game-winning, RBI single to left field.

"It was a fun moment handing Clayton Shaw the game ball afterwards," Portland head coach Chris Sperry said.

Junior Matthew Lange (1-1) pitched 1.2 innings, including a 1-2-3 tenth, to pick up the win. Michon (0-1) picked up the loss.

"Meier's bomb in the eighth was huge, but I was disappointed we let them take the lead back in the ninth," Portland head coach Chris Sperry said. "To give it away and come back in the bottom of the ninth with a complete team effort was great. We had a lot of players play key roles in getting it done. Guys worked counts and got on base, Brandon Howard pinch ran and motored from first to home, and Armijo came up with the big knock. The effort from Owen Jones out of the bullpen to keep us in the game can't be overlooked either."

Jones tossed 4.2 innings of relief after Portland starter Brennan Thorpe was lifted in the third inning. Jones allowed just two hits, one run and struck out three with no walks. Sophomore Ed Wakefield tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning as well.

BYU led early with a three run second inning and made it 4-0 with another score in the fifth. The Pilots got two back in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Meier and botched double play that allowed Paul Crowder to score from second.

Henricks was the lone Pilot to finish with two hits in the game. Meier reached base three times with a pair of walks and the big blast.

Nelson Castleberry pitched five innings for BYU and allowed just two runs, one earned, on six hits and struck out two. The Pilots committed four errors in the game, while BYU had three.

The first game was all Portland as junior starter Mark Triolo was impressive in his first appearance as a Pilot. A transfer from San Diego State, Triolo went six strong innings, allowing just five hits, one run and one walk while striking out four.

Freshman Tyler Thompson recorded the final nine outs, allowing just two hits to pick up his first collegiate save.

The Portland bats erupted for 12 hits and 12 runs, while the Cougars struggled to a total of seven hits while committing four errors.

Jordan Muir took the loss after tossing five innings and allowing seven runs (three earned) on six hits.

Henricks had a single and double at the top of the order to pace Portland, while Meier finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI's. Junior Bryant Kraus also added a pair of singles and two runs scored, while Crowder drilled a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh.

"This club showed a ton of character all weekend," Sperry added. "We played well yesterday, but couldn't get the big hit when we needed it. Today we got those big hits from a number of different sources."

The Pilots waste little time in getting back on the diamond as they will host George Fox on Sunday at 1 p.m. Portland continues its homestand on Tuesday versus Concordia at 2 p.m.

San Diego - 17
San Diego State - 11

San Diego State - 15
San Diego - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The fifth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (1-2) split a double-deader with cross-town rival San Diego State University (2-1) Saturday. USD claimed game one 17-11 at Cunningham Stadium, before falling 15-2 in the night cap at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

In the first game, right from the get-go, the Toreros put the pedal to the medal and bounced back from an 11-2 defeat a night earlier. After the Aztecs put up two runs in the first inning, the Toreros responded with a six spot in their half of the inning. Kevin Muno got things rolling with a stand-up double to left center. Ryan Davis then moved Muno to third with a single to right field. Sean Nicol drove in Muno with an RBI single to the shortstop. Both Davis and Nicol then moved up one base on a wild pitch and Josh Romanski fouled a ball off his own ankle, was down for a couple of minutes, then two pitches later, he turned on a pitch and rocketed the ball over the right field fence to give USD a 3-2 lead.

San Diego wasn't down yet, as Anthony Strazzara singled to right field and moved to second on a James Meador walk. Kevin Hansen then drove in the final two runs on a two-run triple to right center to give the Toreros a 6-2 lead.

Heading into the fifth inning, the Toreros were leading 9-4 and they put the game out of reach with a four run inning. Muno led off the inning on a walk, then stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the SDSU catcher. Davis then walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Nicol then brought in Muno as he reached on a fielders choice that also moved Davis to third. Davis would score on a balk, which also moved Nicol to second. Romanski then hit his second homer of the game, a two-run blast to push the Torero lead to 13-4.

USD would go on to score three runs in each the fourth and sixth innings and added in one more run in the eighth to tally all 17 runs for the game.

Romanski was the offensive hero of the game as he went 4-for-5 with two home runs and seven RBI. Nicol was also impressive with the bat as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI.

Romanski (1-0) also picked up the win on the hill for the Toreros as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits in 5.0 innings of work. Shane Kaufman (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs as he allowed six runs on six hits in 0.2 innings of work.

In the nightcap, the Toreros got on the scoreboard first as they put up one run on one hit in the second inning. Sanchez got things started with a single through the left side. Sanchez then stole second and moved two more bases on back-to-back fielding errors by the Aztecs to give USD a brief 1-0 lead.

SDSU then responded with four runs in their half of the inning. The Aztecs' runs came on a Cameron Johnson RBI single, a Bubba Ruddy run-scoring double, Brandon Decker then drove in a run on a groundout to the second baseman and the final run came on a Brett Tanos RBI single to give SDSU a 4-1 lead.

After the Aztecs ripped off eight more runs to take control of the game, the Toreros took back one run in the top of the sixth inning on a fielding error by SDSU.

Matt Couch (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros on the mound as he allowed 10 runs, nine earned, on 10 hits in 3.2 innings of work. Nate Solow (1-0) was credited with the win for the Aztecs as he allowed two runs on two hits in 5.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will conclude their season-opening series on Sunday against SDSU with a 1 p.m.. game at Cunningham Stadium, weather permitting.

Hawai'i - 9
San Francisco - 6

San Francisco - 6
Hawai'i - 5

Honolulu, HI - San Francisco earned its first victory of the 2008 season in the second game of today's double-header with Hawaii. The Rainbows (4-2) took a 9-6 victory in game one, while the Dons (1-2) bounced back and earned the 6-5 win in game two.

Game Two: Senior LHP Matt Baugh (1-0) earned the win, allowing four earned runs off six hits with six strikeouts in 8.0 innings of work. Baugh threw 7.1 scoreless innings and didn't allow a hit until the third. Sophomore RHP Joe Oropeza earned the save, allowing one earned run in the ninth. Hawaii's freshman LHP Sam Spangler (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) off no hits and five walks in 1.1 innings.

USF scored first, plating two in the second and one in the forth. In the fifth, senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky doubled home junior left fielder Zach Kim, who reached on a fielder's choice. Bialosky scored on freshman right fielder Connor Bernatz's single to center to make it 5-0. The Dons added a run in seventh off junior designated hitter Drew Johnson's sacrifice fly and led 6-0 going into the bottom of the seventh before the Rainbows put up two. Hawaii rallied in the ninth, scoring three, but couldn't come all the way back.

Sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel and freshman right fielder Connor Bernatz both had two hits.

Game One: Hawaii took a commanding 8-0 lead after scoring seven in the first and one in the second.

In the fourth, Bernatz singled through the left side, scoring junior third baseman Dane Braunecker (who reached on an error) and Kim (who doubled to center). In the ninth, USF rallied, scoring four, but it was not enough as it fell 9-6.

Junior LHP Evan Fredrickson (0-1) earned the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) off two hits and four walks without recording an out in the first inning. Freshman LHP Matt Lujan allowed the final two earned runs off five hits and struck out four batters in 7.0 innings of relief.

Kim and sophomore catcher Sam Wiley each had two hits for the Dons.

USF returns to action Sunday, finishing up the four game series with Hawaii. Game time is set for 3:00 PM Pacific.

Santa Clara - 9
Kansas State - 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team registered this third win of the season with a 9-2 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats at Stephen Schott Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Broncos rallied for seven runs in the fourth inning to break away from Kansas State early on.

Santa Clara (3-0) started things off in the third inning as Matt Long's single to right field advanced Kevin Madden into scoring position. Evan LeBlanc, who registered his first home run of the season Friday afternoon, drove one far into right field allowing Madden to score and put the Broncos up by one, 1-0. Long then scored to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead on a putout at first by Wildcats' pitcher Chase Bayuk.

Geoff Klein hit a leadoff double to right center in the action packed fourth inning and score two batters later on a Brady Fuerst double to left field. Following back-to-back walks, Todd Vogel came on in relief of Bayuk and threw a wild pitch on his first delivery to score Fuerst and then allowed a two-run double to LeBlanc. The scoring outburst was finished off by a three-run homer to left field by senior Gabe Alcantar. The Broncos entered the fifth inning leading 9-0.

However, K-State got on the scoreboard as Nate Tenbrink scored on Daniel Dellasega's single to left field. Tenbrink added another run for the Wildcats in the ninth with a leadoff homer to right field.

Donald Brandt earned his first win of the season for the Broncos. He pitched 5.2 innings for Santa Clara, registering five strikeouts. Freshman Joe Supple had his first taste of collegiate action as he relieved Brandt in the sixth inning and Daniel DeMarco finished the pitching duties for the Broncos.

Long and Madden led the Broncos scoring as each had two runs.

The second game of the doubleheader was postponed due to inclement weather. Fans should check www.SantaClaraBroncos.com for possible makeup games this weekend.

Oklahoma State - 12
Gonzaga - 2

STILLWATER, Okla. - Freshman Brett Nicholas went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University baseball team dropped a 12-2 decision to No. 27 Oklahoma State University at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. The game was supposed to be the opening contest of a scheduled double header but earlier in the afternoon the decision was made to alter the schedule to play one game Saturday and a doubleheader on Sunday.

The Zags' (0-2) starter Cory Powell (1-0) suffered the loss in his first outing since the 2006 season. Powell, who utilized his red shirt season last year, allowed five runs on six hits over five innings on the mound. The Cowboys' (2-0) starter Tyler Lyons (1-0) earned the victory after allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four during five innings of work.

Both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Oklahoma State's Jordy Mercer drove home a pair of runs on a single up the middle to score Michael Dabbs and Neil Medchill. Both Dabbs and Medchill reached base on singles.

The Bulldogs answered with a pair of runs in their half of the fourth inning to knot the score at two. Following a single by Jason Chatwood and consecutive walks to Marcus McKimmy and Ryan Wiegand, Nicholas recorded his first hit of the game, a two-run single to left field.

The Cowboys added a run in the bottom of the fourth before breaking out for eight runs in the sixth frame. The go-ahead run in the fourth was scored on a double by Dean Green while the eight sixth inning runs came as Oklahoma State sent a dozen batters to the plate with three Cowboys recording RBIs. Leading OSU in the inning was Matt Hague, who drove home three runs with a bases clearing double down the left field line. Hague also recorded a triple to open the inning.

Oklahoma State added the final run to the score in the seventh inning as Medchill recorded his third run scored of the afternoon.

In addition to Nicholas, the Zags' Chatwood posted multiple-hits for Gonzaga with a pair of singles. Wiegand, Mark Castellitto and Drew Heid also all recorded singles for the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga and Oklahoma State will wrap-up the four-game series Sunday with a double-header. The twin bill will begin at 11 a.m. PST, with the Zags' Matt Fields expected to earn the state. The Bulldogs' starter in the second game has yet to be announced.

Towson - 4
Saint Mary's - 2

Moraga, CA - In a gloomy morning game of a scheduled double header strong relief pitching helped the Towson Tigers (1-1) defeat Saint Mary's (1-1) 4-2 at Louis Guisto Field. SMC scored first and led most of the game, but the Tigers bullpen and an eighth inning rally was the difference in the game.

The Gaels received another strong performance from its starting pitcher. Making his Saint Mary's debut junior Brian Justice threw 6.2 innings surrendering five hits, two earned runs and two walks, while striking out nine.

Towson took control of the game with an eighth inning rally when senior Brian Conley singled to right field, junior Matt Collins followed that with a double off pitcher Alex Jensen (0-1) to score Conley and put the Tigers ahead for good. The Tigers were not finished however, as junior Jason Stifler singled through the right side scoring Collins to make it 4-2.

The Tigers were able hold on to the lead through the efforts of freshman Spencer Patton (1-0), who came into the game in relief for sophomore starter Zach Umberger. Patton pitched 2.1 strong innings, giving up one hit and two walks, while striking out one and retiring seven of nine batters he faced.

The game was closed out by Tigers bullpen ace senior Jon Dupski, who came in the ninth and closed out the game for his first save of the season.

The Gaels saw another strong performance at the plate from sophomore Anthony Aliotti who 2-for-3 with an RBI, it was Aliotti's second RBI of the season. Also continuing to play well from the plate was sophomore Kyle Jensen who doubled again, giving him two on the season.

Towson's senior first baseman Greg Furmanek continued his strong start to the season going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, giving him five for the season. In 10 at bats, Furmanek has four hits and eight total bases.

The Gaels and Tigers look to finish the series Sunday, February 24, starting at 11 AM at Louis Guisto Field, weather permitting. SMC and Towson will attempt to complete the third game of the series, which was suspended when rain hit on Saturday. The score is tied 2-2 heading into the top of the fourth inning.