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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 24, 2008

Pepperdine - 22
Wake Forest - 3

MALIBU, Calif. - Waves batters accounted for 23 hits and the Pepperdine baseball team claimed a 22-3 blowout win over Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine (2-1) scored in seven of its eight innings at bat, including six multi-run innings and the game-changing 10-run fourth inning. The 22 runs scored by the Waves were the most runs scored since a 24-8 victory over Portland in 2004. Pepperdine and Wake Forest (1-2) were originally slated to play a doubleheader on Sunday, but the teams were only able to play one game after Malibu was affected by rain Saturday night and into Sunday morning.

The offensive fireworks began in the first inning, as the Waves notched three consecutive hits to open the game, including Chase d'Arnaud's (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) two-run double, and later added a sacrifice fly from Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) blasted a two-run home run to right field in the second inning to increase the Waves' lead to 5-0, and they tacked on two more runs in the third inning behind a Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) RBI single and a Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) RBI double to push the lead to 7-0. The contest got out of hand in the fourth inning, as the Waves sent 15 runners to the plate and came away with 10 runs on seven hits to take a 17-0 lead. The Waves had nine consecutive runners reach base in the inning. Donald Brown's (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) RBI double in the fifth pushed the margin to 18-0.

Meanwhile, freshman Scott Alexander (Windsor, Calif./Cardinal Newman HS), in his first collegiate appearance, held the Demon Deacons scoreless through five innings before giving up two earned runs in the sixth inning.. The Waves continued the offensive attack in their remaining three at bats, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth and eighth innings to bring their final tally to 22 runs scored on 23 hits. The Pepperdine bullpen had a superb effort, as they combined for three scoreless innings on just one hit, as Jonathan Harmston (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS), Keven Inman (Bakersfield, Calif./Garces HS), and Jason Butler (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Desert Mountain HS) each tossed one frame.

Every Waves started notched at least one hit, led by Aidem's 4-for-5 performance that included three RBI. Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) notched three hits, Duron finished 2-for-4 with three RBI, and Brown, d'Arnaud, Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) and Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) each registered a pair of hits. The Demon Deacons were led by Weldon Woodall and Dustin Hood, who each notched two-hit games.

"It was great to see Scott Alexander throw as great as he did," Pepperdine Coach Steve Rodriguez said. "He showed signs of maturity and threw strikes when he needed to. Offensively, our guys really swung the bats well, even the guys off the bench came in and had great at bats, and we continued those at bats throughout the game. It was great to see us come back offensively after splitting the doubleheader yesterday, and it was great for us to win the series against a team like Wake Forest."

Up next, the Waves will play their first midweek game of the season when they host UC Riverside on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

San Francisco - 11
Hawai'i - 3

Story coming soon.

Oklahoma State - 3
Gonzaga - 1

Oklahoma State - 10
Gonzaga - 3

STILLWATER, Okla. - The Gonzaga University baseball team was unable to avoid a sweep by No. 27 Oklahoma State University Sunday, dropping both games of a doubleheader. In the first game of the twin bill, the Zags' fell to the Cowboys 3-1 before dropping a 10-3 decision in game two.

GU (0-4) starter Matt Fields (0-1) suffered the loss in the opening game of the twin bill as the junior went seven innings allowing three runs on seven hits with one strikeout. Cody Martin also saw his second relief appearance of the four-game series with one inning of one-hit ball. CJ McClure (0-1) earned the start in the series-ending contest as the junior suffered the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits during three innings on the mound. Oklahoma State's (4-0) Matt Gardner and Jeff Breedlove (1-0) earned the victories in the first and second contests, respectively. Earning the save in game one was Jordy Mercer.

In game one, the Zags' jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage after the opening frame. Evan Wells led off the inning with a double down the left field line before advancing to third on a ground out. Wells would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Brett Nicholas.

Oklahoma State responded with a pair of runs in the third inning and a run in the seventh. In the third, Tyrone Hambly led of the frame with a walk before eventually scoring on a double to right field by Michael Dabbs. Two batters later, Dabbs provided the Cowboys with a one-run lead thanks to a single to center by Matt Hague. The lone run in the seventh inning came on a home run to left field by Hambly.

In game two, Gonzaga opened the game with three runs in the top of the first inning. The Zags' earned the first run after Oklahoma State's starting pitcher walked the first three batters prior to hitting Nicholas with a pitch to force in the lead-off batter Wells. Jason Chatwood, who hit in the second hole, scored the second run when Grant Kveder hit into a Cowboy fielding error. The final run was scored when, with the bases loaded, Mark Castellitto drew a walk that plated Marcus McKimmy, the third batter in the line-up.

OSU exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning. Highlighting the frame for the Cowboys were back-to-back home runs by Donnie Webb and Hambly. Oklahoma State added an additional two runs in the seventh frame with runs scored by Rebel Ridling and Webb.

The Bulldogs will return to the field Thursday as the open the home slate of the 2008 schedule. The Zags' will welcome Brigham-Young University to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Feb. 28 - Mar. 1. The series opener on Thursday will begin at 3 p.m.

Portland - 3
George Fox - 2

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The George Fox Bruins scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and held on for a 3-2 non-conference baseball win over the Portland Pilots on Sunday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. The Pilots had the tying run at third base in the ninth when the final out was recorded.

Down one in the last of the ninth, pinch hitter Jeff Arbayo drew a lead-off walk for Portland (2-2). After freshman Riley Henricks followed Arbayo with a walk, senior Cory Wiltshire fouled out to the catcher on an attempted sacrifice bunt.

Junior Chase Powell the drilled a single to right-field, but Arbayo was cut down at the plate on a perfect throw from right fielder Dan Winterstein. Then with two outs and runners on the corners, junior Paul Crowder hit a line drive right to first baseman Matt Wyckoff.

Tied at 2-2 in the top of the eighth, the Bruins scored what proved to be the game-winning run. With two outs, Todd Siler hit a double to deep left field off of UP freshman Scott Burris (0-1) that scored Ryan Fobert.

Shane Dalgleish (1-0) pitched four effective innings to pick up the win for George Fox (3-2), an NCAA Division III school. He surrendered just two hits and struck out two, while not allowing a run. Reliever Brian Davis survived the ninth for his first save of the year.

Portland got on the board in each of the first two innings and appeared to be on its way to an easy win. In the first, Henricks stole second after leading off with a single. He then scored on a error by the second baseman on a grounder from Powell.

In the second inning, the Pilots made it a 2-0 lead when Powell picked up the RBI when he was plunked with the bases load.

But the Bruins responded with two runs in the top of the third. Wyckoff knocked a run with a double before Fobert tied it with a run-scoring single. Both runs came with two outs.

Burris looked good in his collegiate debut for the Pilots despite giving up the go-ahead run. He allowed two hits, while striking out two in 1.2 innings of work. Portland used four pitchers on the day. Senior Brian Yoakum started on the hill and allowed two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings.

Brady Rhodes started for George Fox and allowed the two runs on two hits in 2.0 innings. He also struck out four. The Bruins also used four pitchers on the afternoon.

Fobert had three of George Fox's 10 total hits.

The Pilots finished with seven hits on the day, with Henricks, Powell and junior Bryant Kraus each picking up two.

Portland ends its four-game homestand on Tuesday with a non-conference game against Concordia at 2:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field.

Final Two Games of LMU Baseball Series Cancelled

Sacramento, CA - The final two games of the weekend baseball series between LMU and Sacramento State have been cancelled due to rain.

This includes the continuation of game two of Saturday's doubleheader that was suspended in the fifth inning before becoming an official game, with the score tied 2-2, as well as the game scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

At the present time, there are no plans to make either game up. The Lions will return to action on Monday, as they travel to UC Irvine to face the Anteaters at 5:30 p.m. at Anteater Ballpark.

Bad Weather Forces Saint Mary's Baseball to Cancel Sunday's Games

Moraga, CA - Bad weather has forced Saint Mary's (1-1) and Towson University (1-1) to cancel the remaining games scheduled for Sunday according to Head Coach Jedd Soto. The Gaels and Tigers were able to get two games in splitting the shortened series 1-1.

The two teams tried to get in the second part of a double header yesterday but rain made it impossible to finish the game. At the time the score was tied 2-2 going into the top of the fourth inning, with plans to finish the game Sunday at 11 AM.

The Gaels are next scheduled to play Tuesday February 26th at 2 PM at UC Davis and return home next weekend with another four game series against UW Milwaukee.

San Diego Baseball Game vs. SDSU Postponed Until Monday at 2 p.m.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball game scheduled for today at 1 p.m.against San Diego State University has been postponed to Monday at 2 p.m. due to inclement weather in the greater San Diego area. The game will still be held at Cunningham Stadium.

The Toreros (1-2) and Aztecs (2-1) have played three games in two days to open the 2008 season with SDSU claiming both games at Tony Gwynn Stadium and the Toreros registering a 17-11 win at Cunningham Stadium on Saturday afternoon.