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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 24, 2007

Gonzaga - 6
Dallas Baptist - 4

FRISCO, Texas - Brandon Blank, Dustin Colclough and Ryan Wiegand all recorded three hits Saturday as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated Dallas-Baptist University 6-4 in the final day of the Southwest Diamond Classic in Frisco, Texas.

With the win, Gonzaga finishes the Classic 2-1 and improves to 4-8 overall for the season. Dallas Baptist drops to 5-5 overall, including going 1-2 for the weekend.

Wiegand finished the evening going 3-for-4 with two singles and a home run, while scoring three runs and driving in two. Wiegand's home run marked the lone Gonzaga extra-base hit of the game. Colclough recorded three singles and added one run scored, as well as a RBI. Blank registered three singles and one RBI.

Bulldog Chris Highmark (1-3) earned his first win of the season, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two over 6.2 innings. Shawn Wayt earned his first save of the season, allowing no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work. CJ McClure also saw time out of the pen for the Zags. DBU's JeremeWilson (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits and four walks over 4.0 innings.

Wiegand lifted the Zags to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when he hit his second home run of the season, scoring Darin Holcomb. Gonzaga added another run in the second inning when Colclough, who singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on an error, scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Blank.

Holcomb and Wiegand each added singles and scored in the top of the third to give the Zags a 5-0 advantage. Holcomb was plated on a sacrifice fly by Mark Castellitto, while Wiegand scored on a Patriot error. The Zags padded their lead in the sixth inning when Tyson Van Winkle grounded into a double play that scored Wiegand.

Highmark held the Patriots hitless until the fifth inning, when Dallas Baptist used two doubles and a single to scored two runs. DBU capped scoring in the sixth inning by taking advantage of two Bulldog walks to lead off the inning.

For their efforts at the Classic, Mark Castellitto and Brandon Harmon were named to the All-Tournament Team. Castellitto finished the three-game event going 6-for-11 (.545) with two runs and six RBI. His three doubles Thursday against the University of Texas Arlington, set a GU mark for doubles in a game. Harmon threw a complete game Friday as he suffered the loss against the Unversity of Texas San Antonio. In 8.0 innings of work, the junior allowed four runs, three earned on nine hits with three strike outs.

Gonzaga will continue play tomorrow when they play Missouri State University in a non-conference game on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington. Missouri State joined Gonzaga participating in the Southwest Diamond Classic this weekend but Sunday's game is not affiliated with the tournament. Game time is set for 10 a.m., PST.

LMU - 6
San Jose State - 5 (12)

LOS ANGELES - The Lions' bullpen played a major role in LMU's come-from-behind, extra inning 6-5 win over San Jose State Saturday at Page Stadium. The bullpen, led by winning pitcher Andy Beal (1-1), held the Spartans (8-4) scoreless for innings six through 12 while the LMU (4-9-1) offense chipped away at a 5-0 lead.

The Lions got down to business in the bottom of the 12th, sending just three batters to the plate to push across the winning run. Freshman Angelo Songco started it with his fourth double of the weekend, and Jeremy LaMell advanced Songco to second with a sacrifice bunt. Senior Taylor Shoop then singled through the right side to score Songco and set up the rubber match for Sunday's 1:00 p.m. game.

The Spartans held a 5-4 lead going into the ninth inning and sent closer Scott Sobczak to the mound in search of his fifth save of the season. Instead, the Lions tied the game at five after leadoff singles by pinch hitter Joe Zeller and DeAndre Miller. Brian Wilson's groundout scored Zeller to send the game into extra innings.

It was Michael DeDonato (0-1) who suffered the loss for San Jose State, after allowing the winning run in his 1.1 innings of work.

LMU starter Daniel Macias worked 2.1 innings and was charged with three earned runs on six hits before giving way to the bullpen and Lee Roberts, Ernie Cho, and Beal. Each had a strong outing, but it was Beal who stole the show with his scoreless five innings of work. The Lions' junior allowed just two hits while striking out two and earning the victory.

San Jose State had built a 5-0 lead by the fifth inning. But the Lions turned it on, beginning with a pair of hits by rookies Marty Mullins and Will Dugoni in the bottom of the fifth. Miller's groundout to first plated Mullins for the Lions' first run of the day.

The seventh inning was the big one for LMU, as the Lions scored three to cut the lead to one at 5-4. Songco singled up the middle as the leadoff hitter and advanced to third on a double to left center by Shoop. Miller drove them both in when he singled up the middle with two outs. Glomb added the third run on a double down the left field line that scored Miller.

Miller and Songco finished with three hits each for LMU, with Miller adding three RBI.

Kyle Bellows and Greg Fyfe combined to go 6-for-10 for the Spartans. Spartan starter Spencer Snodgrass was solid in his five innings of work, leaving the game with a 5-1 lead after allowing five hits.

The teams combined to leave 24 runners on base in the 12 inning, four hour and nine minute marathon.

The Lions and Spartans will return to Page Stadium Sunday for the 1:00 p.m. rubber match. Fans who can't make it out to the park can catch all of the action on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access both at www.LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 3
Fresno State - 2

Malibu, Calif. - Freshman catcher Trent Diedrich's one-out bases loaded single to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning drove home Chase d'Arnaud with the winning run and lifted No. 15 Pepperdine to a 3-2 victory over Fresno State Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win was the Waves' eighth in their last nine games and improved their record to 9-3. The Bulldogs lost their second straight and fell to 5-8.

d'Arnaud started Pepperdine's winning rally as he beat out an infield single to shortstop. Senior designated hitter Luke Salas followed and legged out a bunt single. Salas' bunt was fielded by Fresno State pitcher Tanner Scheppers, whose throw hit Salas at the first base bag, allowing d'Arnaud to move to third on the throwing error.

With runners at first and third, junior right fielder Donald Brown was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jason Breckly relieved Scheppers and got pinch-hitter Matt Aidem to lineout to shallow left field for the first out of the inning.

Diedrich followed and hit a sinking line drive toward right-center field on a 1-0 pitch that eluded a diving Steve Detwiler and plated d'Arnaud with the winning run.

Junior right hander Jason Dominguez pitched 1.2 innings of relief, allowing a single and walk, to even his record to 1-1.

Sophomore Brett Hunter started for Pepperdine and pitched seven innings, allowed two hits, two runs, walked four and equaled a career-high with eight strikeouts. The Waves' right hander breezed through the first three innings, facing the minimum, before suffering control problems and allowing an unearned run in the fourth.

Hunter hit the leadoff batter and issued back-to-back walks to load the bases with no outs. He then induced Brian Lapin to hit into third-to-home-to first double play for two outs. Hunter was within a strike of getting out of the inning, but a passed ball allowed a run to score and gave Fresno State a 1-0 lead.

Bulldogs starter Justin Wilson kept the Waves scoreless until the sixth inning when they scored twice to take a 2-1 lead.

Sophomore second baseman Denny Duron opened the inning with a ground-rule double that bounced over the right field fence. Junior Adrian Ortiz followed with a soft liner into short left-center field to put runners at the corners with no outs.

Junior shortstop Danny Worth then doubled to right-center field to score Duron, advance Ortiz to third and tie the score 1-1. Ortiz scored the second run of the inning an infield out off the bat of sophomore left fielder Eric Thames tat gave Pepperdine a 2-1 lead.

Fresno State tied the score in the top of the seventh on a lead-off home run down the left field line by shortstop Todd Sandell. The Bulldogs had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning as first baseman Steve Susdorf led off with a double to center field and was sacrificed to third with one out. With the Waves playing the infield in, Sandell grounded out to second base for the second out of the inning and kept Susdorf at third.

Dominguez intentionally walked Tommy Mendonca to put runners at first and third then worked out of the jam by getting Detwiler to hit into a fielder's choice.

Worth's run-scoring double in the sixth was the 46th of his career and moved him into a tie with Jere Longenecker for 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time doubles list.

Ortiz led the Waves' 11-hit attack with three singles, while Worth collected a pair of hits.

Pepperdine will try to sweep the three-game series when it hosts Fresno State on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 4
Oregon State - 1

Saint Mary's - 14
Sacramento State - 4

Sacramento, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team opened River City Classic play in impressive fashion as the Gaels downed 9th-ranked Oregon State 4-1 Saturday morning from Hornet Field. In game two the Gaels completed the sweep with a 14-4 victory over host Sacramento State. After the day the Gaels improve to 9-8 on the year and sport a six-game winning streak.

Game 1

The Gaels pushed across the decisive runs on four singles in the top of the seventh inning. SMC out-hit the Beavers 11-9 in the contest.

Oregon State had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning after Darwin Barney and Joey Wong both singled through the right side to begin the inning, with Wong's single sending Barney to third. With one out, Mike Lissman sliced a sacrifice fly to right and Barney scored to make it 1-0; Jordan Lennerton then walked and Jason Ogata came up with an infield single to load the bases with two out but the Beavers couldn't push another run across against Gael righthander Sean Gleason.

Saint Mary's tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fifth when Eric Cattoni doubled just inside the rightfield line with one out, advanced to third on a fly ball, and scored on Joel Staples' single to right-center with two out against OSU lefthander Joe Paterson.

The Gaels' rally in the top of the seventh began when Cattoni led off with an infield single against OSU reliever Greg Keim, then took third as Randy Wells chopped a single over the left side of the infield. Staples' sacrifice fly scored Cattoni to make it 2-1, then a groundout moved Wells to second with two away.

OSU turned to lefthander Blake Keitzman, and Anthony Aliotti got an infield single on a grounder to short to put runners at first and third. A wild pitch scored Wells to make it 3-1 and moved Aliotti to second; Ian Gordon then blooped a single into left-center between three Beavers to score Aliotti for the 4-1 lead.

Oregon State never brought the tying run to the plate against SMC reliever Taylor Stanton in the final three innings.

Paterson got a no decision in the start, working 5 2/3 innings and allowing one run on six hits and three walks while matching his season-high for strikeouts with seven. Saint Mary's managed to put two runners aboard in each of the first two innings, but Paterson worked his way out of trouble each time.

Keim took the loss to fall to 1-1 this season, working one inning and allowing two runs on two hits and no walks while striking out one. Keitzman finished the game with 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and no walks while striking out two.

Gleason improved to 2-1 for SMC, allowing the one OSU run on eight hits and two walks while striking out three in his six innings. Stanton picked up his third save of the season, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out four.

Four Gaels recorded multiple hits against the defending national champs. Cattoni batted 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Wells followed with a 2-for-5 effort with a run scored. Michael Gonzales and Ryan Young both rapped out two hits a piece. Barney was 3-for-5 with a double for the Beavers, while Lennerton was 2-for-3 and Wong was 2-for-4.

Game 2

Saint Mary's exploded four 14 runs and smashed four home runs to race past Sacramento State 14-4 in the late game of the River City Classic. SMC banged out 18 hits with junior J.P. Musgrove batting a perfect 4-for-4 on the afternoon.

The Gaels were down early 3-1 but then amassed seven runs in the sixth and three more in the ninth to earn the big victory.

SMC recorded seven runs on seven hits in the sixth. The Gaels tallied two home runs in the frame while newcomer Kyle Jensen began the inning with a lead-off triple.

Seven Gaels tallied multi-hit games with Musgrove leading the way. Musgrove tallied his first home run on the season while driving in four runs. Sophomore Joel Stapled batted 2-for-6 with three RBI and a home run while Eric Cattoni smacked a home run and added three hits and a stolen base.

Freshman Michael Gonzales got things going on Saturday, belting his first career home run. The 6-6 newcomer batted 2-for-6. Anthony Aliotti batted 2-for-4 with two RBI while Ryan Young also added two hits and two RBI.

Freshman Scott Schneider earned the victory in long relief after taking over for SMC starter Brandon Berl in the third inning. Schneider tossed 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts.

Jeff Hannah paced the Hornets with three hits and one RBI. Tim Wheeler batted 2-for-5 with a run scored. Trevor York was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits in five innings.

San Diego - 5
Wake Forest - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Kevin Muno's first collegiate hit in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifted the 18th-rannked University of San Diego baseball (11-4) team to a thrilling 5-4 win over Wake Forest University (3-3) Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium. With the win, the Toreros have claimed the three-game series with the Demon Deacons.

With the Toreros trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, USD put on their rally caps and scored three runs to claim the win. With one out, Logan Gelbrich got things going for the Toreros with a single to left field and he moved to second on a Josh Romanski single to through the right side. Daniel Magness then drove in Gelbrich with a RBI single to right field, moving Romanski to third. After Magness stole second base on an attempted run down of Romanski, the Toreros had runners at second and third with one out. A wild pitch by the Demon Deacon's Ben Hunter, allowed the tying run to cross home plate, setting the stage for Muno's heroics. Muno rocketed a RBI single to left field bringing home the winning run to give USD the 5-4 win.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as in the first inning then scored one run on one hit. Justin Snyder led off the inning with a stand-up double to left field and stole third base to give USD a runner at third with one out. Jordan Abruzzo then brought in Snyder with a sacrifice fly to center field to give USD the early 1-0 advantage.

The Demon Deacons evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the second inning when Evan Ocheltree grounded out to the second baseman, scoring Willy Fox, who had tripled.

Wake Forest then took their first lead of the series in the top of the third inning when Allen Dykstra pushed across Eric Williams, who had singled, to give the Demon Deacons a 2-1 lead.

San Diego answered back in the bottom half of the third inning. Kevin Hansen hit a hard shot to the shortstop for a lead off single. Snyder then hit his second double of the game deep into right center field to bring in Hansen to even the score at 2-2.

The Demon Deacons then regained the lead in the fourth inning on a Keith Mauney sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Ocheltree, who had walked, moving the score to 3-2.

Wake Forest added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning when Alan Dykstra hit a solo home run over the right field fence.

Romanski led the San Diego offense as he went 3-for-4 with one run scored. Gelbrich went 2-for-3 with one double and one RBI and Snyder went 2-for-4 with one double and one RBI.

Ricardo Pecina (3-1) picked up the win for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out four in 6.0 innings of relief work. Hunter (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Demon Deacons as he allowed three runs on four hits in 0.1 innings of work.

The Toreros and Demon Deacon will conclude their three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 8
UC Davis - 0

Davis, CA - San Francisco won their second game in the River City Classic, beating co-host UC Davis 8-0 at Dobbins Field on Saturday afternoon. With the second consecutive shutout, the Dons (7-5) haven't allowed a run in their last 20 innings. The Aggies fall to 3-7 with the loss.

Junior shortstop Tavo Hall smacked three singles, scored twice and had two RBI. Senior catcher Daniel Morales also had three hits, including a double. Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble had two singles, an RBI and scored a run. Junior second baseman Joey Railey also doubled and scored twice.

USF scored all they would need in the top of the second. Sophomore designated hitter Zach Kim reached on an error, stole second and scored on Knoble's single to left.

They would add four in the fourth when with the bases loaded, Hall smacked a two RBI single to center. Junior right fielder Luke Sommer reached base on an error, and advanced to third base on the errant throw. Railey and Hall scored on the play.

Two more would cross in the sixth and one more in the ninth to put the game out of range for the Aggies. Only three of the Dons runs were earned as Davis committed five errors on the day.

Senior right-hander Jason Dufloth (3-1) earned the combined shutout win, throwing 7.0 innings. The right-hander only allowed five hits, no walks and struck out three Aggies. Freshman Alex Kalogrides and senior Cole Stipovich both pitched an inning of relief, respectively, neither allowing a hit, a run, or a walk. Kalogrides earned his first strikeout on the season.

Davis sophomore Brad McAtee (1-1) drew the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) off five hits and five walks in 4.0 innings of work. Davis went through five pitchers in the game.

The only spots in the Aggies batting order to earn hits were the seven and eight positions. Sophomore Jacob Jefferies had three hits and freshman shortstop Justin Schafer had two.

USF concludes its 2007 River City Classic participation with a non-conference match up with West Coast Conference foe St. Mary's in Sacramento tomorrow. Game time is set for 10:00 AM.

Cal Poly - 3
Santa Clara - 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - While the Santa Clara baseball team didn't have any trouble putting runners on base Saturday afternoon against Cal Poly, the team struggled to drive those runners in, leaving 15 stranded in the contest on the way to a 3-2 setback against the Mustangs, setting up the weekend's rubber game on Sunday.

SCU (8-8) will attempt to capture the series with a victory in Sunday's 1 p.m. contest at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Gabe Alcantar went 2-for-5 with an RBI Saturday, while Ryan Conan went 2-for-2 and drew three walks. Nathan Faulkner also had a pair of hits, as the trio combined for six of SCU's nine hits on the day.

Bryan Kepner had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Mustangs (9-7), while Logan Schafer's two-run single in the seventh ended up as the game-winner for Cal Poly.

The Broncos took an early lead in the first inning for the second time in the series, as Juan Parra scored on a passed ball with one out. The lead would become 2-0 in the fifth, as Alcantar's single through the left side plated David Hoffmire.

But, in a dubious sign of things to come, the Bronco inning came to an end two batters later as Carl Bacon flied out with the bases loaded.

The Mustangs got a run back in the sixth on Kepner's two-out double, which drove in Grant Desme, who reached on a fielder's choice and went to second on a balk from SCU starter Nate Garcia.

Garcia struck out six while allowing only two runs in six innings of work, getting a no-decision on the day.

After the Broncos squandered a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the sixth, reliever Alex Rivers came in after Garcia walked Wes Dorrell to start the top of the seventh. Followign a walk and a sacrifice bunt, which put runners on second and third, Schafer slapped a base hit up the middle that plated both runners and ended up being just enough for Cal Poly to hang on. Rivers took the loss for SCU to fall to 0-2.

Santa Clara put runners on in each of its last three chances at the plate, even having runners on second and third with none out in the seventh, but Cal Poly reliever Andrew Slorp struck out the next three batters to quell the threat.

Evan Reed pitched the final two innings for the Mustangs, picking up his fourth save of the year, while Derrick Saito collected the win.

Pacific (Ore.) at Portland Postponed

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Pilots scheduled baseball game against the Pacific Boxers on Saturday has been postponed due to the inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for March 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field.

Portland next travels to Seattle, Wash. for a game against the Washington Huskies on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 3:00 p.m. The Pilots are scheduled close out the month with a game against Linfield on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field.