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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 25, 2007

Gonzaga - 8
Missouri State - 7 (10)

ARLINGTON, Texas - Michael Rhodes hit a one-run single to right center in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Gonzaga University baseball team over Missouri State University Sunday 8-7 at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.

Gonzaga improves to 5-8 overall with the victory, including posting a 3-1 record this weekend. Missouri State drops to 2-2 overall.

The Zags' CJ McClure (2-0) earned the win in relief after allowing one hit and no runs in 3.0 innings. Clayton Mortensen started the game for Gonzaga throwing 6.1 innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits while striking out ten. Jeremy Stumetz also saw time out of the Bulldog bullpen. Taking the loss of the Bears was Jake Shafer (0-1). Shafer allowed two runs on a pair of hits and three walks.

Missouri State jumped out to an early start with a 5-0 lead after three innings. The Bears scored a pair of runs in the second with a two-run double by Ben Carlson and posted three more runs in the third with a two-run single by Kyle Paul and a run-scoring double by Clay Coulter.

The Bulldogs knotted the score 5-5 in the fifth, by sending all nine batters to the plate. The Zags were sparked by a two-run home run to left field by Brandon Blank, which scored Evan Wells, who singled to lead off the inning. Following a hit-by-pitch to Darin Holcomb and a single by Ryan Wiegand, Mark Castellitto smacked a single by the right side to score Holcomb. Two batters later, Mike Terry hit a double down the left field line to drive home Wiegand and Castellitto to cap inning scoring.

Missouri State posted two more runs in the top of the seventh on a single up the middle by Coulter and a sacrifice fly to left by Ryan Mantle.

Gonzaga responded with a run in the bottom of the frame to bring the score to 7-6 on a run-scoring ground out by Aaron McGuinness.

With the Zags down 7-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Bulldogs combined a hit-by-pitch an single, a Missouri State throwing error and a sacrifice run-scoring bunt by Blank to force extra innings.

In the 10th inning, Rhodes hit a walk-off single to right center to score Bryan Winston.

The Bulldogs will return to action Thursday when they participate in the Banana Belt Tournament hosted by Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. This season marks fourth consecutive, tenth time overall, that the Zags have played in the tournament. Last season, Gonzaga posted a 3-1 record in Lewiston.

Pepperdine - 10
Fresno State - 4

Malibu, Calif. - Senior left fielder Luke Salas equaled his career-highs with four hits and four RBI, and sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann earned his first career victory as No. 15 Pepperdine defeated Fresno State 10-4 Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to complete a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs.

The victory was the Waves' ninth in their last 10 games as they improved to 10-3, marking their best start to a season since opening to the 2001 campaign 12-2. Fresno State lost its third in a row to fall to 5-9.

Pepperdine broke open a 4-1 game with a six-run sixth inning as it sent 10 batters to the plate and tied a season-high for runs in an inning. Salas highlighted the frame with a bases-loaded clearing double that gave the Waves an 8-1 lead.

After freshman catcher Trent Diedrich, who had a career-high three hits, singled through the left side, Salas scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-1 and rookie first baseman Ryan Heroy capped the scoring with a double to right center field to plate Diedrich.

The offensive output proved plenty for Diedrich (1-1) and a corp of Pepperdine relievers. Diedrich allowed two hits, one run, walked five and struck out four in his 5.1 innings of work to earn his first collegiate victory.

Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud also had a big day at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz extended his team-high hitting streak to 10 games after leading off the first inning with an infield single.

Pepperdine concludes its season-long 12-game homestand on Tuesday when it hosts UC Irvine at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.

San Jose State - 15
LMU - 7

LOS ANGELES - San Jose State's Ryan Angel and Kyle Bellows combined to hit four home runs to give the Spartans the 15-7 win over LMU in Sunday's rubber match at Page Stadium. The Lions (4-10-1) led 7-4 after coming back from a 4-0 deficit, before San Jose State (9-4) went on to score 11 runs in their final four at bats.

LMU relinquished the lead for good in the seventh inning that saw the Spartans push seven runs across, six coming on Angel's and Bellows' first home runs.

Reliever Joe Zeller (0-2) suffered the loss after he was charged with the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning.

LMU starter Brian Wilson allowed four runs in his first two innings of work, but settled down to face just 11 batters in his next three frames.

As Wilson found his groove, the Lions' offense was playing catch-up, scoring five runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-4 lead. The Lions started the frame with four straight hits by Wilson, Sean Dovel (double), Angelo Songco (RBI double), and Marty Mullins (single).

Taylor Shoop's sacrifice fly then scored Songco. Will Dugoni singled and DeAndre Miller drew the walk from SJSU starter Josh Amberson to load the bases for Michael Glomb. Glomb's single to left plated Mullins, and Farris followed with a single that brought in both Dugoni and Miller for five runs in the frame.

The Lions made it 7-4 in the fifth after Songco and Mullins hit and later scored on RBI from Shoop and Dugoni.

But the Spartans began their comeback in the top of the sixth, scoring 11 unanswered runs in their final four at bats to build the 15-7 lead.

SJSU's Tyler Greene (1-0) earned the win after throwing 2.2 innings in relief Sunday.

Angel finished 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored to lead the Spartans.

Mullins (3-for-4) and Dugoni (3-for-5) led the Lions offensively. Shoop and Farris each drove in two runs.

The two teams combined for 33 hits in Sunday's rubber match.

The Lions have a long week on the road ahead of them, beginning Tuesday with a 6:00 p.m. game across town at USC. LMU then heads north for a three-game series at Cal Poly (10-7) this weekend. Both opponents won their three-game series this weekend, with USC topping 21st-ranked Tulane and Cal Poly defeating Santa Clara. Fans can follow the Lions on the road through Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.

Wake Forest - 5
San Diego - 3

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Wake Forest University (4-3) rallied to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning to avoid a sweep by the 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (11-5) Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

The Demon Deacons jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as they scored three runs on three hits. The Wake Forest runs came on a two-run home run by Allan Dykstra and Willy Fox stole home for the third run of the inning.

USD answered back in their half of the inning with two runs on two hits. Sean Nicol got things going for the Toreros as he reached on a fielding error by the second baseman and advanced to second on a balk. Jordan Abruzzo then moved Nicol to third when he reached on a fielding error by the third baseman, to give USD runners at the corners with one out. Logan Gelbrich then drove in Nicol with a single to the pitcher for the first run of the inning. James Meador then drove in the final run with an RBI single to right field, cutting the lead to one at 3-2.

The Toreros then evened things up in the fourth inning. With two outs, Mike Metzger got things going with a walk and he moved to second when Kevin Hansen was hit by a pitch. Justin Snyder then drove in Metzger with a single through the right side, moving the score to 3-3.

In the top of the ninth inning, the Demon Deacons then scored two runs, one a solo home run by Evan Ocheltree and the second run came on a Eric Williams RBI single.

USD did have runners in scoring position in the ninth inning, but were unable to push them across to leave the game at its final of 5-3.

Snyder led the USD's offense as he went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

USD got a solid performance from starter Josh Romanski, who allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out seven in 6.0 innings of work. Reliever, Anthony Slama (0-2), was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on two hits in 3.0 innings of work. Josh Ellis (2-0) picked up the win for the Demon Deacons, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they head to the Inland Empire for a 5 p.m. game with UC Riverside.

Cal Poly - 8
Santa Clara - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The cold and grey conditions over Stephen Schott Stadium on Sunday afternoon foretold a menacing tale for the Santa Clara baseball team, as the Broncos managed only three hits and were shutout for the first time all season, as the Cal Poly Mustangs prevailed 8-0 to capture the weekend series.

Santa Clara (8-9) will jump right back into action this Tuesday night, Feb. 27, hosting the Fresno State Bulldogs in a 6 p.m. contest.

Carl Bacon, Ryan Conan, and Matt Long each had one of SCU's three hits on the day, with Conan hitting his fourth double of the season. On the hill, starter Justin Kuehn suffered his third loss of the season, giving up seven runs in four inning.

Four SCU relievers threw well, allowing only one unearned run over the final five innings.

Cal Poly jumped ahead 3-0 in the second, as Bryan Kepner led off the inning with an opposite-field blast to left for the first run of the game. After a pair of base hits and a failed sacrifice, the Mustangs loaded the bases with Adam Melker's walk, and Pat Pezat's base hit through the right side drove in a pair to take the early three-run lead.

The Mustangs busted the game open in the fourth, as Adam Buschini's single and Melker's second walk started off the fourth, and after Logan Schafer was hit by a pitch to load the bases three batters later, Grant Desme crushed Kuehn's first offering over the fence in right-center for a two-out grand slam.

Cal Poly starter Thomas Eager handled things on the hill, going the distance while striking out nine Broncos.

Saint Mary's vs. San Francisco Cancelled

Sacramento, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball game versus San Francisco was cancelled due to inclement weather. The finale of the River City Classic will not be made up. Both teams were crowned champions after sporting two wins in the classic.