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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 27, 2007

Pepperdine - 13
UC Irvine - 2

Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud highlighted a season-high 16-hit attack with two home runs and a career-high six RBI and junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski pitched five scoreless innings to lead No. 12 Pepperdine to a 13-2 victory over UC Irvine Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win was the fourth straight and 10th in their last 11 games for the Waves, who improved to 11-3 on the season and snapped UC Irvine's (10-3-1) seven-game winning streak.

Pepperdine jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and broke the game open with a six-run second inning as it sent 10 batters to the plate against Anteaters pitchers Daniel Bibona (1-1) and Cole Hathcock.

d'Arnaud capped the inning and gave the Waves an 8-0 lead with a three-run home run over the left field fence off of Hathcock.

Pepperdine continued to hammer the ball in the third, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring five times to take a 13-0 lead. The big blow in the frame was a two-run home run by d'Arnaud off UC Irvine reliever Gary Nakashima.

The home run followed a two-run single up the middle by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames, who finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a career-high four RBI.

d'Arnaud became the first Pepperdine player to hit two home runs in a game since Chad Tracy accomplished the feat March 21, 2006 at Cal State Fullerton.

Olbrychowski (2-0), who made his first start of the season, allowed five hits and struck out two while throwing 52 pitches. His only difficulty came in the second inning when he surrendered back-to-back singles to begin the inning.

Portland - 13
Washington - 11

SEATTLE, Wash.- The University of Portland baseball team picked up a 13-11 victory over the Washington Huskies Tuesday afternoon on a cold and rainy day in Seattle. The Pilots improve to 4-3 on the year while the Huskies fall to 1-6.

It was easily Portland's best game of the year from the plate as they recorded season highs in nearly every offensive category. The Pilots finished with 17 hits, including four doubles, a triple and a home run. Six different players had multiple-hit games for Portland, including senior third baseman Jesse Rodgers and freshman shortstop C.J. Cullen, who had three hits and two RBI apiece.

Junior rightfielder Corey Wiltshire had his best game of the season, going 2-6 with a two-run homer in the fifth. Wiltshire finished with three RBI and two runs scored. Senior designated hitter Adam Kerr continued his hot start at the plate, finishing with three RBI on one hit to go along with two runs scored. Justin Pierce, Brandon Howard and Chase Powell also had two hits each.

On the mound, junior Given Kutz got the start but lasted only 1 and two-thirds innings after allowing five runs. Junior Ari Ronick entered in relief and pitched a strong two and a third innings, striking out four while allowing only one run to pick up the win. On the year, Ronick (1-0) now has a 0.93 earned run average and 10 strikeouts over 9.2 innings pitched. Senior Chris Siegfriend and sophomore Brian Yaokum also made relief appearances before senior closer Josh Roberts picked up his second save of the year.

Trailing 5-0 after two innings, the Pilots bounced back with three in the top of the third to cut into the lead and six in the fourth to take a 9-6 advantage. Portland scored four runs over the next three innings to push the lead to 13-8, but the Huskies made things interesting late in the game after taking advantage of three Pilot errors to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh. For the game, Portland committed a season-high seven errors.

Down 13-11, Washington loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth off Roberts, but Roberts got Washington's Matt Hague to ground into a double play to end the threat. The Huskies again loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but Roberts struck out Husky catcher Joey Dunn to end the game.

For Washington, designated hitter Ty Rassmussen led the way with three RBI, including a solo homer in the second, on 2-4 hitting. Dunn had three hits on the afternoon and Hague and leftfielder Kyle Conley had a pair of RBI each. The Huskies finished with 14 hits and three errors for the game.

Bryce Mooney picked up the loss for the Huskies, giving up six runs in one-third innings.

Next up for Portland is a home game against Linfield on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 2:00 p.m. before embarking on an eight game California road trip.

USC - 7
Loyola Marymount - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Lions were just one off the Trojans in the hit column, but scored just one run off their seven hits in a chilly Tuesday night match-up at Dedeaux Field. USC (10-7) capitalized on three LMU (4-11-1) errors to top the Lions 7-1.

The two teams were locked in a 0-0 battle until the bottom of the third when the Trojans scored an unearned run.

The Lions tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth when DeAndre Miller's single scored Angelo Songco, who had singled earlier in the inning and advanced to second on Michael Glomb's single.

USC responded in the top in the bottom of the same frame, pushing two runs across on a two-out, bases-loaded single by J.J. Owen to take a 3-1 lead.

Trojan freshman Robert Stock made it 4-1 on a solo home run in the sixth.

The Lions' bullpen saw more trouble in the eighth, walking three Trojans to bring in a USC run. Hector Estrella followed with a bases-loaded single that plated two more to make it 7-1.

LMU used a staff pitching day Tuesday, and it was reliever Ernie Cho that suffered the loss, falling to 0-1 on the season after allowing the go-ahead runs.

USC starter Anthony Vasquez moved to 1-3 after working seven innings, holding the Lions to just the one run.

Seven different Lions registered hits, with DeAndre Miller's producing the only RBI.

Buss had a 2-for-3 day for the Trojans.

The Lions head north for the weekend for a three-game set at Cal Poly. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. Friday in San Luis Obispo, Calif. As always, fans who can't make the trip with the Lions can catch all of the action on Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.

UC Riverside - 9
San Diego - 4

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The 20th-ranked UC Riverside Highlanders (10-4) used a big six-run second inning to claim a 9-4 upset win over the 16th-rankeed University of San Diego baseball team (11-6) Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at the Riverside Sports Complex.

The Highlanders jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as Mark Samuelson hit a run-scoring double to bring in Jamie Padroza, who had walked.

The Highlanders then scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead. The UCR runs came on Jeff Dunbar sacrifice fly, a Carl Uhl RBI single, a fielding error by the USD left fielder and a three-run home run by Mike Vass.

The Toreros broke into the scoring column in the top of the third inning, scoring one run. Kevin Muno led off the inning with a single up the middle and stole second. Justin Snyder then moved Muno to third on a single to right field and Josh Romanski drove in the first Torero run of the game, as he reached on a fielder's choice to move the score to 7-1.

San Diego then took back two more runs in the fourth inning. Daniel Magness got things going as he was hit by a pitch. Sean Nicol then singled to the shortstop, who in turn overthrew the first baseman, allowing Magness to advance to third and moving Nicol to second. Shane Buschini then drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to center field and the final USD run came on a wild pitch by the UCR starting pitcher.

The Highlanders then took a 9-3 lead, scoring one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. The UCR runs came on a Samuelson RBI single and a Price RBI single in the fifth inning.

USD then took back one run on two hits in the seventh inning. Muno led off the inning with a stand-up double and moved to second on a Kevin Hansen ground out to the first baseman. Snyder then brought in Muno with a sacrifice fly to left field to cut the lead to five at 9-4.

Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol led the way as he went 3-for-4 with one double and one run scored. Muno was also a solid force at the plate for USD as he went 2-for-3 with one double and one run scored.

Chad Blauer (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed five runs on five hits in 1.1 innings of work. Marc Rzepczynsky (3-0) picked up the win for UCR as he allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to Fresno for a three-game series with Fresno State University at 6 p.m.