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WCC Baseball Recaps - 2/28

Feb. 28, 2006

Cal State Fullerton - 5
Pepperdine - 0

Malibu, Calif. - Senior left fielder Danny Dorn went 4-for-4 with a two-run double and six Cal State Fullerton pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout to help the seventh-ranked Titans defeat No. 12 Pepperdine 5-0 Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The loss dropped the Waves to 8-7 on the season while Cal State Fullerton won its fourth consecutive game to improve to 9-4 on the year.

The two teams were locked in a scoreless tie until the fifth inning when the Titans scored two runs off Pepperdine starter James Johnson (0-1).

Center fielder Brandon Tripp opened the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single to left-center field by catcher Cory Vanderhook. Tripp scored the game's first run when Johnson's pick-off attempt of Vanderhook got away from Waves' first baseman Matt Aidem, allowing Tripp to give the Titans a 1-0 lead.

Cal State Fullerton made it 2-0 on a two-out triple to left center by shortstop Blake Davis that scored Vanderhook.

Pepperdine, which put runners on base in each of the first five innings, had its best scoring opportunity in the bottom half of the fifth when it put runners on first and third with one out against Titans reliever Justin Klipp.

Senior second baseman David Uribes opened the inning with a single through the left side, stole second and went to third on a single to right field by junior catcher Chad Tracy.

However, the Waves were unable to advance the runners as Klipp struck out Donald Brown for the second out and shortstop Danny Worth was robbed of a run-scoring single by Cal State Fullerton first baseman Brett Pill, who made a diving stop to his left to snare the hard hit ball and beat Worth to the bag for the final out of the inning.

That proved to be Pepperdine's last threat of the game as Cal State Fullerton relievers Klipp, Jeff Soulages, Ryan Paul and Vinnie Pestano retired the final 14 Waves batters.

Cal State Fullerton added to its lead in the eighth inning scoring three times against sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez and senior left-hander Bryan Minkel. The big hit in the inning was a two-run double by Dorn.

Tracy led the Waves with three hits while Worth extended his hitting streak to a team-high five games.

Pepperdine is next in action on Friday when it opens a three-game series against San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium beginning at 6 p.m.

Pacific - 4
Saint Mary's - 1

Stockton, CA - With two outs in the fifth and Saint Mary's senior hurler Corey Madden cruising, the Pacific Tigers (10-4) found a way to put up four runs in the inning to defeat the Gaels 4-1 Tuesday night from the Stockton Ballpark. Madden struck out a career-high 10 and the Gaels out-hit the Tigers 9-5 in the losing effort. After the loss, SMC drops to 6-7 on the season.

After four innings of scoreless baseball, Saint Mary's broke the silence in the top of the fifth when senior Orben Frederick (3-for-5) drove in Adam Hicks on a single to right field. Hicks reached on a fielder's choice.

The Tigers answered right back and put a stop to Madden's gem. With two outs in the inning, Pacific started to chip away and benefited from a tough error to eventually do all its scoring with four in the bottom half.

Pacific came alive when Brett Manning was hit by a pitch with one out to start the Pacific rally. One out later, Clint Eastman dropped a perfect bunt single down the third base line to put runners at first and second. A walk to senior Dale Hall loaded the bases.

Adam Ching proptly lined an infield single of the glove of Madden to tie the game at one. Senior Anthony Jackson followed with an RBI single past third to make it 2-1. The Tigers added two runs on a blown popup to claim a 4-1 lead, one they would not relinquish.

Madden (1-1) took the tough loss after tossing six innings while allowing two earned runs on five hits. Luke Massetti (2-1) earned the victory after throwing five innings while scattering six hits and one run with three strikeouts. Curtis Pasma came in to earn his third save on the year.

Saint Mary's sophomore catcher Ian Gordon also added a multi-hit game for the Gaels with a 2-for-4 night from the plate.

Ryan Doyle and Allan Lobban continued their stellar pitching from the bullpen as the two combined to throw two perfect innings in the eighth and ninth.

Saint Mary's will return to action and look to add onto its 5-2 home record when it hosts a three-game set against Georgetown. Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. will mark the first game of a doubleheader against the Hoyas. The Gaels will close the series on Sunday, March 5 at Noon. All three games will be played at Louis Guisto Field.

Nevada at Santa Clara Cancelled

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Due to inclement weather, it was announced that today's regularly-scheduled 3 p.m. baseball game between Santa Clara and the University of Nevada-Reno has been cancelled. As of now, no date has been set for the rescheduling of this contest.

The Broncos will remain home this weekend as the Rivalry Series with South Bay opponent San Jose State is renewed on the diamond. Friday's 6 p.m. and Sunday's 1 p.m. contests will be held at Stephen Schott Stadium while Saturday's game is set for 1 p.m. at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

Tickets to Friday and Sunday's games are available by calling (408) 554-4660 or by visiting the Leavey Center ticket office.