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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 2, 2007

Gonzaga - 6
Utah Valley State - 5

LEWISTON, ID - Eight doubles by the Gonzaga University baseball team sparked a comeback victory Friday, as the Bulldogs defeated Utah Valley State College 6-5 in the second day of the Banana Belt Tournament at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho.

With the win, Gonzaga improves to 7-8 including going 2-0 at the Banana Belt Tournament. Utah Valley State falls to 2-8 and 0-2 at the four-day event.

Gonzaga reliever Shawn Wayt (1-0) earned the win, after relieving starter Brandon Harmon in the eighth inning. Wayt pitched 1.2 shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks while striking out one. Harmon started the game going 7.1 innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits and four walks with one strikeout. Marcus Moore (1-1) took the loss for the Wolverines after throwing one inning, allowing two runs on three hits.

Five Zags recorded doubles in the game with three of the five recording two doubles each. Aaron McGuinness, Ryan Wiegand and Dustin Colclough each recorded a pair of doubles, while Darin Holcomb and Tyson Van Winkle each posted one.

The Bulldogs posted the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning when Van Winkle doubled to left center to score Colclough, who recorded Gonzaga's first double of the afternoon to lead off the inning.

Utah Valley State answered with three runs in the top of the third with a one-run single by Eli Slesk and two-run single by Dan Bulow.

The Zags narrowed the score with a run in their half of the third to bring the scored to 3-2. Wiegand drove home the run with a double to center to score Holcomb. Holcomb had reached based one batter earlier when he doubled down the left field line.

Gonzaga took the lead in the next frame 4-3 with two runs scored. Van Winkle started the scoring when he was plated on a singled by Michael Rhodes. The other inning run came when Evan Wells grounded out to the pitcher and scored Ben Greenslitt.

The Wolverines tied the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth with a run-scoring single by Dick Bargewell. Utah Valley State would then take a 5-4 lead in the eighth with a single by Austin Heaps that plated Bulow.

The Bulldogs posted two runs in the bottom of the eighth to spark the come-from-behind victory. With one out, Wells started the rally with an infield single. McGuinness then knocked a double to left field to advance Wells to third. The next batter, Holcomb, took a pitch through the right side for a single that scored Wells and advanced McGuinness to third. McGuinness then scored when Wiegand hit into a fielder's choice to found Holcomb out at second.

Chris Highmark is expected to get the start Saturday when Gonzaga plays Southern Utah University in the third day of the Banana Belt Tournament. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.

Loyola Marymount - 5
Cal Poly - 3

San Luis Obispo, Calif. - A game that began as a classic pitchers' dual had a bizarre ending, as a pair of pitchers' errors set up a dramatic finish. LMU (5-11-1) baseball topped Cal Poly (10-8) 5-3 in a series-opening thriller at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

With LMU holding a 3-2 lead, Cal Poly tied the game at 3-3 with an unearned run in the eighth, only to give up two unearned runs in the top of the ninth on a throwing error by relief pitcher Evan Reed.

Cal Poly had built a 2-0 lead by the third inning, but the Lion offense came alive in the fifth. Sean Dovel started the frame with a double, and Brian Wilson made it back-to-back hits for LMU after an infield single. Cal Poly starter Marc Nobriga then hit Will Dugoni and walked DeAndre Miller to bring in a run. Michael Glomb's single through the left side plated Wilson to tie the game at 2-2.

LMU starter Brad Meyers (2-2) earned the win after working eight strong innings, allowing two earned runs on just six hits. The junior tallied a career-high eight strikeouts, as he stranded six Mustangs on base over his eight innings.

Freshman Angelo Songco gave Meyers and the Lions the lead in the sixth with his first collegiate home run, a leadoff home run over the wall in right to make it 3-2 LMU.

But a two-base error by Meyers put the Mustangs in position to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. Cal Poly later brought the tying run across on a sacrifice fly.

The drama continued into the ninth inning. Wilson put up his third single of the night and advanced to second when Jeremy LaMell drew a walk from reliever Evan Reed. Pinch hitter Joe Zeller bunted in an attempt to move Wilson and LaMell. Reed fielded the bunt, but overthrew his attempt to get Wilson at third, and both Wilson and LaMell were able to score to take a 5-3 lead.

Andy Beal threw the ninth for the Lions, earning his second save of the season after striking out Grant Desme with the bases loaded to end the game.

Cal Poly reliever Frankie Reed (0-1) suffered the loss after facing just one batter: Wilson, who singled and later scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth.

Nobriga had kept the Lions quiet until the fifth inning. He was then charged with three runs on seven LMU hits in his seven innings of work.

Both teams' most dangerous hitters to date, Eric Farris (LMU) and Desme (CP) were held hitless Friday. Meyers and Beal combined to strike Desme out four times.

Wilson led the Lions' offensive charge with a 3-for-4 night. Glomb and Songco each had two hits.

Kyle Smith, Logan Schafer, and Wes Dorrell each had two hits for the Mustangs.

The Lions and Mustangs will continue the three-game series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Baggett Stadium. Fans who can't make it to San Luis Obispo can follow the action on www.LMULions.com with both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.

UC Davis - 7
Portland - 3

DAVIS, Calif.- The University of Portland baseball team started its California road trip on the wrong foot, dropping a 7-3 game to UC-Davis. The Pilots fall to 4-4 on the year while the Aggies improve to 4-8.

Trailing 7-3 heading into the ninth inning, Portland made things interesting after hits by senior first baseman James Allen and senior third baseman Jesse Rodgers put runners on the corners with one down, but the Pilots were unable to get either across the plate.

Only three days after collecting a season-high 17 hits at Washington, Portland struggled to only five hits on the afternoon. UC-Davis starter Bryan Evans (1-2) picked up the win, allowing three runs (two earned) and two hits over five innings. Reliever Scott Chew then shut down the Pilots over three and a third innings of work, giving up no runs and three hits while striking out five.

Junior starter Danny Meier (1-2) took the loss for Portland, allowing six runs over four and two-thirds innings of work.

Senior left fielder Justin Pierce (pictured) went 1-for-2 and an RBI on the day and was also hit by two pitches, the team-leading sixth time this season Pierce has been plunked. Junior second baseman Brandon Howard also went 1-for-2, hitting an RBI double in the second inning.

The Pilot bullpen did a solid job in relief, with David Gruener, Pat Garaghty and Brian Cox each pitching an inning and allowing a combined one run on two hits.

For the Aggies, Michael Hernandez had a big day, hitting a bases loaded double in the first inning to give the team a 3-1 lead. Hernandez ended the day 1-for-4 with three RBI.

Aaron Hanke, Jacob Jefferies and Matt Dempsey each had two hits for UC-Davis.

After Portland jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, UC-Davis scored three in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Pilots tied it up in the top of the second, but the Aggies again responded with a pair of runs to give them a 5-3 lead after two. UC-Davis tacked on runs in the fourth and the sixth to provide the 7-3 final.

Portland continues the three-game series against UC-Davis this weekend, with junior righthander Given Kutz scheduled to throw on Saturday and junior southpaw Ari Ronick slated for Sunday.

Fresno State - 12
San Diego - 4

FRESNO, Calif. - The 16th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (11-7) fell to Fresno State University (6-10), 12-4, in a non-conference game Friday evening.

The Toreros got on the scoreboard first as they scored one run in the first inning. Sean Nicol got things going with a single up the middle. Daniel Magness then brought in Nicol for the first run of the game with a RBI single deep into right center field to put the Toreros up 1-0.

San Diego then added to their lead with one run in the second inning. After Kevin Muno walked, Kevin Hansen drove in Muno with a run-scoring double to left field, moving the score to 2-0.

The Toreros then added to their lead in the top of the fourth inning putting up two more runs. Josh Romanski led off the inning with a single to left field and advanced to second on a throwing error by the left fielder. Hansen then hit his second run-scoring double of the evening, bringing in Romanski from second for the first run of the inning. After the Bulldogs intentionally walked Justin Snyder, Nicol drove in Hansen with a RBI single to left center field to give USD a 4-0 advantage.

Fresno State answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning as they scored two runs on two hits. The Bulldogs' runs came on a two-run homer by Ozzie Lewis, to cut the Toreros lead in half.

The Bulldogs then scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a two-run lead. The FSU runs came on three-run Steve Susdorf single and a Lewis RBI single.

Fresno State then scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the game at its final of 12-4.

Offensively for the Toreros, Hansen led the way as he went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBI. Nicol also had a solid day at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with Nicol adding an RBI.

Brian Matusz (3-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed six runs on seven hits, while striking out nine in 5.0 innings of work. Brandon Burke (2-2) picked up the win for the Bulldogs as he allowed four runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. as they continue their three-game series with Fresno State.

East Carolina - 5
Pepperdine - 4

Greenville, N.C. - Ryan Tousley's seventh-inning single down the right field line broke a 4-4 tie and lifted East Carolina to a 5-4 victory over No. 12 Pepperdine during first day action of the Keith LeClair Classic Friday night in Greenville, North Carolina.

The Pirates improved to 6-5 on the year while the Waves slipped to 11-4 and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom half of the first, Pepperdine rallied with four runs in the top of the second to take a 4-1 lead against the Pirates and starter T.J. Hose (2-2). However, the Waves were only able to manage two more hits against Hose and a pair of relievers, allowing East Carolina to chip away and eventually take the lead in the seventh inning.

The Pirates started their winning rally against Waves' All-American Barry Enright (4-1). Enright opened the inning by walking pinch-hitter Broc Sutton on a 3-2 pitch. Freshman reliever Jordan Durrance came on to relieve Enright and, after a sacrifice and walk, surrendered the game-winning single to Tousley.

The first-inning run surrendered by Enright was the first allowed by the Waves' right hander in 22.0 innings and the loss dropped his career record to 27-4.

For the first time this season, opposing pitcher were able to keep the top of the Pepperdine batting order in check as the trio of Danny Worth, Eric Thames and Chase d'Arnaud were held hitless. The top four batters in the Waves' line-up, including lead-off man Adrian Ortiz, entered the game batting .390 or better.

Ortiz had two of the Waves' six hits to lead the offense. Freshman catcher Travis Tartamella produced the big hit in the second inning as tripled home two runs.

Pepperdine continues tournament action on Saturday when it faces Western Carolina at 8 a.m. (PST). The Catamounts were a 6-5 winner over No. 24 North Carolina State earlier in the day.

Baylor - 5
San Francisco - 4

Stockton, CA - San Francisco held a 2-1 advantage up to the fifth, but couldn't hold on as it fell to No. 24 Baylor 5-4 in game one of the Pacific Tournament in Stockton on Friday morning. USF (7-6) out hit the Bears (9-4) 14-7, but also left 12 runners on base compared with BU's three.

USF's offense was on point as five Dons batters had multiple hits in the game. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky stroked three singles, had two RBI and scored a run. Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble also had three hits and stole his sixth base of the season. Junior second baseman Joey Railey, junior shortstop Tavo Hall, and senior catcher Jon Norfolk all had two hits in the game. Junior third baseman Brian Chavez and senior center fielder Lucas DeLong both added doubles to the offensive attack.

The Dons scored a run in both the first and second to take an early 2-0 lead. In the first, Bialosky batted in Railey and in the second Railey earned the RBI, batting in Norfolk who singled to start the inning.

Baylor scored a run of its own in the third to make it 2-1, but USF would add another in the fifth to keep the two run lead. Bialosky earned his second RBI of the game, batting in Hall who singled and advanced to second on a groundout. The Dons' lead would end in the bottom of the sixth as the Bears scored two and added another in the seventh.

USF tied the game in the top of the ninth. With two outs, Bialosky singled, pinch hitter Matt Lieb walked, and Norfolk singled through the right side to score Bialosky. The Bears scored in the bottom of the frame on a hit-by-pitch, a balk and a double.

Senior right hander John Quine (0-1) earned the loss, allowing the Bears' final run in the ninth. Junior left hander Aaron Poreda threw 8.0 innings in the no-decision, allowing four earned runs off six hits and striking out seven.

For Baylor, junior right hander Nick Cassavechia (3-0) earned the win in relief, pitching the ninth. He allowed one earned run off three hits and a walk. Freshman second baseman Raynor Campbell was the only Bear hitter to have multiple hits, as he earned a single and a double in the game.

USF returns to Pacific Tournament action in Stockton Saturday against San Diego State. Game time is set for 10:00 AM.

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