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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/3

March 3, 2006

Santa Clara - 4
San Jose State - 2

Santa Clara, Calif. - Santa Clara University has put itself in great position this season to capture a fourth straight Rivalry Series and tonight, the baseball team took the first step to contributing to the overall point total, with a 4-2 victory over San Jose State University at Schott Stadium in the first of a three-game series. The Rivalry Series is an annual competition between the schools 13 intercollegiate varsity teams and currently, the Broncos lead the Spartans by a margin of 16-4.Despite being outhit 11-6, Santa Clara (8-6 overall) used a solid defense and timely offense to capture its eighth win of the season. Brady Fuerst led the way with two hits on the night, while Gabe Alcantar and Eric Newton each added a double. In addition, Kyle Hartz and Dustin Realini chipped in with a single in the winning cause.

Santa Clara got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first inning, with three runners crossing home plate. Kevin Drever started off the inning by reaching first base thanks to an error on the part of San Jose State. He then advanced to second on a balk. Hartz followed with a single to first, putting Drever on third. After Spartan pitcher Branden Dewing walked Daniel Nava to load the bases, a free pass to Hartz scored Drever to give the Broncos the 1-0 lead. The score became 2-0 after Kris Watts' sacrifice fly allowed Hartz to cross the plate. A third run was obtained on the following play after Newton's grounded out to shortstop enabled Nava to score.

The visiting team would not go down without a fight, however, and produced a run each in the fifth and sixth innings to cut the home team's advantage to 3-2. In the bottom of the sixth, an insurance run was added after Alcantar doubled to left field, allowing Dustin Realini to score from third base. Santa Clara held San Jose State at bay the rest of the way to earn the 4-2 triumph.

Sean O'Neill (1-1) pitched 7 2/3 innings to pick up his first win of his collegiate career. O'Neill gave up 10 hits and struck out four batters. Mark Willinsky closed out the game to earn his fourth save of the year.

Santa Clara will look to clinch the Rivalry Series against San Jose State tomorrow afternoon at Spartan Stadium. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Washington State - 18
Gonzaga - 10

LEWISTON, Ida. - Washington State University scored in seven of nine innings on Friday night and the Gonzaga University Bulldogs pushed across runs in four innings as the two teams combined to score 28 runs. WSU (12-2) ended up on top during the slugfest with an 18-10 decision over the Bulldogs (8-7). Gonzaga was coming off a 15 inning win over host Lewis-Clark State College on Thursday night as day two action of the Banana Belt Classic continued.

WSU jumped out to an early 13-1 lead scoring in the first five innings. The Cougars scored two unearned runs in the first, a single run in the second and two more unearned runs in the third to jump on top 6-0. Jeff Miller had the only big hit for WSU in the early going with a solo homer in the second. Scott Campbell had knotted pulled GU within one run in the bottom of the first with a solo home run but Gonzaga's offense could never make up the difference.

WSU put the game away with five runs in the fifth. Jay Miller had a big two-run single in the inning as the Cougars added two more unearned runs. GU starter Clayton Mortensen fell to 2-3 after allowing five earned runs through 4.1 innings of work. Wayne Daman picked up the win for WSU improving to 4-0 on the year.

Gonzaga made a charge in the bottom of the sixth scoring five runs that chased ended Daman's day on the mound. Aaron McGuinness started the rally with a sacrifice fly to score Bobby Carlson. Nick Merriman added a two-run double and Jackson Brennan closed the inning with an RBI single.

The Bulldogs pushed three more across the plate in the seventh on a McGuinness RBI single and Alex Parrott sacrifice fly. Campbell led GU with three hits while Merriman picked up three RBI. Gonzaga returns to action on Saturday morning when they face Chicago State University

Washington State was led by Jay Miller's four hits and Jared Prince's four RBI.

San Diego State - 2
Pepperdine - 1

San Diego, Calif. - Junior right hander Justin Masterson scattered seven singles and struck out a career-high 11 batters in eight innings to help San Diego State defeat No. 12 Pepperdine, 2-1, Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego.

Masterson (2-2) received a clutch one-out, two run double from junior first baseman Brock Ungricht in the fifth inning that broke a 1-1 tie and helped the Aztecs snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 5-10 on the season.

Senior right hander Adam Simon struck out the side in the ninth to earn his second save of the season and seal the Waves (8-8) second consecutive loss. Masterson and Simon struck out 14 Pepperdine batters while not allowing a walk. The 14 strikeouts were a season-high for the Waves.

Pepperdine took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an infield out before San Diego State tied the score in the bottom half of the inning as it scored an unearned run against senior left-hander Paul Coleman (2-1).

Coleman worked 7.1 innings, allowed seven hits, three runs (two earned), walked three and struck out seven.

Sophomore shortstop collected two hits lead the Waves' offense.

Pepperdine and San Diego State continue their weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.

Cal Poly - 4
San Diego - 0

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The 25th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (7-7) lost the first game of a three-game series to No. 30 Cal Poly (11-5), 4-0, Friday evening in a non-conference game at Baggett Stadium.

The Mustangs did most of their scorinig damage in the sixth inning as they scored three runs on three hits. Cal Poly scored their runs on a two-run double by Matt Canepa and a Grant Desme run-scoring double to left center to put the game at its final of 4-0.

The Toreros registered three hits on the day with Shane Buschini, Jordan Abruzzo and Kevin Hansen all recording hits.

Josh Butler (3-2) was saddled with the loss for USD allowing fours runs, three earned, on six hits in 5.2 innings of work. Gary Daley (3-2) picked up the win for the Mustangs allowing no runs on three hits in eight innings of work.

The Toreros will look to snap their six-game losing streak with a 1 p.m. non-conference game against Cal Poly on Saturday at Baggett Stadium.

LMU - 3
UC Santa Barbara - 3

game suspended in 10th due to darkness

Los Angeles, Calif. - LMU and UC Santa Barbara battled to a 3-3 tie in the 10th inning Friday before darkness halted the contest. The game will resume with the top of the 11th Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Page Stadium. The scheduled game two will follow.

A 42-minute rain delay paused play in the third inning, but the Lions and Gauchos were able to still squeeze in 10 full innings of baseball before darkness ended the action for the night.

The Lions scored all of their runs in the first inning, beginning when DeAndre Miller drew the leadoff walk from UCSB starter Andy Graham. Senior Erik Johnson's single to center brought in Miller for the Lions' first run. Designated hitter Brian Wilson then doubled to left to score both Johnson and Chris Pettit, who had also singled earlier in the inning.

The Gauchos chipped away at LMU's three-run lead, scoring two in the third inning just before the rain delay and again in the fourth.

Graham worked eight innings for the Gauchos allowing the Lions' three earned runs.

Reigning West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week Brad Meyers made the start for LMU and worked seven innings, also allowing the three runs.

UCSB threatened in the top of the ninth when Mario Lewis put up a leadoff single and eventually advanced to third. But LMU reliever Daniel Macias struck out Alden Carrithers to keep it a 3-3 game. Macias finished throwing 2.1 innings allowing just the one hit.

Relievers Justin Segal (UCSB) and Roberto Torres (LMU) were on the mound when the game was halted.

Wilson (2-for-4) and Sean Dovel (2-for-3) each had multiple-hit outings going for the Lions.

The game will pick-up at the top of the 11th inning Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Page Stadium. Saturday's scheduled game two will follow. Fans can follow all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Portland at Fresno State postponed

FRESNO, Calif. - Due to heavy precipitation in the Fresno area, the first of the three-game series involving the Portland and Fresno State baseball teams has been postponed to Saturday.

Originally scheduled for Friday night, the two teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:05 p.m. The second game will commence about 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.

The final game of the series remains as scheduled, beginning at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoo