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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 4, 2006

Gonzaga - 22
Chicago State - 4

LEWISTON, Ida. - Darin Holcomb hit two grand slams and set a school record with 10 runs driven in on Saturday afternoon as the Gonzaga University Bulldogs (9-7) pounded Chicago State University (1-4) at the Banana Belt Classic in Lewiston, Ida. Gonzaga won 22-4 to improve to 2-1 in tournament play.

Chicago State drew first blood in the game scoring two runs in the top of the first against Gonzaga starter Josh Monroe (2-1). John Torres hit a two-run homer to center staking the Cougars to an early lead. Monroe would settle down and pitch six innings in his first start of the year allowing only five CSU hits. Matt Fields tossed the final three innings to pick up his second three inning save of the year.

The Darin Holcomb show started in the bottom of the first as he hit a solo home run off CSU starter Chris Freshour (0-1). Holcomb added four more RBI during his next at-bat in the third as he cleared the bases with a grand slam against Freshour. Shawn Wayt, Nick Merriman and Scott Campbell all scored on the blast. Holcomb's third at-bat against Freshour was also hit hard with a long fly out to right. Holcomb produced five of the nine runs the CSU starter allowed.

Holcomb picked up RBI number six in the seventh inning with a bases loaded walk that scored Will Ayala. The sophomore third baseman capped his memorable day in the eighth clearing the bases against William Lawrence. Holcomb finished the game 3-for-4 with 10 RBI and 5 runs scored. The last Gonzaga player to hit three home runs in a game was Nate Gold in 2002. Jackson Brennan also finished with 3 hits for GU.

Chicago State was led by Torres with two hits and three RBI. Torres added a solo home run for CSU in the sixth.

Gonzaga plays at Washington State University on Sunday night at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs will then host Chicago State for a two-game series next Friday and Saturday afternoon at Avista Stadium. Friday's home opener is a 2 p.m. start. Saturday's game is at 1 p.m.

LMU - 2
UC Santa Barbara - 0

Los Angeles, Calif. - Brian Wilson was a winner on the mound and at the plate for LMU, as the freshman led the Lions (5-11) to the 2-0 win over UC Santa Barbara (4-7)Saturday. Wilson threw the final 2.1 innings to earn the win, while driving in the winning run with a double in the eighth.

It was the first decision for Wilson, who combined with starter Andy Beal for LMU's first shutout of the season. Now with 18.0 innings pitched on the season, Wilson's team-best ERA moves to 3.00, while his average at the plate improved to .357.

The Lions put their leadoff batter on base five out of the eight innings Saturday. One of those innings was the eighth, when DeAndre Miller drew the walk from UCSB reliever Clayton Edwards. Wilson's double to right center plated Miller for the first run of the game. The Lions then made it 2-0 when pinch hitter Brett Mendoza's sacrifice fly scored Wilson. The sacrifice marked the first career RBI for the freshman.

The Gauchos left 10 runners on base, including four runners on third. UCSB had bases loaded with one out in the eighth before Wilson got pinch hitter Clayton Shank to ground into a 1-2-3 double play.

UCSB starter Brian Tracy (1-2) worked seven innings, but suffered the loss after allowing the Lions' first run.

Beal threw the first 6.2 scoreless innings for the Lions and equaled a career-high five strikeouts. It was the second combined shutout for the sophomore pitcher, who retired eight straight batters during the fifth through seventh innings. Beal had also thrown an inning earlier in the morning, as the Lions and the Gauchos concluded their halted game from Friday prior to Saturday's scheduled game.

Seniors Chris Pettit (2-for-4) and Casey Gordon (2-for-3) led the Lions offensively. Pettit tripled in the second inning, while Gordon tallied two doubles on the afternoon. Senior Erik Johnson also had a double for the Lions.

The game two win sets up the rubber match for Sunday, as UCSB won game one 4-3 in 11 innings. Sunday's game three begins at 1:00 p.m. with Baseball Camper Reunion Day festivities. Campers and their friends and families are invited to arrive at 12:30 p.m. to register for the day's festivities.

Game One RecapBrian Gump singled to center field to score pinch runner Chris McMurray from second base to give UC Santa Barbara the 4-3 game one win in the 11th inning. The game was finished early Saturday when darkness halted play in a 3-3 tie after the 10th Friday.

Scheduled game two starter Andy Beal began his work early Saturday, and threw the 11th for the Lions. He suffered the loss and fell to 1-2 on the season.

Matt McColgan started the 11th inning for the Gauchos and was hit by Beal. McMurray ran for McColgan and later scored the winning run on the Gump single.

UCSB returned to the mound with Justin Segal, who had thrown the ninth and 10th innings Friday. Segal (1-0) threw the 11th inning and walked leadoff batter A.J. LaMonda, who would advance to third base but not make it the extra 90 feet to tie the game.

Saint Mary's - 2
Georgetown - 0

Saint Mary's - 9
Georgetown - 1

Moraga, CA- The combination of stellar pitching and power hitting enabled the Saint Mary's baseball team to sweep the Georgetown Hoyas in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Senior Joel Fountain pitched a gem in game one, leading the Gaels to a 2-0 victory while in game two, SMC erupted for nine runs in a 9-1 rout. After the day, Saint Mary's improves to 8-7 while Georgetown falls to 6-5.

Game One

Saint Mary's senior hurler Joel Fountain (2-1) had arguably his best performance in a Gaels uniform Saturday when he threw a complete game, one-hitter to lead SMC to a 2-0 victory. Fountain stymied a hot GU lineup by striking out a career high 10 batters.

The 10 strikeouts mark the second time in as many games that the Gaels have had their starter reach double-digits in Ks. Senior Corey Madden fanned 10 against Pacific last Tuesday night.

After the second inning, Fountain was untouchable as he did not allow a hit the rest of the way. The lone hit came on a groundball up the middle by Drew Dargen.

While Fountain was supplying the power from the mound, the Gaels hitters also showcased some power of their own.

In the bottom of the second, senior Sam Carter broke the silence with a loud home run over the left-centerfield wall. The solo shot marks his third dinger on the year.

Sophomore catcher Ian Gordon continued to stay hot for the Gaels. The backstop drilled his first roundtripper on the year when he connected on a solo shot in the eighth. Gordon finished the game 2-for-3 from the plate with a RBI and run scored.

Michael Gaggioli pitched well for the Hoyas, going eight innings while allowing two runs on six hits. Gaggioli added eight strikeouts and walked one.

Senior Orben Frederick also tallied a multi-hit game for the Gaels, batting 2-for-3 on the game.

Game Two

After a pitching dual in game one, SMC opened the flood gates and erupted for nine runs including a five run first in game two. Junior Eric Cattoni was able to start the scoring on a Grady McConnel wild pitch. Cattoni drew a walk and then stole second and third.

Carter then added to his big day with an RBI double to left-center that scored Frederick. The Gaels continued to put pressure on the Hoyas on the basepaths. Senior Delaney Gallagher, who reached on a walk, stole second which enabled Carter to score on the throw from second base.

Senior Mike Harris then drove in Gallagher on a single to left-center. Freshman Ryan Young then capped off the inning with an RBI on a fielder's choice.

In the sixth, the Hoyas were able to score their lone run of the day. Dargen again came through, this time with a single through the left side that scored Derek Degrijs.

SMC would then answer back and then some. The Gaels tacked on four more in the bottom half to cap off their day. Cattoni this time did the damage from the plate with an RBI double down the right field line that scored Harris. Carter continued to stay hot with another clutch hit, driving in Cattoni on a single through the left side. Senior Preston Young then drilled a double to right-center that brought in Frederick and Carter.

Senior Dan Lewis continued to shine from the mound, earning his third victory on the season. Lewis allowed one run and scattered five hits while striking out four in 5 2/3 innings. Junior Justin Sloan pitched 2 1/3 of hitless relief while junior Chris Duke closed the door with a perfect ninth.

Saint Mary's will return to action tomorrow to close out its three-game series against Georgetown. First pitch is scheduled for Noon from Louis Guisto Field.

San Diego State - 13
Pepperdine - 3

San Diego, Calif. - Senior right fielder Curt Mendoza capped a seven-run fifth inning with a three-run home run to break open a one-run game and help San Diego State to a 13-3 victory over No. 12 Pepperdine Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego.

The victory gave the Aztecs (6-10) the series victory and dropped the Waves (8-9) under .500 for the first time this season. Pepperdine will attempt to salvage the final game of the series on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

San Diego State collected 20 hits against four Pepperdine pitchers, the most against the Waves since Cal State Fullerton totaled 24 in the championship game of the 2004 Fullerton Regional.

San Diego State sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth inning against Waves' starter Adam Olbrychowski (2-3) and senior right hander James Johnson, who relieved Olbrychowski with two on, one out and a run in.

In 0.2 innings, Johnson allowed four hits and four runs, including the home run to Mendoza that helped the Aztecs build a 9-1 lead.

The Aztecs added to their lead in the seventh and eighth innings, scoring two runs in each frame against relievers freshman Bryce Stowell and sophomore right hander Nick Gaudi, who made his collegiate debut.

Pepperdine had a chance to take a lead in the second inning when it loaded the bases with one out but was unable to score against San Diego State starter Bruce Billings. The Waves again loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning, but managed just one run against Billings.

Seniors David Uribes and Nick Kliebert each had two hits apiece to account for four of the Waves' eight hits. Sophomore right fielder Donald Brown had three RBI.

Fresno State - 7
Portland - 2

Fresno State - 3
Portland - 0

FRESNO, Calif. - The Portland Pilots dropped both games of a doubleheader as the host Fresno State Bulldogs won 7-2 and 3-0 at Pete Beiden Field on Saturday afternoon. The teams played a double dip after the first game of the three-game series was wiped out by rain on Friday.

Portland opens the season at 2-8, while Fresno State improves to 10-8.

The Pilots struggled at the plate in the first game getting only three hits in the loss. The Bulldogs scored four in the first and never trailed. Portland starter Ari Ronick (0-2) settled down after the first and went six innings. He only gave up an unearned run after the first, while scattering eight hits and striking out three.

Relief pitcher Peter Beringhaus gave up the other two Fresno State runs in the seventh inning.

With one out in the bottom of first inning, FSU got on the board with an RBI double from Kent Sakamoto. Brian Lapin followed with an RBI single, before Frank LoNigro capped the Bulldog scoring with a two-run triple.

Still down 4-0 in the sixth, the Pilots made it a two-run game. With runners on the corner, junior shortstop Jesse Rodgers brought home a run with a single to right field. Senior outfielder Matthew Peters then knocked in a run when the FSU shortstop committed an error.

The Bulldogs answered with a run in the bottom of sixth and two more in the seventh. Pitcher Andy Underwood, who came in relief of starter Justin Wilson in the second inning, pitched eight innings in the win.

Fresno State again struck first in the second game with a run in the first and another in the second off Portland starter Sean Sargent. Sargent (0-4) gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked none.

FSU starter Eddie Romero held the Pilots to five hits in seven innings. Reliever Jason Breckley pitched two innings to pick up the save.

The Pilots threatened to score in the fourth, trailing 2-0. With runners on the corners and only one out, Romero got freshman catcher Paul Crowder to fly out to left field and ended the inning on sophomore Pat Geraghty's ground out to third.

Fresno State scored its third and the game's final run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Lapin.

Freshman second baseman Sean Nicol led the Pilots with two hits.

Portland and Fresno State play the final game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Cal Poly - 8
San Diego - 5

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The 25th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team was defeated by No. 30 Cal Poly, 8-5, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference affair at Baggett Stadium.

With the lost the Toreros fall under .500 with a 7-8 record and have lost their seventh consecutive game. With the win Cal Poly improves to 12-5 overall and claim the three-game series.

After the Mustangs took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Toreros answered back in the top of the second inning scoring two runs on two hits. USD's first run of the game came on a Shane Buschini solo home run to right field. After Keoni Ruth singled and stole second, Kevin Hansen drove him in on a RBI single up the middle cutting the lead to one.

USD would then take the lead in the third inning scoring three runs on six hits. Steve Singleton led off the inning on a single and moved to second on a Daniel Magness single through the right side. Jordan Abruzzo then loaded the bases on a bunt and Buschini drove in the first run on a single up the middle. The Toreros final two runs came on RBI singles by Ruth and Ryan Lilly giving the Toreros a 5-3 lead.

Cal Poly took back one run in the sixth and regained the lead in the seventh inning scoring four runs on three hits.

USD would take one run back in the top of the ninth inning on an Abruzzo RBI single to right field scoring Justin Snyder, who had singled. But USD could come no closer leaving the game at its final of 8-5.

Abruzzo went 3-for-5 with one RBI and Ruth went 3-for-4 with one RBI to lead the Toreros offense.

Josh Romanski (0-3) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing four runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of work. USD Starter Brian Matusz had a strong outing allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven in 6.0 innings of work. Casey Fien (1-0) was credited with the win for the Mustangs allowing no runs on five hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they close out the three-game series with the Mustangs in a 1 p.m. game at Baggett Stadium.

San Jose State - 11
Santa Clara - 5

Story coming soon.