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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 3, 2007

Gonzaga - 4
Southern Utah - 2

LEWISTON, Idaho - Chris Highmark pitched seven shutout innings Saturday as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated Southern Utah University 4-2 in the third day of the Banana Belt Tournament at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho.

The win marks Gonzaga's fifth straight and evens the Bulldogs' record at 8-8 for the season. With the loss, SSU falls to 2-12 overall.

Highmark (2-3) started the game for the Zags, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out 10 batters during his 7.0 innings of work. Also seeing time for Gonzaga was CJ McClure, who allowed two runs on three hits over 2.0 innings. Southern Utah's Cameron Nelson suffered the loss allowing three runs on six hits in 6.1 innings pitched.

Both teams were held scoreless until the fifth inning, when Gonzaga pieced together doubles by Mark Castellitto and Tyson Van Winkle to take an 1-0 lead.

Gonzaga added two runs in the seventh to extend its lead to 3-0. The first run was scored by Dustin Colclough on a wild pitch. Colclough reached base on a double to center before advancing to third on a wild pitch. The second run of the frame was posted when Brandon Blank scored on an one-run single to left field by Bryan Winston.

Evan Wells capped Gonzaga scoring in the eighth inning when he was plated on a single to center by Darin Holcomb. Wells reached base with a single up the middle to lead off the inning, before advancing to second on a passed ball and to third on a ground out by Aaron McGuinness.

Southern Utah rallied in the bottom of the ninth, but fell short scoring only two runs. Chester Wilson hit a two-run home run to left center to finalize game scoring 4-2.

The Bulldogs will return to the field tomorrow to face reigning NAIA national champion and undefeated Lewis-Clark State College in the final game of the Banana Belt Tournament. The winner of the game will be the tournament champion, as both teams are boasting a 3-0 record for the weekend. Clayton Mortensen is expected to get the start for the Bulldogs when the game gets underway at 2 p.m.

Loyola Marymount - 2
Cal Poly - 0

San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Base runners were hard to come by in another great pitchers' dual at Cal Poly's Baggett Stadium Saturday afternoon. LMU (6-11-1) was able to push two across while holding the Mustangs (10-9) scoreless behind the pitching of Daniel Macias and Andy Beal to clinch the road series victory with a 2-0 win.

Cal Poly starter Matt Leonard carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but his Mustangs were trailing as of the fourth, when LMU scored an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead. DeAndre Miller drew the leadoff walk from Leonard, and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Marty Mullins. Miller then scored on a passed ball.

LMU got its first hit in the seventh inning, when Michael Glomb tripled to right center with two outs. But Leonard got out of the inning without further damage, stranding three Lions on base.

The Lions were able to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Justin Bunkis singled to score Angelo Songco, who had singled earlier in the inning off reliever Evan Reed. The run, which came with two outs, gave the Lions their 2-0 lead. Reed entered the game in the ninth Saturday looking for redemption, as his overthrow error Friday night cost the Mustangs two runs in the top of the ninth that proved to be the difference in the LMU game one victory.

The left-handed Macias (1-2) had an impressive eight inning shutout effort for the Lions. He gave up just six hits while striking out two en route to his first win of the season.

Beal came on to throw the ninth for the Lions, earning his third save of the season and the second in as many games after holding the Mustangs hitless with one strikeout.

Leonard suffered the loss, falling to 1-2 after a strong outing of his own. The Cal Poly freshman worked seven innings without allowing an earned run and giving up only the hit to Glomb. The Lions' were able to capitalize on his six walks, however, as their first run had reached base on one of those walks.

The three-game series concludes Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Baggett Stadium. Fans can follow the action live on www.LMULions.com through both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.

Pepperdine - 3
Western Carolina - 1

Greenville, N.C. - Junior right fielder Donald Brown's home run to right field to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie and helped No. 12 Pepperdine to a 3-1 victory over Western Carolina Saturday afternoon during second-day action at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina.

The win was the 11th in the last 13 games for the Waves, who improved to 12-4 on the season. The Catamounts fell to 6-3.

The game began as a pitcher's duel between Pepperdine sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann and Western Carolina's Brock Thornburg.

Brown gave the Waves a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single up the middle that scored designated hitter Eric Thames, who reached on a fielder's choice and stole second to move into scoring position.

The score remained 1-0 until the fifth inning when the Catamounts scored an unearned run against Dickmann. Blake Murphy opened the frame with a single to left field and reached second on a pop-up to second base that preceded a throwing error by Pepperdine's Denny Duron.

After Nick Liles struck out for the second out of the inning, John Ingram doubled to left-center field to drive home Murphy with the tying run.

With Tyler Johnson pitching his second inning in relief of Thornburg, Brown hit a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall to give the Waves a 2-1 lead. Chase d'Arnaud followed with a double to right-center field and came around to score on a bunt single by Luke Salas and throwing error by Johnson.

Junior right hander Jason Dominguez came on to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to record his fourth save in four opportunities this season.

Dickmann turned in another solid outing for Pepperdine as he pitched 5.2 innings, allowed five hits, an unearned run, did not walk a batter and struck out five.

Junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski (3-0) worked 2.1 innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out one to pick up the win.

Brown finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI while d'Arnaud had a pair of hits and scored a run.

Pepperdine concludes tournament play on Sunday when it meets No. 24 North Carolina State beginning at 8 a.m. (PST).

Portland - 5
UC Davis - 2

DAVIS, Calif. - The Pilots baseball team evened out its series with UC-Davis Saturday afternoon, topping the Aggies 5-2 behind a complete game by junior righthander Given Kutz. Portland improves to 5-4 on the year while UC-Davis falls to 4-9.

Kutz (1-2) was masterful in nine innings, scattering eight hits and striking out five while allowing only two runs en route to the win. It was Kutz's sixth complete game of his Pilot career and first this season. Kutz lowered his season ERA to 5.47 and has a team-leading 17 strikeouts and 24.2 innings pitched.

Senior first sacker James Allen was the hero at the plate for the Pilots, going 2-for-4 at the plate while picking up three RBI and his second career homer, hitting a two-run blast in the second inning to put Portland up 2-0. Allen is now hitting for a team-best .385 average and a team-high .615 slugging percentage.

Portland went on to score three runs in a wild top of the sixth. With two outs and senior designated hitter Adam Kerr on second, Allen hit an RBI single to center field. After a single by freshman shortstop C.J. Cullen and a walk by junior second baseman Brandon Howard, the Pilots had the bases loaded with senior left fielder Justin Pierce at the plate. Pierce hit a groundball to UC-Davis shortstop Justin Schaefer, but an error by Schaefer allowed Allen and Cullen to score to put Portland up 5-1.

Kutz kept the Aggies off balance all night, only allowing runs in the second and the ninth innings.

Portland collected nine hits on the day, with Allen, Kerr and Cullen each picking up two hits.

For UC-Davis, Schaefer went 3-for-3 and centerfielder Ryan Royster went 1-for-4 with two RBI.

The Pilots and Aggies play the rubber match Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and then the Pilots return home to face Pacific on Wednesday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field.

Saint Mary's - 12
Columbia - 1

Saint Mary's - 3
Columbia - 3 (10)

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team began its eight-game homestand with a convincing 12-1 victory over Columbia. The Gaels then played the Lions to a 3-3 tie in the second game of the doubleheader. After the day the Gaels improve to 10-8-1 overall and remain unbeaten in their last eight games.

The Gaels pounded out 18 hits en route to 12 runs to take the game in impressive fashion. On top of the strength of the Gaels hitting, junior Sean Gleason was just as good on the mound. The starter continued to shine as he scattered five hits and allowed an unearned run to record his third victory on the season. Gleason fanned eight and walked none in seven innings.

Freshman Michael Gonzales led the way with two hits and three RBI. Leadoff hitter Eric Cattoni supplied the punch with his second home run on the season. Cattoni rapped out two hits and tallied two RBI with three runs in five at-bats.

Junior Ian Gordon tallied three hits and drove in one with a run scored. Gilbert Urbina, Joel Staples and Kenny Fuglerud added two hits a piece.

The Gaels scored two or more runs in four frames including a four-spot in the eighth inning. Saint Mary's scored two in the first inning.

Freshman Kevin Brahney recorded two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts. Daniel Bajger tallied the loss for the Lions after allowing five runs on eight hits in three innings.

Ron Williams and Andrew Ward tallied two hits a piece for Columbia. Dan Neczypor knocked in the only run for the Lions.

The second game of the doubleheader proved to be a pitching dual. Brandon Berl had arguably his best outing of his career while Bill Purdy tossed nine innings for the Lions.Unfortunately none of the hurlers were rewarded with a victory as the game was called in the 10th inning due to darkness.

Columbia tallied an unearned run to begin the scoring in the fourth. Saint Mary's answered right back in the bottom of the fifth to even the score at one.

The Lions then took a short-lived lead with two runs in the seventh. The Gaels showed resolve and cut the lead to within one in the eighth. SMC then tied the scored in the bottom of the ninth when freshman Anthony Aliotti delivered the big two-out hit to plate Cory Miller from the third.

Michael Nisco and Taylor Stanton combined to pitch two perfect innings of relief. Junior Alex Jensen was tagged with two runs in the eighth inning.

Purdy went nine strong innings for Columbia, allowing two earned runs on 11 hits while throwing well over 100 pitches. Berl tossed seven innings and fanned six with an unearned run on just four hits.

J.P. Musgrove and Joel Staples tallied three hits a piece. Staples added a run and a RBI. Miller batted 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Craig Rodwogin and Jason Banos banged out four of the Lions' seven hits. Rodwogin added a RBI and run scored.

The two teams will sort things out tomorrow in another doubleheader. First pitch of the twin bill will begin at 11 a.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

San Diego - 8
Fresno State - 2

FRESNO, Calif. - The 16th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (12-7) scored seven unanswered runs to claim an 8-2 win over Fresno State University (6-11) Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Beiden Field. With the win, the Toreros have evened the three-game series with the Bulldogs.

For the second consecutive game, the Toreros jumped out to an early lead as they scored one run on two hits in the first inning. Josh Romanski got things going for the Toreros as he led off the inning with a walk. Justin Snyder then brought in Romanski with a RBI single up the middle to give USD a 1-0 advantage.

Fresno State then took the lead in the bottom of the third inning as they scored two runs on a Todd Sandell two-run homer to move the score to 2-1.

USD the scored three runs in the seventh inning to take a 4-2 lead. Snyder got things going with his second home run of the season to give USD their first run of the inning. After Jordan Abruzzo walked, Shane Buschini launched his team-leading fifth home run of the season to complete the three-run inning for the Toreros.

San Diego then continued their offensive explosion in the top of the eighth inning, scoring four more runs. Romanski led off the inning with a single and moved to second when Sean Nicol walked. Snyder drove in the first run of the inning with a run-scoring double to right center field, advancing Nicol to third. Back-to-back-to-back walks by Abruzzo, Buschini and Logan Gelbrich pushed across the next two runs for the Toreros and Mike Metzger's RBI single to center field capped the scoring for the day.

Offensively for the Toreros, both Snyder and Romanski led the way with three hits apiece. Romanski went 3-for-5 with one double and two runs scored. Snyder went 3-for-6 with one double, one home run and two RBI. Buschini went 1-for-3 with one home run and three RBI and Abruzzo went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Matt Couch (3-0) picks up the win for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on six hits, while striking out five in 7.0 innings of work. Tanner Scheppers (0-3) was saddled with the loss for the Bulldogs as he allowed three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work.

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

San Francisco - 3
San Diego State - 1 (11)

Stockton, CA - San Francisco bounced back in the Pacific Tournament to beat San Diego State 3-1 on Saturday morning at Klein Family Field. The win brings USF's record to 8-6 and the Aztecs drop to 10-8.

Senior Daniel Morales (1-0) earned his first collegiate pitching victory, throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, only giving up a hit and striking out one. Morales just began pitching this season for the Dons. Senior right hander Jason Dufloth started the game, earning the no decision in 6.1 innings, allowing only one earned run on five hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Junior right hander Brian Anderson and senior left hander Cole Stipovich each pitched 0.2 shutout innings each.

Both teams put up zeros until the Aztecs plated one in the top of the fifth, but the Dons would answer in the bottom of the sixth. Junior shortstop Tavo Hall was hit by a pitch and scored on scored on an error by Aztec left fielder Cameron Johnson.

USF added two more in the eighth. With the bases loaded and one out, senior catcher Jon Norfolk singled up the middle to score Hall and junior right fielder Luke Sommer, who singled and walked respectively.

Railey had two hits for the Dons to bring his team leading total to 20, and also added his fourth stolen base. Hall, Norfolk, and junior third baseman Brian Chavez singled for USF.

San Diego State's Aaron Brady (1-2) earned the loss in relief, throwing 0.1 innings and allowing two earned runs off four hits and a walk. Bruce Billings started for the Aztecs, going 7.0 innings, allowing the Dons first run (unearned) off one hit and three walks. Billings struck out five Dons.

The Aztecs out hit USF 8-5. First baseman Brian Lucas led the way with two hits. Catcher Frank LoNigro doubled for SDSU.

USF finishes up the Pacific Tournament Sunday, meeting the host Tigers in a 2:00 PM start.

San Jose State - 7
Santa Clara - 5

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team, after dramatically taking a one run lead in the latter stages of Saturday's contest at Stephen Schott Stadium against the San Jose State Spartans, had their hopes for victory dashed with two outs in the ninth inning before eventually dropping a 7-5, 11-inning decision to the Spartans in a Rivalry Series battle.

With the loss, the Broncos fall to 9-10 on the season, and will head to SJSU's Blethen Field tomorrow for a 1 p.m. contest.

Kevin Drever and David Hoffmire each went 3-for-5 Saturday afternoon to lead the Broncos, while Gabe Alcantar and Ryan Conan each had a pair of hits, with Conan driving in two runs.

It was Donato Giovanatto who did much of the damage for the Spartans (10-4) in the contest. Giovanatto, who went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, delivered a critical blow in the top of the ninth, crushing a home run deep to left-center off of SCU closer Jeff Lombard that tied the game at 5-5. The home run was the first earned run that Lombard had given up all season.

The Spartans then loaded the bases off of Lombard before Steve Kalush came on in relief and got Brody Massman to ground out to maintain the tie. SJSU would score once more in the 10th as Kyle Bellows' third hit of the day drove in Chris Balatico, but once more, SCU would limit the damage as with bases loaded and one out, reliever Daniel DeMarco induced a 6-4-3 double play ball from Karson Klauer.

Hoffmire led off the 10th for Santa Clara by dropping a beauty of a bunt down the third-base line and beating it out for a hit. After being sacrificed to second, he then scored on Alcantar's double to right field. But despite having the winning run on second base with one out, the Broncos failed to capitalize, sending the game into the 11th inning.

There, the Spartans threatened once more, and then took advantage of two Bronco miscues to score the deciding runs. With one on and two outs, DeMarco walked two batters to load the bases, and then, with Sean O'Neill on the mound, a passed ball allowed Marcus McKimmy to score from third with the go-ahead run. A few pitches later, Aaron Loewenthal hit a routine grounder to short that was booted by SCU's Brady Fuerst, allowing SJSU's seventh run to cross the plate.

DeMarco, who was responsible for the runners on base at the time, took the loss for the Broncos, his first of the year.

That ended up being all the Spartans would need as a 1-2-3 11th from Santa Clara ended the game. SJSU's Scott Sobczak earned his second win by closing out the 10th and setting SCU down in order in the 11th.

After falling behind 3-1 through five and a half, the Broncos had scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out single to right by Conan, then grabbed the one-run lead on Carl Bacon's RBI double to left-center.

In the seventh, SCU squandered a chance to push the lead to two, as Jon Karcich was thrown out at the plate to end the inning after trying to score from second on David Hoffmire's single to left.

The teams combined to use 11 pitchers Saturday, as each team's starter failed to get past the sixth inning. SCU's Matt Wickswat struck out seven and allowed only two runs but lasted only four and two-thirds innings, while SJSU's Loren Moneypenny gave up seven hits and four runs in five and two-thirds.