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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 4, 2007

Gonzaga - 4
Lewis & Clark State - 3

LEWISTON, Idaho - The Gonzaga University baseball team won its sixth straight en route to capturing the 2007 Banana Belt Tournament title Sunday with a 4-3 victory over Lewis-Clark State College at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho.

The win improves Gonzaga to 9-8 for the season, marking the first time this year the Bulldogs record has been over .500. The loss was the first of the season for LCSC, which falls to 12-1 overall.

Clayton Mortensen (2-2) pitched the complete game in the win, allowing three runs on four hits in 9.0 innings. Taking the loss for the Warriors was Jared Joaquin (1-1), who allowed one run on one hit in one inning of work.

The Zags jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning. Mike Terry got scoring started with a two-run double to center field that scored Mark Castellitto and Ryan Wiegand. The third run of the frame was scored when Bryan Winston scored on an infield ground out by Michael Rhodes.

The Warriors knotted the game 3-3 in the bottom sixth with a three-run double by Jessie Mier.

Gonzaga scored the game winning run in the eighth frame when Wiegand hit a sacrifice fly that scored Evan Wells, who had walked to lead off the inning.

The Zags will hit the road again this upcoming Thursday when they start a road trip to Utah. Gonzaga will face Brigham Young University in a three-game series starting Thursday before visiting the University of Utah in a two-game set.

Loyola Marymount - 5
Cal Poly - 4

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A two-out, two-run, bases-loaded single off the bat of freshman Marty Mullins gave LMU (7-11-1) baseball the runs it needed in the top of the ninth to secure the series sweep over Cal Poly (10-10) with a 5-4 comeback win at Baggett Stadium. The win marked the Lions' second series sweep of the season.

Andy Beal earned his third save in as many games after tossing the ninth for the Lions.

Cal Poly's Evan Reed came to the mound in the top of the ninth, and the Lions got the best of him for the third straight game. With one out, back-to-back singles by Angelo Songco and Sean Dovel gave the Lions a pair of runners. Justin Bunkis was then hit by a pitch to load the bases to set up Mullins' heroics. Mullins' two-run hit was a shot to center that brought in pinch runners LaMell and Mendoza to make it 5-4.

Scoring a single run in each of the first three innings, the Lions had taken an early 3-0 lead. In the first, it was DeAndre Miller with a leadoff single. He later scored on a single by Sean Dovel.

With two outs in the second inning, Miller reached first on an error by second baseman Pat Pezet. He scored his second run of the game on a single by Eric Farris.

The Lions made CP starter Thomas Eager pay for a leadoff walk to Dovel in the third when Will Dugoni singled to plate the Lions' third run of the game.

Cal Poly pushed one across in the bottom of the third when Pezet singled to score Adam Melker, who had reached on a walk.

The bottom of the fifth was a big frame for the Mustangs, who scored three on a walk, three singles, and a two-base error to take a 4-3 lead.

LMU starter Brian Wilson worked 6.1, allowing three earned runs on six hits before giving way to Nate Keadle, Lee Roberts, and Beal. It was Roberts (1-0) who earned the win after throwing the eighth inning.

Reed fell to 1-1 after allowing the go-ahead runs in the ninth.

In addition to Mullins' game-winner, Dovel was the bright spot for the Lions' offensively, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Miller and Wilson added two hits each.

The Lions return to Los Angeles for their one home game before seven straight road contests. It will be Cal State Northridge and LMU Tuesday for a 2:00 p.m. game at Page Stadium. Fans can catch the action on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 5
North Carolina State - 2

Greenville, N.C. - Junior shortstop Danny Worth had two hits, including a home run, and scored twice, while freshman Trent Diedrich singled home the winning run in the eighth inning to lead No. 12 Pepperdine to a 5-2 victory over No. 24 North Carolina State on Sunday during the final day of the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina.

The win improved the Waves to 13-4 on the season and marked their 12th victory in the last 14 games. North Carolina State slipped to 10-3.

Pepperdine once again received outstanding pitching as sophomore right hander Brett Hunter started for the Waves and worked 6.0 innings, surrendered four hits and two unearned runs, walked five and struck out five.

Freshman Daniel Farris (2-0) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and junior right hander Jason Dominguez struck out three in 1.1 innings to record his fifth save in five opportunities this season.

Pepperdine pitching has now worked 19 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run while lowering its season ERA to 2.39.

Worth gave the Waves a 1-0 lead in third inning with his first home run of the season and Pepperdine went ahead 2-0 in the fifth, scoring an unearned run.

North Carolina State tied the game in the sixth inning as it took advantage of a Pepperdine error to score a pair of unearned runs against Hunter.

The Waves took a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning after Ryan Heroy was hit by a pitch with one out, advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a single up the middle by Diedrich.

Pepperdine added a pair of insurance runs in the top half of the ninth as sophomore Chase d'Arnaud doubled home a run pinch-hitter Matt Aidem drove in d'Arnaud with a single to right field.

The Waves are next in action on Tuesday when they travel to UC Santa Barbara for a 2 p.m. contest.

Portland - 3
UC Davis - 2

DAVIS, Calif. - Portland starting pitcher Ari Ronick silenced the UC Davis bats as the Pilots held off the Aggies 3-2 in the series finale on Sunday at the Dobbins Baseball Complex. Ronick (2-0) held the Aggies to three hits in seven scoreless innings.

Portland took two of three from UC Davis during the weekend and improves to 6-4 on the season. The Aggies drop to 4-9.

Ronick, who has allowed just one run in 16.2 innings this season, lowers his earned run average to 0.54. He had three strikeouts and no walks against the Aggies.

Despite giving up two runs on two hits and two walks in the bottom of the ninth inning, senior Josh Roberts picked up his third save of the season for Portland. UC Davis had the tying run on third base when Roberts induced a game-ending foul out from Grant Hirneise. Junior Chris Siegfried pitched the eighth inning for Portland and didn't allow a hit.

UP junior outfielder Cory Wiltshire went 2-for-4 on the day with a solo home run, his season of the season. Wiltshire opened the scoring with a blast to right field with one out in the top of the first.

The Pilots scored two more in the top of the sixth to take a 3-0 lead. With two on and one out, freshman catcher Rocky Gale brought home junior third baseman Jesse Rodgers from second base with a single to right. After a pitching change, freshman shortstop C.J. Cullen hit Portland's fourth consecutive single and knocked in senior third baseman Jesse Rodgers.

UC Davis made things interesting with a pair of runs in the ninth. After leading off with a walk and advancing to second on a wild pitch, Michael Jacobellis scored on a single from Daniel Descalso. A few batters later with runners on second and third and one out, Jacob Jefferies pulled the Aggies within one with a ground out to second. Pinch runner Ryan Royster advanced to third on the play.

Starter Jeff Reekers (0-2) took the loss for UC Davis. Reekers allowed three runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out two and walked one. Relievers Justin Fitzgerald and Nik Aurora held the Pilots scoreless during the final 3.2 innings.

In the third inning, UC Davis tripled up the Pilots on the bases. After Wiltshire and junior designated hitter Adam Kerr singled to open the inning, sophomore first baseman Chase Powell lined out to short. The Aggies then turned the triple play by getting Wiltshire and Kerr, who had both strayed too far off their respective base.

Portland finished with 11 hits, while UC Davis mustered just five. Both Gale and Cullen finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Rodgers had two hits in three at-bats and scored a run.

Portland next returns home for a game against the Pacific (Ore.) Boxers at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Joe Etzel Field.

Saint Mary's - 12
Columbia - 7

Saint Mary's - 3
Columbia - 0

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team improved its unbeaten streak to 10 with two more victories. The Gaels swept the Columbia Lions in a Sunday doubleheader with 12-7 and 3-0 victories. After the day, the Gaels move to 12-8-1 on the season while the Lions fall to 0-3-1.

Just like yesterday the Gaels exploded for 12 runs this time on 13 hits. Saint Mary's got things going quickly, plating eight runs in the first three frames. The Gaels tacked on one in the sixth and three more in the seven to earn the victory. The Lions did most of their damage in the seventh and ninth where they combined for all seven runs.

Scott Schneider was impressive in the start, allowing just one hit in four innings. Matt McCormick earned the win with two innings of one-hit relief. Andrew Walther was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs in 1.2 innings pitched.

The 12 runs mark the sixth time this season the Gaels have plated a dozen or more. SMC was led by junior Gilbert Urbina and Kyle Jensen. Urbina batted 3-for-4 with two runs and a RBI. Jensen recorded three RBI with a hit.

Nine other Gaels tallied a hit in the contest, including career firsts from Morgan Wynne and Anthony Selden. Wynne drove in two in his first collegiate game.

Andrew Ward did most of the damage for the Lions. Ward drove in three with a 1-for-4 effort. Mike Malfettone scored twice and tallied a hit for Columbia.

Saint Mary's senior Eric Cattoni had a huge day on the base paths. The leadoff man swiped four bags in four attempts, including two in the first inning after getting hit by a Walther pitch. Cattoni also scored three runs and added a RBI.

The front end of the doubleheader proved to be won with the bats but game two was won behind the arm of newcomer Anthony Aliotti. The freshman stymied the Lions in a complete game five-hit shutout. Aliotti fanned 12 with no walks in the seven inning game.

The Gaels once again jumped out to an early lead, plating all three runs in the first two innings. That is all Aliotti would need as he put together his finest pitching performance of his young career.

Cattoni once again set the table when he began the game with a single through the right side. Joel Staples then got to second and advanced Cattoni to third on an error by the third baseman. Michael Nieto and Aliotti both drove in runs on groundballs.

Freshman Ryan Mulligan smacked a double to begin the second and then was brought in after J.P. Musgrove moved him to third on groundout and Gilbert Urbina drove him in on a single through the right side.

Mulligan led all SMC hitters with two hits. Urbina batted 1-for-3 with a RBI while Cattoni, Staples and Musgrove added hits for the Gaels.

Ron Williams paced the Lions with a 2-for-3 effort. Craig Rodwogin, Spencer Silverstein and Jake Summerhays tallied the three other hits for Columbia.

Henry Perkins (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing one unearned run on six hits with four strikeouts in six innings.

Saint Mary's will take a well deserved week off and put its 10-game unbeaten streak on the line when it hosts Southern Utah. First pitch of the four-game set is scheduled for Friday, March 16 at 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

Santa Clara - 15
San Jose State - 3

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Still smarting from a tough 11-inning loss yesterday at home, the Santa Clara baseball team jumped all over the San Jose State Spartans on Sunday afternoon, scoring the first 15 runs of the ballgame to slam the door on any hopes of a comeback in a 15-3 win at Blethen Field.

The victory evens SCU's record at 10-10, as the Broncos prepare for a four-game week starting Tuesday night, March 6. That night the Broncos will host the Stanford Cardinal at Stephen Schott Stadium in a 6 p.m. contest, before heading to Fresno this weekend to play a three-game set against the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Every Santa Clara starter had at least one hit in Sunday's contest, as Gabe Alcantar, Kevin Drever, and Evan LeBlanc each had three hits to lead the team, and Carl Bacon, Jon Karcich, and Juan Parra all had a pair of hits. LeBlanc drove in four runs to pace the squad, while Karcich brought in three, and Alcantar and Ryan Conan each drove in a pair.

The Broncos took advantage of a San Jose State fielding error with two outs in the first inning to stage a six-run rally. After Matt Long scored on the error, the Broncos got four straight RBI singles off the bats of Bacon, LeBlanc, Drever, and Karcich, before David Hoffmire, following Parra's single to load the bases, drew a walk to bring home the inning's sixth run and chase Spartan starter Spencer Snodgrass, who took his first loss of the year.

SCU added another pair of runs in the following frame as Alcantar and Conan drew walks off of Tyler Haggett, the first of six Spartan relievers. Following Bacon's sacrifice bunt, Haggett was relieved by Steven Vidal, who promptly surrendered a two-run single up the middle to LeBlanc. Alcantar's RBI single in the third made it 9-0 Broncos after three.

Santa Clara loaded the bases to start the fifth, and Alcantar drove in his second run of the day with a sacrifice fly to right. Conan then doubled to drive in two more, and later in the inning, LeBlanc and Karcich added doubles of their own which drove in one and two runs, respectively.

SCU starter Nate Garcia cruised through six innings of work Sunday, allowing only three hits and an unearned run in the sixth while striking out a pair of batters. Four SCU relievers combined to hold down the Spartans the rest of the way, securing SCU's 10th win of the year.

San Francisco - 5
Pacific - 5

Stockton, CA - San Francisco's game versus Pacific at Klein Family Stadium has been suspended due to darkness. The Dons and Tigers are holding on to a 5-5 tie after a 12 inning marathon on Sunday afternoon.

Junior right fielder Luke Sommer is one hit shy of a cycle, hitting a single, double, and a triple. Junior second baseman Joey Railey also has three hits, including a double.

The game will be finished when Pacific travels to Benedetti Diamond on May 8, before their previously scheduled game at 3:00 PM. USF has no mid-week game this week and travels to Waco, TX for the Baylor tournament this weekend.

Fresno State - 6
San Diego - 2

FRESNO, Calif. - The 16th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (12-8) dropped a rubber game, 6-2, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game to Fresno State University (7-11) at Beiden Field. With the loss, the Toreros drop the three-game series to the Bulldogs.

The Toreros jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Sean Nicol got things rolling for the Toreros with a single through the left side and moved to second on Justin Snyder's walk. Shane Buschini then drove in Nicol with a RBI single.

Fresno State answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning as they scored two runs on a two-run double to left centerfield to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.

The Toreros then evened the score in the top of the sixth inning as they scored one run on three hits. Jordan Abruzzo led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a Daniel Magness single. After Mike Metzger loaded the bases with a single, Logan Gelbrich delivered an RBI single to move the score to 2-2.

The Bulldogs then went on to score four unanswered runs over the next three innings to put the game at its final of 6-2.

Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol, Buschini, Snyder and Metzger all went 2-for-4 and Logan Gelbrich went 2-for-2 to lead the Toreros offense. Both Buschini and Gelbrich added an RBI.

Ricardo Pecina (3-2) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. Clayton Allison (2-1) was credited with the win for the Bulldogs as he allowed two runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Irvine for a 6 p.m. non-conference game with the UC Irvine Anteaters.