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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 4, 2008

Pepperdine - 10
USC - 5

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine freshman Matt Bywater picked up his second collegiate win in as many starts and the #24 Waves claimed a 10-5 win over USC on Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium

With the win, Pepperdine improved to 6-2 and claimed its fifth consecutive win over USC (5-4). The teams will face off again tomorrow at the Trojans' Dedeaux Field at 6 p.m.

USC took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-out, two-run single, but the Waves responded with a run in their half of the first on Chase d'Arnaud's (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) RBI single to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Waves captured the lead for good in the second inning, as Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) delivered his first career home run, a three-run bomb to right field to put the Waves ahead 4-2. Pepperdine added a run in the fifth after Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) doubled with one out and scored on a sacrifice fly to expand the lead to 5-2, pushed across two more runs in the fifth inning on only one hit to increase the lead to 7-2, and blew the game open in the sixth on a three-run homer from Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep), his first as a Wave, to push the lead to 10-2.

Meanwhile, Bywater kept the Trojans off balance in only his second career start, limiting USC to two runs over seven innings despite allowing eight hits. USC cut into the Pepperdine lead with three runs in the eighth inning to make the score 10-5 and loaded the bases in the ninth inning with one out, sending Pepperdine closer Matt Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) in for a save situation. Gaudi induced a game-ending double-play to the first batter he faced to seal the win for the Waves.

The Waves had four players tally multi-hit games, as Aidem went 2-for-4 with four RBI, Thames went 2-for-5 with three RBI, Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and d'Arnaud notched a pair of hits. The Trojans were led by Robert Lopez, who tallied three hits, and Derek Perren and Anthony Vasquez, who each notched a pair of hits.

Bywater earned the win and improved to 2-0 after fanning six batters in his seven innings of work, and Gaudi recorded his third save of the season. USC starter Ryan Cook incurred the loss.

"Matt Bywater did a great job, he gave up a lot of singles, but he found a way to battle though it and get some ground balls for double plays and key strikeouts when he needed them," Pepperdine Coach Steve Rodriguez said. "Offensively, we did a great job of being patient and taking advantage of everything they gave us."

The teams square off again tomorrow at the Trojans' Dedeaux Field at 6 p.m, with LHP Robert Dickmann scheduled to start for Pepperdine and LHP Anthony Vasquez for USC.

Santa Clara - 6
Fresno State - 5 (10)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In their first extra innings contest of the season, the Santa Clara baseball team rallied from behind to defeated the Fresno State Bulldogs, 6-5, Tuesday night at Schott Stadium. Freshman Thain Simon earned the win for the Broncos, pitching in relief.

With the victory, SCU heads to the San Diego State Tournament with a 7-1 overall record. The Bulldogs dropped to 3-6 on the season. Evan LeBlanc and Ryan Conan led the Broncos offensively as both went 2-for-4. Conan registered two RBIs for Santa Clara, while Tommy Medica has two runs.

The Bulldogs scored early in the game and held onto that advantage until the seventh inning. After singling through the right side as the leadoff hitter of the second inning and advancing his way around the bases, Steve Susdorf score the first run for Fresno State on a single to left field by Steve Detwiler. That single also put Tommy Mendonca into scoring position at third base. A sacrifice fly put two outs on the board, but sent home Mendonca to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 start.

Although the Broncos were unable to score for the next five innings, the Broncos defense worked hard to not allow any more runs. Then in the seventh inning, Fresno State made a pitching change, its second of the game, and Santa Clara responded with a five run performance.

A Conan double to right centerfield allowed both LeBlanc and Medica to score for the Broncos. The score was then tied 2-2. Conan then scored his first run of the night on a Gabe Alcantar double down the left field line. The inning would see one more double as Geoff Klein sent one down the right field line, allowing Alcantar to score. Santa Clara held the lead, 4-2. James Heintz entered the game as a pinch runner for Klein and score as Brady Fuerst singled to left centerfield.

Fresno State responded to the outburst from Santa Clara to make it a one-run game in the top of the eighth inning as the Bulldogs scored two more runs. Mendonca hit a solo home run, while Erik Wetzel singled to right centerfield to allow Trent Soares to score. The Broncos narrowly led, 5-4.

The Broncos were dealt a quick eighth inning and the Bulldogs were able to tie the score in the ninth as Detwiler double to right centerfield to bring home Susdorf.

Going into extra innings, Simon replaced Mark Willinsky on the mound and finished up the pitching duties striking out one batter and allowing no hits or runs. In the leadoff position, Matt Long walked and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from LeBlanc. The Bulldogs then intentionally walked catcher Medica and followed up with Conan getting hit by a pitch. With bases loaded, Alcantar advanced on a fielder's choice as Long was put out at third. Once again, the Broncos were faced with a bases loaded situation. SCU scored the winning run as Bulldogs' pitcher Brandon Burke walked Patrick Glenn and Medica advanced to home.

The Broncos return to action on Thursday, March 6 in the first game of the 2008 San Diego State Tournament. Santa Clara will battled USD in non-conference action with a first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m., and will then face San Diego State, Oklahoma State and defending National Champions Oregon State in the remainder of the weekend.

Long Beach State - 5
LMU - 2

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Senior right-hander Nate Keadle posted a career-high 10 strikeouts in a career-long five innings pitched, and did not allow a hit over the five innings, before LMU allowed four runs in the bottom of the sixth and fell 5-2 to Long Beach State on Tuesday night at Blair Field. Keadle retired nine of the first 12 hitters via strikeout and put down 14 in a row to start the sixth.

The Lion pitching staff allowed only three hits over the course of the game, led by Keadle. The right-hander tossed the first five innings and allowed only one hit before being charged with four runs, four walks and a hit batsman. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native proved to be the tough-luck loser as all three of his runners that he left for the bullpen came around to score in the sixth. Ernie Cho was first out of the pen for the Lions, tossing an inning and surrendering one hit, a walk and recording one strikeout. Russell Lowell tossed the seventh inning for LMU, allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk and striking out two hitters. Freshman Chris Eusebio finished the game on the mound for the Lions, tossing a scoreless eighth and walking one batter.

A.J. LaMonda paced the Lion offense, finishing two-for-four with two doubles. Matt Koch recorded a RBI-single in the seventh inning to end the night batting one-for-three. Sean Dovel, Michael Glomb and Ollie Enos collected the only other hits for the Lions, with Dovel doubling and scoring a run in the second. The hit extended Dovel's hitting streak to six games.

Tyler Topp went toe-to-toe with Keadle, pitching a career-best 5.1 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. Topp struck out five and walked none in his first Division-I start, but did not figure in the decision. Jason Markovitz (1-0), who got two outs in the sixth, picked up his first collegiate win, while Bryan Shaw pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the year.Danny Espinosa, Shane Peterson and Chris Nelson collected one of the Dirtbags' three hits, with all except Espinosa's coming off a bunt with a runner at third base. Peterson added two RBI and a run scored in the game, while also drawing two walks.

LMU got on the board first in the top of the second when Dovel led off with a double. Enos moved him to third with a groundout to second base and Ryan Wheeler followed with the same result to score Dovel and the first Lion run.

Things turned for the worst for the Lions when Keadle walked two to start the sixth inning. Espinosa singled to left, before Peterson followed with a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 1-1. Another bases loaded walk, this time by Cho made it 2-1, before a fielder's choice and a squeeze by Nelson made it 4-1. Another squeeze by Peterson in the seventh made it 5-2 in favor of Long Beach State.

The Lions threatened in the top of the ninth, drawing back-to-back two-out walks, but the rally fell short as Shaw punched out pinch hitter Andrew Irvine to end the game.

The Lions will return to action on Thursday when it participates in the San Diego State Tournament from Thursday through Sunday. The Lions will play a host of ranked teams this week, starting with No. 23 (Baseball America) Oklahoma State on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

Oregon State - 16
Portland - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon State Beavers cruised to a 16-0 win over the Portland Pilots on Tuesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. The Pilots drop their second straight game to a ranked team and are now 6-4 on the season.

Oregon State improves to 4-3.

The Beavers totaled 18 hits and used 21 position players on the day. Oregon State scored in every inning except the first and ninth en route to the win. Joey Wong finished with five hits, including a solo home run. John Wallace, who belted a three-run home in the top of the sixth, and Ryan Ortiz each knocked in three runs.

OSU used four pitchers on the day, with freshman Tanner Robles (1-0) picking up the win.

Portland starter David Gruener (0-1) was saddled with loss. He went 2.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits. Only two of the runs were earned, as the Pilots committed two costly errors during the first few innings and trailed 5-0 after three.

OSU then added two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth, three in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth.

Seniors Eric Brown and Brandon Howard had UP's only two hits on the day.

Portland next heads to Northern California for the River City Classic. The Pilots open play at the classic with a pair of games on Thursday in Davis, Calif. UP first plays Utah Valley at 10:00 a.m. before taking on tournament co-host UC Davis at 2:00 p.m.

UC Irvine - 4
San Diego - 0

IRVINE, Calif. - The 11th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (5-5) dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 13 UC Irvine (8-0) Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Anteater Ballpark.

The Anteaters jumped got on the scoreboard first as in the bottom of the second inning, UCI pushed across one run on two hits. The Irvine run came when Aaron Lowenstein grounded into a bases-loaded double play, which scored Francis Larson, who had singled to lead off the inning.

Irvine then scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-run Ollie Linton single and a Ryan Fisher RBI single to move the score to 4-0.

USD had its best scoring opportunity come in the first inning, as they put runners at the corners with no outs, but couldn't push across a run. Sean Nicol led off the inning with a single down the left field line and he moved to third on a Josh Romanski single to left centerfield. But a fly out and back-to-back strikeouts ended the USD scoring threat in the first inning.

Offensively for the Toreros, Kevin Hansen led the way as he went 2-for-4 as the only USD player to record multiple hits in the day.

Freshman left-hander Sammy Solis (1-1) looked impressive in his first collegiate start for the Toreros, but was saddled with the loss. Solis allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits, while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work. Daniel Bibona (2-0) picked up the win for the Anteaters, as he allowed no runs on four hits, while striking out 12 in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they open play in the Aztec Invitational against Santa Clara University in a non-conference showdown at USD's Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

San Jose State - 8
San Francisco - 6

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco opened its 2008 home schedule with an 8-6 loss to Bay Area rival San Jose State on Tuesday afternoon. The Dons (3-6) haven't lost a home opener since falling to Cal 5-4 on February 4, 2003.

San Jose State (6-2) started the scoring early, plating one in the top of the first, but the Dons answered back in the bottom of the frame on senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's RBI single. The Spartans would take a short lived lead after scoring once in the third, but USF plated two in the fourth to take the 3-2 lead.

Trading zero's for the next two innings, SJSU put up two more to again regain the lead. USF then tied the game at 4-4. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel singled, then scored on senior second baseman Joey Railey's double to center. The Spartans, however would take an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the eighth. Freshman designated hitter Danny Stienstra walked and was sacrificed to second. An out later, freshman left fielder Jason Martin was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Junior second baseman John Shaffer then hit a three-run homerun to left field.

USF mounted small rallies, putting up one in both the eight and ninth innings, but couldn't earn the win.

Dons sophomore right-hander Joe Oropeza (0-1) earned the loss, giving up four earned runs off two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings of relief. Junior LHP Evan Fredrickson started, earning the no decision after allowing just two runs (one earned) off three hits, five walks, and a season high seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings.

USF out hit the Spartans 9-8, with each team leaving an equal 10 runners on base. Railey led the Dons at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Bialosky had two hits, including a double and two RBI. Sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin and pinch hitting junior Drew Johnson both doubled in the contest. Ethel and senior right fielder Kyle Morgan added hits for the Dons.

Freshman righty Luke Mazzanti (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Spartans, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing one earned run off two hits. Sophomore right-hander Spencer Snodgrass started, earning the no decision after allowing three runs (two earned) off four hits, two walks and four strikeouts in 4.0 innings.

USF returns to action tomorrow at UC Davis. First pitch is set for 2:00 PM.