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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 5, 2008

San Francisco - 7
UC Davis - 6

Davis, CA - San Francisco ended its four game slide as the Dons defeated UC Davis 7-6 in non-conference action at Dobbins Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. USF (4-6) and the Aggies (6-4) each pounded out 12 hits in the contest. 2008 marks the first year UC Davis competes as an official member of Division I baseball.

UC Davis took a 4-0 lead after three before the Dons scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth to make it a one run ballgame. In the fourth, senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky homered to left to lead off the inning. In the fifth, sophomore right fielder Connor Bernatz homered to right with junior left fielder Zach Kim on base.

USF put up two more in the eighth. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel walked, stole second and scored on sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin's single. Junior utility Drew Johnson, who had reached base on an error and advanced to second on Lipkin's single, scored on senior designated hitter Matt Lieb's single to right.

In the top of the ninth, the Dons would make it 7-4 when with the bases loaded, Ethel singled and junior pinch hitter Dane Braunecker hit a sacrifice fly to right field. The Aggies mounted a rally, plating two in the bottom of the frame, but couldn't come all the way back.

Sophomore RHP Alex Kalogrides (1-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two earned runs off two hits, three walks, and striking out one in 2.2 innings. Freshman left-hander Matt Lujan started, earning the no decision after allowing four runs (one earned), off five hits, one walk, and struck out one in 4.0 innings. Freshman right-hander Jonathan Abramson (1.1 innings, four hits, one strike out), freshman righty Sean Burns (0.2 innings, one hit) and freshman LHP Garrett Luippold (0.1 innings, one strike out) all threw scoreless relief. Luippold also earned the first save of his Dons career.

Bernatz ended the day 2-for-4 with a homerun, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Bialosky went 2-for-5 with a homerun, a run scored and an RBI. Lipkin and senior second baseman Joey Railey had two hits on the day, while Ethel, Johnson, Lieb, and sophomore Sam Wiley each added one.

Freshman RHP Tom Briner (0-1) earned the loss in relief for the Aggies, allowing one unearned run off two hits in 0.1 innings of work. Starter, junior righty Bryan Evans earned the no decision after 6.0 solid innings, allowing three runs (two earned) off six hits, three walks, and struck out four Dons.

Junior catcher Jake Jefferies led all Aggies at the plate with four hits, including two doubles, a run scored and four RBI.

USF returns to action this weekend with a three game series at UNLV. First pitch on Friday against the Rebels is set for 6:30 PM.

Saint Mary's - 7
Stanford - 7

Game halted after nine innings due to darkness.

USC - 5
Pepperdine - 1

LOS ANGELES - The #24 Pepperdine baseball team dropped the second game of its two-game midweek series with USC, falling 5-1 to the Trojans at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Pepperdine fell to 6-3 with the loss while USC improved to 6-4.

Pepperdine notched a pair of hits in the first inning but was unable to push any runs across, but the Trojans plated a pair of runs in their half of the inning on an RBI groundout and a solo home run to take a 2-0 lead. The Waves struggled for offense in their next four times at bat, managing four hits but still trailing 2-0. USC increased its lead in the fifth inning on another solo home run and pushed another run across in the sixth on an RBI groundout to increase the margin to 4-0. Pepperdine got on the board in the eighth on an infield single with the bases loaded from Travis Tartamella (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS) to cut the deficit to 4-1, but the Trojans got the run back in their half of the eighth on a sacrifice fly to increase the lead to 5-1. In their last at-bat, Pepperdine was unable to muster a rally in the ninth and the Trojans sealed the win.

Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) incurred the loss after allowing four runs in 5.1 innings of work, while USC's Anthony Vasquez earned the win after pitching a career-high 7.2 innings and allowing only one run.

The Waves offense was led by Tartamella, who went 2-for-4 with one RBI, Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane), who notched a pair of hits and scored the Waves' only run and Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) and Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) , who each registered a pair of hits,

Up next, the Waves open a four-game series at home vs. Columbia on Friday at 2 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.