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Pilots Shutout Pacific, 6-0

March 7, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Portland junior Danny Meier went 3-for-5 with two RBI's and five Pilot pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 blanking of the Pacific Boxers on Wednesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. Starter Sean Sargent (1-0) gave up two hits in 5.0 innings to pick up his first win this season.

The Pilots win their third straight game and sixth out of their last seven to improve to 7-4 on the season. Pacific (Ore.) drops to 4-3.

Sargent, a senior, struck out three and didn't walk a batter during the game, which was delayed about 50 minutes by rain.

Senior Justin Ehlers, junior Brian Cox, freshman Tommy Renda and junior Pat Geraghty each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Renda and Geraghty both gave up a hit.

Starter Allen Sugiyama (0-1) picked the loss for Pacific, which also used five pitchers. Sugiyama gave up one run on two hits and two walks in 3.0 innings. Reliever Derek Haner gave up two runs, while reliever Brandon Larson surrendered one.

Meier, a junior, opened the scoring for Portland with an RBI single in the first. After the first two hitters were retired, junior designated hitter Adam Kerr drew a walk. Sophomore first baseman Chase Powell and Meier followed with singles to bring around Kerr.

Portland did more damage with two outs in the fourth. With freshman catcher Rocky Gale on second, junior second baseman Brandon Howard slapped an RBI double down the left field line off of Haner, who relieved Sugiyama to begin the inning. After senior outfielder Justin Pierce walked, junior outfielder Cory Wiltshire smacked a double to deep center field that plated Howard.

Portland added another run in the fifth and two more in the seventh. In the fifth, after Gale doubled down the left field line, freshman shortstop C.J. Cullen drove in a run in improbable fashion. Cullen hit a high pop fly that went straight up, before coming down near the pitchers mound. The ball dropped to the ground in the middle of Larson and three infielders, allowing Gale to score from second. Cullen was thrown out trying to reach second on the play.

In the seventh, Meier drove in a run with a double before scoring a few batters later on an error.

Portland finished with 11 hits and one error. Howard finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run and Gale went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Rodgers recorded six assists and four putouts at third base.

Pacific committed three errors.

The Pilots next travel to Riverside, Calif. for a three-game set against UC Riverside this weekend. The Pilots and Highlanders are slated to play at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.