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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 7, 2006

Pepperdine - 6
UCLA - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Senior right hander James Johnson struck out a career-high seven batters in a career-high eight innings of work as No. 23 Pepperdine defeated UCLA 6-1 in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Johnson (1-1) allowed just three hits and retired the final 13 batters he faced in helping the Waves improve to 10-9 on the season. The Bruins fell to 9-10.

The senior right hander's only difficulty came in the fourth inning when UCLA loaded the bases with two outs. However, Johnson retired Sean Smith on a popup to end the inning and did not allow another Bruin to reach base.

In eight innings of work, Johnson allowed three hits, walked one and struck out seven in a 99-pitch performance.

Pepperdine took advantage of control problems by UCLA left-hander Brian Schroeder (2-1) in the third inning as the Waves sent nine batters to the plate and scored four times to take a 4-0 lead.

Schroeder issued back-to-back one-out walks to senior second baseman David Uribes and sophomore shortstop Danny Worth before allowing a run-scoring single to junior designated hitter Chad Tracy.

Junior catcher Justin Tellam walked to load the bases and Worth scored the second run of the inning after sophomore right fielder Donald Brown was hit by a pitch to force home a run and end Schroeder's day.

Jason Novak relieved Schroeder and immediately issued a four-pitch walk to senior first baseman Nick Kliebert that forced home Tracy. Junior center fielder Luke Salas drove in the inning's final run with a sacrifice fly to left field.

The Waves added two more runs in the seventh to take a 6-0 lead following a leadoff double by Worth, who advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Tracy's single through a drawn-in infield. Senior left fielder Brandon Daguio doubled to left field to bring home Tracy with the Waves' sixth run.

UCLA avoided being shutout when pinch-hitter Eric Taylor opened the inning with a home run off Pepperdine left-hander Mike Craig, who was making first pitching appearance of the season. The junior left-hander then retired the next three batters to end the game.

Pepperdine returns to action on Friday when it opens a three-game series against Oklahoma State beginning at 2 p.m. The series continues with 1 p.m. contests on Saturday and Sunday.

San Diego - 8
Washington - 4

SEATTLE, Wash. - The University of San Diego baseball team (9-8) downed the Huskies of the University of Washington (12-5), 8-4, in a non-conference game Tuesday evening at Husky Ballpark

The Toreros did most of their scoring damage in the third inning, scoring five runs on three hits. Justin Snyder got things rolling for the Toreros when he launched his first home run of the season, a two-run blast over the right field fence, scoring Josh Romanski, who had walked. Kevin Hansen then walked and advanced to second on a pass ball. Steve Singleton drove in Hansen on a double to left-center field pushing the lead to three. USD kept things rolling when the Washington second baseman committed an error allowing Singleton to reach third and Keoni Ruth to reach first base. The final two runs of the inning came when Daniel Magness hit a single to the pitcher, then advanced to second base on a throwing error by the pitcher which also scored both Ruth and Singleton giving USD a 5-0 lead.

Washington took back one run in the bottom of the third inning with a Bradley Boyer solo home run to left field.

The Toreros responded in the sixth inning by scoring two runs on one hit. Romanski rocketed a double to right-center to score Ryan Lilly, who reached on an error, and came across the plate when Jordan Abruzzo hit a sacrifice fly to right field giving USD a 7-1 advantage.

The Huskies would equal the Toreros sixth inning output with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, and tacked on one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull within three, but could come no closer as USD scored one run in the ninth inning on a Shane Buschini run-scoring double to right-center to seal the 8-4 win.

Offensively for the Toreros Romanski led the way with his 2-for-3 one RBI performance. Singleton, Buschini and Magness were the three other Toreros to record multiple hits on the day.

Ricardo Pecina (1-1) picks up his first win of the season for the Toreros allowing three runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work. Josh Butler picks up his first save of the season allowing no runs on one hit in two innings of work. Tim Lincecum (3-1) was saddled with the loss for the Huskies allowing seven runs, three earned, on eight hits in five innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Wednesday as they conclude the two-game set with the Huskies in a 2 p.m. non-conference game at Husky Ballpark.

Long Beach State - 9
LMU - 8

Los Angeles, Calif. - LMU came up on the wrong end of a back-and-forth battle with 22nd-ranked Long Beach State Tuesday. The lead switched seven times before the 49ers finished the bottom of the ninth with the 9-8 win.

With a 7-7 tie in the top of the seventh, the 22nd-ranked 49ers (11-7) tallied two runs to take the advantage back for good. LMU (6-12) cut it to a one run game again in the eighth when doubles by freshman Brian Wilson and junior A.J. LaMonda made it 9-8. The Lions tallied a total of seven doubles on the day, just one shy of the LMU-record eight doubles in a single game.

LMU had taken a 2-1 lead in the third when freshman Nik Garcia drew the leadoff walk from LBSU starter Scott Turmail. DeAndre Miller drove in Garcia on a double and later scored himself on a double by sophomore Eric Farris.

Four singles gave the 49ers three runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but the Lions hung with them scoring three in the fifth and two in the bottom of the sixth to tie things at seven.

Sophomore Nathan Keadle made his first career start for the Lions and worked four innings, allowing the first four runs on six hits. With his second career appearance, freshman Mike Kenney suffered the loss after giving up the final two runs in his 0.1 inning.

Wilson and sophomore Greg Nagy combined to hold the 49ers scoreless in the final 2.2 innings.

LBSU reliever Brian Shaw picked up his first decision after working the final 3.1 for the 49ers.

Matt Cline went 3-for-3 with four RBI for Long Beach State.

Farris and Michael Glomb each went 2-for-4 for the Lions. Farris added three RBI, while Glomb tallied two of the Lions' seven doubles.

The Lions now head to Las Cruces, New Mexico, for a three-game series at New Mexico State. Fans can follow all of the action on the Lions' Audio Network at www.LMULions.com.

Oregon State - 3
Portland - 1

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Portland pitching kept the Pilots alive Tuesday afternoon against the 11th-ranked Oregon State Beavers, but OSU pitchers combined for a three-hitter as the Beavers held on for a 3-1 win at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Michael Stutes tossed 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven to lead the Beavers.

Stutes improved to 2-0 on the season, while the Beavers (10-4) earned their sixth consecutive victory. Portland junior Austin Dirkx (1-1) took the loss despite allowing just one run on four hits in four innings of work. It was Dirkx's first start for the Pilots (2-10), as he had worked 10 innings out of the bullpen and not allowed a run entering the day.

The Beavers gained an 8-3 advantage in hits and Portland committed the only error of the game.

OSU scored first in the fourth inning with three consecutive two-out singles off of Dirkx. Mitch Canham singled to right field and advanced to second on Shea McFeeley's single to left center. Geoff Wagner knocked in Canham with another single up the middle before Dirkx struck out Scott Santschi to end the frame.

The Beavers added two more in the sixth with the benefit of no RBI. Consecutive one-out singles by Bill Rowe and Canham put runners at first and second. A wild pitch by Sean Sargent moved Rowe to third, but Sargent then struck out McFeely for the second out. A double steal ensued as Canham took off for second and was safe, while Rowe scored as UP catcher Nik Kosach tried to throw Canham out. A throwing error by third baseman Gustaf Little allowed Canham to score the third run for OSU.

After OSU reliever Jon Koller put the Pilots down in order in the seventh and eighth, the Beavers brought in closer Kevin Gunderson for the ninth with a 3-0 lead.

Junior shortstop Jesse Rodgers drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on senior Matthew Peters' single, only the second hit of the day for UP. Junior Adam Kerr came on with a pinch hit single to load the bases and the shutout was spoiled by an RBI-groundout from Travis Vetters. Gunderson struck out junior pinch hitter Pat Geraghty to end the game.

The Pilots will continue their season-opening, 20-game road swing with a three-game series at Nevada on March 10-12. The Pilots and Wolf Pack meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 10, while Saturday and Sunday are set for 1 p.m. starts.