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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 7, 2008

Gonzaga - 8
Pacific - 4

Stockton, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team posted four runs in the final two frames to run away with an 8-4 victory over host University of the Pacific Friday at the Klein Family Field in Stockton, Calif.

The Zags'(4-5) Marcus McKimmy led GU as the senior went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and a pair of runs scored. All of McKimmy's hits were extra base hits as he recorded a home run and two doubles.

Cody Martin (1-0) earned the win for the Bulldogs as the freshman saw 2.1 innings of shutout relief in which he allowed only one hit. Brandon Harmon earned the start, but came up with a no decision, after allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out a season-high six batters. Pacific's (2-8) Cole Akins (0-3) suffered the loss allowing five runs on nine hits over 7.1 frames.

The Tigers posted runs in the opening two frames to take a 2-0 lead into the third inning. Following a lead-ff walk, Joe Oliveira advanced around the bases to score on a ground out by Mike McKeever in the first. In the second, Kurt Wideman led off the frame with a double down the left field line before eventually scoring on a single to right by Nick Longmire.

Gonzaga opened its scoring in the top of the third when Michael Rhodes smashed a triple to right field before scoring on a Pacific fielding error.

The Zags' took a 3-2 lead in the fourth, with two runs on three hits. McKimmy highlighted the inning with a one-out solo home run to left field for his second long ball of the season. Brett Nicholas scored the second run in the inning on a single by Grant Kveder.

Pacific knotted the score 3-3 in the second half of the third as Longmire recorded his second RBI of the evening. Jason Haar led off the inning with a double to right center before rounding home on a triple by Longmire.

Evan Wells gave GU the one run advantage again in the fifth. Wells led off the inning with a single up the middle and scored during the next at-bat. Following a throwing error by the pitcher to advance Wells to second and a wild pitch to advance him to third, the junior scored on a ground out by Jason Chatwood.

The Tigers tied the game again in the seventh on a bases loaded walk to Wideman scored John Joines. UOP threatened to take the lead in the frame, as the Tigers' left the bases loaded to end the inning.

Gonzaga erupted for four runs in the final two frames to seal to 8-4 victory. McKimmy doubled for his second hit of the game in the eight before scoring the lone run of the inning on a double play. In the ninth, the Bulldogs sent eight men to the plate, recording two hits including a two-run double by McKimmy. Wells also recorded an RBI in the frame as he singled to right field to score Rhodes.

The Zags and Tigers will face off in the second game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon. Matt Fields is expected to get the start for the Bulldogs in the 2 p.m. game.

LMU - 13
Oregon State - 3

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - LMU (4-7) collected 20 hits and posted 13 runs to defeat No. 12 Oregon State (4-4) by a score of 13-3 on Friday in game two of the Aztec Invitational played in San Diego, Calif. this weekend.

Ryan Wheeler paced the Lion offense, finishing 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Angelo Songco had a standout day at the plate, batting 3-for-5 with a home run (his first of the season), three runs scored and two RBI. Senior Andy Preston also collected three hits in the game, finishing 3-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Junior Ollie Enos contributed two RBI in the victory, while shortstop Kyle Spraker added two runs scored.

Perhaps overshadowed by the extraordinary run production was a fantastic start from junior right-hander, Mike Kenney. Kenney tossed a career-high seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three batters to improve to 3-0 on the season. Ernie Cho followed with one inning of scoreless work while striking out two batters before left-hander Steve Connolly retired the side in the ninth to finish the game on the hill for the Lions.

Daniel Robertson and Drew George were the only multiple-hit performers for Oregon State, with both finishing 2-for-3 in the game. Robertson added two RBI and a run scored, while George contributed a RBI of his own in the loss.

Mike Stutes got the start and the loss, lasting five innings and allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out six batters. A team of seven relievers combined to pitch the final four innings, with Reed Brown tossing an inning and two-thirds scoreless.

LMU jumped on the defending National Champions in the first inning, plating three runs on five hits. Spraker got the ball rolling with a one-out double before Preston singled home the first run of the game. Two batters later, Songco singled to put runners at the corners with two out. Enos followed with a RBI-single down the left field line before Wheeler followed suit with a RBI-single into right centerfield to score Songco and the third run of the inning.

Oregon State responded back to tie the game at three runs apiece in the fourth. Joey Wong led things off with a double before moving to third base on a wild pitch. After a walk and a stolen base put runners at first and second with no outs, Kenney retired the next two hitters in order to lessen the pressure. The Beavers would not let the right-hander off the hook, as Robertson connected on a two-RBI single and George plated the final run with a double one batter later.

LMU refused to surrender momentum, plating a single run on one swing of the bat in the sixth. Songco swung at the first pitch of his at bat in the frame and blasted it over the wall in right field for a leadoff solo-shot.

The Lions blew the game wide open in the seventh, scoring six runs on six hits and three errors. Back-to-back singles by A.J. LaMonda and Spraker got things going in the inning. A single by Dovel loaded the bases with one out just a few moments later. Back-to-back errors by Beaver third baseman Garrett Nash plated the first two runs of the inning before an error by Jason Ogata allowed the third run to cross on the ensuing play. Matt Koch followed with a bases-loaded walk to collect a RBI and push the fourth run of the frame in for LMU. RBI-singles by Michael Glomb and LaMonda capped the six-run seventh.

LMU added three more runs in the top of the ninth to extend its lead to 13-3. Wheeler collected his fourth hit of the game before pinch-hitter Brett Mendoza singled to put runners at first and second. A walk to Glomb loaded the bases before Justin Bunkis collected a RBI-single to score Wheeler. After a RBI-groundout by T.J. Filicia and a walk to Andrew Irvine, T.J. Bernardy walked to force in the final run of the game.

The Lions will return to action tomorrow at 7 p.m. as they take on the host San Diego State Aztecs at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Right-hander Martin Viramontes is slated to start for the Lions.

Pepperdine - 7
Columbia - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine starter Nathan Newman allowed only one run in a complete game effort and the #24 Waves recorded a 7-1 win over Columbia in the series opener between the two schools on Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine (7-3) led throughout and Newman (Houston, Texas/Grayson CC) picked up his second win of the season, and second in as many starts. In two games as a starter, he is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA. The Lions fell to 0-5 with the loss.

Pepperdine tallied three hits in the first inning and jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) two-out RBI single. In the third inning, Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) led off the inning with a double, stole third base and scored on an error. Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) later scored on Eric Thames' (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) RBI single to make it a 3-0 lead for Pepperdine. The Waves loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth before Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) scored on a groundout. Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) followed with a two-run double to left field to increase Pepperdine's lead to 6-0. In the fifth, Diedrich led off the frame with a double and scored on Donald Brown's (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) sacrifice fly to make it a 7-0 lead, but Columbia answered with their lone run of the game in the top of the sixth on an RBI single. Newman shut out the Lions for the remaining three innings to clinch the 7-1 win and capture his first complete game of the season.

Newman improved to 2-1 with the win while Columbia starter Bill Purdy incurred the loss.

"Nate Newman did a great job today," Pepperdine coach Steve Rodriguez said. "When you have four games on a weekend, it's very taxing on your pitching staff, so for him to throw a complete game was big for us. He did a great job of mixing up his pitches, making them hit the ball on the ground and gave our offense a chance to capitalize on some of their mistakes."

Pepperdine's offense was led by Thames, who went 3-for-4 with one RBI, Diedrich, who went 2-for-4 with one RBI, d'Arnaud, who notched two RBI, and Mendonca and Aidem, who each scored two runs. The Lions received two-hit performances from Nick Cox and Jason Banos.

The Waves and Lions continue their four-game series with a doubleheader beginning tomorrow at 11 a.m. The first game is scheduled for seven innings, and the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Portland - 4
Sacramento State - 2

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- The Pilots scored all four of their runs in the third inning and the Portland pitching did the rest in a 4-2 win over the Sacramento State Hornets at the River City Classic on Friday afternoon. Senior starter Ari Ronick threw five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits to pick up his first win of the season.

Ronick (1-1) struck out six as Portland (9-4) picked up its third straight win at the River City Classic. Tournament co-host Sacramento State drops to 2-6 on the year.

Nick Buchta (0-2) was charged with all four of Portland's runs. He lasted just 2.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits and four walks.

In the fourth, senior OF Cory Wiltshire followed a pair of singles by sophomore SS C.J. Cullen and freshman 2B Riley Henricks with a sacrifice bunt, giving UP runners on second and third with no outs. After junior OF Bryant Kraus walked to load the bases, junior DH Paul Crowder knocked in the game's first run with an RBI single to right field.

With one out and the bases still loaded, junior 1B Chase Powell picked up an RBI with a walk. Reliever Alvaro Orozco then spelled Buchta and promptly walked senior OF Danny Meier, forcing in another run to make it 3-0 in Portland's favor.

Freshman 3B Kevin Armijo then greeted new Sac State pitcher Trevor Paine with a sacrifice fly that scored Crowder. Paine finally ended the inning by getting sophomore C Rocky Gale to fly out to right.

Ronick opened the game by sitting down the Hornets in order during the first two innings. Sacramento State's only two hits off of the southpaw came in the third and fourth innings. The Hornets only runs of the game were courtesy a two-out, two-run homer by Gabe Jacobo off of freshman reliever Owen Jones in the eighth inning.

Junior Matthew Lange retired the Hornets in order in the top of the ninth to pick up his first save as a Pilot. Although the game was played at Sacramento State's home field, Portland was considered the home team.

On the season, Lange has allowed just four hits in 11.2 innings of work, while striking out 11. He is holding opposing hitters to a .105 average and has a miniscule ERA of 0.77.

The Pilots outhit the Hornets 10-5 on Friday.

The Pilots next conclude play the River City classic in against San Jose State on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Sacramento.

San Diego - 7
Oklahoma State - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior All-American pitcher Brian Matusz went eight innings allowing one unearned run, while striking out 12 to help lead the 11th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (6-6) to a 7-2 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State University (8-2) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

USD wasted no time in scoring as they put up one run on one hit in the first inning. Kevin Muno got things started as he reached on an error and he moved to third on Sean Nicol's double to left field. Josh Romanski then drove in Muno with a groundout to the second baseman to give USD a 1-0 lead.

San Diego then added one run in the third on a Victor Sanchez sacrifice fly to right field and added in another run in the fifth on a Nicol RBI single up the middle to move the score to 3-0.

The Toreros then put the game out of reach in the sixth inning as they scored two more runs on three hits. Sanchez led off the frame with a single to left field and he advanced to second on an Anthony Strazzara ground out to the third baseman. Steve Kaupang then drove in Sanchez with a RBI single to second base. Jose Valerio was inserted as a pinch runner for Kaupang, and James Meador then drove in the next two runs with a two-run double to left center to give USD a 5-0 cushion.

The Cowboys spoiled the shutout in the eighth inning as they scored one unearned run on a Jordy Mercer RBI single.

USD would score two more runs in the eighth inning on a fielding error by OSU to round off the scoring for the Toreros.

Offensively for the San Diego, Nicol led the way as he went 2-for-3 with one RBI as the only Torero to record multiple hits on the day.

Matusz (2-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he fell one strikeout shy of tying a personal-best of 13 strikeouts. OSU's Tyler Lyons was saddled with the loss for the Cowboys as he allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they host the defending National Champion Oregon State University Beavers in an 11 a.m. game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 8
UNLV - 7 (13)

Las Vegas, NV - San Francisco earned the 8-7 victory over University of Nevada - Las Vegas, but it took 13 innings and over four and a half hours to do so. In its longest game of the year, USF (5-6) smacked a season high 15 hits and allowed 19 by UNLV (5-6) at Earl L. Wilson Stadium.

Senior shortstop Tavo Hall led the Dons at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Freshman third baseman Connor Bernatz went 3-for-7 with four RBI. Sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin had two hits, including a double, and two runs scored. Senior second baseman Joey Railey also had two hits, with an RBI and a stolen base. Junior Dane Braunecker, senior Mitchell Bialosky, senior Kyle Morgan and senior Matt Lieb (double) also had a hit for the Dons.

Sophomore Alex Kalogrides (2-0) earned the win in relief for USF. Pitching the 12th and 13th innings, Kalogrides did not allow a run off three hits and two strikeouts. Bialosky started the game, throwing 7.0 quality innings, allowing five runs (four earned) off 11 hits, a walk, and struck out four Rebels.

Senior Adam Moser (2-1) took the loss for UNLV in relief, allowing two earned runs, off four hits, and struck out seven Dons in 4.1 innings. Sophomore Matt Hutchison earned the no-decision, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing three earned runs, off five hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. Senior Braden Walker led the Rebels at the plate, going 5-for-7 with an RBI.

UNLV scored a quick run in the bottom of the first, but USF took the lead in the second, plating three. Lipkin started off the inning with a double and advanced to third on Lieb's ground out. Hall singled up the middle, scoring Lipkin. Junior left fielder Zach Kim was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. After a double steal, Bernatz singled both home. The Rebels would regain the lead with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, but USF took a 6-4 advantage in the third.

Sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel walked and stole second. Lipkin then singled to put runners on the corners. Lieb doubled to right, scoring Ethel and moving Lipkin to third. Hall singled to score Lipkin, and two outs later Bernatz singled to score Lieb.

UNLV would put up one in both the seventh and eighth innings to make it 6-6, and both teams scored one in the 11th. USF took the lead in the top of the 13th. Hall singled, advanced to second on Braunecker's sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on a ground out by Bernatz.

USF and UNLV meet for game two of the three game series tomorrow at 2:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 10
San Diego State - 6

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team defeated host San Diego State University, 10-6, in day two action of the Aztec Invitational. With the win, the Broncos improve to 9-1 on the season and ride a four game win streak into the weekend.

Senior Ryan Conan went 4-for-5 against the Aztecs, scoring three runs and one RBI. Designated hitter Geoff Klein produced a stellar game going 3-for-4 with one run and three RBIs.

The two teams battled through two scoreless innings before the Broncos broke free in the top of the third.

Patrick Glenn opened the inning with a single through the left side. Brady Fuerst then reached first and Glenn advanced to third on an Aztec throwing error. LeBlanc came to the plate with a bases loaded situation as Matt Long had walked in the previous at bat. LeBlanc singled to right field allowing Glenn to score and keep the bases loaded.

Tommy Medica hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield bringing home Fuerst. Conan followed with the first double of the game and Long scored in the play. The Broncos led 3-0. Before the half was brought to a close, Klein drove in two runs, LeBlanc and Conan, before getting tagged on his attempted double.

However, Santa Clara's 5-0 lead was short-lived as San Diego State scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth. A Kevin Silvett double brought home Garett Green and Brandon Glover.

The Aztecs held off the Broncos in the top of the fifth inning and then went on to tie the score and take a one run lead. Cory Vaughn had the tying run for SDSU on a single from Erik Castro. The Aztec's then grabbed the one run lead on a single by Silvett.

For the Broncos Daniel DeMarco came in with two outs in the fifth to replace starting pitcher Nate Garcia. Garcia threw 4.2 innings and struck out seven batters.

The Broncos took back control of the ballgame in the top of the sixth inning as they score two runs. Conan scored first to tie the game on a left field double from Jon Karcich. Then, before the putout at second, Klein was able to score to give SCU a 7-6 lead.

Santa Clara then extended its edge to four runs in the top of the eighth. Conan started the inning with a double to right centerfiled and scored on a Klein single through the right side. Karcich followed with a similar shot and then advanced to second in a fielder's choice situation as Kevin Madden got on base. Both Karcich and Madden scored on a Fuerst double to give SCU a final score of 10-6.

DeMarco earned the win for the Broncos, his first of the season, while Jeff Lombard received the save. DeMarco struck out six batters and allowed one hit and no Aztec runs.

The Broncos continue play at the Aztec Invitational on Saturday, March 8 against the Cowboys of Oklahoma State. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the campus of San Diego State.

UCLA - 14
Saint Mary's - 0

Los Angeles, CA - The win streak for Saint Mary's (7-2) ended officially Saturday, the Gaels were off to their second best start since 1977 when they ran into No. 3 ranked UCLA (6-3) and Bruin starter Tim Murphy (2-0), loosing by a score of 14-0.

Murphy threw seven complete innings for the Bruins, giving up just one hit, a double, to sophomore first baseman Anthony Aliotti. The left handed Murphy also set a season high with 11 strike outs, and has gone 19.1 innings without surrendering a run.

Sophomore starting Pitcher Brandon Berl (2-1) went five complete innings, surrendering seven hits, seven runs, six earned, four walks, while striking out five. Berl struggled a little in the first giving up three runs in the inning. The first two came off a single from sophomore designated hitter Casey Haerther.

Freshman Taylor Reid came on for the Gaels in the sixth inning going a full three innings, surrendering seven hits, seven earned runs, walking two and striking out two.

The Gaels had their chances to pick up a few runs here and there. In the fifth Aliotti's double was followed by sophomore Scott Schneider's walk, however the Gaels were unable to advance the men on base. The same thing happened in the eighth after sophomore Ryan Mulligan and senior Kenny Fuglerud drew lead off walks.

The Gaels and Bruins pick up again tomorrow at Jackie Robinson Stadium, with the first pitch at 2 PM. Starting for the Gaels will be junior Brian Justice (2-0) vs. sophomore Gavin Brooks (0-0).