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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 8, 2008

Gonzaga - 11
Pacific - 5

Stockton, Calif. - Five Zags, including Jason Chatwood, recorded multiple hits on the day as the Gonzaga University baseball team recorded a season-high 18 hits en route to an 11-5 victory over the University of the Pacific at Klein Family Field in Stockton, Calif.

Chatwood led the Bulldogs (5-5) on the afternoon, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and one run batted in. His RBI came on his third home run of the season, a solo shot to left in the second inning. Ryan Wiegand also hit the ball well, recording three hits, while driving in four and scoring two. Wiegand fell a double short of hitting for the cycle after recording a single in the first, a triple in seventh and a home run in the ninth. In addition to Chatwood and Wiegand, Byran Winton, Tyson Van Winkle and Grant Kveder recorded multiple hits. Winston recorded two doubles and a single, while Van Winkle and Kveder had two hits a piece.

Gonzaga starter Matt Fields (1-1) earned the win as the junior allowed three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts over 7.0 innings. Andrew Danner and Jeremy Stumetz each saw time out of the pen for the Bulldogs. Pacific (2-9) starter Tyler Waldron (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing 8 runs, seven earned, on 13 hits during 6.1 frames.

GU jumped out to a three run lead in the top of the first, scoring all three runs before an out was recorded. Evan Wells, Chatwood and Van Winkle each scored in the inning as all three reached on singles.

Pacific responded with two runs in the bottom of the opening frame with singles by Joe Oliveira, Adam Ching and Jason Haar.

Chatwood added a tally to the Zags' score in the second with his long ball to bring the score to 4-2.

In the fourth, Michael Rhodes provided the Bulldogs with an addition run after reaching on a fielder's choice, stealing second, advancing to third on a balk and eventually scoring on a groundout by Wells.

Gonzaga rallied for four runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run triple by Wiegand to score Chatwood and Van Winkle. Wiegand could score on a double by Winston before Marcus McKimmy recorded the final inning run on a sacrifice fly by Shawn Wayt.

The Tigers added solo runs in the final three frames of the game. In the seventh, John Joines hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left. In the eighth, Joines drew a bases loaded walk to drive home Nick Longmire. In the ninth, the Tigers' final run cam courtesy of a double down the leftfield line by Longmire.

Wiegand opened a two run ninth inning with his home run to right field, his first of the season. Winston would score the second run of the inning on a single through the left side by Rhodes.

Gonzaga and Pacific will wrap-up the three-game series Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch. Senior Cory Powell is expected to get the start as the Zags look for their first series sweep of the 2008 campaign.

LMU - 7
San Diego State - 2

Game story to come.

Pepperdine - 7
Columbia - 3

Pepperdine - 5
Columbia - 2

MALIBU, Calif. - The #24 Pepperdine baseball team swept its doubleheader over Columbia on Saturday, first posting a 7-3 win in seven innings before recording a 5-2 win at Eddy D. Field Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Pepperdine (9-3) pitchers allowed a combined seven hits over the two contests, and closer Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) notched saves in both games. Columbia fell to 0-7 with the losses.

In the first game, Pepperdine took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a sac fly from Travis Tartamella (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS) and added another run in the third on a Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) RBI single that scored Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy), who tripled to lead off the frame The Lions answered with three runs in the top of the fourth without the benefit of a hit to claim a 3-2 lead. Pepperdine reclaimed the lead in the fifth inning, as Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) blasted a two-run home run to left-center field, his second of the year, to give the Waves a 4-3 lead. Pepperdine added three more runs in the sixth inning on four hits to increase the lead to 7-3, and Gaudi pitched a perfect seventh inning to seal the win.

Waves pitchers allowed only two hits, as starter Jonathan Harmston (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) lasted 3.1 innings and did not allow a hit, Tyler Hess (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle HS) pitcher 1.2 innings while surrendering one hit, and Gaudi pitched two innings and struck out two to claim his fourth save of the season.

Thames led the Waves offensive attack with three RBI and two runs scored, Duron went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) notched a pair of hits. Hess claimed his first collegiate win in relief and Joe Scarlata incurred the loss for the Lions.

In the second game, the Lions jumped ahead early, as they took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Waves' error and increased the lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning on a Mike Roberts solo home run. Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) tied the score with a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his fourth of the season, and Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) gave the Waves a 3-2 lead with a solo home run in the seventh, his first of the season. Thames added his second home run of the day in the eighth inning, a two-run bomb to right field to increase the lead to 5-2, and Gaudi pitched a scoreless ninth to give the Waves the come-from-behind win.

Pepperdine starter Scott Alexander (Windsor, Calif./Cardinal Newman HS) earned the win after pitching seven innings and allowing only three hits and one earned run, while Gaudi nailed down his fifth save of the season. Columbia starter Dan Bracey suffered the loss.

d'Arnaud led the Waves offense, going 2-for-4 with two RBI, Thames went 1-for-2 with two RBI and Brown went 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

The Waves and Lions will play their final game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Portland - 5
San Jose State - 3

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- The Portland Pilots won their fourth straight game at the River City Classic with a 5-3 win over the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday. Senior left-hander David Gruener scattered five hits, struck out six and allowed just two runs to pick up the win.

Gruener (1-1) worked 7.2 innings before giving way to reliever Matthew Lange, who pitched the final inning and a third to pick up his second straight save. Lange struck out two and allowed three hits and a run.

Portland, which went a perfect 4-0 at the tournament, improves to 10-4 on the season, matching its best start since 1985. The Spartans fall to 7-4.

UP's win was keyed by a four-run sixth, which broke open a tie game. With runners on first and second and one out, sophomore SS C.J. Cullen knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI single to center field. Freshman 2B Riley Henricks then knocked in another run with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 in Portland's favor.

Senior OF Cory Wiltshire kept the inning alive with a two-out single that advanced Cullen to third. Reliever Luke Mazzanti, who came in to pitch to begin the inning, then unleashed a wild pitch, allowing Cullen to score. Junior OF Bryant Kraus followed with a run-scoring single to give the Pilots a 5-1 cushion.

Mazzanti (1-1) was saddled with the loss after lasting just two-thirds of an inning.

The Spartans added a run in the seventh and another in the ninth before Lange struck out the game's final batter to pick up the save.

Portland scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning. With two outs and runners on the corners, junior 1B Chase Powell knocked in Wiltshire with a hard-hit single to center field. But San Jose State quickly answered with a run in the bottom of the first.

The Pilots finished with 14 hits on the day. Wiltshire led the way with three hits, while Kraus, Powell, freshman 3B Kevin Armijo and sophomore C Rocky Gale each finished with two.

The Spartans countered with eight hits.

Portland now takes Sunday off before traveling to Fresno, Calif., for the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic. The Pilots will play six games in six days in Fresno, beginning with a tilt against Utah at 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

San Diego - 10
Oregon State - 5

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 11th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (7-6) downed the two-time defending national champion Oregon State University Beavers (4-5) 10-5 Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

San Diego again wasted no time in scoring as for the third consecutive game, the Toreros scored a run in the first inning. The USD run came on a Victor Sanchez run-scoring double.

USD would then tack on one more run in the second inning on a Sean Nicol ground out which scored Zach Walters, who had singled, to push USD's lead to 2-0.

After the Beavers tied things up with one run in each of the third and fourth innings, USD regained the lead with a three-run fifth inning. Kevin Muno got things started with a stand-up double and he moved to third on a stolen base. Josh Romanski then walked and Sanchez drove in Muno as he hit the ball to the shortstop, who hen bobbled the ball, to allow Sanchez to safely reach first on the error. USD then loaded the bases when Logan Gelbrich was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Anthony Strazzara drove in the next runs on a single to give USD a 5-2 lead.

The Beavers then responded with a three-run sixth inning to tie things up again. The OSU runs came on an Erik Ammon RBI single, a Chris Hopkins sacrifice fly and a Joey Wong RBI single.

San Diego then scored five unanswered runs over the next two innings to give USD a 10-5 win.

Offensively for the Toreros, Sanchez led the way as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.

Ricardo Pecina (1-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work. Blake Keitzman (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Beavers as he allowed one run on one hit in 0.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday with a 1 p.m. non-conference game against Loyola Marymount at Point Loma Nazarene.

UCLA - 7
Saint Mary's - 6

Los Angeles, CA - Saint Mary's (7-3) scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but it was not enough as a seventh inning rally from UCLA (7-3) helps the Bruins defeat the Gaels 7-6. Bruins tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh off a single from UCLA's Brandon Crawford, scoring center fielder Justin Uribe. The Bruins capped off the rally by scoring on a one out double from Justin Babineau.

The Gaels got off to a hot start in the bottom of the first, getting a lead off walk from senior center fielder Kenny Fuglerud, followed by a single from sophomore second baseman Randy Wells, a second walk to junior shortstop Joel Staples, to load the bases. All three runners scored off a two out double from sophomore first baseman Anthony Aliotti. So far this season, seven out of the eight RBI's for Aliotti have come with two outs.

That was all the Gaels managed of UCLA starter Gavin Brooks who went four innings, surrendering five hits, three earned runs, five walks and five strike outs. Starting for the Gaels was junior Brian Justice who went five innings, limiting the Bruins to eight hits, three earned runs, three walks, and four strike outs.

Contrary to yesterday's game, the Gaels would not go away, after the Bruins tied up the game in the bottom of the fourth, Fuglerud hit a two run homerun off the Bruins relief pitcher to retake the lead 5-3.

Senior relief pitcher Alex Jensen (0-2) came in and briefly slowed the Bruins in their comeback attempt. Throwing errors and timely hitting from UCLA led a run in the sixth and the big seventh inning.

Saint Mary's made another attempt at the lead in the top of the eight, as freshman outfielder Justin Fazio lead off the inning with a double, sophomore catcher Ryan Mulligan hit a single up the middle to score Fazio to bring the Gaels within one. That is all the Gaels could manage off UCLA relief pitcher Dan Klein (2-2).

The Gaels and Bruins will finish up the three game series tomorrow at 1 PM at Jackie Robinson Stadium. On the mound for the Gaels is sophomore Scott Schneider, for UCLA its sophomore lefty Matt Drummond.

UNLV - 6
San Francisco - 1

Las Vegas, NV - San Francisco could manage only two base knocks as it falls to UNLV 6-1 at Earl E. Wilson Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Dons (5-7) have one more try versus the Rebels (6-6) to earn their first series victory of the season.

UNLV's junior right-hander Corey Hales (2-0) was nearly un-hittable as he earned the complete game win. Hales allowed one unearned run, off two hits and a walk, and struck out six Dons.

Senior LHP Matt Baugh (1-2) took the loss for USF in 5.0 innings of work, allowing five runs (four earned), off eight hits, one walk, and five strikeouts. Freshman righty Jonathan Abramson gave up the final earned run off two hits, two walks, and one strikeout in 3.0 innings of relief.

USF scored their one run in the top of the first. Junior left-fielder Zach Kim reached base on a fielding error by UNLV shortstop Anthony Morel. Kim advanced to second on freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz's single to center, and both runners moved up another base on senior second baseman Joey Railey's sacrifice bunt. Kim then scored on senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's sacrifice fly to center.

Along with Bernatz, freshman pinch hitter Chris Escobar was the only other Don to earn a hit in today's game.

USF meets the Rebels in the rubber match tomorrow at 1:00 PM.

Oklahoma State - 9
Santa Clara - 5

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team lost a hard-fought 9-5 battle to No. 20 Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the campus of San Diego State. The Broncos are now 9-2 on the season.

Geoff Klein went 3-for-4 at bat driving in two runs and scoring one of his own. Ryan Conan was 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI and one run. Righty Justin Kuehn, who came in for five innings to finish out the ballgame, had a spectacular day on the mound striking out a personal best seven batters and allowing only four hits.

The Cowboys jumped to a 9-1 lead after only four innings of play. Oklahoma State scored three runs in their first at bat, as Jordy Mercer homered to left field. His hit brought home Michael Dabbs as well. Hague then doubled down the left field line to get on base and was sent home on a Donnie Webb single through the right side. The Cowboys led 3-0.

The Broncos put their first run on the board in the top of the second inning. Patrick Glenn doubled to left centerfield allowing Klein to score. Klein got on base after a leadoff double. The two team's saw a scoreless inning and a half before Oklahoma State produced a five-run fourth inning.

The first run was scored by Luis Flores, who advanced on a single through the left side by Dylan Brown. With Brown and Dean Green both on base, Dabbs singled through the right side, bringing both runners home. Mercer then grounded out to third base but Tyrone Hambly was able to score on the play. The Cowboys ended the inning with a run by Dabbs on a single up the middle from Webb.

The Broncos rallied in the fifth inning to close the gap. With two outs on the board and Evan LeBlanc on second, an RBI single by Conan gave LeBlanc the opportunity to score. Klein then launched a two run double to right center and brought home Gabe Alcantar and Conan to make the score 9-4. With Klein on second, Jon Karcich sent one towards the leftfield wall to make it a three-run ballgame, but came up slightly short for the third out of the half.

The sixth through eighth innings were quiet for both teams as Kuehn did a tremendous job shutting out the Cowboys for the remainder of the game. In the top of the ninth inning, the Broncos fought hard to tie the score, but were only able to add on one run. Long scored for Santa Clara, advancing on a throwing error from right field, where Medica flied out to.

The Broncos finish action in the 2008 Aztec Invite against the two-time defending National Champion Beavers of Oregon State. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium.