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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 9, 2008

Gonzaga - 16
Pacific - 7

Stockton, Calif. - Ryan Wiegand recorded four multiple-base hits to drive in six runs ast the Gonzaga University baseball team posted a 16-7 victory over the University of the Pacific Sunday at Klein Family Field in Stockton, Calif.. The win provided the Zags with a series sweep of the Tigers as Gonzaga had won the first two games of the three-game series.

Wiegand posted a big weekend for the Bulldogs (6-5), as the junior hit at a .467 clip going 7-for-15 with three doubles, a triple and two home runs. Wiegand also led the Zags with 10 runs batted in during the series. In total, the entire Zag roster enjoyed a strong weekend at the plate as seven Bulldogs hit over .300 including Marcus McKimmy who hit .583 for the weekend.

Cory Powell (2-1) earned the victory Sunday as the senior held the Tigers (2-10) to four runs on eight hits over 6.0 innings. CJ McClure and Jake Adkins saw time out of pen for GU, highlighted by two-innings of perfect ball by McClure. Pacific's Cory Kohnke (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits over the opening two frames.

The Bulldogs scored in every inning, except the fifth frame. In the first, GU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on run-scoring hits by McKimmy, Brett Nicholas and Grant Kveder. Gonzaga doubled its run total to six in the second inning with a three-run home run to right field by Wiegand.

In the third, Kveder added another run as the junior doubled down the right field line to scored Mark Castellitto, who had recorded a double to left field. Castellitto would finish the afternoon going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple.

Gonzaga posted two more runs in the fourth to extend its lead to 9-0, as Nicholas recorded his first home run of his collegiate career - a two-run shot that scored McKimmy. McKimmy led GU for runs scored on the afternoon with five.

The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with four runs. Sending 10 batters to the plate, Pacific scored its four runs on six hits, including a two-run double to left center by John Joines.

In the sixth, GU added another run when McKimmy scored on Wiegand's second double of the afternoon. Wiegand drove home two more in the seventh as the Bulldogs scored three runs. The first run of the frame was scored by Jason Chatwood on a one-run single by McKimmy.

Evan Wells drove home the lone run of the eighth inning as the junior drew a bases loaded walk to score Bryan Winston. GU added two more runs in the ninth as pinch hitter Shawn Wayt scored on an error and Brandon Blank was plated on a single by Anthony Synegal.

Pacific added three runs in the bottom of the ninth to narrow the score to 16-7. Joe Oliveira, J.B. Brown and Joines scored runs thanks to a two-run double by Adam Ching and a ground out by Kurt Wiedman.

Gonzaga will return to the field Monday as it opens the 2008 Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic in Fresno, Calif. The Zags will play six games in the next days as they wrap-up a nine-game spring break trip. A.J. Proszek is expected to get the starting nod for GU on Monday as the open the tournament against Indiana University at 10 a.m.

LMU - 13
San Diego - 3

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior A.J. LaMonda recorded a career-high five hits and senior Andy Preston added six RBI to lead LMU (6-7) to a 13-3 victory over No. 17 University of San Diego (7-7) in the final game of the Aztec Invitational on Sunday at Point Loma Nazarene University. The Lions, who finished the tournament 3-1 against four teams that were ranked in the Top-25 in the polls at some point this season, were named the 2008 Aztec Invitational Champions.

The Lions outscored opponents 35-11 over the four games from Thursday to Sunday, falling to No. 20 Oklahoma State 3-2, defeating the defending National Champions and No. 12 Oregon State 13-3, knocking-off San Diego State 7-2 and crushing WCC foe and 17th-ranked USD on Sunday, 13-3. Including the game against No. 9 Long Beach State on Tuesday, this week LMU competed against five teams that were in the Top-25 in the Nation at some point this season, outscoring its opponents by a count of 37-16.

LaMonda, an Orange County, Calif. native, finished the game 5-for-6 with two runs scored, a triple and four RBI. Hitting out of the leadoff spot on Sunday, he became the first Lion to collect five hits in a game since Billy Lockin did so on March 24, 2002 versus San Francisco. LaMonda's triple to leadoff the game was only his second over his four-year career, with the first coming in 2006.

Preston also had an outstanding day at the plate, batting 4-for-6 with a career-high six RBI, four of which came on a grand slam in the six-run ninth inning. Preston becomes the first hitter to collect five or more RBI in a game since Elvis Herrera collected five on April 13, 2007 at Saint Mary's. In addition, the Hutchinson, Kan. native was the first hitter to hit a grand slam since LaMonda did so on May 29, 2005 versus Pepperdine.

Not to be outdone, sophomore Ryan Wheeler contributed a 3-for-4 game at the plate with three runs scored, a hit-by-pitch and two RBI. Wheeler is now 7-for-11 (.636) with seven runs scored and three RBI over his last three games played.

Senior right-hander Nate Keadle got the start for the Lions, tossing the first four and two-thirds innings and allowing one run on three hits and four walks while striking out two batters. Ernie Cho dealt the next inning in relief of Keadle, surrendering one run on one hit and two walks before giving way to the game's eventual winner, Chris Eusebio. The freshman pitched two and a third scoreless and gave up only one hit over the span to improve to 1-1. Freshman Brett Williams tossed the ninth inning for LMU, allowing one run on two hits to seal the lopsided victory.

Centerfielder Kevin Muno paced the Torero offense, finishing 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk and two runs scored. James Meador, Victor Sanchez and Zach Walters collected the three RBI for USD, with Walters recording his first home of the season in the sixth.

Right-hander Kyle Blair pitched five innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks while punching-out 10 batters before being saddled with his third loss of the season. Lefty Luke Roniger added one inning of relief, surrendering two runs on three hits and a walk before Darrin Campbell gave up three runs over the next two innings of play. Steve Winnick finished the game on the hill for the Toreros, allowing the final three LMU runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two batters in an inning of work.

San Diego got on the board first in the game, plating a single run in the bottom of the first inning. Muno led things off with a double before moving to third on a Sean Nicol sacrifice bunt. The Toreros wasted no time plating the run when Sanchez lifted a deep fly ball to right field that proved deep enough to score the first run of the afternoon.

The Lions quickly took a lead they would not relinquish after scoring two runs in the top of the second. Angelo Songco got things going in the frame, taking a free pass to first with a leadoff walk. After an error on Nicol put runners at the corners with no outs, Wheeler singled into centerfield to score the first Lion run and put runners at first and second. Two batters and two outs later, LaMonda came up clutch with his first RBI of the game, singling home Wheeler and the second Lion run.

LMU extended its lead to 3-1 in the fourth after plating a single run on one hit. Wheeler got the ball rolling with a one-out hit-by-pitch before Michael Glomb followed with the same fate. After a Joe Vierra strikeout for the second out in the inning, LaMonda once again contributed a two-out RBI single, this time shooting a base hit back up the box and into centerfield.

The fifth resulted in another Lion run as Preston led off with a single through the right side of the infield. Songco singled two batters later to put runners at first and second with one out in the inning. Following a strikeout for the second out of the frame, a wild pitch pushed Preston and Songco to second and third. This time it was Wheeler who contributed a two-out single, recording a base hit to second base that plated Preston.

The Lions did not let their foot off the accelerator, extending the advantage to 7-1 with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Brett Mendoza led the inning off with a walk before LaMonda collected his fourth hit of the game with a drag bunt up the third base line. Kyle Spraker advanced the runners 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt before Preston collected two of his six RBI with a bases-clearing double down the left field line. Sean Dovel was intentionally walked to setup the force on the ensuing play, but Enos made the decision hurt when he singled two batters later to drive in Preston and cap the scoring run.

USD answered back to score one run in the sixth inning on one swing of the bat. After backstop Logan Gelbrich grounded out for the first out in the frame, Walters connected on his first home run of the season, a shot over the left centerfield wall.

LMU busted the game wide open in the ninth inning, scoring six runs in the frame, highlighted by Preston's grand slam. Wheeler and Glomb connected on back-to-back singles to start the inning before Mendoza walked to load the bases. LaMonda singled off the wall in left centerfield to complete his five-hit day, pushing the first two runs of the frame across for the Lions. Spraker followed with a walk to load the bases and set the stage for Preston's line-drive homer over the right centerfield wall.

The Toreros managed to plate a single run in the bottom half of the ninth, but the tally was too little and far too late. Muno tripled with one out before Meador, who pinch-hit for Nicol, singled home the final run of the game.

The Aztec Invitational All-Tournament Team will be announced after the conclusion of the San Diego State and Oregon State game on Monday. The Lions will return to action on Tuesday when they host the 2007 Big West Conference Champion, UC Riverside, at 3 p.m. at Page Stadium.

Pepperdine - 9
Columbia - 0

MALIBU, Calif. - Four Pepperdine pitchers combined on the Waves first shutout of the season and the #24 Waves completed a four-game sweep of Columbia with a 9-0 win over the Lions on Sunday at Eddy D. Field Stadium

Pepperdine improved to 10-3 with the win while Columbia fell to 0-8. The Waves completed a 5-1 week with the victory.

Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) and Columbia starter Geoff Whitaker each pitched scoreless baseball the first three innings until Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) blasted a two-run home run in the fourth inning, his fourth of the season, to give Pepperdine a 2-0 lead. Thames struck again in the fifth inning, as he laced an opposite field, two-run triple to give the Waves a 4-0 lead, and then scored on Ryan Heroy's (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) RBI single, making it 5-0 in favor of Pepperdine. The Waves tacked on three more runs in the seventh inning on another RBI single from Heroy and a pinch-hit two-run home run for David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC) to extend the lead to 8-0. A Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) sacrifice fly in the eighth increased the lead to 9-0, and Kevin Gelinas (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the win.

Dickmann claimed his first win of the season after pitching six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. Pepperdine relievers Jordan Durrance (Manteca, Calif./Sierra HS), Doug Konoske (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) and Gelinas combined to pitch the last three scoreless frames. Whitaker incurred the loss for the Lions.

"Robert Dickmann comes out and always gives us a chance to win, and that's all you can ask from anybody," Pepperdine Coach Steve Rodriguez said. "He came out and threw strikes and commanded his off-speed pitches very well. Columbia came out and battled us, trying to win four games on a weekend is always tough, but we were able to take advantage of some opportunities. I was very proud of our guys. Offensively, we saw some great things this weekend, so hopefully we can continue it and keep building on that until we get to conference."

Thames led the Waves with two hits and four RBI, d'Arnaud went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, and Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) and Heroy each notched a pair of hits. Two players notched their first career hits in the game, as Paul-Michael Klingsberg (Studio City, Calif./Notre Dame HS) and Bobby Cozine (Highland Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge HS) each notched pinch-hit singles in the eighth inning.

Up next, Pepperdine visits #3 UCLA on Tuesday, Mar. 11 at 6 p.m. in Los Angeles in their first of two midweek games this coming week. Pepperdine will host Western Illinois on Wednesday, Mar. 12 at 2 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 4
UCLA - 2

Los Angeles, CA - Saint Mary's (8-3) got back to their winning ways as sophomore starter Scott Schneider earned his third win in as many starts. Schneider kept No. 3 UCLA (7-4) from the big innings that did the Gaels in, in the first two games of the series. For the day Schneider went six complete innings, scattering six hits, with one earned run, one walk and two strike outs.

Offensively the Gaels busted out the big bits, as senior designated hitter Geoff Byrns hit his third homerun of the year. Two innings later sophomore left fielder Kyle Jensen hit his fourth homerun of the year, giving the Gaels their fourth and final run, making the score 4-2

Saint Mary's didn't just do it with the long ball however, as they jumped out to the early lead in the bottom of the first, on the strength of senior right fielder Kenny Fuglerud's leadoff double. Good situational hitting from the Gaels brought in Fuglerud to take the lead 1-0.

The Bruins could only manage to score two runs against the Gaels and Schneider, scoring one in the second and again in the sixth. UCLA's first run came by way of a throwing error that allowed the Bruin's Justin Uribe to make it safely to first. UCLA's last run came off a single from Cody Decker scoring Casey Haerther.

Sophomore relief pitcher Jimmy Munill came into the game for the Gaels in the seventh inning and was lights out. Munill went the rest of the way for the Gaels going three innings, giving up no hits, one walk, while striking out three, to earn his first save of the season.

The Gaels will stay on the road, as they head to Peccole Park in Reno, Nevada to take on the Wolfpack of Nevada with the first pitch at 2 PM.

San Francisco - 11
UNLV - 8

Las Vegas, NV - San Francisco earned its first series win of the 2008 season with an 11-8 victory over UNLV at Earl E Wilson Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Dons (6-7) were trailing the Rebels (6-7) 8-5 before exploding for six runs in the top of the ninth to secure the victory.

UNLV took an early 1-0 lead in the second, before the Dons scored four in the fourth. On a two out rally, senior designated hitter Matt Lieb and sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin singled and advanced an extra base on a wild pitch. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel walked and senior pinch hitter Kyle Morgan blasted his first career grand slam as a Don. The lead would be short lived as UNLV scored one in the bottom of the frame and two in the fifth to make it 4-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Rebels put up four more to take a convincing 8-4 lead, but the Dons weren't done as they plated one in the eighth and then earned the come from behind victory with six runs in the ninth. Senior second baseman Joey Railey singled to start the inning, and an out later, freshman right fielder Connor Bernatz singled, pushing Railey to third. Senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky batted Railey in with a single to left. Lieb singled home Bernatz before junior Drew Johnson pinch ran for Bialosky. Lipkin then reached on a costly fielding error by Rebels' right fielder Jesse Wright, which plated Johnson and moved Lieb and Lipkin up a base. Lieb scored on Ethel's sacrifice fly before Morgan was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second. Senior shortstop Tavo Hall loaded the bases with a bunt single, and Railey singled up the middle scoring both Lipkin and Morgan.

Freshman left-hander Garrett Luippold (1-0), who pitched the final 2.1 innings, earned the victory, his first as a Don. In his relief outing, Luippold allowed just one unearned run off one hit, and struck out one rebel. Senior right-hander Brian Anderson started for USF, allowing seven runs (all earned) off 11 hits and one walk in 6.2 innings.

USF managed 15 hits on the night, with Railey and Hall each singling three times. Railey also scored a run and batted in two. Bialosky, Lieb, and Lipkin each had two hits on the day. Bernatz, Morgan, and junior Dane Braunecker each had one. Morgan led the way in the RBI department, with a season high five.

Junior right-hander Marc Baca (0-1) took the loss for UNLV, throwing 1.0 relief innings and allowing six runs (two earned) off six hits, a walk, and struck out one Don. Junior Steve Rinaudo started for the Rebels, allowing four earned runs off eight hits, three walks and added five strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Junior first baseman Xavier Scruggs led the Rebels at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and a homerun, two runs scored and two RBI.

USF returns to action on Tuesday, meeting Bay Area rival Cal in a non-conference match up. First pitch at Levine-Fricke Field is set for 2:00 PM.

Oregon State - 12
Santa Clara - 10

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Despite an impressive nine-run third inning, the Santa Clara baseball team fell in a tight battle against No. 12 Oregon State Sunday afternoon at the 2008 Aztec Invitational on the campus of San Diego State. With the setback, the Broncos dropped to 9-3 on the season, while the Beavers evened out at 5-5.

Patrick Glenn went 2-for-3 for the Broncos with two RBIs and two runs. Matt Long also registered two runs and two RBIs for Santa Clara.

The Broncos were first to get on the scoreboard as Long scored on a wild pitch. The Beavers then tied the score in the second inning with a Chris Hopkins single to center field that brought home Braden Wells. Oregon State claimed a one-run edge, 2-1, in the top of the third as Drew George scored on single from Ryan Ortiz.

Santa Clara went on a scoring rampage in the third inning, registering nine runs to retake the lead. In an inning that started off with a walk and a bunt attempt to simply advance the runner, the Broncos saw nine runs on four hits with two players hit by a pitch.

Long started things off with a triple to center field and scoring Brady Fuerst and Glenn. The hit was Santa Clara's first triple of the season. SCU led 3-2.

Evan LeBlanc reached on a Beavers' throwing error and advanced to second as Long scored for the Broncos. Ryan Conan then dished out a sacrifice fly to right field bringing home LeBlanc. Two runners, Gabe Alcantar and Tommy Medica, were put on base for the Broncos after being hit by a pitch, and then were brought home on a Jon Karcich single up the middle.

SCU continued its scoring frenzy with a Glenn triple to right center that allowed both Karcich and Geoff Klein to score. Klein was dealt a walk two at bats prior. The Broncos finished their outburst with a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Long that brought Glenn home. Santa Clara led 10-2.

However, the Broncos lead was short-lived as the Beavers tacked on six runs in the top of the fourth to make it a two-run ballgame. Oregon State also added a run in the fifth inning. Daniel Robertson scored first in the eighth inning to tie the score for the Beavers, 10-10. Oregon State would score two more runs to win the game, 12-10.

An all-tournament team will be announced upon the conclusion of the San Diego State/Oregon State contest Monday night.

The Broncos return to action on Wednesday, March 12 against the Mustangs of Cal Poly. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. in San Luis Obispo, Calif.