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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 10, 2006

Gonzaga - 6
Chicago State - 0

LEWISTON, Ida. - Four Gonzaga University pitchers scattered four hits on Friday evening as the Bulldogs (10-7) pitching staff extended its scoreless inning streak to 21 innings with a 6-0 shutout win over Chicago State University (2-6) in Lewiston, Ida. The game was moved to Lewis-Clark State College following late winter weather in Spokane on Wednesday. The two teams will continue their two-game series on Saturday evening at 4 p.m. in Lewiston.

Josh Monroe, Clayton Mortensen, Brandon Harmon and Cory Powell combined to work all nine innings allowing only four CSU hits while striking out 12 Cougar batters with one walk. Mortensen (3-3) was credited with the win with three strong innings on the mound. Shawn Neubauer allowed five of the six Gonzaga runs to suffer the loss and fall to 0-1.

The Bulldogs put the only two runs they would need on the board in the bottom of the second as Darin Holcomb continued his mastery of CSU pitching with a two-run single. During last weekend's 22-4 win over Chicago State, Holcomb drove home a school record 10 runs with two grand slams and a solo home run. The sophomore third baseman would finish with two hits and two RBI.

Gonzaga added three more runs in the third on a Bobby Carlson RBI single, balk and sacrifice fly by Dustin Colclough. The final GU run came in the 8th on an Aaron McGuinness RBI double. Carlson also had two hits for Gonzaga. Alex Hall was top CSU hitter with two hits.

Following Saturday's game against Chicago State, the Bulldogs will travel to the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, Calif., with six games in six days starting on Monday afternoon with a 4 p.m. game against Miami University of Ohio.

LMU - 9
New Mexico State - 5

Las Cruces, New Mexico - A balanced scoring attack, highlighted by a four-run first inning, gave the Lions a lead they would never relinquish in game one of the three-game series at New Mexico State. The Lions (7-12) out-hit the Aggies (10-10) 13-8 to take the 1-0 lead in the series with the 9-5 win Friday night in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The Lions doubled their season home run total Friday to four, as A.J. LaMonda and Sean Dovel picked up their first homers of the season. Dovel went on to finish 3-for-4 with two RBI, with two of those three hits being for extra bases. LaMonda and Eric Farris also added 2-for-4, two RBI efforts.

LMU took a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first, once again started by a leadoff batter drawing a walk. DeAndre Miller drew the walk from NMSU starter Jason Conner and advanced on a double by designated hitter Brian Wilson. Eric Farris' groundout plated Miller, just before senior Chris Pettit drew the second walk of the inning. Wilson was able to cross the plate on an errant throw by catcher Brandon Lance. Then with two outs, A.J. LaMonda homered over the right field wall to score Pettit for the 4-0 LMU lead.

The Lions never looked back, scoring single runs in the third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to preserve their lead.

NMSU scored in four innings, including two in the fourth on a home run by Jason Long. Long finished with two in the game.

LMU starter Brad Meyers improved to 2-2 after throwing seven innings and equaling his career-high six strikeouts.

Reliever Roberto Torres followed, throwing the final two innings and striking out four.

NMSU's Conner fell to 1-1 after allowing seven runs in six innings of work.

Eight different Lions tallied hits Friday.

The Lions and Aggies return for game two of the three-game series Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. PST, with LMU's Andy Beal facing NMSU's Brian Gausman. Fans can follow all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 4
Oklahoma State - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Senior left-hander Paul Coleman allowed three hits over 8.1 innings and recorded his 200th career strikeout as No. 23 Pepperdine defeated visiting Oklahoma State 4-1 Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

In his longest outing of the season, Coleman (3-1) walked three and struck out six in helping the Waves (11-9) to their season-high third straight win. Coleman, who increased his career strikeout total to 203, limited an Oklahoma State (9-3) offense that came into the game averaging 14.5 hits and 10.7 runs a game, to three singles, including two of the bunt variety.

The Cowboys only run came in the third inning when they scored without the benefit of a hit. A leadoff walk, sacrifice, fielder's choice and sacrifice fly produced Oklahoma State's only run.

Coleman went on to retire 10 of the next 11 batters before surrendering a bunt hit with one out in the seventh inning. He allowed another bunt single to Shelby Ford with one out in the ninth inning. The only other hit off Coleman was a single up the middle by Adam Carr with one out in the fifth.

Pepperdine erased a 1-0 deficit in the fourth inning when Luke Salas singled up the middle to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by sophomore right fielder Donald Brown.

The Waves scored twice off Oklahoma State starter Oliver Odle (2-2) in the sixth inning. Junior catcher Chad Tracy opened the inning with single to center field, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored the go-ahead run on a single up the middle by sophomore shortstop Danny Worth.

Senior third baseman Nick Kliebert, who walked ahead of Worth's base hit, scored on a single to right field by junior designated hitter Michael Beattie.

Pepperdine's final run came in the eighth inning on back-to-back doubles by Worth and junior first baseman Justin Tellam.

The Waves and Cowboys continue their weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.

Saint Mary's - 10
Northern Illinois - 2

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team needed only four innings to put 10 runs on the board to run away from the Northern Illinois Huskies 10-2 Friday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Senior Joel Fountain earned his third consecutive victory while the Gaels improve to 10-7 on the year.

The wet and near freezing temperatures didn't slow down the Saint Mary's bats as the Gaels banged out 15 hits and scored 10 runs.

SMC began its scoring barrage with a four-run first. Junior Eric Cattoni set the pace with a double to center field. Senior Sam Carter then singled in the hole on the left side to bring in Cattoni. After senior Preston Young reached on an error, Delaney Gallagher smashed a double down the left field line that brought in Carter.

Freshman Joel Staples then drove in Young on a groundout to the second baseman. Senior Mike Harris rounded out the inning with a RBI single to center field.

NIU answered back in the second with two. Jeff Thomas led off the top half with a double down the right field line. Tim Ryan brought in Jesse Seykora on a groundout to short. Seykora led off the inning with a walk. Matt Behren then doubled to right-center to bring in Thomas.

The Gaels then added three more in the bottom half, giving Fountain all the room he would need. Cattoni again began the rally with his second double in as many at-bats. Senior Orben Frederick then followed suit with a double of his own to bring in Cattoni. Carter then brought in Frederick on an RBI single to right. Gallagher capped off the inning with an RBI groundout to second.

In the fourth, SMC would tack on three more. Frederick and Carter each started the inning with singles. Young then belted his fourth home run on the year clearing the bases on the three-run shot over the right-center field wall.

Carter (3-for-4) and Gallagher (3-for-5) each led the Gaels with three hits. Carter drove in two and scored three runs while Gallagher also drove in two and scored once. Young led all SMC hitters with three RBIs while Cattoni (2-for-5), Frederick (2-for-4) and Harris (2-for-4) each tallied multi-hit games for the Gaels.

Fountain piggy-backed his complete game one-hitter with a two-run, six strikeout performance in seven innings. The senior scattered seven hits and walked one.

Saint Mary's has now won four straight games and five straight at Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels now boast a 9-2 mark at home. SMC will return to the field tomorrow for game two of the three game series against NIU. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

San Diego - 3
San Diego State - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Freshman Brian Matusz threw eight innings allowing only one run to lead the University of San Diego baseball team to a 3-1 non-conference win Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

With the win the Toreros move to 10-8 overall, have now won three consecutive games and move to 4-1 at Cunningham Stadium. With the loss the Aztecs fall to 6-13 overall.

Matusz (2-1) allowed one run on three hits while striking out 10, his second highest strikeout total of the season, in eight complete innings of work. Matt Couch picked up his first save of the season allowing no runs on no hits in one inning of work.

The Toreros jumped out to the early lead in the first inning when Jordan Abruzzo grounded out to the shortstop, scoring Kevin Hansen, who had singled.

USD tacked on their final two runs in the third inning. Freshman Josh Romanski led off with a high chopper that bounced over the head of the pitcher, allowing Romanski to beat the throw out to first. After Justin Snyder moved Romanski to second on a single, each base runner advanced one base on a wild pitch. Hansen then hit a two-run double to left field giving USD all the runs they would need moving the score to 3-0.

SDSU spoiled the shutout for the Toreros in the eighth inning on a Nick Romero sacrifice fly to right field.

Hansen led the USD offense going 3-for-4 with two RBI and one double.

Justin Masterson (2-3) was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs allowing three runs on eight hits in 8.0 innings of work.

The Toreros and Aztecs will return to action on Saturday evening at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the campus of San Diego State in a 6 p.m. non-conference game.

San Francisco - 8
Georgetown - 3

San Francisco, CA - Good pitching and timely hitting led the Dons to an 8-3 win over Georgetown in non-conference baseball action on a cold and wet Friday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond. The rain fell mid-game, but the Dons (6-11) didn't notice as they pushed the Hoyas (6-9) West Coast losing streak to six games.

USF broke a scoreless tie by plating five runs in the bottom of the second. Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell led off the inning with a solo homerun over the scoreboard in right field. Junior catcher Jon Norfolk then singled and later scored after junior DH Daniel Morales singled and red-shirt freshman Zach Kim reached base on a throwing error by the Hoyas third baseman, sophomore Matthew Bouchard. After junior outfielder Lucas DeLong reached on a fielder's choice, sophomore first-baseman Mitchell Bialosky hit his first homerun of the year, a three-run blast over the 40-foot left-field fence.

In the fifth, the Dons added three insurance runs. Gartrell walked and Norfolk singled. Morales then singled to left, scoring Gartrell. Kim added a single, scoring Norfolk. One out later Bialosky singled to center, scoring Morales.

Bialosky ended the game 2-for-4 with four RBI. Norfolk and Morales also had two hits for the Dons, and Gartrell, Kim and DeLong each added a single a piece.

Junior right-hander Ryan Muller started on the mound for the Dons, only going 3.1 innings, but was on a pitch count. He gave up only two runs (one earned), on six hits and had four strikeouts. Junior Jason Dufloth finished the game, throwing 5.2 innings and earning his first win. The right-hander didn't give up a run and only allowed three hits with five strikeouts.

Georgetown had a mini rally in the fourth, scoring two runs off three hits and a fielding error. They added their final run in the seventh.

All of USF's runs came off of Hoyas starting pitcher, sophomore Michael Gaggioli. The left-hander gave up five runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out four.

USF returns to action Saturday, March 11 for game two of the three-game series with the Hoyas. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.

Nevada - 9
Portland - 2

RENO, Nev. - The Portland Pilots rallied to tie Nevada 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning, but the Wolf Pack responded with two runs in the bottom half and five more in the eighth inning to win 9-2 at Peccole Park on Friday afternoon. The loss drops the Pilots to 2-11 this season. Nevada improves to 5-11.

Portland starter Ari Ronick pitched a productive 5.1 innings, holding Nevada to two runs on seven hits, while striking out five. Both runs came on Nevada solo home runs in the second and fourth innings.

Down 2-0 in the top of the sixth, Portland loaded the bases with no outs when Matthew Peters reached on a fielder's choice after a Nik Kosach single and a Jesse Rodgers double. Cory Wiltshire drew a walk to pick up the RBI and pull the Pilots within a run. Nevada starter Tim Schoeninger then retired the next three batters on two strike outs and a fly out to end the threat.

Owen Brolsma relieved Schoeninger in the top of the seventh and promptly gave up a run. Freshman Sean Nicol continued his hot start to the season at the plate with a one-out double down the right field line. After Nicol advanced to third on an error, Nik Kosach drove him home with a double to left that tied the game at 2-2.

Nevada responded with a pair of runs off Portland reliever Josh Roberts (1-2) in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and a runner on second, Shawn Scobee homered to right center field to give the lead back to the Pack.

In the bottom of the eighth, Nevada picked up a run on reliever Danny Meier before loading the bases with one out. Justin Ehlers replaced Meier on the hill and gave up a grand slam to Scobee making it a 9-2 Nevada lead. Scobee went 4 for 5 on the day with seven RBI's and three runs.

Wolf Pack reliever Wesley Dorsett didn't allow a hit and struck out three 2.2 innings to pick up the win.

Nicol went 3 for 5 with two doubles and a run for the Pilots. Kosach finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run as Portland totaled seven hits. Nevada had 12 hits.

Portland plays the Wolf Pack in the second game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m., before wrapping up the three-game set with a game on Sunday.

Washington - 14
Santa Clara - 10

SEATTLE, Wash. - In a slobber-knocker which saw the two teams combine for 24 runs and 29 hits, the Santa Clara baseball team's comeback bid fell just short as they dropped a 14-10 slugfest to the Washington Huskies Friday evening at Husky Ballpark.

The game also featured a mid-game delay of an hour and 31 minutes due to rain, lightning and ice pellets following the fourth inning.

The Broncos (10-8), after hitting only three home runs in their previous 17 games, got four Friday as Eric Newton smacked a pair of dingers while Dustin Realini and Gabriel Alcantar each added a homer. Newton's two long balls were part of a 3-for-5 effort in which he also drove in four runs. Alcantar drove in three and center fielder Matt Long had a fine day at the plate going 2-for-5 with his second triple of the year and two RBIs.

The teams will square off again tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. in the second game of the series. Bronco fans can follow the action with Gametracker on santaclarabroncos.com.

After escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the first, the Huskies (13-5) came out swinging their first time up, sending all nine batters to the plate and tallying three runs on the strength of a Bradley Boyer double and a Brett Kaluza RBI single to start the frame.

Santa Clara answered right away as Long's one-out triple plated Carl Bacon and Brady Fuerst to bring the deficit to 3-2. Alcantar's RBI groundout to second knotted the game up a batter later.

But Boyer and Kaluza started the Husky second off with a pair of hits again, and Matt Stevens' two-out single later in the inning was a big blow which helped UW put up five runs to put the Broncos in a quick hole.

Three more Husky runs in the fourth preceded the aforementioned delay, but when things got started up again 91 minutes later, the Bronco bats came alive. Three batters after Ryan Conan reached on an error to start the sixth, Alcantar whacked his first home run as a Bronco to help trim the deficit and an inning later, Newton's first homer of the game brought things to 11-8 after six-and-a-half.

But the Huskies put things away with a three-run eighth, benefiting from three walks, one of which forced in a run. Jake Rife's pinch-single following the run-scoring walk drove in two more, and although Newton again delivered a two-run homer in the ninth, Washington held on to take the first game of the series.