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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 10, 2007

Tulane - 7
LMU - 3

METAIRIE, La. - The Lions used two-out rallies throughout the game to top 28th-ranked Tulane (12-5) 7-3 in Saturday's game two at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La. Nine of LMU's 12 hits and all seven runs came with two outs on the scoreboard, as the Lions (9-12-1) set up a rubber match for Sunday's 11:00 a.m. PST game.

LMU never trailed Saturday, taking a 1-0 lead in the first and scoring multiple runs in the third and sixth innings.

The Lions also got a strong start from senior Daniel Macias, who held 28th-ranked Tulane scoreless until the fourth, extending the left-hander's scoreless streak to 11.2 innings.

LMU took a 1-0 lead in its first at bat. With two outs, Angelo Songco singled down the right field line to give the Lions their first base runner. Sean Dovel was hit by a pitch, and Brian Wilson made Tulane starter Brandon Gomes pay by doubling off the wall in right to drive in Songco.

Dovel brought in another two runs in the third on his fourth home run of the season. The shot, over the wall in left field, scored Songco, who had put up his second two-out hit of the game.

Again with two outs in the fourth, Eric Farris launched his second hit of the game down the right field line. His double scored Michael Glomb, who had drawn a leadoff walk from Gomes, to make it a 4-0 lead for LMU.

Farris' shot chased Gomes from the game early, as the Green Wave right-hander worked just 3.2 innings, allowing four LMU runs on six hits. His three walks did not help his cause, and he suffered the loss to fall to 1-2.

The Green Wave cut the LMU lead in half in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a pair of runs on four singles to make it 4-2.

The Tulane runs ended Macias' scoreless streak, as the left-hander worked 11.2 straight innings without allowing a run dating back to last weekend's eight-inning shutout of Cal Poly.

But the Lions backed up their starting pitcher by adding on three more runs in the top of the sixth to take a 7-2 lead. Following the game plan for the day, the rally once again came with two outs. T.J. Bernardy reached first on a ball that should have ended the inning, but resulted in an error by reliever Drew Zizinia. Once again, the Lions made the Green Wave pay for the mishap by putting up back-to-back singles from Will Dugoni and Eric Farris that brought in Bernardy. With the two additional runners on, DeAndre Miller took the opportunity to send a perfectly placed double into shallow left field to score both Dugoni and Farris from first.

Tulane made it 7-3 with a solo home run off the bat of Aja Barto in the seventh.

But that was as close as the Green Wave would get, as Andy Beal came on to toss the ninth for the Lions. Beal loaded the bases, but struck out the side to end the game.

Macias moved to 2-2 after working 7.1 innings and holding Tulane to three runs. The southpaw struck out four. For the second straight game, the Lion starters have worked without issuing a walk.

"Macias had command of his change, he really did," LMU Head Coach Frank Cruz said. "I think that really helped. He was able to hit his spots and threw his slider to the left-handers. I thought he really pitched well, mixing his pitches, going in and out, and obviously with the change-up. He kind of kept their hitters off balance."

With nine of the 12 LMU hits coming with two outs, it was Farris who finished the day 4-for-5 with two RBI. Songco and Dovel each added two hits.

Barto had the only multiple-hit outing for Tulane, going 3-for-4.

The three-game series wraps up Sunday with an 11:00 a.m. PST start at Zephyr Field. Fans can catch the road action right here at www.LMULions.com on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.

Pepperdine - 7
Oklahoma State - 3

Stillwater, Okla. - Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter allowed two runs in seven innings and was backed by a season-high three home runs as No. 10 Pepperdine defeated No. 16 Oklahoma State 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium to even the series at a game apiece.

The Waves received home runs from junior Donald Brown and sophomores Chase d'Arnaud and Denny Duron to improve to 15-5 on the season. The victory snapped the Cowboys' seven-game winning streak as they fell to 12-4.

One day after surrendering a ninth-inning lead and suffering a tough loss, Pepperdine opened Saturday's game with a three-run first inning and was never threatened.

Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz led off the game with a triple down the right field line and scored on a triple to right center field by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames. Junior right fielder Donald Brown capped the inning with a two-run home run to right field off Oklahoma State starter Oliver Odle (2-2).

After being staked to a 3-0 lead, Hunter (3-1) held the Cowboys hitless through the first 3.1 innings before surrendering a one-out single in the fourth and did not allow a run until the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, Pepperdine was adding to its lead, scoring a run in the third on an RBI single by Thames and building a 5-0 lead on a home run by d'Arnaud in the fourth.

The Waves went up 6-0 in the sixth and Duron accounted for their final run with a ninth-inning home run, the first of his career.

Oklahoma State mounted a rally in the ninth inning as it scored a run and had two runners on with two outs before junior right hander Jason Dominguez came in to record the final out and earn his seventh save of the season.

Thames had two hits and two RBI while d'Arnaud had a pair of hits and scored twice.

The two clubs will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. (PDT).

Portland - 5
UC Riverside - 2

PORTLAND, Ore. - Junior Given Kutz pitched seven solid innings and freshman Rocky Gale drove in a pair of runs as the Portland Pilots defeated the UC Riverside Highlanders 5-2 on Saturday at the Riverside Sports Complex. It's the fifth straight win for Portland, which improves to 9-4 on the season.

Kutz (2-2), who picked up a complete-game win last Saturday at UC Davis, scattered eight hits and allowed just two runs. He struck out four.

Junior Chris Siegfried didn't allow a hit and had two strikeouts with no walks in 2.0 innings of relief to pick up the save.

Trailing 2-0, the Pilots scored three runs in the top of the seventh and two more in the eighth. In the seventh, Portland began the inning with four straight hits, including two doubles. After sophomore first baseman Chase Powell and junior Danny Meier hit two consecutive singles, senior Jesse Rodgers and Gale smacked two straight doubles to make it 3-2 in Portland's favor.

Taylor Bills then relieved Riverside starter Pat Cassa (1-2) and got out of the inning.

The Pilots then touched Bills for two more runs in the eighth. With no outs and a runner on first, Powell drilled a double to center field that plated junior designated hitter Adam Kerr. Meier followed with a double to score freshman Charlie Herche, who pinch ran for Powell.

Portland outhit the Highlanders 9-8. Gale finished 2-for-4 2 with two RBI's, while both Powell and Meier went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Mark Samuelson had two hits and drove in a run for UC Riverside (11-9). Jaime Pedroza drove in the other run for the Highlanders.

Neither team committed an error.

The Pilots go for the series sweep tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Portland topped the Highlanders 8-7 on Friday night.

San Francisco - 7
Winthrop - 2

Waco, TX - USF's offense recorded 12 hits and junior left-hander Aaron Poreda did the rest leading the Dons to a 7-2 victory against Winthrop in game three of the 2007 Quali-T Imprint Baylor Classic Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The Dons (9-7) even their record in the tournament at 1-1 and take on Mississippi State at 10:00 AM (PT) in the finale on Sunday. USF collects the victory in the program's first meeting with the Eagles (11-8), a 2006 NCAA Regional squad.

After a shaky start, Poreda (3-1) was at times untouchable against Winthrop. After issuing his first walk of the season in the first the Eagles plated their first run of the game in the opening frame. Poreda recovered and retired 11 consecutive Eagles hitters beginning in the third inning. The 2007 Brooks Wallace and Roger Clemens Watch List selection collected his 13th career victory and moved into a share of ninth place on the career wins list with Jim Ross (1974-76).

USF's top four hitters did the job, going a combined 8-for-15 with five RBI and six runs. Junior shortstop Tavo Hall went 2-for-5 in the leadoff spot with a pair of runs and a stolen base, while senior outfielder Jonnie Knoble added a 2-for-3 day with a double and a two-run single. Junior infielder Joey Railey went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while junior infielder Mitchell Bialosky turned in a 2-for-3 day with two RBI. Junior infielder Brian Chavez also tallied a pair of base hits and drove in a pair.

San Francisco tied the contest at 1-1 in the second inning. Bialosky picked up a leadoff walk, followed by a double by senior catcher Jonathan Norfolk. Chavez plated Bialosky with an RBI groundout. The Dons then took their first lead of the tournament in the third with a three-run outburst, fueled by an RBI single from Railey and a two-run single by Bialosky.

USF tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Chavez singled followed by a bunt single from Hall. Knoble slapped a two run single to right center staking the Dons to a 6-1 lead. The Eagles scored once in the seventh, but the Dons countered in the eighth as Bialosky singled and advanced to third on consecutive ground outs and scored on a Chavez RBI single.

Junior right-hander Ryan Schwartz (2-1) suffered the loss for Winthrop, allowing six runs off nine hits in 3.2 innings.

San Francisco's bullpen did a nice job allowing just one hit in two innings in relief of Poreda. Junior right-hander Brian Anderson tossed one frame allowing one hit, while junior right-hander Tommy Peale made his much-anticipated Dons debut in the ninth and did not allow a hit.

San Francisco completes tournament play against Mississippi State in the finale for both teams. USF will send senior right-hander Jason Dufloth (3-1) to the mound where he will square off against Bulldogs right-hander Josh Johnson (1-0).

Santa Clara - 4
Fresno State - 1

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State Bulldogs caught a case of the "Matts" Saturday afternoon as Santa Clara's Matt Long and Matt Wickswat played pivotal roles in SCU's 4-1 victory over the Bulldogs in Fresno. Wickswat threw the first complete game of his collegiate career while Long had three hits and drove in a pair of runs.

The win helps the Broncos (12-11) even the three-game series, with the rubber game set for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Wickswat scattered seven hits, struck out five, and didn't allow an earned run on the day, and picked up his team-leading fourth win of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.99.

Long went 3-for-4 with two RBIs on the day, while Carl Bacon had a pair of singles from the designated hitter spot.

The contest was scoreless until the fifth inning, but both pitchers had to escape a jam in the first before settling in. Fresno State's Clayton Allison was faced with a runners on the corners, two-out situation, but got Ryan Conan to fly out to end the threat. Wickswat, in the bottom half of the inning, found himself in a bases-loaded, one-out jam but was helped out of it by his defense, as third baseman Gabe Alcantar forced out the runner on third in the ensuing at-bat before Fresno's Brian Lapin fouled out to end the inning.

Santa Clara then struck in the fifth, as Bacon singled up the middle to lead things off and then went to third on Evan LeBlanc's double. Although Bacon was cut down at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch and Tommy Medica popped out in the next sequence, the Broncos came through with two outs. Jon Karcich and Juan Parra drew walks to keep the inning alive and load the bases, and David Hoffmire followed with a base hit to right that scored LeBlanc. Long then followed with a single to center that plated Karcich and Parra to give SCU a 3-0 lead.

Fresno State got a run back in the sixth thanks to a pair of Bronco miscues. Todd Sandell reached base on Alcantar's error to start the inning, and went to second on Ozzie Lewis' walk two batters later. Sandell went to third on a fly ball by Lapin, and scored on Wickswat's balk to make it 3-1.

Yet Wickswat buckled down and struck out Tom Mendonca to end the inning, and cruised through the seventh and eighth innings. The Broncos then got a run on Ryan Conan's sacrifice fly in the ninth to add some insurance.

The Bulldogs threatened in the ninth, as singles by Lapin and Alan Ahmady put runners on first and second with two outs, but Wickswat got Erik Wetzel to ground into a game-ending fielder's choice.

BYU - 9
Gonzaga - 4

PROVO, Utah - The Gonzaga University baseball team dropped the series finale against Brigham Young University 9-4 Saturday afternoon at Larry H. Miller Field in Provo Utah. With the victory, the Cougars took the three-game series 2-1.

The Bulldogs fall to 10-10 with the loss, while BYU improves to 10-6 for the season.

Gonzaga was led at the plate by Mark Ellis, who went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and two runs batted in. Also recording multiple hits for Gonzaga was Dustin Colclough and Michael Rhodes, both of which recorded a pair of singles.

Starter Chris Highmark (2-4) took the loss for the Zags, throwing against his former team. Highmark, who transferred to Gonzaga this season from Brigham Young, threw 4.2 innings, allowing six runs, three earned, on eight hits and four walks. Shawn Wayt also saw time on the mound for the Bulldogs, allowing three runs, one earned, on 3.1 innings of work. Jake Wortham (3-2) earned the win for the Cougars, allowing two runs on five hits over 6.0 innings.

BYU jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage after the first inning, after Jonathan Cluff hit a sacrifice fly to score Leon Johnson, who reached base on a double to left field.

Gonzaga posted a run in second inning the knot the score 1-1. Colclough, who singled with one out and advanced to second on a single by Mark Castellitto, scored on a ground out by Aaron McGuinness.

The Cougars added two more runs in the bottom of second as well as one more in the third to take a 4-1 lead.

Ellis hit is first double of the game in the fifth inning to score McGuinness, who singled to center, to narrow the score to 4-2.

Before Gonzaga was able to catch up, BYU scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth and a run in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 7-3.

The Zags scored a run in the seventh, by combining a single up the middle by Colclough and a double to right by Ellis.

Once again, the Cougars answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to cap their game scoring and widen their lead to 9-3.

Gonzaga capped its scoring in the top of the ninth when McGuinness was plated on a sacrifice fly by Evan Wells.

Colclough and Bryan Winston led the Bulldogs in the three-game series, each posting a .500 average. Colclough went 6-for-12 with a double, four runs scored and one run batted it. Winston, who recorded four hits Friday, went 7-for-14 with two doubles, one run scored and two RBI.

The Zags will wrap up a 22-game road swing this week when they travel to the University of Utah for a two-game series starting Monday. Thursday, the Zags will play its first game on Gonzaga's campus in nearly three and a half years when they face off against Rider University in the first game at the new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

Oklahoma - 6
San Diego - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of Oklahoma (13-4) scored six unanswered runs to upset the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (14-9), 6-4, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Petco Park.

For the sixth consecutive game, the Toreros scored one run in the first inning. Sean Nicol got things stared with a walk, then stole second. With two outs, Jordan Abruzzo delivered yet again, as he hit an RBI single to left field to give USD a 1-0 advantage.

San Diego then added to their lead in the top of the second inning. With two outs, Kevin Hansen walked and moved all the way to third on a Josh Romanski double through the right side. After the Sooners walked Nicol to load the bases, Oklahoma starting pitcher Ryan Mottern walked Justin Snyder to push across the second run of the game and give USD a 2-0 lead.

The Toreros then padded their lead with two more runs on three hits in the top of the third inning. Shane Buschini led off with a stand-up double deep into right field. After Daniel Magness moved Buschini to third with a sacrifice bunt, Logan Gelbrich drove in Buschini with a sacrifice fly to center field. Mike Metzger then got on with a bunt down the third baseline and Hansen then drove in Metzger with a triple to right field to push the USD lead to four.

Oklahoma finally broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the third inning on a Aaron Reza ground out to the third baseman, scoring Vinnie Biancamano, who had singled, moving the score to 4-1.

The Sooners took back another run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Jackson Williams RBI single to center field, scoring Devin Sheppard, who had singled.

Oklahoma then scored four runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the game at its final of 6-4.

Offensively for the Toreros, Buschini led the way with his 2-for-4, one double and one run scored performance.

Matt Couch (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he allowed six runs, four earned, on nine hits in 4.2 innings of work. Heath Taylor (3-0) picks up the win for the Sooners as he allowed two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will conclude play in the Tony Gwynn Classic on Sunday with a 4 p.m. game with cross-town rival San Diego State University at Tony Gwynn Stadium.