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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 11, 2007

LMU - 3
Tulane - 2

METAIRIE, La. - LMU scored in the first inning and led the entire rubber match, as the Lions topped 28th-ranked Tulane 3-2 to win the series over the Green Wave (12-6), who advanced to the College World Series just two seasons ago in 2005. The Lions (10-12-1) have now won six of their last seven games.

Like in Saturday's day two, LMU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after leadoff hitter Eric Farris started the frame with a single up the middle. After Farris stole second, DeAndre Miller sacrificed him to third. Angelo Songco used a groundout to second to plate Farris.

The Lions made it 2-0 in the sixth when Farris doubled as the leadoff hitter and later scored on a single by Miller.

Tulane cut the Lion lead in half in the bottom of the same frame when a leadoff walk in Nate Simon came around and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Aja Barto.

LMU was able to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth to make it a 3-1 lead. With two outs, Will Dugoni singled to left to score new left fielder Jeremy LaMell, who was hit by a pitch from reliever Daniel Latham.

Lion closer Andy Beal came on to toss the ninth and loaded the bases with one out. Beal struck out reigning C-USA Hitter of the Week Nate Simon, but walked Tim Guidry to bring in Anthony Scelfo. Still with a 3-2 lead, Beal got pinch hitter Sean Morgan to groundout to seal the victory with his fifth save of the season. The five saves places Beal among LMU's all-time season leaders in the saves category.

Starter Brian Wilson moved to 2-0 after throwing 6.2 innings and holding Tulane to just one run on six hits while striking out five. The Lions' right-hander held the Green Wave scoreless for the first five frames.

Tulane right-hander Shooter Hunt fell to 3-2 after allowing two runs on six hits in his 6.1 innings of work.

The LMU pitching staff stranded 13 Tulane runners on base Sunday.

Offensively, LMU was led by Farris, who went 3-for-5 today and 7-for-10 after Saturday and Sunday's wins. Michael Glomb also had two hits for LMU.

Farris also flashed his speed Sunday, tallying three stolen bases by the third inning. The Lions' junior needs just four more to reach the Lions' all-time top-10 list in career stolen bases.

The Lions, who do not have a mid-week game on the schedule this week, will remain on the road at UC Santa Barbara next weekend. Follow the Lions on the road right here at www.LMULions.com.

San Diego - 6
San Diego State - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 22nd-raked University of San Diego baseball team (15-9) won their sixth consecutive game over cross-town rival San Diego State University (12-9), 6-4, Sunday evening in the final game of the Tony Gwynn Classic at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

The Aztecs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on a Nick Romero three-run homer over the left field fence.

The Toreros answered back in the top of the third inning when Josh Romanski launched his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field fence, to move the score to 3-1.

USD continued to chip away at the lead as they scored one run in the top of the fourth inning. Shane Buschini led off the inning with a single to right field, but the right fielder then committed a fielding error which allowed Buschini to make it all the way to third base. Logan Gelbrich then hit a sacrifice fly deep into center field, allowing Buschini to come across for the second run of the game for USD.

USD tied the ball game up in the top of the fifth inning as Kevin Muno got things going with a stand-up triple to right field. Muno then came across on a wild pitch to even the score at 3-3.

The Toreros then took the lead in the top of the sixth inning in a strange turn of events. Buschini reached on a single to the first baseman. Gelbrich then struck out, but the ball hit the dirt and Gelbrich beat out the throw from the catcher to safely reach first base and move Buschini to second. Daniel Magness then did the scoring damage with a two-run double to left field to give USD a 5-3 lead.

The Aztecs then took back one run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Josh Chasse RBI single to right field to cut the Toreros lead to one at 5-4.

The Toreros added an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. Gelbrich got things rolling with a single to right field and he moved to third on a Magness single up the middle to give USD runners at the corners with two outs. Romanski then hit a ball to the SDSU shortstop, who bobbled the ball, allowing Romanski to reach first, moved Magness to second and allowed Gelbrich to come across for the sixth USD run of the game.

Offensively for the Toreros, Buschini led the way with his went 3-for-4 with one run scored performance. Romanski went 2-for-4 with one home run, Magness went 2-for-4 with one double and two RBI and Hansen went 2-for-4 as the three other USD players to record multiple hits on the day.

AJ Griffin (3-1) picked up the win on the mound for USD, as he allowed one run on one hit, while striking out seven in 5.0 innings of work. Lance Sewell (3-1) was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs as he allowed five runs, two earned, on six hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Wednesday as they head up Interstate 5 to take on the seventh-ranked Titans of Cal State Fullerton in a 6 p.m. game.

Santa Clara - 8
Fresno State - 4

Story coming soon.

UC Riverside - 13
Portland - 5

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - After winning the first two games in the three-game set, the Portland Pilots dropped the series finale 13-5 to the UC Riverside Highlanders on Sunday at the Riverside Sports Complex. Senior outfielder Justin Pierce left the yard for Portland.

Portland, which had won five straight games and eight of its last nine, drops to 9-5 on the season. The Highlanders improve to 12-9.

Leading 1-0, UC Riverside put the game out of reach with four runs in the fourth inning and six more in the bottom of the fifth. UP starter Ari Ronick (2-1), the reigning West Coast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, gave up seven runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings.

In the fourth, the Highlanders scored one run on a sacrifice fly and two more on consecutive doubles by Mark Samuelson and Jordan Opdyke to make it 4-0.

Portland responded with three runs in the top of the fifth. With one out and freshman shortstop C.J. Cullen on first, Pierce blasted his second home run of the season over the center field wall. The Pilots then loaded the bases and pulled within one run when junior Billy Krause scored on a wild pitch.

Up 4-3, the Highlanders plated six more runs in the bottom of the fifth. After giving up two singles to start the inning, Ronick was lifted for junior Pat Geraghty. UC Riverside then scored three runs to chase Geraghty. Junior reliever Brian Yoakum finished the inning, but not before the Highlanders scored three more times. Samuelson and Jeff Dunbar both knocked in two runs during the inning.

Trailing 11-5, Portland scored twice in the sixth. UC Riverside capped the scoring with a pair of runs in the seventh.

Samuelson finished 3-for-5 with four RBI's for UC Riverside, which outhit Portland 14-8. Riverside's Jaime Pedroza also had three hits with one RBI and two runs scored.

Pierce finished 3-for-5 with two RBI's and two runs for the Pilots. Cullen went 2-for-4 and scored twice.

UC Riverside starter Dan Runzler (1-4) allowed three runs in 5.0 innings to pick up his first win this season. He struck out six and walked four. Reliever Matt Montgomery allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning, while relievers Stephen Penney and Joe Kelly held the Pilots scoreless covering the final 3.1 innings.

Portland, which defeated the Highlanders 8-7 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday, next travels to UC Irvine for a game at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Pilots then face the USC Trojans at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday before returning home for a three-game series against Utah next weekend at Joe Etzel Field.

Mississippi State - 2
San Francisco - 1

Waco, TX - San Francisco played well in their final game of the Quali-T Imprints Baylor Classic, but fell to Mississippi State 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs (10-2) went into the game batting .389 as a team and the Dons (9-8) were able to keep MSU's scoring to a minimum, only allowing the two runs off 10 hits. The two runs for the Bulldogs tied their season low.

Senior right hander Jason Dufloth (3-2) pitched six solid innings in the loss, allowing two earned runs off eight hits and struck out two batters. Senior left hander Cole Stipovich threw a scoreless seventh before giving way to freshman right hander Chase Tigert. Junior left hander Matt Baugh finished out the game, throwing 1.1 innings. No Don allowed a walk in the game.

MSU scored two in the fourth. With two outs and after two consecutive singles, sophomore left fielder Jeff Flagg tripled in both runners.

Sophomore utility Zach Kim hit a lead off pinch hit homerun in the eighth to bring the Dons to within one. USF had two base runners in the ninth, but couldn't capitalize.

Bulldogs senior right hander Josh Johnson threw 8.0 innings, allowing one earned run off four hits, no walks and a career-matching high of 11 strikeouts.

USF returns to action Tuesday in a non-conference match up with San Jose State in San Jose. First pitch versus the Spartans is set for 6:00 PM.

No. 10 Pepperdine Rained Out at No. 16 Oklahoma State on Sunday

Stillwater, Okla. - The scheduled series finale between No. 10 Pepperdine and No. 16 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sunday was rained out. The game will not be re-scheduled. The teams split the first two meetings of the series with the Cowboys registering a 7-6, 10-inning win on Friday and the Waves posting a 7-3 victory on Saturday.

Pepperdine (15-5) returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Orange County to take on nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field beginning at 6 p.m.