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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 11, 2006

Gonzaga - 12
Chicago State - 4

LEWISTON, Ida. - The Gonzaga University Bulldogs (11-7) picked up their fourth straight win on Saturday evening as they finished off a two-game sweep of Chicago State University (2-7) with a 12-4 win in Lewiston, Ida. Gonzaga will now travel to the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, Calif., for six games in six days. They open play on Monday afternoon against Miami University of Ohio.

Gonzaga exploded for all 12 runs in the first three innings to put the game out of reach. Zach Woodward drove home two in the first with a double as Gonzaga scored three times in the first inning. Woodward added two more RBI with a single in the second as the Bulldogs scored six runs to chase CSU starter Luis Reynoso (0-1). Woodward finished with 4 RBI going 3-for-5 at the plate.

Dustin Colclough closed out the six-run second inning with a two-run single up the middle. Gonzaga tacked on three more runs in the third as they pounded out 15 hits. Scott Campbell was 4-for-5 to lead the Bulldogs.

Starter Patrick Donovan allowed one Cougars hit over four innings to improve to 3-1 on the year. Donovan was awarded the win based on a prearranged pitching rotation for the Bulldogs.

Chicago State was led by Roc Latino with two hits. The Cougars scored three unearned runs in the top of the ninth to close the final margin. Alex Hall had an RBI single in the three run inning.

LMU - 17
New Mexico State - 3

Las Cruces, New Mexico - For the second straight game, LMU used a early-game jump start to take a lead it would not relinquish at New Mexico State (10-11). With the 17-3 win Saturday, the Lions (8-12) clinched their third straight weekend series victory.

The LMU pitching staff stranded 17 runners on base, while the Lion offense tallied 17 runs on 16 hits. The 14-run win was the Lions' largest margin of victory since the 2002 season. LMU's 17 runs marked a season-high for the Lions, while the Aggies' three runs equaled their season-low mark.

Brian Wilson and Chris Pettit started things with solo home runs in the first. It was the first career shot for the freshman Wilson and the first of the season for the senior Pettit. Senior Kyle Mura drove in the other two runs of the inning with a double to make it 4-0. The Lions tallied five hits in the first, with four being for extra bases off NMSU starter Dillon Smith.

The Lions sent three more runners across home in the second inning, beginning when Eric Farris' sacrifice fly plated Michael Glomb, who had singled to leadoff the inning. DeAndre Miller had also drawn a walk earlier in the inning to set up Pettit's second home run of the game, a shot over the 400 sign in center field to make it 7-0.

LMU starter Andy Beal improved to 2-3 on the season after working five innings and striking out a career-high six batters. Beal stranded Aggie runners on third base in three of the five innings he pitched.

The Lions went on to score in every inning but two, including multiple runs in five innings.

The Aggies threatened in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with no outs. But LMU reliever Nathan Keadle recovered to strike out the side with bases loaded. He finished throwing a scoreless two innings.

LMU's early-game offense sent New Mexico State to its bullpen quickly. NMSU's Smith fell to 2-2 on the season after allowing the seven runs in his 1.2 innings of work.

Eleven Lions tallied hits Saturday. Pettit equaled a career-best four hits and season-high five RBI. He also notched a career-best two home runs. Three of Pettit's four hits were for extra bases, including two doubles which put him at 52 career doubles. That mark ranks him seventh all-time at LMU.

Farris added a 2-for-5, three RBI effort. Erik Johnson went a perfect 2-for-2 with a RBI and two runs scored.

The Lions and the Aggies conclude the three-game series Sunday, with first pitch slated for 12:05 p.m. PST. Fans can follow all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 6
Oklahoma State - 3

Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Barry Enright scattered seven hits while pitching his first career complete-game to help No. 23 Pepperdine defeat visiting Oklahoma State 6-3 and clinch the three-game series Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Enright (4-1) allowed three runs (two earned), walked one and struck out one to lead the Waves (12-9) to their season-high fourth consecutive win. The Cowboys lost their second straight game to fall to 9-4.

After cutting a 2-0 deficit in half with a run in the fourth inning, Pepperdine scored four times with two outs in the fifth against Cowboys left-hander Charles Benoit to take a 5-2 lead.

Senior left fielder Brandon Daguio started the rally with a one-out walk and, after being sacrificed to second by senior second baseman David Uribes, the Waves received four consecutive singles from Danny Worth, Chad Tracy, Nick Kliebert and Donald Brown to take a 5-2 lead. Brown's base hit was a two-run single and finished Benoit's (2-1) day.

Oklahoma State scored a run in the top of the sixth before Pepperdine junior first baseman Justin Tellam completed the scoring with a leadoff home run in the eighth inning.

Tracy led the Waves with three hits while Brown collected three RBI.

Pepperdine and Oklahoma State concluded their series on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

Portland at Nevada suspended in fourth inning

RENO, Nev. --- With the Portland Pilots leading the Nevada Wolf Pack 6-3 in the fourth inning, a snow storm caused the game to be suspended. The two teams will resume the game at 12 p.m. on Sunday, before playing the third and final game of the three-game series. The game was stopped with Nevada batting in the bottom of the fourth inning with nobody on base and two outs.

Nevada took the first game of the series 9-2 on Friday.

The Wolf Pack took an early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning off Portland starter Sean Sargent. The Pack led off the bottom of the inning with four straight singles to score the first two runs. Matt Bowman and Shawn Scobee, who hit three home runs on Friday, picked up the RBI's. Baker Krukow knocked in the third run on a ground out.

Portland responded with a run in the top of the second. Adam Kerr (pictured) led off the inning with a double down the left field line. After advancing to third on ground out by Cory Wiltshire, Kerr scored on sacrifice fly to left-center field by Andrew Wrisley.

Still down 3-1 in the fourth, the Pilots put five runs on the board to take the lead. James Allan led off the inning by reaching base on an error. Kerr followed with a two-run home run to left-center field tying the game on his first dinger of the season. With one out, Wrisley and Justin Ehlers singled putting runners on the corners. Danny Meier then singled up the middle to score Wrisley and give Portland its first lead of the series at 4-3. Sean Nicol followed with a single to left field that brought home Ehlers. Nik Kosach capped the scoring with an RBI ground out to second base making it 6-3.

The Pilots are in the middle of an eight-game, 10-day road trip that takes them to San Jose, Calif., for two games against San Jose State on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Pilots conclude the trip with three games against Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, next weekend.

Saint Mary's - 5
Northern Illinois - 2

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team earned its fifth straight victory with a 5-2 win over Northern Illinois Saturday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Senior Preston Young paced the Gaels at the plate while senior Corey Madden continued to blow past opposing hitters from mound. With the win, SMC improves to 11-7 on the season and 10-2 at home.

Coming off a 10 strikeout performance in a loss to Pacific, Madden this time was rewarded for his stellar outing. The senior earned the victory after fanning eight and scattering five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Junior Michael Nisco tallied his first save of the season.

The Gaels once again jumped out to an early lead. Junior Eric Cattoni led off the game with a walk and promptly stole second. After an Orben Frederick groundout, senior Sam Carter singled up the middle to bring in Cattoni.

Young then drilled a single through the right side to advance Carter to third. Senior Delaney Gallagher followed with a sac-fly to right field to bring in Carter.

In the sixth, SMC would add all the runs they would need with a three-run inning. Young started the inning with a single down the right field line. Gallagher followed suit with a single of his own, advancing Young to third.

Pinch-hitter Jake Sanders then came through with a suicide-squeeze to bring in Young on a perfectly executed bunt. Sophomore Ian Gordon then brought in Gallagher and nearly himself on a blast that was within one-inch of clearing the left-center field wall. Senior Adam Hicks quickly followed with a double of his own to bring Gordon in.

NIU would make it a game when it put two on the board in the eighth. Designated hitter Brian Smith belted a two-run shot off Allan Lobban to right field, driving in Brian Toner on the home run.

Young led all hitters with a 3-for-4 day and a run scored. Gallagher added a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI and run scored while Carter, Sanders, Gordon and Hicks each tallied an RBI for the Gaels.

Smith paced the Huskies with a 2-for-4 day at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Toner batted 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Saint Mary's will close out the three-game set against Northern Illinois tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

San Diego at San Diego State postponed

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The baseball game scheduled between the University of San Diego and San Diego State University for Saturday evening at Tony Gwynn Stadium has been postponed due to heavy rains in the San Diego Area.

The teams will make up the game on Sunday as part of a doubleheader. The first game will remain as scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Cunningham Stadium, with the second game to be played at Tony Gwynn Stadium, on the campus of SDSU, at 6 p.m.

The Toreros captured the first game of the three-game series on Friday evening with a 3-1 win behind a strong pitching performance by freshman left-hander Brian Matusz. Matusz allowed one run on three hits through eight complete inning of work, including registering 10 strikeouts, his second highest single-game total of the season to lead USD to its third consecutive win.

The first game on Sunday will only be USD's sixth home game of the season having posted a 4-1 record on their home field. USD will not return home again until March 24 when they host UNLV for a three game series at Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 5
Georgetown - 0

(San Francisco) - For the second day in a row, pitching was key as the Dons routed the Georgetown Hoyas 5-0 in non-conference baseball action at Benedetti Diamond on Saturday afternoon. With the win against the Hoyas (6-10), USF (7-11) secures its second series victory of the year.

Don senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan was the star of the day, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout. The complete game was the second of his career. He also struck out 12 batters, a new career high. His previous high was seven against Southern Utah (2/17). He now has 131 career strikeouts. McGuigan threw 116 pitches in the game, 81 for strikes. He had three particular masterful stretches in which he retired seven, nine, and eight batters in a row, respectively. Only one Hoya, senior outfielder Timmy Jones, made it to second base after a passed ball in the first inning.

USF started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, running through their entire batting line-up. Sophomore third-baseman Joey Railey hit the first of his three singles on the night and advanced on a wild pitch. Hoyas pitcher, freshman Andy Ferich, then walked sophomore shortstop Tavo Hall and junior outfielder Scott Cousins to load the bases. Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell lined a single to right field, scoring Railey and Hall. Junior DH Jon Norfolk laid down a perfect sac bunt to move the runners. Two batters later, Cousins scored on a passed ball. Gartrell then scored after the Hoyas tried to catch freshman infielder Zach Kim stealing second base.

In the third, the Dons added an insurance run. Gartrell was hit by a pitch to start the inning and advanced on the 5-3 put out of Norfolk. Gartrell then moved to third on a passed ball. He scored on a Kim RBI single to left.

Six of nine Don batters had at least one hit in the game, with Railey adding three. Gartrell, Norfolk, Kim, junior catcher Daniel Morales and sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky all had one hit a piece. Gartrell also had two RBI and Kim had one.

Georgetown's only two hits came in the third and sixth innings. The first came off the bat of junior centerfielder and Walnut Creek, CA native Mark McLaughlin who singled into right. Jones added a single to center for the final Hoyas hit.

USF meets Georgetown once again on Sunday, March 12 at Benedetti Diamond. The final game of the series begins at noon.

NOTES:

Patrick McGuigan is now tied for 8th in career victories with 13 (Jim Ross 74-76)

McGuigan's 12 strikeouts are tied for third most by a Don in a single game with Nick Pereira (04-05). Pereira struck out 12 in a game against Santa Clara. Pereira also holds the second most strikeouts in a game with 13, also against Santa Clara (3/24/05). The all-time leader, with 16, is USF Hall of Famer Con Dempsey, who accomplished the feat in a game against Saint Mary's in 1946.

Washington - 15
Santa Clara - 13

SEATTLE, Wash. - The batter's weekend continued Saturday in the second game of the baseball series between Santa Clara and Washington as the teams combined for 28 runs, 25 hits and six home runs. But in the end, the Huskies used a four-run eighth inning to take the lead for good and held on for a 15-13 victory in Seattle.

Eric Newton continued his big weekend for the Broncos (10-9), going 2-for-4 from the plate with a two-run double. Matt Long was perfect in all six of his plate appearances, walking twice and going 4-for-4 officially with three singles, a double and two RBIs. Michael Lange and Kris Watts provided the two Bronco homers of the day in the fifth, with Watts' solo job getting things rolling in a four-run inning that climaxed with Lange's three-run blast to right following a singles by Daniel Nava and Ryan Conan.

The teams will return to Husky Ballpark tomorrow afternoon for a 1 p.m. contest as the Broncos attempt to salvage the final game of this weekend series.

The Huskies (14-5) took a 3-0 lead after tallying a run in each of the first three frames. Santa Clara fought back with one in the fourth before exploding for 12 runs over their next two turns on offense. The four-run fifth, highlighted by the homers by Watts and Lange, put the Broncos ahead by two in what would become the first of four lead changes in the contest.

In the sixth, Santa Clara received some help as Washington reliever Brandon McKerney walked the first four batters of the inning and hit Conan with a pitch to force in a pair of runs to tie the contest at 7-7. After a Lange sacrifice fly gave SCU the lead, doubles by Long, Brady Fuerst and Newton capped a big eight-run frame that put the Broncos ahead 13-7 after six.

But the Huskies chipped away at the Bronco lead, getting one back in the seventh on Matt Stevens' second home run of the day. Stevens was 3-for-5 Saturday with a pair of solo homers. Matt Hague, the big UW producer Saturday, went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and four runs scored.

The climactic eighth inning saw the Huskies get their first three batters on base against Bronco relievers Daniel DeMarco and Mark Willinsky. Zach Clem's bases-loaded single knotted things up at 13-apiece, but he was thrown out trying to advance to second on the play, which gave the Broncos a chance to get out of the inning as UW's Curt Rindal came to the plate with two down and the go-ahead run on third. Rindal, though, had other plans as he drove a Willinsky pitch over the center-field fence to give the Huskies a 15-13 lead that would hold to SCU's final out.

Santa Clara managed to get the tying run on base with two away in the top of the ninth, but Washington closer Elliott Cribby got a fly ball for the third out and his seventh save of the season.