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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 12, 2006

LMU - 20
New Mexico State - 6

Story coming soon.

Portland - 7
Nevada - 4

RENO, Nev. - It took two days to finish, but the Portland Pilots finally beat the Nevada Wolf Pack 7-4 in a non-conference baseball game that started on Saturday and concluded on Sunday because of snow at Peccole Park in Reno, Nev. The Pilots (3-11) and Pack (5-12) then got in three innings of the final game of the three-game series before the game was cancelled due to snow. Portland was leading 2-0 and the game will not be made up.

Portland was leading Nevada 6-3 in the fourth inning on Saturday before the game was suspended. The game was stopped with Nevada batting in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs and nobody on base.

The game resumed on Sunday with Portland starter Sean Sargent (1-4) still on the mound. Sargent finished the fourth and the fifth innings to pick up the win. Sargent did yield a Wolf Pack run in the fifth inning on an RBI ground out by Baker Krukow. UP relievers Brian Yoakum and Austin Dirkx then held Nevada to only two hits the rest of the way. Dirkx struck out four in 2.1 innings for his second save this season.

Leading 6-4 in the sixth inning, Portland's Danny Meier (pictured) hit a two-out triple to right field. Sean Nicol then knocked him in with an RBI single to center.

The Wolf Pack took an early lead on Saturday with three runs in the bottom of the first inning off of 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. Krukow knocked in the third run on a ground out.

Portland responded with a run in the top of the second. Adam Kerr 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. Meier then singled up the middle to score Wrisley and give Portland its first lead of the series at 4-3. 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.

Meier went 3 for 4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored for the game. Kerr and Nicol both had two hits and two RBI's. Ehlers also had two hits as Portland totaled 10 hits. Seven of those hits came against Nevada starter Ryan Rodriguez (2-4) on Saturday. Wolf Pack reliever Kody Keroher pitched the final five innings on Sunday.

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

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.

San Diego - 16
San Diego State - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Keoni Ruth's grand slam home run in the bottom of the seventh inning highlighted the University of San Diego baseball team's 16-1 pounding of cross-town rival San Diego State University Sunday afternoon in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader at Cunningham Stadium.

With the win the Toreros move to 11-8 on the season, have won their fourth consecutive game and claim the three-game series with the Aztecs. With the loss the Aztecs fall to 6-14.

USD had six players record multiple hits on the day with Jordan Abruzzo leading the way going 2-for-5 with four RBI and one home run. Steve Singleton ran his hit streak to five games with his 4-for-5 three runs scored performance.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they put up four runs on thee hits in the second inning. Steve Singleton led off the inning with a single through the right side and moved to third base on a Daniel Magness single to left field. Ruth brought Singleton across when he hit a hard shot to the shortstop, who misplayed the ball allowing Ruth to safely reach first base. Abruzzo advanced both runners on a fly out to left field and Magness came across for the second run of the inning when Josh Romanski hit an RBI single to center field. After Romanski advanced one base on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Lilly, both Ruth and Romanski scored on an error by the SDSU shortstop which also allowed Shane Buschini to safely reach first base capping off the scoring for the inning.

USD tacked on one more run in the fourth inning when Romanski hit a rocket shot to the first baseman. The SDSU first baseman committed a fielding error allowing Romanski to safely reach first scoring Ruth, who had doubled, from third base pushing the lead to five.

In the fifth inning USD scored four more runs on a Magness RBI single through the right side, an Abruzzo RBI single through the right side, and a two-run Lilly single to left field pushing the lead to 9-0.

USD tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning on an Abruzzo three-run blast over the left field fence giving USD a 12-0 advantage.

USD final four runs came when Ruth launched a rocket shot over the left field fence with the bases loaded for a grand slam home run sealing the win for the Toreros.

SDSU spoiled the shutout for the Toreros in the ninth inning on a wild pitch which scored Brian Kinsman, who was hit by a pitch.

Junior Josh Butler (4-2) picks up the win for the Toreros allowing no runs on four hits, while striking out eight in seven complete innings of work. SDSU starting pitcher Mike Koons (2-3) was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs allowing nine runs, four earned, on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action at 6 p.m. on Sunday as they play the second half of a doubleheader at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the campus of San Diego State.

San Diego - 10
San Diego State - 5

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team (12-8) completed a three-game non-conference sweep of cross-town rival San Diego State University (6-15) with a 10-5 win Sunday evening at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

The Toreros did most of their scoring damage in the seventh inning scoring four runs on four hits. Justin Snyder led off the inning getting on base after being hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double by Steve Singleton. Daniel Magness then brought Snyder home with an RBI double to right field, moving Singleton to third. Keoni Ruth then laid down a squeeze bunt that scored Singleton for the second run of the inning. Ryan Lilly then capped the scoring for the inning with a two-run single to right field giving USD an 8-3 advantage.

The Aztecs gave the Toreros a brief scare in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Aztecs knotted the game at three runs apiece scoring runs on back-to-back run scoring doubles by Quintin Berry and Lance Zawadski.

USD answered back in the sixth inning when Logan Gelbrich hit an RBI infield single to the third baseman, bringing across Jordan Abruzzo, who had doubled, from third to regain the lead. USD would not look back.

Offensively for the Toreros, Magness led the way with his 3-for-4, two RBI performance. Singleton also had a solid game at the plate for the Toreros going 3-for-6 with two RBI and one double.

Matt Couch (3-0) picks up the win for the Toreros allowing three runs on six hits in 5.0 innings of work. Justin Lynch (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs allowing one run on two hits in 1.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they head to Houston, Tex. for the start of a five-game week with top-ranked Rice University in a single game at 5 p.m. (PST). USD will then square off against Texas Southern University in a 5 p.m. game on Wednesday before taking on the Cougars of the University of Huston in a three-game series over the weekend.

San Francisco - 4
Georgetown - 0

(San Francisco) - In a rain soaked and shortened game, the Dons continued to dominate Georgetown as they beat the Hoyas 4-0 in 4.5 innings on Sunday afternoon. USF (8-11) earned their first series sweep this season, and Georgetown (6-11) heads back east after a rough west coast tour.

Sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson pitched a one-hit complete game shutout and struck out six Hoyas, even after a short rain delay in the bottom of the third inning.

Before that delay, the Dons plated three runs in the third. Sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer walked to lead off the inning and advanced on sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's sacrifice bunt. Sommer scored on two consecutive singles by sophomore third baseman Joey Railey and sophomore short stop Tavo Hall. An out later, senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell reached base after Georgetown's senior right fielder Drew Dargen dropped the fly ball. Both Railey and Hall scored.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Dons scored again. Junior DH Blake Nelson smashed a sharp single into center. Bialosky reached base on a fielding error by the Hoyas freshman third baseman Kelly Muir. Nelson ended up on third after Muir made his second error of the play on the throw to first. Nelson scored on an RBI single by Railey.

Railey and Nelson both had two hits in the short game. Hall and junior catcher Jon Norfolk each added one.

Pitching for Georgetown, were the brothers Sizemore. Older brother, senior right-hander Warren, started the game, going 2.2 innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits and striking out two. He was replaced after the rain delay by his younger brother, freshman right-hander Darren who finished the game, going 1.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits.

The Hoyas only hit came in the top of the third as sophomore designated hitter Matt Harrigan singled into left field.

The Dons return to action Tuesday, March 14 at Sacramento State. The one game match-up begins at 2:00 PM.

Oklahoma State - 3
Pepperdine - 2

Malibu, Calif. - Oklahoma State rallied to score two late runs avoiding a sweep with a 3-2 victory over No. 23 Pepperdine Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Cowboy designated hitter, Adam Carr drove the first pitch of the 10th inning over the left field wall to complete the comeback victory. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Waves as they drop to 12-10 on the year.

In what turned out to be a pitchers duel, the Waves offense mustered only six hits to support a superb performance by starter Adam Olbrychowski. Olbrychowski lasted 7.2 innings allowing two runs on five hits and four strikeouts.

Brett Hunter appeared in relief, picking up the loss after surrendering the Carr homerun. The late blast was the first run Hunter had allowed in his short Pepperdine career, ending his 17.0 scoreless innings streak. The loss dropped him to 2-1 on the season.

Despite trailing 2-1 since the third inning, Oklahoma State managed to pull even with a two out RBI single in the eighth by centerfielder Corey Brown. The extra inning homerun proved to be enough for Cowboy pitchers Matt Gardner and Jordy Mercer, who held the Waves to two runs on six hits while striking out nine. Mercer did not allow a hit over 3.0 innings of work to pick up the win in his first appearance on the mound this season.

Pepperdine had a pair of late opportunities, getting runners aboard in both the eighth and tenth innings. David Uribes was caught stealing for the second time to waste a leadoff walk in the eighth and, following a Justin Tellam walk, pinch runner Adrian Ortiz was stranded on first to end the game. Donald Brown led the Pepperdine offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a double.

Pepperdine continues play at Eddy D. Field Stadium next weekend as they play host to Dartmouth for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 2 p.m.

Washington - 9
Santa Clara - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. - After scoring 23 runs in the first two contests of their weekend series against the University of Washington, the Santa Clara Broncos were unable to avert a three-game sweep at the hands of the Huskies Sunday afternoon, suffering a 9-0 shutout loss in the finale at Husky Ballpark.

UW starter Tim Lincecum and reliever Nick Hagadone combined on Washington's (15-5) first no-hitter in 48 years although the Broncos (10-10) managed to threaten a couple of times while drawing seven walks in the ballgame.

Santa Clara will look to bounce back with four home dates this week, beginning with Wednesday's 6 p.m. contest against the UC Davis Aggies and continuing with a three-game weekend series with the Northwestern Wildcats. The weekend series against the Wildcats will begin with a 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon contest and conclude with a Sunday doubleheader with first pitch for the opener set for 1 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (408) 554-4660 or by visiting the Leavey Center ticket office.

Brady Fuerst drew a pair of walks for the Broncos Sunday, who managed to get at least one runner in scoring position in each of the first three innings and again in the fifth. But Lincecum, who improved to 4-1 on the season and struck out 11 batters Sunday, managed to escape each jam.

Washington opened the game up in the second as a three-run Matt Stevens home run off of Broncos starter Matt Wickswat, who suffered his first loss of the year to bring his record to 3-1, highlighted a five-run frame.

Saint Mary's vs. Northern Illinois suspended due to inclement weather.

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball series finale against the Northern Illinois Huskies was called to due to rain. The game will not be made up according to head coach Jedd Soto. At the time of the rain delay, the Gaels were leading the Huskies 2-1 with one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the third.

Saint Mary's will take the field again when it hits the road and makes the short trek to Berkeley to face the California Golden Bears. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Evans Diamond.