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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 11, 2008

Gonzaga - 10
Utah - 5

FRESNO, Calif. - Gonzaga scored six runs in the first three innings, and weathered the University of Utah's rally in capturing the 10-5 win here on the second day of the Pepsi Johnny Quick Tournament, 10-5.

The Utes (4-8 overall) edged Gonzaga (8-5) in hits, 10-9, and Michael Beltran and Dustin Hennis led Utah with 2-for-4 outings. However, Devin Walker accounted for four runs with three RBI and a run scored. He was 1-for-4 at the plate. The Bulldogs' final three batters had five of the team's nine hits. They were led by Michael Rhodes and Brett Nicholas. Rhodes was 2-for-4 with three RBI while Nicholas was 2-for-2 with one run batted in.

Utah pitchers recorded two wild pitches, five hit batsmen, and five walks, leading to too many Gonzaga runs for Utah to counter. And by the time Utah rallied, it was down 6-1.

A sacrifice fly by Ryan Wiegand plated GU's first run in the first inning. It doubled its lead on the very next batter when Jason Chatwood scored on wild pitch. Another two runs came Gonzaga's way when Rhodes belted a two-run homer in the second inning. It scored Nicholas who led the inning off with a single.

Gonzaga hung two more tallies on the scoreboard in the third inning, chasing Utah starter Bryn Card (0-1) from the game. Card hit Marcus McImmy, and then surrendered another two-run homer, this time to Wiegand.

Card left the game having given up eight hits and six earned runs. He did fan two GU batters, not giving up a single walk.

Utah scored in the fifth and sixth innings. Cody Guymon got Utah on the board in the fifth. His shot to the shortstop was too much to handle, and the fielding error allowed DC Legg to score.

The Utes scored four in the sixth, trimming the 7-1 lead to 7-5. It led the sixth frame off with three-straight singles. Walker hit a base-clearing double to make it 7-4. Corey Shimada reached on a fielder's choice later in the inning, scoring Walker.

But, Gonzaga tallied three more run in the bottom of the sixth to put it away.

CJ McClure hurled the Bulldogs to victory, improving the 2-1 on the year. He got the win in relief, pitching for two innings and allowing only two hits.

LMU - 12
UC Riverside - 3

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (7-7) continued its torrid hitting and outstanding pitching on Tuesday as it earned its fourth straight victory, a 12-3 win over visiting UC Riverside (4-11) at Page Stadium.

Senior Sean Dovel and junior Brett Mendoza paced the Lion offense, finishing with three hits apiece. Dovel batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Mendoza finished 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Senior Andy Preston continued his torrid pace, batting 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, a walk and a RBI. Juniors Ollie Enos and Kyle Spraker each contributed two hits in the victory, with Enos connecting on his second double of the season.

Left-hander Steve Connolly was called upon to make his first start of his career for the Lions. The Santa Clara, Calif. native pitched the first inning and two-thirds, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one batter. Xavier Esquivel, who improved to 2-1 on the season after earning the victory, pitched five and a third innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out three batters. Right-hander Ernie Cho pitched the next scoreless inning on the hill for LMU, recording one strikeout over the span. Freshman Greg Meyers finished the game for the Lions, tossing a scoreless ninth inning and striking out two hitters.

Bryan Horst led the Highlander offense on the afternoon, finishing 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Mark Samuelson drove in two runs with his two-run home run over the wall in right field before finishing the game 2-for-4.

Paul Bargas got the call to start for UCR, lasting four and a third innings and allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two batters en route to being tagged with his second loss of the season. Rob Waite contributed an inning and a third of relief, surrendering four runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk and striking out one batter. Ryan Platt was next out of the bullpen for Riverside, contributing one inning and giving up three runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks before giving way to Eddie Orozco. Orozco pitched a scoreless inning and a third to close the game for UCR, picking-up one strikeout along the way.

LMU got on the board first in the game, plating a single run in the bottom of the first inning. Spraker led things off with a single back up the middle before moving to second base on an A.J. LaMonda groundout. Dovel followed with a single into left field to put runners at the corners before a balk pushed Spraker home on the ensuing play.

UC Riverside wasted no time answering back in the game, as Samuelson connected on his second home run of the season. Aaron Wible got the inning started when he walked on four pitches. Samuelson followed with a two-run shot over the wall in right field to give the Highlanders the 2-1 advantage.

The Lions turned in a fruitful third inning, scoring three runs with two outs in the frame. Mendoza singled to leadoff the inning before a double play erased Mendoza and accounted for the first two outs in the inning. Back-to-back singles by LaMonda and Dovel got the ball rolling before a walk to Preston loaded the bases. Enos followed with a two-RBI single into centerfield to put runners at second and third before Ryan Wheeler drove in the final run of the frame with a single into left field to score Preston.

Riverside cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the fourth, plating a two-out run of its own in the frame. Jordan Opdyke singled to third base before Trevor Hairgrove put runners at first and second with a single into right field. Horst came up clutch on the ensuing play, finding the left centerfield gap for a RBI-double to score Opdyke.

The Lions added to their lead in the fifth inning after pushing one more run across the plate. Dovel recorded a one-out single to right field before Preston doubled home the run on the ensuing play. Preston moved to third on the very next play, but was stranded there when Michael Glomb grounded a pitch back to the mound.

Esquivel did an outstanding job of dodging a bullet in the sixth inning when the Highlanders put runners at second and third with no outs. Samuelson led things off with a single before pinch-hitter Ryan Goetz doubled to right field. Esquivel proved unfazed when he induced a ground ball to third for the first out of the frame. He proceeded to punch out Hairgrove for the second out of the inning, and got Horst to roll over to shortstop to retire the side and strand both runners.

LMU opened up a 9-3 advantage after six innings, scoring four runs in the sixth on four hits and two errors. A one-out double by Mendoza got the ball rolling in the inning. A wild pitch and a Spraker single scored Mendoza and the first run of the frame. Spraker went on to steal his seventh base in as many attempts before LaMonda reached on a Horst error at shortstop that also plated Spraker. Following a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Preston singled to put runners at first and second. On the ensuing play, LaMonda stole third base and scored the third run on the second error of the frame, this one being charged to Highlander backstop, Opdyke.

The Lions blew the game wide open in the seventh, plating three more runs in the frame to take a 12-3 advantage. Angelo Songco walked with one out in the inning before being replaced on the basepaths by Joe Vierra. Mendoza followed with his third hit of the game to put runners at first and second. Following the second out in the inning, LaMonda walked to load the bases for pinch-hitter Andrew Irvine. A wild pitch pushed the first run across for LMU before Irvine shot a ground ball to first base that slipped by the Highlander first baseman for an error. Two runs came around to score on the play to cap the three-run inning for the Lions.

Cho put UCR down in order in the eighth before Meyers retired the side in the ninth to seal the 12-3 LMU victory. LMU will return to action this weekend when they travel to Berkeley, Calif. to take on No. 12 California in a four-game series starting on Friday at 2 p.m.

Portland - 3
Fresno State - 2

FRESNO, Calif. --- With two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth inning, Portland reliever Matthew Lange struck out the game's final two batters to seal a 3-2 win over the Fresno State Bulldogs on the second day of the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic at Beinden Field. UP starter Mark Triolo, who went 8.0 innings and allowed just two runs on four hits, picks up his third win of the season.

It's the third save this year for Lange, who took over for freshman reliever Scott Burris with one on and one out in the ninth. With Portland clinging to a 3-2 lead, Alan Ahmady greeted Lange with a base hit to right field that gave Fresno State runners on the corners. After pinch-runner Trent Soares stole second, Lange got Tommy Mendonca swinging.

Lange then nailed down the win by striking out Steve Detwiler to end the game.

Portland (11-5) took an early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. With senior OF Cory Wiltshire on first, junior OF Bryant Kraus belted his second home run of the season to make it 2-0 in UP's favor.

The Bulldogs (5-8) responded with a run in the bottom of the first and another in the bottom of the second. Down 2-1, Detwiler hit a solo blast to left that tied the game.

The game was still tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning when the Pilots scored what proved to be the game-winning run. Junior DH Paul Crowder led off the inning with a double before advancing to third on a ground out by junior 1B Chase Powell. After senior Danny Meier grounded out to third for the inning's second out, freshman 2B Kevin Armijo hit a clutch double that scored Crowder and gave Portland a 3-2 lead.

FSU reliever Brandon Burke (1-3) was charged with the loss after allowing Portland's go-ahead run. Burke was masterful otherwise, working the final 7.1 innings. He allowed the one run on three hits, while striking out three with no walks.

Starter Justin Miller struggled with his control, lasting just 1.2 innings. He allowed two runs on one hit, but walked two.

Triolo (3-0) was marvelous on the mound for the Pilots as he struck out seven with no walks. After giving up Fresno State's two runs, he allowed just two base runners during the next six innings. Erik Wetzel reached on an error in the third and singled in the sixth.

Triolo started the ninth and allowed a lead-off single to Danny Muno. Burris then spelled Triolo and retired the only batter he faced on a fly out.

Fresno State finished with five hits, while Portland had four.

The Pilots' extended stay in Fresno for the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic continues tomorrow. Portland is scheduled to face West Coast Conference rival Gonzaga in a non-league game at 2:00 p.m.

San Diego - 6
Cal State Fullerton - 2

FULLERTON, Calif. - The 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team scored four unanswered runs in picking up a 6-2 win over No. 16 Cal State Fullerton Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Goodwin Field.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 8-7 overall and improve to 6-1 against ranked opponents this season. With the loss, the Titans fall to 8-5, suffered their first home loss of the season and saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.

USD wasted no time in scoring as in the second inning they pushed across one run on no hits. Kevin Muno and Anthony Strazzara began the inning on back-to-back walks and each moved up one base on a Logan Gelbrich sacrifice bunt. James Meador then drove in Muno with a RBI groundout to the shortstop to give USD a 1-0 lead.

In the second inning, the Toreros doubled their lead with a run scored on a Sean Nicol sacrifice fly to right field, which scored Muno, who had singled.

The Titans then evened the score in the bottom of the third inning when they scored two runs on run-scoring doubles by Chris Jones and Christian Colon.

Two innings later, the Toreros took back the lead with three runs on three hits. Kevin Hansen led off the inning with a single through the right side and he advanced to second on a Muno infield bunt single. Each runner then moved up one base on a Victor Sanchez ground out to the second baseman and Anthony Strazzara then hit a two-out two-run double to right center to give USD a 5-2 lead.

San Diego added to their lead in the top of the seventh inning on Sanchez's fifth home run of the season, a solo shot over the left centerfield fence to move the score to 6-2.

Offensively for the Toreros, Sanchez led the way as he went 2-for-5 with one home run, one double and one RBI. Both Muno and Hansen also picked up multiple hits on the evening with Muno going 2-for-5 and Hansen going 2-for-4.

Romanski (2-0) picks up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings of work. Michael Morrison (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Titans as he allowed three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they return to Cunningham Stadium as they host Western Illinois University in a 2 p.m. game.

UCLA - 11
Pepperdine - 3

LOS ANGELES - The #17 Pepperdine baseball team yielded 14 hits as they fell to #10 UCLA 11-3 on Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Std in Los Angeles.

Pepperdine drops to 10-4 with the loss while the Bruins improved to 8-4.

Pepperdine starter Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) and UCLA Starter Justin Uribe traded zeroes the first three innings, until the Bruins scored five runs in the fourth inning on a three RBI singles and a two-run double, making it 5-0 in favor of UCLA. The Bruins added a pair of runs in the fifth on a two-run homer and tacked on another run in the seventh on a sac fly, making it 8-0.

Pepperdine got on the board in the eighth inning on an RBI double from Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep), a sac fly from Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) and an RBI single from Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) to cut the deficit to 8-3. The Bruins answered with three runs of their own in the eighth on two home runs to push the lead to 11-3. Pepperdine notched a pair of hits in the ninth, but was unable to push any runs across, as UCLA sealed the win.

Bywater fell to 2-1 with the loss while Uribe improved to 2-0.

The Waves offense was led by David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC), who managed three hits, Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), who went 1-for-3 with a run scored, and Heroy, who went 1-for 3 with one RBI.

Up next, the Waves host Western Illinois tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Eddy D Field Stadium.

Nevada - 11
Saint Mary's - 10

Reno, NV - Once again Saint Mary's (8-4-1) was the first to score, and scored often as they put up ten runs on the day, but the difference today was Nevada's (6-6) ability to put together two big innings as they beat the Gaels 11-10 at Peccole Park. The Gaels rallied for two in the eighth and one in the ninth, but still fell short.

Sophomore pitcher/designated hitter Anthony Aliotti (1-0) went five complete innings, surrendering 11 hits, seven earned runs, one walk and one strike out. SMC got Aliotti off the hook for the loss when sophomore third baseman Michael Cippolla hit his first homerun of the season to tie the game 7-7 in the top of the sixth.

On the mound for the Wolf Pack was senior utility man Dan Eastham (0-0) who is still looking for his first collegiate decision after going four innings, giving up five hits, five runs, four earned, with three walks and two strike outs.

The winning pitcher for the Wolf Pack was junior Sammy Miller (1-0) who came in on relief in the top of the seventh. Miller went 1.1 innings pitched, giving up two hits, two runs, one earned, on walks and three strike outs.

The Gaels bats were very active today, as they totaled 10 runs on 13 hits. Sophomore left fielder Kyle Jensen and senior first baseman Geoff Byrns each hit their fourth homers of the season. Jensen hit a solo homerun in the top of the ninth to put Saint Mary's within one run of the Pack. Byrns hit a two run homerun in the top of the fifth, which briefly tied the game up following the Wolf Pack's four run fourth inning.

The loss for the Gaels went to freshman Justin Kuks (0-1) who pitched 1.1 innings, surrendering just one hit, and two earned runs. Senior Alex Jensen continues his early season struggles as he only managed to pitch two thirds of an inning, giving up three hits, and two earned runs.

The Gaels will return home this weekend as they host back to back double headers against Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday March 15, and Sunday March 16. The first game slated for an 11:00 AM start on both days.

Cal - 6
San Francisco - 2

Berkeley, CA - San Francisco baseball fell to Bay Area rival California, 6-2 in non-conference action at Evans Field on Tuesday. USF (6-8) was out hit 7-4 by Cal (10-1-1) and made costly errors in the loss.

Cal scored twice in the bottom of the second inning. After sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson was hit by a pitch, sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson reached base safely on a sacrifice bunt. USF's first costly error of the game, a throwing error by pitcher Evan Fredrickson, put Jackson on third. Sophomore right fielder Blake Smith doubled down the right field line, scoring Jackson and advancing Tonneson to third. Tonneson scored an out later on a sacrifice fly by junior shortstop Michael Brady.

USF tied it 2-2 in the third when the Bears made an error of their own. Junior third baseman Zach Kim reached on an error by freshman left fielder Mark Cahna and advanced to second. Sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin grounded out, moving Kim to third before senior shortstop Tavo Hall singled through the right side. After two singles by senior second baseman Joey Railey and freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz, the Bears made another error, this time by Brady, scoring Hall.

Cal regained the lead in the bottom of the frame when with one runner on, senior second baseman Josh Satin pounded the ball over the left center field fence. The Bears scored two insurance runs in the eighth helped along by another Dons error.

Junior left-hander Evan Fredrickson (1-2) took the loss for USF, allowing four runs (three earned) off four hits and six walks, and adding seven strikeouts. Freshman righty Sean Burns allowed the final two runs (one earned) off three hits, one walk, and struck out one Bear in 1.1 innings of relief.

Railey, Bernatz, Hall, and senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky were the only Dons to get hits on the day. Hall and Bernatz each added an RBI.

Bears freshman right-hander Kevin Miller (1-0) earns his first victory at Cal, allowing two runs (one earned) off four hits, no walks and added two strikeouts. Leading the Bears at the plate was Satin, who went 2-for-5 with a homerun, a run scored, and two RBI.

USF plays at Benedetti Diamond for just the second time this season when it hosts Pacific in a 2:00 PM non-conference match up tomorrow.