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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 12, 2008

Pepperdine - 5
Western Illinois - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine sophomore starter Jordan Durrance allowed only two hits over seven shutout innings in his first collegiate start, and #17 Pepperdine posted a 5-1 win over Western Illinois on Wednesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium

Pepperdine improved to 11-4 with the win, while Western Illinois fell to 1-7.

Pepperdine jumped on top early, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning on RBI singles from Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) and David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC) to make it 2-0 in favor of the Waves. In the second inning, Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) ripped a two-out RBI double to increase the lead to 3-0.

The Waves added another run in the sixth after Harris scored on an error, but the Leathernecks got the run back in the eighth inning on two-out RBI double. Pepperdine answered in their half of the eighth as Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) notched an RBI single to push the lead to 5-1, and Nick Gaudi pitched the final 1.1 innings to notch his sixth save of the season.

Durrance (Manteca, Calif./Sierra HS) notched his first win of the season in his first collegiate start, while Western Illinois starter Mark DiBernardo incurred the loss. Durrance tossed seven innings, two hits and no walks while striking out three batters. Durrance pitched 24 games in relief last season and had not started a game since high school.

"Jordan Durrance came in and did a great job," Pepperdine Coach Steve Rodriguez said. "We just wanted to see what he could do in his first start, and he was able to go deep into the game and that allowed us to save our bullpen. It was great to see him have a strong outing and I hope that this is going to be a sign of things to come from him."

The Waves offense was led by Harris, who notched his second consecutive three-hit game, Aidem, who went 2-for-4 with one RBI, Simon, who notched a pair of RBI and Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), who extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Up next, the Waves open a three-game series at home against Oral Roberts beginning on Friday, Mar. 14 at 3 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Portland - 12
Gonzaga - 7

FRESNO, Calif. --- The Portland Pilots totaled 15 hits en route to a 12-7 non-conference win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic Wednesday afternoon at Beiden Field. Senior OF Danny Meier, junior OF Bryant Kraus and freshman 2B Riley Henricks each had three hits and two RBI's for Portland.

The Pilots, who had just four hits during a 3-2 win over tournament host Fresno State yesterday, improve to 12-5 on the season. It's the best start for Portland since 1980, when the Pilots began the year 13-5.

The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for Gonzaga, which falls to 8-6.

Portland junior starter Brennan Thorpe (2-0) worked 7.0 innings and allowed just one run on five hits. He also struck out three before giving way to the UP bullpen.

The Pilots had a couple of chances to break the game open early on, but the Portland lead was just 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning. The Pilots then scored nine runs during the next three innings to take control. With a runner on in the fourth, Henricks went yard over the left-field wall for a two-run homer. After a GU error kept the inning alive, junior 1B Chase Powell, Meier and freshman 3B Kevin Armijo each recorded a two-out, RBI single to make it 7-1.

In the top of the fifth, Kraus drilled a two-run double to right-center field that scored Henricks and sophomore SS C.J. Cullen. Meier then had another two-out, RBI single to make it a 10-1 UP lead. An inning later, senior OF Cory Wiltshire gave Portland an 11-1 lead with a sacrifice fly.

After Portland scored another run in the top of the eighth, GU put up five in the bottom of the eighth. Freshman reliever Zach Varce was charged with all five runs. But the UP bullpen would settle down from there and seal the win.

Chris Highmark (0-2) lasted just 2.2 innings and picked up the loss. He gave up two runs on four hits and four walks. Reliever Andrew Danner gave up five runs in an inning, Brandon Blank surrendered three runs in an inning and a third and Jake Adkins allowed two runs in 3.0 innings. Cody Martin pitched a scoreless ninth.

Crowder added two hits for the Pilots, while Cullen scored three runs.

The Pilots, who are 2-1 at the six-day, six-game tourney, next face New Mexico State at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

San Francisco - 9
Pacific - 1

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco earned its first home victory of the 2008 season 9-1 over Pacific on Wednesday afternoon. In the friendly confines of Benedetti Diamond, the Dons (7-8) bats caught fire with 11 hits, including two doubles and a homerun, against a struggling Tigers (2-11) team.

Four Dons pitchers held the Tigers to just one run off seven hits. Starter, freshman lefty Matt Lujan (1-0) earned his first win as a Don, throwing 5.0 innings and only giving up one earned run off three hits. Lujan struck out four Tigers and did not walk a batter. Sophomore right-hander Alex Kalogrides threw 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, and struck out two. Sophomore righty Joe Oropeza threw a scoreless inning of relief, without giving up a hit and striking out two. Freshman right-hander Jonathan Abramson threw a scoreless ninth.

Senior second baseman Joey Railey came up big, going 2-for-4, including his first homerun of the season. Senior shortstop Tavo Hall was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Junior left fielder Drew Johnson also had two hits, an RBI, and scored a run. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel doubled. Adding singles in the contest were senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, junior pinch hitter Zach Kim, senior right fielder Kyle Morgan, and junior third baseman Dane Braunecker.

Pacific's sophomore righty Hunter Carnevale (1-3) took the loss, giving up eight runs (five earned) off eight hits, in 3.0 innings. The Dons final run came off freshman right-hander Corey Kohnke, who gave up three hits, two walks, and struck out two Dons in 5.0 innings of relief. Junior first baseman Kurt Wideman led the Tigers at the plate, going 4-for-4, including a double and a homerun.

USF took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. Railey homered to right center to lead off the inning. Hall doubled before sophomore designated hitter Derek Poppert was hit by a pitch, and Bialosky singled to left. Hall scored on a Morgan sacrifice fly and Poppert scored on a Johnson ground out. The Dons added a run in the second to make it 4-0 before putting it out of reach with four in the third.

Poppert was hit by a pitch again to lead off the inning, and an out later Morgan reached base on an error by Pacific's junior shortstop Jonathan Lewis, putting runners at second and third. Johnson singled to left, scoring Poppert. Ethel then doubled, scoring Morgan and again putting runners on second and third. Sophomore catcher Sam Wiley sacrificed to left, scoring Johnson and Braunecker singled to right, scoring Ethel.

Both teams traded zeros in the fourth, but Pacific got on the board in the top of the fifth when Wideman blasted a two-out solo homerun to center. USF added an insurance run in the seventh. Kim pinch hit for Bialosky, singling to right. Pacific's Kohnke threw two consecutive wild pitches, putting Kim on third. Morgan hit his second sacrifice fly of the game, scoring Kim.

USF hits the road this weekend, playing a three game series in Houston. First pitch on Friday is set for 4:30 PM Pacific.

Santa Clara - 8
Cal Poly - 5

Story coming soon.