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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 13, 2007

Gonzaga - 13
Utah - 12 (10)

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - The Gonzaga University baseball team battled the University of Utah to a 13-12 extra inning win Tuesday at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game went ten innings and included a total of 30 hits, 15 by each team.

With the win, Gonzaga improves to 11-10 while Utah drops to 4-13 for the season. The two teams were scheduled to play a two-game series but Monday's game was canceled due to poor field conditions.

Brandon Harmon (1-4) earned the win in his first relief appearance of the season. Harmon pitched 1.2 innings allowing no runs on two hits. Shawn Wayt earned his second save of the season, allowing two runs on one hit in 1.0 inning of work. Clayton Mortensen started the game for the Bulldogs, allowing seven runs on seven hits over 4.0 innings. CJ McClure also saw time out of the bullpen for Gonzaga. Geoff Wolfgramm (0-1) suffered the loss for Utah. Wolfgramm allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits over 2.0 innings of relief.

The Bulldogs started the game off on a strong start by posting two runs before an out could be recorded in the first inning. The Bulldogs pieced together singles by Evan Wells, Bryan Winston and Darin Holcomb as well as sacrifice fly by Dustin Colclough to take the early 2-0 advantage.

Utah answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame thanks to a double and a wild pitch.

The Zags regained the lead in the second when Mark Ellis and Michael Rhodes scored two unearned runs on an error by the Utes' third baseman.

The Utes took a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the second on a three-run triple to left center by Mike Mitchell. Mitchell then scored the fourth run of the inning on a passed ball. Utah added another run in the bottom of the fourth to take the 7-4 lead.

Down by three in the fifth inning, Winston led off the inning with his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left field, to narrow the Utes lead to 7-5. Gonzaga then used a Utah error and a sacrifice fly by Aaron McGuinness to score two more runs and tie the game at 7-7.

Gonzaga took an 8-7 lead in the top of the sixth with Wells singled to right to score Rhodes, who had singled to left to lead off the inning.

Utah tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, 8-8, when Mitchell scored an unearned run on a Bulldog error.

Colclough kicked off a two-run seventh inning with a home run to left field. Gonzaga added another run when Mark Castellitto, who singled up the middle, scored on a ground out by McGuinness to give the Zags a 10-8 lead.

The Utes hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to tie the game 10-10 and force the eventual extra inning.

In the top of the tenth, Gonzaga sent nine batters to the plate, scoring three runs to take a 13-10 edge. Rhodes, Wells and Winston scored runs in the extra frame. Rhodes, who singled to left center and then stole his team-leading eighth base, scored the first inning run on an error. The same error placed Wells on base at second. Wells then advanced and scored on two wild pitches. Winston, who reached first on a walk, scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Wiegand.

The Utes threatened the three run Gonzaga lead in the bottom of the tenth but failed to capitalize, scoring only two runs. Both runs were plated on a double to left by Dustin Hennis. Hennis, who would have been the tying run, was stranded on second to finish the game.

Holcomb led the Bulldogs for the afternoon with four hits, one run scored and one run batted in. Other Zags were multiple-hits were Rhodes with three and Wells, Winston and Colclough with two a piece.

The game marked the end of a 22-game road swing for Gonzaga, who will return home this week to play the first game at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The Bulldogs will host Rider University Thursday through Saturday in what will be the first games played on campus in nearly three and a half years. Game times for the three-game series are all slated for 2 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton - 9
Pepperdine - 4

Fullerton, Calif. - Jake Vasquez bases loaded two-run single in the seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie and propelled No. 12 Cal State Fullerton to a 9-4 victory over No. 8 Pepperdine Tuesday night at Goodwin Field in Fullerton.

The Titans (13-8) batted around in the seventh inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six times to come back from a 4-3 deficit and snap a three-game losing streak. The loss marked just the second of the season for the Waves (15-6) when leading after six innings. Pepperdine entered the game 13-1 when taking a lead into the seventh inning.

Down by a run entering the bottom half of the seventh inning, left fielder Josh Fellhauer started Cal State Fullerton's comeback with a one-out single against Pepperdine reliever Adam Olbrychowski (4-1).

Pinch-hitter Corey Jones then singled through the right side and Clark Hardman followed with an RBI single that tied the game 4-4. After a walk, Vazquez singled home a pair to give the Titans the lead at 6-4. Cal State Fullerton added three more runs on an infield out and a pair of singles.

The Waves grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning on consecutive doubles by Chase d'Arnaud, Luke Salas and Denny Duron to open the frame off Titans starter Adam Jorgenson.

Danny Worth gave Pepperdine a 3-0 lead with a third-inning lead-off home run.

The Titans tied the game in the bottom half of the third, scoring three times with two outs against Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann. Following singles by Clark Hardman and Jake Vasquez, Chris Jones doubled home a run and Khris Davis knotted the score with a two-run single to center field.

Pepperdine broke the deadlock in the sixth inning as it loaded the bases with one out and plated a run on sacrifice fly by junior first baseman Matt Aidem to take a 4-3 lead.

Dickmann continued to be an effective member of the Waves' rotation as he worked four innings, surrendered six hits, three runs, walked one and struck out five.

The Waves return home on Friday when they open a three-game series against Minnesota at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.

UC Irvine - 5
Portland - 0

IRVINE, Calif. - The 29th-ranked UC Irvine Anteaters scored three runs in the sixth inning to secure a 5-0 win over the Portland Pilots in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at Anteater Ballpark. UC Irvine also tallied runs in the first and eighth innings.

The Pilots drop their second straight game after winning five in a row. Portland is now 9-6 on the season, while UC Irvine improves to 16-5-1.

Up 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Anteaters loaded the bases against Portland senior starter Sean Sargent (1-1). After Sargent was lifted for junior reliever Chris Siegfried, Matt Morris knocked in two runs with a double down the right field line. Taylor Holiday then brought home another run with a sacrifice fly to center field to make it 4-0.

Sargent was charged with three runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out four. Siegfried pitched 1.2 innings, before reliever Brian Yoakum pitched the final inning.

Cory Hamilton (1-1) held Portland scoreless on four hits and two strikeouts in four innings of work. Gary Nakashima struck out two and allowed one hit in 3.0 innings, while relievers Christian Bergman and Chris Lopez both pitched an inning.

Senior third baseman Jesse Rodgers and sophomore designated hitter Chase Powell both had two hits for Portland, which totaled seven hits for the game. The Anteaters recorded 11 hits.

The Anteaters opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded, Ben Oloff scored on a wild pitch. In the eighth, UC Irvine made it 5-0 on an RBI double by Holiday.

Down a run in the sixth, Portland threatened to tie the score after senior outfielder Justin Pierce led off with a double. Sophomore outfielder Cory Wiltshire then advanced Pierce to third with a sacrifice bunt. Bur the Pilots were unable to capitalize as junior outfielder Danny Meier flied out to left field before Powell struck out.

Portland next concludes its five-game California road trip with a game against the No. 19 USC Trojans on Wednesday. The Pilots and Trojans are slated to play at 6:00 p.m. in Los Angeles. The Pilots then host the Utah Utes for three games next weekend, beginning with a game at 3:00 p.m. atJoe Etzel Field on Friday.

San Jose State - 10
San Francisco - 6

San Jose, CA - USF dropped a 10-6 decision at San Jose State in non-conference baseball action Tuesday at Municipal Stadium. The Dons (9-9) once again struggled to find the big hits when needed and hit into three double plays and stranded nine on base and the Spartans (12-7) capitalized in completing the season series sweep.

Sophomore outfielder Zach Kim went 3-for-4 and slapped a two-run single in the second, staking USF to a 2-0 lead, but it was all San Jose State from there. Junior Mitchell Bialosky also collected a pair of hits for the Dons, who equaled the Spartans with 12 base hits on the night.

SJSU cracked the scoreboard with a four-run third inning, capped by a two-run homer from Kyle Bellows. From there, the Spartans added single runs in the fourth and sixth, before erupting for another four tallies in the seventh inning. The Dons rallied late and plated four in the ninth as three straight singles loaded the bases with no outs. USF scored a run on an error, a fielder's choice a wild pitch and a Bialosky RBI single.

Junior left-hander Matt Baugh (1-1) suffered the loss for the Dons, allowing four runs (three earned) off three hits in one inning. Tyler Green (2-0) notched the win for the Spartans.

San Francisco returns to action when it takes on defending national champion Oregon State in a three game series in Corvallis, beginning Friday, March 16. First pitch against the Beavers on Friday is set for 4:00 PM at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.