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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 13, 2008

San Diego - 3
Western Illinois - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (9-7) claimed a 3-1 win over Western Illinois University (1-8) Thursday afternoon in a non-conference game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

The Leathernecks put up one run on two hits in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. WIU's run came on a Drew Laidig RBI single up the middle, which scored Cole Waddell, who led off the inning with a stand-up double.

San Diego then responded in their half of the inning as they scored two runs on two hits. With two outs, Victor Sanchez got things started with a stand-up double down the left field line. After Josh Romanski walked to move Sanchez to third, Anthony Strazzara then drove in both runners with a two-run double to give USD a 2-1 lead.

San Diego then added an insurance run in the bottom of the third inning. Sean Nicol led off the inning with an infield single and Kevin Muno moved Nicol to second on a infield single. Romanski then drove in Nicol with a RBI single through the right side to put the game at its final of 3-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Romanski led the way as he went a perfect 2-for-2 with one double and one RBI. Sanchez also looked solid at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with two doubles and Zach Walters was the final USD player to record multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-4.

Matt Thompson (1-1) picked up his first win in a Torero uniform as he allowed no runs on two hits in 3.1 innings of work. Sophomore All-American AJ Griffin picked up his fourth save of the season, allowing no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work. WIU's Travis Tolsma (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Leathernecks.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they say Aloha to the mainland and head for the Hawaiian Islands to take on Hawaii - Hilo in a double header. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Fresno State - 10
Gonzaga - 1

Fresno, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team was held to one hit as the Zags dropped a 10-1 decision to host Fresno State University as part of the 2008 Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic in Fresno, Calif. Gonzaga is now 2-2 in the six-day tournament.

The Zags (8-7) were held hitless until the sixth inning when Drew Heid recorded a one-out single. The game marked the first time since the opening game of the 2007 campaign that Gonzaga has been held to one hit.

GU starting pitcher Brandon Harmon (1-2) suffered the loss as the senior allowed six runs, four earned, on nine hits over 5.2 frames. CJ McClure earned an appearance out of the Zags' pen going 2.1 innings allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits. Fresno State (6-9) starter Justin Miller (3-0) was awarded the victory as he allowed one run on one hit over seven innings.

The Zags posted their lone run of the contest in the eighth inning without the help of a hit. Leadoff batter Evan Wells walked to open the inning and advanced to second has Jason Chatwood drew a four-pitch walk. One batter later, Ryan Wiegand reached base on a fielders' choice before advancing to second on a fielding error by Fresno State's shortstop that also scored Wells.

Fresno State opened scoring early, posted three runs over the opening two innings. Both runs in the first were unearned due to a GU fielding error. In the second, Jordan Ribera knocked a home run to right field to provide FSU with a 3-0 edge.

Fresno State did not score again until the fifth as it proceeded to score in each frame after that. In the fifth, it posted a run thanks to a solo shot to right by Todd Sandell before using doubles by Danny Muno and Sandell to drive in two runs in the sixth. Fresno State added two more in the seventh on another home run, a two-run long ball to center by Steve Detwiler. Scoring capped in the bottom of the eighth as Fresno State scored on a double by Sandell and a fielding error to capture the 10-1 victory.

Gonzaga provided ample scoring opportunities during the contest, as the Zags' stranded eight runners on base thanks to seven walks, one hit batter and two Fresno State errors.

The Zags will continue play at the 2008 Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic Friday as they face New Mexico State University at 2 p.m. Matt Fields is expected to earn the start on the mound for GU.

New Mexico State - 10
Portland - 1

FRESNO, Calif. --- Portland lost for just the second time in the past eight games as the New Mexico State Aggies handed the Pilots a 10-1 defeat on the fourth day of the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic at Beiden Field on Thursday. The Pilots were hurt by two errors, which led to five unearned runs.

The Pilots are now 2-2 at the Fresno State tournament and are 12-6 overall. The Aggies are also 2-2 in Fresno and improve to 7-5 on the season.

New Mexico State's win was keyed by a seven-run third inning, which broke open a scoreless game. After striking out five of the game's first seven batters, Portland starter David Gruener (1-2) was touched for seven runs in the top of the third, only two of which were earned. With two outs, Marcus Quade and Chris Auten both knocked in a run to make it 2-0 New Mexico State.

The Pilots then made their first error of the inning to keep the Aggies' rally alive. Following a bases-loaded walk that forced in a run, Bryan Marquez smacked a two-run single to center field to make it 5-0. After another run scored on another UP error, Trevor Bloom knocked in New Mexico State's seventh run of the frame.

Gruener found his rhythm from there and followed the third with four scoreless innings. He finished with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work.

Heath Goin (1-0) picked up the win for the Aggies after pitching seven scoreless innings. He scattered seven hits, three each to Portland junior OF Bryant Kraus and freshman 2B Riley Henricks, and struck out five. Goin did not allow a walk.

Kraus also picked up Portland's lone RBI of the day when NMSU reliever Oliver Webster plunked him with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Webster would settle down to end the game.

Previously, the Aggies picked up two more runs in the top of the eighth inning and another in the top of the ninth off of freshman reliever Tyler Thompson, who pitched the final two innings.

The Aggies outhit the Pilots 12-8 on the day.

Portland next continues play at the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic on Friday against the Indiana Hoosiers at 10:00 a.m.