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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 14, 2008

Gonzaga - 17
New Mexico State - 10

Fresno, Calif. - Behind strong offensive efforts by Evan Wells and Grant Kveder, the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated New Mexico State University 17-10 at the 2008 Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic in Fresno, Calif. The Zags will take a 3-2 record in the tournament into the championship game on Saturday.

Kveder led the Bulldogs (9-7) with five hits, going a perfect 5-for-5 with a double, three runs batted in and three runs scored. Wells led the Zags on the afternoon, driving in six runs on four hits while scoring one. In total, Gonzaga recorded 21 hits on the afternoon for a season-high.

GU starter Matt Fields (2-1) earned the victory allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out five over 5.1 frames. Jeremy Stumetz, Andrew Danner and Cody Martin all saw time out of the pen for the Zags as Martin continued his strong rookie season allowing no runs and one hit during the final inning of the game. New Mexico State (6-6) starting pitcher Sebastian Vendette (0-1) suffered the loss as he allowed seven runs on six hits over 2.1 innings of work.

The Bulldogs opened scoring with three runs in the second inning thanks to run-scoring singles to right field by Wells and Jason Chatwood. The Aggies responded with a run in the bottom of the frame as Colin Crouthamel hit a solo home run.

Gonzaga used four hits to erupt for six runs in the top of the third. The Bulldogs sent 11 batters to the plate as Kveder, Drew Heid, Wells, Chatwood, Ryan Wiegand and Brett Nicholas each earned runs batted in during the inning. New Mexico State's Joesph Scaperotta drove home a run in the bottom of the frame with a single, narrowing GU's lead to 9-2.

Wells recorded two more RBIs in the fourth and sixth frames to help the Zags extend their lead to 11-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth. NMSU rallied in the bottom of the inning for four runs. The Aggies' sixth inning effort was highlighted by a two-run double to centerfield by Trevor Bloom.

Gonzaga answered with five runs in the seventh inning thanks to four run-scoring singles, including a two-run base hit to left by Kveder. New Mexico State lessened the blow in the bottom of the frame scoring one run to bring the score to 16-7.

New Mexico State capped its scoring in the bottom of the eighth as Marcus Quade, Franky Busani, and Gavin Heineman each drove home one run a piece.

The Zags finalized the scored at 17-10 in the top of the ninth as Wiegand singled to right, scoring Wells.

The Bulldogs' victory provided them with the right to play for the tournament championship Saturday evening as they will take on the University of Utah at 6:05 p.m as the Zags' Cory Powell is expected to get the start on the mound. Earlier this week, Gonzaga defeated the Utes 10-5.

Pepperdine - 5
Oral Roberts - 3

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine starter Nathan Newman tossed eight strong innings and the #17 Waves posted a 5-3 win over Oral Roberts on Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine improved to 12-4 with the win while Oral Roberts fell to 10-3. The Waves improved to 10-1 at home with the victory and have won nine consecutive games at Eddy D. Field Std.

Newman and Oral Roberts' starter Jerry Sullivan kept each team scoreless through the first four innings, but Pepperdine got on the board in the fifth inning as Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) singled to lead off the inning and scored on Chase d'Arnaud's (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) RBI triple. Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) followed with a sac fly to score d'Arnaud to give the Waves a 2-0 lead. Pepperdine added a run in the sixth, as d'Arnaud scored on David Harris' (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC) sac fly, pushing the Waves lead to 3-0.

In the seventh inning, Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) led off with a single, moved to second base on Denny Duron's (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) sacrifice bunt, and scored on Bryce Mendonca's (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) RBI double. Mendonca came around to score on Aidem's RBI single, increasing the Waves' lead to 5-0.

The Golden Eagles finally got on the board in the ninth, on a three-run homer off Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) to cut Pepperdine's lead to 5-3, but Gaudi rebounded to strike out the side and seal Pepperdine's win.

Newman (Houston, Texas/Grayson C.C.) tossed eight innings, allowing four hits and two runs while fanning four batters. Newman improved to 3-1 with the win, while Sullivan fell to 2-2. Newman is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA over his last three starts spanning 25 innings.

Aidem led the Waves offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with one RBI, Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) notched a pair of hits, and d'Arnaud scored two runs and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Brendan Duffy led the Golden Eagles with two hits, and David Genao registered three RBI.

The Waves and Golden Eagles continue their three-game series tomorrow with a 1 p.m. game at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Cal - 10
LMU - 4

BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior Sean Dovel and sophomore Angelo Songco each homered before LMU (7-8) fell to No. 12 California (11-1-1) on Friday, 10-4, in the first of a four-game series between the two teams over the weekend in Berkeley, Calif.

The Lions managed ten hits in the game, with all 10 coming from different Lion hitters. Dovel finished the game 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the fifth inning, while Songco batted 1-for-3 with a two-run shot in the fourth. For Dovel, the home run was his first of the season, while Songco's was his second. Justin Bunkis collected the only other RBI in the game for the Lions, collecting pinch-hit single in the ninth inning.

Senior Andy Beal got the start and lasted four innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out three batters to be tagged with his second loss of the season. Brett Williams tossed three inning of relief, surrendering three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three batters. Jeremy Burrell finished the game on the hill for the Lions, pitching the final inning and allowing a run on three walks.

Jeff Kobernus, Blake Smith, Michael Brady and Brett Jackson each collected two hits for Cal in the game. Jackson and Smith added a run scored and two RBI in the victory. Leadoff hitter Rich Gorman also drove in two runs for the Golden Bears. Right-hander Tyson Ross got the victory in his second start of the season, tossing five innings and allowing three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out three batters. Todd Fitzgerald and Daniel Wolford combined to pitch a scoreless three innings relief before Michael Bugary allowed one run on four hits and walk in the ninth.

Cal got on the board first in the second inning, plating two runs to take an early 2-0 advantage. Josh Satin doubled to extend his hitting streak to 13 straight games to leadoff the frame. Dylan Tonneson followed two batters later with a singled to plate Satin and the first run of the game. Mark Canha followed with his only hit of the day, a double down the left field line to plate Tonneson, just a few moments later.

The Golden Bears extended the lead to 5-0 after three innings. Jackson picked-up a RBI single in the frame before Smith collected a two-RBI single with one out to plate Jackson and Satin later in the inning.

Songco cut the lead to 5-2 with his second home run of the season in the fourth. The centerfielder blasted a 3-0 fastball over the wall in right field to score junior Ollie Enos and himself. Enos had reached in the previous at bat when he connected on a two-out single.

Cal scratched back for one run in the bottom of the fourth, with a Kobernus double setting up the frame. With two out in the inning, Jackson once again came up clutch, singling home Kobernus and the sixth Golden Bear run.

Dovel connected for his first home run of the season in the fifth inning, hitting a towering solo-shot over the wall in left field to cut the lead to 6-3.

Cal would rally for three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to open up a 10-3 advantage after eight innings. Back-to-back RBI-singles by Gorman and Kobernus plated the first two runs in the seventh before David Cooper lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to push the final run of the inning across. LMU walked the bases loaded in the eighth before a Gorman hit-by-pitch forced in the run.

The Lions threatened in the ninth inning, loading the bases and scoring a run with two out in the final frame. T.J. Bernardy led things off with a single before being erased trying to move to second base on a pitch in the dirt. After the second out was recorded, Brett Mendoza singled to get the ball rolling. Freshman pinch-hitter Matt Koch followed with a double before Andrew Irvine walked to load the bases. Bunkis followed with his pinch-hit RBI-single to push the final run of the game across for the Lions.

LMU and Cal will continue their four-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Junior right-hander Mike Kenney is slated to start game one for the Lions, while freshman Martin Viramontes will get the call in game two.

Indiana - 7
Portland - 0

FRESNO, Calif. --- The Portland Pilots were shutout 7-0 by the Indiana Hoosiers on the fifth day of the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic at Beiden Field on Friday. Indiana outhit Portland 10-6 on the day, as the Pilots fall to 12-7.

Indiana improves to 7-7.

The Hoosiers scored a run in each of the first three innings before plating three in the bottom of the sixth. It was more than enough runs for IU starter Matt Bashore (2-2), who had a dominant day on the mound. Bashore went 8.0 innings and struck out 12. He walked four and allowed six hits. Chris Squires retired all three batters he face in the ninth to seal the win.

Senior Ari Ronick (1-2) takes the loss for Portland. Ronick went five and third, allowing four runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked four. Freshman Zach Varce and sophomore Ed Wakefield also pitched for the Pilots.

Indiana's run in the first inning was unearned after Andrew Means scored on a Portland error. Tyler Rogers blasted a solo home run in the second and Jerrud Sabourin tallied an RBI double in the third to stake Indiana a 3-0 lead.

The lead would grow to six a few innings later. After Sabourin scored on a balk by Varce in the sixth, Evan Crawford knocked in two with a single up the middle.

The Pilots look to cut into the lead when they loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh. But Bashore struck out three straight Pilots to end the threat.

Indiana responded by scoring its final run in the bottom of the seventh after Sabourin left the yard with the bases empty.

Sophomore C Rocky Gale picked up two hits for the Pilots, while Sabourin led the way for the Hoosiers with three hits and a pair of RBI's.

Portland, which is 2-3 at the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic, next plays its final game in Fresno on Saturday. The time of the game and Portland's opponent has yet to be determined.

Houston - 8
San Francisco - 3

Houston, TX - San Francisco out hit Houston 12-10, but left eight runners on base as it fell to the Cougars 8-3 in non-conference baseball action at Cougar Field. USF (7-9) had a rough time containing a speedy Houston team (11-5) as the Cougars stole six bases on the night.

Senior Mitchell Bialosky had a busy night, playing both sides of the ball. Bialosky led the Dons, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Senior right-fielder Kyle Morgan doubled and had an RBI on a 2-for-3 night. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel had a double and an RBI.

Right-hander Bialosky fell to 0-3 on the season, as he allowed six runs (five earned) off seven hits in 4.1 innings. Freshman left-hander Garrett Luippold gave up the Cougars final two runs (both earned) off three hits in 3.2 innings of relief. Bialosky and Luippold had identical strikeout to walk ratios on the night, fanning three Cougars and not allowing a free pass.

Down 2-0 in the top of the second, the Dons cut the lead in half. Bialosky singled to start the inning, and two outs later, scored on Ethel's double.

Houston broke the game open in the fifth, plating five runs, before scoring a final insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.

USF would mount two comeback tries. First, in the six, they scored one as senior shortstop Tavo Hall singled to lead off the inning. He moved to second on sophomore first baseman Derek Poppert's single, and scored on Morgan's double. With two runners in scoring position and only one out, the Dons couldn't push across another run. Poppert was tagged at home for out number two. Junior left fielder Drew Johnson, who had reached on the fielder's choice moved to second on a wild pitch, but with runners on second and third again, Ethel struck out to end the inning. The Dons plated one more in the eighth, but it wasn't enough.

Houston's sophomore left-hander Wes Musick (4-0) earned the win, throwing 8.0 innings, only allowing three runs (two earned), off 10 hits, three walks, and struck out seven Dons. Freshman right-hander Chase Dempsey threw a scoreless, two hit ninth. Leading the Cougars at the plate was senior second baseman Ryan Lormand, who went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

USF and Houston continue the series tomorrow at 4:30 PM Pacific.

UC Davis - 3
Santa Clara - 0

DAVIS, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team faced its first shutout of the season as UC Davis posted a 3-0 win Friday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium. The setback gives the Broncos a 10-4 overall record, while the Aggies improved to 9-7 on the season.

The Aggies scored in both the first and second innings to take a 3-0 lead. Jake Jefferies has a two RBI single in the first inning to bring home Ty Kelly and Ryan Royster. Royster walked in the leadoff spot, while Kelly singled and advanced to second on the throw. In the second inning, Kyle Mihaylo hit a solo home run. UC Davis tallied three runs on three hits.

Both teams were held scoreless for the remainder of the contest though the Broncos finally got their first hit of the contest on a Ryan Conan single in the top of the fifth inning. Santa Clara's four hits for the game were the lowest the team has been held to thus far this season.

The Broncos and Aggies continue action on Saturday, March 15 at Stephen Schott Stadium in Santa Clara. First pitch in the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.