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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/14

March 14, 2006

Fresno State - 5
Gonzaga - 1

FRESNO, Calif. - After waiting through rain delays that cancelled the first two games of the day at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic, Gonzaga University and Fresno State University finally squeezed in nine innings with Fresno State winning the battle of Bulldogs. FSU won 5-1 to improve to 15-8. Gonzaga dropped to 11-9.

Josh Monroe was effective on the mound for the first five innings before Fresno State scored the first runs of the game. Beau Mills connected for a two-run triple to stake FSU to a 2-0 lead. Monroe worked one more strong inning but was saddled with the loss falling to 2-2.

Fresno State added three more runs in the eighth scoring on a wild pitch and an RBI singles by Chris Vitters and Steve Susdorf. Susdorf and Mills both had two hits for Fresno State.

Gonzaga made the game interesting in the ninth. Zach Woodward drove home Gonzaga's lone run on a ground out. Gonzaga stranded runners at second and third when the game ended. GU was limited to only four hits with Scott Campbell, Jackson Brennan, Dustin Colclough and Aaron McGuinness all collecting hits.

Andy Underwood (4-2) picked up the win with 8.1 innings of work allowing only one run with seven strike outs.

Gonzaga plays Bucknell University at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. All games from the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic will have Game Tracker statistics available through the www.GoZags.com website.

UC Irvine - 10
LMU - 5

Los Angeles, Calif. - After scoring four runs in the seventh and loading the bases in the eighth, the Lions couldn't push across the final runs they needed, and fell 10-5 to UC Irvine Tuesday afternoon at Page Stadium. LMU (9-13) had won five of its last six, including three straight, but dropped its second contest to the Anteaters (14-9) this season.

The Lions cut the Anteaters' lead to just two runs at 7-5 after scoring four in the bottom of the seventh. Senior Erik Johnson, who joined the Lions this fall after transferring from UC Irvine, led off the inning with a double to left. Catcher Sean Dovel drove in Johnson with a single. Casey Gordon reached first on a fielder's choice ball that saw UCI second baseman Tyler Vaughn overthrow his attempt to get Kyle Mura at second. That errant throw brought in Dovel and left Mura safely at second. Freshman Brian Wilson then brought in Mura and Gordon with a single to right to make it 7-5.

The Lions had also hung a run in the bottom of the fourth when Wilson put up a leadoff single up the middle and advanced to third on a double by Eric Farris. Reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week Chris Pettit plated Wilson with a sacrifice fly to right field.

But the Anteaters held off the LMU rally, scoring in each of the final five innings. Closer Blair Erickson picked up his sixth save of the season after throwing the final two innings for UCI. Starter Gary Nakashima earned the win in the pre-determined staff day for the Anteaters after holding the Lions to one hit in his three innings of work.

UCI had scored first in the top of the second, pushing two unearned runs across the plate after a two-run error.

LMU senior Roberto Torres made his fourth start of the season, but fell to 0-3 after allowing two earned runs on five hits in his five innings pitched.

Wilson upped his team-best batting average to .380 after a 3-for-3, two RBI day at the plate. Farris finished 2-for-4.

Taylor Holiday and Jaime Martinez combined for a 8-for-10 offensive effort for UC Irvine.

The Lions will next face a three-game weekend series with cross-town foe Cal State Northridge. Games one and two will be played in Northridge, while Sunday's game will be at Page Stadium. The series opens Friday with a 2:00 p.m. game and fans can follow all of the action from Matador Field on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

San Jose State - 5
Portland - 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Spartans scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Portland Pilots 5-4 in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium. Portland outhit the Spartans 10-7 in the loss, which drops UP's overall record to 3-12.

SJSU improves to 14-9.

The Pilots, who have been outscored 25-4 during the first inning this season, again found themselves in an early hole as the Spartans scored two off of Portland starter Peter Beringhaus in the first. Ryan Angel and Aaron Loewenthal each knocked in a run with a single.

San Jose State added a run in the second when Nick Epidendio, who had reached base when Beringhaus plunked him, scored on a passed ball by reliever Blaine Hardy. Hardy then pitched a solid 4.2 innings allowing no runs on three hits and two strikeouts.

Still trailing 3-0 in the fourth, the Pilots scored when Andrew Wrisley brought home James Allan with a single to center fielder.

With the score still 3-1 with a runner on in the seventh inning, Danny Meier connected on his second home run of the season off of reliever Chris Balatico to tie the score at 3-3.

SJSU answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Chris Williammee made it a 4-3 ball game with a double down the right field line that scored David Pierson.

Matthew Peters led off the top of the eighth with a double down the right field line. With one out, Meier gave UP runners on the corners after drawing a walk. Sean Nicol then tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI on a fielder's choice to the shortstop that allowed Peters to cross the plate.

But again the Spartans answered with a run in their half of the inning. With a runner on second, Austin Dirkx replaced Portland reliever Justin Ehlers on the mound. John Schafer then brought home the go-ahead run making it 5-4 with a single up the middle. Ehlers (0-2), who pitched an inning, was charged with the run and the loss.

The Pilots then had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the ninth. SJSU reliever Steve Jones got Travis Vetters to fly out to center, before striking out Peters to end the game and pick up his fourth save this season.

Wink (1-0), who gave up Portland's run in the eighth, pitched one inning for the win.

Portland and San Jose State play the second game of a two-game set on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

California - 6
Saint Mary's - 0

Berkeley, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team suffered a 6-0 decision to the California Golden Bears Tuesday afternoon from Evans Diamond on the Berkeley campus. The Gaels out-hit the Bears 7-5 but were unable to translate the hits into runs. After the loss, SMC falls to 11-8 on the year while Cal improves to 10-8.

Senior pitcher Ian Farmer was dealing early, throwing a no-no through five, but tough errors and some walks enabled the Bears to score a hitless run in the fourth. Mike Van Winden was able to score on a wild pitch after being walked to lead off the inning.

In the sixth, the Bears were able to put two on the board when Allen Craig doubled down the left field line to bring in Brennan Boesch. After Craig stole third, Josh Satin enabled Craig to score on an error.

The Bears tacked on one more in the seventh when Travis Howell singled through the right side to bring in Rob Nesbitt, who was earlier walked.

Cal ended its scoring in the eighth when it added two more. Craig started the inning with his second double of the game. He was later driven in by a single to right field by Kyle Spraker. The Bears rounded out their scoring on a wild pitch that scored Satin.

Offensively, the Gaels were led by junior Eric Cattoni and senior Adam Hicks. Cattoni finished the day 2-for-4 while Hicks added a 2-for-3 performance. Senior Sam Carter saw his 16-game hit streak snapped after a 0-for-4 day from the plate.

The Bears were led by Craig's 2-for-3 day, adding two runs scored and two doubles. Spraker and Howell each tallied RBIs for Cal.

Farmer (1-4) recorded the loss after allowing three hits and three earned in 6 1/3 innings pitched. Freshman Ryan Doyle came in and allowed one earned while striking out two in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Freshman Chris Petrini earned his first victory for Cal as the Bears threw eight different pitchers over the course of the game.

Saint Mary's will return to action when it heads to Cedar City, UT to face the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. The first game of the three-game series is scheduled for Friday, March 17, with first pitch slated for 2 p.m. from Thunderbird Park.

Rice - 11
San Diego - 2

HOUSTON, Tex. - The University of San Diego Baseball team (12-9) saw its five-game win streak come to an end with an 11-2 loss to No. 2 Rice University (6-5) Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Reckling Field.

After the Owls scored one run in the first inning, the Toreros were able to knot the score at one run apiece in the second inning. Keoni Ruth led off with a stand-up double to right field. After Shane Buschini popped out to the shortstop, Ryan Lilly hit a single to center field. The RU centerfielder committed an error which allowed Ruth to score and advanced Lilly to second.

The Toreros then took the lead in the third inning when Justin Snyder hit a solo home run to right field giving USD their only lead of the game.

Rice would go on to score 10 unanswered runs to claim the non-conference victory.

Offensively for the Toreros, four batters recorded multiple hits with Lilly, Ruth and Jordan Abruzzo all going 2-for-4 and Daniel Magness went 2-for-3.

Freshman Josh Romanski (0-4) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing four runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings of work. Bobby Bramhall (1-0) picks up the win for the Owls allowing no runs on three hits in 3.2 innings of work.

The Toreros will look to return to their winning ways on Wednesday as they remain in the Houston area to play a single non-conference game against Texas Southern University at 5 p.m. (PST).

San Francisco at Sacramento State Postponed

Sacramento, CA - USF's scheduled Tuesday baseball game at Sacramento State has been cancelled due to heavy rain. San Francisco and Sacramento State will play Wednesday at 2 pm. Live audio will be available on USFDons.com.