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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/15

March 15, 2006

Gonzaga - 12
Bucknell - 2

FRESNO, Calif. - Darin Holcomb drove in five runs as the Gonzaga University Bulldogs (12-9) scored early and often during a 12-2 win over Bucknell University (4-7) on day three action of the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic. The Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak to open the six-day tournament.

Holcomb started the Bulldogs rally in the top of the third hitting his fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot off Bisons starter Ryan Gryskevicz (0-2). Freshman designated hitter Ryan Wiegand followed three batters later with a bases clearing double and Gryskevicz was done for the day.

Bobby McEwen was solid for the Bulldogs tossing 6 innings with six strike outs and two runs allowed. McEwen improved to 2-1 as the game was called after seven innings due to a predetermined 10-run rule.

Gonzaga added two more runs in the fourth on a Bobby Carlson two-run double and Holcomb drove in his final two runs with a two-run double in the fifth. Carlson was 3-for-5 while Holcomb was 2-for-4. Wiegand was 2-for-3.

Bucknell scored its only two runs in the bottom of the sixth as pinch-hitter Alex DeOteris connected for a two-run double. Austin Turbin was 2-for-2 for the Bison.

Gonzaga will play Lafayette at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. Fans can watch Game Tracker statistics by clicking on www.GoZags.com

San Diego - 8
Texas Southern - 1

HOUSTON, Tex. - The University of San Diego baseball team (13-9) scored eight unanswered runs to come from behind and claim an 8-1 non-conference win against Texas Southern University (14-5) Wednesday afternoon.

After the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, USD would knot the score at one run apiece in the fourth inning on a Shane Buschini ground out to the second baseman, scoring Keoni Ruth, who had singled.

USD did most of its scoring damage in the fifth inning putting up three runs on three hits. Ryan Lilly got tings rolling with a stand-up double to center field. Steve Singleton then singled to right field and advanced to second on the throw, allowing Lilly to score giving USD a 2-1 lead. Singleton moved to third on a Jordan Abruzzo ground out to the shortstop. Ruth drove in Singleton with an RBI single to left field. Ruth then stole both second and third base and came home for the final run of the inning on a Daniel Magness groundout to the shortstop.

The Toreros would go on to score one run in the sixth inning on a Buschini run scoring double, two runs in the eighth on a Buschini run scoring double and a Logan Gelbrich single and would cap their scoring in the ninth inning with one run on a wild pitch to put the game at its final of 8-1.

Buschini led the offensive charge for the Toreros going 3-for-4 with three RBI and two doubles.

Ricardo Pecina (2-1) picked up the win for the Toreros allowing one run on six hits while striking out five in 6.1 innings of work. Miller was saddled with the loss for the Tigers allowing four runs on six hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will have Thursday off before taking on the Cougars of the University of Houston in a three-game non-conference series this weekend. Friday's game is schedule for a 5 p.m. (PST) start.

San Francisco - 4
Sacramento State - 2

Sacramento, CA - USF baseball rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh inning and junior right-hander Jason Dufloth did the rest in a 4-2 non-conference victory Wednesday afternoon against Sacramento State at Hornet Field. The Dons (9-11) capture their fourth straight win and capture the season series against the Hornets (9-13) 4-1.

Sophomore infielders Joey Railey and Tavo Hall created havoc at the top of the USF lineup and each collected two hits and stole a pair of bases. Junior infielder Scott Cousins went 1-for-3 with a pair of sacrifice flies, while sophomore infielder Mitchell Bialosky added another hit.

USF trailed 1-0 heading into the third but with one out Railey singled and advanced to third on a single by Hall and scored on a balk to tie the contest. The Hornets tacked on a single run in the bottom of the frame. The Dons tied the contest in the fifth after a one-out double by Railey, who advanced to third on a single by Hall and scored on the first of two sac flies from Cousins.

San Francisco took its first lead of the game in the seventh as Bialosky led off with a single, followed by a walk to Railey. Hall then reached on an error to load the bases setting the stage for the go ahead run off a sacrifice fly from Cousins. After a double steal, Railey scored on an error.

Sophomore right-hander John Quine (1-1) collected the win for the Dons in relief, allowing one run off six hits in 4.0 innings. Junior right-hander Jason Dufloth also picked well and picked up his first save in the Green and Gold, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and struck out three without a walk. The Dons bullpen issued just one free pass in 7.0 innings.

USF returns to action when it takes on New Mexico Friday, March 17 in Albuquerque in the first of a three-game set. First pitch against the Lobos is set for 6:00 PM at Isotopes Field.

San Jose State - 6
Portland - 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose State scored four runs in the first inning and held on for a 6-2 victory over Portland in a non-conference baseball game at Municipal Stadium Wednesday night. The Spartans (15-9) pounded out five hits and four runs in the first inning to complete a two-game series sweep over the Pilots (3-13).

SJSU earned a 5-4 victory on Tuesday by using two early runs to gain an advantage. Portland would outhit the Spartans 10-8 in that loss. Wednesday was the same formula as SJSU chased UP starter Josh Roberts after one inning with four runs. The Pilots would collect an 8-7 advantage in hits, but could not overcome the early deficit. Roberts took the loss and is now 1-3 on the season.

Portland sophomore southpaw Ari Ronick came on in the second inning with the Pilots trailing 4-1 with a runner on first and nobody out. Ronick would toss 4.1 perfect innings, striking out five to give UP a chance, but no runs materialized.

SJSU tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth as UP reliever Joe Jones came on for Ronick. Aaron Loewenthal was hit by a pitch and Chris Williammee walked before John Shaffer singled in the first run. Junior right hander Sean Sargent came on and allowed a fielder's choice RBI before getting out of the jam.

Spartan starter Matt Winck (2-0) nearly went the distance, tossing 8.2 innings and allowing just two earned runs. Branden Dewing came on to get the final out in the ninth as the Pilots scored when senior Gustaf Little led off with a pinch hit single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Cory Wiltshire. Dewing got Andrew Wrisley to fly out to end the game and record his first save of the year.

UP had the early lead as freshman second baseman Sean Nicol extended his hitting streak to eight games with a leadoff double and later scored on a groundout by sophomore Danny Meier.

The Spartans quickly answered with a four spot in the bottom of the frame on five hits, a hit by pitch and a wild pitch. Shaffer, who finished 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, collected an RBI-single in the inning.

Wiltshire was the lone Pilot with two hits in the game, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI. Sophomore righty Brian Yoakum pitched a scoreless eighth inning for UP. Yoakum has not allowed a run in 5.2 innings of work out of the bullpen this season.

Portland continues its tretcherous road stretch at Utah for a three-game series with the Utes beginning on Friday, March 17 at 1 p.m. Both Saturday and Sunday games are scheduled for noon starts.

UC Davis - 9
Santa Clara - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After a tough road trip that saw the Broncos score 29 runs in two losses at 25th-ranked Washington last weekend, Santa Clara returned home for the first of a four-game homestand tonight against UC Davis. But, the normally reliable bats weren't able to produce against the Aggies as the Broncos absorbed a 9-1 loss at Schott Stadium.

Santa Clara fell to 10-11 on the season with the loss, while UC Davis improved to 10-9. The Broncos return to action Saturday with a single game against Northwestern at Schott Stadium. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday. Action each day will begin at 1 p.m. and live coverage will be available on SantaClaraBroncos.com.

For the Broncos at the plate, designated hitter Carl Bacon went 2-for-3 with a run scored as the only Bronco with a multiple-hit game. Third baseman Brady Fuerst drove Bacon across the plate in the seventh inning for SCU's only run and Shortstop Michael Lange produced SCU's only other hit on a single to left field in the bottom of the third inning.

Starter Bryan Evans (3-2) earned the win for UC Davis after pitching five full innings and allowing just two hits and striking our five SCU batters. Shortstop Matt Dempsey led the Aggies offensively with a 3-for-5 performance with three RBI.

Sophomore Donald Brandt (1-1) was making only his second appearance of the year after missing most of last season due to injury. The Santa Clara, Calif. native went two and one-third innings and allowed just one hit and two earned runs before putting two runners on base with one out in the top of the third inning.

Justin Kuehn entered the game in relief but UC Davis first baseman Jimmy Goetz reached on an error and both runners advanced to load the bases with just one out. Aggie right fielder Tyler LaTorre then singled up the middle to score the first two runs of the game. After Kuehn struck out Michael Hernandez for the second out of the inning, he walked loaded the bases before consecutive singles scored three more UC Davis runs to give the Aggies a 5-0 lead.

SCU's most serious scoring threat came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bacon and Matt Long reached base on walks and Lange turned a sacrifice bunt attempt into a baserunning opportunity on an error by Evans.

With bases loaded, one out and a full count, plate umpire Sid Aguilar called Fuerst for a controversial swinging third strike. That prompted a visit and discussion from SCU head coach Mark O'Brien and he was subsequently ejection from the game. With two outs, catcher Kris Watts hit a high fly ball that was caught in foul territory down the third base line for the final out of the inning.