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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 15, 2008

Gonzaga - 10
Utah - 7

Fresno, Calif. - Grant Kveder was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic Saturday as the Gonzaga University baseball team scored seven runs in the sixth inning to capture the tournament title with a 10-7 victory over the University of Utah in Fresno, Calif. During the championship game, Kveder led the Bulldogs going 3-for-5 with a run scored.

Gonzaga captured the victory thanks to a seven run rally in the bottom of the sixth. In the inning, the Bulldogs sent a dozen batters to the plate, recording seven hits, all of which were singles. The first nine batters sent to the plate reached first, as Gonzaga capitalized on a hit-by-pitch, an error and six consecutive singles. Seven Zags drove home runs in the frame, including Tyson Van Winkle who plated two runs with a hit to center.

CJ McClure (3-1) earned his second win of the tournament Saturday as the reliever threw 1.1 innings allowing one hit while striking out one. Cory Powell earned the start for Gonzaga as he pitched 5.2 innings en route to the no decision. Cody Martin picked up his team-leading second save of the season as the freshman struck out three over the final two frames of the afternoon. Utah (6-10) reliever Bennett Askew suffered the loss, allowing six runs, four earned, on four hits over 2.1 innings of work.

Utah jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the first and second innings. In the first, the Utes' Austin Jones and Dustin Hennis each recorded run-scoring hits to score two runs in the opening frame. Utah added a run in the third as Fred Ferguson scored on a GU fielding error.

The Zags narrowed the lead to a run in the third, scoring two-runs on a single to right field by Ryan Wiegand that plated Marcus McKimmy and Jason Chatwood. Wiegand led the Bulldogs on the evening with three RBI.

Bryan Winston added a run for GU in the fourth when he was brought home on a groundout by Shawn Wayt.

Ferguson, Tyler Relf, and Cody Guymon helped to extend Utah's lead to 6-3 in the top of the sixth as each recorded run-scoring hits, including a double by Ferguson.

Utah capped scoring in the top of the eighth as it scored one run on a home run to right by Corey Shimada.

Kveder led Gonzaga (10-7) during the six-game event, batting .500 with 10 hits, five runs scored and five runs batted in as the Bulldogs posted a 4-2 record to earn the program's first Pepsi/Johnny Quick title.

The Bulldogs will rest Sunday before returning to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field as they host Utah Valley University in a three-game series that is slated to start Monday. All three games will begin at 6 p.m. as the Bulldogs play their first home games under the lights this season.

Cal - 21
LMU - 9

LMU - 6
Cal - 2

BERKELEY, Calif. - LMU (8-9) split a doubleheader versus No. 12 Cal (12-2-1) on Saturday, falling in a slugfest in game one, 21-9, and winning game two by a count of 6-2 behind another fantastic pitching performance by freshman Martin Viramontes.

Senior Andy Preston and sophomore Angelo Songco paced the Lion offense on the day, with Preston finishing 4-for-8 with two runs scored, a home run and three RBI over the two-game span. Songco batted 3-for-6 with two runs scored, a home run and three RBI. Songco's homer came in game one and made it back-to-back games with a roundtripper for the sophomore Wallace Watch List member. Senior A.J. LaMonda also finished with three RBI, batting 4-for-9 with a run scored and a double. Senior Sean Dovel and junior Kyle Spraker led the team in runs scored, crossing the plate three times apiece. Dovel batted 4-for-9, while Spraker was 3-for-8 with two doubles.

Junior Mike Kenney took the ball in game one, lasting three innings and surrendering 10 runs (eight earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out a batter to be tagged with his first loss of the season. Lee Roberts was first of the bullpen on the day, pitching two innings and allowing six runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk while punching out two batters. Left-hander Russell Lowell tossed the next inning of relief, giving up four runs on one hit and three walks. Fellow lefty, Steve Connolly, turned in the next inning of relief, allowing one run on three hits and striking out a batter. Sophomore Jeremy Burrell contributed a scoreless frame of relief, striking out one batter over the span.

Mark Canha batted 4-for-4 with three RBI, a walk and two runs scored to guide the Cal offense. Rich Gorman, Jeff Kobernus, David Cooper, Josh Satin, Blake Smith and Michael Brady each collected a home run in game one. Kobernus, Cooper and Satin each finished with three hits, including back-to-back-to-back home runs in the six-run fourth inning. Kobernus drove in four of the runs, connecting on a grand slam to end Kenney's day on the hill. The Golden Bears scored at least one run in every frame except the bottom of the eighth, led by six in the fourth, four in the fifth and sixth, three in the second, two in the third and single runs in the first and seventh.

LMU got on the board first in the top of the first. Spraker led the game off with a double down the left field line before LaMonda, who finished 3-for-4 with two RBI in the game, doubled him home on the ensuing play.

Trailing 4-1 headed into the top of the third after a Gorman home run and three runs in the bottom of the second (highlighted by a Brady two-run shot), LMU took a 6-4 lead with five runs in the third. Spraker once again got things going, collecting a one-out double to right centerfield. LaMonda followed in the same role as before, singling home Spraker and the first run of the inning. Dovel and Preston followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases before Ollie Enos was hit by a pitch to force in the second Lion run. Sophomore third baseman, Ryan Wheeler, took advantage of the situation, driving in two runs with a double into the left centerfield gap.

California battled back to tie the game at six runs apiece with two runs in the bottom of the third. The Golden Bears opened-up a 12-6 lead after four when they collected six runs in the bottom of the fourth. All six runs came in on the long ball, with four coming home on Kobernus' grand slam. Cooper and Satin followed with home runs to deep centerfield, extending Satin's hitting streak to 14 straight games.

LMU answered back for its final three runs of the game in the fifth, with the big blow coming off the bat of Songco. A leadoff single by Enos put a runner on before Wheeler struck out for the first out of the frame. Mendoza followed with a base hit of his own to put runners at first and second before Songco connected on his third home run of the season, sending a pitch over the wall in left centerfield for a three-run shot.

Cal would post four runs in the bottom of the fifth, four more in the sixth, and one in the seventh to take the 21-9 lead. Smith collected a two-RBI double in the fifth, Canha drove in two with a single in the sixth, and Brett Jackson picked up a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

In game two, Viramontes tossed six innings and allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three batters to earn his second victory of the season. Ernie Cho pitched the next two innings of relief, surrendering just two hits while striking out three batters. Sophomore Xavier Esquivel pitched the final inning for the Lions, allowing two hits and striking out two batters.

Dovel finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs scored, while Preston, Songco and Michael Glomb each contributed two hits in the game. Preston drove in three of the four LMU runs in the game, connecting on a three-run home run in the fourth inning.

Brian Guinn finished the game 3-for-3 with a run scored for Cal, while Satin and Dylan Tonneson each collected two hits in the game. Left-hander Chris Petrini pitched the first six and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and striking out nine batters. Blake Smith, who started the game in right field, pitched the next inning and a third, surrendering three hits and two walks while striking out two batters. Stephen Pistoresi completed the game on the hill for Cal, pitching the final inning of work and allowing one unearned run on three hits and striking out a batter.

Cal got on the board first in the game, plating a single run in the third inning. Guinn started things with a triple before scoring on a Kobernus sacrifice fly.

The Lions scored three runs in the fourth inning, with all three coming on the home run by Preston. Singles by Spraker and Dovel set the table for the blast, and Preston connected on a pitch and drove it over the wall in left field.

The Golden Bears plated a single run in the fifth inning, with the RBI driven in by Kobernus on a fielder's choice. Tonneson scored on the play after reaching with a leadoff single earlier in the frame.

LMU answered back with two runs in the top of the seventh. With two out, Songco got things going with a single. Glomb followed with a single of his own, before a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. After a Spraker walk loaded the bases, LaMonda singled and moved to second on an error by the second baseman. Glomb and Songco were able to scamper home on the play, giving LMU a 5-2 advantage.

The Lions added one more insurance run in the top of the ninth, with the rally starting with two out. Dovel led things off with a single before a Will Dugoni single and an error by the third baseman pushed Dovel home for the final run of the game.

LMU and Cal will complete their four-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Right-hander Nate Keadle is scheduled to start for the Lions.

Pepperdine - 10
Oral Roberts - 2

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine freshman Scott Alexander pitcher 7.1 innings of three-hit baseball and the #17 Waves posted a 10-2 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine improved to 13-4 with the win, while Oral Roberts fell to 10-4. With the win, the Waves extended their home winning streak to 10 games and improved to 11-1 at home.

The Waves got on the board in the first inning, as Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on Chase d'Arnaud's RBI groundout. Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) then walked, stole second, and scored on David Harris' (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC) double down the right-field line to give Pepperdine a 2-0 lead. The Waves struck again in the second inning, as Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) led off with a walk and scored on Mendonca's sac fly. Three batters later with the bases loaded, Thames notched a bases-clearing triple down the right-field line to give Pepperdine a 6-0 lead. Oral Roberts loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning before plating a run on an RBI single to cut the lead to 6-1, but Alexander (Windsor, Calif./Cardinal Newman HS) limited the Golden Eagles to only one run after inducing two groundouts.

Pepperdine got the run back in their half of the fourth, as Thames roped a two-out double to score Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS), pushing the lead to 7-1. The Waves tacked on another run in the fifth on a Denny Duron (Shreveport, La/Evangel Christian Academy) RBI single to extend the lead to 8-1. In the eighth inning, d'Arnaud scored on Simon's sacrifice fly and Thames came around to score on a wild pitch to make it 10-1 in favor of the Waves. Keven Inman (Bakersfield, Calif./Garces HS)

Alexander's final line included 7.1 innings pitched, three hits, one earned run, three walks and four strikeouts. Alexander improved to 3-1 with the win, while Oral Roberts starter Mark Serrano fell to 1-1.

Thames led the Waves offense, going 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBI, Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) notched three hits, and Aidem scored a pair of runs.

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

San Diego - 5
Hawai'i-Hilo - 0

HILO, HI - Freshman third baseman Victor Sanchez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one home run to help propel the 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (10-7) to a 5-0 win in seven innings over the University of Hawai'i - Hilo (7-8) in the first game of a double header Saturday afternoon.

The two teams played seven innings as an agreement by both coaching staffs prior to the start of the game because of the double header between the two today.

San Diego wasted no time in scoring as they scored four runs on four hits in the first inning. Sean Nicol led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error by the shortstop, he then moved to third on a Kevin Muno double to left field. Sanchez drove in Nicol with a RBI single to centerfield, which moved Muno to third. Muno scored the second run on a Josh Romanski RBI ground out to the third baseman. Anthony Strazzara drove in the third run with a RBI single to left field and the final run of the inning came on a James Meador run-scoring double left field to give USD a 4-0 lead.

San Diego then put the game out of reach in the second inning on Sanchez's sixth home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence to put the game at its final of 5-0.

Sanchez led USD's offense with his 2-for-4, two RBI and one home run performance. Both Meador and Zach Walters went 2-for-3 as the only other USD players to record multiple hits.

Brian Matusz (3-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed no runs on five hits while striking out nine in seven complete innings of work. Davis (1-2) was saddled with the loss for Hawaii - Hilo as he allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 7.0 innings of work.

San Diego - 4
Hawai'i-Hilo - 2

HILO, HI - James Meador went 4-for-5 with one double and one RBI to help lead the 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (11-7) to a 4-2 win over the University of Hawaii - Hilo (7-9) Saturday evening to complete a double-header sweep in non-conference action.

For the second consecutive game, the Toreros got on the score board in the first inning. Sean Nicol led off the game with a single and he moved to second on a pass ball. Nicol then advanced to third on a Kevin Muno sacrifice bunt and two batters later, Anthony Strazzara pushed across Nicol with a RBI single through the right side to give USD a brief 1-0 lead.

Hawaii - Hilo then answered back in their half of the inning as they scored one run on three hits. The UHH run came on a Higa single up the middle to score Trias, who had singled to tie things up at 1-1.

In the seventh inning the Toreros regained the lead by one as Nick McCoy hit an RBI single to center field, scoring Kevin Hansen, who had singled to give USD a 2-1 lead.

UHH then forced extra innings in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Satele hit a solo home run over the left field fence.

USD would then score two runs in the top of the 10th inning to seal the victory. Muno led off the frame with a walk and he advanced to second on a Sanchez groundout to the third baseman. After UHH intentionally walked Anthony Strazzara, Meador made them pay with a RBI single to left field and on the same play UHH committed a fielding error to allow Strazzara to score and give USD a two-run advantage.

Meador led the offence going 4-for-5 with one RBI and the only other USD player to record multiple hits was Jose Valerio, who went 2-for-4.

AJ Griffin (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he allowed one run on two hits in 2.0 innings of work. Safford was saddled with the loss for Hawaii - Hilo as he allowed one run on no hits in 0.1 innings of work.

San Francisco - 6 (10)
Houston - 4

Houston, TX - San Francisco evened up the series with Houston, taking a 6-4, 10 inning victory in non-conference baseball action at Cougar Field on Saturday afternoon. The Dons (8-9) are now 2-0 in extra inning ballgames, having previously taken an 8-7, 13 inning win over UNLV last week. USF out hit the Cougars (11-6) 13-8, but continued to leave runners on base, stranding nine compared with Houston's four.

Senior right-hander Matt Baugh (2-2) earned the victory for USF in the longest outing of his career. Throwing 10 complete innings, Baugh allowed four earned runs off eight hits, struck out five Cougars and did not walk a batter.

USF started the scoring early, plating two in the first inning. With two outs and runners at second and third, senior right fielder Kyle Morgan singled to right field, scoring both Dons. They added one in the second when junior left fielder Zach Kim doubled down the left field line and moved to third on sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin's sacrifice bunt. Kim scored on a sacrifice fly by senior shortstop Tavo Hall. In the third, the Dons added a fourth run with two outs. Morgan doubled to left and scored on senior designated hitter Matt Lieb's double to left.

Scoring one in the second and one in the fifth, Houston tied it at 4-4 with a two run sixth. Senior first baseman Bryan Pounds singled to start the inning and advanced to second on senior center fielder Bryan Tully's sacrifice bunt. Pounds scored on junior third baseman Jimmy Cesario's double to left center. Cesario stole third, and an out later, scored on sophomore catcher Chris Wallace's infield single.

Trading zeros for the next three innings, the Dons broke through in the top of the tenth. Junior third baseman Dane Braunecker singled to get things rolling, then an out later moved to second on sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel's ground out. Kim quickly homered to make it 6-4. USF was able to hold of Houston in the bottom of the frame to take the win.

Morgan went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored to lead the Dons from the plate. Kim came up big with the two run homerun in the 10th to secure the victory and finished the day 2-for-5 with a double, homerun, two RBI and two runs scored. Lipkin also had two hits, including a double and Lieb doubled and batted in a run.

Tully (0-2) took the loss for Houston, allowing the Dons final two runs (both earned) off three hits and struck out one in 1.0 innings of relief. Freshman right-hander Jared Ray earned the no decision, allowing the Dons first four earned runs off eight hits, two walks, and struck out three in 5.0 innings. Cesario and Wallace both had three hits for the Cougars on Saturday.

USF and Houston play the rubber match tomorrow, with first pitch slated for 11:00 AM Pacific.

Fresno State - 12
Portland - 3

FRESNO, Calif. --- Tournament host Fresno State handed the Portland Pilots a 12-3 loss on the final day of the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic at Beiden Field on Saturday. The Pilots went 2-4 at the tourney and are now 12-8 overall.

The Bulldogs (8-9) scored three in the first inning and tallied at least one run in each of the final six innings en route to the win. FSU starter Justin Wilson (2-2) gave up just four hits and two runs in five innings to pick up the win. He countered six walks with eight strikeouts.

Portland's Matthew Lange (3-2) picked up the loss in his first start of the season. In 5.2 innings of work, Lange surrendered 10 hits and seven runs, but only two were earned as the Pilots committed six errors on the day. The junior transfer struckout one with no walks.

Relievers Owen Jones and Scott Burris covered the final 2.1 innings and combined to allow five runs on eight hits.

Fresno State, which was the visiting team at its home field, opened the game with three runs in the top of the first. Steve Susdorf and Alan Ahmady each had an RBI single, while the third run scored on a Portland error.

The Pilots got a run back in the bottom of the third on a Chase Powell RBI single. After the Bulldogs added another run in the fourth, UP scored again in the bottom half of the inning to make it 4-2. Junior Bryant Kraus knocked in sophomore Rocky Gale on a ground out to third.

But Fresno State responded by scoring a run in the fifth inning, two in the sixth, one in the seventh, three more in the eighth and another run in the ninth. Portland scored its final run in the bottom of the seventh on a single by senior Danny Meier.

Susdorf and Eric Wetzel both finished with four hits for the Bulldogs, while Susdorf and Jordan Ribera each knocked in a game-high two runs.

Gale and junior Cort Carpenter had two hits each for Portland, which finished with eight hits overall. Fresno State tallied 18 hits and didn't commit an error.

Portland's extended stay on the road now ends as the Pilots return home to host Southern Utah for a brief, two-game series. The Pilots and Thunderbirds play the first game on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field.

UC Davis - 12
Santa Clara - 5

UC Davis - 7
Santa Clara - 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team lost two hard-fought games on Saturday to UC Davis to drop to 0-3 in the four game series. The Aggies won game one of the doubleheader, 12-5, and then rallied back to post a, 7-3, win over the Broncos in game two. With the two setbacks, SCU dropped to 10-6 on the season, while UC Davis improved to 11-7.

In game one both Evan LeBlanc and Ryan Conan were 3-for-5 at bat, with LeBlanc posting three RBIs and one home run. Gabe Alcantar dished out his second home run of the season, while Patrick Glenn posted a game-high three runs. The Aggies jumped to a 4-0 lead after registering two runs in both the first and fourth innings. They then tacked on their fifth run of the game in the top of the fifth.

UC Davis held Santa Clara scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Broncos registered two runs on Alcantar's solo home run and a Brady Fuerst single up the middle that sent home Glenn. In the seventh inning, LeBlanc singled through the left side to bring home Glen and then hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to give Santa Clara its fifth run. However, the Aggies had a three run eighth and a four-run ninth inning that gave them the win.

In game two, Tommy Medica, Alcantar and Fuerst all went 2-for-4 at bat with Medica scoring in the first inning with a solo home run down the left field line. Alcantar then scored in the second inning to give SCU a 2-0 lead after singling to right field and advancing to third on a Geoff Klein single. The Broncos then held off the Aggies until the eighth inning when the posted a five-run outburst to take a 5-2 lead. Santa Clara began to chip away at the lead with a run in the bottom on the eighth as Matt Long scored on a Conan sacrifice fly. But Ryan Royster and Ty Kelly would score in the top of the ninth to give UC Davis the 7-3 win.

The Broncos and Aggies bring the four game series to a close Sunday afternoon at Dobbins Stadium in Davis, Calif. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.