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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 16, 2007

Gonzaga - 13
Rider - 3

SPOKANE, Wash. - Dustin Colclough and Aaron McGuinness hit home runs to lead a strong offensive effort for the Bulldogs Friday as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated Rider University 13-3 at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane.

With the win Gonzaga improves to 13-10, while Rider falls to 2-9 overall.

Bulldog starter Brandon Harmon (1-4) earned the win throwing 6.0 innings, including holding the Broncs to no runs and two hits over the first five innings. For the game, Harmon allowed two runs on two walks while striking out four. Jeremy Stumetz earned his first save of the season, throwing three innings while allowing one run on no hits and striking out three. Mike Petrowski (2-1) suffered the loss for the Broncs, allowing nine runs, six earned on 10 hits in 3.2 innings.

Gonzaga scored early and often in the game, posting 11 of its 10 runs over the first four innings. In the first inning, the Zags posted an early 1-0 lead thanks to a run-scoring double to right center by Bryan Winston.

A two-run home run to left center by McGuinness in the second inning lifted Gonzaga to a 3-0 advantage.

The Zags added two more runs in the third on a sacrifice fly by Darin Holcomb and a run-scoring single to left field by Colclough.

A three-run shot to left center by Colclough highlighted a fourth inning in which Gonzaga erupted for six runs. The Zags, who sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, pieced together back-to-back run-scoring sacrifice bunts by Michael Rhodes and Evan Wells, and an infield single by Holcomb to score the remaining three runs of the inning.

Rider posted its first two runs of the game in the top of the sixth on singles by Sean Olson and Jeff Reynolds.

McGuinness led off the seventh inning with the first triple at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. McGuinness scored two batters latter when Alex Parrott hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring the score to 12-2.

Shawn Wayt capped Gonzaga scoring in the eighth inning when he hit a single through the left side that scored Ben Greenslitt, who had singled through the right side to lead off the inning.

The Broncs added a run in the top of the ninth frame when Darron Lattomus hit into a groundout that scored Reynolds.

In total, Gonzaga recorded 17 hits, including multiple hit performances by Wells, Winston, Colclough and McGuinness.

The Bulldogs and Rider will wrap up the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Clayton Mortensen (2-2) is expected to get the start for the Zags.

Pepperdine - 8
Minnesota - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Junior All-American Barry Enright allowed an unearned in eight innings and freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy equaled career-highs with three hits and two RBI to lead No. 8 Pepperdine to an 8-1 victory over Minnesota Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game series at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Juniors Adrian Ortiz and Danny Worth also collected three hits and two RBI apiece to help the Waves improve to 16-6 on the season and up their home mark to 11-1. Pepperdine's best-ever home start came during the 1999 campaign when it opened 15-1 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Enright (5-1) was dominant throughout most of his start as he scattered six hits, walked one and struck out six to improve his career record to 28-4 and move into a tie with Doug Simons (1986-88) for fourth place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list.

After allowing a leadoff single and a walk to open the game, Enright retired 18 of the next 19 batters he faced, including a stretch of 11 straight.

While Enright was keeping the Golden Gophers (10-4) off-balance, the Waves used timely hitting and took advantage of two Minnesota errors to score four times in the second inning against Ethan Vogt (0-1).

Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud extended his career-long hitting streak to 12 games with an infield single to open the inning. One out later, Heroy singled to left-center field to put runners at the corners.

Sophomore Denny Duron produced the first run of the game when he reached on a fielding error by Minnesota second baseman Derek McCallum that plated d'Arnaud. Both Heroy and Duron advanced on the play when McCallum's throw sailed past first baseman Bryan Jost.

Heroy came home on a wild pitch and Duron scored on an infield single by Ortiz. Worth drove in the final run of the inning with a double to left-center field that scored Ortiz from first base and gave Enright all the runs he would need.

Worth collected his second RBI of the game with a fifth-inning single that gave Pepperdine a 5-0 lead. The Waves added two more runs in the sixth and capped the scoring with an RBI single by Heroy in the seventh inning.

Minnesota finally broke through for an unearned run in the eighth inning on an RBI single by center fielder Matt Nohelty.

Sophomore right hander Nick Gaudi worked a scoreless ninth inning for the Waves.

Pepperdine and Minnesota continue their series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.

Portland - 8
Utah - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - The luck of the Irish came a day early for junior right hander Given Kutz (pictured), who tossed a complete game shutout, striking out 14, walking zero and scattering nine hits en route to an 8-0 Portland Pilots home win over the Utah Utes. Kutz set a new career high with the 14 striketouts and pitched his first career shutout. It was also the second consecutive complete game for Kutz, who went the distance in a 5-2 win over UC-Davis last week.

Portland improves to 10-7 on the year while Utah falls to 4-14.

Kutz' 14 strikeouts tied for third in UP history. The last time the feat was completed was in 1990 by Aaron Frederickson in a win over Eastern Oregon. The all-time record of 16 strikeouts is held by Jim Golden (1967) and Tom Hannibal (1970).

The complete game shutout is also the first since Matthew Peters blanked Dallas Baptist 4-0 on March 10, 2004 and the first over a Division I opponent since Brian Graham threw a one-hitter against USF on April 24, 1999 in a 3-0 win.

Kutz (3-2) lowered his ERA to 3.76 on the season and has a team-leading 40.2 innings pitched and 35 strikeouts.

After two scoreless innings, the Pilots broke through against Utah starter Lucas Trinnamen for four runs in the bottom of the third after junior designated hitter Danny Meier belted a two RBI double and freshman catcher Rocky Gale hit a two RBI single. In the fourth, the Pilots tacked on three more runs when senior right fielder Justin Pierce hit a two-run home run (his team-leading third) and senior third baseman Jesse Rodgers hit an RBI single.

Portland capped off the scoring in the eighth inning, when junior second baseman Brandon Howard scored on a Corey Wiltshire double down the third base line. Wiltshire now has a team-leading 11 RBI on the season.

Trinnaman (0-3) picked up the loss, giving up seven runs (five earned) and seven hits in 3.1 innings. Kerr Foster came on in relief for the Utes, throwing 4.2 innings while giving up one run on three hits and striking out four.

At the plate for the Pilots, Pierce went 1-4 with one home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Wiltshire went 3-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, upping his team-leading batting average to .353. Meier went 2-4 with two RBI, while Gale had two hits and two RBI. Junior second baseman Brandon Howard also had a good day for the Pilots, scoring three runs and collecting one hit.

The Pilots now have six regular players with batting averages .300 or better - Wiltshire (.353), Chase Powell (.319), Pierce (.308), Gale (.302), Rodgers (.302) and Meier (.300).

For Utah, center fielder Nate Burnham went 3-4 while second baseman Corey Shimada and third baseman Nick Kuroczko, making his first start of the season, each picked up two hits.

The Pilots and Utes meet tomorrow for the second game of the three game series, squaring off at 1:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field, followed by an 11:00 a.m. game on Sunday, March 18.

Saint Mary's - 10
Southern Utah - 0

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team kept things rolling as the Gaels moved their unbeaten streak to 11 with a 10-0 shutout over Southern Utah. SMC was paced by the arm of Sean Gleason and his 11 strikeouts. With the win, the Gaels improve to 13-8-1 overall.

The Gaels erupted for five runs in the first frame and that was more than enough for Gleason. The junior college transfer fanned 11 and scattered seven hits in 8.2 innings for his fourth straight win.

SMC batted around in the first as four different Gaels tallied a RBI. Sophomore Joel Staples smacked a double down the left field line to score Randy Wells. Kyle Jensen scored the lone Gaels run not from a RBI on a Dustin Wittwer wild pitch.

Saint Mary's added one in the third when junior Kenny Fuglerud drove in Jensen on a groundout to first.

The Gaels tacked on two in the fifth and another two in the seventh to run away from the Thunderbirds.

SMC rapped out 14 hits compared to the seven of SUU. The Gaels were led at the plate by Wells. The newcomer batted 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Jensen and Staples both tallied two hits with a RBI.

Wittwer was tagged with the loss after allowing five earned on six hits in 3.1 innings. Matt McCormick got the final out of the ballgame to complete the shutout for the Gaels.

The Gaels have now moved its unbeaten streak to 11, the best streak in the modern era for SMC.

Gleason has put together quite the streak of his own as well. After the gem against the Thunderbirds, the La Junta, CO native posts a 0.30 ERA with a 4-0 mark and 35 Ks in his last four starts.

Saint Mary's will continue its four-game set against Southern Utah tomorrow in a twin bill. The first game will start at 11 a.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

San Diego - 8
Houston - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A big five-run second inning and another dominating pitching performance from Brian Matusz, helped lead the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball tam (17-9) to an 8-1 win over the University of Houston (11-10) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

Matusz (4-1) allowed one run on five hits, while recording 11 strikeouts in 8.0 innings of work. After surrendering a solo home run in the top o the fourth inning, Matusz then retired 11 of hits next 12 batters, including striking out seven of the next eight batters after the home run.

San Diego's big five-run inning got started with a Shane Buschini walk. Buschini then stole second and the Houston starting pitcher Aaron Brown then gave up back-to-back walks to Sean Nicol and Logan Gelbrich to load the bases with one out. Freshman James Meador then delivered a two-RBI single up the middle to push across the first two runs of the game. With Gelbrich at third and still only one out, Kevin Hansen hit the ball to the shortstop, who threw Meador out at second, allowed Gelbrich to come across for the third run and Hansen beat the second throw out at first to give USD a runner on with two outs. Justin Snyder then singled through the right side, moving Hansen to second base. Each base runner then advanced one base on a wild pitch and Josh Romanski drove in the final two runs with a single up the middle to give USD a comfortable 5-0 lead.

The final USD runs came on a fourth-inning Romanski RBI single, an error by the UH catcher in the seventh inning and an eighth inning Snyder run-scoring double.

Offensively for the Toreros, Romanski and Snyder led the way as they both went 3-for-5. Romanski added three RBI and Snyder had a double and one RBI.

Brown (2-1) was saddled with the loss for the Cougars as he allowed seven runs, six earned, on six hits in 6.2 innings of work.

The Toreros and Cougars will return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. in game two of the three-game series at Cunningham Stadium.

UCSB - 6
LMU - 4

Santa Barbara, Calif. - A back-and-forth game found LMU on the wrong side of things Friday, as the Lions (10-13-1) dropped game one of a three-game series 6-4 to UC Santa Barbara at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Junior Eric Farris tied the game in the eighth inning on a solo home run, but the Gauchos (8-10) retaliated with two runs in the bottom of the frame for the win.

Trailing 4-3 in the eighth, LMU's leadoff batter Farris sent a 2-2 pitch over the 400' sign in center field to tie the game at 4-4.

That set up the late-game heroics for the Gauchos, who pushed the winning runs across on a two-out single up the middle off the bat of Cody Dee.

LMU reliever Xavier Esquivel (0-1) suffered his first collegiate decision after putting the go-ahead runs on board. Esquivel gave way to Nate Keadle, who faced the final three Gauchos, including Dee.

UC Santa Barbara closer Justin Segal came on to throw the ninth inning and picked up his third save of the season after retiring the Lions in order.

The two teams were scoreless behind a solid pitchers' duel until the Gauchos put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a leadoff walk, sacrifice, and pair of singles.

The Lions cut that UCSB lead in half when DeAndre Miller's double plated Will Dugoni to make it 2-1. Dugoni had been hit by UCSB starter Steve Morlock with one out in the inning.

LMU took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Marty Mullins and pinch-hitter Brett Mendoza. Mullins' double scored Brian Wilson, who had drawn a one-out walk from Morlock.

UCSB took the lead right back in the bottom of the frame, scoring two runs on a two-out, bases-loaded single to left to make it 4-3 Gauchos.

Morlock improved to 3-3 after working 8.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.

LMU's Brad Meyers did not factor into the decision after leaving the game at the 4-4 tie. Meyers worked 7.0 innings for his fourth straight start. He allowed the four runs on eight hits, while striking out six.

Farris and Miller each went 2-for-4 with an RBI Friday. Mendoza added the two RBI with his big double in the seventh.

The non-conference series continues Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. start in Santa Barbara, Calif. Fans can follow the action at www.LMULions.com on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.

Oregon State - 11
San Francisco - 1

Corvallis, OR - USF could not get on track offensively and dropped an 11-1 non-conference decision to No. 5 Oregon State Friday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Dons (9-10) managed just three hits on the day, while the defending national champion Beavers (18-3), connected for 14 in winning their seventh consecutive game.

Junior outfielder Luke Sommer enjoyed the lone offensive highlight of the day for USF with a solo home run in the second on a 2-for-4 day. Junior infielder Brian Chavez collected the Dons third hit of the game.

Junior right-hander Mike Stutes (5-0) tossed a gem for the Beavers, allowing one run off three hits in 8.0 innings and matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts. USF junior Aaron Poreda (3-2) suffered the loss for the Dons, allowing nine runs (eight earned) off 11 hits in 5.2 innings.

San Francisco takes on Oregon State Saturday in game two. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

UC Riverside - 11
Santa Clara - 8

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Bronco baseball team's comeback bid came up just short on Friday night in the opener of its three-game series against UC Riverside. Santa Clara fell behind 9-0, but scored eight runs in the final three innings before falling 11-8 to the Highlanders. Matt Long continued to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs but it was not enough for the Broncos. SCU fell to 13-12 on the season while UC Riverside moved to 14-9.

Coming off a series win against Fresno State last weekend, the Broncos could not keep the momentum going early on against the Highlanders. UCR scored three first-inning runs against Bronco starter Nate Garcia. A walk, a single and a double by the Highlanders first three batters put the Broncos in a 2-0 hole right off the bat. Jaime Pedroza knocked in both runs with the double on his way to a five-RBI night. UCR added one more in the inning on an RBI groundout to lead 3-0 after one inning.

Mike Vass led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run and the Highlanders added four more in the frame to stretch the lead to 8-0, knocking Garcia out of the game. UC Riverside pounded six hits in the inning.

After the UCR added a single run in the sixth inning on another double by Pedroza, SCU found itself down 9-0 with just nine outs to go.

Mark O'Brien's squad would not go down without a fight, however, as the Broncos got the comeback started in the seventh inning. Long singled with one out and then stole second base. After moving to third on a groundout, Long scored the team's first run on an RBI single by Ryan Conan.

The Highlanders responded with two more runs to move out to an 11-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but the Bronco bats exploded in the eighth to make a game of it. Two pinch hitters got the inning started for SCU, as Nathan Faulkner and Geoff Klein hit back-to-back singles. Faulkner then scored when Jon Karcich reached on an error, leaving runners on the corners with no outs.

Following two strikeouts, the Broncos responded with four runs with two outs. Long singled home Klein and then Gabe Alcantar smacked a double that brought home both Karcich and Long. Carl Bacon got another clutch hit to score Alcantar and cut the deficit to 11-6.

Matt Hiserman pitched a scoreless eighth to give SCU a chance in the ninth and the Broncos nearly got it all back. Klein led off the ninth with his second hit in as many innings and Karcich kept it going with a single of his own. After a wild pitch put runners on second and third with one out, David Hoffmire drove Klein home with a single to left. Long then picked up his second RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to three runs.

However, the rally finally died as Alcantar grounded out to end the game.

The Broncos and Highlanders play game two of the series on Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 p.m. PT. Bronco ace Matt Wickswat is scheduled to face Pat Cassa at the Riverside Sports Complex.