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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 16, 2008

Saint Mary's - 7
Fairleigh Dickinson - 1

Saint Mary's - 14
Fairleigh Dickinson - 4

Moraga, CA - Sophomore starting pitchers Scott Schneider (4-0) and Brandon Berl (3-1) prove to be a tough 1-2 combo as Saint Mary's (10-4-1) beat Fairleigh Dickinson (2-8) in both games of the scheduled double header. Schneider was dominant, earning his fourth win in as many starts, going seven complete innings, surrendering five hits, one earned run, two walks, and 10 strikeouts, as the Gaels won 7-1.

The SMC bats put up seven runs on nine hits, scoring a run in the bottom of the second and the bottom of the fourth. SMC put the game away scoring three in the bottom of the sixth, on four hits. The highlight being a triple from junior shortstop Joel Staples who is starting to get hot, going 3-for-8 on the day adding a double and two RBI.

On the mound for the Knights was starter John O'Hara (1-1) who had a tough outing, getting nailed just above the knee by a hard hit ground ball from sophomore first baseman Anthony Aliotti. O'Hara went five complete innings, giving up five hits, four runs, two earned runs, four walks, and two strike outs.

Junior pitcher Nik Bandak came in on relief for the Gaels, going two complete innings, giving one hit, three walks, and two strike outs.

The second game started with a 1-2-3 inning from Berl (3-1), as he forced a ground out and two strike outs. On the day Berl struggled a little with his control going 5.2 innings, surrendering seven hits, four runs, three earned runs, two walks, and five strike outs.

The Gaels left no doubt as to who was in control of the game, putting up crooked numbers in the bottom of the first, second, third and fifth innings, as SMC won the second game 14-4.

Designated hitter Schneider had a big game offensively in the second game, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Also having a strong game at the plate for SMC was junior centerfielder Cory Miller, as he went 2-for-4 on the day knocking in a run and crossing the plate three times.

The Knights starting pitcher John Meadus (0-1) had a rough day, as the junior was also hit in the knee from a hard hit ground ball by Schneider, a mirror image of the first game. It got worse as a few batters later sophomore third baseman Michael Cippolla, hit a line drive narrowly missing Meadus.

Meadus was unable to get out of the inning as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three hits, four earned runs, two walks and no strike outs. He was replaced by Spencer Kelly, who did not fair much better against the hot hitting Gaels.

Junior Brian Justice made a rare relief appearance going 3.1 innings, giving up one hit, no runs, two walks and three strike outs to earn his first save of the season.

The Gaels and the Knights will finish the four game series in a double header tomorrow, March 17, with the first game at 11:00 AM. The double header will make up the games that were postponed on Saturday.

San Diego - 15
Hawai'i-Hilo - 0

HILO, HI - The 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team recorded 24 team hits in a 15-0 rout over the University of Hawaii - Hilo Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Wong Stadium.

Freshman right-hander Kyle Blair set a new USD single-game strikeout record with 16 in picking up the win on the mound for the Toreros. This breaks Mike Saipe's record of 14 he set back on May 14, 1994 in a game against San Francisco. Blair allowed no runs on two hits in 8.0 innings of work to pick up his first collegiate win.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 12-7 overall, finish the week with a perfect 5-0 record and run their winning streak to five games. With the loss, the Vulcans fall to 7-10 overall.

Both Kevin Muno and Kevin Hansen each went 4-for-5 to lead the USD hit parade on the Vulcans pitching staff. Jose Valerio went 3-for-4 with three RBI and James Meador was the final USD player with three or more hits as he went 3-for-6 with one RBI to lead the Toreros offense on the day.

After San Diego scored four runs in the first inning, the Toreros put the game completely out of reach in the second inning with five runs on five hits. Sean Nicol led off the inning reaching on a fielding error by UHH and he moved to second when Josh Romanski reached on a Vulcan fielding error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Victor Sanchez then hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season, a three-run blast over the left field fence to give USD their first three runs of the inning. Meador then kept things rolling with a single through the left side and he moved to second on a Hansen single to center field. Valerio then hit a run-scoring double down the right field line to bring in Meador and the final USD run came on a Nick McCoy sacrifice fly to left field to give USD a 9-0 advantage.

The Toreros would go on to score two runs in the fourth inning, three runs in the fifth inning and one run in the seventh inning to round off the scoring for the day.

The Toreros will return to action on Monday as they conclude a four-game series with the Vulcans in a 3 p.m. game.

Cal - 6
LMU - 1

Story coming soon.

Oral Roberts - 13
Pepperdine - 10

MALIBU, Calif. - #17 Pepperdine was unable to come all the way back from an early ten-run deficit, as their rally fell short in a 13-10 loss to Oral Roberts on Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine fell to 13-5 with the loss while Oral Roberts improved to 11-4. The loss snapped the Waves ten-game home winning streak.

The Golden Eagles jumped on top in the first inning, scoring five runs on five hits to knock Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) out of the game after just 0.1 innings pitched. Pepperdine got on the board in the second inning on an RBI groundout from Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) to cut the deficit to 5-1, but Oral Roberts exploded for six runs in the fourth inning behind five hits, including a two-run homer to push its lead to 11-1.

Pepperdine began its rally in the fifth inning, scoring one run on a bases loaded walk from Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) and then plating four runs in the sixth inning on a three-run homer from Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS), his second of the season, and another bases loaded walk, this time from Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS), to cut the deficit to 11-6.

The Waves chipped into the lead again in the seventh inning, as David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC) notched a two-run single to cut the deficit to 11-8, but the Golden Eagles got the runs back in the top of the eighth on three hits to lead 13-8.

Pepperdine responded with two runs in the eighth on an RBI groundout from Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) and a run-scoring single from Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) to again cut the deficit to three runs at 13-10, but the Waves were unable to mount a rally in the ninth inning, as Oral Roberts secured the win.

Dickmann incurred the loss and fell to 1-2, while Oral Roberts' starter Michael Jarman improved to 3-1 with the win.

Brown led the Waves offense with three hits, three runs scored and three RBI and d'Arnaud, Thames, Harris and Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) each notched a pair of hits. Brendan Duffy led the Golden Eagles with four hits, Ben Petralli went 3-for-5, and four other players notched two-hit games.

Up next, the Waves host #20 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, Mar. 18 at 3 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Houston - 10
San Francisco - 8

Houston, TX - San Francisco put up six runs in the sixth, but couldn't come all the way back in the rubber match with Houston, falling 10-8 on Sunday at Cougar Field. Despite two losses this weekend, the Dons (8-10) offense was on fire with 34 hits (eight doubles and a homerun) and scored 17 runs against a tough Cougar (12-6) team.

Houston got out to a quick 9-1 lead after just four innings before the Dons opened up the fifth with six runs to make it a much closer 9-7 score. USF batted around in the inning and scored four runs before making an out. With the bases loaded, senior second baseman Joey Railey singled through the left side, scoring one. Freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz walked in a run, then sophomore third baseman Derek Poppert singled in another one. Senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky singled in the fourth run before senior pinch hitter Matt Lieb struck out to make the first out of the inning. Senior right fielder Kyle Morgan hit into a fielder's choice, allowing Bernatz to score. The final run came when Lipkin reached on an error by Cougars sophomore right-handed pitcher Barrett Bruce. The Dons had the bases loaded once more, but senior shortstop Tavo Hall struck out to end the inning.

Houston put up an insurance run in the seventh, and the Dons tried to come back once more in the eighth. With one out and runners on first and third, Bernatz hit a sacrifice fly to center, plating one.

Railey led the Dons at the plate, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Bialosky also had two hits and an RBI. Bernatz and junior designated hitter Drew Johnson doubled. Bernatz also added two RBI. Poppert, Kim, and sophomore pinch hitter Bobby Ethel singled for USF.

Senior right-hander Brian Anderson (1-2) took the loss for the Dons, allowing five earned runs off four hits, three walks, and struck out two Cougars in 2.0 innings.

Bruce (3-0) earned the win for the Cougars in relief, allowing one unearned run off two hits, two walks, and struck out two Dons in 2.0 innings. Sophomore center fielder Zak Presley led the Cougars at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

USF returns to action this Tuesday, facing Fresno State at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 2:00 PM.

UC Davis - 12
Santa Clara - 7

DAVIS, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team lost its first series of the season as the UC Davis Aggies earned the sweep with a 12-7 win on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium. With the loss, the Broncos dropped to 10-7 on the season, while the Aggies improved to 12-7 overall.

Senior Gabe Alcantar and sophomore Jon Karcich led the Broncos offensively as they drove in a combined five runs. Alcantar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the fifth inning. Despite going 1-for-5 at bat, Karcich posted three RBIs and had a two-run homer in the second inning.

The Aggies scored first with two runs in the first inning, but the Broncos quickly tied the score in the top of the second on Karcich's two-run homer to left centerfield that also brought home Alcantar. However, UC Davis took a one-run edge to close out the inning as Scott Heylman scored on a Jake Jefferies single and a Broncos fielding error. UC Davis added on four more runs in the next two innings to take a 7-2 lead.

The Broncos had a one-run fifth inning, as did the Aggies, and then posted two more runs in the sixth inning. Alcantar homered to left field to begin Santa Clara attempt to close the gap. In the sixth inning, Patrick Glenn started off the scoring for SCU as he was brought home on a Brady Fuerst double to left center. Fuerst then scored on a Tommy Medica double to left field. The score was 8-5.

However, the Aggies held off the Broncos for two straight innings while adding on four more runs to reach their final total of 12. In their last opportunity to score, the Broncos posted a two-run ninth inning but could not add on anymore. Medica scored on an Alcantar single to right field. He got on base after a leadoff walk and then advanced to third on an Aggies fielding error. Ryan Conan put the final run on the board for SCU on fielder's choice situation.

On the mound, senior Jeff Lombard earned the start and the loss after pitching 2.0 innings and striking out a game-high three batters.

The Broncos return to action with a Saturday doubleheader in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Santa Clara and Cal Poly will battle on the diamond at 1 p.m. on March 22.