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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/17

March 17, 2006

LMU - 10
Cal State Northridge - 0

Northridge, Calif. - Winning by a 10-run margin for the third time in four games, LMU topped Cal State Northridge (9-14) Friday in a 10-0 shutout. With the game one win, the Lions (10-13) record their second shutout of the season and have now won eight of their last 12 games.

LMU starter Brad Meyers was impressive, throwing seven scoreless innings with just one hit and one walk. He retired the game's first 10 batters, and after he allowed his only hit in the fourth, he went on to retire the next eight. Meyers earned the combined shutout win to improve to 3-2 in the season.

Also joining in on the combined shutout were relievers Greg Nagy and Ezequiel Ruvalcaba, who each threw an inning. Nagy struck out two and did not allow a hit in the eighth.

Offensively, the Lions put up double-digit hits for the fifth time in six games, out-hitting the Matadors 14-2. Senior Chris Pettit led the way with a perfect 2-for-2, two RBI outing. Other multiple-hit efforts for the Lions included Kyle Mura (2-for-3, two RBI), Michael Glomb (2-for-4, two RBI), and Brian Wilson (2-for-4, one RBI).

Glomb notched his first career home run, a two-run shot over the left field wall in the top of the fifth, to make it a 9-0 game.

Wilson extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games, a team-best streak this season.

The game was an early 0-0 pitchers' dual until the third, when LMU tallied five runs on six hits and an error in a two-out rally. The Lions went on to score in four straight innings, while holding Cal State Northridge to just five baserunners on the day.

Matador ace Craig Baker suffered the loss and fell to 3-4 on the season after allowing four earned runs on nine hits in his three innings of work.

With the win, LMU takes a 1-0 lead in the three-game series. The Lions have won three straight weekend series.

LMU and the Matadors are set to continue the three-game series Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Matador Field. Fans can follow all of the action from Northridge on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Portland - 10
Utah - 8

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Portland Pilots scored three times in the top of the ninth then withstood a Utah rally to win 10-8 in a non-conference baseball game Friday afternoon at Cate Field. Leading 7-6 heading into the ninth, Pat Geraghty and Travis Vetters each knocked in a run as Portland added some insurance to take a 10-6 lead. The insurance was needed as Utah scored twice, before UP reliever Austin Dirkx recorded the final out for his third save this season.

Portland improves to 4-13, while Utah drops to 8-9.

The Pilots wasted little time getting on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. After back-to-back singles to open the game, Jesse Rodgers knocked in Sean Nicol with a fielder's choice. A few batters later, Geraghty brought home Rodgers with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 in favor of Portland. Utah answered with a run in the bottom of the first.

Portland then tacked on four more in the third. The Pilots scored on a passed ball and a bases-loaded walk before Andrew Wrisley brought home two with a single.

After taking a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh, Utah scored once in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth to pull within one run at 7-6.

Portland then tallied three in the ninth, before Utah rallied for two in the bottom half. The Utes had the tying run on second when Dirkx got Mike Tummolo to fly out to right field to end the game.

UP freshman pitcher Blaine Hardy (2-0), who replaced starter Danny Meier in the third inning, went 4.0 innings and allowed one run on three hits to pick up his second win this season. Dirkx went three innings for the save.

Utah starter Josh Cooper (2-2) lasted just 2.2 innings as Utah used four pitchers in the loss.

Portland tallied 11 hits for the game and got two each from Vetters, Geraghty and Nik Kosach. Vetters hit his second triple of the season and also knocked in two runs. Geraghty and Wrisley also had two RBI's, while Rodgers scored four runs.

Utah had 11 hits, while each team committed two errors.

The Pilots and Utes are scheduled to play the second game of a three-game series tomorrow at 12 p.m. (PST).

Saint Mary's - 13
Southern Utah - 10

Henderson, NV - Saint Mary's senior outfielder's Sam Carter and Preston Young both belted two home runs each to lead the Gaels to a 13-10 victory over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds Friday night from the Community College of Southern Nevada campus. Senior Joel Fountain (4-1) earned his fourth straight victory with another 10 strikeout performance. With the win, SMC improves to 12-8 on the year.

The Gaels wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Carter cashed in a pair of lead-off walks with a three-run homer to centerfield off of SUU starter Kasey Hubbard in the top of the first.

In the third the Gaels would add two more when senior Delaney Gallagher joined the act with a RBI single that scored Orben Frederick. Freshman Joel Staples followed with a triple that brought in Gallagher from first.

Again Saint Mary's kept pouring it on with two more in the fifth to make the score 7-3. After a leadoff single by Carter, Young belted a prodigious blast down the right field line, marking his first round-tripper of the contest.

SMC would break the game open in the seventh, scoring four times, including another Young two-run homer and a Joel Staples RBI-triple, his second of the game, to extend the lead to 11-5. Carter then padded the lead with a two-run shot to centerfield to give SMC an eight-run cushion.

Southern Utah would not go quietly as the T-Bird bats erupted for five runs in the ninth, beginning with a lead-off, pinch-hit home run off the bat of Levi Swenson. Amos Burgess added his first homer of the year to pull SUU to within 13-9. After another T-Bird run, Gael reliever Justin Sloan ended the threat by inducing a flyout to squash the rally.

The middle of the Saint Mary's lineup provided the punch for the Gaels as the three-through-six hitters accounted for 10 of 13 hits. Carter led the way for SMC with a 3-for-4, five RBI night. The two home runs and five RBIs along with four runs scored was a career high for the senior.

Young added a stellar night as well, batting 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. The two home runs mark a single game high and the six home runs ties his single season high. For his career, the senior moved into a tie for third with Curt Cannedy in the career annals with 21 home runs.

Gallagher and staples each added multi-hit games with Staples driving in two on two triples.

Fountain tied his career high set earlier this season with 10 strikeouts. The senior allowed five hits and three earned while only walking one in six innings of work.

The win marks the first on the road for the Gaels this season. SMC looks to make it two in a row when the two teams continue the series Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (PST), at Foothill High School.

San Diego - 9
Houston - 4 (11)

HOUSTON, Texas - The University of San Diego baseball team (14-9) used a five-run 11th inning to capture a 9-4 non-conference win against the University of Houston (12-10) Friday evening in the first game of a three-game series.

In the top of the 11th inning USD was able to score five runs on four hits to capture the 9-4 come-from-behind win. Josh Romanski got things rolling as he launched a rocket shot to left field. The Houston left fielder then recorded a fielding error which allowed Romanski to reach second base. After Romanski advanced to third on a Logan Gelbrich ground out, Ryan Lilly brought Romanski home on a single to center field. Steve Singleton then put the game out of reach with a two-run blast over the right center field fence giving USD a three-run cushion. USD's final two runs of the inning came on Shane Buschini's lone hit of the game, a two-run single to left field putting the game at its final of 9-4.

Huston would take a two-run lead into the ninth inning after they scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on a fielding error by USD, but USD would respond with two runs in the top of the ninth on a UH fielding error and a Romanski RBI single to send the game into extra innings.

The Toreros would score one run in each of the second and fifth innings to round out the scoring for the day.

Singleton led USD's offense going 3-for-6 with three RBI and one home run.

Scott Denault (1-0) picks up his first win of the season for the Toreros allowing no runs on one hit in 1.0 innings of work. Aaron Brown (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Cougars allowing three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue a three-game non-conference series with the Cougars of Houston in a 5 p.m. (PST) game at Cougar Field.

San Francisco - 10
New Mexico - 9

Albuquerque, NM - USF came from back from a four-run deficit to earn the 10-9 win over New Mexico at Isotopes Park on Friday night. The Dons (10-12) managed 15 hits in the win over the Lobos (14-6), their fourth consecutive win since last Friday.

USF plated a runner in the first inning after sophomore third baseman Joey Railey singled and an out later, junior right-hander Scott Cousins tripled to left. New Mexico tied the game in the bottom of the frame off starter Cousins, but the Dons regained the lead in the second on sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's second homerun of the year.

New Mexico was held at bay for two innings before going on a tear, scoring eight runs over the next four innings. The Dons added single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh before rallying with two outs, for five runs to take the lead in the eighth.

After freshman second baseman Zach Kim grounded out to third and Bialosky flew out to center, sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer singled to short. Junior Daniel Morales pinch hit for junior Lucas DeLong and roped a single through the left side. Junior Blake Nelson pinch hit for sophomore shortstop Tavo Hall and proceeded to smack a two-RBI single up the middle. Those RBI's were Nelson's first of the season. Cousins added his own RBI single up the middle before senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell followed the same route, batting in the final two runs of the game.

Nine Dons had hits in the game, with Gartrell and Cousins stroking three. Bialosky and Railey had two a piece with Kim, Morales, Sommer, Nelson, and junior catcher Jonathan Norfolk each adding one.

Sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson (3-0) got the win, pitching two innings of relief for starter Cousins, allowing two runs (both earned) off three hits and had one strikeout. Senior right-hander, and WCC Pitcher of the Week, Patrick McGuigan got his first save of the year and the 14th of his career after throwing 1.2 innings of relief, not allowing a hit or run and striking out two Lobos.

The Dons return to Isotopes Park for game two of the three-game series with the Lobos on Saturday. First Pitch is set for 6:00 PM.

Dartmouth - 3
Pepperdine - 2 (11)

Malibu, Calif. - Senior third baseman Tommy Myette singled with two outs in the 11th inning to lift Dartmouth to a 3-2 victory over No. 21 Pepperdine Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium and hand the Waves their second straight extra-inning loss.

The Pepperdine (12-11) loss overshadowed an outstanding pitching performance by senior Paul Coleman. The Waves left-hander struck out a season-high 10 batters in a career-high 10 innings of work.

After allowing two runs with two outs in the third inning, Coleman retired 18 of the next 20 batters, including 14 in a row, before allowing a one-out walk in the 10th.

Pepperdine had an opportunity to win the game in the ninth inning but had the potential winning run thrown out at the plate. Junior Luke Salas doubled with one out but was nailed at the plate trying to score from second on a single to center field by senior David Uribes.

The Waves had yet another chance to win the game in the 10th inning against Dartmouth reliever Klyle Zeis (1-0). Junior Chad Tracy opened the frame with a single and was sacrificed to second. Sophomore Donald Brown then walked to put two runners on with one out.

However, Zeis struck out pinch hitter Matt Aidem and left fielder Mike Craig to the end the inning.

It turned out to be a frustrating afternoon for the Waves, who left 11 runners on base, including five in scoring.

Dartmouth (1-3), which scored all three of its runs with two outs, took advantage of lead-off hit batsman to produce the winning run.

Freshman right hander Brett Hunter (2-2) relieved Coleman and hit catcher Klye Evans on a 1-2 pitch. Evans was sacrificed to second, advanced to third on an infield out and scored on a Myette's single to center.

Zeis was solid in relief for Dartmouth as he pitched five innings, allowed five hits, walked one and struck out four.

Coleman's final line was 10 innings pitched, five hits allowed, two earned runs, walked two and struck out 10 while throwing 116 pitches and lowering his ERA to 2.37.

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

Gonzaga vs. Washington State Rained Out

FRESNO, Calif. - Rain in the Fresno, Calif., area finally caught up with the Gonzaga University Bulldogs as they had their Friday afternoon contest with Washington State University rained out at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic. Gonzaga had been able to get in all scheduled games to date despite rain through out the week in Fresno.

Gonzaga will now play Washington State at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning with the tournament schedule shifted to attempt to get all games in tomorrow. Gonzaga will then play Binghamton at 2 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled 10 a.m. start.

The Bulldogs are 2-2 in tournament play with two games remaining.