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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 18, 2007

Saint Mary's - 9
Southern Utah - 8 (10)

Moraga, CA - In a game that was dictated by the long ball it was small ball that eventually won the game. With the bases loaded freshman Randy Wells hit a single up the middle to plate Brian Hawkins for the game-winner Sunday afternoon. With the 9-8 victory, the Gaels extend their unbeaten streak to 14. After the series sweep against SUU, SMC improves to 16-8-1 on the season.

After the Thunderbirds rallied and scored two runs to tie the score at eight in the ninth, the Gaels roared back to grab their sixth straight win.

Two straight walks to J.P. Musgrove and Cory Miller opened the 10th for SMC. Senior Eric Cattoni laid down a sac-bunt that was mishandled by SUU pitcher Kyle Melling to load the bases.

With Hawkins pinch-running for Musgrove, Wells came through with a single up the middle to record the game-winning RBI.

A single may have ended the game but it was the long ball that made the series finale. Six home runs left Louis Guisto Field with three off a SMC bat.

Two of the three Saint Mary's home runs came in a timely fashion. Down 5-3 in the sixth, freshman Ryan Mulligan blasted his first career home run with a shot over the right field wall.

Sophomore Joel Staples then handed the Gaels an 8-5 lead after a three-run bomb over the left field fence. In the fourth inning, Staples connected on his first round-tripper of the game with a shot over the left-center wall. Staples has a single-season best five home runs on the season to lead SMC.

Staples led the Gaels with three hits and five RBI. Mulligan batted 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI. Anthony Aliotti and Wells tallied two hits a piece for SMC.

Bucky Aona paced Southern Utah with two hits and three RBI including a home run. Jacob Romney and Robert Sandstrom tallied two hits and a home run a piece while Chester Wilson batted 2-for-3 with a RBI.

SMC reliever Scott Schneider (3-1) tallied the victory after striking out all three batters he faced in the 10th inning. Melling was tagged with the loss after allowing one run and four walks in two innings.

Saint Mary's will play its lone game of the week at Nevada on Tuesday, March 20. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Peccole Park.

San Diego - 8
Houston - 3

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball team completed a three-game sweep over the University of Houston with a convincing 8-3 win Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros complete a perfect 4-0 record for the week, improve to 19-9 overall and have now won seven of their last eight games. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 11-12 overall.

USD got on the scoreboard first as in the second inning as Sean Nicol went deep for the third time this season with a solo shot over the left field fence to give USD a 1-0 lead.

San Diego then added two more runs in the third inning on two hits. Kevin Muno got things rolling with a single to the third baseman and he moved to second on a Kevin Hansen sacrifice bunt. Josh Romanski and Justin Snyder then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out. After a Jordan Abruzzo fly out, Shane Buschini then did the scoring damage as he drove in two runs with a single up the middle to give USD a 3-0 lead.

The Cougars then made a game of it in the fifth inning as they cut the Toreros lead to one, scoring two runs on one hit. The Houston runs came on a Ryan Lormand RBI single and a fielder's choice to move the score to 3-2.

The Toreros then responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to again gain back the momentum. Hansen led off the inning with a stand-up double to left field and he moved to third on a wild pitch. Snyder drove in Hansen with a sacrifice fly to center field to give USD their first run of the inning. Romanski then tripled to right field and Abruzzo brought in Romanski with a RBI single through the left side. Abruzzo then advanced to second on a balk and Daniel Magness drove in Abruzzo with a RBI single to center field to cap the scoring for the inning and move the score to 6-2.

Houston took back one run in the seventh inning on an error by the Toreros and USD would add two more runs in the eighth inning on an Abruzzo RBI single and a Buschini run-scoring triple to put the game at its final of 8-3.

Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo, Buschini and Nicol led the way going 2-for-4 and Hansen was also a solid force at the plate as he went 2-for-3.

Ricardo Pecina (4-2) picked up the win for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on four hits in 6.0 innings of work. Russell Holzhauer also had a solid outing on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed no runs on no hits in 2.2 innings of work, retiring all seven batters he faced. Shea Hancock (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Cougars as he allowed four runs on six hits in 4.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to Las Vegas, Nev. to begin a three-game series with the UNLV Rebels. Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

UCSB - 11
LMU - 2

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - LMU never led in a game three that just got away, as UC Santa Barbara came out on top 11-2 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Lions (10-15-1), who had won six of seven games heading into this weekend's series, could not steal a win from the Gauchos (10-10) on the road.

LMU has one more road game remaining in the stretch before a long-awaited return home to Page Stadium next weekend to host UC Davis.

The Gauchos jumped to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, thanks in part to a two-run home run by Cody Dee.

UCSB added another two runs in the third inning after a pair of hits and an error.

The Lions got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth, scoring an unearned run on a sacrifice fly by Angelo Songco.

But the Gauchos were not finished yet, scoring four runs in the seventh inning. UCSB tallied three hits and got four free passes from three different Lion relievers to extend the lead to 10-1.

The Lions made it 10-2 in the top of the eighth after leadoff batter Michael Glomb singled and later scored on another sacrifice fly by Songco.

UCSB sealed the sweep with a single run in the eighth after a leadoff double by Chris McMurray.

LMU starter Brian Wilson was challenged early, but settled down to retire the final nine batters he faced. Wilson finished throwing 5.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. He struck out three, but suffered his first pitching loss of his career to fall to 2-1 on the season.

UCSB starter Brian Tracy (1-1) earned the win after throwing 8.0 innings and holding the Lions to the two runs.

The Lions face another Big West opponent Tuesday when they travel to Cal State Northridge to wrap-up the season series with the Matadors. First pitch from Northridge is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Fans who can't make it to Northridge can follow the Lions on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.

Minnesota - 5
Pepperdine - 4

Malibu, Calif. - Minnesota rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to erase a two-run deficit and held on for a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over No. 8 Pepperdine Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to salvage the finale of the three-game series.

The loss overshadowed a solid outing by sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, who allowed five hits and two runs in a career-high 7-plus innings. For the third time in the span of nine days, the Waves' bullpen was unable to hold a lead entering the seventh inning or beyond.

Pepperdine (17-7) broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth inning before Minnesota (11-5) sent nine batters to the plate in the eighth inning against four Waves pitchers.

Dickmann began the eighth inning and surrendered a leadoff single to Matt Nohelty. The Pepperdine left-hander was relieved by freshman right hander Daniel Farris, who recorded a ground ball out before falling behind 2-0 to Mike Nee. Farris was relieved by rookie left-hander Jordan Durrance, who lost Nee to put two on with one out.

Junior right hander Jason Dominguez (1-2), who entered the game seven for eight in save opportunities this season, replaced Durrance and allowed a single to left field by Mike Hanson that loaded the bases.

Kyle Baron followed with an RBI single to right field that sliced the Waves' lead to 3-2, and pinch-hitter Derek McCallum received a bases loaded walk that forced in the tying run. The Golden Gophers took their first lead of the series on a deep fly to left field that was caught in foul territory allowing Hanson to score from third.

Catcher Jeff DeSmidt capped the inning with a single to center field to plate Baron and give Minnesota a 5-3 lead.

Pepperdine rallied back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring a run on an RBI single to right-center field by sophomore second baseman Denny Duron that made it 5-4 and put runners at the corners with one out.

However, Josh Oslin came out of the bullpen and got Trent Diedrich to hit into and inning-ending double play.

The Waves had one more scoring chance in the bottom of the ninth inning as they got the tying run to second base before Oslin induced a pair of ground balls to end the game and preserve the win for the Golden Gophers.

Duron had three hits to lead the Waves, who lost for just the second time in 14 home games this season.

Pepperdine returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Dedeaux Field to take on USC beginning at 6 p.m.

Utah - 8
Portland - 3

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pilots baseball team fell 8-3 to Utah Sunday afternoon, dropping the series 1-2 to the Utes. Portland falls to 10-9 while Utah improves to 6-14.

In a game similar to yesterday's loss, the Pilots spotted the Utes an early lead and were unable to catch up. After scoring two runs in the opening frame, the Utes never trailed en route to the victory. The Utah defense made the difference, killing several Portland rallies with three double plays.

Sean Sargent (1-2) picked up the loss for the Pilots, allowing four runs and eight hits over five innings pitched. Chad Cullers (1-4) who came on in relief for Utes starter Brad Devore, got the win, tossing four and two-thirds innings while allowing one run (unearned) and giving up three hits while striking out three.

Chase Powell (pictured) cut the Utah lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run to right field off of Devore, the first home run of the sophomore first baseman's career. Powell finished the day 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Junior second baseman Brandon Howard and junior Cory Wiltshire, getting the start in center field today, also had two hits apiece. Wiltshire and junior Danny Meier, playing in right field, each had an RBI for the Pilots.

With Utah leading 3-2 after five innings, the Utes exploded for four runs in the top of the sixth, three coming off a towering home run by Utah first baseman Jay Brossman. For the day, Brossman went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.

The Utes pushed the lead to 8-2 after picking up a run in the seventh. The Pilots responded with a run of their own in the seventh on a Wiltshire RBI single but were unable to score for the remainder of the game.

Next up for the Pilots is a home match against the Washington Huskies on Tuesday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field before opening a three-game home series against Dallas Baptist on Thursday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Oregon State - 3
San Francisco - 2

Corvallis, OR - San Francisco held No. 5 Oregon State to just one run through eight innings Sunday, but fell 3-2 after a two-run Beaver rally in the ninth. The Dons (9-12) were swept in a weekend series for the first time since the opening three against Riverside last year. USF out-hit OSU (20-3) 7-3 in the contest.

Junior transfer Tommy Peale kept the Dons in the game, throwing an impressive eight innings. The right-hander allowed only one hit and one earned run while striking out six Beavers and not allowing a walk.

USF started the scoring in the second when junior right fielder Luke Sommer homered to lead off the inning. OSU answered back in the bottom of the frame with three consecutive hit batsmen and a run scoring ground out by Scott Santschi.

Senior center fielder Lucas DeLong singled to lead off the fifth and stole second. He scored on freshman third baseman Derek Poppert's single up the middle.

Senior left-hander Cole Stipovich (1-1) earned the loss, throwing 0.2 innings of the ninth. With two outs, Mitch Canham walked and scored on Drew George's double through the right side. George scored to win the game after junior right-hander Brian Anderson gave up a single to Jordan Lennerton.

USF returns to action on Wednesday, March 21 in Sacramento against Sac State. First pitch versus the Hornets is set for 2:00 PM.

UC Riverside - 10
Santa Clara - 4

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Bronco baseball team could not salvage game three of their series against UC Riverside on Sunday, falling 10-4 to the Highlanders. SCU got out to a 2-0 lead and out-hit UC Riverside 13-12, but that was not enough for the Broncos as they went down to their third consecutive defeat. Junior Gabe Alcantar went 2-for-3 for Santa Clara to push his season average to a team best .406.

The Broncos got off to a good start on Sunday as senior Nathan Faulkner led off the game with a single. Junior Ryan Conan then drove him home for the first of two RBIs on the day to put Santa Clara up 1-0. After freshman Jon Karcich knocked home sophomore Evan LeBlanc with an RBI single in the second, the Broncos were up 2-0 and in control of the game.

However, the Highlanders responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second to knot the game at two. Mark Samuelson and Kyle Barratt walked to lead off the inning and were sacrificed to third and second by Ben Price. Highlander second baseman Bryan Horst then knocked a single up the middle to drive in both Samuelson and Barratt.

UCR then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with another walk keying the rally. Barratt drew his second walk of the game and was later knocked in by Horst for his third RBI of the day.

Mark O'Brien's squad did not quit after falling behind as the team immediately responded with two runs in the top of the fifth. Alcantar doubled to lead off the inning and was immediately driven in by Conan to tie the game. Senior Carl Bacon and Leblanc followed with singles. Sophomore Kevin Madden grounded into a double play, but a run scored and SCU was back on top.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Highlanders scored four in their half of the fifth to move out to a 7-4 lead that they would not relinquish. They would pick up another run in the sixth and two more in the eighth to account for the final 10-4 margin.

Freshman Steve Kalush got the defeat for the Broncos to drop his record to 1-1, while Dan Runzler picked up his second win for the Highlanders.

Santa Clara continues its season-long 12-game road trip next weekend, traveling to Portland to play the Pilots from March 23-25. The series marks the start of West Coast Conference play for the Broncos.