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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/18

March 18, 2006

Gonzaga - 12
Binghamton - 1

FRESNO, Calif. - The Gonzaga University Bulldogs (14-10) ended the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic on a high note as they blasted Binghamton University, 12-1, in a game called after seven innings due to a predetermined 10-run rule. Gonzaga ends the tournament 3-3 while Binghamton dropped to 2-5-1 on the season.

Gonzaga opened with four runs in the first as Aaron McGuinness drew a bases loaded walk. Zach Woodward drove home two more runs with a two-run single. The Bulldogs added a single run in the second as Jackson Brennan opened with a triple and scored on a ground out by Scott Campbell.

The Bulldogs added five more in the third to put the game away as Darin Holcomb cleared the bases with a three run double. McGuinness added an RBI double in the fourth and Gonzaga ended the day with 15 hits. Woodward was 3-for-4 and Holcomb 2-for-5.

Clayton Mortensen was sharp on the mound allowing only one hit in five innings of work to improve to 4-4. Brandon Harmon and Cory Powell each tossed one inning in relief. Binghamton scored an unearned run in the seventh.

Scott Diamond was tagged with the loss falling to 2-1.

Pepperdine - 6
Dartmouth - 2

Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore catcher Chad Tracy highlighted a four-run third inning with a two-run home run and sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez pitched 4.2 solid innings to help No. 21 Pepperdine register a 6-2 victory over Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium and even the three-game series at a game apiece.

Dominguez (1-0), who relieved starter Adam Olbrychowiski, with one out in the second inning, allowed three hits, two runs, walked one and struck out three to earn his first win of the season and help the Waves improve to 13-11.

Pepperdine jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning against Dartmouth starter Chase Carpenter (0-1).

Sophomore left fielder Matt Aidem opened the inning with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and advanced to third on an infield single by senior second baseman David Uribes. Both runners scored on a triple to left field by junior center fielder Luke Salas.

Tracy capped the inning with a two-run home run to left that made the score 4-0 and moved him into a tie with Scott Shockey (1986-89) for eighth place on Pepperdine's all-time home run list with 26.

Dartmouth (1-4) cut the Waves lead in half with two runs in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Tommy Myette and a run-scoring single by Damon Wright.

Pepperdine answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud and added an insurance run in the eighth inning on a run-scoring single by Aidem.

The game also marked the season-debut of sophomore right hander Doug Konoske, who struck out two, walked one and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings of relief. Sophomore Barry Enright made his first career relief appearance and pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Pepperdine and Dartmouth conclude their three-game series with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.

San Diego - 2
Houston - 0

HOUSTON, Texas - Junior right-hander Josh Butler threw a complete game shutout to lead the University of San Diego baseball team to a 2-0 non-conference victory over the University of Houston Saturday afternoon at Cougar Field.

With the win the Toreros improve to 15-9 overall, have won three consecutive games and have claimed the three-game series with the Cougars. With the loss the Cougars fall to 12-11.

Butler (5-2) picked up his fifth win of the season throwing a complete game shutout. Butler allowed no runs on five hits while striking out a season-high nine.

The Toreros broke open the scoreless contest in the fourth inning when Keoni Ruth was able to reach first base on a fielding error by the Cougars second baseman. On the same play, Ruth moved to second base and Ryan Lilly, who had walked, scored from first base to give USD the early 1-0 lead.

USD added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Steve Singleton got things rolling with a single to center field and moved to second on a Daniel Magness sacrifice bunt. Jordan Abruzzzo then hit his team-leading ninth double of the season binging in Singleton to cement the win for the Toreros.

Singleton led USD's offense going 2-for-4.

Ricky Hargrove (2-2) was saddled with the loss for the Cougars allowing two runs one earned, on six hits in 8.2 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they close out the three-game non-conference series with Houston in an 11 a.m. (PST) game at Cougar Field.

San Francisco - 11
New Mexico - 6 (10)

Albuquerque, NM - USF continued it's winning ways as the Dons beat New Mexico 11-6 in ten innings on Saturday evening. The Dons (11-11) are back at .500 for the first time since they were 3-3 on February 11 and secure their second straight series victory. The loss drops the Lobos to 14-7; the first time all season UNM has lost two in a row.

USF started the scoring in the second inning, plating one on junior catcher Daniel Morales' solo homerun. The Lobos tied it up in the bottom of the fifth on a solo homerun of their own from junior centerfielder Matt Foote. New Mexico took the lead in the eighth, but the Dons tied it up in the ninth at two runs apiece.

In the tenth the Dons took a commanding lead, scoring nine runs on two hits, four walks and three Lobo errors. Red-shirt freshman Zach Kim hit his first homerun in the Green and Gold, a two run shot to left field to cap the scoring. The Lobos tried to mount a rally of their own, scoring four runs, but were unable to take down the Dons.

Along with Morales' and Kim's homeruns, junior outfielder Scott Cousins had two hits and senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell, sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, and senior infielder Jacob Abramson each added one a piece.

Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan got his fourth win of the season against only one loss after relieving starting pitcher, sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda in the ninth. The tall righty pitched two innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits, with no walks and three strikeouts. Poreda, who got a no-decision in the win, went eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

New Mexico had eight hits on the night, with junior designated hitter Chris Carlson and sophomore second baseman Jordan Pacheco stroking two each. Junior Danny Ray Herrera earned a no-decision, going nine innings, allowing only two runs (one earned) on five hits, three walks and had seven strikeouts.

USF finishes the three-game series with the Lobos on Sunday at 1:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 5
Northwestern - 4

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team ended its four-game losing streak Saturday afternoon as Dustin Realini's third hit of the day brought pinch-runner Juan Parra in with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Broncos defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 5-4 at Stephen Schott Stadium.

The victory brings the Broncos back to the .500 mark on the season at 11-11, while the Wildcats drop to 3-9. Jason Matteucci made his return to the lineup after missing 13 games due to illness and showed no signs of rust as he went 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs.

Daniel DeMarco earned his fourth win of the year in relief, throwing four shutout innings and striking out five Wildcat batters. The two teams will conclude the series tomorrow at Schott Stadium with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The second game is set to start about 25 minutes after the end of the first contest.

Northwestern took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third after Pat McMahon led the inning off with a home run and a two-out error with runners at second and third gave the Wildcats the lead. The teams each scored a run in the next three half-innings before heading into the game's final third with NU up 4-3.

With one away in the bottom of the seventh and runners at the corners for SCU, Eric Newton drilled a line drive to deep left-center which brought Daniel Nava in to tie the game at four-apiece. After DeMarco set the Wildcats down in order in both the eighth and ninth innings, the Broncos closed things out four batters into their half of the ninth. Singles by Kevin Drever and Matteucci led things off, and with Parra running for Drever, Nava was intentionally walked, leading to Realini's game-winner.

Washington State - 15
Gonzaga - 3

FRESNO, Calif. - Washington State University (18-5) scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning to break open a close ball game as the Cougars knocked off Gonzaga University, 15-3, during the final day of the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, Calif. Gonzaga (13-10) will play Binghamton University later Saturday afternoon to close out tournament play.

Both teams scored in the first with Jared Prince driving home WSU's first run with a sacrifice fly. Jackson Brennan delivered the Bulldogs opening tally with an RBI double.

Prince put WSU up 2-1 in the third with an RBI single and the Cougars extended the lead to 3-1 in the fourth as they scored a run on a throwing error why trying to throw out a stolen base attempt at third base.

Ryan Wiegand trimmed the WSU lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double.

The Cougars then scored five runs in the fifth against GU starter Patrick Donovan (3-2) to break open the contest. Zach McAngus had a two-run double and Jim Murphy added a two-run single to win the game. WSU would add seven runs in the ninth against the GU bullpen to set the final margin.

Jayson Miller (1-0) picked up the win for WSU with five innings of work. Prince and McAngus each had three hits for GU.

Gonzaga was led by Scott Campbell and Darin Holcomb with two hits each. WSU has now won two of the three meetings between the two schools this season.

Cal State Northridge - 6
LMU - 3

Northridge, Calif. - Saturday's game at Cal State Northridge set up a rubber match for Sunday at Page Stadium, as LMU (10-14) fell to the Matadors 6-3. Senior Kyle Mura went 2-for-2 with a run scored, but it was not enough to top CSUN's (10-14) four-run fourth inning that saw them take the lead for good.

Cal State Northridge used four straight singles to hang four runs in the fourth inning and take the 5-2 lead.

The Matadors added a single run in the bottom of the eighth when a sacrifice bunt scored Noah Scott from third to make it 6-2.

LMU had put up single runs in the second and fourth innings. Both came with two outs, beginning when Mura singled up the middle to score Chris Pettit, who had drawn the walk from CSUN starter Chuckie Fick earlier in the inning.

Again with two outs in the fourth inning, A.J. LaMonda's double over Matador right fielder Brett Blumenthal's head drove in Erik Johnson from second to make it 2-1 LMU. Johnson had singled and advanced to second on his second stolen base of the season.

Trailing 6-2 in the top of the ninth, pinch hitter Justin Bunkis brought in one run on his bases-loaded groundout to first.

Fick improved to 2-4 after five innings of work Sunday. He allowed two runs on four hits. Reliever Joe Rocchio earned his second save of the season after entering the game with bases loaded in the top of the ninth.

Andy Beal made the start for the Lions and worked seven innings. He rebounded after the four-run fourth inning to retire 10 of his final 11 batters faced, but suffered the loss to fall to 2-4.

In addition to Mura's 2-for-2 outing, DeAndre Miller, Johnson, and LaMonda notched hits for the Lions.

For the third time in four games, the Lions played errorless defense.

The Lions and Matadors will conclude the three-game series with a rubber match at LMU's Page Stadium Sunday with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m., as the Lions go for their fourth straight weekend series victory. The split-site for the weekend series makes it an even two games at home for each team when combined with the Tuesday game scheduled for Page Stadium on May 16. Fans can follow all of Sunday's action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Southern Utah - 10
Saint Mary's - 9

Henderson, NV - The Saint Mary's baseball overcome an eight run sixth by Southern Utah but could not hold on as SMC fell 10-9 Saturday afternoon from Foothill High School. Senior Corey Madden fanned a career-high 11 in the loss. After the day the Gaels move to 12-9 on the season.

The game shaped up to be a pitcher's duel through the first five innings as Madden fanned 10 T-Bird batters and held SUU to just three hits over that stretch. Meanwhile, T-Bird hurler Larry Ellenbrook retired nine of the first 10 Gael hitters he faced, but Saint Mary's was able to plate single runs in each of the next three innings en route to a 3-0 lead heading into the home-half of the sixth inning.

After SUU finally got to Madden and SMC reliever Ryan Doyle for a eight run sixth the Gaels came back with five runs of their own in the seventh, including a two-run triple from Eric Cattoni, who would advance home on the play as an errant T-Bird relay throw trickled into the SUU dugout.

Saint Mary's senior Delaney Gallagher continued the rally with a two-out, two-run double later in the frame as Saint Mary's sent 11 men to the plate overall to pull even at 8-8.

In this barnburner though, SUU would end up on top. Saint Mary's regained the lead with an unearned run in the eighth, but Southern Utah answered with two runs in its half of the inning to pull out the victory.

Offensively, SMC was led by senior Sam Carter, Orben Frederick and Gallagher. Carter piggy backed his career day yesterday with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Frederick moved back above the .400 mark with a 3-for-5 day while Gallagher accounted for three of Saint Mary's seven RBIs on a 2-for-3 performance from the plate.

Madden's double digit strikeout performance was his second on the season. The back-to-back double-digit performance by Madden and Fountain was also the second time the duo has eclipsed 10 Ks this year.

Saint Mary's aims to capture its first road series tomorrow when the two teams will play the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (PST), at Morse Stadium on the CC Southern Nevada campus.

Portland at Utah Suspended in the seventh inning

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Portland Pilots' non-conference baseball game against the Utah Utes was suspended in the top of the seventh inning because of a lightning storm on Saturday afternoon. The Pilots have nobody one with one out and an 8-1 lead in the game that will resume on Sunday at 12 p.m. (PST) at Cate Field. The Pilots and Utes will then play the third and final game of the three-game series.

Portland won the first game on Friday 10-8.

This is Portland's second game suspended because of the weather in the past week. UP's game last Saturday against Nevada was stopped on Saturday because of snow before finishing on Sunday.

Sean Sargent started on the hill for Portland against Utah and pitched all six innings. Sargent's last start was also suspended by weather. The junior pitched both days in the 7-4 win over Nevada last weekend.

Sophomore infielder Danny Meier hit his third home run of the season to lead the Pilots against the Utes. His two-run shot in the second inning helped Portland gain the lead. Meier already has four RBI's.