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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/19

March 19, 2006

Pepperdine - 9
Dartmouth - 2

Malibu, Calif. - Senior right hander James Johnson allowed one run over six innings while senior first baseman Nick Kliebert and sophomore shortstop Danny Worth collected three hits apiece to lead No. 21 Pepperdine to a 9-2 series-clinching victory over visiting Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win improved the Waves to 14-11 and marked their fifth series win of the season. Dartmouth fell to 1-5.

After allowing a first-inning run, Johnson (2-1) held the Big Green scoreless over his final five innings of work as he retired eight of the final nine batters he faced. In six innings of work, Johnson surrendered six hits, one run, walked two and struck out three.

The senior right hander received all the run support he would need in the third inning as Pepperdine scored three times off Dartmouth starter Ryan Marten (0-1).

Junior center fielder Luke Salas opened the inning with single to right field and scored on junior designated hitter Chad Tracy's two-run home run to left field. The blast was the third of the season for Tracy and moved him into sole possession of eighth place on the school's all-time home run list with 27.

Kliebert scored the final run of the inning after doubling to right-center field, advancing to third on a bunt single by Worth, and scoring on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Matt Aidem.

The three-run inning began a stretch in which the Waves would score in six consecutive frames en route to building a 9-2 lead. Pepperdine totaled a season-high tying 16 hits in the ballgame as every player in the starting line-up had at least one hit.

Junior catcher Justin Tellam collected a pair of hits, including a home run to lead off the fourth, and Kliebert scored three runs in addition to his three hits.

Tracy and Worth extended their hitting streaks to a team-high eight games. The hitting streak is a career-long for Worth.

Pepperdine returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton for a 6 p.m. contest at Goodwin Field.

Portland - 8
Utah - 1 (6)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Portland Pilots defeated the Utah Utes 8-1 in a non-conference baseball game shortened to six innings because of snow at Cate Field. The game, which started on Saturday and was suspended because of inclement weather, was scheduled to resume on Sunday before Portland and Utah played the third and final game of the three-game series. That game was cancelled as well.

It's the second time on the current road trip that a game has been wiped out by snow for the Pilots. Portland's scheduled game against Nevada was cancelled last Sunday because of snowfall in Reno, Nev.

Portland junior Sean Sargent (2-4) pitched all six innings against the Utes to pick up the win. Sargent stuck out nine and allowed one run on nine hits and two walks.

Sophomore infielder Danny Meier hit his third home run of the season and knocked in four RBI's as the Pilots racked up 14 hits. Meier also had a two-run double. Six Pilots had two hits.

Each team managed to score a run in the first inning on Saturday. Portland scored when junior Jesse Rodgers knocked home Sean Nicol with a double.

Meier hit his two-run blast in the second to give UP a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Up 3-1 in the fifth, the Pilots added four more runs to their lead when junior James Allan, Meier and junior Justin Ehlers hit back-to-back-to-back doubles.

Senior Matthew Peters knocked in Portland's final run with a single in the sixth inning.

Utah's starting pitching Eric King (1-3) last just 2.2 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits to pick up the loss.

Portland ended the 10-day road trip with a 3-3 record to improve its overall record to 5-13. Utah falls to 8-10 on the season.

After playing the first 18 games of the season on the road, the Pilots play their home opener next weekend against UC Davis. The Pilots and Aggies are scheduled to play a three-game series at Joe Etzel Field beginning with a 2 p.m. game on Friday. Saturday's and Sunday's games are each slated to start at 1 p.m.

Santa Clara - 4
Northwestern - 1

Santa Clara - 10
Northwestern - 4

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The brooms were broken out Sunday as the Santa Clara University baseball team earned their first three-game series sweep of the season, taking both ends of a doubleheader against the Northwestern Wildcats. The Broncos triumphed 4-1 in the opener then used a pair of homers in the nightcap to complete the sweep with a 10-4 victory.

With the wins the Broncos improve to 13-11 on the season heading into their final non-conference weekend series next Saturday through Monday at Hawaii-Hilo. Following next weekend's four-game series in Hilo, the Broncos will turn their attention towards the West Coast Conference, opening up play against the San Francisco Dons Friday night, March 31 at 7 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. Tickets are available for the March 31-April 2 series by calling (408) 554-4660 or by visiting the Leavey Center ticket office.

Game one starter Matt Wickswat earned his fourth win of the season against Northwestern (3-11) by tossing six and a third scoreless innings, scattering five hits and striking out a pair of Wildcats. Jeff Lombard and Mark Willinsky cleaned up after their teammate, with Willinsky earning his fifth save of the season by going the final one and a third and striking out two.

Daniel Nava went 3-for-4 with two triples, giving him four on the season. Eric Newton's third home run of the season, a solo job in the fourth, helped the Broncos strike first off of Wildcats starter George Kontos.

In the nightcap, backstop Kris Watts was the big hitter, setting the tone early with a three-run bomb to right-center which opened the floodgates right away against Wildcat starter Ryan Myers. On the game Watts was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, as he added an RBI single in the fifth.

Michael Lange was also responsible for the scoring in Santa Clara's big fifth inning as he came through with a bases-clearing triple that blew the game wide open at 9-2.

On the hill, Justin Kuehn improved his record to 2-3 on the season with a strong six inning effort and Chris Stansbury finished things off with three hitless innings, striking out three.

Ryan Conan capped off SCU's big day at the plate with a solo blast off of the flag pole in left field, his first of the season.

Cal State Northridge - 7
LMU - 2

Los Angeles, Calif. - LMU put up double-digit hits for the sixth time in eight games, but it was not enough to top Cal State Northridge's seven runs on 16 hits Sunday afternoon. The Lions (10-15) fell to CSUN (11-14) 7-2 at Page Stadium, dropping their first weekend series since the middle of February.

On most other outings, 10 hits would seem to be sufficient, as Erik Johnson, Kyle Mura, and Brian Wilson each had two for the Lions. But Sunday, the Matadors put up 16 hits and pushed seven runs across to win the rubber match at Page Stadium.

CSUN did its damage early, notching six straight hits off LMU starter Daniel Macias with one out in the first inning. The Matadors finished the first with three runs, but left the bases loaded when Macias got a fielder's choice ball and an infield pop-up from the bottom of the lineup to get out of the jam.

The Lions came out and answered in the second, putting the first two batters on base when DeAndre Miller was hit by starter Jimmy Brettl and Johnson singled through the left side. Mura's single to shortstop allowed Johnson to score. Chris Pettit and Wilson then put up back-to-back singles to drive in Mura and keep it at a one-run game.

But CSUN tacked on four more runs over three different innings and held the Lions scoreless for the remainder of the game to hold on to the 7-2 victory.

In his first career start, Brettl (3-1) worked six innings and allowed the Lions' two runs in the first, although they were both unearned.

Bobby Paschal threw the final three innings for the Matadors and picked up his first save of the season.

Macias (2-5) worked 5.1 innings, allowing CSUN's first five runs on 11 hits. Combining with relievers Roberto Torres (2.1 innings) and Wilson, the LMU pitching staff walked just one batter on the afternoon. Wilson struck out two in his scoreless 1.1 innings of work.

Catcher Steve Lemmon led the Matadors with his 4-for-5 effort.

For the fourth time in five games, the Lions played errorless defense. Offensively, seven different Lions totaled hits Sunday.

LMU will have a fourth look at CSUN, as the Matadors and Lions will meet for the last mid-week match-up of the regular season on May 16 at Page Stadium.

LMU will remain at home for two mid-week contests this week. USC will visit Page Stadium this Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., before Northwestern battles the Lions Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be carried on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Southern Utah - 13
Saint Mary's - 12

Henderson, NV - In a series that ended up producing 67 runs, the Saint Mary's baseball team wound up on the short end of a 13-12 decision against Southern Utah Sunday afternoon from Morse Stadium on the Southern Nevada College campus. Senior Preston Young belted his third home run of the series while sophomore Ian Gordon added his second on the year. After the loss, SMC drops to 12-10 on the season.

The Gaels again jumped all over the T-Birds but were unable to hold on. SMC took an 11-3 advantage but squandered the lead by allowing SUU to score 10 times in the final four innings.

After the T-Birds took the early 1-0 lead, the Gaels amassed five runs in the top of the second in large part to four errors. Junior Eric Cattoni and senior Sam Carter both tallied doubles in the inning.

In the fourth, the Gaels were able to add to the lead when Gordon smashed his second home run on the season over the left field wall.

The next three innings saw SMC plate six more runs. In the sixth, Young struck again for the third time in the series, belting a three-run shot near the right field foul pole. Senior Orben Frederick and Cattoni came in on the home run.

After SMC added one more in the seventh on a balk that scored senior Mike Harris, the T-Birds began their comeback by cutting the SMC lead to three. SUU then tallied four runs in the final two innings to pull out the series victory in the barnburner.

Offensively the Gaels were led by Young's 3-for-4, three RBI effort. The home run marks his seventh on the year which gives the senior 22 for his career, moving him into sole possession of third place in the career annals.

Carter and Gordon each added 2-for-5 performances from the plate. Carter chipped in two RBIs while Gordon accounted for one.

Senior Dan Lewis allowed two earned and struck out four in the five innings of work. Senior Ian Farmer was tabbed with the loss after an unearned run scored in the ninth.

Saint Mary's will return to the friendly confines of Louis Guisto Field for a four game home stand. SMC opens its week on Tuesday, March 21 against Pacific at 2 p.m.

Houston - 3
San Diego - 2

HOUSTON, Texas - The University of Houston's Brian Tully's walk-off home run prevented the University of San Diego baseball team's (15-10) three-game sweep of the Cougars (13-11) Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cougar Field.

The Toreros were able to jump out to the early lead in the fourth inning on Jordan Abruzzo' solo home run over the right field fence, giving USD the 1-0 early advantage.

USD would increase their lead to two runs in the fifth inning when Steve Singleton hit a run scoring double to left-center field which scored Ryan Lilly who was hit by a pitch.

The Cougars would cut the Toreros lead in half in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Travis Cougot solo home run over the right field fence and would knot the score at two runs apiece in the seventh inning on a Tully run-scoring double.

Offensively for the Toreros, Singleton led the way with his 3-for-4 one RBI and one double performance.

Russell Holzhauer (2-2) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing one run on one hit in 1.1 innings of work. Clayton Boone (2-1) picked up the win for the Cougars allowing no runs on no hits in 0.2 innings of work.

USD will return to action on Friday as they host a non-conference series against the Rebels of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in a 2 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

New Mexico - 10
San Francisco - 7

Albuquerque, NM - USF couldn't earn the sweep over New Mexico on Sunday, falling 10-7 at Isotopes Park. Over the three game series the Dons (11-12) were on fire offensively, amassing 32 hits (eight for extra bases) and 28 runs versus the Lobos (15-7).

USF fell behind early, allowing the Lobos to plate one in the first and second innings before gaining the lead in the third with three runs of their own. After two walks and a single by junior outfielder Scott Cousins loaded the bases, senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell hit a two-RBI single to center. An out later, junior designated hitter Daniel Morales hit a sacrifice fly to score Cousins. The lead would be short lived as the Lobos piled on eight more runs over the next four innings. The Dons added one run in the sixth, two in the eighth and one in the ninth of a Cousins homerun, but couldn't come all the way back.

Sophomore third baseman Joey Railey had three hits for the Dons, including a double and two RBI. Freshman second baseman Zach Kim had two hits, one of which was his first triple of the season. Cousins also had two hits while Gartrell, sophomore shortstop Tavo Hall, and junior Chris Bacigalupi added one apiece.

USF returns home to Benedetti Diamond for a two game series with Utah Valley State on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games are set to start at 2:00 PM.