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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 20, 2007

Pepperdine - 5
USC - 3

Los Angeles, Calif. - Junior Adam Olbrychowski turned in arguably the most impressive outing his career and was backed by a 14-hit attack as No. 12 Pepperdine defeated No. 19 USC 5-3 Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field to sweep the season series against the Trojans (16-10) for the second consecutive year and first time in series history.

After allowing two unearned runs in the first inning, Olbrychowski (5-1) retired 17 consecutive batters before allowing back-to-back one-out singles in the seventh inning. Junior right hander Jason Dominguez relieved Olbrychowski and got an inning-ending double play.

Sophomore Brett Hunter allowed a run in the ninth before earning his second save of the season and helping the Waves improve to 18-7 on the year and move a season-high 11 games over .500 for the second time.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first, Pepperdine tied the game in the second inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Denny Duron and Trent Diedrich.

Pepperdine went ahead 4-2 in the sixth inning. Freshman designated hitter Mark Tracy singled to open the frame and advanced to third on a double into the left-center field gap by Duron. Joseph Evans, pinch running for Heroy scored on a ground out Diedrich and Adrian Ortiz grounded out to first to score Duron.

Duron and Luke Salas led the Waves' offensive attack with three hits apiece, while sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud had two hits, including his first triple of the season, to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 15 ganes.

Pepperdine opens a three-game series against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at Caesar Uyseka Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.

Washington State - 13
Gonzaga - 2

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team suffered its first loss at the new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Tuesday afternoon, falling 13-2 to Washington State University in Spokane.

With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 14-11 for the season, while the Cougars improve to 13-7. The Zags are now 3-1 at their new home. Last weekend, Gonzaga opened the ballpark sweeping a three-game series from Rider University.

Starter Chris Highmark (2-4) suffered the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing seven runs, four earned, on nine hits and one walk over 4.1 innings. CJ McClure, Josh Monroe and Bobby McEwen all saw time out of the pen for Gonzaga. Washington State's Connor Lambert (2-1) earned the win throwing 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two.

WSU jumped out to an early 1-0 run in the second inning thanks to a single through the left side by Zach Borba that scored Jim Murphy, who led off the inning with a single.

The Cougars sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth inning en route to posting eight runs on five hits and two Bulldog errors. Highlighting the inning was a three-run home run to left center by Paul Gran.

The Zags ruined WSU's bid for a shutout when they posted their first run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Darin Holcomb led off the inning with a double to left before scoring two batters later on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Dustin Colclough.

Aaron McGuinness scored Gonzaga's second and final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth to bring the score to 9-2. The shortstop, who doubled to open the frame, scored on a sacrifice fly by Evan Wells.

Washington State added four additional runs in the top of the ninth to finalize the score at 13-2. The first run of the inning came on a single to right by Borba, while the other three runs were scored on a homer to left by Cody Bartlett.

McGuinness went 2-for-3 for the afternoon and was the lone Bulldog to post multiple hits for Gonzaga, who was out-hit by the Cougs 17-6. Also recording hits for GU was Mark Ellis, Michael Rhodes, Holcomb and Bryan Winston, who recorded a single to extend his hit streak to 10 games.

Gonzaga will take the field again Wednesday when they host the University of Washington at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Cal State Northridge - 9
Loyola Marymount - 3 (7)

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Tuesday's soggy Southern California weather left its mark on the contest between LMU and Cal State Northridge, as the Lions (10-16-1) fell 9-3 in the shortened, seven-inning game. The game started 45-minutes late due to rain and was called after the Matadors (12-16) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh.

The teams combined for three errors in the sloppy game, and all of LMU's runs were unearned as the Lions capitalized on the Matador miscues.

Trailing 5-1 in the top of the seventh, Michael Glomb drew a leadoff walk from CSUN starter Edwin Quirarte. Back-to-back singles by Eric Farris and Brian Wilson loaded the bases for the Lions. The Lions then scored two runs on an errant throw by Matador third baseman Richard Cates that would have ended the inning.

But the Matadors secured the win in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases after a leadoff double and a pair of walks. From there, a walk, two singles, and a hit batter plated the four runs for Cal State Northridge to make it 9-3. The umpires called the game following the seventh inning due to continued rain and impending darkness.

Cal State Northridge had taken a 3-0 lead by the fourth inning. The Lions made it 3-1 in the fifth after Glomb singled and later scored on a Farris groundout after an errant throw had advanced Glomb to third.

The Matadors went up 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run home run by John Parham.

The starters were the pitchers of record Tuesday, as LMU's Nate Keadle (0-1) worked the first three innings. He was charged with two earned runs on three hits while striking out three.

Quirarte (2-3) threw 6.1 innings to earn the victory. Farris and DeAndre Miller combined for a 4-for-7 day at the plate. Jorge Andrade Jr. led Northridge offensively, going 3-for-4.

After playing 10 of their last 11 games on the road, LMU returns to Page Stadium this weekend to host UC Davis for a three-game series. First pitch Friday is set for a 3:00 p.m. start. Fans who can't make it to Page Stadium for the series can catch all of the action on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio both at www.LMULions.com.

Washington - 14
Portland - 5

PORTLAND, Ore - The Washington Huskies scored six runs in the fifth inning and cruised to a 14-5 win over the Portland Pilots in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. The Pilots claimed a 3-2 lead after four innings, but the Huskies scored 12 runs during the next three innings en route to the victory.

The Pilots drop their third straight to fall to 10-10 on the season. It's the ninth straight win for Washington, which improves to 11-8.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, the Pilots scored twice to take the lead. With two on and one out, sophomore Chase Powell tied the score with an RBI single to right field that scored senior Justin Pierce. Senior Adam Kerr then gave Portland the 2-1 lead with an RBI ground-out to third base. Senior Jesse Rodgers scored on the play.

The Huskies tied it in the second before the Pilots re-claimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Tied at 2-2 and runners on the corners, freshman Rocky Gale grounded out to third allowing Powell to score, giving the lead back to Portland.

The Huskies then exploded for six runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

All six UW runs in the fifth were scored with two outs. Curt Rindal started the Husky scoring with a two-run homer to deep left field off of UP reliever Pat Geraghty. Bradley Boyer also drove in two runs during the inning.

Geraghty (0-1), who surrendered four runs on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning, was saddled with the loss.

UW added three in the sixth on three hits and three in the seventh on four hits.

Portland scored the game's final two runs in the eighth. With one out, junior Danny Meier hit a solo home run to deep left field, his second homer of the season. Rodgers then drove in Powell with a double to center field.

Reliever Nick Hagadone (1-1) picks up the win for the Huskies. He surrendered just one hit in 3.0 innings, while striking out three. Hagadone came in for starter Bryce Mooney to begin the fifth. Mooney gave up two runs on just two hits, but walked four batters. Junior relievers Johnny DuRocher and Harrison Bishop each pitched an inning for Washington.

The Pilots used seven pitchers for the game. Rodgers finished 2-for-4 at the plate, while Powell and Meier both scored twice.

The Huskies outhit the Pilots 17-6. Andy Lentz was 3-for-4 with solo home run, Rindal was 3-for-5 with three RBI's and three runs scored and Jake Rife went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI.

The Pilots next host the Dallas Baptist Patriots for a three-game series beginning on Thursday. The Pilots and Patriots are scheduled to play at 3:00 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday and at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Joe Etzel Field.

Nevada - 7
Saint Mary's - 3

Reno, NV- The Saint Mary's baseball team had its 14-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 7-3 loss to Nevada Tuesday afternoon from Peccole Park. Two Gaels went deep but it was not enough as SMC falls for the first time in over a month. Saint Mary's moves to 16-9-1 on the season while Nevada improves to 14-12.

The Gaels got things going early with the long ball. SMC got a two-run homer from second baseman Randy Wells in the top of the third inning to take the early 2-0 lead. The home run marked the first of his collegiate career.

Nevada's Short Kort got things started in the fifth with a single and designated hitter Baker Krukow was then hit by pitch. Following an out on a fly ball to left field second baseman David Ciarlo walked to load the bases for shortstop Chris Siewert. Siewert's single tied the game at 2-2 and left fielder Trevor O'Sullivan followed with an RBI single that put the Pack in front 3-2.

Pinch hitter Jason Sadoian doubled home the fourth run of the inning and third baseman Jason Rodriguez' ground out made the score 5-2. The Pack added to its lead in the sixth inning scoring a single run on one hit. Pinch hitter Terry Walsh walked, moved to second on a balk and over to third base on right fielder Matt Suleski's single where he scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-2.

Both teams scored a run in the eighth inning. SMC got a solo home run from shortstop Joel Staples in the top of the inning to close the gap to three. The home run was his fourth in three games and sixth on the season. In the bottom half of the eighth Walsh doubled and later scored on pinch hitter Mike Hale's sacrifice fly which was the final run of the game as Nevada won 7-3.

Reliever Jarad Mitchell (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the first win of his career. Kody Keroher (3) did not allow a run and just one hit in the final 1.1 innings to record his third save of the season. SMC starter Alex Jensen (1-2) was tagged with his second loss of the season both coming to Nevada. Jensen allowed five runs on five hits in five innings on the mound.

Suleski(2-for-4) and Siewert(2-for-3,R,2RBI) each had two hits to lead Nevada. Siewert added two RBI. Wells(3-for-5,R,2RBI) had three hits and two RBI to lead the Gaels offense.

Saint Mary's will take a week off before hosting Cal State East Bay on Tuesday, March 27. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.