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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/21

March 21, 2006

Pepperdine - 7
Cal State Fullerton - 4

Fullerton, Calif. - Junior All-American Chad Tracy hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs, and sophomore Donald Brown had a go-ahead single to lead No. 21 Pepperdine to a 7-4 victory over No. 4 Cal State Fullerton Tuesday night at Goodwin Field.

The win was the third in a row for the Waves (15-11) while the Titans (17-7) had their eight-game winning streak snapped.

Pepperdine rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the seventh inning, scoring two unearned runs with two outs as Tracy and Brown produced RBI singles to give Pepperdine a 5-4 lead.

The Waves added on to their lead scoring unearned runs in the eighth and ninth innings to complete the scoring.

Pepperdine struck first in the game as it scored twice with two outs in the third inning. Junior center fielder Luke Salas singled to left and Tracy followed with a home run to right-center field to give the Waves a 2-0 lead.

The Titans tied the score in the bottom half of the inning on RBI singles by first baseman Brett Pill and right fielder Jared Clark.

Tracy gave Pepperdine a 3-2 lead with his second home run of the night, a towering shot over the right-center field wall.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Cal State Fullerton took its first lead of the game in the bottom half of the inning a two-run home run to left field by third baseman Evan McArthur that gave the Titans a 4-3 lead.

Sophomore right hander Barry Enright (5-1) started for the Waves and pitched 6.1 innings, allowed eight hits, four runs, walked two and struck out four. It was Enright's fourth win over a ranked opponent this season.

Freshman right hander Brett Hunter worked the final 2.2 innings to earn his fifth save of the season.

Pepperdine opens a three-game series against Northwestern Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.

Portland - 8
Concordia - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. - Freshman Sean Nicol went 3 for 5 at the plate with three RBI's as the Portland Pilots defeated the Concordia Cavaliers 8-1 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. It's the third straight win for the Pilots, who improve to 6-13 overall.

Concordia, an NAIA school, drops to 10-11.

Five Pilots had at least two hits as Portland totaled 13 for the game. Concordia had five hits.

UP starter Ari Ronick (1-2) pitched six scoreless innings, while scattering five hits to pick up his first win of the season. Relievers Sean Sargent and Austin Dirkx then held the Cavalier bats in check to close out the win. Dirkx struck out four and didn't allow a hit or a run in 2.0 innings of work.

Concordia starter Billy Burbank, who gave up one run on six hits in 3.0 innings, was saddled with the loss.

Nicol continued his torrid hitting at the plate for the Pilots with three hits. He also scored a run and made six plays at second base without an error. Portland didn't commit an error for the game.

Sophomore Cory Wiltshire was 2 for 2 with two runs, while senior Matthew Peters was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Junior Jesse Rodgers and sophomore Danny Meier were also 2 for 4 at the plate.

Portland opened the scoring with a run in the third and fourth innings. With two outs in the third, sophomore Pat Geraghty scored Nicol with a line drive to center field. Then in the fourth, junior Justin Ehlers brought home Peters on a fielder's choice to first base.

The Pilots added two more in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead. With two outs, the Pilots loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. Nicol then picked up two RBI's with a single hit hard up the middle.

After Concordia plated its only run in the top off the seventh off of Sargent, the Pilots responded with four more in the bottom half of the inning. Portland got the first run when Andrew Wrisley scored from second after a ball hit by senior Travis Vetters got past both the third baseman and the left fielder. Both fielders were charged with an error. Matthew Peters then knocked in Vetters with a double to deep right-center field, before two more Portland runs scored on a CU error. Only one of the four runs scored during the inning was earned.

After opening the season with 18 straight road games, Portland remains at Joe Etzel Field for a three-game series this weekend against UC Davis beginning with a 2 p.m. game on Friday. The teams then square off at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Livestats and a live audio broadcast for each game will be available at portlandpilots.com.

San Francisco - 2
Utah Valley State - 0

San Francisco, CA - In what turned out to be a great pitchers dual, USF outlasted Utah Valley State to win 2-0 at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. With only ten hits between both teams, the Dons (12-12) managed to push through two runs against a tough Wolverine (6-14) pitcher.

Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan started on the mound for USF and held the Wolverines at bay for seven innings, allowing only three hits, one walk and striking out five. The win brings McGuigan's totals to 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA. He has 37 strikeouts and only nine walks in 48.2 innings. Freshman Jeff Gordon earned his second save of the season, pitching 2 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out one.

USF scored the only run they would need in the bottom of the fourth. Senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell singled to center before junior catcher Daniel Morales drove him in with his fifth double of the season. Sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky would solidify the lead in the seventh with his third homerun of the year, a blast over the left field fence. Junior designated hitter Blake Nelson stroked his first double of the year in the second. Adding a hit a piece were sophomore third baseman Joey Railey and senior short stop Andrew Smith. Smith also stole his first bag of the season.

Utah Valley State's senior left-hander Brett Guerrero made his first career start and went 7.1 innings, giving up the two USF runs (both earned) on six hits, and a walk. Guerrero also had three strikeouts on the day.

USF returns to action on Wednesday, March 22 at Benedetti Diamond. The finale with Utah Valley State begins at 2:00 PM.

USC - 14
LMU - 4

Los Angeles, Calif. - A nine-run eighth inning handed USC the 14-4 win over LMU (10-16) Tuesday at Page Stadium. The two teams were tied at four until the top of the sixth, when the Trojans (15-11) started the run to put up 10 runs over the final four innings for the mid-week win.

Holding a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth, USC scored nine runs on eight hits to break open the Tuesday game. Designated hitter Baron Frost led the offensive charge going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Two of those four hits came in the eigth, including one of his three doubles on the day.

LMU had built a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Brian Wilson and Eric Farris recorded back-to-back singles off USC starter John Dunn. Senior Erik Johnson then put up a three-run double to left that scored Wilson, Farris, and Chris Pettit, who had reached on the game's only error.

USC took the 4-3 lead in the top of the third, but the Lions tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Wilson's singled plated Sean Dovel, who had doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning.

The Trojans used a single run in the top of the sixth to take the 5-4 lead.

Sophomore Nathan Keadle made his second career start for the Lions and worked 3.2 innings. He was charged with the four runs, but struck out a career-high five batters, including USC hit/RBI-leader Cyle Hankerd twice.

Ezequiel Ruvalcaba followed in relief and suffered his first decision of the season after allowing the go-ahead run.

Roberto Torres, Brian Wilson, Greg Nagy, and Kyle Mura followed on the mound for the Lions, with Mura holding the Trojans scoreless in his inning of work in his season pitching debut.

Shawn Olsen (3-1) earned the win for the Trojans after throwing 4.1 innings.

Johnson (2-for-3, three RBI), Wilson (2-for-3, one RBI), and Farris (3-for-4) led the Lions at the plate. Both of Johnson's hits were doubles. The LMU catchers in Dovel and Brett Mendoza notched the only other two hits on the afternoon for the Lions.

In a busy week for the Lions, LMU will have another home game this week when Northwestern visits Page Stadium this Thursday for a 2:00 match-up. Fans can follow all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Pacific at Saint Mary's Postponed

Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's baseball head coach Jedd Soto announced that the game scheduled for Tuesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. against the Pacific Tigers has been postponed due to inclement weather and wet field conditions. A reschedule date has yet to be determined.

Saint Mary's will return to the diamond this weekend for a three-game series against the Utah Utes. The series opener is slated for Friday, March 24 at 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.