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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 23, 2007

Portland - 4
Dallas Baptist - 3

Dallas Baptist - 6
Portland - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of Portland split a double-header with Dallas Baptist Friday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field, with the Pilots (11-12) taking the first game 4-3 and the Patriots (15-12) claiming the second 6-0. The win gave Dallas Baptist a 2-1 series win.

Making his first start since throwing his first career shutout and striking out 14 against Utah last weekend, junior righthander Given Kutz (4-2) put forth another stellar outing for Portland, throwing eight innings while allowing one run and two hits and striking out six to earn the win in the opening game.

After spotting Dallas Baptist a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run to left field by Patriots designated hitter Garret Baker, Kutz (pictured) shut down Dallas Baptist for the next seven innings, allowing only a single to Ryan Enos in the fourth inning.

In the month of March, Kutz has won all four of his starts and has a 1.36 ERA, allowing only five earned runs in 33 innings of work. He has thrown two complete games while striking out 29 and allowing opponents a meager .225 batting average.

With the Pilots trailing 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning, junior right fielder Danny Meier made a spectacular catch to keep the deficit to only one. After Dallas Baptist catcher Andrew Pirtle sent a long fly ball into right, Meier raced to the fence and leapt against the wall, timing his jump perfectly and stealing a sure home run away from Pirtle.

In the bottom of the fifth, senior right fielder Justin Pierce put the Pilots ahead for good, following a Paul Crowder double by clubbing a 2-1 pitch from Dallas Baptist starter Victor Black (3-2) over the left field wall for a two run homer. The blast was Pierce's team-leading fourth home run. The senior finished the game going 1-for-2 with two RBI, one run scored, a walk and his team-leading 12th hit-by-pitch.

The Pilots pushed the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning after Black, who picked up the loss, walked the basses loaded. Ryan Millard came in to relieve Black and promptly allowed two runs, walking senior third baseman Jesse Rodgers and giving up an RBI single to freshman catcher Rocky Gale. Gale was the only Pilot with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Dallas Baptist made things interesting in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs off senior closer Josh Roberts to cut the lead to 4-3, but Roberts held on to pick up his fourth save of the year.

Portland finished with five hits in the game to Dallas Baptist's four.

The Pilots got another strong effort from their starter in the second game but were unable to capitalize as junior southpaw Ari Ronick (2-3) picked up the tough-luck loss, throwing eight innings and allowing only two runs - one earned - and six hits while walking three and striking out five.

But the Portland offense had no answer for the Patriots as freshman hurler Ryan Goins (3-0) picked up the win, allowing no runs and one hit in five innings of work. Jereme Wilson and Randall Taylor each pitched two scoreless innings of relief to combine with Goins for the shutout. The Pilots managed only two hits in the game, one each by junior second baseman Brandon Howard and freshman shortstop CJ Cullen, compared to 11 for the Patriots.

For the Patriots, Austin Knight went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Matt Tucker went 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Evan Bigley and Trevor Head each went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Nick Santos also picked up an RBI for Dallas Baptist, going 1-for-5.

Leading 2-0 in the top of the ninth inning, Dallas Baptist put the game out of reach by turning four singles, two stolen bases and one walk into four runs off of Portland reliever Chris Siegfried.

The Pilots, who are now seven games into their 14 game homestand, will face the Linfield Wildcats at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at Joe Etzel Field.

San Diego - 6
UNLV - 4

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (20-9) got another solid outing from Brian Matusz on the mound as well as solid offensive production to help lead the Toreros to a 6-4 win against UNLV (10-18) Friday evening in a non-conference game at Wilson Stadium.

USD wasted no time in scoring as they put up four runs on four hits in the first inning. Justin Snyder got things rolling with a walk and he moved to second on Josh Romanski's single to left field. Jordan Abruzzo then hit an RBI single to right field to bring in Snyder and move Romanski to third. Shane Buschini hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in Romanski from third for the third run of the game. The Toreros then loaded the bases with a Daniel Magness single and Sean Nicol reaching on a fielding error by the third baseman. Logan Gelbrich then brought in the final run of the inning with a RBI single to left center field to give USD a 4-0 lead.

The Rebels took back one run in their half of the first inning on a Chris Bonnell RBI single to move the score to 4-1.

San Diego then put the game out of reach in the top of the second scoring their final two runs of the game. The USD runs came on a two-run homer from Jordan Abruzzo, his fifth home run of the season.

The Rebels were able to push across one run in the fourth inning and two runs in the ninth inning, but were unable to overcome deficit, leaving the game at 6-4.

Abruzzo led the USD offense as he went 2-for-5 with one home run and three RBI. Magness was also a solid force at the plate as he went 3-for-5. Romanski went 2-for-3 and Nicol went 2-for-5 to round off the USD attack.

Matusz (5-1) picked up his fifth win of the season as he allowed two runs on two hits, while striking out nine in 6.2 innings of work. Craig Heyer (3-3) was saddled with the loss for the Rebels as he allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits in 6.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game series with the Rebels. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

San Francisco - 7
Southern Utah - 0

San Francisco, Calif. - San Francisco pitchers held Southern Utah (3-24) to only three hits in a 7-0 drubbing of the Thunderbirds at Benedetti Diamond on Friday afternoon. The Dons (12-12) smacked 18 hits, their third consecutive game with double figures.

Junior right fielder Luke Sommer continued to stay hot at the plate, with his team leading fifth homerun, and second in as many games. Sommer also added a single, three RBI and a stolen base.

USF plated two in the first to take an early lead that it would not relinquish. Junior second baseman Joey Railey walked to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third on senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble's bunt single. Sommer singled to center, scoring both Railey and Knoble. The Dons added another in the second when junior shortstop Brian Chavez doubled to left and scored two outs later on Railey's single to center.

The Dons broke it open in the fifth, plating four. Sommer led off the inning with a solo shot to left. Run two crossed on three consecutive singles by freshman third baseman Derek Poppert, senior designated hitter Blake Nelson, and Chavez. Senior catcher Jon Norfolk then added an RBI single to left. An out later, Railey singled to center, scoring Chavez.

Junior left-hander Aaron Poreda (4-2) threw six shutout innings, only allowing three hits and a walk while striking out a season high eight batters. Senior right-hander John Quine, senior right-hander Daniel Morales, and freshman right-hander Chase Tigert each threw one scoreless inning in relief. The Dons kept the Thunderbirds out of scoring position, only allowing one to reach second through the entire game.

Derek Job (0-5) earned the loss, allowing seven earned runs off seven hits and a walk in 4.1 innings of work. Job struck out five Dons.

Chester Wilson had two hits for SUU and Matthew Bezzant added the third Thunderbird hit in the game.

Utah Valley State - 5
Gonzaga - 3

SPOKANE, Wash. - Relief pitcher Chris Highmark of the Gonzaga University baseball team held Utah Valley State College to two hits over six innings but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell to the Wolverines 5-3 Friday afternoon at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. The game marked the first of a three-game series between the two schools.

With the loss, Gonzaga drops to 15-12, including 4-2 at its new facility. Utah Valley State improves to 6-14 overall.

Josh Monroe (3-1) started the game for the Zags and took the loss, after allowing all five UVSC runs in the third inning. The senior allowed seven hits and two walks, while posting one strikeout during his three innings of work, before Highmark took the mound in the top of the fourth inning. Highmark held Utah Valley State hitless over five innings, before allowing two singles in the top of the ninth. Jace Brinkerhoff (2-4) earned the win for the Wolverines with a five-hit complete game performance.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening frame. Evan Wells led the inning off with a single up the middle, before advancing to second on a walk to Darin Holcomb. Wells scored the first run of the inning during the next at bat when the UVSC first baseman committed a throwing error that allowed the run to come home, Holcomb to advance to second, and found the batter, Ryan Wiegand, safe at first. The next batter, Dustin Colclough then singled to left to drive home Holcomb.

All five of Utah Valley State's runs were scored in the third inning thanks to a run-scoring ground out by Adam Openshaw, a one-run single through the right side by Derrick Thomas and a three-run home run to left by Dan Bulow.

Gonzaga capped scoring with a run in the fifth inning. Bryan Winston, who was hit by a pitch to get one base, was scored on a singled to left by Colclough.

Colclough led the Zags at the plate with two singles and a pair of runs batted in. Also recording hits for Gonzaga was Wells, Wiegand, and Mark Ellis. Winston, who entered the game with an 11 game hit-streak on the line, failed to extend his streak, going 0-for-3 with a run scored.

The Bulldogs and Wolverines will play the second game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Clayton Mortensen (2-2) is expected to get the start when the game begins at 1 p.m.

USF and SUU finish the three game series tomorrow. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.

UC Davis - 9
Loyola Marymount - 3

Los Angeles, Calif. - Playing its first game in over a week, UC Davis scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 9-3 win over LMU Friday. The Lions (10-17-1) were solid defensively and got a 2-for-3 effort from Justin Bunkis, but it was not enough to top the early Aggie (7-12) charge.

LMU starter Brian Wilson made his second start in six days, as the Lions altered their weekend rotation slightly, and the Aggies got to him early. UCD hung four runs in the first inning, led by Aaron Hanke's two-run double. Wilson suffered the loss and fell to 2-2 on the season after two innings of work.

The Aggies went up 5-0 in the second after Hanke doubled again and later scored on a single by Evan Hudson.

The Lions got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Bunkis launched his first collegiate home run over the wall in left center.

Hanke made it 6-1 Aggies by driving in Daniel Descalso, who doubled in the fourth.

Bunkis pushed another run across for the Lions when his double plated Sean Dovel, who singled to lead off the fourth inning for the Lions.

Lion reliever Ezequiel Ruvalcaba slowed the Aggies' charge, working for a career-long 4.1 innings beginning in the third and holding them to one run on four hits. Ruvalcaba gave way to Melvin Blackmon, Ernie Cho, and Tim Busbin.

The game remained 6-2 until Hanke put up a three-run home run in the seventh.

LMU's Sean Dovel responded with a long ball of his own in the bottom of the same frame to make it 9-3.

After drawing three walks from UC Davis reliever Nik Aurora in the bottom of the ninth, the Lions had the bases loaded. But a double play stranded two of the Lions' eight total runners left on base Friday and ended the contest at the 9-3 score.

The LMU infield had a new look Friday, with Michael Glomb moving to third, Eric Farris moving to shortstop, and freshman Joe Zeller at second base. The defense faired well, as both teams were errorless.

In addition to Bunkis' 2-for-3, two RBI game, Dovel went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Hanke finished 4-for-5 with six RBI.

UCD starter Trevor Fox (3-3) earned the win after working seven innings and holding the Lions to two runs on five hits.

The Lions and Aggies will play game two of the series Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Page Stadium. Fans who can't make it to the park can catch the action at www.LMULions.com on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.