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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/24

March 24, 2006

Gonzaga - 14
Dartmouth - 7

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University cranked out a 14-7 victory over visiting Dartmouth in the Bulldogs long awaited 2006 home debut. Despite trailing early, Gonzaga rallied back from a 7-3 deficit by scoring 11 unanswered runs to secure the win.

The Bulldogs power surge was led by freshman designated hitter Ryan Wiegand's 5 RBI. Wiegand went 3-5, including two, two-run doubles. Senior Bobby Carlson added a two-run double of his own in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 7 apiece. Carlson was 2-3 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Gonzaga was able to blow the game open with a four-run 7th inning. After a Will Ayala single and Jackson Brennan double, third baseman Darin Holcomb stepped in and powered a bases clearing double. Three batters later, Wiegand smashed his 2nd two-run double of the game.

Holcomb finished with three hits and two runs scored.

Junior second baseman Scott Campbell continued his torrid hitting with another three-hit performance. Campbell also had 3 runs scored.

Freshman RHP C.J. McClure came on in relief to pick up his first win of the season, after spelling starter Josh Monroe. Gonzaga relievers, McClure, Brandon Harmon, and Matt Fields held Dartmouth to only 1 run in 5.2 innings of work.

Game two of the three game series with Dartmouth is scheduled to start at noon, Saturday, March 25th. The final game of the series is set for an 11am opening pitch. All games are played at Spokane's Avista Stadium.

Pepperdine - 8
Northwestern - 0

Malibu, CA - The No. 21 ranked Waves remained hot as they routed Northwestern with an 8-0 victory on Friday. The win was their fourth straight and improved Pepperdine to 16-11 on the season.

Senior Paul Coleman silenced the Wildcat bats, surrendering only four hits over 8.0 innings while striking out four. The Waves' ace improved to 4-1 on the year.

Pepperdine's offense provided more than enough support as they jumped all over the Wildcats for eight runs on 10 hits and six walks. Eight Waves collected hits in the game, including multi-hit performances by Danny Worth and David Uribes.

Pepperdine took an early lead thanks to a two RBI single in the first by Nick Kliebert. The Waves never looked back as they scored in each of their last four at-bats to put the game out of reach.

George Kontas took the loss after allowing seven earned runs over 7.2 innings before being relieved by Mike Folan. Kontas dropped to 0-5 on the year.

Bryce Stowell pitched the final inning for the Waves allowing one walk before inducing a ground ball to Worth for the game-ending double play.

The Waves and Wildcats continue play on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Eddy D. Field Stadium and will conclude the weekend series on Sunday at 12 noon.

Portland - 19
UC Davis - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Pilots scored 11 runs in the seventh inning and eased to a 19-0 win over UC Davis in a non-conference baseball game Friday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. It's the most runs scored by the Pilots since a 22-11 win against Santa Clara in 2002, and the most lopsided shutout win since a 20-0 defeat of Pacific in 1943.

Portland, who won for the fourth straight game to improve to 7-13, got at least one hit from 11 different players, led by Cory Wiltshire (pictured). The sophomore outfielder went 4 for 4 with three RBI's and three runs.

Freshman Sean Nicol went 3 for 4 with three RBI's, two doubles and two runs. Nicol, who played second base and shortstop during the win, also made 11 plays with no errors in the field. Portland converted four double plays for the game and didn't commit an error.

Portland freshman Paul Crowder went 2 for 2 with two doubles and five RBI's, all in the seventh inning.

Portland junior Josh Roberts (2-3) started on the hill and pitched eight solid innings. Roberts allowed only three hits, while striking out five. Sophomore Chris Siegfried retired the side in the ninth.

UC Davis drops to 10-10 this season. Aggies' starter Bryan Evans (3-3) gave up three runs on six hits in 4.0 innings. The Pilots touched up UCD relievers Brad McAtee for eight runs in 2.1 innings and Ross Fenstermaker for seven runs in 1.2 innings.

In the first inning, UP took advantage of a lead-off double by Nicol. After junior Nik Kosach advanced Nicol to third with a sacrifice bunt, junior Jesse Rodgers knocked him in with a ground out to first.

The Pilots added two more in the fourth to make it a 3-0 lead. With runners on first and second, Wiltshire knocked in his first two runs on the day with a single to right field.

An inning later, Portland scored five off of McAtee, who had replaced Evans to start the inning. Sophomore Pat Geraghty, senior Travis Vetters, senior Matthew Peters, Wiltshire and Nicol all had RBI's during the inning.

Already up 8-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Pilots nearly batted around twice, while scoring 11 runs. With a run in and two runners on, Crowder sent a two-run double down the right field line to make it 11-0. Portland scored five more times before Crowder came to the plate again, this time with the bases loaded. Crowder then hit his second double of the inning to left-center field that cleared the bases.

Vetters finished 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI's, while Peters also knocked in a pair. Geraghty and Sophomore Danny Meier both went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Portland and UC Davis play again on Saturday at 1 p.m., before playing the final game of the three-game series on Sunday, also at 1 p.m.

San Diego - 7
UNLV - 6

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team (16-10) held off a late University of Nevada, Las Vegas (12-13) rally to capture a 7-6 non-conference win Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

USD got things rolling in the first inning scoring four runs on three hits. Justin Snyder led off with a single to the second baseman and moved to second on a Ryan Lilly bunt to third base. Steve Singleton then drove in the first run of the game on a RBI single through the right side. The UNLV starting pitcher Chris Saddoris then committed back-to-back fielding errors allowing Lilly and Jordan Abruzzo, who reached base on a fielder's choice, to score and Keoni Ruth and Daniel Magness to safely reach base. The Toreros final run of the inning came on a Shane Buschini groundout to the pitcher giving USD the early 3-0 advantage.

The Toreros tacked on two more runs in the second inning on RBI singles by Abruzzo and Ruth.

The Rebels cut the lead in half in the seventh inning scoring three runs on a Keith Smith run scoring triple, a Chris Bonnell sacrifice fly to left field and a Blake Gailen solo home run over the right field fence.

The Rebels pulled to within one in the top of the ninth inning, but could come no closer leaving the game at its final of 7-6.

Abruzzo led the offensive charge for the Toreros going 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Matt Couch (4-0) picks up the win for the Toreros allowing three runs on four hits in eight complete innings of work. Josh Romanski picked up his third save of the season allowing no runs on no hits n 1.0 innings of work. Saddoris (3-4) was saddled with the loss for the Rebels allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in game two of the three-game non-conference series with the Rebels at Cunningham Stadium.

Utah at Saint Mary's Suspended Due To Rain

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball game versus the Utah Utes has been suspended due to heavy rain. The game will be concluded before game two of the series tomorrow at 11 a.m. The game went into a rain delay at the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Utes are currently holding onto a 6-3 lead. The Gaels had two runners on with two outs in the inning and senior Preston Young at the plate. Orben Frederick and Sam Carter both tallied doubles for SMC. Utah first baseman Jay Brossman belted a first inning, three run home run off Gaels starter Joel Fountain.

San Francisco at Oral Roberts Rained Out

Tulsa, OK - USF's game with Oral Roberts was postponed due to rain on Friday afternoon. The game will be played as part of a double-header on Saturday begining at 2:00 PM.