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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 24, 2007

Loyola Marymount - 4
UC Davis - 3

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, the Lions loaded the bases thanks to three walks, and Eric Farris made UC Davis (7-13) pay with a game-winning single to right center. The shot gave LMU (11-17-1) the 4-3 victory and set up a rubber match for Sunday's 1:00 p.m. series finale at Page Stadium.

UC Davis led 3-0 until LMU battled back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh and the game-winner in the ninth.

An early pitchers' duel kept both teams off the scoreboard until a pair of singles scored a run for the Aggies in the fourth.

UC Davis added another run in the fifth on a successful squeeze play of the bat of Brandon Oliver.

Ryan Royster drove in the Aggies' final run in the seventh on his single to left field.

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Lions got going with back-to-back singles by senior Elvis Herrera and freshman Marty Mullins. Senior Taylor Shoop pinch hit to advance the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Freshman Joe Zeller then singled up the middle to score Herrera. Farris' sacrifice fly plated Mullins, and Zeller scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 3-3.

Mullins and pinch hitter Angelo Songco started the ninth by drawing back-to-back walks from Aggie reliever Justin Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald and UC Davis then elected to intentionally walk the 3-for-3 Zeller. With bases loaded and no one out, Farris drove in the game-winning run with a shot to right center.

While the Lions' offense was working on the comeback, reliever Nate Keadle was holding the Aggies scoreless in his 1.1 innings of work. The junior Keadle earned his first collegiate win and moved to 1-1 on the season after allowing just one hit in his five batters faced.

Fitzgerald (0-2) suffered the loss after tossing the final 1.2 innings for the Aggies. He was charged with the go-ahead run and two LMU hits.

It was the "Battle of the Brads" early, as starting pitchers Brad Meyers (LMU) and Brad McAtee (UCD) made runs hard to come by. Neither factored into the decision after the Lions tied the game in the seventh.

For the Aggies, McAtee worked 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.

Meyers threw 7.2 innings for the Lions, striking out five Aggies while walking just one. He allowed the three runs on nine hits. Saturday's outing marks the fourth straight start where Meyers has worked at least into the seventh inning. He gave way to Xavier Esquivel, who faced two batters in the eighth, and Keadle.

The freshman duo Zeller and Mullins combined for a 5-for-6 day at the plate to lead the Lions. The two had LMU's first three hits on the day - all doubles.

Royster led the Aggies offensively, going 3-for-5.

The rubber match between UC Davis and LMU will begin at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Fans who can't make it to the park can catch the action on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 16
UC Santa Barbara - 1

Santa Barbara, Calif. - In its biggest offensive output of the season, every batter in the starting line-up had at least one hit and No. 12 Pepperdine scored in each of the first six innings as the Waves rolled to a 16-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

Pepperdine established season-highs for runs scored and hits (18) as it improved TO 19-7 overall and moved a season-high 12 games over .500. UC Santa Barbara fell to 10-11.

Junior All-American Barry Enright (6-1) was the beneficiary of the Waves' offensive output as he pitched seven innings, allowed four hits, one run, walked one and struck out six. The win improved Enright's career mark to 29-4 and tied him with Dan Haren (1999-01) for third place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list.

The Waves scored single runs in the first three innings and added three more in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead against UC Santa Barbara starter Steve Morlock (3-4). After the Gauchos tallied their only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, Pepperdine broke the game open by scoring two in the fifth and seven in the sixth to build a 15-1 lead.

Juniors Donald Brown and Danny Worth led the Waves with three hits apiece while senior Luke Salas and freshman catcher Travis Tartamella homered. Pepperdine totaled a season-high nine extra base hits in the game as Worth had two doubles and a triple, and Brown had a pair of doubles.

Sophomore Nick Gaudi and junior Robert Della Grotta each pitched a scoreless inning for the Waves.

Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara continue their three-game series on Sunday when it shifts to Malibu for a 1 p.m. contest at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

San Diego - 5
UNLV - 4

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team held off a late UNLV rally to claim a 5-4 win Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Wilson Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros have now won seven consecutive games, improve t 21-9 overall and have claimed the three-game series with the Rebels. With the loss, the Rebels fall to 10-19.

After the Rebels had pulled to within one by scoring two runs in the eighth inning on a Keith Smith RBI single and a Blake Gailen RBI fielder's choice, the Toreros were forced to go to their ace closer, freshman AJ Griffin, to hold off the Rebels rally, and Griffin delivered.

Griffin got the first batter to ground out, the second batter to fly out, then he walked a batter on a questionable breaking ball that appeared to be a strike but was called ball four on a 3-2 count. The Rebels then sent Calvin Beamon to the plate, representing the winning run. Griffin didn't fold under the pressure as he struck out Beamon to record his sixth save of the season, tying him for 10th all-time at USD in single-season saves.

The Toreros again jumped out to a quick lead as they scored first, putting up one run in the second inning. The USD run came on a Kevin Hansen RBI single through the right side, scoring Daniel Magness, who had singled.

The Toreros then added to their lead in the third inning scoring three runs on three hits. Justin Snyder led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on Sean Nicol's single to center field. Jordan Abruzzo then hit a run-scoring double to left field, bringing in Snyder and moving Nicol to third. Shane Buschini then did the rest of the scoring damage with a two-run double to right center field to give USD a 4-0 lead.

The Rebels then scored two runs over the next two innings on a Rance Roundy RBI single and a Braden Walker RBI single to cut the Toreros lead to two at 4-2.

San Diego then regained a three-run lead in the top of the sixth inning as Abruzzo delivered a RBI single through the left side to score Snyder, who had singled moving the score to 5-2.

Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol led the way with his 4-for-5, one run scored performance. Abruzzo was also solid at the plate as he went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

Josh Romanski (4-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on five hits in 7.0 innings of work. Ryan Tabor (2-1) was saddled with the loss for the Rebels as he allowed four runs on 10 hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros and Rebels will conclude the three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start at Wilson Stadium.

San Francisco - 13
Southern Utah - 5

San Francisco, Calif. - San Francisco completed the three game sweep of Southern Utah (3-25) with a 13-5 thrashing of the Thunderbirds at Benedetti Diamond on Saturday afternoon. The Dons (13-12) earned 16 hits in the game, their fourth consecutive with double figures, and eight Dons hit doubles in the contest.

Seniors Chris Bacigalupi, Jon Norfolk, Daniel Morales, and Lucas DeLong, juniors Joey Railey, Mitchell Bialosky, and Tavo Hall, and sophomore George Lujan all doubled for the Dons. Seniors Jonnie Knoble and Blake Nelson, junior Brian Chavez, and sophomore Zach Kim also added hits for USF.

With no score through two and a half innings, USF plated one in the bottom of the third when Knoble was hit by a pitch, stole second, reached third on a passed ball, and scored when SUU's shortstop Jerahmie Libke made an errant throw to first trying to put out a hustling Bialosky.

USF scored six in the fifth. Bialosky doubled in Knoble and junior Luke Sommer who had singled and walked respectively. Nelson singled to put runners at second and third before Norfolk's RBI ground-rule double to center. Chavez singled and advanced to third on an error by left fielder Joe Wright, which scored Nelson and Norfolk. Chavez then scored on Hall's sacrifice fly to right field.

SUU ended their 14 inning scoring drought when they scored one in the sixth off a double, passed ball and a ground out. They would add four more in the seventh to make it a 7-5 ball game, but the Dons put it out of reach with three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In SUU's seventh, the Thunderbirds scored all four with two outs after three consecutive singles and a three run homerun by Chester Nelson.

Junior right-hander Tommy Peale (1-0) earned his first win as a Don, allowing one run (unearned) off four hits, a walk and three strikeouts in six innings. SUU's four run seventh came off senior left-handed reliever Cole Stipovich who pitched one inning, allowing four hits and a strikeout. Junior left-hander Matt Baugh and senior right-hander Brian Anderson each threw an inning of scoreless relief.

Mac Nelson (1-5) earned the loss for Southern Utah, going four innings, allowing seven runs (four earned) off eight hits, three walks and four strikeouts.

USF returns to action Monday, March 26 in Sacramento. First pitch against Sacramento State is set for 2:00 PM.

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