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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 25, 2007

Utah Valley State - 9
Gonzaga - 8

Gonzaga - 5
Utah Valley State - 0

Spokane, Wash. - Darin Holcomb and Brandon Harmon highlighted efforts of the Gonzaga University baseball team Sunday, as the Bulldogs spilt a doubleheader with Utah Valley State College at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. The Zags dropped the first game 9-8, while blanking the Wolverines 5-0 in the second game.

With the win in the late game, Gonzaga improved to 16-13 for the season and also avoided the series sweep by Utah Valley State, which fell to 7-15 overall. The two teams were forced to play a doubleheader Sunday when Saturday's scheduled match-up was called on the account of rain.

Harmon (3-4) posted the second complete-game shutout of the week for a Gonzaga pitcher with the victory in the second game of the doubleheader. Harmon allowed five hits while striking out eight over 9.0 innings on the mound. Dan Christensen (1-3), who also threw a complete game, took the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits while posting five strikeouts.

Clayton Mortensen (2-2) started game one for the Zags but earned the no decision in 7.0 innings, allowing five runs, four earned on a dozen hits. Jeremy Stumetz (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing four unearned runs on two hits in two innings of work. Earning the win in the game was Turreal Moore (1-1) allowing two runs on five hits over 5.0 innings of relief action.

Holcomb went 5-for-10 for the day including three home runs, six runs batted in and four runs scored. Holcomb hit a three-run shot in the first game before posting long balls in consecutive at-bats in the late match-up. The third baseman became the first Bulldog to hit home runs in back-to-back at-bats since Nate Gold accomplished the feat during the 2002 season.

Gonzaga jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after the opening two frames of the first game thanks to run-scoring hits in the first by Ryan Wiegand and Dustin Colclough, while a one-run double by Evan Wells and Holcomb's three run homer highlighted the second inning. The Zags posted an additional run in the sixth inning on an infield single by Bryan Winston.

Utah Valley State chipped away at the Bulldogs' lead throughout the game, posting one run in the third, fifth and sixth innings. The Wolverines combined a pair of doubles down the left field line in the seventh to narrow the score to 7-5. Derrick Thomas hit the first grand slam at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in the top of the eighth to lift UVSC over the Zags 9-7.

The Bulldogs had two more opportunities to capture the victory but were only able to drive home one run in the eighth on a double to right center by Wiegand. Gonzaga left the bases loaded to end the eighth and stranded two men on base, one in scoring position, to end the game.

In the second game, Holcomb got the Bulldogs out to a 2-0 lead in the first frame with his second home run of the afternoon that also scored Wells, who walked to lead off the inning.

Gonzaga posted one run in the second on a double to center by Mike Terry before Holcomb added his second home run of the game, third of the day, with a solo shot to left field.

The Zags finalized the score 5-0 with a run-scoring single to center by Aaron McGuinness that plated Holcomb, who reached base on a single to left center.

The Bulldogs will continue its 12-game home stand this week with four games at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Gonzaga will play a mid-week game against Lewis-Clark State College Tuesday before opening West Coast Conference play with a three-game home series against No. 21 University of San Diego that begins Friday at 3 p.m.

UC Santa Barbara - 7
Pepperdine - 0

Malibu, Calif. - Junior left-hander Chuck Huggins allowed three hits over six scoreless innings and received three shutout innings of relief from sophomore right hander Matt Wade as UC Santa Barbara blanked No. 12 Pepperdine 7-0 Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to even the three-game weekend series at a game apiece.

The loss marked the first time the Waves (19-8) have been shutout in 54 games dating back to April 9, 2006 when they lost 2-0 to San Francisco in the series finale. UC Santa Barbara evened its record at 11-11.

After setting the side down in order in the first inning, sophomore right hander Brett Hunter (4-2) ran into control problems in the second as he hit the leadoff batter then walked three straight to force home a run that set the stage for a seven-run inning in which the Gauchos sent 12 batters to the plate.

UC Santa Barbara followed the free passes with five hits, two coming against Hunter and three surrendered by junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski, who came on in relief and allowed three run-scoring singles before getting the final out.

Olbrychowski was able to restore order as he pitched 5.2 innings, allowed three hits, one run, walked one and struck out three. The junior right hander retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced, including the last 10.

Freshman left-hander Jonathan Harmston finished the game for the Waves and pitched two scoreless innings.

One day after totaling a season-high 16 runs and 18 hits against UC Santa Barbara pitching, Pepperdine was held in check by Huggins and Wade.

In his six innings of work, Huggins allowed just three hits, walked four and struck out four with his only difficulty coming in the first inning when he allowed a pair of walks and a single by Eric Thames that loaded the bases with two outs. However, Huggins recorded a strikeout to end the inning and the Waves' biggest scoring threat.

Pepperdine did manage to produce base runners against Huggins and Wade throughout the game, but the two UC Santa Barbara hurlers came up with the big pitches, stranding 12 Waves on the base paths.

It looked as though Pepperdine might finally get on the board in the ninth inning as it loaded the bases with one out. However, Wade worked out of the jam by getting an inning-ending double play.

The loss marked just third home defeat of the season in 15 games for the Waves, with all three coming on Sundays.

Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz had three of Pepperdine's eight hits while Thames had two hits and reached base four times.

Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara conclude their series with a 3 p.m. contest Monday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

UNLV - 3
San Diego - 2

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The 21st-ranked university of San Diego baseball team (21-10) dropped a 3-2 decision to UNLV (11-19) Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Wilson Stadium. The Toreros still captured the series, 2-1, as they won on both Friday and Saturday.

The Rebels were able to get out to the early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Xavier Scruggs came across on a fielding error by USD.

The Toreros then evened the score in the top of the third inning. Kevin Muno got things rolling with a stand-up double down the left field line. Kevin Hansen then moved Muno to third on a sacrifice bunt and Muno came across on a Josh Romanski RBI single to right center field.

The Rebels then regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning on another fielding error by USD to take a 2-1 lead.

San Diego then evened the score again in the top of the fifth inning on Shane Buschini's seventh home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence.

The Rebels then came right back and pushed across the inning run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a bases-loaded walk to avoid the sweep.

Offensively for the Toreros, Sean Nicol led the way with his 2-for-3 performance. Muno was the only other USD player to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 with one double and one run scored.

Ricardo Pecina (4-3) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work. Matt Hutchison was credited with the win for the Rebels as he allowed two runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they host cross-town rival San Diego State University in a 3 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

UC Davis - 16
Loyola Marymount - 5

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sunday's rubber match bounced the way of UC Davis, as the Aggies earned the series win with a 16-5 victory over LMU at Page Stadium. The Lions (11-18-1) hit three home runs in the final two innings, but it was too little too late as the Aggies (8-13) had posted eight runs in the sixth.

Sunday marked the first time since March 2006 that the Lions had put up three round-trippers in one game. The three home runs came from freshman Angelo Songco, sophomore Brett Mendoza, and senior Elvis Herrera. It was the first career home run for Herrera.

The Lions totaled 12 hits, but could only push across five runs, while the Aggies scored their 16 on 18 hits.

UC Davis had built a 5-0 lead by the second inning thanks to seven early hits.

LMU scored one in the bottom of the second when Angelo Songco's sacrifice fly plated Herrera, who had singled earlier in the frame.

The Aggies added three unearned runs in the fourth after two singles, a walk, and a Lion error.

But the real damage came in the top of the sixth, when UC Davis hung eight runs on the scoreboard to take a 16-1 lead. The biggest blow came on a three-run inside-the-park home run off the bat of Matt Dempsey.

The Lions rallied to score four runs off six hits in their final three at bats. The first run came in the seventh when a sacrifice fly from Jeremy LaMell scored Eric Farris, who had been hit by a pitch to start the inning. Farris had moved to third on a single by Michael Glomb and a wild pitch by UCD reliever Colin McCusker.

The next three runs came in the form of home runs, as the Lions tallied two in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Senior left-hander Daniel Macias suffered the loss, falling to 2-3 after working four innings. He struck out four, but was charged with four earned runs.

Relievers Mike Kenney, Tim Busbin, and Ezequiel Ruvalcaba held UC Davis scoreless for the final three innings, allowing just one hit.

Aggie starter Jeff Reekers improved to 2-2 after throwing 6.0 innings. He held LMU to the one run on six hits.

Eight different Lions tallied a hit Sunday, led by Herrera's 3-for-5 day at the plate. Herrera reached base four times Sunday, as his last at bat featured an error by UCD shortstop Justin Schafer.

Songco also went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

LMU finished the day without a strikeout at the plate.

UCD was led by Dempsey, who went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

The Lions do not play a mid-week game this Tuesday, but will remain at home to open West Coast Conference play against San Francisco. The three-game series with the Dons will begin Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Page Stadium.