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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 24, 2008

LMU - 11
USC - 10

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (12-11) used four runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to complete a come-from-behind victory over USC (11-10) by a count of 11-10 on Monday at Page Stadium. The Lions trailed by as many as six runs in the game.

Freshman Jonathan Johnson had the game-winning hit, singling into left field to push the final two runs across for LMU in the eighth. Andy Preston led the Lions offensively, finishing a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and a double. Five Lion hitters collected two hits in the game, with shortstop Kyle Spraker finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double and three RBI. Sophomore Angelo Songco batted 2-for-5 with two RBI, while fellow sophomore Ryan Wheeler went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk and three runs scored. Seniors Michael Glomb and A.J. LaMonda completed the multi-hit performers for LMU, after Glomb batted 2-for-4 with a RBI and three runs scored and LaMonda finished 2-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored. Preston extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games, while Glomb and Will Dugoni have now hit safely in six and five, respectively.

Lee Roberts got the start for LMU, lasting three innings and allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out two batters. Left-hander Russell Lowell contributed a third of an inning and surrendered two unearned runs on one hit and two walks before giving way to freshman Chris Eusebio. Eusebio tossed the next two-thirds of an inning before righty Jeremy Burrell turned in a fantastic three and two-thirds innings of relief. Burrell allowed just one run on three hits and a walk before Greg Meyers got the final out in the eighth to put himself in line for the victory. After the Lions took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, sophomore Xavier Esquivel retired the side in order, including two strikeouts, to earn his third save of the season.

Derek Perren led the Trojan offense, finishing 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI. Robert Stock also had a good day at the plate, batting 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Leadoff man Nick Buss completed the trio of USC hitters with a pair of hits on the day, finishing 2-for-5 with a RBI. Roberto Lopez collected his second triple of the season to go along with two runs scored.

Philip Urso got the start for USC, lasting an inning and a third and allowing three runs on three hits and a walk before giving way to right-hander Ryan Cabral. Cabral pitched the next two and two-thirds, surrendering two runs on six hits and striking out four batters. Jordan Hershiser was next out of the Trojan bullpen, contributing two scoreless innings of relief before Anthony Encinas gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits over the next two-thirds of work. Danny Beck recorded the final out in the seventh inning before Daniel Cooper entered in the eighth. LMU touched-up the right-hander for two runs (one earned) on one hit and a walk. Stock, who moved from catcher to the hill in the eighth, surrendered the game-winning hit to Johnson, leaving Cooper with his first loss of the season.

LMU got on the board first in the game, plating three runs on three hits in the second inning. Wheeler got things going in the frame, singling and moving to second on a Glomb hit-by-pitch. T.J. Bernardy grounded out to move the runners up 90 feet before a walk loaded the bases for LaMonda. The senior wasted no time putting the Lions ahead, singling home the first two runs of the frame and putting runners at the corners. After a pitching change, Spraker welcomed Cabral with a RBI-double into right centerfield to cap the frame.

USC posted nine of its 11 runs in the fourth, opening up a 9-3 advantage on seven hits and two errors. Lopez tripled before Perren drove him in on the ensuing play. Four straight hits, including a two-RBI single by Anthony Vasquez and a RBI-single by Stock, followed before the first error in the frame allowed the fifth run of the frame to cross. An RBI-groundout preceded a second infield error on LMU to force in another Trojan run in the inning. With runners at second and third, Perren came up with the final blow in the frame, singling to right field to push the eighth and ninth runs across for USC.

The Lions answered back for two runs in the bottom of the fourth, with Dugoni starting things off with a drag bunt single. A LaMonda single put runners at the corners before Spraker drove the run in with a sacrifice fly. Preston followed on the ensuing play, lining a single back up the middle to push LaMonda across.

The Trojans made it 10-5 in the fifth when Grant Green lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to plate Stock.

LMU mounted its comeback in the seventh, scoring four runs on four hits and an error to cut the lead to 10-9. Wheeler tripled to start the frame before Glomb singled him home on the ensuing play. Johnson was hit by a pitch two batters later to put runners at first and second before Spraker singled home Glomb. Songco capped the frame after the Lions loaded the bases, lofting a single into right field to plate Spraker and Johnson.

After Lion pitching posted another zero in the eighth, LMU completed the comeback with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Ollie Enos singled and moved to second base on a passed ball to start the rally. Wheeler walked to put runners at first and second before the first out was recorded in the inning. Bernardy was retired for the second out before Johnson singled to left field. Mike O'Neill, who moved from right field to left field earlier in the game, misjudged the single and was charged with an error that allowed both Wheeler and Glomb to score, with the latter run proving to be the game-winner.

Esquivel entered in the ninth and quickly erased the first two hitters via strikeout. The right-hander then took a one-hopper off his foot on the mound, but the ball kicked to Glomb at third base. The heads-up fielder stayed with the play and was able to pick the ball up and fire it across the diamond to a stretched Wheeler at first to seal the 11-10 come-from-behind victory.

The Lions and Trojans will square-off again tomorrow, with the game slated to start at 7 p.m. at USC's Dedeaux Field.

San Diego - 12
Harvard - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior All-American Josh Romanski threw his first collegiate no-hitter to help guide the 14th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team to a 12-0 win over Harvard University Monday afternoon at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

Romanski (4-0) faced one above the minimum in the game as he retired the first 13 batters he faced, before he hit Harvard's Matt Kramer in the top of the fifth inning. Romanski then retired the remaining 14 batters, while posting a season-high eight strikeouts in the win. The Crimson nearly broke up the no-hitter in the seventh inning on a well hit ball to the left side, but shortstop Sean Nicol dove on the ball to knock it down, then popped up and just made the throw in time to preserve the no-hitter.

Romanski's no-hitter is the sixth in program history and first since March 23, 1996, when Bart Miadich no-hit Gonzaga University.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 17-7 overall and run their winning streak to 10 games. With the loss, the Crimson fall to 1-10 overall.

San Diego's offense got things rolling early as in the second inning the Toreros put up two runs on three hits. James Meador led off the inning being hit by a pitch, he then moved to second on a balk. Anthony Strazzara moved Meador to third on a single to the shortstop and Kevin Hansen grounded into a double play to drive in Meador. Logan Gelbrich kept things going with a single to left field and a Zach Walters run-scoring double pushed Gelbrich across for the second run of the game.

San Diego continued to pour on the offense with a four-run third inning. Sean Nicol led off the inning with a walk, then moved to third on a Victor Sanchez double to center field. The Crimson then intentionally walked Romanski, and Meador hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Nicol. After Strazzara was hit by a pitch to again load the bases, Hansen drive in Sanchez with a RBI single and two batters later, Walters hit a two-run single to right field to move the Torero lead to 6-0.

After a Romanski solo home run in the seventh inning gave USD a 7-0 lead, the Toreros then took advantage of seven wild pitches, six walks and one hit batter to score five runs on no hits in the sixth inning to blow open the game and put the game at its final of 12-0.

Offensively for the Toreros, Strazzara went a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI and Walters was a perfect 2-for-2 with one double and three RBI to lead the team.

San Diego will return to action on Tuesday as they host No. 21 Cal State Fullerton in a 3 p.m. game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

UC Davis - 8
Gonzaga - 2

Davis, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team wrapped up a four-game road trip Monday with an 8-2 loss to UC Davis at Dobbins Stadium in Davis, Calif. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Zags as the Bulldogs were fresh off of a three-game series sweep at Sacramento State University.

Starter AJ Proszek (1-1) suffered the loss for the Bulldogs (15-9) as he allowed seven runs, five earned, on eight hits over 5.2 innings. Andrew Danner and Brandon Harmon each saw time out of the pen for Gonzaga. UC Davis (13-7) reliever Jeremy McChesney (1-0) earned the victory going 4.0 innings, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out two.

Three Bulldogs earned multiple hits on the afternoon, as Jason Chatwood paced the way with four. The junior went 4-for-5 with a run batted in. Marcus McKimmy and Drew Heid were the only other two Zags to post multiple hits as McKimmy went 3-for-5 and Heid, 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Gonzaga opened scoring in the fourth frame to take a 1-0 lead. With two outs, Heid reached based on a single to left before advancing to second on a single by Grant Kveder. Heid came around to score during the next at-bat as Chatwood singled down the left field line.

UC Davis rallied in the fifth and sixth innings to score seven runs. In the fifth, the Aggies plated four runs using three hits, a walk and a GU throwing error. Three runs were scored in the sixth thanks to two singles and a sacrifice by Matt Dempsey.

The Bulldogs posted the only other run of the game in the top of the ninth as McKimmy singled to left to score Heid, who reached on a base hit to right.

Gonzaga poised many opportunities to take the lead in the contest, as the Zags stranded 11 runners on base. The Zags left the bases loaded to end an inning once, while stranding two runners on three occasions.

The Zags will take the field against Tuesday as they travel to No. 28 Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. The 5:30 game will be the first meeting of a four-game series that will be played throughout the remainder of the season.