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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/25

March 25, 2006

Pepperdine - 10
Northwestern - 3

Malibu, CA - The Waves took game two of the weekend series against the Wildcats with a 10-3 win behind freshman Brett Hunter's first start of his collegiate career. Saturday's victory clinched the series win for Pepperdine as they improve to 17-11 on the year. The two teams will meet in the series finale on Sunday in a game that has been moved to 11:30 a.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Hunter dominated the Wildcats for the majority of his season high 7.0 innings, only faltering in the fifth when he surrendered two runs. The Waves' hurler struck out nine, which also was a season high for Hunter, who has predominantly served as a closer this year.

Pepperdine's offense once again provided plenty of support as they clubbed 16 hits while scoring 10 runs off Wildcat starter Dan Brauer. Adrian Ortiz, returned to the starting lineup after being sidelined with a wrist injury to go 3-for-5 on the day. Chad Tracy and Chase d'Arnaud also collected three hits each. Tracy tallied two triples and two RBI on the day. Senior David Uribes knocked his first homerun of the year, a solo shot in the fourth.

The majority of the offense came during a six-run sixth, in which Pepperdine sent 11 men to the plate. Catcher Justin Tellam led off the inning with a solo blast to left center, his fourth of the year. Six more Waves reached base safely before the first out was recorded.

With the victory, Hunter improved to 3-2 on the year. Doug Konoske pitched the final two innings, allowing one run on two hits and a strikeout.

Utah - 14
Saint Mary's - 7

Saint Mary's - 5
Utah - 4

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team evened the series at one with a 5-4 victory over Utah Saturday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Senior Sam Carter was perfect from the plate and Corey Madden was superb on the mound, fanning 10 in his second consecutive start. The Gaels dropped game one by the score of 14-7. After the day, SMC moves to 13-11 on the season.

Give Madden six innings to work with and he'll strike out 10 or more. Saturday was no different as the senior hurler fanned a double-digit amount for the second consecutive time. Madden held the Utes to a measly three hits and only walked two in six innings. Madden struck out 11 in his last outing against Southern Utah.

Carter continued to stay red-hot as he hit a perfect 3-for-3 on the day. The senior belted his sixth home run on the year and added a double and two runs scored en route to the victory.

The Gaels took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when sophomore catcher Ian Gordon drove in senior Delaney Gallagher on a sac-fly to left field. Gallagher started the inning with a double to right-center, and then advanced to third on a Joel Staples groundout. SMC would add one more in the fourth to take a 2-0 advantage. Senior Mike Harris came through on a pinch-hit opportunity, driving in Gallagher who led off the inning with a walk.

In the fifth the Gaels would plate two more. Staples ripped a single to right to bring in Carter from second. Gordon then drilled a double to the right-center field wall to bring Staples home from first.

SMC finished its scoring output in the seventh when Carter nailed a prodigious blast over the right-center field wall for a solo-shot.

Utah was able to make it a game by moving within one with a runner on third in the ninth. SMC reliever Michael Nisco was able to thwart the rally and closed the door for the save.

The Utes scored twice in the eighth and added two more in the ninth. In the eighth, Utah plated its first run when Tyler Kmetco singled up the middle to bring in Ryan Khoury. The Utes added their second run in the frame on a John Welsh single to left that brought in Kmetco.

In the ninth, Kmetco was again in the thick of things, adding a single through the left side that brought in Joe Mozeleski. Bret Baldwin added a single up the middle that drove in Khoury from third.

Gordon led the Gaels with two RBIs, batting 1-for-2 in the game. Staples added a 2-for-4 day with an RBI and run scored, while Gallagher batted 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

- Game One -

In a game that spanned two days, the Utes were able to take the series opener by the score of 14-7.

Utah first baseman Jay Brossman had a big day for the Utes. He finished 3-for-5 at the plate, belted two home runs, scored three runs and tallied four RBIs. Shortstop Ryan Khoury was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs driven in for Utah. Meanwhile, Joe Mozeleski also rapped out three hits, scoring two and notched two RBIs.

Sophomore pitcher Rory James (1-0) picked up his first victory in relief. James tossed 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, while striking out five and walking just one.

Both teams scored three runs in the first inning Friday. Brossman blasted a three-run home run to right-center field for Utah. SMC tied it in the bottom of the first off Utah starter Josh Cooper. The Utes quickly regained the lead in the second inning, 5-3, when second baseman Bret Baldwin ripped a two-out, two-run single to right field.

Utah increased its lead with a single run in the third, holding a 6-3 lead in the fourth when rain halted play. Utah quickly went to work on Gaels reliever Ian Farmer when play resumed on Saturday. The Utes took a 10-3 lead in the fifth behind an RBI single from right fielder Joe Mozeleski and a two-run double down the left-field line off the bat of Khoury.

The Gaels got those four runs back in the bottom of the fifth off James. The big blow in the inning was a three-run, bases-loaded double from Sam Carter. That pulled the Gaels within three again, 10-7.

Utah got a solo home run to right field from Brossman in the sixth to make it 11-7. The Utes added two more in the eighth when Baldwin and Mozeleski chased teammates home. Khoury capped off the scoring in the ninth with an RBI double to right field.

Carter did much of the damage at the plate for SMC. He was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Joel Fountain (4-2), Friday's starter for the Gaels, was saddled with the loss. He allowed six runs in four innings of work.

The Gaels will look to take the series in the runner match of the three game series tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

San Diego - 10
UNLV - 3

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Five batters recorded multiple hits en route to the University of San Diego baseball team claiming a 10-3 non-conference win against University of Nevada, Las Vegas Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 17-10 and claim the three game non-conf. series against the rebels. With the loss UNLV drops to 12-14.

USD had five batters recording multiple hits with Jordan Abruzzo leading the offensive charge going 2-for-5 with two RBI and one home run. Keoni Ruth also had a solid day at the plate with his 3-for-5 performance and two runs scored. Ryan Lilly hit 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI. Justin Snyder hit 2-for-3 with one run scored and two RBI. Steve Singleton hit 2-for-5 with one RBI.

The Toreros big inning came in the fifth inning when they scored three runs on two hits. Ruth led off with a stand-up double to left center field. After Daniel Magness was hit by a pitch, the Toreros first run of the inning came on a fielding error by the pitcher. Logan Gelbrich laid down a sacrifice bunt to the UNLV relief pitcher Matt Luca, and reached first base safely when Luca threw the ball away from the first baseman, allowing both Gelbrich and Magness to advance one base and allowing Ruth to come across for the first run of the inning. The toreros final two runs of the inning came on a Justin Snyder two-run single up the middle pushing the toreros lead to 8-3.

The toreros scored two runs in each of the second and third inning and one run in the first, sixth, and eighth innings to round out the scoring for the day. Junior right hander Josh Butler (6-2) picked up the win for the Toreros allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits while striking out five UNLV batters in seven complete innings of work. UNLV Starting pitcher Kevin Skogley (1-3) allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as they close out the three game non-conference series against the Rebels at Cunningham stadium.

San Francisco - 5
Oral Roberts - 3

San Francisco - 2
Oral Roberts - 1

Tulsa, OK - USF earned their fourth consecutive series win as they won both games of a double-header with Oral Roberts on Saturday. The Dons (15-12) took game one 5-3, and defeated the Golden Eagles (10-10) in game two 2-1.

GAME ONE:

Junior left-hander Scott Cousins made his third start of the year, earning his first win as he went seven innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts. Junior right-hander John Quine got his second save of the season, pitching two scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit and striking out a batter.

USF started the scoring in the second inning and never relinquished the lead. Two runs crossed the plate on an RBI single by sophomore left fielder Luke Sommer and an RBI walk from sophomore third baseman Joey Railey. They added three more in the fifth off of two singles, a double, and a walk.

Eight Dons had hits in the game, with seniors Andrew Smith and Stefan Gartrell stroking two a piece. Smith also added his third stolen base of the year.

GAME TWO:

Junior right-hander Aaron Poreda was the star of the night cap as he threw a full nine innings, allowing only one run (earned) on five hits and struck out nine Golden Eagles. The nine strikeouts are a season high for Poreda, who is now 2-3 with a miniscule 1.48 ERA in 48.2 innings. So far this season he has a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio with 34 strikeouts to only 10 walks.

USF fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but tied the game in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Cousins singled to center and advanced to second on a balk, and then Gartrell singled him home. The Dons took the lead in the ninth on freshman second baseman Zach Kim's RBI single up the middle.

Kim had two hits in the contest, with Gartrell, Cousins, Railey, Smith, and junior center fielder Lucas DeLong each adding one.

USF returns to action Sunday for the finale of the three game series with Oral Roberts. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 10
Hawaii-Hilo - 4

HILO, Hawaii - The big sticks came out on the big island of Hawaii Saturday afternoon with Eric Newton leading the pack as the Broncos hit four home runs in a 10-4 comeback victory over the Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans. The game was shortened to six innings due to lightning and the scheduled second game of the doubleheader was postponed and will be made up as part of a twinbill tomorrow.

The win improves the Broncos' mark to 14-11 on the season while the Vulcans drop to 9-19. Tomorrow's doubleheader is set to begin at 3 p.m. Pacific time.

Newton was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with six RBIs Saturday while Kris Watts went 2-for-2 with his third homer of the year and Daniel Nava added his second. Dustin Realini was 1-fo-2 with three runs scored as well.

Although three Bronco errors in the first inning allowed the Vulcans to claim a quick 4-0 lead, Santa Clara came roaring back their next time at bat as Newton struck with his fourth homer of the year. His three-run shot following a Realini walk and a Watts single. Nava immediately hit a solo shot to knot things up at four-apiece.

In the top of the third, the Broncos kept it up as with one out and Realini and Watts again on base, Newton once again sent one out of the park to put Santa Clara ahead to stay at 7-3.

Realini started Santa Clara's final rally of the game in the fifth with a single and was driven in right away as Watts smacked his third homer of the year to blow things wide open. A Brady Fuerst single three batters later drove Newton in with the game's final run.

Just prior to the start of the seventh inning, lightning struck and the umpires quickly called the game.

UC Riverside - 10
LMU - 7

Riverside, CA - LMU battled back from an early 8-0 deficit to make a ballgame out of Saturday's game one at UC Riverside. The Lions (11-17) chipped away at the Highlanders' (12-9) lead by hanging runs in four different innings, but came up just short and fell 10-7 to start the three-game series.

UCR took a quick 8-0 lead by the bottom of the second, with three of those runs going down in the scorebook as unearned after a three-run home run off the bat of first baseman Kyle Barratt.

The Lions answered in the top of the third, scoring three runs to pull the Lions back within five. Kyle Mura reached first on an error by shortstop Jaime Pedroza and advanced on a single by Casey Gordon. Freshman left fielder Brett Mendoza then made it runners on second and third with a sacrifice bunt. That would set up the two-run double by A.J. LaMonda. Erik Johnson's groundout drove in the third run of the inning to make it 8-3.

LMU added a single run in the fifth inning when LaMonda hit one over the 330' sign in right field. It was the junior's second home run of the season.

But the real spark for the Lions came with two outs in the sixth, when Eric Farris stole home to make put LMU within three at 8-5. Farris had put up the only hit of the inning and advanced to second on a throwing error by catcher Jeff Dunbar. After advancing to third on a groundout, Farris used his speed to beat the pitch by starter James Simmons home.

While the Lions were battling back at the plate, LMU starter Andy Beal (2-5) settled things down in the third inning, retiring six of seven batters through the fourth, including four on strikeouts. He finished working 5.1 innings, equaling his career high six strikeouts.

UCR added single runs in the sixth and eighth innings, but the LMU comeback bid was still alive after the Lions added two of their own in the eighth. Johnson extended his team-best hitting streak to 11 straight games with his leadoff single. Brian Wilson then reached on a hard hit ball through the right side that was ruled an error. Farris scored Johnson with a sacrifice fly to left, just before Nik Garcia's Texas-leaguer brought in Wilson. Garcia had entered the game at third base in the fifth.

Trailing 10-7 in the top of the ninth, LMU continued to fight, putting their first two batters on after a walk and a hit batter by closer Daniel Stange. But Stange would rebound to retire the next three batters and halt the comeback bid. Stange earned his sixth save of the season.

Simmons, the Big West's leader in ERA, improved to 5-1 on the season after allowing two earned runs on 10 LMU hits. In his 7.2 innings of work, he managed to strikeout just one Lion batter.

Relievers Ezequiel Ruvalcaba, Greg Nagy, and Ernie Cho combined to throw the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one run on one hit for the Highlanders.

Center fielder Brett Bigler led the offensive charge for UCR, going 4-for-4 on the day.

LaMonda and Gordon each finished 2-for-4 for the Lions, with LaMonda adding three RBI. Both of his hits were for extra bases.

The Lions and Highlanders will conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader Sunday. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m., with the second game following. Gametracker will not be available for Sunday's doubleheader, but fans can follow all of the action as it happens by listening to the live audio broadcast on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Dartmouth at Gonzaga Postponed

SPOKANE, Wash. - Following steady rains the spanned most of the morning and early afternoon, Gonzaga University's baseball game with Dartmouth College was called off at 2:30 p.m. The two teams will conclude their series at 11 a.m. on Sunday afternoon at Avista Stadium. Gonzaga won the series opener between the two teams on Friday afternoon, scoring 11 late runs to win 14-7. Due to a scheduled flight back to the East Coast, Gonzaga and Dartmouth will only be able to get in one game on Sunday.

After Sunday's series finale with Dartmouth, Gonzaga will host Whitworth College on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs will then open West Coast Conference action at home with a three-game series against the University of Portland starting on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

UC Davis at Portland Suspended due to rain

PORTLAND, Ore. - With the Portland Pilots leading UC Davis 5-3 after six innings, the nonconference baseball game at Joe Etzel Field was suspended Saturday afternoon due to rain. The Pilots and Aggies will pick up where they left off tomorrow at 12 p.m. before playing the regularly scheduled final game of the three-game series.

Down 3-1 in the fifth inning, UP sophomore Danny Meier sent the first pitch from UC Davis starter Brent Nicols deep over the wall in left-center field for a solo home run. Meier's team-high fourth blast of the season came with one out.

The Pilots weren't finished in the fifth. With two outs, freshman Sean Nicol kept the inning going by reaching base on an error by the first baseman. Nicol then stole second before scoring when junior Justin Ehlers hit a single to right field tying the game at 3-3. Ehlers advanced to second on the throw home. Junior Jesse Rodgers then gave Portland its first lead of the game with an RBI single to the gap in right-center field to score Ehlers.

Still up 4-3 an inning later, Matthew Peters reached base on another UCD error. The Pilots again took advantage of the miscue as Meier knocked in his second run of the day with a double to left field that plated Peters making it 5-3.

UP starter Sean Sargent pitched all six innings for the Pilots and gave up the three runs on three hits. He struck out four with no walks.

Portland won the first game of the series 19-0 on Friday.