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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/26

March 26, 2006

Gonzaga - 13
Dartmouth - 2

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga used another tremendous offensive output to overwhelm Dartmouth, 13-2, Sunday. The Bulldog bats came alive for an 18-hit performance and swept the rain-shortened two game series.

Centerfielder Jackson Brennan led off the game with a solo homerun to left. But Brennan wasn't finished. The senior from Castle Rock, Colo., came to bat in the top of the second inning and smashed his 7th round-tripper of the season over the leftfield fence. He would also add two doubles and a walk. Brennan finished the game 4-4, with 2 RBI and 5 runs scored.

Senior first baseman Bobby Carlson also added a two-run blast in the 2nd, as Gonzaga raced to a 7-0 lead after two innings.

Senior left-hander Patrick Donovan picked up the win for the Bulldogs, pitching 5 innings while giving up only one earned run. The Spokane native improved his record to 4-2.

Gonzaga relievers continued to stymie opposing batters as Clayton Mortensen and Cory Powell surrendered only one hit in a combined four innings of work.

Third baseman Darin Holcomb started the home stand well, collecting 6 hits and 5 RBI in the two game series with Dartmouth. Freshman designated hitter Ryan Wiegand added two hits and 2 runs batted in Sunday, tallying five hits for the series to go with 7 RBI.

Jeff Wilkerson took the loss for Dartmouth, dropping to 0-1. The Big Green finished their long West Coast road trip with a 2-9 record. Dartmouth second baseman Johnathon Santopadre ended the series with 8 hits in two games.

Gonzaga will take on Whitworth College on Tuesday at 3pm at Avista Stadium, before opening conference play against Portland at home on Friday.

Pepperdine - 4
Northwestern - 2

Malibu, CA - Justin Tellam launched a 2-1 pitch deep over the left field wall to extend the Waves' win-streak to six and hand Northwestern a 4-2 defeat at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Tellam's two run shot silenced a Wildcat comeback in the top of the inning and completed Pepperdine's first three-game sweep of the season.

Starter James Johnson was masterful for the first eight innings, holding Northwestern scoreless on two hits. Johnson then ran into trouble in the ninth, allowing two singles followed by a Dan Brauer, game-tying double with two outs and full count.

Johnson was relieved by Jason Dominguez who retired the only batter he faced as he picked up the win and improved to 3-1.

Wildcat starter, Julio Siberio, kept the Waves bats at bay for most of the game, allowing two runs on three hits over 6.0 innings of work. Reliever Ryan Myers picked up the loss after surrendering the walk-off shot in the ninth.

Tellam's fifth homerun of the year sparked a Waves offense that had struggled for the majority of the contest. The offensive attack was led by David Uribes, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a trio of stolen bases. A pair of clutch at-bats by Nick Kliebert led to both of Uribes' runs.

The Waves continue play this week as they travel to USC on Tuesday to take on the Trojans at 6 p.m. Pepperdine opens WCC action next weekend against rival LMU. The three-game series begins Friday at 2 p.m. at Page Stadium.

Portland - 16
UC Davis - 3

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Pilots scored five runs yesterday and 11 more today to top UC Davis 16-3 in a nonconference baseball game at Joe Etzel Field that took two days to finish due to the inclement weather. Rain halted the Pilots and Aggies on Saturday after six innings, with UP leading 5-3. It's the fifth straight win for Portland (8-13).

Portland, who beat the Aggies 19-0 in the on Friday, has outscored UC Davis 35-3 in two games.

UP starter Sean Sargent (3-4) pitched all six innings for the Pilots and gave up the three runs on three hits. He struck out four with no walks. Junior reliever Austin Dirkx allowed no hits and struck out two in three scoreless innings of work to pick up his fourth save of the season.

UC Davis starter Brent Nicols (0-1) lasted five innings in the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits.

Portland totaled 14 hits for the game, while UC Davis (10-11) had seven. The Aggies also committed five errors to Portland's one.

Seniors Travis Vetters and Matthew Peters each went 3 for 5 with three RBI's for the game. Junior Justin Ehlers went 3 for 6 with an RBI and two runs scored, junior Jesse Rodgers was 2 for 4 with two RBI's and sophomore Danny Meier had two hits in five at-bats with 2 RBI's.

Down 3-1 in the fifth inning, Meier sent the first pitch from 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 Ehlers hit a single to right field tying the game at 3-3. Ehlers advanced to second on the throw home. 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, 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.

After UC Davis failed to scored in the top of the seventh after the game had resumed, Portland exploded for four runs in the bottom of the seventh and seven more in the eighth. Vetters did most of the damage in the seventh with a two-run single to right-center field off of Aggies' reliever Andy Boas.

In the eighth, Rodgers, Vetters, Peters, sophomore Cory Wiltshire, freshman Paul Crowder and Nicol all had an RBI.

The Pilots and Aggies will play the final game of the three-game series on Sunday afternoon.

Portland - 6
UC Davis - 4

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Pilots completed a three-game series sweep with a 6-4 victory over the UC Davis Aggies Sunday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. Portland (9-13) improved its winning streak to six games, the longest since an eight-game streak during the 1991 season.

Portland beat the Aggies (10-12) 19-0 on Friday and concluded a rain-delayed, 16-3 victory earlier on Sunday.

UP sophomore left-hander Ari Ronick (2-2) tossed eight innings to earn the win, while junior right-hander Austin Dirkx picked up his second save of the day and fifth of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. Ronick struck out four and allowed just three earned runs on seven hits and three walks, while Dirkx lowered his ERA to 1.73.

UC Davis starter Vince DeCoito (1-3) was dealt the loss after surrendering four runs in three innings of work.

Portland had 11 hits in the game and stranded 14 runners on base, while UC Davis collected seven hits and left four on base.

Freshman second baseman Sean Nicol continued his torrid hitting with a 3-for-4 effort raising his batting average to a team-best .397. Sophomore center fielder Justin Ehlers went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Pilots took the lead following three consecutive singles by Ehlers, Nicol and senior catcher Nik Kosach. Ehlers crossed the plate on Kosach's single and Nicol would score on a wild pitch by DeCoito.

Portland added three more in the fourth as sophomore left fielder Cory Wiltshire led off with a single and sophomore third baseman Danny Meier followed with a double to left field. Ehlers singled up the middle to score both runners and would later score on a single by Nicol.

The Aggies put two up in the fifth as the Pilots committed both of their errors in the inning. After a leadoff walk to David Huffman, Ronick's pickoff attempt was wide and Huffman advanced to third on the miscue. A bunt single by Matt Dempsey scored Huffman and Dempsey ended up at third as Meier's throw went past first into the Aggies' bullpen. Brandon Oliver doubled home Dempsey to make it a 5-3 deficit.

The Pilots loaded the bases in the sixth inning and Travis Vetters scored their final run on a passed ball. UC Davis added one run in the eighth as a balk was called on Ronick with Oliver on third base.

Dirkx fanned two and induced a flyout in the ninth to shut the door.

Portland outscored UC Davis 41-6 in the series and had a 45-17 advantage in hits. During its current six-game winning streak, Portland is batting .382 and has posted a 2.65 earned-run average.

The Pilots have a pair on midweek games scheduled before opening the West Coast Conference season at Gonzaga this weekend. Portland will face Washington at Joe Etzel Field on Tuesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. and then host George Fox at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Live stats and live audio broadcasts of both games can be heard at portlandpilots.com.

San Diego - 3
UNLV - 0

San Diego, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team (18-10) completed a three-game sweep of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (12-15) Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium with a 3-0 non-conference win.

USD wasted no time in scoring as they put up one run in the first inning. The Toreros got things rolling with Ryan Lilly's stand-up double down the left field line to run his hit streak to 11 games. Two batters later, Jordan Abruzzo brought Lilly home on a RBI single through the right side.

The Toreros tacked on two more runs in the third inning on back-to-back run-scoring doubles by both Abruzzo and Keoni Ruth to put the game at its final of 3-0.

Abruzzo led the offensive charge for the Toreros going 2-for-4 with two RBI and one double to run his hit streak to six games.

Ricardo Pecnina (3-1) picks up the win for the Toreros allowing no runs on four his in six compete innings of work. Josh Romanski picked up his second save of the weekend allowing no runs on no hits, while striking out three in two complete innings of work. Ryan Tabor (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Rebels allowing three runs on eight hits in seven complete innings of work

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they open conference play against the Gaels of Saint Mary's College in a 2 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 5
Oral Roberts - 3

Tulsa, OK - USF earned a series sweep over Oral Roberts with a 5-3 win on Sunday afternoon. The Dons (16-13) have won 11 of their last 13 games and hand Oral Roberts (10-11) their first home sweep since 1995.

Junior center fielder Lucas DeLong put the Dons on the board with his lead-off solo homerun in the third, his team leading fifth of the year. Later in the inning, senior short stop Andrew Smith, who reached base on a fielder's choice, scored on an error by Oral Roberts shortstop Tim Torres after a single by senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell.

Oral Roberts tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, but USF scored two more of their own in the next frame. Sophomore third baseman Joey Railey doubled and scored when the Golden Eagle's pitcher Daniel Greenwalt committed an error trying to throw him out after a Smith sacrifice. Later, Smith scored on a double by sophomore designated hitter Luke Sommer. The Dons added an insurance run in the ninth after junior left fielder Scott Cousins singled to left center and scored on a single by Sommer and an error.

Sommer had three hits for the Dons in the contest and Railey added two. Others getting hits for the Dons in Sunday's game were Smith, Cousins, Gartrell, DeLong, and junior catcher Jonathan Norfolk.

Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan (6-1) started for USF, throwing seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits, one walk and had eight strikeouts to bring his team-leading total to 45. Junior John Quine earned his third save of the season, and second of the series, after going three scoreless and hitless innings with two strikeouts.

USF returns to action Wednesday, March 29 at home versus Oregon State. Game time is set for 2:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 14
Hawaii-Hilo - 4

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - The winning streak reached a season-high of five games Sunday afternoon for the Santa Clara University baseball team as the offense slugged 18 hits and again scored in double-digit figures in a 14-4 victory over the Vulcans of the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The teams are scheduled to return to action tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. local) at Simmons Field in Kailua-Kona as Santa Clara (15-11) shoots for their second-straight series sweep. With today's loss the Vulcans fall to 9-20.

Dustin Realini led the Bronco hit parade with a 4-for-5 performance which saw him fall only a home run short of hitting for the cycle. Realini also drove in five runs and scored twice on the day. Kris Watts had two hits and slammed his second homer in as many days and fourth of the season while Jason Matteucci continued his strong return to the lineup with a 3-for-4 day with a double and three runs scored.

Sean O'Neill evened his record at 2-2 with a solid seven-inning effort on Sunday.

O'Neill was helped right away as his offense scored seven runs over the contest's first three frames. After notching a run in each of the first two innings, the Broncos put up five in the top of the third. Realini's RBI double after Matteucci doubled and Daniel Nava singled to lead off the inning opened up the scoring in the third frame. Two batters later Ryan Conan drove in the first of his two RBIs on the game with a single to left.

Although the Vulcans answered with four runs of their own in their half of the third, O'Neill buckled down and with the help of Jeff Lombard and Deke Dormer, held Hawaii-Hilo scoreless the rest of the way.

The Broncos put things away in the seventh when Nava's lead-off walk preceded Realini's RBI triple and Eric Newton's RBI single. Watts then drove one over the right-field fence for a two-run job that blew things open at 11-4. SCU would add three more in the eighth highlighted by Realini driving in a pair with a base hit up the middle.

UC Riverside - 3
LMU - 1

Riverside, Calif. - Double-digit hits and a good start from left-hander Daniel Macias were not enough for the Lions Sunday. In game two of the series and the first game of a doubleheader, LMU baseball dropped the 3-1 decision to UC Riverside.

The Lions out-hit the Highlanders 10-7, but it was UCR that pushed three across home plate.

The Lions posted a run in the top of the seventh, after DeAndre Miller and Sean Dovel put up leadoff singles. Casey Gordon sacrificed them over to set up Justin Bunkis' RBI groundout.

The game had been a 0-0 pitchers' dual until the bottom of the fourth, when UCR took a 1-0 lead. The Highlanders added two in the bottom of the sixth.

Macias (2-6) worked a career-long 7.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs on six hits. Senior Kyle Mura entered in relief and threw a scoreless eighth inning.

UCR starter Haley Winter improved to 2-2 after throwing 7.1 innings. Dan Runzler earned his first save after throwing the final 1.2 innings and preserving the Highlander lead.

Brian Steinmeyer and Aaron Wible each went 2-for-3 for UCR.

Johnson extended his team-best hitting streak to 12 games after a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. Brian Wilson went 2-for-3.

UC Riverside - 9
LMU - 2

Riverside, Calif. - Playing their eighth game in 10 days, the Lions fell short in game two of the doubleheader and dropped a 9-2 decision to UC Riverside (14-9) to conclude the three-game road series. LMU will now head back to Los Angeles for a big week that will see the Lions (11-19) host fourth-ranked Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday and Pepperdine in the West Coast Conference opening weekend series.

In game two Sunday, the Lions came out of the gates running, getting leadoff batters DeAndre Miller and A.J. LaMonda on base with singles. The runners advanced on a flyout by Chris Pettit and both scored on a single by Erik Johnson to put the Lions up 2-0. Johnson's single extended his team-best hitting streak to 13 games.

But, beginning in the second, the Highlanders rattled off nine unanswered runs over the next seven innings. D.J. Hollingsworth led the way with his two-run home run in the sixth.

LMU starter Nathan Keadle (0-1) worked three innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Relievers Ezequiel Ruvalcaba, Brian Wilson, and Roberto Torres followed for LMU, with Ruvalcaba holding the Highlanders to one run in his two innings of work.

Highlander starter Taylor Bills (2-1) threw seven innings for the win.

Offensively, Casey Gordon led the Lions with a 2-for-3 effort. Johnson and Miller each went 2-for-4, with Johnson adding the two RBI.

For UCR, Jaime Pedroza went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

LMU will now return to host fourth-ranked Cal State Fullerton Tuesday at Page Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Utah - 10
Saint Mary's - 6

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped its first series at home this season, falling to the Utah Utes 10-6 in the rubber match Sunday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. The two teams combined to bang out 30 hits in the contest. After the day, the Gaels move to 13-12 on the year while Utah improves to 11-11.

After Utah took an early 4-0 advantage at the top half of the second, the Gaels stormed back to tie the score with four of their own.

In the bottom half of the frame, senior Preston Young got things going with a double down the right field line. Senior Delaney Gallagher followed with a single that moved Young to third. With runners on the corner, senior Mike Harris notched an RBI with a single through the left side.

Sophomore catcher Ian Gordon then loaded the bases on single to the left side. Senior Adam Hicks took advantage with a single of his own to left-center.

In the fourth, the Gaels then took over the lead. Hicks led the inning off with another single and junior Eric Cattoni was then walked. Senior Orben Frederick then laid down a perfect bunt to load the bases once again. Young was able to bring the lone run home on a sac-fly to center.

The Utes answered and knotted the game at five when Jay Brossman singled to left field to bring Tyler Kmetco home in the top of the fifth.

SMC then took back the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Hicks came through again. The shortstop rapped his third hit of the game to right field to bring in freshman Joel Staples.

Utah then put the game out of reach by scoring five times in the next two innings. SMC senior Dan Lewis (3-1) was tabbed with his first loss on the season. The senior allowed five earned and 12 hits while striking out six in six innings. Greg Krause earned the victory for the Utes. Krause tossed three innings and allowed three hits and a run while striking out two. Senior Chris Mezzavilla made his first appearance on the season and was perfect in his one innings of work.

Offensively SMC was led by the double play duo of Harris and Hicks. The duo each batted 3-for-4 on the day with Hicks leading the way with two RBIs and a run scored. Harris drove in one and scored once. Staples and Gallagher each recorded two hits and scored a run.

The Utes were led by leadoff man Ryan Khoury. The senior batted 4-for-6 with three RBIs and a run scored. Five other Utah batters tallied multi-hit games.

Saint Mary's will embark on its longest road trip of the season by playing eight straight away from Louis Guisto Field. SMC will begin its trip on Tuesday, March 28 against the San Jose State Spartans. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. under the lights at Municipal Stadium.