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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 25, 2008

LMU - 8
USC - 2

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (13-11) scored eight runs on ten hits and received a quality pitching effort en route to defeating USC (11-11) by a score of 8-2 on Tuesday at Dedeaux Field on the campus of USC. With the victory, LMU swept the season series against USC.

Senior Andy Beal got the start for the Lions, pitching six and a third innings and allowing just two runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out three batters to improve to 2-2 on the year. Ernie Cho and Nate Keadle teamed to pitch the final two and two-thirds innings, with Cho tossing an inning and two-thirds and allowing two hits. Keadle retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the 8-2 victory. Lion pitching did not allow a walk or hit-by-pitch on the night.

Sophomore Ryan Wheeler paced the Lion offense, finishing 4-for-5 with a double and a RBI. T.J. Bernardy also collected a double in the victory, batting 2-for-3 with a run scored, a walk and a RBI. Senior Michael Glomb extended his hitting streak to eight straight games, knocking in two with a single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Glomb finished with two runs scored after also being hit by a pitch in the game. Sophomore Will Dugoni extended his current hitting streak to seven games, finishing 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI, while senior A.J. LaMonda has now hit safely in five straight. LaMonda and Angelo Songco each went 1-for-5, with Songco's single running his hit streak to four games.

Catcher Robert Stock led the Trojan offense, batting 3-for-4, while Mike Roskopf finished 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored as the designated hitter. Derek Perren was the only other USC hitter to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Trojan starter Jeff Grijalva lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks before being tagged with his first loss of the season. Chris McCaffery pitched the next two-thirds of a frame, surrendering two runs on three hits and a walk before giving way to left-hander Danny Beck. Beck was impressive, tossing three scoreless innings and striking out three hitters. Right-hander Brad Boxberger contributed the next scoreless two-thirds of an inning before Daniel Cooper, who got the loss on Monday, allowed an unearned run on two hits. Freshman Chris Mezger made his USC debut, recording the final out of the ninth via strikeout.

LMU got on the board first in the game, scoring two runs in the second to take a 2-0 advantage. Brett Mendoza was hit by a pitch to lead things off before he moved to second on a wild pitch. A groundout pushed Mendoza to third before Glomb singled him home on the ensuing play. Bernardy followed by jumping on a fastball and driving it down the left field line for a RBI double to bring Glomb home from first.

The Lions extended the lead to 5-0 after four innings, with Wheeler singling to set the table in the fourth. Another hit-by-pitch put runners at first and second before Bernardy singled and moved to second on the throw. Unfortunately for the Lions, Wheeler fell rounding third and was tagged out for the second out in the inning. Dugoni took advantage of the opportunity to hit with runners in scoring position, singling home both runners on the very next play. After a failed pickoff attempt pushed Dugoni to third base, LaMonda extended his hitting streak with a RBI-single to centerfield to cap the frame.

LMU led 7-0 headed into the bottom of the fifth after plating two more runs in the top half of the inning. Andy Preston, who had his 11-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, walked to start the inning. After stealing second and moving to third on a wild pitch, Preston came home on a Mendoza single two batters later. Wheeler followed with a single of his own to put runners at the corners before Glomb turned-in a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score the seventh Lion run of the game.

USC answered back for a run in the fifth and one in the seventh to cut the lead to 7-2, with Perren doubling and scoring on a Roskopf single in the fifth. Roskopf produced the run all by himself in the seventh, blasting a pitch over the wall in right field to lead off the frame and plate the final Trojan run of the night.

LMU added one more insurance run in the top of the ninth, running the score to 8-2. Preston reached on an error before Joe Vierra replaced him on the base paths. Songco extended his hitting streak with a single to put runners on first and second, while Wheeler came up clutch just one batter later, collecting a two-out RBI-single to score Vierra.

Keadle entered in the ninth inning and induced a popup and two groundouts to seal the LMU victory. The Lions will return to action on Friday as they open West Coast Conference play in Portland, Ore. at 3 p.m.

Pepperdine - 7
Long Beach State - 5

MALIBU, Calif. - #13 Pepperdine used a 13-hit attack to post a 7-5 win over #3 Long Beach State on Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine improved to 16-7 with the win, while Long Beach State fell to 17-4. The Waves improved to 4-3 vs. Top 25 teams with the victory.

The start of the game was marred by errors, as the teams combined to make seven errors after only two innings. Long Beach State jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning after registering two singles, but only one of the runs was earned after the Waves committed two errors in the frame. Pepperdine responded in their half of the first, scoring five runs on four hits and was aided by three Dirtbag errors. Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) and Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) notched two-run doubles, and Simon scored on a error to make it 5-2 after only one inning.

The Waves committed two more errors in the second inning, but Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) escaped without allowing a run to score. Pepperdine tacked on another run in the second inning, as Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) singled to right field, advanced to third on Chase d'Arnaud's (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) double, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-2 in favor of the Waves.

LBSU cut the deficit to 6-3 in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout.

Pepperdine tacked on a run in the eighth inning as David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC/Glendora HS) scored on an error, but the Dirtbags put together a rally in the ninth inning, scoring two runs to make it a 7-5 game before bringing the go-ahead run to the plate with two outs, but Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) induced a flyout to end the game and seal the Waves' victory.

Dickmann improved to 3-2 with the win, while Dirtbags' starter Tyler Topp incurred the loss.

Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) and Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) each notched two hits for the Waves, Aidem scored a pair of runs and Diedrich extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Up next, the Waves open up WCC play as they travel to Gonzaga to face the Bulldogs from Friday, Mar. 28 through Sunday, Mar. 30 in Spokane, Wash.

Santa Clara - 7
California - 5 (10)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Junior Matt Long's two-run home run to right field in the tenth inning gave the Santa Clara baseball team a 7-5 victory over 11th-ranked California in 10 innings Tuesday night at Schott Stadium. With the triumph, the Broncos enter West Coast Conference play with a 12-8 overall record. Freshman Thain Simon (6-0) earned his sixth win of the season after pitching 2.0 innings, striking out four batters and allowing not hits or runs.

The Broncos had five players register doubles, with Ryan Conan notching two. All of Santa Clara's hits prior to ninth inning were doubles. Conan was 2-for-4 Tuesday night, scoring two runs, while Long also went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs.

Cal opened the game with a two-run homer by Josh Satin in the first inning, but the Broncos tied the game in the bottom of the second inning. Santa Clara scored two runs, Conan and Gabe Alcantar, on five consecutive walks. SCU then took a one-run lead on a Geoff Klein ground out to third base that brought home Conan. Yet, the Golden Bears rallied in the fourth to take the lead once again. Rich Gorman hit a two-run home run to center field that allowed Michael Brady to score as well. Cal led 4-3.

Both teams were held scoreless through the sixth inning. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, the Broncos knotted the game once again. Conan tallied an RBI double to left field, scoring Evan LeBlanc. LeBlanc got on base with his own double to left field. The score was tied 4-4.

In the eighth inning it was Long who put the Broncos on top with his double down the right field line. He was then brought home on a Brady Fuerst double to right center. Santa Clara led 5-5. However, a sacrifice fly from Satin to center field allowed Cutler to score and tie the score, 5-5.

After a quick top of the 10th inning pitched by Simon, Santa Clara got back to work. Klein put the Broncos on base with a single through the right side. James Heintz then entered the contest to pinch run for Klein and earned the game-winning run shortly after. Heintz advanced to third on a sacrifice from Jon Karcich, which brought Long to the plate. The junior outfielder launched the homer to right field that lifted the Broncos to victory.

With the win, Santa Clara improved to 2-2 against ranked opponents and is 2-0 in extra inning contests.

The Broncos return to action on Friday, March 28 as they open the WCC season with a three-game series on the road. Santa Clara will battle No. 14 San Diego at 2 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium in San Diego. The two teams will then play on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Washington State - 6
Gonzaga - 2

Pullman, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball dropped a 6-2 decision Tuesday to No. 28 Washington State University at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash. The game marked the first game of the season-long four game set.

Gonzaga (15-10) Reedy Berg (1-2) suffered the loss as the starter allowed five runs, all earned, on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. CJ McClure and Cody Martin each saw time out of the bullpen for the Zags, as Martin continued his stellar freshman campaign. Martin threw one inning striking out two en route to retiring the Cougars in order.

The Cougars (15-7) utilized four pitchers as starter Chad Arnold (2-2) earned the victory, throwing 6.0 innings allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three. Michael Ratigan earned his first save of the season as the reliever took the mound with the tying run in the on-deck circle in the eighth inning.

The Cougars opened scoring in the bottom of the first, taking a 2-0 lead. After retiring the first batter, WSU pieced together a double, two singles and a sacrifice fly to account for the two inning runs.

Gonzaga knotted the score, 2-2, in the top of the fourth. Ryan Wiegand, who reached on a single to center, was plated on a double to right center by Mark Castellitto. Castellitto would then come around to score on a single to right by Anthony Synegal.

Washington State answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead 5-2. Jared Prince led off the inning with an infield single before advancing to second on a single by Alex Burg. Prince and Burg came around to score on consecutive hits by Matt Argyropoulos and Matt Fanelli.

The Cougars added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a single to left by Paul Gran.

The Zags' threatened in the top of the eighth as Gonzaga had runners on second and third with one out but was unable to capitalize, leaving the tying run on-deck.

Grant Kveder and Ryan Wiegand paced the Bulldogs at the plate with both juniors earning two hits a piece. In addition, Castellitto reached based in all his plate appearances as the sophomore recorded a double, two walks and was hit-by-a-pitch. Castellitto also recorded a run and drove one in.

The Bulldogs will return to action Friday as they open West Coast Conference play with a 6:30 game against Pepperdine University. The series with the Waves, who are receiving votes in the national polls, will continue Saturday and Sunday with games at 1 p.m.

UC Davis - 7
Saint Mary's - 6 (10)

Moraga, CA - A 12 foot hop on a ground ball over the heads of both sophomore second baseman Randy Wells and junior shortstop Joel Staples, provided the go ahead run as UC Davis (14-7) defeated Saint Mary's (13-8-1) in 10 innings Tuesday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field, by a score of 7-6.

The top of the 10th proved to be unkind to the Gaels as a bloop shot single from the Aggies lead off hitter Jake Jefferies landed safely in shallow left field on a 1-2 count. After a sac bunt Jefferies ended up at second base when UC Davis's hot hitter Ryan Scoma hit a hard hit ball to Wells. The ball took a nasty hop bouncing over Wells and Staples who was backing him up, scoring Jefferies to put the Aggies on top for good.

The inning was especially hard on sophomore Anthony Aliotti (1-2) who earned his second loss of the season on the bad break. Even more disappointing was the fact that until the 10th Aliotti was having his best outing since his start earlier in the year against UC Davis.

Aliotti struke out three in his first inning of work and had a very sharp breaking ball, his numbers on the day were three innings pitched, surrendering three hits, one earned run, no walks, and striking out a season high five batters.

UC Davis started the scoring on the day when senior center fielder Ryan Royster hit a leadoff homerun, his sixth of the season. The homerun came off Gaels starting pitcher Alex Schmarzo who pitched three very effective innings.

The Gaels took the early lead scoring a run in the bottom of the first, again in the second, and scored twice in the third of a two run homerun from Staples, to make the game 4-1 in favor of Saint Marys.

Staples had a great day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and a homerun, while scoring two runs and knocking in a pair of runs. Staples is starting to get hot at just the right time for Saint Mary's, as SMC opens league play this Friday at home against USF.

The Gaels managed to make it very interesting as they scored a tying run in the bottom of the eighth after a sharply hit ball from sophomore Michael Cippolla, the error from Aggies shortstop Scott Heylman allowed sophomore third baseman Scott Schneider to score his second run of the game.

The winning pitcher for UC Davis was junior Justin Fitzgerald(2-1) who went 1.2 innings pitched, giving up two hits, no earned runs and striking out two.

The loss to the Aggies means the season series is split a game a piece with the winning team doing so on the road.

The Gaels will resume play Friday March 28th at Louis Guisto Field, with a 2:00 PM first pitch. It will be the first game of a three game series against conference rival USF.

Cal State Fullerton - 6
San Diego - 3

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - No. 21 Cal State Fullerton scored four runs in the first inning that proved to be too much for the 14th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team to overcome in a 6-3 non-conference loss at Cunningham Stadium.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 17-8 overall and saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end. With the win, the Titans improve to 13-8 overall.

The Titans wasted no time in scoring as they put up four runs on three hits in the first inning. The Titans runs, which all came with two outs, were scored on a Jared Clark run-scoring double, a Joel Weeks bases-loaded walk, run three came when Dustin Garneau was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and the final CSF run came on a Gary Brown RBI single to give the Titans a 4-0 lead.

After the Titans added one more run in the second, San Diego then took two runs back in the bottom of the third inning. Sean Nicol got things started with a walk and freshman third baseman Victor Sanchez then launched his first home run of the game, a two run blast over the left field fence to cut the deficit to three. James Meador then doubled down the left field line to keep things rolling. Anthony Strazzara singled to left field, and Meador rounded third and headed for home. The CSF left fielder made a throw from left field that put the Titan catcher in the air at the plate, he caught the ball but Meador slid head first into the plate and didn't appeared to be tagged out, but the home plate umpire called it an out ending the USD scoring threat and leaving the score at 5-3.

Fullerton then took back one run in the fourth inning on a Jared Clark run-scoring double, which scored Josh Fellhauer, who had singled.

The Toreros would score their final run of the game in the fifth inning on a Sanchez solo home run over the left field fence, which runs Sanchez's home-run total to nine on the season, and also marks the second time this season Sanchez has hit two home runs in a game.Offensively for the Toreros, Sanchez led the way with his 2-for-4, two home runs and three RBI performance. The only other Torero to record multiple hits was Meador, who went 2-for-4 with one double.

Ricardo Pecina (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed four runs on two hits in 0.2 innings of work. Travis Kelly (1-0) picked up the win for the Titans as he allowed two runs on five hits in 3.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they host Harvard University in a 2 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.