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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 27, 2007

San Diego - 9
San Diego State - 3

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 20th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team used a big eight-run second inning to cruise to their seventh consecutive win over cross-town rival San Diego State University, 9-3, Tuesday afternoon.

With the win, the Toreros move to 22-10 overall and have claimed seven consecutive wins over the Aztecs and won nine of the last 10 meetings with SDSU. With the loss, the Aztecs fall to 17-12 overall.

The Aztecs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The SDSU runs came on a bases-loaded hit by pitch, a Brian Lucas RBI fielder's choice and when Frank LoNigro hit a single to right field, advanced to second on the throw, and the single also pushed across Troy Hanzawa, who had reached on an error.

San Diego then geared up and went to work in the bottom of the second inning scoring eight runs on five hits. Jordan Abruzzo got things rolling with a lead-off single and moved to second on a Shane Buschini walk. Daniel Magness then moved each runner up one base taking advantage of a fielding error on the pitcher, allowing the Toreros to load the bases. The SDSU starting pitcher, Lance Sewell, then threw a wild pitch to push across the first run.

Logan Gelbrich then loaded the bases again with a walk. The USD second run of the day came across on a strange turn of events. Kevin Hansen had appeared to fly out to left field, however, just prior to Hansen taking a swing the umpires called a balk on Sewell, allowing the second USD run to come across and leave Hansen alive at the plate. Hansen then made Sewell pay for the balk by delivering a two-run single up the middle to give USD a 4-3 lead.

After Hansen advanced one base on another wild pitch and Justin Snyder walked, the Aztecs changed pitchers. Sean Nicol the loaded the bases with a walk and Abruzzo delivered a two-run single to right field, moving Nicol to third and pushing the score to 6-3. Buschini then hit a ground-rule double down the left field line and pushed across Nicol for the seventh run of the inning and USD's final run came on a Josh Romanski RBI single to give USD a 8-3 lead.

The Toreros added one more run in the bottom of the third inning on a Kevin Muno RBI single up the middle to put the game at its final of 9-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo and Hansen led the way each going 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Matt Couch (4-1) picked up the win on the mound for USD as he allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits, while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work. Russell Houlzhauer picked up his first save of the season as he allowed no runs on two hits in 3.0 innings of work. Sewell (4-2) was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs as he allowed six runs, three earned, on two hits in 1.2 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to Spokane, Wash. to begin West Coast Conference play against Gonzaga University. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Nevada - 10
San Francisco - 5

Reno, NV - San Francisco ended a five game winning streak Tuesday afternoon, falling to the University of Nevada-Reno 10-5 at Peccole Park. UNR (16-14) only out hit USF 13-10, but the Dons (14-13) couldn't overcome a six run Wolf Pack fourth.

Senior center fielder Lucas DeLong smashed his first homerun of the season, a lead-off solo shot in the third. Senior catcher Daniel Morales also homered, his second of the season. Junior left fielder Luke Sommer smacked his fifth double of the season. Freshman Bobby Ethel smoked a pinch hit triple in the ninth. Senior Chris Bacigalupi and Morales also doubled for the Dons. Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble, junior shortstop Brian Chavez, and junior pinch hitter Tavo Hall each added a hit for USF.

Junior right-hander Mitchell Bialosky (0-4) earned the loss, throwing 3.1 innings allowing five earned runs off six hits, two walks and a strikeout.

UNR's Benjamin Colton earned the win (1-1), tossing 7.0 solid innings, allowing three earned runs off six hits, two walks, and three strikeouts.

Four Wolf Packers doubled and three homered in the game.

USF begins West Coast Conference play this weekend and tries to defend last season's WCC Championship at Loyola Marymount. Game time for Friday is set for 3:00 PM.

Lewis-Clark State College - 11 (13)
Gonzaga - 6

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team fell to Lewis-Clark State College 11-6 in 13 innings Tuesday, after rallying in the eighth and ninth innings to force extra innings. The game marked the first extra-inning game played at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane.

The loss drops Gonzaga to 16-14, including 2-1 in extra-inning games. The NAIA defending national champion Warriors improve to 23-2 with the win.

The Bulldogs used eight pitchers during the game, with Shawn Wayt (1-1) suffering the loss after allowing five runs on four hits during 0.1 innings of work. Highlighting Gonzaga's pitching efforts was relief pitcher Chris Highmark, who pitched 4.0 innings allowing one run on one hit while striking out three. Will Morgan (2-1) took the loss for LCSC, allowing two runs, none of which were earned, on one hit while striking out six.

Bryan Winston led Bulldog batters, going 3-for-5 with a double and one run scored. Darin Holcomb and Aaron McGuinness each posted a pair of hits for Gonzaga, including a two-home run in the fourth inning by McGuinness. Dustin Colclough also went yard for the Zags, with a two-run shot to left field in the eighth. Evan Wells was 0-for-1 at the plate, but reached base four times thanks to two walks and being hit-by-a-pitch three times. It was the first time since 2002 that a Gonzaga batter had been hit-by-a-pitch three or more times in a game.

The Warriors jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first three innings. Lewis-Clark State scored a run in each of the three frames thanks to a run-scoring groundout by Jessie Mier in the first, a single up the middle by Zach Evangelho in the second and a one-run double by Kyle Greene in the third.

Gonzaga responded with a pair of runs in the fourth to narrow the score to 3-2 thanks to McGuinness' two-run homer to left field.

Lewis-Clark State scattered five hits over the next two innings to take a 6-2 lead into the seventh.

The score would remain unchanged until the eighth inning when Colclough hit his two-run home run, his fourth long ball of the season.

Gonzaga rallied in the ninth inning to force extra innings, knotting the score 6-6. With one out Wells reached base on a hit-by-a-pitch and advanced to second when Winston was awarded first base on a catchers interference. The next batter, Holcomb, then smacked a single to left to score Wells and advance Winston to third. Ryan Wiegand then hit a sacrifice fly to center to force extra innings.

In the top of the 13th, the Warriors sent 11 batters to the plate and pieced together four hits, three hit-by-pitches and two walks to score the tie-breaking five runs.

The Zags will open West Coast Conference play Friday when they host No. 21 University of San Diego in a three-game series. Friday's first pitch is slated for 3 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday's match-ups scheduled for 1 p.m.

Saint Mary's vs. Cal State East Bay - Postponed