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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/28

March 28, 2006

Gonzaga - 6
Whitworth - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - Starting right-hander Bobby McEwen led the way for the Bulldogs, pitching five innings en route to a 6-1 win over the visiting Whitworth Pirates. With the victory, Gonzaga improves their record to 17-10, and 3-0 at home.

McEwen picked up his third win of the season, facing only 17 batters in his five innings of work. The junior from Mill Creek, Wash., surrendered only two hits, while notching four strikeouts.

Despite a masterful pitching performance by the Bulldogs staff, Gonzaga fell behind early as Whitworth third baseman Nick Froman hit his 2nd homerun of the season over the fence in left.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom half of the 4th when Gonzaga brought 12 batters to the plate, scoring all six of their runs. Following a Zach Woodward single with one out, catcher Dustin Colclough picked up an RBI with his second double of the season. An Aaron McGuiness walk and Shawn Wayt single loaded the bases for senior centerfield Jackson Brennan. Whitworth pitcher Travis Stark balked, scoring Colclough. Brennan later walked, loading the bases again for sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb, who knocked in two runs with a single to left field. With runners on first and second, Gonzaga scored its final two runs on a bases clearing double by freshmen designated hitter Ryan Wiegand.

Wiegand went 3-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.

The Bulldog bullpen continued to shine, pitching four more scoreless innings against the Pirates. Relievers Nate Williams, Brandon Harmon, and Cory Powell added to Gonzaga's streak of scoreless innings pitched in relief. Following the home series against Dartmouth last weekend, the bullpen for Gonzaga has now contributed 12 consecutive scoreless innings of relief.

Lead-off hitter Jackson Brennan added to his team leading doubles total against Whitworth, with his 12th two-bagger of the season. In the past two games, the senior from Castle Rock, Colo., is 6-6 with three doubles, three walks, two homeruns, and six runs scored.

Froman, who transferred to Whitworth from Gonzaga after playing briefly in 2003, also added a double.

Gonzaga will open West Coast Conference play against Portland with a three game series starting on Friday. Game time for Friday is set for 2pm at Avista Stadium. Saturday and Sunday start times are scheduled for 1pm.

Portland - 8
Washington - 5

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland freshman starter Blaine Hardy pitched eight innings and retired the last 10 batters he faced before reliever Austin Dirkx closed the book on the Washington Huskies in an 8-5 non-conference win on Tuesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. It's the seventh straight win for the Pilots (10-13), who improve their home record to a perfect 5-0 this season. Washington drops to 18-10.

It's the longest winning streak for Portland since the Pilots won eight in a row in 1991.

Hardy (2-0) gave up five runs, while scattering seven hits and striking out six. After giving up the second of two Husky home runs in the fifth inning, Hardy retired the last 10 batters he faced for his second collegiate win. Dirkx struck out two in the top of the ninth to pick up his sixth save this season.

With Portland leading 4-1 in the top of the fifth, the Washington bats showed off their power with the team's 44th and 45th home runs of the season. With two runners on and one out, Matt Lane hit his sixth home run over the right field fence to tie the game at 4-4. Two batters later, Zach Clem hit a solo shot to left field giving Washington a 5-4 lead.

The lead was short-lived as the resilient Pilots responded in the bottom half of the inning. After junior Just Ehlers singled and stole second, sophomore Pat Geraghty tied the game with an RBI single to left-center field. Senior Travis Vetters followed Geraghty with his third home run of the season that gave the lead back to the Pilots. The opposite field blast was the first dinger for Vetters since he hit two in game at Dallas Baptist on Feb. 13.

The Pilots added another run in the eighth when sophomore Cory Wiltshire scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-5.

UW scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning, but Portland quickly tied it with a run in the bottom half. With one out, Ehlers extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single up the middle. After advancing to third on a Geraghty ground out, Ehlers scored on a UW passed ball.

Portland added a second run in the third. With runners on first and second, Geraghty knocked in freshman Sean Nicol with a shot down the left field line.

Up 2-1 with a runner on in the bottom of the fourth, freshman catcher Paul Crowder hit his first collegiate home run to make it a 4-1 Portland lead. Four of Crowder's five hits this season have been extra base hits.

The Pilots had 11 hits for the game, while the Huskies tallied nine. Nicol finished 2-for-4 with a run, Ehlers went 2-for-4 with two runs, Geraghty also had two hits in four at bats with two RBI's, while Wiltshire went 2-for-3 and scored a run.

Washington committed three errors, while Portland went errorless for the eighth time this season.

The Pilots next host George Fox at 3 p.m. on Wednesday to close out their six-game homestand. Portland then travels to Gonzaga for the WCC opener on Friday.

Cal State Fullerton at LMU Postponed

Los Angeles, Calif. - Inclement weather in the Los Angeles area has postponed Tuesday's game between LMU and second-ranked Cal State Fullerton. The two teams will now play Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at LMU's Page Stadium.

The game marks the first rescheduled contest at Page Stadium of the 2006 season.

Pepperdine at USC Postponed

Malibu, Calif. - The Pepperdine-USC baseball game scheduled for Tuesday at Dedeaux Field has been postponed due to rain in the Southern California area. The contest has been re-scheduled for Wednesday at Dedeaux Field beginning at 4 p.m.

The Waves are currently 18-11 and have won six in a row while USC begins this week's action with a 15-11 mark.

Saint Mary's at San Jose State Postponed

San Jose, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball game against the San Jose State Spartans at 6 p.m. from Municipal Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather. A make-up date has yet to be determined.

The Gaels will open West Coast Conference play this weekend against the University of San Diego. The series is slated to begin on Friday, March 31 at 2 p.m. from Cunningham Stadium.