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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 31, 2007

Gonzaga - 6
San Diego - 3

SPOKANE, Wash. - Starting pitcher Josh Monroe posted a solid outing Friday as the Gonzaga University baseball team opened West Coast Conference play with a 6-3 victory over No. 20 University of San Diego at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

A record crowd of 822 watched the Zags improve to 17-14, 1-0 in conference play, while the Toreros dropped to 22-11 with a 0-1 record in WCC play. The crowd marked the highest to date at the Bulldogs' new home and set a school record for attendance during a regular season game.

Monroe (4-1) earned the win for the Zags, scattering six hits over 6.0 innings. The senior allowed three runs while striking out six. Earning the save for Gonzaga was Brandon Harmon. The save marks the first of the season for Harmon and the ninth of his career. With one more save, the junior will move into a three-way tie for third place on the Gonzaga all-time career save list.

Brian Matusz (5-2) took the loss for San Diego allowing six runs on ten hits while striking out four during 6.2 innings on the mound.

Gonzaga jumped out to an early lead, posting two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a two-run single by Dustin Colclough that plated Bryan Winston and Darin Holcomb.

The Bulldogs extended their lead to 4-0 in the second with a two-run double down the right field line by Evan Wells. Mike Terry and Brandon Blank were plated on the play.

In the top of the fourth, a two-run home run to right field by San Diego's Jordan Abruzzo narrowed the Zags' lead to 4-2. Abruzzo's homer, which landed in the middle of Trent Ave. past the right field wall, was the 14th home run at Patterson Baseball Complex but only the first the exit the ballpark in right.

The Toreros' posted a run in the fifth in a single by Sean Nicol to bring the score to 4-3.

Run-scoring singles by Gonzaga's Aaron McGuinness and Terry secured the win for the Zags in the seventh inning, finalizing the score at 6-3.

All nine batters of the Bulldogs' lineup recorded hits in the game, including Ryan Wiegand, Shawn Wayt and Terry, all of which posted a pair of hits.

Gonzaga and San Diego will continue the three-game WCC series Saturday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field at 1 p.m.

Pepperdine - 7
Saint Mary's - 3

Malibu, Calif. - Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and junior All-American Barry Enright pitched eight innings to record his 30th career victory on his 21st birthday as No. 10 Pepperdine defeated Saint Mary's, 7-3, Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium in both teams' West Coast Conference (WCC) opener.

Ortiz and junior shortstop Danny Worth ignited the Waves offense from the top of the order as they went 7-for-10 with three runs scored and two RBI, producing more than enough runs for Enright (7-1), who improved his career mark to 30-4 and helped Pepperdine move a season-high 13 games over .500 at 21-8.

Enright and Saint Mary's junior right hander Sean Gleason (4-2) entered the game as the WCC's top two pitchers in ERA.

Despite both pitchers' impressive statistics, it was the offenses, which took center stage as the two teams combined for 23 hits.

Ortiz got the Waves off to a fast start in the bottom half of the first inning as opened the frame with a single up the middle and Worth followed with his first of two doubles on the afternoon that put runners at second and third with no outs. Sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames drove home Ortiz with the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field and Worth scored on a single to left field by junior right fielder Donald Brown.

After Saint Mary's (16-10-1, 0-1) tallied a run in the top of the third, the Waves answered back with three runs in the bottom half the inning to assume a 5-1 lead. Thames opened with a single through the right side and scored on a double to left-center field by Brown.

After a strikeout and walk, freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy singled to left field to score Brown, and sophomore second baseman Denny Duron hit a sacrifice fly to left to plate senior left fielder Luke Salas, who had walked and advanced to third Heroy's base hit.

Freshman designated hitter Michael Gonzales cut the Pepperdine lead to 5-3 with a two-out, two-run home run to center field off Enright in the top of the sixth. Once again, the Waves answered back in the bottom half, scoring two runs on two-out RBI singles by Ortiz and Worth.

Freshman catcher Travis Tartamella started the rally with a two-out double down the right field line.

Enright finished his eight innings allowing nine hits, three runs, walking one and striking out seven. The victory moved him into sole possession of third place on Pepperdine's all-time career wins list and into a tie with Santa Clara hurlers Wes Bliven (1985-88) and Rick Foley (1975-78) for seventh place on the WCC's all-time wins list.

Worth's two doubles gave him 53 for his career and moved him within one of moving into a tie for fourth place on the Waves' all-time doubles list. Pepperdine and Saint Mary's continue their series with a 1 p.m. contest Saturday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

San Francisco - 10
LMU - 4

LOS ANGELES - A five-run fifth inning for San Francisco (15-13, 1-0 WCC) erased a 3-1 LMU lead as the Dons went on to win the West Coast Conference opener 10-4 at Page Stadium Friday afternoon. The Lions (11-19-1, 0-1 WCC) out-hit San Francisco, but were not able to come back in the run column. The teams will meet for game two Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at LMU.

LMU starter Brian Wilson was solid early, holding San Francisco scoreless until the fourth inning when the Dons scored Jonnie Knoble on a sacrifice fly from Mitchell Bialosky.

But San Francisco got to Wilson in the fifth, as they pushed across five runs that were all charged to the Lions' sophomore. Wilson would suffer the loss, falling to 2-3 on the season.

While Wilson was working on the mound, the Lions offense was tacking up a few runs in early innings. The Lions went up 2-0 in the third when Farris scored on a throwing error by USF catcher Jonathan Norfolk and Michael Glomb scored on a fielder's choice from DeAndre Miller.

The Lions added another run in the fourth when Marty Mullins' single plated Elvis Herrera, who had drawn a leadoff walk from starter Aaron Poreda.

Poreda (5-2) went on to earn the win after working 8.0 innings, allowing the Lions' four runs on 10 hits. The win was the 16th of his career, placing the junior fourth all-time at USF in career victories.

After building a 6-3 advantage by the fifth inning, the Dons added another two in the top of the seventh on a two-out single by Norfolk.

Justin Bunkis hit his second home run in two weekends when he sent one over the fence in left center field in the eighth inning to make it 8-4.

But the Dons would get the last word in the ninth, scoring two after three hits and a wild pitch.

Glomb led the way offensively for the Lions, going 3-for-5. Bunkis and Songco had the other multiple-hit outings for LMU. LMU struck out just once Friday.

Bialosky finished 2-for-4 with three RBI for San Francisco.

The Lions and Dons continue the three-game WCC opening series Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. start.

Santa Clara - 5
Portland - 2

PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of Portland baseball team led much of the way but were unable to hold on, falling 5-2 to Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. The Pilots drop to 12-13 (0-1 WCC) on the year while Santa Clara improves to 14-14 (1-0 WCC). A season-high 495 fans were in attendance for the game.

Leading 2-1 after seven innings, the Pilots gave up a combined four runs in the eighth and ninth innings to result in the loss. With the game tied 2-2 heading into the ninth inning, the Broncos plated three runs - all unearned - in the final frame to ensure the win. After thirdbaseman Gabe Alcantar reached on an error by Portland senior leftfielder Justin Pierce, leftfielder Evan LeBlanc lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to put the Broncos ahead 3-2. Then shortstop Jim Karcich came up with the clutch hit, hitting a two-RBI infield single with two on and two outs to push the lead to 5-2.

Broncos closer Jeff Lombard came in to shut down the Pilots in the bottom of the ninth, picking up his fifth save of the year. Senior closer Josh Roberts (2-1), who came in to pitch the ninth, took the loss for the Pilots, while reliever Alex Rivers (1-2) got the win for the Broncos.

Portland got a strong outing from junior lefthander David Gruener, who threw eight solid innings while giving up two runs and six hits while striking out five and walking none. Gruener lowered his season earned run average to 4.03 with the performance.

At the plate for the Pilots, sophomore first sacker Chase Powell (pictured) continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with two doubles. Powell is now hitting for a team-leading .361 average on the year. Junior rightfielder Danny Meier went 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored and a pair of walks, while freshman designated hitter Clayton Shaw went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Catcher Tommy Medica had a big day for the Broncos, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Karcich went 1-for-3 with two RBI and Nathan Faulkner and David Hoffmire each had a hit and a run batted in.

Santa Clara took a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Medica doubled to right-center and Hoffmire followed with a single up the middle. Portland responded in the bottom half of the third, with Meier surprising the Broncos infield with a two-out RBI bunt single that scored senior leftfielder Justin Pierce from third.

Pierce nearly put the Pilots ahead in the fourth inning, smashing a deep fly ball to center field with two runners on that was caught at the fence by Santa Clara centerfielder Matt Long.

Portland did take a 2-1 lead in the fifth after Powell chased Broncos starter Nate Garcia with his second double of the afternoon to advance Meier to third base. Rivers came in to relieve Garcia and promptly gave up an RBI ground-out to Shaw.

The Pilots took the lead into the eighth inning, but were unable to hold on as the Bronco bats got hot in the final two frames.

The two teams continue the three game series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., with junior righthander Given Kutz (4-2, 3.33 ERA) on the hill for the Pilots. The teams are also set to play on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.