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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 30, 2008

LMU - 9
Portland - 3

LMU - 12
Portland - 3

PORTLAND, Ore. - LMU (16-11, 3-0) won both games of a doubleheader on Sunday to earn a series sweep of Portland (14-13, 0-3) in the first West Coast Conference series of the 2008 season over the weekend. The Lions won game one by a count of 9-3 before taking game two, 12-3, at Joe Etzel Field in Portland, Ore. LMU has now won five straight games and eight of their last nine overall.

LMU took advantage of eight Pilot errors and got an outstanding pitching performance from junior right-hander Mike Kenney en route to defeating Portland in game one of the doubleheader.

Kenney pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out six batters to improve to 5-1 on the season. The eight innings pitched were a career-high, upping his previous mark of seven set earlier this season versus Oregon State on March 7. The six strikeouts matched a career-high set earlier this year on February 23 at Sacramento State. Freshman Brett Williams pitched a perfect ninth inning, including striking out one batter, to finish the game on the hill for LMU.

Brett Mendoza paced the Lion offense in game one, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Sophomore Ryan Wheeler continued his torrid pace, batting 2-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored. Senior Michael Glomb doubled and drove in two runs, while fellow senior A.J. LaMonda went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI.

Mike Triolo got the start and the loss for Portland, pitching five innings and allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out four batters. Triolo fell to 4-1 after the loss. Tyler Thompson pitched the next two innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk before Ed Wakefield contributed the final two scoreless frames for the Pilots, amassing two strikeouts along the way.

Chase Powell led the Portland offense, batting 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Danny Meier finished 1-for-2 with his team-leading sixth home run of the season, two walks and two RBI. Rocky Gale also collected multiple hits in the loss, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.LMU got on the board first in the game, plating two runs in the top of the first. LaMonda led things off with a double before moving to third on a groundout. Senior Andy Preston collected the RBI on the ensuing play, lifting a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score LaMonda. Sophomore Angelo Songco reached second on an error before Mendoza collected a two-out RBI single to put the Lions up 2-0.

The Lions extended the lead to 4-0 in the third. Will Dugoni reached on an error before stealing second base. LaMonda followed with a RBI-single and moved to second on a throwing error by the right fielder. Another error allowed Kyle Spraker to reach safely on the very next play before Preston moved the runners up 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt. After the second out of the inning was recorded, a wild pitch pushed the second run of the frame across.

Portland cut the deficit to 4-1 in the fifth inning, plating a single run in the frame. Gale singled to start the inning before moving to second on a groundout. Riley Henricks followed with a double to drive in Gale on the ensuing play.

The Lions were back at it again in the sixth, scoring two more runs in the inning. Mendoza singled to get the ball rolling. Wheeler followed with a double to put runners at second and third before Glomb followed suit with a double of his own to drive in the two runs.

The Pilots answered for their final two runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth, with Powell singling to start the rally. Meier plated both runs with one swing of the bat on the ensuing play, homering to left centerfield.

LMU capped the scoring in the game with three more insurance runs in the seventh inning. Preston singled with one out before moving to second base on another Pilot error. Songco wasted no time driving in the first run of the frame, singling on the next play to score Preston. Mendoza followed with another hit, which also resulted in another Pilot error, to put runners at second and third. Wheeler connected for a sacrifice fly on the ensuing play before a third error in the inning allowed the final run to score on a Glomb ground ball to third base.

Andy Beal dealt five innings in game two, allowing four hits and striking out eight batters to improve to 3-2 on the season. Lee Roberts surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out two batters before senior Nate Keadle gave up one run in the ninth, striking out a batter in the inning.

Senior Sean Dovel finished the game 4-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI to pace the Lion offense. Songco batted 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Dugoni and Spraker each added two hits of their own. Glomb and LaMonda each collected a hit in game two, extending their hitting streaks to 11 and eight games, respectively.

As they did in game one, the Lions got on the board first in game two, plating two runs in the top of the third. Songco led the inning off with a push bunt single to the second baseman before moving to second on a Dugoni single back up the middle. A hit-by-pitch two batters later loaded the bases for Dovel. Dovel came up clutch in the situation, connecting on a two-RBI double to plate Spraker and Dugoni.

LMU scored a single run in the fifth after Dovel drove in LaMonda with a single. The Lions added two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, with two of the four runs being driven in by Songco. LMU added five more insurance runs in the eighth, collecting four hits in the frame. The Lions loaded the bases before a wild pitch pushed the first run across. After loading the bases once again, Ollie Enos lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score the second run. Glomb followed with a sacrifice fly and a RBI before Songco doubled in another run. Wheeler followed with the last run scored in the game, crossing after another wild pitch.

The Lions will return to action on Tuesday when they host No. 30 Cal State Fullerton at 3 p.m. at Page Stadium. The Titans won the first meeting between the two teams this year, taking a 4-0 victory on February 26.

Pepperdine - 10
Gonzaga - 0

SPOKANE, Wash. - Nathan Newman tossed 7.1 shutout innings, Eric Thames blasted two home runs, and #13 Pepperdine posted a 10-0 shutout of Gonzaga in each team's West Coast Conference opener on Sunday night in Spokane, Wash.

Sunday was originally scheduled as a doubleheader after the teams were unable to play Friday and Saturday, but the teams were only able to play one game and the series was shortened to two games. Pepperdine improved to 17-7 (1-0 WCC), while Gonzaga fell to 15-11 (0-1 WCC). The game was played in 33 degree temperatures with a 19 degree wind chill.

Newman and Bulldogs' starter Brandon Harmon each tossed three scoreless innings until Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) notched a solo home run in the fourth inning to give the Waves a 1-0 lead. The Waves added a run in the fifth, as David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC) notched an RBI to push Pepperdine's lead to 2-0.

Thames then registered his second home run of the game in the eighth inning to expand the Waves' lead to 3-0.

Pepperdine blew the game open in the ninth, scoring seven runs to make it 10-0. Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) first notched an RBI double and scored on an error to make it 5-0, and Emanuel Sifuentes (La Puente, Calif./Bishop Amat HS) scored on a passed ball to make it 6-0. Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) followed with an RBI single to push the Waves lead to 7-0, and Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) blasted his first home run of the season, a three-run shot, to make it 10-0. Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) pitched the final 1.2 innings to seal the Waves win.

Newman (Houston, Texas/Grayson CC) improved to 4-2 with the win, while Harmon dropped to 2-3. Gaudi tallied his eighth save of the season, which leads the NCAA.

Thames led the Waves' offense with two home runs and three runs scored, Heroy went 2-for-5 with three RBI, Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) went 3-for-3, and Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) notched two hits.

The Waves and Bulldogs will conclude their two-game series tomorrow with a 12 p.m. contest.

San Francisco - 5
Saint Mary's - 1

Moraga, CA - Freshman left-hander Matt Lujan threw his second consecutive gem of a pitching performance as he led San Francisco to a 5-1 win over Saint Mary's in West Coast Conference action at Luis Guisto Field on Sunday afternoon. The Dons (16-11, 2-1 WCC) have won eight of their last nine games, including seven straight.

Last time out, Lujan (3-0) earned the 6-0 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson (3/20) in 8.0 innings. Today, he threw the complete game, only giving up one earned run, scattering three hits, walking just two, and striking out two Gaels (14-10, 1-2 WCC). Both the defense and offense helped secure the victory.

Senior right fielder Kyle Morgan had another spectacular day at the plate, giving the Dons three of their five runs in the second. With two runs already across and the bases loaded with two outs, Morgan smashed a stinging double to left center, scoring all three Dons runners to make it a quick 5-0 ball game.

SMC avoided the shutout by pushing one across in the bottom of the ninth. Senior right fielder Kenny Fuglerud walked to start the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch from Lujan. He then advanced to third when senior designated hitter Brian Hawkins flied out to center field. Junior shortstop Joel Staples singled down the right field line to score Fuglerud before Lujan retired the next two batters to end the game.

Morgan was 2-for-4 with the massive double, three RBI and a stolen base in today's contest. Senior shortstop Tavo Hall went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base. Freshman designated hitter Connor Bernatz went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and junior third baseman Dane Braunecker was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Senior second baseman Joey Railey also had two hits and scored a run. Rounding out the Dons 11 base knocks was sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin with a single.

Gaels sophomore Scott Schneider (4-2) took the loss, throwing 8.0 innings and only having a rough go of it in the second when he gave up all of the Dons five earned runs. He allowed 10 hits, two walks, and struck out eight Dons. Sophomore right-hander Jimmy Munhill finished the game, allowing one hit and striking out one Don in the ninth.

USF hosts No. 12 Cal in the Third Annual Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Game time is set for 6:30 PM. St. Ignatius will meet Sacred Heart Cathedral in a 3:00 PM game before the Dons night cap.

Santa Clara - 6
San Diego - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team rallied from a two-run deficit to upset the 14th-ranked University of San Diego, 6-4, Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. With the victory, the Broncos improved to 2-1 in West Coast Conference play and registered a win in the opening weekend series. Santa Clara is now 14-9 overall.

The Broncos were led offensively by Evan LeBlanc, who went 3-for-5 with two runs and a double. Gabe Alcantar drove in two runs for the Broncos, while Matt Long registered a solo home run in the leadoff spot in the first inning.

On the mound, Mark Willinsky (1-2) earned his first win of the season, while Thain Simon (6-0) tallied is second save of the season.

After Long's solo homer in the first inning, Santa Clara successful held off San Diego thanks to the Broncos defensive efforts and three quick innings pitched by starting LHP Donald Brandt. The Broncos added their second run in their half of the third innings on an RBI sacrifice fly by Ryan Conan. LeBlanc scored on the play and SCU took a 2-0 lead.

However, the Toreros tied the score, 2-2, in their half of the fourth inning. James Meador scored on a Jose Valerio sacrifice fly to left field to put USD on the board. The tying run came on a Nick McCoy ground out that brought home Logan Gelbrich. The Toreros kept the Broncos quiet for the next three innings while adding on two more runs to take a 4-2 lead.

In their half of the sixth inning, McCoy and Valerio scored on a Kevin Muno single to centerfield.

The Broncos then rallied in the eighth inning to knot the score. Geoff Klein's ground out to second base allowed Conan to score and make it a one-run game, 4-3. Then a Brady Fuerst RBI single to center field brought Alcantar home for the tying run, 4-4.

Willinsky pitched a quick 1-2-3 eighth inning to get the Broncos back at bat and register the win. An Alcantar double to right field gave Santa Clara the 6-4 win as Conan, who intentionally walked, and LeBlanc, who singled to right field, scored.

Simon also compiled a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning, striking out two Toreros to earn the save.

For the series, LeBlanc led Santa Clara offensively. The junior outfielder went 8-for-13 with five runs, one double, one single and one RBI. Meanwhile, Simon posted two saves in two appearances and struck out six Torero batters in 4.0 innings of work.

The Broncos return to action on Monday, March 31 against the Cougars of Washington State. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.