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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 31, 2008

Gonzaga - 6
Pepperdine - 3

Spokane, Wash. - Jason Chatwood and Mark Castellitto recorded three hits a piece while starter Matt Fields posted a solid outing on the mound as the Gonzaga University baseball team took a 6-3 West Coast Conference decision over Pepperdine University Monday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

The game served as the finale of a modified West Coast Conference series. Due to inclement weather over the weekend in Spokane, the series, which was slated to start Friday evening, was shortened to a pair of contests. The Waves (17-8, 1-1 WCC), who are garnering votes in the national polls, opened the series with a victory Sunday evening before Monday's tilt. The third game of the series will be played, as needed, at a later date in Malibu. The game will only be played if needed to determine seeding for the West Coast Conference Championship.

Fields (4-1) earned the victory for the Zags (16-11, 1-1 WCC) as the junior allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits while striking out six over 6.0 innings pitched. Freshman Cody Martin earned his fifth save of the season as he allowed one unearned run on three hits over three fames. The Waves' starter Scott Alexander (3-2) suffered the loss allowing one run on four hits over 3.1 innings.

Chatwood opened scoring for the Bulldogs in the third frame as the junior hit a single up the middle to score Drew Heid. Heid led off the inning with an infield single before advancing to second on a error on the play.

Heid scored again in the fifth inning as Marcus McKimmy smashed a three-run home run over the left field wall to provide Gonzaga with a 4-0 lead.

Castellitto posted the Zags' second home run of the afternoon in the sixth as he hit a long ball over the left field fence to cap the Bulldogs' scoring. It was Castellitto's third home run of the season, as the sophomore drove in two runs, bringing the score to 6-0.

Pepperdine posted all three of its runs in the top of the seventh as the Waves' Trent Diedrich, Chase d'Arnaud and Nate Simon drove in runs.

For the shortened weekend, Castellitto led the Zags, going 4-for-7 with a triple, a home run, one run scored and two runs batted in.

The Bulldogs will return to the field Friday when they travel to San Diego for a rematch of the 2007 West Coast Conference Championship. The Zags will face No. 16 University of San Diego in a three-game series that opens Friday at 3 p.m.

Santa Clara - 7
Washington State - 5

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team compiled a six run rally in the seventh inning to defeat Washington State, 7-5, Monday afternoon. With the win, the Broncos improved to 15-9 on the season and have won four of their last five games.

Starting pitcher Matt Wickswat (1-0) earned the win for the Broncos, while redshirt sophomore Mark Willinsky registered his first save of the season. In seven innings of work, Wickswat struck out a season-high nine Cougar batters.

Offensively for Santa Clara, Ryan Conan, Gabe Alcantar and David Abraham drove in two runs each, while Evan LeBlanc scored two runs for the Broncos.

After five scoreless innings in which the Broncos were limited to just three hits, Conan's single to through the right side scored LeBlanc to put Santa Clara on the scoreboard 5-1. The Cougars earned four of their runs in the first innings and added their fifth run in their half of the sixth.

SCU then produced a six-run bottom of the seventh inning to knot the score and take a two-run lead.

The Broncos half of the inning started with a Brady Fuerst walk. Fuerst then score on a Conan single to center field. Santa Clara trailed 5-2. Alcantar then launched a two RBI single up the middle to bring home LeBlanc and Long. LeBlanc got one base after being hit by a pitch, while Long singled through the right side. The Broncos trailed 5-4.

The tying run for SCU came on Geoff Klein double down the left field line that allowed Conan to score. Abraham, who earned his first start at second base, then hit a two-run double to right field to bring home Klein and Alcantar to give Santa Clara the 7-5 win.

Willinsky, who came in the eighth inning, tossed 2.0 innings allowing just two hits and striking out four Cougars to register the save.

The Broncos return to action on Wednesday, April 2 against the Tigers of Pacific. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Oregon State - 5 (13)
Portland - 4

CORVALLIS, Ore. --- Joey Wong knocked in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 13th inning to lead the Oregon State Beavers to a 5-4 win over the Portland Pilots in a non-conference baseball game Monday night at Goss Stadium. The loss drops Portland's overall record to 14-14, while the Beavers improve to 14-8.

With the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the 13th, OSU's Josh Tommasini and Ryan Ortiz notched back-to-back singles off of UP reliever Matthew Lange (3-4) to lead off the inning. After Garrett Nash advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, Wong knocked in the winning run with his only hit in seven at-bats on the night.

Blake Keitzman (1-3), who retired the Pilots in order in the top of the 13 th, picks up the win for Oregon State, which used seven pitchers on the night.

Down 4-0 after four innings, Portland scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to even the score. In the fifth, freshman 2B Riley Henricks followed singles by sophomore C Rocky Gale and sophomore SS C.J. Cullen with an RBI double down the right field line. The two-bagger is the team-leading ninth double this season for Henricks.

With Henricks on second and Cullen on third, freshman 3B Kevin Armijo pulled the Pilots within two runs with an RBI ground out to first.

With the score 4-2 in the top of the sixth, junior 1B Chase Powell hit a one-out single to right-center field. Senior OF Danny Meier then doubled down the left field line, sending Powell to third. Then with freshman DH Owen Jones at the plate, Oregon State's Greg Peavey balked, allowing Powell to score and pull UP within a run.

Jones then tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI ground out that brought home Meier.

The score would remain tied for the next seven innings.

Oregon State's previous four runs came back in the second inning. With the bases loaded, Nash hit a grand slam home run to right field off of Portland starter Brennan Thorpe.

Three relievers followed Thorpe, who last six innings and gave up the four runs on five hits. Freshman Zach Varce was perhaps UP's most effective pitcher on the night, pitching a scoreless 4.1 innings. He struck out six and gave up just two hits.

Portland, which has struggled in the field of late, committed just one error for the game. The Pilots also totaled 10 hits, while Oregon State had 12 during the four hour and nine minute contest.

Portland next heads north on Interstate 5 to face the Washington Huskies on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in Seattle, Wash.