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WCC Baseball Recaps - 4/1

April 1, 2006

Gonzaga - 4
Portland - 3

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga survived a late rally by Portland and secured a 4-3 victory thanks to clutch pitching by reliever Cory Powell.

Starting left-handed pitcher Patrick Donovan pitched 8 innings to pick up his 5th win of the season. Donovan was spelled in the ninth inning by senior reliever Nate Williams, who had a rough outing, giving up a run and three hits before Powell came in and slammed the door shut.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Powell, a sophomore from Boise, Id., struck out a batter, then got Pilot shortstop Jesse Rodgers to bounce into a double play to pick up his 2nd save of the season.

The Bulldogs had taken an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when senior first baseman Bobby Carlson singled in right fielder Zach Woodward from second. Gonzaga added two more in the fourth inning when Carlson doubled in catcher Dustin Colclough for his 2nd RBI of the game. Carlson later scored on a Will Ayala bloop single down the left field line.

In the eighth inning, the Bulldogs picked up what proved to be an important insurance run as Colclough doubled to left center knocking in sophomore Darin Holcomb from third base.

Gonzaga improved their WCC record to 2-0, adding to their overall record which now stands at 19-10. The Bulldogs have won their last six games.

The three game series with Portland will conclude Sunday afternoon at 1pm, at Avista Stadium.

LMU - 11
Pepperdine - 10

Los Angeles, Calif. - Though early-morning rain delayed the start of the game one hour, the Lions did not waste any time earning their first 2006 West Coast Conference series win. LMU (13-20) did it with an 11-10 thriller over 19th-ranked Pepperdine (19-13) Saturday at Page Stadium.

With the scored tied for the sixth time in the bottom of the ninth, LMU catcher Sean Dovel launched a one-out double to the corner in right field. Casey Gordon drew the intentional walk from reliever Jason Dominguez, and Anthony Soto made it bases-loaded with two outs for the Lions when he reached on a fielding error by second baseman David Uribes. That brought senior Chris Pettit to the plate and that was all it took, as Pettit was hit by Dominguez to bring in Dovel for the win.

Dominguez fell to 2-1 with the loss after throwing the final 1.1 innings for the Waves.

Senior Kyle Mura earned his first career decision for the Lions after throwing the ninth.

The Waves had tied the game at 10 in the top of the ninth after scoring two runs on a Justin Tellam home run. But Mura prevented further damage, getting the next two batters to flyout.

Though he did not factor into the decision, LMU's Andy Beal made it back-to-back strong starts for the LMU pitching staff this weekend. Beal worked seven innings, allowing Pepperdine just three runs on eight hits. The sophomore right-hander struck out five.

LMU took an 8-3 lead after scoring five in the bottom of the sixth. The Lions tallied seven hits that inning, including three straight by Erik Johnson, A.J. LaMonda, and Dovel to leadoff the inning. Dovel's shot was a one-run double, leaving him with two extra base hits in today's game.

The Waves answered back with a five-spot of their own in the top of the eighth to set up the WCC thriller. Their big inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Tellam. Tellam finished 4-for-5 with four RBI.

Dovel finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored after starting the rally in the ninth.

"Dovel really smoked the ball today," LMU Head Coach Frank Cruz said.

Pettit, Johnson, LaMonda, Mura, Soto, and Brian Wilson each had two hits for LMU.

Saturday's win clinches the three-game series for the Lions, making it the fifth straight season LMU has won its WCC opening series. LMU has topped Pepperdine in the regular season series for three straight seasons.

LMU and Pepperdine will wrap-up the series at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Page Stadium. Fans who can't make it to the ballpark can catch all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Saint Mary's - 5
San Diego - 3

San Diego, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team bounced back from yesterday's West Coast Conference opening loss with a 5-3 victory over No. 25 ranked San Diego Saturday afternoon from Cunningham Stadium. With the win, the Gaels even the series at one and improve to 14-13 overall and 1-1 in WCC play.

SMC opened the scoring by plating two runs in the top of the third. The Gaels took the early lead on a two-run single to right field by senior Orben Frederick. Senior Adam Hicks and junior Eric Cattoni scored on the play. Hicks reached on a single and Cattoni smacked a double to begin the inning.

USD answered back in the bottom half by cutting the SMC lead to one. Shane Buschini was able to bring in Steve Singleton on a groundout to first. Singleton reached on a single to right.

The Gaels would then move the lead back to two by adding a run in the fourth. Hicks was able to capitalize on a lead-of double by freshman Joel Staples, by bringing him home on a single to right.

The Toreros would even the score at three with a two-run sixth. Buschini led the inning off with a solo-shot to right. Keoni Ruth would tie the score by drawing a bases loaded walk that scored Daniel Magness.

SMC then added the big run in the seventh and tacked on insurance in the ninth. Frederick would come through again for the Gaels by knocking in Hicks on a single to center field.

In the ninth, senior Delaney Gallagher took one for the team by getting nailed by a Josh Romanski pitch with the bases loaded. Cattoni was able to score to hand the Gaels the 5-3 victory.

The decision by head coach Jedd Soto to put Dan Lewis back in the pen to solidify the relief corps proved to pay off. Lewis earned the victory by throwing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. The senior struck out two and only allowed one hit to improve his record to 4-1 on the year.

Offensively, the Gaels were paced by the bat of Frederick. The senior batted 2-for-5 and drove in a game-high three runs. Hicks was perfect from the plate by batting 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Staples also added a multi-hit game for the Gaels while Cattoni scored twice.

The two teams will meet in the rubber game tomorrow at Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

San Francisco - 6
Santa Clara - 2

Santa Clara - 4
San Francisco - 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The clouds parted and the sun made an appearance over Stephen Schott Stadium Saturday afternoon as the Santa Clara University baseball team battled the San Francisco Dons in doubleheader action. The teams split today's two games as USF captured the opener, 6-2, while the Broncos battled back to take the nightcap with a 4-3 triumph.

The two squads will return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon at 12 noon for the rubber game. The contest's start time has been moved up an hour in order to avoid forecasted showers.

Santa Clara (17-12, 1-1 WCC) suffered a couple of defensive lapses in game one which allowed San Francisco (18-13, 1-1 WCC) to take a 6-1 lead after the sixth inning. The Dons got a complete-game effort from pitcher Scott Cousins, who struck out seven and allowed only two runs while also going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI from the plate.

USF took a 1-0 lead in the second but the Broncos answered right away in the bottom half of the inning when the first of Brady Fuerst's three hits drove home Eric Newton. But the Dons scored the next five runs of the contest, and although Newton blasted his seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth, the Broncos could not bounce back and dropped the first game.

Things looked better for SCU in the nightcap as Ryan Conan and Matt Long started the bottom of the fifth with walks in a scoreless game. Two batters later, Fuerst broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single and then helped the Broncos score their second run of the inning as his hustle foiled a potential USF double-play when he beat the throw to second on Jason Matteucci's grounder, which allowed Long to score from third.

Long added an RBI single in the sixth, through which point SCU starter Justin Kuehn was plowing through the USF lineup, having allowed only three hits up to that point. But facing USF's Lucas DeLong with one out and one on in a 3-1 game, the Bronco defense misplayed a foul pop which could have been the second out of the inning. Instead, DeLong made the most of his reprieve and tied the game at three-apiece on the next pitch with a two-run shot over the left-center field fence.

Reliever Daniel DeMarco picked up Kuehn at this point, retiring the Dons to end the seventh and then getting out of a jam in the eighth where San Francisco had runners at the corners with only one out. DeMarco responded by striking out pinch-hitter Chris Baligalupi and getting Zach Kim to fly out to center to end the threat.

After Mark Willinsky retired the side in order in the top of the ninth, Santa Clara came through in the ninth as consecutive singles by Jason Matteucci and Daniel Nava loaded the bases with Fuerst on third. After Gabriel Alcantar worked the count to 3-1 against Dons reliever Jeff Gordon, the next pitch was low and Fuerst was forced in with the winning run.

Alcantar was 1-for-2 in the contest, also hitting his seventh double of the year, while Long went 2-for-3 with an RBI.