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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 1, 2008

Saint Mary's - 7
San Francisco State - 5

Moraga, CA - The offense scored seven runs early and the bullpen did its part as Saint Mary's (15-10-1) defeated San Francisco State (7-25-1) by a score of 7-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.

There was no hero in today's game as a total team effort got the Gaels back on the winning track, on the strength of strong pitching and timely hitting early on. The Gaels put up three runs in the first, two in the second and one in the third and fourth. While starter freshman Alex Schmarzo (1-0) set the tone for the bullpen throwing two dominant innings, giving up one hit, no runs, no walks and striking out four.

The Gaels started off the scoring in the bottom of the first when sophomore left fielder Kyle Jensen hit a rare infield single with the bases loaded knocking in junior Cory Miller. A wild pitch from Gators starting pitcher Spencer Kreisberg (2-6) brought in the Gaels second run. The final run of the inning was scored on a fielders choice to the shortstop from Scott Schneider which scored sophomore Randy Wells.

Miller was a pesky out all day for the Gators as the centerfielder went 3-for-5, all singles, scoring two runs, and knocking in a run, as well as stealing a pair of bases. The stolen bases added to Millers team leading total of 10 in 13 attempts on the year.

Senior right fielder Kenny Fuglerud began the scoring in the bottom of the second when he hit his third homerun of the season, a solo homerun to right field. Fuglerud was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI.

The Gaels scored their second run of the inning when sophomore first baseman Anthony Aliotti hit a two out single through the right side of the infield, scoring Miller from third.

The top of the third had the games first pitching change as David Small made his collegiate debut on the mound for the Gaels. Small struggled early with his command as he hit back to back Gators to put runners on first and second with one out. A wild pitch put advanced the runners to second and third. A sac fly from shortstop Nick Nyman, and a single given up to catcher Matt Kavanaugh brought in two runs which was all the Gators would get in the inning.

Small's second inning of work was much sharper as he got third baseman Connor Buestad to fly out to rightfield, and then quickly got Gator designated hitter Evan Romanchuk to ground out to the pitcher for the 1-3 put out. A walk to SFSU's centerfielder Ernie Munoz was harmless, as a few pitches later sophomore catcher Ryan Mulligan threw a frozen rope down to second base to catch Munoz in the stolen base attempt.

Freshman Taylor Reid, Dorsey Ek, and Justin Kuks provided scoreless fifth, sixth and seventh innings. And Nik Bandak and Matt McCormick combined for the final three innings to put the game on ice for the Gaels.

Sophomore Randy Wells, hit his first homerun of the season, as he took an excellent approach and went with the pitch hitting it straight down the right field line for an opposite field blast to cap the Gaels scoring on the day.

The only downside to the afternoon was that junior Joel Staples saw an end to his impressive 12 game hitting streak, as the shortstop went 0-for-3 on the day with a walk.

The Gaels will resume play this Friday as they host No. 13 ranked Pepperdine for a three game series. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:00 PM and pitching for the Gaels will likely be Brian Justice.

San Francisco - 5
Cal - 1

San Francisco, CA - Three games, three wins. AT&T Park has been good to the Dons as they win their third consecutive Dante Benedetti Classic, presented by BMW of San Francisco, 5-1 over No. 7 California (18-6-1) on Tuesday night. San Francisco (17-11) defeated a top 10 opponent for the first time since dispatching No. 9 Nebraska 5-1 in the 2006 Lincoln Regional.

Junior left-hander Evan Fredrickson (3-2) had a career day at AT&T, throwing 13 strikeouts in the win. The Virginia Tech transfer threw 7.0 scoreless innings, scattering four hits and four walks. Fredrickson got into some trouble in both the second and third, but managed to get out of the innings without allowing a run. Freshman lefty Garrett Luippold gave up the Bears only run in the ninth.

USF had a big first inning, plating five against Bears sophomore starter Chris Petrini (2-2), and held off the Bears the rest of the way. With one out, freshman left fielder Connor Bernatz, senior right fielder Kyle Morgan, senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, and sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin consecutively singled, staking the Dons to an early 1-0 lead. Junior designated hitter Drew Johnson was hit by a pitch, scoring Morgan before junior third baseman Dane Braunecker walked to plate Bialoksy. After a pitching change, sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel reached base on an error by Bears junior shortstop Michael Brady. Johnson scored on the play to make it 5-0.

Cal threatened in the third, getting bases loaded with two outs, but Fredrickson was able to strike out Brady to end the inning. In the third, Cal had two runners on with two outs, but again Fredrickson was able to strikeout the final batter to get out of trouble. Fredrickson struck out the side in the first and got at least two strikeouts in five innings, and ended five innings with strikeouts.

Cal finally pushed through a run in the top of the ninth. Sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson doubled to start the frame and moved up a bag when freshman left fielder Mark Canha singled to right. Tonneson then scored on freshman shortstop BJ Quinn's sacrifice fly.

Bialosky went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Lipkin was also 2-for-4 with a run scored. Bernatz, Morgan, Ethel, and senior shortstop Tavo Hall each singled.

Petrini took the loss for Cal, allowing five runs (four earned) off four hits and one walk in 0.1 inning of work. Four Bears relievers combined to shut out the Dons over the next eight innings. Tonneson had two hits for the Bears.

In the high school game played earlier in the day, Sacred Heart Cathedral defeated St. Ignatius 8-5. USF returns to action on Friday, hosting West Coast Conference rival Loyola Marymount for three at Benedetti Diamond. Friday's first pitch is set for 3:00 PM.

Cal State Fullerton - 8
LMU - 2

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (16-12) had its five-game winning streaked snapped on Tuesday as it failed to record a hit through the first six innings en route to losing 8-2 to No. 25 Cal State Fullerton (16-9) at Page Stadium.

Sophomore Ryan Wheeler broke up the no-hitter in the seventh, doubling down the left field line. Wheeler, the current WCC Player of the Week, finished the game 2-for-3 with a RBI and a walk. Andy Preston and Ollie Enos collected the only other hits for the Lions, collecting a double apiece, while also recording the only two runs of the game for LMU.

Senior Nate Keadle got the start and the loss for LMU, tossing three and two-thirds innings and allowing four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two batters. Keadle fell to 0-3 on the season. Lee Roberts was first out of the Lion bullpen, pitching three and a third innings of scoreless relief, collecting two strikeouts along the way. Freshman Greg Meyers lasted two-thirds of a frame and allowed a run on two hits before Russell Lowell recorded the final out of the inning. Sophomore Xavier Esquivel turned in the final inning on the hill for LMU, allowing three runs on four hits in the ninth inning.

Right-hander Michael Morrison carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the Titans, recording three strikeouts, earning the victory to improve to 1-1 on the year. Adam Jorgenson tossed the next two innings for Fullerton, surrendering two runs on three hits and two walks before Jason Dovel struck out the side in order in the ninth.

Josh Fellhauer and Khris Davis each collected two hits in the game, including Davis' solo home run to left centerfield in the fourth. The homer was Davis' third of the season. Christian Colon and Corey Jones each drove-in two runs for the Titans.

Fullerton got on the board first in the first inning, scoring two runs on two hits. With two out and a runner at first, Jared Clark singled to put runners at second and third. A wild pitch moved the runners 90 feet before Jones doubled both runs home on the ensuing play.

The Titans made it 4-0 after four innings when Davis homered to leadoff the frame. After the next two hitters were retired, Brown walked to start the ball rolling again. It did not take long for Fullerton to strike for its second run of the inning, as Fellhauer doubled to left field to push Brown home. Fullerton added one more run to take a 5-0 lead in the eighth. Jones was hit with a two-out pitch before Davis doubled him home with a shot into the right centerfield gap.

LMU answered for its only two runs of the game in the eighth. Preston doubled to lead the inning off before moving to third on an Angelo Songco bunt. Enos followed with his RBI-double and Wheeler drove him in one play later with a single into left field.

Fullerton ran the score to its eventual final of 8-2 with three runs in the ninth. A wild pitch charged to Esquivel forced the first run home before Colon's triple plated Fellhauer and Gary Brown to cap the scoring run.

The Lions return to action on Friday when they visit USF at 3 p.m. The Lions and Dons will then play a game on Saturday at 1 p.m. before closing the three-game conference series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

UC Santa Barbara - 14
Pepperdine - 0

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - #11 Pepperdine was outhit 18-3 and was shutout for the first time this season in a 14-0 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday afternoon in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Pepperdine dropped to 17-9 (1-1 WCC) with the loss while UC Santa Barbara improved to 19-7. The Waves played the contest only 12 hours after arriving from Spokane, Wash early Monday morning.

UCSB took the lead in the second inning on an RBI double and a two-run homer from Mark Haddow to give the Gauchos a 3-0 lead. UC Santa Barbara added another run in the fourth on an RBI single to extend the lead to 4-0.

UCSB added eight runs in the fourth on Chris McMurray solo home run, a two-run single, two RBI singles and McMurray's second home run of the inning, a three-run homer, pushing the Gachos' lead to 12-0.

The Gauchos capped the scoring with two runs in the sixth on a two-run single to increase the lead to 14-0, and Pepperdine was unable to mount any offense the last three innings, giving UCSB the win.

Gauchos' starter Michael Martin improved to 3-0 with the win, while Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) fell to 3-3 with the loss. Kevin Gelinas (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) tossed two scoreless innings in relef.

David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC), Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) and Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) each notched one hit to account for the Waves three hits on the afternoon.

The Waves and Gauchos will meet tomorrow in Malibu at 3 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Washington - 17
Portland - 6

SEATTLE, Wash. --- The Washington Huskies erased an early deficit to defeat the Portland Pilots 17-6 in a non-conference baseball game at Husky Ballpark on Tuesday night. Junior OF Bryant Kraus went 2-for-4 with two RBI's and a home run for Portland, which left 15 runners stranded on base.

The Pilots (14-15) scored two runs in the top of the first inning and plated another in the third to take an early 3-0 lead. But it wouldn't stand as the Huskies (18-8) scored during each of the final five innings, including five runs in the fourth inning, four in the seventh and six more in the eighth.

Portland freshman starter Owen Jones (0-1) picks up the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, while giving up just four hits. Jones struck out five and walked three. Five relievers followed Jones on the mound.

Forest Snow (1-0), who worked three innings of relief, was the winning pitcher for Washington after surrendering two runs on five hits. Snow, who walked one and struck out one, was one of five UW pitchers on the night.

The Pilots got on the board quickly when Kraus went yard with one out and a runner on in the first, giving Portland the 2-0 lead. Two innings later, freshman OF Tyler Thompson made it a 3-0 game when he knocked in a run on a fielder's choice.

The score was still 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Washington got its offense going. Joey Dunn and David Bentrott both knocked in two runs during UW's five-run fourth.

Now trailing 5-3, sophomore 3B Clayton Shaw drove in a run with a double to left field that pulled UP within a run in the top of the fifth inning. After the Huskies scored one in the bottom of the fifth, Armijo followed a double by freshman 2B Riley Henricks with an RBI single in the top of the sixth to make it a one-run game once again.

But the Huskies scored four in the bottom of the sixth and six in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Washington held a slim 13-11 advantage in hits for the game. UW committed two errors to Portland's one.

Armijo, Kraus, junior 1B Cort Carpenter and senior SS Brandon Howard each had two hits on the night for the Pilots.

Portland next returns to the West Coast Conference with a three-game series against the Santa Clara Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., this weekend. First game of the series is set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday night.