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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 2, 2008

Pepperdine - 14
UC Santa Barbara - 3

MALIBU, Calif. - #11 Pepperdine's bats came alive a day after getting shut out, as the Waves used a 14-hit attack to down UC Santa Barbara 14-3 on Wednesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine improved to 18-9 (1-1 WCC) with the win, while UCSB fell to 19-8.

A day after getting shut out for the first time this season, the Waves wasted no time putting runs on the board on Wednesday, scoring two runs in the first inning on two-out RBI singles from David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC) and Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) to give the Waves a 2-0 lead.

The Waves added onto their lead in the third inning, as Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) led off the frame with a double and came around to score on a passed ball to extend the Waves' lead to 3-0.

Pepperdine exploded in the fifth inning, scoring eight runs on five hits. Diedrich scored on d'Arnaud's RBI double, and Harris scored on an error push the Waves' lead to 5-0. d'Arnaud then came around to score on a balk, and Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) notched a two-run single to extend Pepperdine's lead to 8-0. Mendonca came around to score on a throwing error, Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) scored on a wild pitch, and d'Arnaud was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to cap the scoring in the inning and pushing the Waves lead to 11-0.

UCSB got on the board in the sixth inning on a two-run homer from Mike Zuanich to cut the deficit to 11-2, but Pepperdine answered with a two-run homer of its own in the sixth from Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy), his second of the season, to give Pepperdine a 13-2 lead.

Torrey Jacoby (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep HS) notched a pinch-hit single in the seventh to push Pepperdine's lead to 14-2.

UCSB notched a solo home run from Shane Carlson in the eighth to make it a 14-3 game,

Pepperdine starter Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) tossed four scoreless innings, but did not factor in the decision, as Jordan Durrance (Manteca, Calif./Sierra HS) registered the win in relief.

For the Waves' offense, d'Arnaud went 2-for-3 with three RBI, Diedrich notched two hits and three runs scored, and Harris and Mendonca each recorded a pair of hits. UCSB was led by Carlson's two hits.

Up next, the Waves will play their third consecutive weekend series on the road, as they will face WCC foe Saint Mary's from April 4-6 in Moraga, Calif.

Santa Clara - 11
Pacific - 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball pushed its win streak to four games with an 11-3 victory over the University of the Pacific Wednesday night at Schott Stadium. The Broncos are now 16-9 on the season and 2-0 in the four single game series against the Tigers.

Third baseman Gabe Alcantar was 3-for-3, tallying his fourth home run of the season and driving in four runs. Shortstop Jon Karcich posted three RBIs and his fourth homer of the season as well.

After two quick up and down innings, the Broncos exploded for eight runs in the third inning. Evan LeBlanc brought in the first run with his fly out to right field allowing David Abraham, who had a leadoff walk, to score. Tommy Medica was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Ryan Conan. The senior infielder was dealt a walk, which allowed Brady Fuerst to score the second run. Fuerst was put on base with a single to third. The bases remained loaded for Alcantar, who tabbed his first grand slam of the season with his homer to left field. The Broncos led 6-0.

The final two runs of the inning were scored on a Karcich two-run homer to left field. Santa Clara gained an 8-0 advantage.

The Tigers responded with a three-run top of the fourth inning, as Joe Oliveira, Mike McKeever and Mike Walker scored. Pacific would be held scoreless for the remainder of the contest.

The Broncos then added on two more runs in their half of the inning. Matt Long, who got on base with a double down the left field line, scored on a Medica fly out to right field to make the score, 9-3. Conan then advanced home on a Geoff Klein single through the left side.

Santa Clara registered its final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. With Conan, Alcantar and Klein on base, Karcich was hit by a pitch, the fifth of the game, to bring home Conan. The Broncos almost made it a nine run victory as Alcantar was put out at home later that inning.

SCU's pitching staff combined for 13 strikeouts compared to Pacific's four. Sophomore Steve Kalush, the first of four relief pitchers, earned the win for Santa Clara. He tossed two no-hit innings and struck out four Tigers.

Santa Clara out-hit Pacific 14 to 5.

The Broncos return to action over the weekend as they host the Pilots of Portland in their WCC home opener. The three game series begins on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at Schott Stadium. Saturday and Sunday's contests will begin at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectfully.

USC - 3
San Diego - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 14th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (19-11) had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, trailing the University of Southern California (13-14) 3-2, but were unable to push across a run to allow the Trojans to come away with a 3-2 non-conference victory Wednesday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

With USD trailing by one in the bottom of the ninth, the Toreros would not go away easily, as Kevin Hansen began the inning with a single up the middle. Jose Valerio then singled to the shortstop, who also committed a throwing error, which allowed Valerio to reach second and Hansen to reach third with no outs. After a Victor Sanchez strikeout, Ryan Davis was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the Toreros scoring threat and leaving the game at its final of 3-2.

The Trojans got on the scoreboard first as in the first inning they scored two runs on a Derek Perren two-run double to right field to give the USC a 2-0 advantage.

San Diego was able to take back one run in their half of the inning. Kevin Muno led off the inning with a single through the left side and then stole second. Josh Romanski drove in Muno with an RBI single to right field to move the score to 2-1 in favor of the Trojans.

USD then tied the game up in the third inning as they scored one run on one hit. Logan Gelbrich took advantage of a USC third baseman throwing error to not only reach first but advance to second on the same play. Kevin Hansen then brought in Gelbrich with a RBI single down the right field line.

USC scored the go ahead run in the fifth inning when Roberto Lopez hit a ball to right field, but USD misplayed the ball allowing the runner at third to safely cross the plate on the sacrifice fly and putting the game at its final of 3-2.

Offensively for the Toreros, Hansen and Valerio both led the team in hitting with 2-for-4 performances at the plate. The only other Torero to record multiple hits was Muno who went 2-for-5.

Ricardo Pecina (1-2) looked solid on the mound for the Toreros, but was saddled with the loss as he allowed one run on four hits, while striking out nine in 7.0 innings of work. Kevin Couture (2-2) was credited with the winn for the Trojans as he allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits in 8.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they host Gonzaga in a 3 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.