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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 5, 2007

Pepperdine - 3
LMU - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz broke a scoreless tie with a single through a drawn-in infield and shortstop Danny Worth followed with an RBI double in the eighth inning to help lift No. 9 Pepperdine to a 3-1 victory over Loyola Marymount in the opener of a three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) series Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The victory was the fifth straight for the Waves, who improved to 24-8 on the season and 4-0 in WCC play. The Lions fell to 13-20-1 overall and 2-2 in conference action.

Pepperdine junior All-American Barry Enright (8-1) and LMU right hander Brian Wilson (2-4) were locked in a pitchers' duel for seven innings before the Waves finally broke the scoreless tie.

Sophomore second baseman Denny Duron opened the bottom of the eighth with a single to center field. Travis Tartamella followed with a bunt that Wilson fielded and threw to second base in an attempt to force Duron. However, Wilson's throw was late and went into center field, allowing Duron to advance to third and Tartamella reach second.

With the Lions playing the infield in, Ortiz, singled up the middle to drive in Duron with the game's first run. After a passed ball moved Tartamella third and Ortiz to second, Wilson committed his second error of the inning when he threw the ball away at third base on a failed pickoff attempt allowing Tartamella to score and Ortiz move to third.

Worth capped the scoring with a double to left-center field to score Ortiz with the final run of the inning. It was the 55th double of his career and moved him into sole possession of fourth place on the Waves' all-time doubles list.

LMU, which had runners on base in eight of nine innings against Enright, finally broke through for a run in the top of the ninth on a leadoff home run to right field by Angelo Songco.

Junior right hander Jason Dominguez relieved Enright and retired all three batters he faced to record his ninth save in 11 chances this season.

Enright was able to battle out of trouble throughout the game, coming up with the big pitch when he needed it, as he allowed a season-high 11 hits in eight-plus innings, walked one and struck out four.

The Lions got a runner to third base in each of the first four innings, but Enright was able to escape trouble by getting a fly ball, two ground balls and a double play. LMU's best chance to score came in the fourth inning when Songco opened the frame with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice with one out. After a walk, Enright got out of the jam with a double play.

The win improved Enright's career record to 31-4 and moved him into a tie with Loyola Marymount's Darryl Scott (1987-90) for sixth place in WCC history. The junior right hander is two wins shy of tying Mike Fetters (1984-86) for second place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list.

Ortiz, who has been the Waves' igniter all season, had two hits in the game to extend his streak of multiple-hit games to seven, while Worth had a pair of hits to run his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games and match the longest by a Pepperdine player since Steve Kleen hit safely in 17 games during the 2004 season.

The Waves and Lions continue their three-game series with a 3 p.m. contest Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Portland - 9
Gonzaga - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland junior lefthander David Gruener went the distance and the Pilots exploded for a season-high 18 hits in a 9-1 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a West Coast Conference baseball game on Thursday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. Freshman C.J. Cullen, who was one of three Pilots with three hits, scored four times and knocked in a pair.

The Pilots even their record at 14-14 overall and 2-2 in the WCC. Gonzaga drops to 18-16 (2-2 WCC).

"It was a fortunate day for us where we had everything working," Portland head coach Chris Sperry said. "We had great production from our seven, eight and nine hitters. They set the tone for us early and David Gruener pitched a wonderful game."

It's the second complete game this season for Gruener (1-2), a junior-transfer from Notre Dame. He scattered seven hits, struck out seven and walked two, while giving up just the one run.

17 of Portland's 18 hits were singles. Junior outfielder Cory Wiltshire, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI's, had UP's lone extra base hit during the game with a double in the fifth inning. Freshman Brandon Howard also had three hits. He scored twice and knocked in a run.

The Pilots struck first with three runs in the bottom of the second. After Gonzaga starter Josh Monroe (4-2) retired the first two hitters of the inning, the Pilots rattled off five straight singles. Cullen, Howard and Wiltshire each knocked in a run during the two-out rally.

Portland added an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth before scoring three more in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-0 lead. With two outs and senior Jesse Rodgers on third, Cullen drilled an RBI single to center field. After a Howard single, Wiltshire plated two with a double down the left field line.

Gonzaga finally broke through with its only run in the seventh. With one out and the bases loaded, Gruener minimized the damage by allowing just a sacrifice fly to Sean Wayt that scored Ryan Wiegand. Then with two outs and still two on, Gruener struck out Brandon Blank looking to end the threat.

The Pilots answered with another run in the seventh and one more in the eighth. Junior Danny Meier picked up the RBI in the seventh, while the run in the eighth was courtesy of a Gonzaga error.

Monroe lasted just four innings to pick up the loss. He surrendered four runs on ten hits. Reliever Bobby McEwen was touched for three runs on one inning of work. The Bulldogs used five pitchers on the day.

Gruener's complete game is the fourth this season by Portland pitchers.

Every Portland starter had at least one hit. Senior James Allan, who replaced senior Justin Pierce at designated hitter in the fifth, was UP's lone sub and also had a hit. Rodgers finished 2-for-5 with two runs, while freshman catcher Rocky Gale was 2-for-3 with one run.

The Pilots and Bulldogs conclude their three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m.

San Diego - 4
Saint Mary's - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Brian Matusz dominates on the mound and Justin Snyder dominates at the plate to help lead the University of San Diego baseball team (24-12, 2-2 WCC) to a 4-2 win over Saint Mary's College (16-13-1, 0-4 WCC) Thursday afternoon in the opening game of a three-game West Coast Conference series at Louis Guisto Field.

Matusz (6-2) returned to his dominating form as he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, retiring his first nine batters before hitting a batter, then retired the next three batters before Eric Musgrove broke up the no-hitter with a single. Matusz allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out 10 batters in his first complete game of the season.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring, as they put up one run in the first inning. Snyder led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Josh Romanski reached on a fielding error by the second baseman. Each runner moved up one base on a Jordan Abruzzo fly out to left field, then Shane Buschini drove in Snyder as he grounded into a double play to give USD a 1-0 lead.

San Diego then added to their lead in the top of the third inning, scoring one run on three hits. Snyder again got things going for the Toreros as he got on with a single to right field. After Romanski moved Snyder to second with a single to center field, Abruzzo hit an RBI single up the middle to move the score to 2-0.

The Gaels finally were able to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Joe Staples RBI single, scoring Eric Cattoni, who had singled to cut the lead in half at 2-1.

The Toreros answered right back in the top of the seventh inning scoring one run on three hits. Snyder was again the catalyst for the USD offense, as he got things rolling with a two-out stand-up double to left center field. Romanski then brought in Snyder with a RBI single up the middle to again give USD a two-run lead at 3-2.

The Toreros then padded their lead in the top of the eighth inning scoring one run on three hits. Buschini got things going with a stand-up double and he moved to third on a Sean Nicol sacrifice bunt. Daniel Magness then brought in Buschini with a RBI single up the middle to give the Toreros a three-run cushion heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Gales were able to push across one more run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a Musgrove run-scoring double to put the game at its final of 4-2.

Offensively for the Toreros, Snyder went a perfect 3-for-3 before popping out to the shortstop in his last at bat to finish 3-for-4 with one double and three runs scored to lead the USD offense. Romanski went 2-for-5 with one RBI and Magness was the only other USD player to record multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Sean Gleason (4-3) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Gales, as he allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 7.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they continue the three-game series with the Gaels. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field.

Santa Clara - 4
San Francisco - 3

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Things got dicey in the ninth inning of Friday afternoon's contest between the Santa Clara Broncos and San Francisco Dons at Benedetti Diamond, but in the end, the Bronco bullpen prevailed, nailing down SCU's 4-3 victory over the Dons. The win also keeps Santa Clara firmly entrenched in the second position of the West Cost Conference standings early on in the season.

The teams return to action tomorrow in the Dante Benedetti Classic, to be played at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, with a special start time of 11:30 a.m. The series will then conclude with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday back at Benedetti Diamond.

Nate Garcia picked up his third win of the year for the Broncos, who improved to 16-16 on the year and 3-1 in the WCC. The freshman went eight and a third innings Friday, striking out five batters while allowing only three runs on six hits. Jeff Lombard got the final two outs of the game to pick up his sixth save of the year.

Ryan Conan wielded the big bat for the Broncos, hitting a big sixth-inning, three-run homer that gave the Broncos a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Tommy Medica's bat stayed hot as well, to the tune of a 3-for-4 performance with a triple and the eventual game-winning RBI, and Carl Bacon had a pair of hits for the Broncos.

The contest saw Garcia and Aaron Poreda, his USF counterpart, post matching zeroes for the first three innings until the deadlock was broken with one out in the USF half of the fourth. The Dons' Mitchell Bialosky drove a Garcia offering deep to left for his third home run of the season and the Dons' first hit of the day, giving them a 1-0 lead.

Both teams managed a pair of hits in the fifth, but could not capitalize. Yet in the top of the sixth, Santa Clara took advantage instead of an error on the part of the USF defense. Juan Parra led off the frame by reaching on the fielding error of Don shortstop Tavo hall, but then was forced out at second on Medica's fielder's choice. Matt Long singled to put runners on the corners with one out, but Medica was thrown out at home trying to score on Gabe Alcantar's ground ball to the pitcher.

But Conan, the team's RBI leader on the season with 28 heading into Friday's contest, picked things up for the Broncos, smashing a Poreda offering to the opposite field for his third home run of the season and a 3-1 lead for SCU.

The Broncos added another run in the seventh off of Poreda, who gave up four runs, only one earned, over eight innings of work and was charged with his third loss of the year. Medica, with two outs, delivered a single to left that scored Carl Bacon from second and proved to be the deciding run of the contest.

Garcia, who cruised through the next three innings, allowing only one hit over that span, ran into trouble in the ninth. After retiring USF's Jonathan Norfolk on a fly ball to right, he surrendered a double to Brian Chavez, followed up by a homer to right by designated hitter Blake Nelson. Just like that, the Bronco lead shrank to one at 4-3, and head coach Mark O'Brien brought in his closer, Lombard, to nail things down.

The efficient Lombard made quick work of the next two Don hitters, inducing a pair of ground balls to second base to sew up the win for Garcia and pick up the save.