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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 4, 2008

Pepperdine - 10
Saint Mary's - 8

MORAGA, Calif. - The #11 Pepperdine baseball team scored three runs in the ninth inning and claimed a 10-8 come-from-behind win over Saint Mary's on Friday afternoon in West Coast Conference action.

Pepperdine improved to 19-9 (2-1 WCC) with the win, while Saint Mary's fell to 15-11-1 (1-3 WCC). The Waves trailed 8-7 heading into the ninth inning, before the three-run rally.

Pepperdine jumped on top in the first, scoring an unearned run on Matt Aidem's (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) two-out RBI double that plated Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) to give the Waves a 1-0 lead. Saint Mary's answered in its half of the first on a two-run triple, a sacrifice fly and a bases loaded walk to give the Gaels a 4-1 advantage.

The Waves cut the deficit to 4-2 in the fourth inning on Chase d'Arnaud's (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) fifth home of the season, a solo shot to center field, and tied it in the fifth on Thames' two-run homer to make it a 4-4 ballgame. Saint Mary's reclaimed the lead on an RBI single to give the Gaels a 5-4 lead.

The Waves tied it again in the sixth inning on a Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) solo home run, his second of the year, and took their first lead of the game on Bryce Mendonca's (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) RBI single to give Pepperdine a 6-5 lead. The Waves' lead was shortlived, as the Gaels notched a two-run single and a run-scoring single to again reclaim the lead at 8-6.

Thames blasted his second home run of the game in the seventh, a solo shot, to cut the deficit to 8-7.

Thames led off the Waves' rally in the ninth with an infield single and a steal of second base. Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) then reached on an error before Aidem tied the game with an RBI single to make it 8-8. After a flyout, Simon notched a run-scoring single to give Pepperdine a 9-8 lead. Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) followed with an RBI single of his own to give the Waves a 10-8 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve the win for the Waves.

Gaudi improved to 2-0 with the win after entering the game in the eighth inning with Pepperdine trailing. Jimmy Munnill took the loss for Saint Mary's.

Thames led the Waves offense with a 3-for-5 performance with three RBI and three runs scored, Simon went 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Duron notched three hits.

The Waves and Gaels continue their three-game series with a 1 p.m. game tomorrow.

Portland - 6
Santa Clara - 4

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --- The Portland Pilots capitalized on a key error by the Santa Clara Broncos in the 10th inning and pulled off a come-from-behind 6-4 victory in the opener of a three-game West Coast Conference series Friday night at Stephen Schott Stadium.

After the Pilots battled back from a two-run deficit to tie the score, Portland had runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the 10th inning when sophomore C Rocky Gale hit a bouncer to the Broncos' shortstop for what would have been an inning ending groundout. The throw to first was off line though, allowing both runners to score and giving the Pilots a 6-4 lead.

Portland freshman reliever Zach Varce sat down the Broncos in order in the bottom of the 10th to secure the victory. Varce tossed two innings of scoreless relief and improved to 2-0 this year with the win.

Portland moved its season record to 15-15 overall and 1-3 in WCC play. The Broncos dropped to 16-10, 2-2 in league action.

Junior DH Paul Crowder led off the 10th inning with a hit by pitch, and after a fielder's choice, Danny Meier doubled to left putting the go-ahead run at third base with one out. Freshman 3B Kevin Armijo lined out to short, setting up Gale's game-winning at bat.

Portland senior right-hander David Gruener started and went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs (two earned). Freshman Tyler Thompson was stellar out of the bullpen, allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings.

Nate Garcia went 6.1 innings for the Broncos, striking out three. Thain Simon took the loss in relief.

Portland got on the board in the top of the first inning after freshman Riley Henricks singled, was sacrificed to second and later scored on an RBI groundout by Kraus.

Santa Clara answered in the bottom of the first with an RBI double by Ryan Conan after Andrew LeBlanc led off and reached on a Pilot error. The Broncos added another unearned run in the second, but the Pilots evened the score with a run scoring single by Kraus, again plating Henricks.

The Broncos made it 4-2 in the fifth with another Conan RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Geoff Klein.

Danny Meier cut the deficit in half with an RBI single in the sixth and Kraus knocked in his third run of the game in the seventh to even the score at 4-4.

Kraus finished 3-for-5 with three runs batted in, while Gale also collected three hits for the Pilots.

Conan was 3-for-4 on the night with two RBI, while Brady Feurst finished 2-for-4 and was the only other Bronco to collect multiple hits.

The teams will square off in the second game of the three-game set on Saturday at 6 p.m. and conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m.

San Diego - 10
Gonzaga - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind another solid pitching performance from junior All-American Brian Matusz, 11 Torero hits and five Gonzaga University errors, the 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (20-11, 2-2 WCC) cruised their way to a 10-2 West Coast Conference win over the Bulldogs (16-12, 1-2 WCC) Friday afternoon at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they put up three runs on three hits in the third inning. Nick McCoy led off the inning with a single to centerfield and moved to second on a Kevin Muno sacrifice bunt. Josh Romanski moved McCoy to third on a groundout to the first baseman and Victor Sanchez drove in McCoy with a RBI single to centerfield. The Toreros then kept things going as they took advantage of a Gonzaga fielding error by the right fielder to allow James Meador to move all the way to second and scored Sanchez from first. Sean Nicol then drove in the final run with a RBI single to left field to move the score to 3-0 in favor of USD.

San Diego then began to put the game out of reach in the fourth inning as they scored three more runs on two hits. Logan Gelbrich led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on Jose Valerio's double. McCoy then drove in Gelbrich with a RBI single to centerfield. After Muno was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Romanski drove in the next run as he reached on a fielder's choice, in which the shortstop overthrew the bag, allowing both Valerio and McCoy to score the final two runs of the inning.

San Diego would then go on to score a run in the fourth inning on a Gelbrich solo home run, two runs in the sixth inning on a Romanski two-run homer and one run in the seventh inning on a McCoy RBI single to round off the scoring for the day.Gonzaga took advantage of a USD fielding error to score two unearned runs in the seventh inning to spoil the shutout for the Toreros.

Offensively for the Toreros, McCoy led the way as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Gelbrich also looked impressive at the plate as he went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one home run and Nicol was the final USD batter to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-4.

Matusz (6-1) continues his impressive play on the mound as he allowed two unearned runs on six hits, while striking out eight in 7.0 innings of work to lower his season ERA to a impressive 1.57. Gonzaga'a starter, Brandon Harmon (2-4), was saddled with the loss for the Bulldogs as he allowed nine runs, five earned, on seven hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game WCC series with Gonzaga at 1 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 9
LMU - 5

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco came back from an early deficit and held off a threatening Loyola Marymount (16-13, 3-1 WCC) to earn the 9-5 West Coast Conference victory at Benedetti Diamond on Friday afternoon. USF (18-11, 3-1 WCC) smashed 13 hits in the contest, its 20th game of the season with 10 or more hits.

Freshman designated hitter Stephen Yarrow had a game of firsts, earning his first hit (a lead off double to left in the second), his first run scored (also in the second), and his first multi-hit game as he led off the sixth with a single to center, and later plated in the inning.

LMU started the scoring in the second inning when sophomore first baseman Ryan Wheeler homered to right-center. Senior third baseman Michael Glomb doubled down the right field line and moved to third on junior right fielder Brett Mendoza's sacrifice bunt. Glomb then scored on a single through the left side by sophomore second baseman Will Dugoni to make it 2-0.

Yarrow's first hit in the second started a two run rally for the Dons. Yarrow doubled and moved to third on junior third baseman Dane Braunecker's ground out. Junior left fielder Zach Kim batted in Yarrow with a single to center. Senior shortstop Tavo Hall doubled to left field, scoring Kim and staking the Dons to a 2-2 tie.

Loyola Marymount took a 3-2 lead after plating one in the fourth off a walk, a single, and an error. USF was not finished however as it broke open the sixth, scoring five runs.

Yarrow again led off the inning with a hit, this time a single to center. Braunecker reached safely on a bunt single before Kim bunted to the pitcher, freshman right-hander Martin Viramontes, who opted to get the out at third. That would not happen as Viramontes' throw went into left field, allowing Yarrow to score. That shook up LMU enough to cause another error, this time by Dugoni, allowing Hall to reach first and load the bases.

With runners on every bag, senior second baseman Joey Railey singled down the right field line, plating Braunecker and Kim. Railey was subsequently caught stealing, getting himself into a pickle he couldn't get out of. With Hall still on third, freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz singled to second, plating Hall. Senior right fielder Kyle Morgan then tripled (his first of the year) to center, scoring Bernatz and taking the 7-3 lead.

USF would plate one each in the seventh and eighth to make it 9-3 before the Lions mounted a comeback try in the top of the ninth.

Freshman righty Sean Burns entered in relief and promptly gave up a lead off homerun to deep center field by senior left fielder A.J. LaMonda. An out later, senior designated hitter Andy Preston walked, followed by a walk to sophomore center fielder Angelo Songco. Senior catcher Sean Dovel reached on an error by Burns, loading the bases. Wheeler singled to right, scoring Preston.

Freshman left-hander Garret Luippold came in and earned the save (his second), by getting Glomb to ground into a double play.

Sophomore right-hander Alex Kalogrides (3-0) earned the victory in relief, allowing one run (unearned) off four hits, four walks, and struck out four Lions in 6.1 innings. Freshman RHP Chase Tigert started the game, allowing two earned runs off three hits and a walk before leaving with a possible blister after 1.1 innings. Burns allowed two earned runs off two hits and two walks in 0.2 innings.

Along with Yarrow, three other Dons had two hits in the contest. Kim was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, Bernatz went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Morgan had two hits (including his triple) and an RBI. Railey had a hit and two RBI and Hall had a hit, two RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Bobby Ethel also had a hit, an RBI and a run scored.

Viramontes (2-3) took the loss for LMU, giving up six runs (three earned) off nine hits, a walk, and struck out six Dons. LaMonda and Wheeler both had three hits on the day, including a homerun for each.

USF and LMU combined for five errors and 21 runners left on base in the contest.

Benedetti Diamond will be the host site for game two of this three game series, tomorrow beginning at 1:00 PM.