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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 5, 2008

Saint Mary's - 2 (10)
Pepperdine - 1

Moraga, CA - The second game of the series proved to be very different from the first, as the two teams settled into a hard fought pitchers duel, as Saint Mary's (16-11-1/2-3 WCC) defeated the Pepperdine Waves (19-10/2-2 WCC) by a score of 2-1 in ten innings at Louis Guisto Field.

Junior centerfielder Cory Miller got things started off in the bottom of the tenth with a bunt single off Waves relief pitcher Jason Butler (0-1). A sac bunt from sophomore catcher Ryan Mulligan advanced Miller to second with sophomore second baseman Randy Wells up to bat. The Waves chose to intentionally walk Wells to put the double play back in order, bring up sophomore left fielder Kyle Jensen. With the count at 2-2 Jensen delivered the single to left field that would score the speedy Miller to end the game.

On the day Jensen was 2-for-4 with the RBI. Jensen has been huge all season, and has brought his average back up to .387 on the season; the RBI was the 25th of the season for Jensen. During league play Jensen has been on a tear for the Gaels batting .450.

Starter Brandon Berl had arguably his best outing of the season, as he was perfect through five, and finished the day going 7.1 innings, three hits, one earned run, two walks, and four strike outs. Not to be out-done, Waves starter Nathan Newman went nine complete, scattering seven hits, giving up a solo homerun, four walks, and striking out eight.

The Gaels struck first in the bottom of the first as Wells hit his second homerun of the season, a towering shot to left center. That would be the only run scored until Pepperdine tied the game up in the top of the eighth, when an infield single from Denny Duron scored Nate Simon. On the afternoon Wells was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Freshman relief pitcher Alex Schmarzo (2-0) came in for Berl in the eighth and was lights out. Schmarzo ended the eighth inning Pepperdine threat by inducing a 4-6-3 double play. On the afternoon Schmarzo went 2.2 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk and three strike outs. Schmarzo was especially nasty in the tenth as he struck out the side.

Also having a multi-hit game for the Gaels was freshman DH Justin Fazio who went 2-for-3 on the afternoon and now leads the team with a .389 batting average.

Mulligan went 0-for-3 on the day but did manage to throw out Waves speedy left fielder Eric Thames, who had not been caught stealing all season. The pinpoint perfect throw ended the Waves seventh.

The two teams will decide the winner of the series tomorrow with the first pitch at 1:00 PM at Louis Guisto Field. On the mound for the Gaels will be sophomore RHP Scott Schneider, and for the Waves it will LHP Matt Bywater.

San Diego - 7
Gonzaga - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Logan Gelbrich goes yard twice and both James Meador and Jose Valerio tally their first collegiate home runs as the 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team cruised their way to a 7-4 win over Gonzaga University Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium in a West Coast Conference game.

Meador, Gelbrich and Valerio all went 3-for-4 with Meador driving in three runs and both Valerio and Gelbrich driving in two runs to lead the Toreros offense as the only three players to record multiple hits.

In the early part of the game it was an I can do what you can do type game as the Toreros were matching the Zags run-for-run over the first four innings. The Zags got on the boards first as they pushed across one run in the first inning when Ryan Wiegand reached on an error by USD, which allowed Evan Wells, who had singled to lead off the inning.

San Diego then responded with a run of their own in their half of the inning. Kevin Muno got things started with a single and moved to second on a Josh Romanski ground out to the second baseman. Meador then doubled in Muno to tie the score at 1-1.

Gonzaga again scored one run in the top of the second inning as Jason Chatwood hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, which scored Bryan Winston, who had singled to lead off the inning, to give GU a 2-1 advantage.

The Toreros again matched the Bulldogs as in their half of the inning USD scored one run on two hits. Gelbrich led off the inning with a stand-up double to right center and moved to third on a Kevin Hansen sacrifice bunt. Valerio then drove in Gelbrich with a single to left field to again tie things up at 2-2.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Zags again scored one run to take a 3-2 lead on a Wells sacrifice fly to centerfield, which scored Winston, who had singled.

The Toreros again matched the run as Gelbrich launched his first home run of the game, a solo shot over the left field fence.

After GU scored one run in the top of the fifth inning, the Toreros finally did one better by scoring two runs to take the lead. The two runs came when Meador launched his first collegiate home run over the left field fence, which scored Romanski, who had singled to lead off the inning, giving USD their first lead of the game at 5-4.

The final two USD runs came on solo home runs by Valerio in the sixth inning and Gelbrich in the eighth inning to put the game at its final of 7-4.

Romanski (5-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed four runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work. Matt Fields (4-2) was saddled with the loss for the Zags as he allowed six runs on 10 hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros and Bulldogs will conclude their three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 4
LMU - 1

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco baseball earns the series victory by taking a 4-1 win over Loyola Marymount (16-14, 3-2 WCC) on Saturday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond. The Dons (19-11, 4-1 WCC) win their fourth straight behind a tough Matt Baugh in a quick two hour and 22 minute game.

Baugh (4-2), a senior left-hander, earned the victory in a timely fashion. Throwing 8.0 innings, Baugh scattered four hits, allowing just one unearned run and a walk, while striking out six. Senior Mitchell Bialosky threw the ninth, allowing just one hit, and earning his first save of the season.

USF scored all they would need in a three run third. Junior left fielder Zach Kim walked before senior shortstop Tavo Hall doubled to left. Kim scored, and Hall advanced to third on the throw home. Senior second baseman Joey Railey also doubled to left, sending Hall home. Railey moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior right fielder Kyle Morgan to make it 3-0.

An insurance run was added in the fourth to make it 4-0. Freshman designated hitter Stephen Yarrow walked and advanced to second on another successful sacrifice, this time by junior third baseman Dane Braunecker. Kim then doubled to left center, plating Yarrow.

LMU, trying to cut the lead, put a run up in the fifth. With one out, Michael Glomb struck out, but reached base when he swung at a wild pitch that got behind sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin. Angelo Songco singled to right and when Morgan threw the ball into Bialosky at first, Bialosky lost sight of it which allowed Glomb to cross the plate.

Hall went 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Lipkin had two hits in the contest in four chances. Railey and Kim both doubled, batted in a run and scored. Bialosky and Morgan singled, rounding out the Dons eight hits on the day.

Loyola Marymount's junior Mike Kenney (5-2) took the loss for the Lions, allowing four earned runs off six hits, five walks, and struck out one Don in 7.0 innings. Songco had two hits for LMU.

USF looks for the series sweep tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 14
Portland - 4

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team rallied from a one-run deficit in the sixth inning to storm past Portland 14-4 Saturday night in West Coast Conference action. The Broncos produced 12 runs on 11 hits in their half of the inning to win the game. With the victory, SCU improved to 17-10 on the season and 3-2 in league play, while the Pilots dropped to 15-16 overall and 1-4 in WCC play. The weekend series is now tied 1-1.

Jon Karcich led the Broncos offensively going 3-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs. Nathan Faulkner was 4-for-5 with two runs, while Matt Long also went 4-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs. On the mound, Steve Kalush posted the win for the Broncos in relief. He tossed 1.1 innings allowing just one hit and struck out three Pilots.

After a quick one and a half innings, the Broncos put themselves on the scoreboard in their half of the second inning. A Brady Fuerst RBI single through the left side brought home shortstop Karcich.

It was until the fourth inning, however, that Portland tied the score, 1-1. Kevin Armijo scored on a Rocky Gale single through the right side. Yet, Santa Clara closed out the inning taking a one-run lead. Karcich scored his second run of the game to make the score, 2-1. He got on base with a single to second base and then advanced home on a Long single through the left side.

The tide turned in the top of the fifth inning as the Pilots tacked on two more runs to take the lead. Bryant Kraus hit a two-run homer to left center field, allowing Riley Henricks to score as well. Portland led, 3-2.

The Broncos then exploded for 12 runs in the sixth inning to take an 11-run lead. The Broncos nearly went through the lineup twice, sending up 17 batters. Santa Clara tallied their 12 runs on 11 hits including a three-run homer to left field from Karcich. It was his fifth home run of the season and his fourth run of the game.

Karcich scored first for the Broncos on a Long single through the right side. With the bases remaining loaded, Evan LeBlanc walked to advance Faulkner for the game-winning run. The Broncos led 4-3. Ryan Conan registered an RBI single through the left side to bring home Fuerst. Long followed on a Gabe Alcantar single through the right side. After Karcich's homer, Long tripled in his second at-bat of the inning to bring home Fuerst and Faulkner. The Broncos lead 12-3.

The Broncos tacked on two more runs to end the inning. Long scored on a LeBlanc double to right field, while LeBlanc then scored on a Tommy Medica single up the middle. SCU led 14-3.

The Pilots added on one more run in the eighth inning to make the final score 14-4. SCU out-hit Portland 21-9.

The loss went to Portland's Mark Triolo. He pitched five innings for the Pilots allowing four runs on nine hits and striking out just three Broncos.

The Broncos and Pilots bring the weekend series to a close on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.