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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 6, 2008

Portland - 6
Santa Clara - 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --- Portland freshman 2B Riley Henricks belted two solo home runs as the Pilots defeated the Santa Clara Broncos 6-2 in a West Coast Conference baseball game Sunday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium. The Pilots took two of three from the Broncos during the weekend to claim the three-game, WCC series.

Portland evens its overall record at 16-16 and improves to 2-4 in the WCC. Santa Clara drops to 17-11 (3-3 WCC).

The Pilots scored four runs in the top of the first inning and Henricks hit solo home runs in the fifth and seventh innings to give starter Ari Ronick more than enough run support. Ronick (3-3) worked into the seventh inning and allowed two runs, while scattering seven hits. The left-handed senior struck out six and walked two.

UP freshman Zach Varce pitched a flawless 2.2 innings or relief to secure the win. He struck out two and allowed just one hit.

The Pilots wasted little time getting on the scoreboard with four runs during the top of the first inning off of SCU starter Donald Brandt (2-2). Henricks led off the game with the first of his three hits on the afternoon. After senior OF Billy Krause advanced Henricks to second with a sacrifice bunt, junior OF Bryant Kraus drove in the game's first run with a single to left field.

After junior DH Cort Carpenter flied out to center, a Santa Clara error on a grounder from junior 1B Chase Powell allowed the inning to continue. The error proved costly as senior Danny Meier left the yard with a three-run, two-out home run to left field. Meier's team-high seventh home run of the season gave Portland an early 4-0 advantage.

The Broncos got a run back in the bottom of the third inning, but Henricks responded with the first of his two homers in the top of the fifth. The solo shot made it 5-1 in UP's favor. After the Broncos scored another run in the sixth, Henricks hit his second lead-off, solo home run in the top of the seventh, giving him five on the season.

Brandt lasted just 3.1 innings on the day. Three relievers followed Brandt on the hill, including Steve Kalush and Thane Simon, who each gave up a solo home run to Henricks.

Meier finished with a pair of hits for Portland, which outhit Santa Clara 10-8. SCU's first-inning error was the only miscue of the game.

The Pilots next conclude their six-game road trip with a visit to Seattle, Wash., for a match-up against the Washington Huskies on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Portland then returns to Joe Etzel Field for a three-game, conference series against the San Diego Toreros next weekend. The first game between the Pilots and Toreros is set for Friday at 3:00 p.m.

Pepperdine - 20
Saint Mary's - 9

MORAGA, Calif - The #11 Pepperdine baseball team pounded out 20 hits and reached the 20 run mark for the second time this season in a 20-9 win over Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon in Moraga, Calif.

Pepperdine improved to 20-10 (3-2 WCC) with the win, and earned the series win over the Gaels (16-12-1, 2-4 WCC) by taking two of the three contests.

The Waves jumped on top in the top of the first, as Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) notched a two-run single, Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) registered a run-scoring single and Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) recorded an RBI on a fielder's choice to give the Waves a 4-0 lead.

Pepperdine blew the game open in the second, scoring 10 runs to take a 14-0 lead after just two innings. The Waves tallied nine hits in the inning, with the biggest damage coming on Thames' three-run homer, his ninth of the season.

The Waves took their biggest lead of the game in the fourth inning, as Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) recorded a two-run single and Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) delivered an RBI single to give Pepperdine a 17-0 lead. Saint Mary's got on the board in their half of the fourth, as a two-run double and a pair of RBI singles cut the Waves lead to 17-4.

Pepperdine extended its lead to 18-4 in the sixth inning on an RBI groundout from Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS), but the Gaels responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it an 18-7 contest.

The Waves reached the 20-run mark in the top of the ninth on Simon's two-run homer, his third of the season, to give the Waves a 20-7 lead. Saint Mary's was able to push two runs across in the bottom of the ninth to make it a 20-9 game, but Doug Konoske (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) induced a groundout to end the game and seal Pepperdine's win.

Pepperdine starter Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) improved to 4-1 with the win after tossing five innings, and Konoske earned his first save of the season after tossing the final three innings in relief.

Eight Waves recorded multi-hit games, led by Matt Aidem's (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) 4-for-6 effort that included three doubles and four runs scored. Thames went 2-for-4 with a season-high five RBI, David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara CC) notched three hits and four runs scored, Simon went 3-for-5 with four RBI, and Diedrich, d'Arnaud, Heroy and Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) each posted a pair of hits.

Up next, the Waves host Cal Poly on Tuesday, Apr. 8 at 3 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

San Diego - 9
Gonzaga - 3

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team completed a three-game West Coast Conference sweep over visiting Gonzaga University Sunday afternoon with a 9-3 win at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 22-11 overall, 4-2 in the WCC and have won three consecutive games. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 16-14 overall and 1-4 in the WCC.

The Zags wasted no time in scoring as they scored two runs on a Ryan Wiegand two-run homer in the first inning to grab a early 2-0 lead.

San Diego responded by taking back one run in the bottom of the first inning on a Logan Gelbrich run-scoring double down the left field line, scoring Josh Romanski, who reached on a fielder's choice, to cut the lead in half at 2-1.

USD then grabbed the lead in the second inning as they scored two runs on two hits. Nick McCoy got things started with a two out walk and Kevin Muno drove in McCoy with a run-scoring triple to left field. Romanski then brought in Muno with a RBI single to left center field to give USD a 3-2 advantage.

After the Toreros took a two-run lead in the fifth inning on a Victor Sanchez RBI sacrifice fly, the Bulldogs got back to within one in the top of the sixth inning on a Grant Kveder RBI groundout to the second baseman, moving the score to 4-3.

San Diego then used a three run seventh inning to pull away from the Zags. Muno began the inning by reaching on a fielding error by the Bulldogs and moved to second on a Romanski fly out to left field. Meador moved Muno up one base with a single to left center and Sanchez drove in Muno with a sacrifice fly to left field. Gelbrich then launched his fourth home run of the series, a two-run blast over the left field fence to cap the scoring for the inning and give USD a 7-3 lead.

The Toreros would cap their scoring for the day in the eighth inning with two runs on a Romanski ground-rule run-scoring double and a Meador sacrifice fly to centerfield to put the game at its final of 9-3.

Offensively for the Toreros, Gelbrich led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one home run, one double and three RBI. Muno, Romanski and Kevin Hansen all went 2-for-4 as well at the plate.

Freshman Kyle Blair (3-3) picked up the win on the mound as he allowed three runs on five hits in 6.1 innings of work. Darrin Campbell picked up his first collegiate save as he allowed no runs on no hits in 2.1 innings of work. AJ Proszek (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Zags as he allowed five runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they head to UC Riverside for a 6 p.m. non-conference game.

San Francisco - 8
LMU - 2

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco earned its first West Coast Conference sweep of the season with an 8-2 victory over Loyola Marymount at Benedetti Diamond on Sunday afternoon. The win is the 20th for the Dons (20-11, 5-1 WCC), including their fifth in a row and 12th of their last 13. This is the fastest USF has reached 20 wins since 2005 when it earned the 20th victory in game 29 (an 8-2 victory over Pepperdine on April 3). LMU (16-15, 3-3 WCC) came into the series on a five game win streak, before falling in their last three.

LMU took a quick 1-0 lead in the second off a single by first baseman Ryan Wheeler and an RBI double by center fielder Angelo Songco. The Dons took the lead in the fifth, plating two in the frame. Sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin reached base on the first of three Lions errors on the day. Two outs later, Lipkin was on third and scored when sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel doubled to left field. Ethel scored on senior shortstop Tavo Hall's double through the left side to make it 2-1.

In the top of the sixth, the Lions tied it 2-2 on a double, wild pitch and a sacrifice fly, but didn't hold the lead long as the Dons brought 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the frame and took the 8-2 advantage.

Junior third baseman Dane Braunecker started the inning with a double to center field and two outs later, advanced to third on a wild pitch. Lipkin started a two out rally that wouldn't end for another seven batters. Braunecker scored on Lipkin's accidental single to right before junior left fielder Zach Kim reached on an error by Lions second baseman Brett Mendoza. Sophomore designated hitter Drew Johnson smashed his first triple of the season, a two RBI shot to right center that made it 5-2.

Ethel plated Johnson on an infield single before stealing second base. Hall hit his second double of the day, and fifth of the series, scoring Ethel. Senior second baseman Joey Railey singled up the middle, plating Hall before Braunecker, who started the inning, reached on a throwing error by Lions third baseman Michael Glomb. Senior right fielder Kyle Morgan then grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.

Freshman left-hander Matt Lujan (4-0) earned the win, allowing two earned runs off three hits, three walks, and striking out three Lions in 6.0 innings. Freshman lefty Garrett Luippold threw 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, giving up two hits, a walk, and struck out one Lion. Freshman right-hander Jonathan Abramson pitched a perfect ninth with one strikeout.

USF smacked 11 hits in the contest, with Hall leading the way, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. Ethel was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Railey also had two hits and an RBI. With 42 hits this season and 203 for his career, Railey is now ninth all time on the Dons hits charts, surpassing John Mangiante (1980-83/200). He needs nine hits to take over the eighth spot, currently held by Jason Howard (1998-03/211).

Braunecker doubled in the contest and scored a run and Johnson tripled, batted in two, and scored one. Lipkin singled in an RBI, scored twice and stole his second base. Kim also singled, and scored.

LMU's senior right-hander Andy Beal (3-3) took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) off four hits and struck out four Dons in 5.1 innings. Wheeler led the Lions at the plate with two hits.

USF returns to action this Tuesday, traveling south to play at San Jose State at 1:00 PM. Monday's game versus Oregon State has been cancelled.