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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 6, 2007

Pepperdine - 6
LMU - 5 (11)

Malibu, Calif. - In a game that had 22 hits, 40 baserunners and eight errors, sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames ended a wild afternoon with a two-out, bases-loaded single to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning that lifted No. 9 Pepperdine to 6-5 victory over Loyola Marymount Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The victory, a season-high tying sixth in a row, clinched the West Coast Conference (WCC) series for the Waves and improved their record to 25-8 overall and 5-0 in conference play. The Lions fell to 13-21-1 on the season and 2-3 in WCC action.

Thames, who was up in the bottom of the ninth with the potential winning run on third base and two outs, came through in the 11th with his second hit of the day after Adrian Ortiz and Danny Worth were intentionally walked to load the bases.

Freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy started Pepperdine's winning rally with a single to left field, his third hit of the game. Senior Joe Evans came on to pinch-run for Heroy, advanced to second on a sacrifice and moved to third on a deep fly ball to center field.

LMU reliever Xavier Esquivel (0-2), who came on to pitch in the eighth inning, then intentionally walked Ortiz and Worth to set the stage for Thames' dramatics and cap a come-from-behind victory after Pepperdine trailed 5-1.

The Lions took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and added two more in the third before the Waves cut the lead to 5-4 with a three-run fifth inning as they sent nine batters to the plate against LMU starter Brad Meyers.

Senior Luke Salas walked to lead off the inning and snap a string of 10 straight batters retired by Meyers. Heroy followed and hit the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for a two-run home run that sliced the Lions' lead to 5-3.

With two outs, Ortiz singled to right field and Worth followed with a base hit through the right side putting runners at the corners. Thames then reached on an infield single, plating Ortiz and making it a one-run game.

Pepperdine tied the score with an unearned run in the eighth inning on an RBI single through a drawn-in infield that scored Chase d'Arnaud, who was hit by a pitch and moved around to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Nathan Keadle, who came on in relief of Meyers.

The Waves were able to rally and tie the game with the help of some outstanding relief work by junior Adam Olbrychowski. The Pepperdine right hander entered the game in the third inning with two outs and the bases loaded and retired the first batter he faced to escape further damage.

Olbrychowski went on to pitch 5.1 scoreless innings, allow just one hit, walk two and strike out two.

He was relieved by Jason Dominguez in the ninth after hitting Brian Wilson to open the inning. T.J. Bernardy then laid down a bunt attempting to sacrifice and reached first with a base hit after the ball died on the chalk marking the first baseline. Jeremy LaMell, pinch-running for Wilson, and Bernardy moved to second and third on the play.

Eric Farris was then walked intentionally to load the bases with one out. The Waves were able to get out of the inning when Michael Glomb's bunt was fielded by Dominguez, who turned it into a home-to-first double play and thwarted the Lions' scoring opportunity.

LMU again put the potential go-ahead into scoring position in the 10th and 11th innings, but were unable to produce the big hit. Freshman left-hander Jordan Durrance (1-1) relieved Dominguez in the 11th with two outs and runners at first and second and struck out DeAndre Miller to end the threat.

The Pepperdine bullpen worked 8.1 innings, allowed four hits, walked four, struck out six and worked through four Waves errors while keeping LMU scoreless.

Worth extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games, the longest by a Pepperdine player since 2002 when Ty Harper hit in 18 straight games, and Ortiz added three hits to extend his streak of multiple-hit games to eight. During that time, he is batting .568 (12-37) and has scored 10 runs.

Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount conclude their three-game series Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The game will be televised live nationally by CSTV as the Waves go for their first three-game sweep of the Lions since 2003.

San Diego - 2
Saint Mary's - 0

MORAGA, Calif. - For the second consecutive game, the Toreros got a dominating performance on the mound, this time by Josh Romanski, and a dominating performance at the plate by Justin Snyder to lead the University of San Diego baseball team (25-12, 3-2 WCC) to a 2-0 win over Saint Mary's College (16-14-1, 0-5 WCC) Friday afternoon. With the win, the Toreros have claimed the three-game West Coast Conference series over the Gaels.

Romanski (5-1) had another outstanding performance on the mound as he allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out a career-high nine batters and only walking one batter in his first complete game his career. Romanski retired his first eight batters before Ryan Young singled in the bottom of the third inning. Romanski then retired the next 14 batters before surrendering his second hit of the afternoon in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they put up one run on two hits. Snyder got things going with a lead-off single to left field and he moved to second on a Kevin Hansen walk. Jordan Abruzzo then delivered a RBI single to left field to bring in Snyder for a 1-0 USD lead.

San Diego then added to their lead in the top of the fourth inning scoring one run on two hits. Shane Buschini led off the inning with his eighth home run of the season, a solo shot over the right center field fence to give USD a 2-0 lead.

SMC had their best scoring opportunity come in the bottom of the eighth inning as they finally got a runner into scoring position. Kyle Jensen recorded only the second hit of the game for the Gales, then moved to second when Ryan Mulligan was hit by a pitch. Romanski didn't fold under the pressure as he got the next batter, Gilbert Urbina, to ground into a double play to retire the side and end the Gaels scoring threat.

Offensively for the Toreros, Snyder was a solid force at the plate as he went a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and one run scored.

Brandon Berl (2-3) was saddled with the loss for the Gaels as he allowed two runs on six hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they conclude the three-game series with Saint Mary's. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

San Francisco - 6
Santa Clara - 2

San Francisco, CA - The Dons like AT&T Park. After defeating Cal 4-3 in the 2006 Dante Benedetti Classic, USF (17-16, 2-3 WCC) returned to the home of the Giants and took a 6-2 win over West Coast Conference and Bay Area rival Santa Clara (16-17, 3-2 WCC) on Friday afternoon. The Dons out hit the Broncos 10-7, and have now had 10 or more hits in 17 games and nine of their last 13.

Senior right-hander Jason Dufloth (5-3) went the distance, earning his fifth win of the season in the longest outing of his career. Dufloth threw 115 pitches, only allowing two earned runs off seven hits and no walks, and recorded four strikeouts.

After Santa Clara scored a quick run in the first, USF tied it up in the bottom half. Junior second baseman Joey Railey singled up the middle and advanced to second on senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble's sacrifice bunt. An out later, junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky singled to center, scoring Railey.

USF would further its lead in the next frame. With one out, junior third baseman Brian Chavez singled to left and advanced to second after a failed pickoff attempt by SCU's starting pitcher, sophomore left-hander Matt Wickswat. Senior center fielder Lucas DeLong walked to put runners on first and second. After a fly out by junior shortstop Tavo Hall, Railey earned his second base hit of the day, scoring Chavez. After a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position, Knoble smacked a two-RBI single to center.

SCU cut the score in half in the third, plating one off of freshman catcher Tommy Medica's triple to center and an RBI single by sophomore right fielder Matt Long.

San Francisco added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth to secure the win. In the seventh, Knoble was hit by a pitch to start the inning, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Medica. After an intentional walk to Bialosky, senior catcher Jon Norfolk hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Knoble. In the eighth, Railey tripled to center and scored on Knoble's single to left.

Railey had three hits in the contest, giving him four in the two-year history of the game. Knoble had two hits, three RBI and stole his team leading 15th and 16th bases. Chavez had two hits also. Bialosky, Hall, and senior designated hitter Daniel Morales each had one hit on the day.

Wickswat (4-4) earned the loss for the Broncos, giving up four runs (one earned) off five hits, two walks and recorded three strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. Freshman right-hander Steve Kalush threw the final 3.2 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) off five hits, a walk and added four strikeouts.

Medica, junior third baseman Gabe Alcantar, and senior second baseman David Hoffmire each had two hits for the Broncos.

USF and Santa Clara conclude the series tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond. The rubber match is set for 1:00 PM.