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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 7, 2006

Gonzaga - 5
Santa Clara - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga pitchers allowed only one run on five hits as the Bulldogs beat Santa Clara, 5-1, in the opening game of a three-game West Coast Conference series on Friday.

Starting pitcher Josh Monroe pitched three scoreless innings before leaving with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Gonzaga relievers CJ McClure, Jay Bryner, and Brandon Harmon each came on and pitched one and two thirds innings of scoreless relief.

Gonzaga manufactured an early run in the second inning, courtesy of a Dustin Colclough lead off double. After two infield groundouts, Colclough was able to score from third to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

Colclough finished 3-4 with an RBI and one run scored.

The Bulldogs struck again in the fifth following another lead off double, this time by designated hitter Ryan Wiegand. After advancing to third on a groundout, junior shortstop Aaron McGuiness singled Wiegand in with a two outs.

The Bulldogs added a third run in the sixth on Scott Campbell's fourth homerun of the year.

Gonzaga was poised to blow the game wide open in the eighth but managed to snag only two runs, despite having the bases loaded with one out.

Santa Clara's only run came in the ninth inning with two down after Bulldog relievers had retired 13 consecutive batters. Gonzaga reliever Cory Powell surrendered his first earned run of the season as Bronco second baseman Eric Newton walked and was doubled in by Daniel Nava.

Gonzaga and Santa Clara will continue their three-game series Saturday and Sunday at Avista Stadium. Start times for both games are scheduled for 1pm.

Saint Mary's - 5
LMU - 3

Los Angeles, Calif. - After winning the West Coast Conference opening series last weekend, LMU dropped game one of this weekend's WCC series 5-3 to Saint Mary's (14-14, 2-2 WCC). The Lions (13-22, 2-2 WCC) tallied 11 hits, but left 13 runners on base Friday at Page Stadium.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lions got on the scoreboard when Eric Farris' sacrifice fly scored Chris Pettit, who had doubled to leadoff the inning. It was the 60th career double for Pettit, who ranks fifth all-time in the LMU record book in career doubles.

Scoring in the second straight inning, LMU made it 5-2 when Anthony Soto's single up the middle scored Sean Dovel from second. Dovel had put up his sixth double in three games earlier in the inning.

The Lions threatened in the eighth, getting the first two runners on base after back-to-back singles by pinch-hitter DeAndre Miller and third baseman Kyle Mura. Soto sacrificed them over to second and third to set up Pettit's RBI groundout to make it 5-3.

But that was as close as LMU would get after leaving 13 runners on base.

Saint Mary's picked up its biggest boost in the fifth, when the Gaels scored three unearned runs after leading off the inning with back-to-back singles.

LMU starter Brad Meyers struck out a career-high seven in his seven innings of work. He held the Gaels to two earned runs. Meyers (5-3) and reliever Lee Roberts combined to throw the nine innings without issuing a walk. Roberts threw the final two innings and held the Gaels scoreless on one hit. He faced just seven batters and retired the side in order in the top of the ninth.

Saint Mary's Joel Fountain earned the win and improved to 5-3 on the season after throwing six innings and allowing two runs on nine hits. Dan Lewis picked up his first save after tossing the final three innings.

Offensively, the Gaels were led by Preston Young and Ian Gordon, who combined to go 6-for-10 with three RBI.

Pettit led the Lions with a 3-for-5 day of his own at the plate. Fellow senior Erik Johnson extended his team-best hitting streak to 18 games after doubling to left in the third. The 18-game mark is the Lions' longest hit streak since Joe Frazee (2002-05, Philadelphia Phillies) hit safely in 20 straight games as a freshman in 2002.

The Lions and Gaels continue the series tomorrow, with first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m. at Page Stadium. Fans can catch the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

San Diego - 2
Portland - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Pilots mustered only four hits as the San Diego Toreros won a pitcher's duel 2-0 in a West Coast Conference baseball game Friday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. Portland starter Ari Ronick (2-3) held the Toreros to only two runs on seven hits, but gets saddled with the loss as the Pilots drop to 10-19 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

San Diego started Brian Matusz, a freshman, pitched eight solid innings by holding the Pilots scoreless on the four hits. Matusz also struck out seven and walked only two as the Toreros improve to 21-11, 3-1 in the WCC. Sophomore Matt Couch retired the Pilots in order in the ninth to pick up his second save this season.

Senior Matthew Peters and freshman Paul Crowder each got two hits, all singles, while the rest of the Pilots went hitless. Portland advanced a runner to second base only twice during the game.

Freshman Sean Nicol went 0-for-4 on the afternoon, ending his hitting streak at 10 games.

San Diego scored its first run in the fourth inning. With no outs and the bases loaded, Ronick induced a 6-4-3 double play that allowed Justin Snyder to score, making it 1-0. Then with two outs, Keoni Ruth attempted to steal home but was out at the plate as an alert Crowder made the tag on a Ronick fast ball.

The Toreros added their second run in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Jordan Abruzzo hit a sacrifice fly to center field that was deep enough to score Snyder, making it 2-0.

Both teams were also solid in the field as neither committed an error. The Pilots converted four double plays on the day.

San Diego finished with eight hits, getting three each from Kevin Hansen and Ruth.

Portland and San Diego play tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field. The final game of the three-game series is slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

San Francisco - 6
Pepperdine - 3

Malibu, Calif. - Junior left-hander Scott Cousins allowed one earned run over eight innings and San Francisco scored four times in the second inning as the Dons defeated No. 22 Pepperdine 6-3 in the opener of a West Coast Conference (WCC) series Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

San Francisco improved to 20-13 on the season and 3-1 in WCC play while the Waves fell to 20-14 overall and 1-3 in conference action.

The Dons took a 4-0 lead in the second inning against Pepperdine senior left-hander Paul Coleman (4-3). USF opened the frame with three consecutive singles to produce a run before center fielder Lucas DeLong doubled to center to drive in two runs to give the Dons a 3-0 lead. Third baseman Joey Railey's sacrifice fly increased the lead to 4-0.

Pepperdine scored all of its runs in the third inning, taking advantage of two San Francisco errors to score three times and cut the deficit to 4-3.

Freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud doubled down the left field line to open the inning and moved to third on a single to left by senior second baseman David Uribes. d'Arnaud scored the Waves' first run when he was safe on a fielder's choice following a sacrifice bunt from sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz.

Pepperdine cut the lead in half when junior catcher Chad Tracy reached on a throwing error by Railey, allowing Uribes to score from second base. Ortiz and Tracy moved up to second base and third base, respectively, when first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's throw to third base got past Railey as the Dons attempted to throw out Ortiz.

Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth hit a sacrifice fly to plate Ortiz and make it a one-run game.

The score remained 4-3 until the seventh inning when Stefan Gartrell singled up the middle with two outs to give the Dons a 5-3 lead. San Francisco's scored its final run in the eighth, stringing together three consecutive hits with two outs.

In his eight innings of work, Cousins (3-0) allowed seven hits, three runs (one earned), walked one and struck out six. Brian Anderson pitched a scoreless ninth to record his second save of the season.

Uribes, who extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games, led Pepperdine with three hits, while senior first baseman Nick Kliebert had a pair of doubles and d'Arnaud collected two hits.

The Waves wasted a pair of leadoff doubles by Kliebert in the second and eighth innings.

Pepperdine and San Francisco continue their weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.