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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 8, 2006

Pepperdine - 5
San Francisco - 3

Malibu, Calif. - Junior catcher Justin Tellam doubled home two runs in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie that helped No. 22 Pepperdine register a 5-3 victory over San Francisco Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Stadium and even the West Coast Conference (WCC) series at a game apiece.

Freshman right fielder Denny Duron also drove in a run with his first career hit and sophomore right hander Barry Enright struck out a career-high eight batters in seven innings as the Waves improved to 21-14 overall and 2-3 in WCC play. The Dons fell to 20-14 on the season and 3-2 in conference action.

The game pitted a pair solid of sophomore pitchers in Enright and USF left-hander Aaron Poreda.

After allowing a first-inning run on an RBI double by junior designated hitter Chad Tracy, Poreda held the Waves scoreless until the fourth inning when they scored twice to take a 3-1 lead.

The Dons had tied the score in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Stefan Gartrell that scored left fielder Scott Cousins, who singled with one out and stole second.

Pepperdine regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth and Tellam opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud followed and reached on a fielder's choice as he forced Tellam at second base.

Duron followed with a double down the left field line to drive in Worth as d'Arnaud advanced to third. Junior left fielder Luke Salas then hit a sacrifice fly to plate d'Arnaud and give the Waves a 3-1 lead.

The score remained 3-1 until the sixth inning when Cousins hit a two-run home run to right field to tie the score 3-3. Cousins' hit also scored shortstop Andrew Smith, who singled to left field with one out.

Pepperdine recaptured the lead in the eighth inning as it strung together three straight hits to open the frame. Senior first baseman Nick Kliebert opened the inning with a single to center field and Worth followed with a bunt single. On the play, Kliebert and Worth advanced to third and second as Peroda made an errant throw to first base.

Tellam followed with a double down the left field line that scored both runners, giving the Waves a 5-3 lead and ending Peroda's day.

John Quine prevented further damage in the inning as he came in to retire the next three batters.

Freshman right hander Brett Hunter (4-2) relieved Enright at the start the eighth and pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory. In his seven innings of work, Enright allowed eight hits, three runs, did not allow a walk and struck out a career-best eight batters.

Senior second baseman David Uribes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with three hits. Worth also had three hits for the Waves.

Pepperdine and San Francisco conclude their three-game series with the rubber game scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Saint Mary's - 5
LMU - 2

Los Angeles, Calif. - Though the Lions and the Gaels were tied with seven hits, two of Saint Mary's seven were home runs that brought across all five runs of the Gaels' (16-14, 3-2 WCC) runs in their 5-2 victory. The LMU (13-23, 2-3 WCC) offense could not make up the difference Saturday at Page Stadium.

The Lions took a 1-0 lead early, as Erik Johnson's single up the middle brought in Chris Pettit from second base in the bottom of the first. Pettit had led off with a double for the Lions, moving his career mark to 61 to tie him with Billy Bean (1983-86) for fourth all-time in the LMU record book. For Johnson, the single improved his hitting streak to 19 straight games, the longest for a Lion since Joe Frazee (2002-05, Philadelphia Phillies) hit in 20 consecutive games as a freshman in 2002.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second, second baseman Mike Harris put the Gaels up 2-1 with the first home run of the game.

But the Lions answered, making it 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Johnson started the inning with his second single of the day, and went to second when Eric Farris was hit by a pitch. The two advanced on a throwing error by catcher Ian Gordon, and Johnson later scored on a wild pitch by Corey Madden.

The game's final runs were scored in the top of the sixth, when Delaney Gallagher homered over the Mikos Blue Monster to make it 5-3.

All of Saint Mary's five runs were scored on the two home runs.

Madden worked the full nine innings for the Gaels and improved to 4-1 on the season.

LMU starter Andy Beal nearly matched Madden's complete game, throwing a career-long 8.2 innings before giving way to Brian Wilson. Beal (2-6) equaled a career-high six strikeouts while walking just one batter.

Johnson and shortstop Casey Gordon each went 2-for-3 for the Lions.

LMU and Saint Mary's will conclude the three-game WCC series Sunday, with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. at Page Stadium. Fans who can't make it to the ballpark Sunday can catch all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

San Diego - 8
Portland - 6

PORTLAND, Ore. - After scoring four late runs, the Portland Pilots had the tying run on base when the San Diego Toreros recorded the final out to win a West Coast Conference baseball game 8-6 on Saturday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. The Pilots scored twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth and had the tying run on second when Torero reliever Matt Couch induced a game-ending ground out to first base.

Portland drops its seventh straight to fall to 10-20 overall, 0-5 in the WCC. San Diego improves to 22-11 (4-1 WCC).

Trailing 8-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the Pilots put two runs on the board. After senior Travis Vetters led off the inning with a single, sophomore Cory Wiltshire followed with an RBI double to right-center field. Junior Jesse Rodgers then scored Wiltshire with a single up the middle to make it 8-4.

With USD starter Josh Butler still on the hill in the ninth, senior Nik Kosach, sophomore Danny Meier and senior Matthew Peters all singled to load the bases. Vetters followed with the fourth straight single that scored Kosach and Meier. Couch then relieved Butler to face Wiltshire with nobody out. Wiltshire promptly sent a deep fly to right that was knocked down by the wind and caught just short of the warning track by right fielder Shane Buschini. After a Rodgers' ground out advanced Peters and Vetters to third and second, respectively, Powell pinch hit for junior Andrew Wrisley. Couch recorded his third save of the season and second in two games as Powell grounded out to first base.

Butler (8-2), who allowed six runs on 15 hits while striking out two in eight innings, picked up the win for San Diego.

Portland starter Sean Sargent (3-6) lasted 6.1 innings and gave up seven runs, six earned, on nine hits, a walk and a strike out. Sophomore reliever Chris Siegfried allowed a run before sophomores Brian Yoakum and Meier, who started the game at third base, held the Toreros scoreless during the final 2.1 innings.

San Diego took an early lead with three runs in the top of the first. Jordan Abruzzo knocked in a pair with a single up the middle. A few batters later, Kevin Snyder picked up an RBI with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze play that scored Abruzzo.

Portland responded with one run in the second and another in the third. Pat Geraghty knocked in Vetters with a ground out in the second inning and Peters scored Meier with a single in the third.

USD added a run in the second before scoring four in the seventh to take an 8-2 lead. The Toreros sent ten hitters to the plate in the seventh inning and scored the four runs on four hits.

Vetters, Peters and Meier all had three hits for the game as Portland out-hit San Diego 15-11. Meier scored twice, Peters had an RBI and Vetters knocked in two and also scored two times. Wiltshire was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run, while Rodgers went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Abruzzo had three hits in five at-bats for San Diego. He knocked in three and score three times.

Portland and San Diego play the series finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Joe Etzel Field.

Santa Clara - 7
Gonzaga - 6

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga suffered its first home loss of the season as Santa Clara rallied to score five runs in the top of the ninth inning to win, 7-6 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (22-11, 4-1) held a 6-2 lead going into the ninth but were unable to slam the door shut. Reliever Cory Powell suffered the loss, his first of the season, after giving up six hits and five runs in one inning of work.

Gonzaga had a chance to tie or take the lead in the bottom half of the ninth with two outs, but stranded runners at second and third.

Jackson Brennan notched his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot to left field to lead off the game. The senior from Castle Rock, Colo., added a double and two RBI.

Bulldog batters belted out five doubles, including two by sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb. Gonzaga now has 71 doubles on the season.

Bronco second baseman Eric Newton hit two home runs, both were solo blasts. Newton now stands one homer back of Brennan for the lead in the WCC.

Senior Bobby Carlson went 3-4 with two runs scored.

The rubber game of the three game series with Santa Clara is set for Sunday afternoon at 1pm.