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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 7, 2007

Pepperdine - 3
LMU - 2

Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann scattered eight hits in a career-high 8.2 innings and junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz had a clutch two-run double to help No. 9 Pepperdine register a 3-2 victory and complete a three-game sweep of Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Dickmann (4-1) used the double play ball to his benefit as he induced the Lions (13-22-1, 2-4) to hit into four of them to end rallies and preserve the victory as the Waves won their season-high seventh straight while improving to 26-8 overall and 6-0 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play.

The Pepperdine left-hander ended the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings with double plays. Dickmann retired the first two batters in the ninth before allowing a single and was denied his first career complete-game when an error prolonged the inning.

Freshman Daniel Farris came on with two runners aboard and struck out pinch-hitter Brian Wilson on a called third strike to preserve the win and record his first career save.

The Waves took a 2-0 lead against LMU starter Daniel Macias (3-4) in the third inning when sophomore second baseman Denny Duron and senior left fielder Luke Salas opened the frame with back-to-back singles and scored on a one-out double to right center field by Adrian Ortiz.

Pepperdine added a run in the third to make it 3-0 after sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud and junior right fielder Donald Brown singled to start the inning. Both runners were sacrificed to second and third and d'Arnaud came home on a sacrifice fly by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames.

After facing the minimum through the first four innings, Dickmann struggled a bit with his command as he walked the leadoff batter to begin the fifth, allowed a base hit and walk to load the bases with no outs. He recorded the first out of the inning on a short fly ball to right field before allowing a two-run single to J.J. Bernardy that hit off the glove of third baseman d'Arnaud, who made a diving attempt to field the ball and had it skirt in to short left field.

The Lions would re-load the bases again in the inning following a sacrifice and an intentional walk before Dickmann got out the jam by inducing a ground ball to end the threat.

LMU loaded the bases again in the sixth with one out before Dickmann found the double play to be his best friend.

Ortiz extended his hitting streak to nine games and Brown had two hits to lead the Waves' offense. Junior Danny Worth, who entered the game with a career-long 18-game hitting streak, saw it come to an end after going 0-for-4.

Pepperdine is next in action on Tuesday when it travels to Blair Field to take on Long Beach State. The two teams will conclude the halted game from February 6 in Malibu beginning at 5 p.m. before playing the regularly scheduled game.

San Diego - 11
Saint Mary's - 1

MORAGA, Calif. - The bats explode for the University of San Diego baseball team (26-12, 4-2 WCC) as they score 11 runs on 11 hits to claim a 11-1 win over Saint Mary's College (16-15-1, 0-6 WCC) Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Toreros have claimed a three-game sweep over the Gaels.

Matt Couch (5-2) was credited with the win on the mound for the Toreros as he had a solid outing on the mound. He allowed one run on six hits, while striking out seven in 7.0 innings of work.

The Toreros got on the scoreboard first as they scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Jordan Abruzzo got things started when he was hit by a pitch and he moved to second on a Shane Buschini walk. Abruzzo then advanced to third on an error by the SMC pitcher and Romanski then loaded the bases with a walk. Abruzzo would come across for the first run on a balk and Kevin Muno did the rest as he hit a two-run double down the left field line to give USD a 3-0 lead.

San Diego moved their lead to six runs in the top of the fifth inning. Kevin Hansen led off the inning with a stand-up double to left field and he moved to third on a Justin Snyder ground out to the second baseman. Sean Nicol brought in Hansen with a RBI single through the right side. After Nicol advanced one base on a wild pitch, Buschini delivered a RBI single through the right side to bring in Nicol for the second run of the inning. Logan Gelbrich then brought in the final run of the inning with a run-scoring double to give USD a 6-0 lead.

SMC scored their lone run of the game in their half of the fifth inning on a Joel Staples run-scoring double to right center field, which scored Gilbert Urbina, who had doubled, to cut the deficit to five at 6-1.

The Toreros then scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. The USD runs came on an Abruzzo RBI single, a Romanski sacrifice fly, a fielding error by the SMC third baseman and a Daniel Magness RBI single.

USD would score one more run in the top of the eighth inning on an Abruzzo RBI single to put the game at its final of 11-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI performance. Nicol also went 2-for-4 with one RBI and Snyder was the third USD player to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-5.

Anthony Aliotti (4-3) was saddled with the loss for the Gaels as he allowed three runs on one hit in 4.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they return to the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium for a 3 p.m. non-conference game against UC Riverside.

Santa Clara - 10
San Francisco - 6

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Two big innings on opposite ends of the scoresheet made the difference in Saturday's rubber game at Benedetti Diamond between the Santa Clara Broncos and San Francisco Dons, as the Broncos posted four runs in the second and ninth innings to come away with the 10-6 win and the series. The win keeps the Broncos tied for second place at 5-2 in the West Coast Conference.

Santa Clara (17-17, 5-2 WCC) finally returns home this weekend after completing a stretch of 13 straight games on the road. The Broncos will host the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a three-game series at Stephen Schott Stadium, with Friday's opener set for a 7 p.m. start, and Saturday and Sunday's contests set to get underway at 1 p.m.

Tommy Medica provided the exclamation point Saturday to his outstanding week at the plate, going 5-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to finish the week with an eye-popping .706 average (12-for-17) with a double, two triples, and a slugging percentage of 1.154.

Ryan Conan added to his team-leading RBI total this season with a ninth-inning grand slam, while Gabe Alcantar drove in three runs on two hits, including a double, and shortstop Jon Karcich went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.

After both teams stranded a pair of runners in their halves of the first inning, the Broncos made the most of their second opportunity the next inning. SCU loaded the bases as David Hoffmire walked, Patrick Glenn reached on a bunt single, and all runners advanced safely on Nathan Faulkner's fielder's choice. That set things up for Karcich's double to center, which drove in Hoffmire and Glenn for the 2-0 lead. Medica followed up with an RBI single to left, and two batters later, Alcantar's one-out sacrifice fly to right brought in Karcich to complete the four-run second.

The Dons, though, got to Bronco starter Donald Brandt in the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to start the inning from Mitchell Bialoskey and Jonathan Norfolk, which, one out later, were followed by Blake Nelson's second home run of the year. Nelson's shot cut the SCU lead to 4-3 after four innings.

The home run was Nelson's only hit of the game, while Bialoskey had a pair of hits and scored twice, and Norfolk led the Dons with three hits and two RBIs.

USF added to the lead the following inning, starting with a Joey Railey single that chased Brandt from the game after four runs on five hits in four innings.

Alex Rivers took the hill for the Broncos, and got a pair of fielder's choices from the first two batters he faced, until the duo of Bialoskey and Norfolk struck again. Bialoskey's single put runners on first and second, and Norfolk drove them both in with a double to right to give USF the 5-4 lead.

In the seventh, the Broncos got a one-out single from Karcich and followed it up with a Medica double to center to put two runners in scoring position. At this point, USF starter Tommy Peale was replaced by lefty Matt Baugh. Peale gave up six runs on seven hits in six and a third innings of work.

After Baugh got Matt Long to pop up to short, he was replaced by right-hander John Quine to face the right-handed batting Alcantar. Alcantar wasted no time welcoming Quine to the contest, ripping a ground-rule double that plated Karcich and Medica and returned the advantage to SCU at 6-5.

Rivers shutout the Dons in the seventh, and closer Jeff Lombard took over to start the eighth. After getting a pair of fly outs to start the inning, Lombard walked Bobby Ethel, and gave up consecutive singles to Tavo Hall and Joey Railey which allowed Ethel to score the tying run.

Yet the Broncos wasted no time regaining the lead in the ninth, as they put three runners on base with base hits that never left the infield. Medica's infield single was followed by bunt hits from Long and Alcantar. In the next at-bat, Conan offered at a 2-1 delivery from USF pitcher Brian Anderson and drove it over the left-field fence for a grand slam and what ended up being an insurmountable 10-6 lead.

Lombard faced only four batters in the bottom of the ninth, finishing off the game and picking up his third win of the year. Anderson took the loss for the Dons, his second of the season.

Gonzaga at Portland Postponed

PORTLAND, Ore. - The scheduled West Coast Conference doubleheader between the Portland Pilots and Gonzaga Bulldogs has been postponed due to inclement weather at Joe Etzel Field. Originally scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, the doubleheader is now set to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Portland took the opening game of the three-game series 9-1 on Thursday. Junior lefthander David Gruener picked up the complete-game win as the Pilots set a season high with 18 hits. 17 of Portland's 18 hits were singles. Senior Cory Wiltshire, junior Brandon Howard and freshman C.J. Cullen each had three hits for the Pilots. Wiltshire knocked in three runs.