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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 9, 2006

LMU - 7
Saint Mary's - 1

Los Angeles, Calif. - A five-run fourth inning and an impressive outing by junior Daniel Macias gave LMU (14-23, 3-3 WCC) the 7-1 win in game three of the three-game West Coast Conference series Sunday against Saint Mary's. Macias held the Gaels (16-15, 3-3 WCC) to just one run in his career-long 7.2 innings of work.

The Lions took the 7-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth after scoring five runs in the frame. LMU catcher Sean Dovel, who finished the day 3-for-4, started the Lion rally in the fourth with his one-run single that scored Chris Pettit. Pettit had drawn the leadoff walk from Saint Mary's starter Ian Farmer.

After senior Kyle Mura executed the sacrifice bunt, Casey Gordon singled through the right side to bring in Brian Wilson, who had also singled earlier in the inning. Anthony Soto's groundout scored Dovel, and a pair of hits from Eric Farris and Erik Johnson brought in the Lions' fourth and fifth runs of the inning.

For Johnson, the single marked a 20-game hitting streak for the senior. The 20-gamer equals the streak Joe Frazee (2002-05, Philadelphia Phillies) strung together as a freshman in 2002.

That was all the Lions would need, as both teams went scoreless in the final five innings.

Macias (3-6) earned the win for LMU after working a career-long 7.2 innings and holding the Gaels to just the one run. The left-hander added three strikeouts and retired the Gaels in order in the first, fifth, and seventh innings. Aside from the one run in the fourth, Macias never allowed a runner past second base.

Macias gave way to reliever Roberto Torres, who threw the final 1.1 innings and held SMC to one hit.

Trailing 2-0, the Gaels' only run came in the top of the fourth when they got a pair of doubles by Joel Staples and Ian Gordon.

After back-to-back singles in the second inning by Wilson and Dovel, Mura added one of his own that plated Wilson. But SMC center fielder Sam Carter could not come up with Mura's shot cleanly, and the miscue allowed Dovel to score from first as well to give the Lions the 2-0 lead.

Farmer (1-7) worked just four innings for the Gaels, suffering the loss after allowing the seven runs on eight LMU hits.

Offensively, Staples and Mike Harris each put together 2-for-4 efforts for SMC.

In addition to Dovel's 3-for-4 day at the plate, Farris and Wilson went 2-for-4.

Without a Tuesday match-up for the second straight week, the Lions will start next weekend's three-game WCC series at San Diego early due to the Easter holiday. LMU and USD will begin the series Thursday with a 3:00 p.m. start from Cunningham Stadium. Fans who can't make the trip with the Lions can catch all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Portland - 4 (15)
San Diego - 3

PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior Travis Vetters knocked in the winning run with double in the 15th inning as the Portland Pilots defeated the San Diego Toreros 4-3 in a West Coast Conference baseball game on Sunday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. It was the fourth hit of the game for Vetters, who knocked in senior Matthew Peters with a lined shot to the left-center gap. Peters had reached base with a two-out single.

On Vetters' double, the relay throw to home was up the third base line as Peters made a head-first slide around San Diego catcher Logan Gelbrich to score the winning run.

Portland improves to 11-19 on the season and 1-5 in the conference. USD is now 21-12 and 4-2.

Both teams got solid performances from the bullpen as the game remained tied at 3-3 for more than eight innings. Portland reliever Brian Yoakum (1-0) picks up his first win of the season. Yoakum, a sophomore, gave up a hit and struck out one in 1.1 innings.

In the top of the 15th, San Diego loaded the bases with two outs after an intentional walk to Steve Singleton. USD's Gelbrich then got ahead in the count 3-1. Yoakum followed two straight strikes to strikeout Gelbrich looking to get out of the jam.

San Diego reliever Matt Couch (5-1) picks up the loss after throwing 9.0 innings and 111 pitches in relief. Couch, who saved the first two games for the Toreros in the three-game series against UP, gave up just the one run on five Portland hits. He struck out 11 and had one stretch where he retired 16 straight Pilots.

Portland reliever Austin Dirkx was just as effective going 7.2 innings in relief. He held USD scoreless, while only giving up three hits and striking out three. Dirkx didn't walk a batter and at one point retired 14 straight San Diego hitters.

Both teams used four pitchers.

San Diego scored one run in the second inning and two more in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. Ryan Lilly gave USD the early lead with an RBI single in the second. In the fifth, Josh Romanski followed a Kevin Hansen double with an RBI triple down the right field line, making it 2-0. Justin Snyder then made it 3-0 with a single to left.

Portland responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases load, senior Nik Kosach drew a walk to pick up the RBI. With one and the bases still loaded, Peters made it a one-run game with a sacrifice fly to center field that plated freshman Sean Nicol.

Still down 3-2 an inning later, the Pilots tied it with an RBI double by Nicol down the left field line, scoring junior Andrew Wrisley.

The bullpens then took over. A double by Peters in the bottom of the seventh inning was the only hit for either team until the 11th inning.

Portland had 15 hits, led by Vetters, who finished 4-for-6 with an RBI. Peters went 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run. Nicol also had three hits, in seven at-bats, scored once and knocked in a run. Junior Jesse Rodgers went 2-for-5 and junior Adam Kerr was 2-for-2.

Shane Buschini and Hansen each had three hits for the Toreros, who finished with 14 total. Neither team committed an error.

Portland next plays Oregon State on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field. The Pilots then hit the road for a three-game series next weekend at San Francisco.

San Francisco - 2
Pepperdine - 0

Malibu, Calif. - Senior right hander Patrick McGuigan tossed a complete-game six-hitter to lead San Francisco to a 2-0 series-clinching victory over No. 22 Pepperdine in the finale of a three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) series Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

McGuigan (8-1) did not walk a batter and struck out three as he took advantage of an aggressive Waves' line-up and moved into second place on San Francisco's all-time wins list with 18.

The loss dropped Pepperdine to 21-15 on the season and 2-4 in WCC play.

San Francisco (21-14, 4-2) did all of its scoring in the third inning against Pepperdine freshman right hander Bryce Stowell (1-1), who was make his first collegiate start.

After working out of trouble in the first and second innings, Stowell was unable to escape the third. The rookie right hander issued a leadoff walk to Joey Raily, who was sacrificed to second by shortstop Andrew Smith.

Stowell then induced Scott Cousins to ground out for the second out of the inning. However, Stefan Gartrell hit a ground ball through the right side that drove in Railey with the first run of the game.

Designated hitter Blake Nelson followed with a single to right field that ended Stowell's day.

Sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez relieved Stowell and gave up a ground ball single through the middle to Jonathan Norfolk that scored Gartrell with the second run of the inning.

That would be all the scoring in the game as McGuigan was in control throughout and Dominguez and senior left-hander Bryan Minkel combined for 6.1 scoreless innings of relief.

San Francisco collected 13 hits in the contest, putting runners on base in seven of the nine innings, but was unable to break open the game against Pepperdine pitching.

Meanwhile, McGuigan faced just three batters over the minimum through the first seven innings before the Waves produced their only threat of the game in the eighth inning. Pincuh-hitter Michael Beattie and freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud hit back-to-back singles with two outs.

However, McGuigan was able to induce senior second baseman David Uribes to hit into a force play to end the inning after the Waves' senior fouled off several pitches with two strikes. Uribes went hitless in the game to end his career-high 14-game hitting streak.

The series win for San Francisco was its first over the Waves since winning two of three at Benedetti Diamond in 2001.

Pepperdine returns to action on Thursday when it opens a three-game series against Santa Clara at Schott Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

Santa Clara at Gonzaga Postponed

SPOKANE, Wash - Following rain showers over most of the week and another heavy down pour on Saturday night, Sunday's baseball game between Gonzaga University and Santa Clara University was postponed due to unplayable field conditions.

The two teams will attempt to finish their three-game West Coast Conference series on Monday at Noon at Avista Stadium. Should conditions again not be playable at Avista Stadium, the game will be moved to Spokane Falls Community College. A decision on which site will be used will be posted on www.GoZags.com on Monday morning once a final decision is made.

Gonzaga and Santa Clara split the first two games of the series with Gonzaga winning 5-1 on Friday night. Santa Clara rallied for five runs in the ninth to win Saturday's game 7-6.