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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 10, 2007

Gonzaga - 12
Washington State - 6

PULLMAN, Wash. - Shawn Wayt hit his first home run of the season Tuesday to lift the Gonzaga University baseball team over Washington State University 12-6 at Bailey Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash.

With the win, Gonzaga improves to 21-16 overall, while the Cougars fall to 16-14 for the season.

Jeremy Stumetz (2-1) earned the win in relief, allowing no runs on two hits over the final five innings of the game. Chris Highmark started the game for the Bulldogs throwing two innings before handing the reigns over to CJ McClure, who also pitched two innings. Washington State used nine pitchers with Steve Kost (1-3) taking the loss. Kost allowed five runs on three hits over 0.2 innings of work.

The Cougars jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jim Murphy hit a double down the left field line to score the opening two runs of the frame before advancing to third on a bunt single by Paul Gran. The next batter, Greg Lagreid, doubled to left field to score Murphy. Gran would later score the fourth inning run on a ground out by Jeff Miller.

Gonzaga sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning as the Zags knotted the score 4-4. With one out in the inning, the Bulldogs pieced together a run scoring double by Bryan Winston and a two-run double down the left field line by Darin Holcomb. The fourth run of the frame was scored on a left field single by Aaron McGuinness.

Washington State posted a pair of runs in the bottom of third. The first run of the inning was scored on a balk, while the second run was plated on a double to right field by Jeff Miller.

The Zags took the lead in the sixth inning, posting five runs to go-ahead 9-6. The Bulldogs loaded the bases to open the inning before falling victim to two strikeouts. With the bags full and two outs, McGuinness singled to right to drive home two and leave runners on second and first. Wayt then launched a ball over the left field fence to take the lead. The three-run home run was his first long ball of the season.

Gonzaga added three insurance runs in the ninth to finalize the score 12-6. The Zags scored on by Winston and Ryan Wiegand as well as two Washington State fielding errors.

Eight of the starting nine in Gonzaga's lineup recorded hits, including three eights by Winston and Wayt. In total, the Zags recorded 15 hits, including four extra base hits.

The Bulldogs will resume West Coast Conference play Friday when they travel to Santa Clara University. The three-game series will begin Friday with a 7 p.m. game time.

Loyola Marymount - 3
San Diego State - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Three straight hits, including back-to-back doubles by Elvis Herrera and Angelo Songco, broke open a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning to give LMU (14-22-1) the 3-1 non-conference win over San Diego State (21-15) Tuesday at Page Stadium. Herrera finished 3-for-3 in the contest.

With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Sean Dovel went to the plate with two outs after left-handed starter Lance Sewell had retired the first two Lions in order. Dovel managed an infield single and stole second to set up the back-to-back doubles by Herrera and Songco that made it 3-1 LMU.

San Diego State took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Cameron Johnson's single plated Brandon Glover, who had doubled to leadoff the inning.

The Lions tied it at one on an unearned run in the fourth. Eric Farris led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on an errant throw by Sewell. He later scored from third on another throwing error, this time one charged to catcher Chris Anderson who was trying to catch Elvis Herrera stealing second.

The Aztecs finished with the two errors on the day, while LMU was perfect defensively.

Sewell (4-3), who entered the contest as a Sunday starter for the Aztecs, suffered the loss after 5.2 innings that saw him charged with the three runs on seven hits.

Lion freshman Xavier Esquivel made his career start and worked 5.0 innings, allowing the Aztecs' only run on four hits with three strikeouts. Esquivel gave way to Mike Kenney before factoring into the decision Tuesday.

Kenney (1-2) earned his first career win after throwing the sixth and seventh innings for the Lions. He held SDSU scoreless on two hits.

Usual weekend starters Brad Meyers and Brian Wilson also got some work in, each throwing an inning Tuesday after last weekend's holiday schedule. Wilson earned his first career save after striking out two in the ninth.

In addition to Herrera's 3-for-3, one RBI day, Farris finished 2-for-4.

Johnson led SDSU offensively, going 2-for-4 as well.

LMU returns to West Coast Conference play this weekend, as the Lions face a three-game road series at Saint Mary's. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday from Moraga, Calif. Fans can catch all of the action right here on www.LMULions.com on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.

San Francisco - 8
Sacramento State - 1

San Francisco, Calif. - San Francisco saw great team pitching as the Dons defeated Sacramento State 8-1 in non-conference action at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. Both teams smacked 13 hits and USF (18-17) is now 5-0 over the Hornets (10-23) in 2007.

Freshman right-hander Alex Kalogrides (1-0) earned his first win as a Don, throwing 4.0 innings of shutout baseball, only allowing five hits and adding a strikeout. Junior left-hander Matt Baugh had the best outing of his career on the Hill Top, throwing 3.0 innings of relief with one earned run off four hits. Baugh struck out a career high eight hornets.

USF scored right out of the gate, putting up four runs in the bottom of the first. Junior Joey Railey singled, stole second and advanced to third on senior Jonnie Knoble's single to center. An out later, senior Jon Norfolk hit his first homerun of the year, a three-run shot to right. Senior Blake Nelson doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored when freshman Derek Poppert reached on an error.

After three consecutive walks to Knoble, junior Mitchell Bialosky, and Norfolk in the third, Nelson fouled out deep in left to score Knoble. In the fourth, junior Tavo Hall singled and stole two bags before scoring on a single up the middle from sophomore Zach Kim. After a balk and a steal, Kim scored on Bialosky's single to center to make it 7-0 Dons.

Sac State would score its only run in the fifth. With one out, junior Taylor Watanabe reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Nelson. He scored on a double to left by senior Montana Dye. USF answered back with a run in the sixth when freshman Bobby Ethel homered to left.

Junior Luke Sommer and senior Lucas DeLong also had hits in the contest.

Freshman right-hander Paul Jinkins (0-1) earned the loss for Sac State, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) off four hits. Junior David Flores led all Hornets with three hits. Watanabe, freshman Tim Wheeler, and junior Wes Oberlin had two hits a piece.

USF returns to Benedetti Diamond this Friday in a West Coast Conference match-up of Co-Defending Champs. First pitch against No. 5 Pepperdine is set for 3:00 PM.

Long Beach State - 10
Pepperdine - 7 (11)
(Conclusion of Feb. 6 game)

Long Beach, Calif. - No. 30 Long Beach State rallied for three runs in the top of the 11th inning and Bryan Shaw pitched four scoreless innings of relief to lead the 49ers to a 10-7 victory over No. 23 Pepperdine Tuesday afternoon at Blair Field as the two teams concluded a game that was halted due to darkness at Eddy D. Field Stadium on February 6.

The 49ers rallied from a 7-0 deficit to record the come-from-behind victory.

Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter (5-3) suffered the loss after working 3.2 innings, allowing four hits, three runs, three walks and striking out four.

Sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames led the Waves with a three-run double while second baseman Denny Duron had a two-run double.

Long Beach State - 6
Pepperdine - 5

Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State took advantage of two errors in the ninth inning to rally from a 5-4 deficit to register a 6-5 victory over No. 7 Pepperdine Tuesday night at Blair Field in Long Beach.

The Waves (26-10) had rallied to take the lead in the eighth inning on an RBI double by junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz. However, the 49ers (26-10) took advantage of Pepperdine miscues to score twice against Waves' closer Jason Dominguez to post the win.

Oregon State - 12
Portland - 4

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The ninth-ranked Oregon State Beavers need four runs in the seventh inning and five more in the eighth to defeat the Portland Pilots 12-4 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Pilots had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning.

Portland drops its third straight to fall to 14-17 on the season. Oregon State improves to 26-7.

After the Beavers touched Portland junior starter Brian Yoakum for a pair in the first, the Pilots plated two in the top of the third. Portland scored the first run when freshman left fielder Jeff Arbayo scored on a wild pitch by OSU starter Jorge Reyes. Then with two outs and freshman shortstop C.J. Cullen on third, junior center fielder Cory Wiltshire knotted the score at 2-2 with an RBI single to right field.

Still 2-2 in the sixth, Portland took its first lead of the game, courtesy an RBI double by sophomore first baseman Chase Powell. Powell drove in junior Brandon Howard, who led off the inning with a single to right.

The Beavers answered immediately with an unearned run off UP reliever Chris Siegfried, a junior, in the bottom half of the sixth.

The Pilots reclaimed the lead an inning later. Junior outfielder Danny Meier, who drew a lead-off walk, worked his way around the bases before scoring on an OSU error.

Oregon State then scored nine runs covering the seventh and eighth innings to put the game out of reach. In the seventh, senior Josh Roberts relieved Siegfried with a runner on second and one out. Mitch Canham greeted Roberts with a game-tying RBI double to deep right center field. Canham then scored on a wild pitch before pinch hitter Scott Santschi drove in two with a double.

In the eighth, Oregon State scored one on a bases-loaded walk and four more on a grand slam by Jordan Lennerton. With one out and the bases juiced, Lennerton drove a pitch from freshman reliever Ben Panther over the center-field wall to give OSU the 12-4 lead.

Siegfried (0-1), who surrendered two earned runs on four hits and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings, is charged with his first loss this season.

Oregon State reliever Greg Keim (2-1) picked up the win after holding UP scoreless and hitless in two-thirds of an inning. Mark Grbavac, who didn't allow a hit and struck out all four hitters he faced in 1.1 innings of work, earned his third save of the season.

The Beavers outhit the Pilots 11-4. Portland committed four errors, while Oregon State made two.

Portland next travels to San Diego, Calif. for a three-game West Coast Conference series this weekend. The San Diego Toreros host the Pilots at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

San Jose State - 11
Saint Mary's - 8

San Jose, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team banged out 17 hits and plated eight runs but it was not enough as San Jose State defeated the Gaels 11-8 Tuesday night from Municipal Stadium. SMC out-hit SJSU 17-15 but dropped its eighth straight to fall to 16-16-1 on the season. SJSU improves to 22-12 on the year.

The Gaels had three innings in which they scored two or more runs. Every time SMC was able to climb back into the contest, San Jose State had an answer.

Saint Mary's evened the score in the top of the fifth with a three-run frame. SJSU came right back and put three more on the board to take a 7-4 lead.

Sophomore Joel Staples provided the big hit in the inning with a two-run triple off the right-center field wall to pull the Gaels within one. Freshman Michael Gonzales brought home Staples on a RBI single through the left side.

Down 7-4 the Gaels again showed resolve and pulled to within one with two runs in the seventh. Freshman Michael Cipolla scored on an Anthony Aliotti single up the middle. Cipolla rapped a single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Aliotti later scored on a Kyle Jensen sacrifice fly to right.

But once again SJSU answered back and increased its lead to four with three more in the bottom half.

SMC added two more in the eighth but SJSU added another to take the three run lead. Cipolla struck again for the Gaels, bringing home Gilbert Urbina on a RBI double to right-center. Aliotti again plated Cipolla on a shot up the middle.

Cipolla led all hitters with four hits and added three runs and a RBI. Five other Gaels tallied multi-hit games. Aliotti batted 3-for-4 with two RBI while Staples added two hits and two RBI. Eric Cattoni, Gonzales and Jensen each had two hits. Gonzales and Jensen added a RBI a piece.

Jason Santich-Hughes did the damage for the Spartans. Santich-Hughes batted 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBI. Sonny Garza rapped out three hits a drove in two runs.

Brandon Hennessey (3-0) earned the victory after tossing 2.2 innings of relief. Hennessey allowed two earned on three hits. Scott Schneider (3-2) was tagged with the loss. Schneider allowed three runs on five hits in four innings of relief.

Saint Mary's will look to put an end to its skid this weekend against LMU. The West Coast Conference three-game set is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 13 at 3 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

UC Riverside - 8
San Diego - 7

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - UC Riverside (21-12) scored three unanswered runs to come-from-behind and upset the 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team, (26-13) Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

With the score knotted at 7-7 heading into the top of the eighth inning, the Highlanders' Jeff Dunbar hit an RBI single to left field to score an unearned run to give UCR the win.

After UCR got on the scoreboard first with a solo home run from Jamie Pedroza, the Toreros quickly answered back in the bottom of the second inning scoring two runs on two hits. Shane Buschini led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a Logan Gelbrich walk. Kevin Muno then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both Gelbrich and Buschini one base. After Kevin Hansen walked to load the bases, Mike Metzgter delivered a two-out two-run single to right field to give USD a 2-1 lead.

UCR then evened the score in the top of the third inning scoring one run on a Ben Price RBI single down the right field line.

The Toreros then scored two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jordan Abruzzo led off the frame with his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot over the left center field fence. The second USD run came on a Daniel Magness sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Buschini, who was hit by a pitch, to give USD a two-run edge at 4-2.

San Diego then pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on an Abruzzo run-scoring double and a Gelbrich sacrifice fly to right field to give USD a 6-2 lead.

The Highlanders then scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to get back into the ball game. The UCR runs came on a Carl Uhl three-run double to right center field to cut the Toreros lead to one.

San Diego then pushed their lead back to two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Gelbrich run-scoring double to left field, moving the score to 7-5. This set the stage for the final three unanswered Highlander runs to put the game at its final of 8-7.

Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way with his 2-for-5, one double, one home run and two RBI performance.

Russell Holzhauer (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros, as he allowed three runs on five hits in 1.0 innings of work. Stephen Penney (3-1) was credited with the win for the Highlanders, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 2.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will resume conference action on Friday as they open a three-game series with the University of Portland. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.