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WCC Baseball Recaps - 4/13

April 13, 2006

Pepperdine - 9
Santa Clara - 4

Santa Clara, Calif. - Senior left-hander Paul Coleman struck out eight in seven innings and every player in the starting line-up had at least one hit as Pepperdine defeated Santa Clara 9-4 in the opener of a three-game series Thursday night at Schott Stadium.

The win improved the Waves to 22-15 on the season and 3-4 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play while Santa Clara fell to 20-15 overall and 3-4 in conference action.

Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning before the Waves broke a 2-2 tie with a four-run fourth inning against Santa Clara starter Sean O'Neill (2-5).

Freshman right fielder Denny Duron started the rally with a leadoff single and senior second baseman David Uribes followed with a double to right center field to put runners on second and third. After Duron scored from third on an infield out by sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz, junior catcher Chad Tracy doubled down the right field line to give Pepperdine a 4-2 lead.

One out later, sophomore shortstop Danny Worth drove in Tracy with a double to right field. Worth scored the Waves' final run of the inning when freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud reached on an error by Santa Clara shortstop Michael Lange.

Uribes' double was the 295th hit of his career and tied him with current Waves assistant coach Rick Hirtensteiner for second place on Pepperdine's all-time hits list. He also moved into a tie for sixth place on the school's all-time doubles list with 47.

Santa Clara cut the deficit to 6-3 with a run in the sixth before Pepperdine broke the game open with a three-run seventh against Broncos reliever Chris Stansbury.

Sophomore right fielder Donald Brown had an RBI double and junior designated hitter Justin Tellam produced a two-run single to give the Waves a 9-3 lead.

Coleman's eight strikeouts gave him 237 for his career and tied him with Kea Kometani for eighth place on Pepperdine's all-time strikeout list. In his seven innings of work, Coleman (5-3) scattered eight hits, four runs and walked two.

Ortiz, d'Arnaud and senior first baseman Nick Kliebert each had three hits for the Waves.

Pepperdine will look for its first WCC series win of the season when it faces Santa Clara Friday at Schott Stadiun beginning at 7 p.m.

Portland - 3
San Francisco - 2

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Pitchers Ari Ronick and Austin Dirkx held the San Francisco bats in check and senior Matthew Peters knocked in two runs as the Portland Pilots topped the Dons 3-2 in a West Coast Conference baseball game Thursday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond. Peters went 2-for-4 as the Pilots improve to 12-21 overall and 2-5 in the conference.

Peters has at least two hits in five straight games and has 13 hits in his past 24 at-bats. He's also knocked in five runs in the past two games.

Ronick, a sophomore, evens his record at 3-3 on the season after allowing two runs on eight hits in six innings against the Dons. Ronick also struck out seven. Dirkx, a junior, struck out three, while yielding only two hits, in three scoreless innings to pick up his seventh save of the season.

USF got two runners on in the ninth with two outs before Dirkx got Jonathan Norfolk to pop up to second baseman Sean Nicol, ending the game.

The game remained scoreless until the third inning when Portland got its first hits and first runs of the game. After sophomore Danny Meier reached second base with a two-out double, Peters brought him home with a double to left field. Senior Travis Vetters followed Peters with an RBI double to left, giving the Pilots three straight two-baggers.

The Pilots scored what proved to be the game-winner in the top of the sixth inning. Still leading 2-0, Nicol reached base and advanced to second on an error by the USF left fielder. Junior Justin Ehlers, who was trying to advance Nicol with a sacrifice bunt, then reached base on a throwing error by the pitcher. With runners now on the corners and one out, Peters scored Nicol on a fielder's choice. Ehlers was out on the play.

San Francisco scored once in the bottom of the sixth and added another run in the seventh to make it a one-run ball game. With two on and two out in the sixth, Lucas DeLong hit an RBI double against Ronick for San Francisco's first run of the game. Ronick then induced an inning-ending ground out from pinch hitter Blake Nelson.

With no outs in the seventh, the Dons got two runners on with a Portland error and a base hit. Dirkx then replaced Ronick with runners on first and second. Dirkx struck out the first batter he faced before giving up an RBI single to center field by Stefan Gartrell. After Norfolk loaded the bases by reaching on another Portland error, Dirkx got Luke Sommer to line into an inning-ending double play. Vetters charged in from center field to make the catch and then tossed it to junior shortstop Jesse Rodgers, who doubled up Gartrell at second.

USF starting pitcher Scott Cousins went seven innings in the loss. John Quine pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth in relief.

Portland had seven hits for the game. Joey Railey and Norfolk each had two hits for the Dons, who totaled 10 hits and stranded 12 runners on base.

Each team committed two errors.

The Pilots are scheduled to play the Dons at 1 p.m. on Friday before playing the series finale on Saturday, also at 1 p.m.

San Diego - 6
LMU - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (23-13, 5-2 WCC) used a four-run seventh inning rally to claim a 6-4 come-from-behind West Coast Conference win over rival Loyola Marymount University (14-23, 3-4 WCC) Thursday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

With the Toreros trailing by two heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the USD bats became red hot as they scored four runs on five hits to regain the lead. Freshman designated hitter Josh Romanski got the ball rolling with a single up the middle followed by a single by senior third baseman Ryan Lilly to move Romanski to second. After both runners advanced one base on a pass ball, Justin Snyder cleared the bases when he blasted a single deep into center field to knot the score at 4-4. After Snyder stole second, USD would score its final two runs on back-to-back doubles by Keoni Ruth and Steve Singleton to give the Toreros a lead they would not look back on.

The Toreros were the ones who jumped out to the early lead in the first inning as they scored one run on a Jordan Abruzzo ground rule double which scored Snyder, who had walked.

LMU then gained the lead in the third inning as they scored three runs on two hits. The Lions runs came by way of a Chris Pettit run-scoring double and a two-run double by Sean Dovel.

The Toreros took one run back in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Singleton's fourth home run of the season, a solo shot over the right center field fence.

The Lions however, were able to take that run back in the seventh inning on a Justin Bunkis RBI single to right field to regain the two run lead at 4-2.

Offensively for the Toreros Romanski led the charge going 3-for-4 with one double. Singleton snapped his hitting slump with a 2-for-4 with two RBI, one home run and one double performance. Ruth was another Torero to have a solid performance at the plate going 2-for-3 with one RBI and one double.

Freshman Ricardo Pecina (4-1) picked up the win for the Toreros allowing one run on three hits in 1.0 innings of relief work. Starter Brad Meyers (5-4) was saddled with the loss for the Lions allowing six runs on six hits in 7.0 innings of work.

The Toreros and Lions will resume the three-game WCC series on Friday with a 3:30 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium. The game time is at 3:30 in order to honor of Good Friday.