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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 13, 2007

Gonzaga - 3
Santa Clara - 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sophomore Mike Terry's three-run home run lifted the Gonzaga University baseball team over Santa Clara University 3-2 Friday at Schott Stadium. The match-up marked the opening game of a three-game West Coast Conference series between the two schools.

The win improves the Bulldogs to 22-16, 5-2 in conference play, for the season with the win, while the Broncos slip to 17-18 and 4-3 against WCC opponents.

Senior Josh Monroe (5-2) earned the win in his eighth start of the season. Monroe threw 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out two. Freshman Jeremy Stumetz earned his second save of the season, after allowing one hit over 3.0 innings on the mound. Santa Clara's Nate Garcia (3-4) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits over 7.0 innings.

Terry's three-run shot in the seventh inning was all the Zags needed to down the Broncos. Ryan Wiegand opened the frame by drawing a walk. With two outs, Shawn Wayt singled through the left side to advance Wiegand to second. Wayt and Wiegand then scored when Terry went yard during the next at-bat.

The Broncos posted the first run of the game on the board in the fifth inning thanks to a pair of doubles down the left field line by Evan LeBlanc and Jon Karcich.

Santa Clara added its second run in the sixth frame on a lead-off home run to center by Ryan Conan.

Gonzaga recorded six hits on the evening, with Terry and Darin Holcomb each posting two apiece. The game marked a team-high 15th time this season Holcomb has recorded multiple hits in a game. The remaining two hits of the evening belonged to Wayt and Bryan Winston, who recorded a single up the middle in the first inning.

The Zags and Broncos will take the field against Saturday in the second game of the WCC three-game series. Brandon Harmon (5-4) is expected to get the start for Gonzaga when the game begins at 1 p.m.

LMU - 11
Saint Mary's - 3

MORAGA, Calif. - LMU scored 11 runs on 15 hits to top Saint Mary's (16-17-1, 0-7 WCC) 11-3 in game one of a three-game West Coast Conference series Friday in Moraga, Calif. Eric Farris had three hits and Elvis Herrera drove in five runs as the Lions (15-22-1, 3-4 WCC) scored in five different innings.

The game's first five runs were all unearned, as sloppy defense characterized things early. The Gaels, who had two errors in the first two innings, finished the game with three, all charged to shortstop Joel Staples.

LMU scored two in the first after leadoff batters Farris and DeAndre Miller got on thanks to an error and a walk.

Saint Mary's then cut the early LMU lead in half, scoring one in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Staples.

LMU added two in the second when Miller and Joe Zeller each singled and scored.

Lion starter Brian Wilson settled after a tough first inning and held the Gaels scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. Wilson (3-4) earned the win after 5.2 innings of work, holding Saint Mary's to two earned runs on three hits.

The Lions went up 8-1 after scoring one in the fifth and three in the sixth. With two outs in the fifth, Angelo Songco hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot off the scoreboard in right field. Then in the sixth, Herrera's two-run single drove in both Farris and Miller. Michael Glomb's sacrifice fly plated Herrera to make it 8-1.

Saint Mary's scored its final runs of the game in the sixth inning, pushing two across on a pair of singles, a pair of hit batters, and a base on balls.

LMU concluded the rout with three runs in the seventh, led by Herrera's two-run double. Herrera finished with five RBI, the first time this season a Lion drove in five runs.

SMC starter Sean Gleason (4-4) suffered the loss after 5.1 innings of work. He was charged with eight runs, four earned, on 10 hits.

For the Lions, Lee Roberts and Ezequiel Ruvalcaba threw in relief and combined to hold the Gaels scoreless on one hit in 3.1 innings. The staff of Wilson, Roberts, and Ruvalcaba allowed a total of just four hits on the day.

Eight different Lions posted hits Friday, with six having multiple-hit outings.

The win put LMU Head Coach Frank Cruz just one victory away from his 300th career win. Cruz would be the second Lion skipper to reach the milestone, as Marv Wood (1970-1984) finished his career with 371 victories.

The Lions and Gaels continue the three-game WCC series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. start at Louis Guisto Field. Fans can catch the action on Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker, both at www.LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 10
San Francisco - 4

San Francisco, Calif. - Each time out this season, it appears junior All-American Barry Enright tries to top his previous outing. And Friday afternoon was no different as the Pepperdine right hander pitched eight shutout innings in leading the seventh-ranked Waves to a 10-4 victory over San Francisco Friday afternoon at Benedettin Diamond in the opener of a three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) series.

Backed by a 13-hit attack, Enright allowed five hits, walked one and struck out seven as Pepperdine improved to 27-10 overall and 7-0 in WCC play for the first time since 2005.

Enright, who entered the game tied for second in the country in wins, improved to 9-1, lowered his ERA to 1.41 and upped his career mark to 32-4 while moving into sole possession of sixth place on the WCC's all-time wins list. The Waves' right hander also improved his career record against WCC opponents to 16-0.

While Enright was blanking the Dons (18-18, 2-5), Pepperdine hitters were having success against USF ace left-hander Aaron Poreda (5-4). Eight of the nine batters in the Waves line-up had at least one hit, including junior shortstop Danny Worth who had three hits and scored twice.

Junior right fielder Donald Brown had two hits and three RBI, while sophomore second baseman Denny Duron and freshman catcher Travis Tartamella had two hits apiece.

Brown gave the Waves a 2-0 lead in the third inning as he doubled home a pair of runs with two outs.

Pepperdine loaded the bases again in the fourth and pushed across a run when third baseman Matthew Frazee, who was making his first career start, reached on a fielder's choice as Eric Thames scored from third base.

The Waves increased their lead to 5-0 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Brown and Worth scored from third on a wild pitch after reaching on a base hit, stealing second and moving to third on a fly out.

Pepperdine put the game out of reach late by scoring a run in the eighth and four more in the ninth while batting around. In the four-run ninth, Frazee collected his first career hit as he singled home a pair of runs to cap the scoring.

San Francisco finally got on the board in the bottom of the ninth against Waves reliever Nick Gaudi, scoring four runs on five hits with two outs.

Pepperdine and San Francisco continue their weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest Saturday at Benedetti Diamond.

San Diego - 15
Portland - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz turns in another dominating performance on the mound as he ties a career-high with 13 strikeouts to help lead the 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (27-13, 5-2 WCC) to a 15-1 rout over the University of Portland (14-18, 2-5 WCC) Friday afternoon in a West Coast Conference series opener at Cunningham Stadium.

Matusz (6-2) allowed just four hits in the first three innings, then retired his next 16 batters as he went 8.0 innings allowing one unearned run. The 13 strikeouts on Friday the 13th ties his career high and is just one shy of the single-game record at USD of 14 held by Mike Saipe. Matusz now has 119 strikeouts on the season, which places him fourth in single-season strikeouts at USD. This makes his seventh game this season the sophomore has recorded at least 10 strikeouts in a single-game.

Jordan Abruzzo also has moved into the all-time record books at USD he led the USD offense going 2-for-3 with one home run and three RBI at the plate. The three RBI moves his career RBI total to 194, just two shy of the all-time leader Joe Lima. His home run moved his career total to 35, which is good for fifth all-time at USD.

After the Pilots scored one unearned run in the first inning, the Toreros responded with a seven spot in their half of the first inning. The Toreros got things going with a Justin Snyder single to right field. USD then hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to push across the first three runs of the game. Abruzzo hit a ground-rule double to right center, moving Snyder to third, then Shane Buschini hit a two-run double to the same place and Josh Romanski caped off the doubles with a run-scoring double down the left field line.

San Diego continued to pour on the offense in the first inning as Logan Gelbrich got in on the hit parade with a single to left field, moving Romanski to third and Daniel Magness laid down a RBI sacrifice bunt down the first base line to push across Romanski for the fourth run of the inning. After Kevin Hansen was hit by a pitch, both Hansen and Gelbrich advanced one base on a wild pitch. Kevin Muno then walked to load the bases and Justin Snyder hit a high fly ball into right field, but the Portland right fielder dropped a routine fly ball allowing the remaining three runs to come across and give USD a six-run lead at 7-1.

San Diego then continued to pour on the offense scoring one run in third inning on a Buschini sacrifice fly, two runs in the fourth inning on a Gelbrich solo home run and a Snyder RBI single, and one run in the fifth inning on a Magness ground out to second base. USD added two more runs in the sixth inning on an Abruzzo sacrifice fly and a Romanski sacrifice fly and capped the scoring for the day in the eighth inning on a Abruzzo two-run homer to right field.

Offensively for the Toreros, Snyder had a solid day as he went 3-for-5 with one RBI, Romanski went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and both Gelbrich and Sean Nicol went 2-for-5 with Gelbrich adding an RBI and a home run.

Sean Sargent (1-4) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Pilots as he allowed seven runs, four earned, on five hits in 1.0 innings of work.

The Toreros and Pilots will resume their three-game series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. WCC game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.