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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 14, 2007

Pepperdine - 6
San Francisco - 4

San Francisco, Calif. - Sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames went 3-for-5 with two RBI and junior right hander Jason Dominguez worked out of a ninth-inning jam to help No. 7 Pepperdine register a 6-4 victory over San Francisco Saturday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond that clinched the West Coast Conference (WCC) series.

Dominguez came on in the ninth inning with a run in, the tying run at the pate and no outs and recorded the final three outs to register his 10th save of the season preserving the victory that helped the Waves improve to 28-10 overall and 8-0 in WCC play while equaling the program's best conference start since winning eight straight in 1996.

The loss dropped San Francisco to 18-19 overall and 2-6 in WCC play.

After taking a 2-0 lead on a two-run home run from freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy in the second inning, Pepperdine was forced to come from behind when USF's Mitchell Bialosky connected for a three-run home run off Waves junior left-hander Robert Dickmann (5-1) in the third inning.

Pepperdine tied the score in the fourth against USF starter Jason Dufloth on a two-out single up the middle by sophomore second baseman Denny Duron that scored Donald Brown, who opened the inning with a walk and stole second.

Freshman catcher Travis Tartamella, who had a career-high three hits, broke the 3-3 tie with a two-out single against Dons reliever Matt Baugh (1-2) that scored Thames with the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

Dickmann won his fifth straight decision after pitching five innings, surrendering seven hits, three runs and striking out one before giving way to junior Adam Olbrychowski.

The Pepperdine right hander pitched three hitless innings before giving up back-to-back doubles to open the ninth inning. Olbrychowski handed the ball to Dominguez, who earned his 12th career save to move into a tie for seventh place the Waves' all-time saves list.

Brown had two hits and scored three times to join Thames and Tartamella with multiple-hit games.

Pepperdine concludes its series with San Francisco on Sunday at 1 p.m. and will be seeking its third straight three-game series sweep when the two teams meet at Benedetti Diamond.

San Diego - 7
Portland - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Josh Romanski turns in yet another dominating performance on the mound as he took a no hitter into the sixth inning, before surrendering one run on two hits in 8.0 innings of work to help lead the 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (28-13, 6-2 WCC) to a 7-1 West Coast Conference win over the University of Portland (14-19, 2-6 WCC) Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

Romanski (6-2) retired his first 12 batters, before surrendering a walk, then shutdown the next three batters to take a no-no into the sixth inning. The lead off batter for the Pilots in the top of the sixth inning, Billy Krouse, broke up the no-hitter with a single. Romanski has now only allowed five runs in his last six outings to lower his team-leading ERA to 2.62.

San Diego jumped out to the early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Justin Snyder led off the frame with a single to center field, then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Three batters later, Shane Buschini drove in Snyder with a single up the middle to give USD a 1-0 lead.

The Toreros tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second inning on two hits. Logan Gelbrich got things rolling with an infield single and moved to second on a Sean Nicol sacrifice bunt. After a Kevin Muno walk, both Muno and Gelbrich advanced one base on a balk by the Pilots starting pitcher. Snyder then drove in the two runs with a double down the right field line to move the USD advantage to 3-0.

In the bottom of the third inning USD moved their lead to four on a Gelbrich RBI single to right field, scoring Buschini who had singled, to move the score to 4-0.

The Pilots spoiled the shutout for the Toreros with one run in the seventh inning on a James Allen run-scoring double to cut the lead to three at 4-1.

The Toreros then responded in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runs on a Buschini sacrifice fly and a wild pitch to put the game out of reach at 6-1.

The final USD run came on a Snyder sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the game at its final of 7-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Snyder led the way with his 2-for-3 one double and three RBI performance. Buschini went 2-for-3 with two RBI and the final USD player to record multiple hits was Gelbrich, who went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Given Kutz (4-4) was saddled with the loss for the Pilots on the mound as he allowed six runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will close out the three-game series with the Plots on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game inside the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium.

Santa Clara - 5
Gonzaga - 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara Broncos bounced back from a tough-luck loss on Friday night with a big 5-3 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a West Coast Conference match-up on a cool Saturday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium. The game was delayed an hour and a half due to rain showers, before getting underway at 2:45 p.m. Sophomore Matt Wickswat struck out 10 Bulldogs in seven innings to pick up his fifth win of the year, while junior Jeff Lombard pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth inning for his seventh save of the year. Junior Gabe Alcantar and freshman Jon Karcich each went deep for the Broncos and freshman Tommy Medica pounded out three hits at the top of the lineup. SCU evened its record at 18-18 (5-3 WCC) with the victory.

Wickswat set the tone early for SCU, striking out the first two Gonzaga batters of the game on the way to a 1-2-3 first inning. In the bottom of the first, Alcantar got things started offensively with a mammoth home run to left field to put the Broncos up 1-0.

After the 'Zags tied the game in the second inning on a double by Shawn Wayt, Karcich put the Broncos back on top. Following a walk to Evan LeBlanc, the freshman shortstop crushed his second home run of the season to left center field for a 3-1 lead.

Wickswat gave up a home run in the top of the third to Gonzaga's Bryan Winston, but he shut the door on the 'Zags after that. He gutted out seven innings and allowed just four hits on the afternoon. He struck out 10 batters for the third time this season, including three K's against the 'Zags leadoff hitter, Evan Wells.

With Wickswat in command the Broncos tacked on two insurance runs sparked by Medica on both occasions. Medica led off the fifth inning with a double to right and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Matt Long. The freshman catcher then scored on a ground ball to the shortstop by Alcantar.

Two innings later, Medica against led off with another extra base hit, this time tripling to center field. Long followed the triple with a perfectly executed squeeze play to give SCU a three-run lead at 5-2.

Steve Kalush struck out two Bulldogs in the eighth before turning the game over to Lombard for the ninth inning. Lombard got the first out of the ninth, but Wayt singled to give Gonzaga some hope. After setting down Friday night's hero Mike Terry to get the second out, pinch hitter Mark Castellitto got a run back with a double down the line that scored Wayt.

A walk and an infield hit loaded the bases for Winston. However, Lombard got Winston to hit a ground ball to Alcantar, who stepped on third to end the game.

The Broncos will look for the series win on Sunday, April 15 at Stephen Schott Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT.

LMU at Saint Mary's - PPD (rain)

MORAGA, Calif. - Rain in the Bay Area has postponed Saturday's baseball game between LMU and Saint Mary's. The Lions and Gaels will now play a doubleheader Sunday to complete the three-game West Coast Conference series.

The doubleheader will begin at 11:00 a.m. Sunday at SMC's Louis Guisto Field with game two of the WCC series. Game three will follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.

LMU and Saint Mary's played under sunny skies Friday, a game that the Lions won 11-3.

Both games Sunday will be carried live on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio right here at www.LMULions.com.