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WCC Baseball Recaps - 4/14

April 14, 2006

Pepperdine - 3
Santa Clara - 0

Santa Clara, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Barry Enright tossed seven scoreless innings and received clutch relief help from freshman right hander Brett Hunter as the two combined on a six-hit shutout to help Pepperdine register a 3-0 series-clinching victory over Santa Clara Friday night at Schott Stadium.

Enright (7-1) held the Broncos (20-16, 3-5) to three hits over seven innings before allowing three consecutive singles to start the eighth. Hunter came on to work out of the bases-loaded jam and pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his sixth save of the season as the Waves improved to 23-15 overall and 4-4 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play.

Enright and Santa Clara's Justin Kuehn (2-4) were locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel through four innings before the Waves broke through for a pair of runs in the fifth inning.

Senior second baseman David Uribes singled with one out and sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz followed with an infield hit. Both runners came around to score on a two-out, two-run single to right field by senior first baseman Nick Kliebert that gave Pepperdine a 2-0 lead.

Enright retired the first 12 batters before allowing a leadoff double to Kris Watts to open the fifth inning. In his seven-plus innings, Enright allowed six hits, walked two and struck out four.

Freshman Chase d'Arnaud drove in the game's final run when he reached on fielder's choice that plated sophomore shortstop Danny Worth from third base. Worth opened the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on an infield single by junior designated hitter Justin Tellam.

Santa Clara's only threat of the game came in the eighth inning when it strung together three consecutive singles to open the frame. However, Hunter worked out of the jam by getting a force play at the plate, strikeout and fly out to end the inning.

For the second consecutive night, every batter in the Waves' line-up had at least one hit. Kliebert had three hits while Uribes had a pair of singles.

Uribes's two hits moved him into sole possession of second place on Pepperdine's all-time hits list with 297 and is 17 shy of tying Paul Faries for No. 1 all-time. Faries concluded his career with 314.

Pepperdine and Santa Clara conclude their series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday as the Waves go for a sweep.

San Francisco - 10
Portland - 5

San Francisco, CA - USF took advantage of their base runners in Friday's game as they beat the University of Portland 10-5 in West Coast Conference action at Benedetti Diamond. The Dons (22-15, 5-3 WCC) won for the 17th time in their last 21 games, and tie up the series with the Pilots (12-22, 2-6 WCC) at one a peice.

USF took a big lead in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs, and never relinquished it. Junior first-baseman Chris Bacigalupi walked, advanced to second on an error, and scored when junior catcher Daniel Morales singled to third. Junior designated hitter Blake Nelson, who reached on an error, scored when both junior center-fielder Lucas DeLong and freshman second baseman George Lujan were hit by pitches. Morales crossed the plate after sophomore third-baseman Joey Railey grounded out to first, and both hit batsmen came around to score on senior shortstop Andrew Smith's single up the middle.

Bacigalupi hit his first homerun as a Don in the third inning, a moon-shot over the left-field fence to make it 6-0. Nelson scored his second run of the game on a DeLong single through the left-side.

Portland took those two runs back in the fourth, scoring two runs on three hits, but USF added three more before the night was through.

Nelson crossed the plate again in the fifth on a DeLong single to center. USF capped their scoring in the sixth with junior left-fielder Scott Cousins two-run homerun - his second of the year - to right that hit off the top of the scoreboard. Smith also scored on the hit.

DeLong went 3-for-3 on the day, with two RBI and a run scored. Smith was 3-for-5, also with 2 RBI and a run scored. Nelson and Bacigalupi each had two hits, both stroking a double and Bacigalupi adding the homerun. Cousins, Morales, and Lujan each had one hit in the game.

Sophomore right-hander Aaron Poreda (3-4) earned the win, throwing seven strong innings, allowing four runs (all earned) off seven hits with seven strikeouts and only one walk.

Portland's junior right-hander Sean Sargent (3-7) took the loss, going three innings, allowing seven runs (three earned) off five hits. At the plate, junior shortstop Jesse Rodgers was 3-for-4 and freshman catcher Paul Crowder hit a two-run homerun in the seventh.

USF and Portland conclude the series on Saturday, April 15 at Benedetti Diamond. The rubber match is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M.

LMU at San Diego Postponed

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference baseball game scheduled between the 17th-ranked University of San Diego and Loyola Marymount University for Friday at 3:30 p.m. has been postponed one day due to incumbent weather in the San Diego area. The Toreros and Lions will now play a doubleheader on Saturday at Cunningham Stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m. and the second game to begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

The Toreros claimed the first game of a three-game tilt on Thursday as they used a four-run seventh inning to come-from-behind and claim a 6-4 win at Cunningham Stadium. In the game, Josh Romanski led the offense for USD going 3-for-4 and Steve Singleton ended a 0-for-19 slump with a 2-for-4, one home run, one double and two RBI performance. Ricardo Pecina (4-1) was credited with the win for the Toreros after allowing one run on three hits in 1.0 innings of work.

Saturday's first game will feature the Toreros junior right-hander Josh Butler vs. the Lions Andy Beal. Butler enters the contest with a 8-2 record and a ERA f 1.76 while Beal enters the contest with a 2-6 record and an ERA of 5.11. In game two, USD is scheduled to start Matt Couch and the Lions will go with Daniel Macias. Couch enters the contest with a 5-1 record and an ERA of 3.51 and Macias enters the contest with a 3-6 record and an ERA of 5.50.