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WCC Baseball Recaps - 4/15

April 15, 2006

LMU - 7
San Diego - 3

San Diego - 6
LMU - 5

Game One

San Diego, Calif. - LMU's 18 hits led the Lions (15-25, 4-4 WCC) to a 7-3 game two win over 23rd-ranked San Diego (23-14, 5-3 WCC) Saturday. The game was the first game of a doubleheader after Friday's rainout, and the win marked LMU Head Coach Frank Cruz's 150th West Coast Conference victory.

Starter Andy Beal carried a shutout into the bottom of sixth, eventually allowing three runs but striking out two. He improved to 3-6 on the season. Roberto Torres followed, earning his second save of the season after throwing the final 3.1 and holding the Toreros scoreless on just two hits.

Beal and Torres had the support of a strong LMU offense that put up 18 hits Saturday morning. A trio of seniors helped lead the Lions, as shortstop Casey Gordon led the charge with a 4-for-4 outing. Erik Johnson extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a 2-for-6 day at the plate. And fellow senior Chris Pettit took sole possession of third place in the LMU record book in all-time career doubles, notching his 63rd double.

The Lions launched a balanced scoring attack, pushing runs across in four straight innings and adding two in the top of the eighth to secure the win.

The win tied the series at one game apiece and set up the rubber game for the second game of the doubleheader. In addition to getting his 150th WCC victory in his 10th season with the Lions, the win also marked Cruz's 275th overall victory.

Game Two

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior shortstop Steve Singleton's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (24-14, 6-3 WCC) to a 6-5 come-from-behind West Coast Conference win against Loyola Marymount University (15-25, 4-5 WCC) Saturday afternoon in a rubber game at Cunningham Stadium to give USD the series win.

After the Lions pushed across one run in the top of the ninth inning giving them a 5-2 lead, the Toreros dug in and rallied to scored four runs on six hits to claim the win. Ryan Lilly got things rolling when he reached on a throwing error by the LMU pitcher and moved to second on Josh Romanski's single to right center field. Daniel Magness then loaded the bases with his single through the right side. After a pitching change, Kevin Hansen brought in the first run of the inning when he reached on a fielder's choice that got Magness thrown out at second base and scored Lilly. Justin Snyder then singled to right field driving in run No. 2. Keoni Ruth then knotted the score 5-5 with his RBI single to center field. After Jordan Abruzzo singled to load the bases again, Singleton stepped up to the plate and recorded his lone hit of the game, a hard shot to right field which brought in the winning run.

After LMU scored one run in the first inning on a Chris Pettis run-scoring double, the Toreros answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. USD got things rolling with a Kevin Hansen single to right field. Justin Snyder then laid down a sacrifice bunt to the second baseman which allowed Hansen to advance to third on a throwing error by the second baseman. Keoni Ruth then launched the ball deep into right field scoring Hansen and moving Snyder to third. The final run of the inning came when Jordan Abruzzo hit a sacrifice fly down the right field line to the second baseman to give USD a one-run lead.

The Lions then retook the lead in the sixth inning as they scored three runs on five hits. The LMU runs came on a Kyle Mura sacrifice fly to center field and a two-run single by Eric Farris to give the Lions a 4-2 lead.

Offensively for the Toreros, Logan Gelbrich went 2-for-3 and Ruth went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Josh Romanski (1-4) picked up the win for the Toreros allowing one run on four hits in 1.2 inning of work. Roberto Torres (1-5) was saddled with the loss for the Lions allowing one run on two hits in 0.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday when they host the Highlander of UC Riverside in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium with a start time of 3 p.m.

Pepperdine - 6
Santa Clara - 2

Santa Clara, Calif. - Senior right hander James Johnson allowed one run over 6.1 innings and senior second baseman David Uribes collected his 300th career hit as Pepperdine completed a three-game sweep of Santa Clara with a 6-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Schott Stadium.

The Waves improved to 24-15 overall and 5-4 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play while the Broncos fell to 20-17 and 3-6 in conference action.

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Pepperdine broke through for a pair of runs against Santa Clara freshman left-hander Matt Wickswat (6-2).

Junior catcher Chad Tracy led off the inning with an infield single and senior first baseman Nick Kliebert followed with a single through the left side. Following a double steal, Tracy scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Danny Worth. Kliebert tagged and moved to third on the play.

After designated hitter Justin Tellam walked to put runners at the corners, freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud hit a fly ball to right field that was deep enough to score Kliebert and give the Waves a 2-0 lead.

Santa Clara cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the inning and it remained a 2-1 game until the seventh when Pepperdine scored four times to take a 6-1 lead.

Tracy once again got the Waves going as he greeted sophomore right-handed reliever Jason Lombard with a single to right field. Kliebert followed with a bunt single and, on the play, Tracy advanced to third on an error by Broncos third baseman Dustin Realini.

One out later, Tellam singled to right field to score Tracy and give Pepperdine a 3-1 lead. Following a foul out and walk to freshman right fielder Denny Duron, pinch-hitter Luke Salas singled to right-center field to drive in Kliebert and Tellam to increase the Waves' lead 5-1.

Uribes' capped the scoring with an RBI single up the middle that scored Donald Brown, who was pinch-running for Denny Duron. It was the third hit of the game and 300th of Uribes' career as he became just the second player in Pepperdine history to reach the 300-hit plateau. Paul Faries is the school's all-time hits leader with 314.

In 6.1 innings, Johnson (3-1) allowed five hits, one run, struck out four and walked one.

Pepperdine returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts UC Santa Barbara in a non-conference game at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 8
Gonzaga - 4

Saint Mary's - 4
Gonzaga - 2

Moraga, CA - Playing in Moraga has not favored opposing teams this season. Saturday was no different as the Saint Mary's baseball team swept the West Coast Conference leading Gonzaga Bulldogs in a doubleheader by the scores of 8-4 and 4-2. Freshman Joel Staples drove in six runs to help the Gaels improve to 18-15 overall and 5-3 in WCC action.

Game One

Saint Mary's amassed seven runs in the first two innings to take game one in impressive fashion. Junior Eric Cattoni led the game off with a shot over the right field wall for his first home run in a Saint Mary's uniform.

Senior Delaney Gallagher then drilled a double to right-center that brought in senior Sam Carter. Staples followed suit with a double of his own to right-center to bring in Gallagher and Preston Young.

After the Bulldogs put one on the board in the top half of the second, the Gaels answered with three of their own. Gallagher recorded another RBI when he took a Josh Monroe pitch in the side with the bases loaded. Staples again came through for SMC with a single up the middle that brought in Carter and Young.

SMC would add its eighth and final run in the seventh when Carter blasted a C.J. McClure pitch well over the 400 foot sign in dead center. The prodigious shot was his seventh on the season and 21st of his career which puts the senior in a tie for fourth place in the career annals with Curt Cannedy.

The Bulldogs were able to plate three more in the eighth to pull within four. The Zags tallied three runs on three hits in the frame.

On the mound, senior Joel Fountain improved to 6-3 on the season. The senior tossed 7 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three. Monroe was tagged for the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Staples led the Gaels from the plate with a 2-for-4 effort and a game-high four RBIs. Young finished 3-for-5 on the day and Gallagher added two RBIs and one hit.

Game Two

After putting on an offensive display in game one, senior Corey Madden (5-1) proceeded with a gem from the mound in game two. The senior threw eight strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out four.

SMC again jumped on Gonzaga early with a run in the bottom of the second. Senior Mike Harris hit a sac-fly to right field that brought in Gallagher. Gallagher led off the inning with a double down the right field line.

In the fourth the Gaels kept it coming by plating two more runs. Staples capped off his huge day with his second career home run, this one a shot over the left field wall near the tennis courts that brought in Gallagher.

In the top of the fifth the Bulldogs would put one on the board to pull within a 3-1 margin. Will Ayala broke up Madden's no-hitter with a grounder that squeaked through the infield to bring in Bobby Carlson.

SMC would answer in the bottom of the sixth when senior Adam Hicks brought in Staples on a sac-fly to right.

The Zags would pull within two, adding another run in the eighth. Dustin Colclough singled home Darin Holcomb who reached on a leadoff double to right.

Senior Dan Lewis closed the door on the Bulldogs in the ninth, making his second appearance on the day. The senior tallied his second save on the season with both coming in conference action.

Staples again led SMC, this time with three hits, two runs and two RBIs. Gallagher added three hits and two runs while Harris was a perfect 3-for-3 from the dish with an RBI.

Saint Mary's will conclude its conference series against Gonzaga tomorrow at Noon. If the contest is postponed it will be made up on Monday, April 17 at Noon from Louis Guisto Field.

San Francisco - 14
Portland - 7

San Francisco, CA - USF continued their offensive onslaught on Saturday as they defeated the University of Portland 14-7 at Benedetti Diamond in West Coast Conference Action. The 14 runs are the most scored by the Dons (23-15, 6-3 WCC) in a game this season, and the win over the Pilots (12-23, 2-7 WCC) marks USF's seventh consecutive series victory and 18th win in their last 22 games.

Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan (9-1) earned the win, throwing six innings, allowing five runs (only one earned) on ten hits, with three strikeouts and one walk. The win moves him into third place on the season victories chart, one behind Nick Pereira who had ten wins in 2005. With the three strikeouts, McGuigan's career total is 157, which moves him into a ninth place tie with Greg Sinclair (1968-69). Before the senior gave up a run in the second, he had pitched 12 scoreless innings, dating back to April 2, when he defeated Santa Clara 6-2 and including a 2-0 shutout victory over Pepperdine on April 9.

After a two run first, USF had a big second inning, pushing six runs across. With the bases loaded and one out, junior left-fielder Scott Cousins singled to center, driving in two runs. Senior short-stop Andrew Smith, who earlier had singled, scored on a fielder's choice and an error after senior right-fielder Stefan Gartrell hit a solid shot to short. Cousins' then scored on junior catcher John Norfolk's sacrifice. The final two runs of the inning crossed the plate after junior center fielder Lucas DeLong smashed a two-RBI triple to deep center field. The Dons added one run in both the third and fourth innings, and two each in the fifth and sixth.

USF smashed 14 hits on the day, with 11 players getting in on the action. Norfolk was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, Cousins went 2-for-3 with three RBI, scored a run and stole his team leading 14th base. Gartrell stroked his third homerun of the year, a two-run shot to center in the fifth. The senior had four RBI's and scored three runs. Sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer was 1-for-2 with his ninth double of the year. Also adding hits on Saturday were Smith, DeLong, sophomore third baseman Joey Railey, junior Daniel Morales, senior infielder Jacob Abramson, junior designated hitter Chris Bacigalupi, and sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky.

Portland didn't make much noise, scoring only one run through the first five innings. But they plated four in the top of the sixth off four hits and a Don error. The Pilots added single runs in the seventh and the ninth. Senior first-baseman Matthew Peters was 4-for-5 with a homerun, junior center-fielder Justin Ehlers went 3-for-4 with a homerun, senior right-fielder Travis Vetters was 2-for-4 with a homerun, and sophomore infielder Pat Geraghty added a homerun.

Junior right-hander Josh Roberts (2-5) took the loss for Portland, throwing two innings, allowing nine runs (six earned), on seven hits and three walks.

USF returns to action on Monday, April 17 versus Stanford at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto at 5:00 P.M. The game is a make-up from the previously scheduled meeting that was rained out last week.