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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 15, 2007

Gonzaga - 6
Santa Clara - 3


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior catcher Dustin Colclough hit a two-run home run Sunday as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated Santa Clara University 6-3 at Schott Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The win in the rubber game of the three-game series gives the Zags their third straight West Coast Conference series victory of the season.

The win improves Gonzaga to 23-17 overall and 6-3 against WCC opponents. Santa Clara fell to 18-19, including 5-4 in conference play, with the loss.

Bulldog starting pitcher Clayton Mortensen (4-2) threw seven innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out five en route to his fourth win of the season. All three of the runs off Mortensen came in the first inning, before the senior settled down to throw six shutout innings. Freshman Jeremy Stumetz earned his team-leading third save of the season, including his second of the series, throwing 2.0 innings of no-hit ball. Santa Clara's Donald Brandt (3-1) suffered the loss allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits over 3.2 innings of work.

The Bulldogs put up two runs in the top of the first to take the early 2-0 lead. Evan Wells led the inning off with a single through the left side before advancing to second on a fielding error, which also put Bryan Winston on first base. Two batters later, Shawn Wayt singled to right to score Wells and Winston.

The Broncos took a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the first, thanks to a three-run home run to center field by Ryan Conan. Tommy Medica and Gabe Alcantar, both who reached base via singles, were plated on the long ball.

Gonzaga tied the score 3-3 in the top of the second with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left by Winston. The sacrifice fly scored Mike Terry who had singled to lead off the inning and had advanced to third on singles by Brandon Blank and Wells.

Aaron McGuinness gave the Zags a 4-3 lead by scoring the eventual game-winning run in the top of the third frame. McGuiness doubled to center field but advanced to third on the throw, before scoring on a groundout by Colclough in the next at-bat.

In the fifth inning, Colclough hit a shot to left field to give the Bulldogs two more insurance runs and finalize scoring 6-3.

For the afternoon, Gonzaga posted 13 hits, including multiple-hit performances by Wells, Darin Holcomb and McGuinness. Wells led all Bulldog batters on the afternoon, going 3-for-6 with one run scored, while McGuinness posted two hits, including a double, and two runs scored. Wayt led the Zags for the three-game series, batting .500 (4-for-8) with a double, two runs scored, three runs batted in and five base on balls.

The Bulldogs will return home this week to play four games at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. The four game homestand will feature the first night game played at the facility, as well as the dedication game for the new home of Gonzaga baseball. Tuesday, the Zags will welcome Washington State University to Spokane for a 6:30 p.m. game. The game will mark the first game played under lights at the stadium.

Friday is the dedication game for Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field and will mark the opening game of a three-game WCC series with Saint Mary's College. Friday's festivities will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. The first 1,000 fans at the ballpark Friday will receive a commemorative Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field pennant.


Loyola Marymount - 8
Saint Mary's - 0

Loyola Marymount - 8
Saint Mary's -2


MORAGA, Calif. - After a Saturday rain out set up a doubleheader for Sunday in Moraga, Calif., 500 fans showed up to watch LMU complete a West Coast Conference sweep of Saint Mary's with two big wins. Posting results of 8-0 and 8-2 Sunday against the Gaels (16-18-1, 0-9 WCC), the Lions (17-22-1, 5-4 WCC) finished the week 4-0, including the three WCC wins on the road.

GAME TWO

Game one saw upperclassmen Brad Meyers, Andy Beal, and Ezequiel Ruvalcaba combine for LMU's second shutout of the season. Meyers worked 7.0, scattering five hits while striking out three. He earned the win to improve to 3-3 on the season. Beal and Ruvalcaba followed and held the Gaels hitless as they each threw an inning.

The Lions took a 3-0 lead by the third inning, but it was a five-run outing in the seventh that sealed the game two win for LMU.

Seven Lions combined for 10 hits, led by Elvis Herrera, Angelo Songco, and Michael Glomb, who each had two hits. Songco finished 2-for-2 with two RBI, two runs scored, and two walks.

Saint Mary's starter Brandon Berl fell to 2-4 on the season after suffering the loss Sunday morning. Berl worked 6.0 innings and was charged with the Lions' first three runs and seven hits.

GAME THREE

What looked to be the closest of the three weekend games at Saint Mary's, turned into another solid LMU win as the Lions scored five runs in the final two frames to top the Gaels 8-2. The victory gave LMU its third series sweep of the season, as the Lions had also posted series sweeps over Sacramento State and Cal Poly.

Daniel Macias (4-4), like Meyers, worked 7.0 innings. He held the Gaels to one run on eight hits and struck out five to earn the win.

Eight different Lions tallied hits in game three, including DeAndre Miller, Elvis Herrera, and Ryan Wheeler, who each had three hits. Miller and Wheeler each added two RBI.

SMC freshman Taylor Stanton (1-2) suffered the loss after making the start and working 6.0 innings. He allowed three runs on nine hits.

The Lions return to Southern California and will play Long Beach State at Blair Field Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. Fans who can't make the cross-town trip with the Lions can catch the action live on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.


San Diego - 10
Portland - 2


SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior Shane Buschini stole the show at the plate for the Toreros as he recorded two home runs and five RBI to help lead the 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (29-13, 7-2 WCC) to a 10-2 win over the University of Portland (14-20, 2-7 WCC) Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. With the win, the Toreros have completed a three-game sweep over the Pilots and have now won six consecutive WCC games.

Buschini finished his monster day at the plate with a 3-for-5, two home runs and five RBI performance. His second home run not only left the park, but it flew onto the roof of the second building behind the right field fence. With his two home runs, he moves his single-season total to 10, becoming the first USD player to have double-digit home runs since Jordan Abruzzo did it in 2005.

Speaking of Abruzzo, he was also a huge force at the plate for the Toreros as he went a perfect 5-for-5 with one RBI and three runs scored. With the five hits, Abruzzo has now moved into second all-time at USD in career-hits with 277, just two shy of the all-time leader, Kevin Reese. Abruzzo also inched closer to the all-time lead in RBI with his 196th career RBI, just one shy of Joe Lima, the current all-time leader in career-RBI.

Once again the Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they were able to score three runs on back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first inning. Abruzzo got things rolling with a single and Buschini then hit his first home run of the day, a two-run blast over the right center field fence. Then Logan Gelbrich stepped into the batters box and rocketed his third home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence to give USD an early 3-0 advantage.

USD added two more runs to their lead in the bottom of the second inning on two hits. Kevin Muno got things rolling with a walk and he came around to score all the way from first on a Justin Snyder double to left field. Abruzzo then brought in Snyder with a single to left field to give USD a comfortable 5-0 lead.

In the third inning the offense continued to roll for the Toreros as the scored another run on a Buschini RBI single, bringing in Abruzzo, who had singled, to give USD a 6-0 advantage.

After USD scored two more runs in the fourth inning on a Buschini RBI single and a fielding error by the Portland shortstop, the Pilots were able to spoil the shutout in the top of the sixth inning. The Pilots runs came on Chase Powell run-scoring double and a Clayton Shaw RBI single up the middle to move the score to 8-2.

USD would respond with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on Buschini's towering two-run homer to right field to put the game at its final of 10-2.

Besides the outstanding days at the plate for Buschini and Abruzzo, Snyder, Gelbrich and Romanski all went 2-for-4 at the plate with all three driving in one run as well.

Matt Couch (6-2) was credited with the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out five in 6.0 innings of work. Anthony Slama came on and threw a brilliant three innings of relief work allowing no runs on no hits, while striking out four in picking up his first save of the season. David Gruener (1-3) was saddled with the loss for the Pilots as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they head to cross-town rival San Diego State University for a 6 p.m. game at SDSU's Tony Gwynn Stadium.


San Francisco - 5
Pepperdine - 4


San Francisco, Calif. - The University of San Francisco baseball team avoided a three game West Coast Conference sweep at the hands of No. 7 Pepperdine by taking the final game 5-4 over the Waves. The Dons (19-19, 3-6 WCC) hand the Waves (28-11, 8-1 WCC) their first conference loss of the season.

Dons pitchers kept the Waves to only five base knocks in the contest, compared to USF's 10. Sr. RHP John Quine (4-2) earned the win in relief, striking out six in 4.0 innings. Quine didn't allow a run off one hit and a walk. Sr. LHP Cole Stipovich earned his first save of the season, facing one batter in the ninth and retiring him on a one-to-three put out. Jr. RHP Tommy Peale started for the Dons, throwing 4.2 innings, allowing four earned runs of four hits, two walks, and struck out four.

Jr. first baseman Mitchell Bialosky homered for the second time in as many games, with a first inning two-RBI shot to right, putting the Dons up early 2-0. Jr. right-fielder Luke Sommer had previously reached on a Texas-leaguer that caught some wind and fell to the left of Waves Jr. shortstop Danny Worth.

In the second, USF extended their lead when Jr. shortstop Brian Chavez singled and advanced to second on Fr. third baseman Derek Poppert's sacrifice bunt. Chavez scored off Jr. second baseman Joey Railey's single to right. An inning later, the Dons made it 4-0 when Poppert doubled home Sr. designated hitter Jon Norfolk who singled to lead off the inning.

Pepperdine came within 4-3 in the fourth and tied it in the fifth off two consecutive doubles. But the Dons scored one of their own in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead which they never relinquished. Sr. catcher Blake Nelson walked and advanced to third on Chavez's double to left. Poppert batted into a fielder's choice, scoring Nelson.

Norfolk, Chavez and Poppert all had two hits on the day, with Poppert adding two RBI. Bialosky had two RBI also. Railey, Sommer, and Sr. left fielder Jonnie Knoble each singled in the contest.

Waves Fr. RHP Daniel Farris (2-1) earned the loss, allowing one earned run off one hit, a walk, and struck out two in 2.0 innings of relief. So. RHP Brett Hunter started for Pepperdine, allowing four earned runs off seven hits, four walks, and struck out three Dons.

USF returns to action at Benedetti Diamond this Tuesday, April 17 against Nevada in a make up game. The meeting had previously been scheduled to take place at Nevada, but had been changed due to snow earlier in the season. First pitch is set for 2:00 PM.