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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 14, 2008

Gonzaga - 15
Washington - 3

Spokane, Wash. - Seven Gonzaga University batters recorded multiple hits as the Bulldogs exploded for 18 hits to down visiting University of Washington 15-3 Monday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. Jason Chatwood and Mark Castellitto led the brigade, recording three hits a piece.

Gonzaga (19-16, 2-6 WCC) starter Reedy Berg (2-2) earned the victory as the freshman allowed three runs on six his while striking out eight over 6.0 innings pitched. Reliever Andrew Danner earned his first career save as the rookie pitched 3.0 scoreless innings to end the game. UW (23-11) starter Geoff Brown (2-1) was tagged with the loss, allowin seven runs on eight hits in over 2.1 innings of work.

Washington opened scoring in the opening frame thanks to a two-run home run by Kyle Conley. The Zags responded by scoring multiple runs in each of the opening five innings. The Bulldogs posted two in the first, three in the second, two in the third, five in the fourth and three in the fifth.

In the Bulldogs' half of the first, Gonzaga combined three hits and a walk to post two runs. Ryan Wiegand and Mark Castellitto drove in runs during the frame on a single to right and a sacrifice fly, respectively.

GU added three more runs in the second frame as Bryan Winston, Evan Wells and Marcus McKimmy came around to score. Winston led off the frame with a single before scoring on a base hit by Chatwood. Wells was plated on a double by McKimmy, who was brought home on an infield single by Tyson Van Winkle.

Wells and Chatwood drove in runs in the third, extending the Zag's lead to 7-2. Wells drove in Grant Kveder on a fielder's choice for the first inning run, before McKimmy singled through the left side, plating Winston.

Gonzaga sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, adding five runs on six hits and a bases loaded walk. Highlighting the frame was a two-run homer by Castellitto for his sixth long ball of the season.

The Zags posted their final three runs in the bottom of the fifth as they capitalized on three hits and two costly UW fielding errors. Chatwood drove in the first two runs of the frame with a bases loaded single up the middle before Drew Heid could score the third run on an error.

Washington added its third run of the contest in the top of the sixth as pinch hitter Julien Pollard doubled down the left field line scoring Ty Rasmussen.

Gonzaga used 20 different players in the game, allowing for nine Bulldog batters to record hits. Seven Zags scored in the contest, headlined by four runs scored by Winston. Six GU batters drove in runs on the evening, with Chatwood plating four and Wells and Castellitto each driving in two.

The Bulldogs and Huskies will resume the two-game series Tuesday afternoon. The first pitch at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field is slated for 3 p.m.

Stanford - 3
Santa Clara - 1

STANFORD, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team fell 3-1 to Bay Area rival No. 10 Stanford Monday night in front of a crowd of 1,277 at Sunken Diamond. With the loss the Broncos are now 19-14 on the season, while the Cardinal improved to 18-11-1 overall. The two teams will continue the local rivalry on Monday, April 21 on the Mission Campus. First pitch in the nationally televised contest is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.

The win was awarded to Stanford's Max Fearnow. He is now 2-1 on the season. The loss went to starting pitcher Matt Wickswat. He is now 1-2 on the season. Wickswat tossed five innings for the Broncos striking out four batters.

The Cardinal took a one-run lead in their half of the second inning after holding the Broncos scoreless. Sean Ratliff hit a home run to left field to put Stanford on the board.

Yet, Santa Clara responded with its own home run in the third inning. Matt Long notched his fifth homer of the season to right field. The scored was tied 1-1.

However, Stanford registered with one run in both their halves of the third and fourth innings to claim a two-run advantage. Scoring first for the Cardinal was Cord Phelps. He advanced home on Brent Milleville's RBI single to center field. Phelps got on base with a base hit to right centerfield. In the fourth inning, Jake Schlander singled up the middle to allow Ben Clowe to score.

Both teams were then held scoreless for the remainder of the contest.

Santa Clara, however, did not go down without a fight and had the opportunity to close in on Stanford in the top of the ninth. Evan LeBlanc started off the inning with a base-hit up the middle and then advanced to second as Tommy Medica was dealt his second walk of the game. But the runs could not be brought in and the Cardinal took game one of the series.

Santa Clara returns to action with a three-game series against West Coast Conference foe San Francisco. The Broncos and Dons begin on Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. SCU and USF continue action on Saturday at 6 p.m. and bring the series to a close on Sunday, April 20 at 1 p.m.