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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 15, 2008

Gonzaga - 8
Washington - 4

Spokane, Wash. - Behind a 3-for-4 performance from Ryan Wiegand, the Gonzaga University baseball team completed a two-game sweep of the University of Washington Tuesday with an 8-4 victory at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane.

Jeremy Stumetz (3-0) earned his first start of the season for GU (20-16), as the sophomore allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out four over 6.0 frames. Brandon Harmon and Cody Martin each saw time out of the pen for the Bulldogs. Martin continued his strong rookie campaign by one-hitting the Huskies (23-12) while posting two strikeouts over the final 2.0 innings of the contest. Washington starter Nick Haughian (5-2) took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over 3.0 innings of work.

For the fifth straight game, the visiting team jumped on the board in the top of the first inning. Washington took an early 2-0 lead to open the contest thanks to a solo home run by Brett Wilcox and a run-scoring single by Brian Pearl.

Stumetz then held the Huskies scoreless until the sixth frame as Gonzaga posted runs in its opening four frames to take a 7-2 advantage.

In the bottom of the first, Evan Wells drew a lead-off walk before being plated on a single up the middle by Wiegand. In the second, Wells recorded a run batted in as he hit into a fielder's choice to score Mark Castellitto, who had led off the inning with an infield single. Gonzaga added another run in the third thanks to a single through the left side by Tyson Van Winkle to drive in Marcus McKimmy, who led off the frame with a walk.

The Bulldogs broke out for four runs in the bottom of the fourth as they recorded five hits, including two home runs. For the fourth consecutive inning, GU's leadoff batter reached base, this time thanks to a single by Wells. Wells came around to score two batters later on a long ball to right field by Wiegand. The next batter, Van Winkle, walked before Castellitto hit the second two-run shot of the inning.

Washington added runs in the top of the sixth and seventh, narrowing the Zags' lead to 7-4. Bradley Boyer drove in a run in the sixth on a single up the middle while Andy Lentz posted a one-run single in the seventh.

Gonzaga capped scoring the in bottom of the seventh as Wells came around to score on a UW throwing error.

In addition to Wiegand, Wells, Castellitto and Grant Kveder posted multiple hits on the afternoon. Wells also scored thee runs, while Castellitto drove in two. Castellitto led the Zags in the series, batting at a .714 clip, going 5-for-7 with two home runs, a double, four runs scored and five RBI.

Gonzaga will continue its nine-game homestand Friday as the Zags resume West Coast Conference play with the University of Portland. The three-game series with the Pilots will open Friday at 6:30 before contests Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 17
San Francisco State - 6

Moraga, CA - Head Coach Jedd Soto has to be pleased with the play of his entire team as everyone contributed in the lopsided win. Saint Mary's (20-13-1) moves to seven games over .500 with a 17-6 clubbing over San Francisco State (7-34-1) Tuesday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.

With minor injuries to regular players Kenny Fuglerud and Joel Staples, Coach Soto looked to his bench to help keep things rolling as the Gaels are playing some of their best baseball of the season.

Starting at shortstop today for Saint Mary's was freshman Daniel Alcaire who came up huge for the Gaels in the LMU series, and showed no signs of slowing down in today's game. While going just 1-for-6, Alcaire did knock in a run, and played some stellar defense at short, routinely keeping several hard hit balls into the infield and preventing any Gator extra base hits.

On the mound to start for the Gael's today was freshman Taylor Reid (1-0) who had good stuff as he went six complete, scattering seven hits, giving up three runs, two earned, walking none and striking out two. Reid's lone blemish on the afternoon was a no-doubt homerun to the Gators big hitting catcher Matt Kavanaugh in the top of the sixth.

Offensively the Gaels started hot and kept it up for most of the game, as five Gael's had multi-hit games. Not surprisingly one of those batters was sophomore left fielder Kyle Jensen who extended his hit streak to a personal best nine games. Jensen was perfect on the day going 3-for-3 hitting his ninth double of the season in the bottom of the first down the left field line which plated one of Jensen's two RBI's on the day. To say Jensen is on a hot streak is an understatement as the big sophomore is now batting at a .441 clip this season, over his hitting streak Jensen is hitting a Ruthian .611.

On the mound for the Gators was Jeff Henning (0-3) who had no answer for Saint Mary's as he was tagged for eight hits, six runs, all earned one walk and no strike outs in just two innings before being pulled. The Gaels scored four in the first, two in the second and third, eight in the fourth and added another run in the bottom of the eight, going on to score a season high 17 runs.

Sophomores Anthony Aliotti and Ryan Mulligan also had very nice days at the plate. Aliotti added to his hitting streak, which now stands at six games after going 3-for-5 with his ninth double of the season. Aliotti also knocked in three runs and scored a pair.

Mulligan added to his very strong sophomore campaign behind the dish, showing he's very capable of hitting anything as he went a perfect 3-for-3 on the afternoon, with three runs scored and two knocked in. Mulligan also showed his excellent patience drawing his 22 walk of the season.

Junior Cory Miller was another one of those Gaels who collected multiple hits on the afternoon; the centerfielder went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and one knocked in. This makes Miller's 13th multi-hit game of the season which puts him in a tie for second with Aliotti and sophomore Randy Wells.

Wells collected four hits in five at bats on the afternoon scoring two runs and knocking in two. Wells was extremely close to hitting his fourth homerun of the season, hitting a seed to the fence, but it just didn't have the height to get out.

Coming on in relief for the Gaels was freshman David Small. Small had his best outing in the Gael's pinstripes as he tossed two complete innings, giving up just one hit, no runs, no walks, while striking out two. Most impressive however was the improved command he showed on the afternoon with all his pitches.

The Gaels look to continue their hot hitting and strong pitching as they head down south for a three game series, playing No. 12 ranked University San Diego at Cunningham Baseball Stadium. The first game is Friday April 18th with a 3:00 PM first pitch.

San Diego - 7
UC Irvine - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind a solid pitching performance from junior left-hander Ricardo Pecina, the 12th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team upended visiting No. 6 UC Irvine, 7-1, in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 28-11 overall and run their winning streak to nine games. With the loss, the Anteaters fall to 23-7 overall.

Pecina (3-2) had his third consecutive strong outing on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed one run on seven hits, while striking out seven in 7.1 innings of work. Sophomore All-American AJ Griffin came in to pick up his eighth save of the season as he allowed no runs on no hits with one strikeout in 1.2 innings of work. Christian Bergman (4-1) was saddled with the loss for the Anteaters as he allowed three runs on six hits in 3.0 innings of work.

San Diego got on the scoreboards first as in the second inning, the Toreros scored three runs on five hits. Logan Gelbrich and Josh Romanski began the inning with back-to-back doubles and Victor Sanchez drove in Gelbrich with a RBI single through the left side. Kevin Hansen then drove in Romanski with a double down the left field line and the final USD run came on a Jose Valerio RBI infield single to give USD a 3-0 advantage.

The Anteaters scored their lone run of the game in the fourth inning when Jeff Cusik hit into a double play, scoring Ollie Linton, who had singled to move the score to 3-1.

The Toreros would then put the game out of each in the bottom of the eighth inning as they scored four runs on five hits. Kevin Muno got things started with a single through the right side and moved to third on a Sean Nicol double. James Meador drove in both Muno and Nicol with a double to right centerfield and Meador advanced to third on a Gelbrich infield single. After Josh Romanski was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs, Sanchez hit into a double play, which moved Gelbrich to third and Romanski to second. Hansen drove in the final two runs on a single to right field to put the game at its final of 7-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Hansen led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one double and three RBI. Muno, Gelbrich and Valerio all recorded multiple hits on the day with Valerio recording an RBI.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they continue West Coast Conference play with a the start of a three-game series against Saint Mary's COllege. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Long Beach State - 10
Pepperdine - 0

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The #6 Pepperdine baseball team managed just seven hits and was shutout for the second time this season in a 10-0 loss to #24 Long Beach State on Tuesday night at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif.

Pepperdine dropped to 23-12 (6-2 WCC) with the loss while Long Beach State improved to 20-14. The Waves are now 4-4 vs. Top 25 opponents this season.

Long Beach State jumped on top in the first inning, as an RB single and a two-run homer gave Dirtbags a 3-0 lead. LBSU added four more in the third inning, as an RBI triple, a bases-loaded walk, and a two-run single extended the Dirtbags' lead to 7-0.

The Dirtbags added three more in the sixth on four hits to make it a 10-0 game, and the Waves managed just two hits the last three innings, as Long Beach recorded the 10-0 win.

Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) dropped to 3-4 with the loss while LBSU starter Brett Lorin improved to 2-2 with the victory.

Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) led the Waves with two hits, and five other players managed one hit apiece. Long Beach was led by Shane Peterson, who hit for the cycle in a 4-for-4 effort with five RBI.

Up next, the Waves face cross-town rival Loyola Marymount from Apr.18-20 in Los Angeles.

Portland vs. Oregon State - Suspended due to rain

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Portland Pilots and Oregon State Beavers were suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning due to inclement weather at PGE Park on Tuesday night. The Pilots and Beavers will resume the game, with OSU leading 3-0, on April 23 at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.

The Pilots and Beavers are scheduled to play their regularly scheduled game following the conclusion of the suspended game.

Oregon State scored all three of its runs in the top of the fourth inning. With no outs and the bases loaded, Drew George scored the game's first run courtesy a wild pitch by UP starter Brennan Thorpe. Jordan Lennerton then plated a run with a sacrifice fly before Jason Ogata made it 3-0 with an RBI single to third.