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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 16, 2008

Portland - 7
Lewis & Clark - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Portland senior OF Danny Meier belted a two-run home run and freshman right-hander Owen Jones picked up his first collegiate win as the Pilots shutout the Lewis & Clark Pioneers 7-0 in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field.

Portland (17-20) used a plethora of pitchers as seven hurlers combined on the three-hit shutout. Jones (1-1) started the game and worked 4.0 innings. He struck out five and surrendered two hits.

Relievers Ben Pressler, Brian Yoakum, Matthew Lange and Zach Varce each pitched a scoreless inning, while Peter Beringhaus and Ed Wakefield combined to work the scoreless seventh inning. Yoakum, a senior, struck out two of the three batters he faced.

Logan Smiley (1-6) picks up the loss for the Pioneers (11-22), who sent five pitchers to the hill. Smiley allowed just one run on one hit and three walks in 2.0 innings. He forced in the game's first run with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second inning.

The Pilots did most of their damage at the plate against relievers Weston Chambers and Alex St. Pierre. After Chambers retired the first batter he faced in the bottom of the third, junior LF Bryant Kraus drilled a base hit to left field. Meier followed with a towering shot over the center field fence to make it 3-0 in Portland's favor. The homer is Meier's team-leading eighth of the season.

St. Pierre then spelled Chambers and got out of the inning. After holding the Pilots to a scoreless fourth inning, Chambers was touched for four runs in the fifth. With the bases loaded and no outs, freshman 3B Kevin Armijo made it a 4-0 game with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Meier. Senior C Eric Brown brought home the second run of the inning with a run-scoring single through the left side of the infield.

Then with two outs and two on, freshman SS Riley Henricks extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-run double to center field that made it 7-0.

Sophomore 2B Clayton Shaw finished with a game-high three hits for the Pilots, who out-hit the Pioneers 15-3. Meier, Kraus, Armijo and junior DH Paul Crowder each had two hits on the day.

The Pilots next travel to Spokane, Wash., for a three-game West Coast Conference series against the Gonzaga Bulldogs this weekend. The first game between the Pilots and Bulldogs is set for Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Cal Poly - 10
LMU - 3

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - LMU (18-18) surrendered nine runs over the first two innings of play en route to dropping a 10-3 decision to Cal Poly (15-18) on Wednesday at Baggett Field in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Freshman Greg Meyers got the start for the Lions, lasting two-thirds of an inning and allowing five runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks before being tagged with his first collegiate loss. Junior right-hander Lee Roberts pitched the next two frames for LMU, surrendering four runs on five hits and three walks before giving way to senior Nate Keadle. Keadle lasted an inning and a third and gave up only one hit and a walk while striking out two hitters. Freshman Chris Eusebio turned in two innings of work, allowing a run on one hit and striking out two batters before left-hander Russell Lowell walked the only batter he faced in the game. Jeremy Burrell was stellar as the final pitcher out of the Lion bullpen, facing the minimum six batters over two innings of work.

Senior Michael Glomb was the only Lion hitter to collect multiple hits in the game, finishing 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and a RBI. Junior Kyle Spraker batted 1-for-2 with a drag bunt RBI-single, while Jonathan Johnson drove in the only other Lion run with a RBI-single. Junior Brett Mendoza made the most of his one at bat on the day, singling in a pinch hit appearance.

Leadoff man Luke Yoder and outfielder Adam Melker paced the Mustang offense, finishing with two hits and three RBI apiece. Two of Melker's three RBI came on his first triple of the 2008 campaign in the second inning. Wes Dorrell and Brent Morel also contributed two hits in the victory.

Left-hander Grant Theophilus pitched well for the Mustangs, tossing the first six innings and allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks and striking out four batters to earn his first win of the season. Kevin Castner and Buster Mueller teamed to pitch the final three scoreless frames for Cal Poly, with Castner collecting two strikeouts over two innings of work.

Cal Poly jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage after one inning, plating five runs on three hits and an error. Yoder led things off with a single before back-to-back walks loaded the bases. Two straight sacrifice flies pushed the first two runs across before an error by Spraker allowed the inning to continue. Melker made the error hurt, collecting a RBI-single on the ensuing play, followed shortly by a RBI-single by Kyle Smith to make it 4-0 and leave runners at the corners. After a walk loaded the bases and spelled the end to Meyers' day on the hill, Roberts entered and walked in the fifth run of the frame.

The Mustangs extended the advantage to 9-0 after two innings, with all four runs coming with two out. Dorrell got the two-out rally started with a single down the right field line before Ryan Lee singled to put runners at first and second. Melker contributed the two-RBI triple on the ensuing play before back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Yoder. The leadoff man made the free passes costly, lacing a two-RBI single into left field to bring home Smith and Melker for the eighth and ninth runs of the game.

LMU got on the board in the fourth as Sean Dovel started the inning with a single. After an error and a double play put Dovel at third with two out in the frame, Spraker decided to bunt his way on, laying a drag bunt down the third base line to score Dovel.

Cal Poly refused to surrender any momentum on the day, scoring in the bottom of the fifth to run the total to 10-1. With Eusebio now on the hill for LMU, Morel doubled and moved to third on a groundout to the right side of the infield. Lee capitalized on the advancement, lifting a deep fly ball to left field to bring home Morel on the sacrifice fly.

The Lions plated the final two runs of the game in the top of the seventh, running the score to its eventual final at 10-3. Will Dugoni got the ball rolling with a pinch-hit walk before Mendoza singled to put runners at first and second. Joe Vierra followed with a base-on-balls to load the bases, setting the table for Johnson's RBI-single into right field. Glomb drove in the final run of the game on the very next play, lifting a fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly.

The Lions return to action on Friday at 3 p.m. when they host No. 6 Pepperdine in game one of a three-game West Coast Conference series being played at Page Stadium over the weekend. Game two is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday before Sunday's finale at 1 p.m.

Stanford - 11
San Francisco - 10 (11)

Palo Alto, CA - San Francisco fell to No. 10 Stanford 11-10 in 11 innings in Wednesday night's non-conference match up at Sunken Diamond. USF (21-15) had a three run lead going into bottom of the ninth, but the Cardinal (19-11-1) scored three in the frame to push the game into extra innings.

USF put up a quick three runs in the top of the first to take an early 3-0 lead. Senior second baseman Joey Railey walked to start the game. An out later, senior right fielder Kyle Morgan single up the middle, plating Railey. Senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, who has been on a tear as of late, homered to left, scoring Morgan.

Stanford tied it 3-3 in the second. With a runner on, freshman catcher Ben Clowe homered to left. Junior right fielder Jeff Whitlow tripled and scored on a single by freshman third baseman Zach Jones. The Cardinal then took the 5-3 lead with two more runs in the third.

That lead would only last one inning as the Dons put up two of their own in the fifth to make it 5-5. With one out, junior designated hitter Zach Kim doubled to left and scored on senior short stop Tavo Hall's single up the middle. Railey pushed Hall to third before freshman left fielder Connor Bernatz hit a run scoring sacrifice fly to left field.

After each team scored another run to make it 6-6, the Dons had a big seventh inning, plating four and taking a seemingly safe 10-6 lead. Railey walked and moved to third on Bernatz's double to left center. Morgan doubled to right scoring both Railey and Bernatz. Morgan advanced to third on a Bialosky ground out. After another ground out, sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin was the first of three hit batsmen in the inning. Junior center fielder Bobby Ethel was hit by a pitch right after Lipkin to load the bases. Kim then smacked a double to center, scoring Morgan and Lipkin. Hall was the third hit batsmen of the inning, but a fly out by Railey would end the Dons rally.

Stanford did not plan on going quietly however as they scored one in the eighth and three in the ninth to tie it 10-10.

USF threatened in both the 10th and 11th innings. After an out in the 10th, Railey walked and moved to second on freshman left fielder Connor Bernatz's single to right field. But whatever rally the Dons had going ended when Railey was called out on a very questionable call trying to steal third base. Pinch hitter Drew Johnson then struck out to end the inning.

In the 11th, USF had a runner on second base but couldn't capitalize. Bialosky singled to right center to start the inning. With one out, Lipkin hit what looked like a sure double play, but Stanford junior second baseman Cord Phelps didn't get his foot on the bag before throwing the ball to first base. Lipkin was out one the play, but USF had one more try to bring Bialosky home. Ethel was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second, but freshman Stephen Yarrow struck out looking to end the threat.

In the bottom of the frame, two consecutive walks and a huge single to left field would close out the game. Junior first baseman Brent Mellville hit what everyone in and around Sunken Diamond was sure was a three run blast over the left field fence. Bernatz even climbed the wall, hoping to grab it, but the thick cold air dropped the ball right in front of the fence. Instead of a walk-off homerun, Mellville had to settle for a long walk-off single.

Bialosky had a great night at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a homerun, a double, two RBI and two runs scored, but he wasn't so lucky on the mound. Pitching in relief, Bialosky (1-5) earned the loss, allowing two earned runs off three hits, two walks and struck out one in 1.2 innings.

Junior left-hander Evan Fredrickson started the game, giving up six earned runs of seven hits, three walks, and struck out six Stanford batters.

Cardinal junior lefty Blake Hancock (1-0) earned the win, giving up just one hit, one walk and striking out three Dons in 1.2 innings.

Morgan went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Kim went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Bernatz was 2-for-5 with a double and one RBI. Railey and Hall rounded out the Dons 12 hits.

USF plays three games in Santa Clara this weekend in West Coast Conference action. Friday's game is set for 7:00 PM at Stephen Schott Stadium.