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WCC Baseball Recaps - 4/17

April 17, 2006

Gonzaga - 3
Saint Mary's - 2

MORAGA, Calif. - Gonzaga University salvaged the final game of its weather-delayed series at Saint Mary's College on Monday, the Bulldogs taking a 3-2 West Coast Conference baseball victory behind some solid pitching as Clayton Mortensen and Brandon Harmon combined on a 4-hitter.

The win kept the Bulldogs (23-14, 5-4) very much in the hunt of the log-jammed WCC race. The University of San Diego and University of San Francisco share the top spot at 6-3, with Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and Pepperdine University just a game back at 5-4. USF visits the Bulldogs this weekend for a three-game series at Avista Stadium.

Mortensen retired the first 10 Gaels (18-16, 5-4) he faced until Orben Frederick broke up the perfect game with a one-out single through the left side in the fourth inning. Mortensen went into the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead but walked the first two batters. That brought on Harmon. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base and Sam Carter pulled the Gaels to within 3-2 with his two-run single to center.

But that's all the Gaels would get off Harmon as he would allow just a one-out walk in the eighth that was erased in an inning-ending double play and a leadoff single in the ninth. After the runner was bunted to second, Harmon got a strikeout and a fly ball to center to end the game and earn his first save of the season. Mortensen improved his record to 6-5 with the win.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard in the second inning when Jackson Brennan got an infield single to third, Bobby Carlson singled to center to advance Brennan to third and Will Ayala plated Brennan with a sacrifice fly to left.

Gonzaga scored twice more in the fifth for the 3-0 lead. Aaron McGuinness began the rally with a one-out walk. Darin Holcomb drew a two-out walk to put runners on first and second and Dustin Colclough loaded the bases with a single through the left side. Ryan Wiegand, who had his 15-game hitting streak snapped in Saturday's second game, singled up the middle to score McGuinness and Holcomb.

Holcomb extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a one-out double in the first inning, but was left stranded at third.

Gonzaga out-hit the Gaels 7-4 but the Bulldogs had just one hit over the final four innings, a two-out single by Scott Campbell in the ninth.

SMC starter Ian Farmer (1-8) took the loss despite a solid seven innings of work in which he gave up six hits, three earned runs, walked two and struck out five.

The Bulldogs jump right back into action Tuesday when they travel to Washington State University for a 6 p.m. non-conference contest.

San Francisco - 9
Stanford - 4

Palo Alto, CA - In a game previously scheduled for last week, USF and Stanford finally met on Sunken Diamond Tuesday afternoon, with San Francisco getting the 9-4 win. The Dons (24-15) win their third straight, giving the Cardinal (15-15) their fourth straight loss.

USF struck early, very early. Sophomore third baseman Joey Railey scored the first run of the game in his very first at bat, as he homered to right. Stanford tied it in the second and took a two-run lead in the fifth. It wouldn't last, as the Dons scored eight unanswered runs through the last four innings.

Junior outfielder Scott Cousins was the star of the day, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI, two runs scored and stole his team leading 15th and 16th bases. Railey was 2-for-6 with his first inning homerun; senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, and sophomore first-baseman Mitchell Bialsoky also added two hits. Junior Jon Norfolk added a pinch-hit double and sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer doubled and scored two runs. Senior shortstop Andrew Smith added his seventh stolen base.

Sophomore left-hander Cole Stipovich (1-1) earned the win in relief of starting pitcher, sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson. Stipovich threw three innings of four hit ball, only allowing one run (earned) while striking out two and walking one. Sophomore right-hander John Quine earned his third save of the year, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, walking two and striking out one.

USF returns to action Tuesday, April 18 in a non-conference meeting with San Jose State at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Game time is set for 6:00 PM.

Washington - 7
Portland - 4

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland senior Matthew Peters knocked in two runs with two hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games, but the Washington Huskies held off the Pilots 7-4 in a non-conference baseball game Monday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. Peters has 20 hits in his last 36 at-bats for a .556 batting average during his streak.

The loss drops Portland to 12-24 overall, while Washington improves to 25-14.

Freshman Blaine Hardy (2-2) takes the loss for the Pilots, who used four pitchers in the game. Hardy gave up four runs, two earned, on four hits in 4.0 innings. Junior Sean Sargent allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits in 2.0 innings of relief, while sophomore Ari Ronick surrendered two runs in 1.0 of work. Junior Austin Dirkx was not charged with a run on three hits in 1.2 innings.

Usual Washington closer Elliott Cribby (5-3) picked up the win in his first career start for the Huskies. Cribby, who has eight saves this season, allowed two unearned runs on three hits in 6.0 innings. Washington used four pitchers for the game, including Tim Lincecum, a pre-season All-America selection. Lincecum pitched the final two innings and struck out six to record his second save of the season.

UW took the early lead with a three-run home run from Matt Hague in the top of the first inning. With runners on first and second and no outs, Hague turned on a pitch and sent it high and deep over the left field wall for his fifth home run of the year.

The Huskies added another run in the third inning to make it a 4-0 lead. UP got on the board with a pair in the bottom of the third. With two on and two out, Peters sent a frozen rope over the center fielder's head for a two-run double. It's the tenth double this spring for Peters.

Still up 4-2 in the sixth, Matt Lane double home Curt Rindal to give the Huskies a 5-2 advantage.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh inning. With the bases empty and one out, Portland senior Nik Kosach (pictured) blasted a 2-0 fastball well over the right field fence for his first home run of the year. The solo shot pulled Portland within 5-3.

Washington responded with a pair in the top of the seventh. With two runners on and one out, Ronick intentionally walked Zach Clem to load the bases. After Dirkx relieved Ronick, Trevor Peterson sent the first pitch to center field for a two-run single, making it 7-3. Dirkx then induced an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play from Ryan Anderson.

Sophomore Danny Meier led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to left field. Meier then advanced to third on a wild pitch, before Peters walked to make it runners on the corners with no outs. That's when Lincecum entered the game to face senior Travis Vetters. Vetters struck out swinging, but the ball got away from UW catcher Joey Dunn, allowing Meier to score. Lincecum struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Portland totaled six hits for the game, while the Huskies had 10. Peters was the only Pilot to have more than one hit.

The Pilots next host West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's for a three-game series at Joe Etzel Field this weekend. The Pilots and Gaels are scheduled to play at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.