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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 17, 2007

San Francisco - 17
Nevada - 2

San Francisco, CA - The University of San Francisco blasted the University of Reno 17-2 in non-conference action at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. The 17 runs were the highest total for the Dons (20-19) all season, and most since a 15 run out break against Cal (2/13). The last time USF hosted the Wolf Pack (2/13) at Benedetti Diamond was 1991 for a three game series in which the Dons took 2-of-3.

USF smacked 13 hits in the game, including five doubles and two homeruns, off of nine Wolf Pack pitchers.

After each team put up two runs through three and a half, USF broke it open and never looked back. In the bottom of the fourth, the Dons plated two before Sr. left fielder Jonnie Knoble doubled to left, scoring two more. USF scored three more in the sixth to make it 9-2. Jr. second baseman Joey Railey doubled home Sr. center fielder Lucas DeLong, who had walked and advanced to third on a throwing error. Knoble singled, putting runners on the corners and Railey scored on Jr. right fielder Luke Sommer's sacrifice fly to center. Knoble then scored on Jr. first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's sacrifice fly.

USF put the game completely out of reach for the Pack when they plated eight runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by Sommer's grand slam and Sr. catcher Blake Nelson's two-run shot to left. Sr. Chris Bacigalupi walked to start the inning, and quickly came around to score on Nelson's homer. Then after a strikeout, the bases were loaded on an error and two walks. Railey hit an RBI single and So. pinch hitter Zach Kim walked, making it 13-2 before Sommer came to the plate. The Canby, OR native then smashed the ball on a line over the right field fence for his sixth homerun of the season, and his first career grand slam.

Sommer finished the day 1-for-3 with five RBI. Railey and Knoble were each 2-for-4 with two RBI. Railey scored four times and stole his 13th base, while Knoble stole his team leading 17th base. Kim, Bialosky, Bacigalupi, Nelson, DeLong, Sr. Daniel Morales, Sr. Jonathan Norfolk, and Jr. Brian Chavez each had one hit in the game.

Jr. LHP Matt Baugh (2-2) earned the win in relief, allowing one earned run off five hits, two walks, and struck out three in 5.0 innings. Fr. RHP Alex Kalogrides started the game, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing one earned run off two hits and struck out one. Jr. RHP Brian Anderson threw the final two innings, only giving up one hit, two walks and struck out two.

Nevada's Jr. RHP Ben Colton (1-2) started for the Wolf Pack and earned the loss, allowing four earned runs off four hits and three walks in 3.0 innings of work. Senior Chris Siewart led the Pack with two hits, including a homerun.

USF returns to action Friday at Portland for a three-game West Coast Conference series. First pitch against the Pilots is set for 3:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 6
Stanford - 3

STANFORD, Calif. - It sure wasn't easy, but in the end, the Santa Clara baseball team nailed down a 6-3 victory over the Stanford Cardinal Tuesday night at Sunken Diamond Stadium. Despite letting the Cardinal tie the game late, and then having Stanford bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth, the Broncos dug in and were able to come out with the victory.

The Broncos get back into West Coast Conference play this weekend, traveling to Malibu for a three-game series. Friday's opener is set for a 3 p.m. start.

Tommy Medica continued his clutch hitting at the plate, driving in the eventual winning run in the eighth inning with a one-out single to left-center that plated David Hoffmire. Carl Bacon went 2-for-4 with a double that drove in a pair of crucial RBIs, and Hoffmire, Evan LeBlanc and Matt Long each had two hits. LeBlanc and Hoffmire each scored twice, as well.

"I thought our starting pitcher, Sean O'Neill, did a great job for us tonight. We got a couple of big hits from Tommy Medica, Jon Karcich, and Carl Bacon. And it was nice that two of those hits came from our freshmen."

The contest wasn't decided until Jeff Lombard, who came on in relief with two outs and runners at the corners in the ninth, got the final out after Sean Ratliff's sharp hit heading through the right side smacked into Cardinal pinch runner Wande Olabisi.

Each team plated a runner in the first inning, with the Broncos getting a run as Hoffmire scored on a double-play ball, and the Cardinal answered with a two-out Michael Taylor double that scored Toby Gerhart, who reached on a two-out error.

O'Neill, making his second start of the year turned in a strong outing, despite coming away with a no-decision, as he allowed only four hits and three runs, two of those earned, over his six innings of work. The sophomore lefty limited the Cardinal offense to only three hits through six, as the Broncos were able to pull out to a 3-1 lead.

"That was great for Sean, he stayed with it, started out in the bullpen this season, but he's worked hard and kept a great attitude, and I'm really happy with the way he casme out and pitched."

Hoffmire's hustle brought SCU's second run home in the fifth, as he ran out an attempted double play, extending the inning and allowing LeBlanc to score. The Broncos added another run in the seventh, as LeBlanc singled with two outs, stole second, and came home on Jon Karcich's single into left-center.

Stanford pulled even in it's half of the seventh, though, as O'Neill was relieved by Justin Kuehn after hitting the first batter he faced in the frame. With Cord Phelps on first for the Cardinal, Brian Juhl drove Kuehn's second pitch over the right-field wall to even the score at 3-3.

Juhl went 3-for-4 with two RBIs Tuesday night for the Cardinal, the only Stanford batter to have a multi-hit game. Taylor, with Stanford's third RBI, went 1-for-4 with a double.

The Broncos rebounded though, as after Kuehn retired the Cardinal after Juhl's homer, Hoffmire led off the eighth with a walk, and was sacrificed to second by Long. That set things up for Medica, who lined a Max Fearnow offering to left-center to bring in Hoffmire.

SCU's rally continued as Ryan Conan walked, and with runners on second and third after Gabe Alcantar's groundout, Bacon blooped a two-run double that landed just inside the left-field line that opened the Bronco lead to 6-3.

Kuehn, who earned his third win of the season for the Broncos, pitched into the ninth, but after surrendering a leadoff double to pinch hitter Brendan Domaracki, and a two-out walk to pinch hitter Randy Molina that put runners on the corners, was relieved by Lombard, who picked up his eighth save.

Fearnow, who gave up four runs in three and a third innings for Stanford, took his second loss of the year.

LMU - 6 (11)
Long Beach State - 5

Story coming soon.

Washington State - 7
Gonzaga - 4

SPOKANE, Wash. - Shawn Wayt of the Gonzaga University baseball team posted a 2-for-4 performance with two runs batted in Tuesday but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell to Washington State University 7-4 in the first night game to be played at the new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane.

The loss drops the Bulldogs to 23-18 overall while the Cougars even their season record at 17-17. The Cougars now hold the season series advantage two games to one, with one game between the two teams remaining.

Gonzaga starting pitcher Bobby McEwen (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on five hits over 2.0 innings of work. CJ McClure, Chris Highmark and Matt Fields all saw time out of the bullpen for the Bulldogs. Highmark was the lone Zag pitcher not to allow a run, throwing 2.1 innings of shutout ball while allowing one hit. Michael Ratigan (2-2) earned the win for Washington State, throwing 5.0 innings while surrendering four runs on five hits. Ross Humes earned his sixth save of the season, holding Gonzaga scoreless over the final 2.1 innings of the game.

Washington State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Paul Gran hit a run-scoring infield single that plated Greg Lagreid, who doubled down the left field line to open the frame. Two batters latter, Cody Bartlett his a three-run home run to left field that scored Gran and Simi Reynolds, who had reached base via a walk.

The Cougars posted another run in the top of the third thanks to Gran's second run-scoring single of the game.

Gonzaga narrowed the score to 5-1 in the bottom of the third when, with the bases loaded and no outs, Evan Wells grounded into a double play that scored Dustin Colclough, who had singled to right to lead off the inning.

Bartlett extended Washington State's lead in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to widen the Cougars' lead to 6-1.

The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the frame with three runs, to narrow Washington State's lead to 6-3. The three runs came thanks to a run-scoring single by Darin Holcomb and a two-run single by Wayt.

Lagreid added an insurance run for the Cougars in the top of ninth with a lead-off home run to left to finalize the score at 7-4.

Wayt highlighted a trio of Bulldogs that posted multiple hits Tuesday night. In addition to a pair of singles by Wayt, Holcomb and Byran Winston also recorded two singles of their own. Aaron McGuinness, Colclough and Brandon Blank each posted singles, as well, to round out Gonzaga's nine hits of the evening, none of which were extra-base hits.

The Zags will return to action Friday when they open a three-game series with West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's College. The series opener on Friday will also serve as the dedication game for Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Dedication festivities are scheduled to being at 5:45 with a 6 p.m. first pitch.

UCLA - 6
Pepperdine - 2

Freshman right hander Garrett Claypool pitched five scoreless innings and No. 24 UCLA took advantage of defensive miscues by No. 11 Pepperdine to register a 6-2 victory over the Waves Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Pepperdine fell to 28-12 on the season while the Bruins upped their mark to 19-16.

Pepperdine starter Adam Olbrychowski (5-2) pitched in tough luck as he worked 4.0 innings and was touched for three unearned runs while allowing five hits, walking one and striking out three.

UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, scoring a run after a dropped ball at first and scoring two more unearned runs in the fifth, capitalizing on a pair of passed balls.

The Bruins went ahead 4-0 in the fifth when Justin Uribe singled home a run with two outs against Waves reliever Daniel Farris.

Pepperdine cut the deficit to 4-2 in the seventh inning when Donald Brown singled to open the frame and freshman Ryan Heroy hit a towering home run of the left-center field fence off Bruins reliever Brandon Lafferty.

UCLA got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out RBI single by Uribe against of junior reliever Robert Della Grotta.

Junior shortstop Danny Worth and sophomore second baseman Denny Duron led the Waves' offense with two hits apiece. Worth also collected his 56th career double to move him into sole possession of fourth place on the program's all-time list.

Pepperdine returns to West Coast Conference action on Friday when it opens a three-game series against Santa Clara at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.

UC Davis - 5
Saint Mary's - 1

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped a non-conference matchup against UC Davis by the score of 5-1 Tuesday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. The Aggies banged out 15 hits to only three by the Gaels. After the day, SMC falls to 16-20-1 on the season.

All three hits for Saint Mary's came off the bat of senior Eric Cattoni. The outfielder also tallied the lone run for SMC.

Cattoni led off the game with a double down the right field line and then promptly stole third. Junior J.P. Musgrove hit a sacrifice fly to hand the Gaels an early 1-0 advantage.

That is all Saint Mary's would muster as UC Davis responded with three in the second, one in the third and another in the fifth to secure the victory.

UCD starter Bryan Evans recorded his second victory on the season. Evans allowed all three hits while striking out six. The Aggies bullpen pitched four innings of perfect relief.

SMC freshman southpaw Anthony Aliotti (4-4) was tagged with the loss. Aliotti allowed five runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings. Alex Jensen and Jimmy Munill pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Cattoni paced the Gaels with all three hits. The senior smacked his seventh double on the year and stole two bases. Cattoni is now two runs scored away from moving into 10th all-time in runs scored in a season. The Lethbridge, Alberta native now has 41 career stolen bases to remain in sixth all-time.

Daniel Descalso led the Aggies with four hits and a RBI. Jacob Jeffries tallied three hits, including a home run with a RBI.

Saint Mary's will jump back into West Coast Conference play this weekend in Spokane, WA. The three-game set will start on Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. from the new Washington Trust Field.

San Diego State - 6
San Diego - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (29-14) saw their seven-game winning streak against the Aztecs of San Diego State University (23-17) come to an end with a 6-4 loss Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

The Toreros were able to get on the scoreboard first as they pushed across one run in the top of the third inning. Kevin Hansen got things rolling with a single to left field, moved to second on a pass ball and moved to third on a James Meador groundout to the second baseman. Justin Snyder then drove in Hansen with a RBI single through the right side to give USD a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth inning the Toreros added to their lead scoring two runs on two hits. Jordan Abruzzo got things started with a walk. Shane Buschini then hit his second triple of the season to right center field to drive in Abruzzo. Logan Gelbrich brought in the final run of the inning with an RBI single to left field to give USD a 3-0 lead.

The Aztecs took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring four runs on six hits. Garett Green drove in the first run with a RBI single down the right field line. The second run came on a Cameron Johnson RBI ground out to the second baseman and the third run came on a Troy Hanzawa RBI single up the middle. Nick Romero's RBI single to right field drove in the fourth and final run of the inning to give SDSU a 4-3 lead.

SDSU then added two more runs to their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring runs when Frank LoNigro hit into a double play to push across a run and on a Glover RBI single to give the Aztecs a three-run lead at 6-3.

The Toreros then took back one run on two hits in the top of the seventh inning. Hansen led off the inning with a single and he moved to third on James Meador's double down the left field line. Snyder then drove in Hansen with a sacrifice fly to left field to put the game at its final of 6-4.

Offensively for the Toreros, Buschini led the way with his 2-for-3, one double, one triple and one RBI performance. Both Hansen and Meador also had a good day at the plate as they went 2-for-4 with Hansen coming around to score two runs.

Ricardo Pecina (4-4) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed four runs on six hits in 3.2 innings of work. Nate Solow (3-1) was credited with the win for the Aztecs as he allowed three runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to Los Angeles, Calif. to begin a three-game West Coast Conference series with Loyola Marymount University. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.