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WCC Baseball Recaps - 4/18

April 18, 2006

Gonzaga - 9
Washington State - 4

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team may as well call Bailey-Brayton Field home as the Bulldogs scored seven runs in the first inning to post a 9-4 win over Washington State University on Tuesday evening. Gonzaga improved to 3-0 against WSU on the Cougars home field this season. Gonzaga improved to 24-14 while WSU dropped to 23-15.

Scott Campbell led the GU hit parade with four hits as the Bulldogs never trailed taking advantage of two early WSU errors. Gonzaga scored seven runs, six of which were unearned. Campbell had two hits in the inning while Darin Holcomb drove home two runs with a single up the middle.

Bobby McEwen (5-1) picked up his second win of the year over the Cougars giving up four runs in six innings of work. Matt Way was tagged with the loss falling to 1-1.

WSU answered with a run in the second as Paul Gran led off with a double down the line in left. After a single by Jeff Miller, Gran scored on a double play ball. In the fourth the Cougars cut into the Bulldog lead as Matt Thomas drove a deep home run over the left field fence, bringing in Gran to make it a 7-3 Gonzaga lead. It was Thomas' second home run of the season.

In the fifth three straight hits led to another run as Jay Miller's single, his second of the game, brought home Ryan Krauser. WSU drew no closer as the Bulldogs put up single runs in the eighth and ninth to seal the win. Bobby Carlson led off the eighth with a solo home run to left, his sixth of the season.

Gonzaga had 13 hits on the evening as Campbell reached base in all five plate appearances, including a walk. Holcomb and Carlson each had two hits and two RBI.

Offensively the Cougars connected for 11 hits, three from Krauser and two each by Travis Coulter and Miller.

Gonzaga will host the University of San Francisco in a three-game West Coast Conference series this weekend at Avista Stadium. GU is currently one game behind USF and the University of San Diego for first place in the WCC standings. Friday's series opener is set for a 3 p.m. start.

LMU - 9
Cal State Fullerton - 4

Fullerton, Calif. - For the second time in two years, an LMU team has defeated the top-ranked team in the nation. And for the second time in two seasons, it's been Lion baseball defeating No. 1 Cal State Fullerton (28-10) on the road at Goodwin Field. The Lions (16-25) earned the 8-4 win Tuesday in their first mid-week match-up in three weeks.

The Lions opened the game with their largest first inning of 2006, posting five runs thanks to three hits, two Titan errors, and two walks from starter Justin Klipp. Senior Chris Pettit brought in sophomore Eric Farris with a fielder's choice ball. Farris had led off the inning for the Lions, reaching first on an error by Titan third baseman Evan McArthur.

Sean Dovel, who currently ranks fifth in the nation in doubles per game, then drove in Casey Gordon and Pettit with his 19th double of the season. Gordon had drawn the walk from Klipp earlier in the inning, and Dovel later scored on Kyle Mura's single. After singling through the left side, freshman Brian Wilson scored on a Klipp wild pitch to cap the first inning scoring for the Lions.

LMU added two in the top of the fifth, when senior Erik Johnson started the inning with a double. That double extended Johnson's hit streak to 24 games. After Pettit advanced him to third on an infield single, Johnson later scored on a throwing error by catcher Cory Vanderhook. Wilson then brought in Pettit with a sacrifice fly to make it a 7-0 Lion lead.

After the Titans scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh, Dovel kept the LMU lead at seven with a solo home run over the 385' sign in left center. It was the second extra base hit of the night for Dovel, and the sophomore's second home run this season.

But Cal State Fullerton scored in three straight innings, adding two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to make it 8-4.

As the Lions' starting pitcher, Wilson (2-0) carried a shutout of the nation's top team through the sixth inning, a career-long outing for the freshman. He added two strikeouts before giving way to reliever Roberto Torres. For Torres, the appearance marked his third in as many games. Torres threw one inning, holding the Titans to one hit.

In the predetermined staff pitching day for the Titans, Klipp earned the loss after allowing the Lions' five runs in his two innings of work. Klipp fell to 2-1 on the season.

Offensively for LMU, Dovel led the way with the 2-for-4, three RBI night. Mura added a 2-for-3, one RBI effort.

Blake Davis led the Titans offensively, going 4-for-5.

The Lions and top-ranked Titans have now split the season series for four straight years.

LMU returns to West Coast Conference action this weekend when the Lions host Santa Clara in the three-game series. The first game is set for a 3:00 p.m. start Friday at Page Stadium. Fans who can't make it to the game can catch all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 8
UC Santa Barbara - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez allowed one hit over four innings while the Pepperdine offense collected 12 hits and took advantage of five UC Santa Barbara errors to help the Waves register an 8-1 victory over the Gauchos in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win was the fourth in a row for Pepperdine (25-15), which moved a season-high 10 games over .500 as it heads into an important West Coast Conference (WCC) series against first-place San Diego beginning Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The Gauchos fell to 15-18.

Pepperdine scored twice in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead against UC Santa Barbara right hander Brian Tracy (1-6).

Sophomore right fielder Donald Brown walked to begin the inning and advanced to third on a hit-and-run single by sophomore shortstop Danny Worth. Junior left fielder Luke Salas followed with a bunt single to score Brown, and on the play, Worth reached third and Salas went to second on an error by Gauchos second baseman Alden Carrithers.

Freshman Chase d'Arnaud, who extended his hitting streak to nine games, brought home the second run of the inning a sacrifice fly to left field.

Pepperdine increased its lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Brown and broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning as it took advantage of two UC Santa Barbara errors.

Sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz, junior catcher Chad Tracy, Salas and d'Arnaud each had two hits apiece to lead Pepperdine.

In four innings of work, Dominguez (3-1) surrendered one hit, walked two and struck out two to earn the victory.

Saint Mary's - 5
Bethany College - 1

Saint Mary's - 3
Bethany College - 1

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team earned a non-conference doubleheader victory Tuesday by defeating the Bethany College Bruins by the scores of 5-1 and 3-1. The two wins gives SMC 20 on the season which marks the second consecutive year the Gaels have reached that mark under head coach Jedd Soto. After the day, the Gaels improve to 20-16 on the season.

-Game One-

In the first game the Gaels jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage. Junior Eric Cattoni led off the inning with a triple to right center. Senior Orben Frederick cashed in with a double down the left field line that brought in Cattoni.

Senior Sam Carter delivered the big blow with a two-run shot over the left field wall. The home run marks his career high eighth on the season and 22nd for his career, which moves him into sole possession of fourth place in the SMC history books.

The Bruins were able to answer with one run in the top half of the second. Mark Koski was able to drive in Daniel Garcia on a double play. Garcia reached on a leadoff double.

SMC would add one more in the bottom half. Frederick tallied his second double in as many at-bats, driving in freshman Cody Guymon from third.

The Gaels would add their fifth and final run in the bottom of the sixth. Guymon nailed a sac-fly to center which enabled senior Mike Harris to score from third. Harris drew a walk and then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error.

On the hill, senior Chris Mezzavilla earned his first victory of the season after tossing 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief. The senior allowed two hits and struck out three while walking two.

Jake McKinley was tagged with the loss after going the distance for the Bruins. McKinley allowed four earned on nine hits and struck out five.

Offensively, SMC was led by Frederick, who batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Cattoni added two hits and a run scored while Guymon was a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate with an RBI and a run scored.

-Game Two-

Saint Mary's junior hurler Michael Nisco (2-2) led the Gaels with a six inning one-hitter. Nisco struck out the first five batters he faced and ended up fanning a career-high eight and only walking one in the outing.

Bethany tallied the first run in the game when Adam Horick touched the plate when David Raichart drew a throw on a stolen base. Horick tallied the lone hit for the Bruins.

The Gaels answered with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. Senior Adam Hicks drilled a single up the middle to bring in Preston Young and Delaney Gallagher. Young reached on a single to right while Gallagher tagged a single to left.

SMC would add the insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Young drove in Cattoni on a single to right field. Cattoni got the inning going with a double off the right-centerfield wall.

Offensively SMC was led by Young's two hits. The senior added an RBI and a run scored. Hicks chipped in with a 1-for-3 effort and two RBIs.

Senior Dan Lewis earned his third save on the season by pitching a perfect last inning. The outing marked his fourth consecutive relief appearance.

Saint Mary's will return to action when it travels to the Pacific Northwest to face the Portland Pilots. The Gaels will open the three game WCC series on Friday, April 21 at 3 p.m. from Merlo Field.

Santa Clara - 16
San Francisco State - 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The bats came alive for the Santa Clara Broncos Tuesday night as they ripped 17 hits on their way to a 16-3 romp over the San Francisco State Gators at Stephen Schott Stadium. Eric Newton drove in seven runs and added a grand slam while Donald Brandt got it done on both ends, throwing three solid innings and hitting a bomb of his own in notching his third win of the year.

Santa Clara (21-17, 3-6 WCC) will now hit the road as the team continues WCC play with a weekend series at Loyola Marymount (15-25, 4-5 WCC). Friday's game is set for a 3 p.m. start while Saturday and Sunday's contests are set to begin at 1 p.m.

Newton went 3-for-4 with a double, his WCC-leading 11th homer and seven RBIs. Brandt upped his pitching record to 3-1 while striking out three and went 3-for-5 from the plate with three RBIs and his first collegiate home run. Kris Watts also lashed out with his sixth home run of the year and had three hits on the night.

The Broncos wasted no time getting on the board in the first, as Daniel Nava and Newton drove in a pair with RBI singles. In the third, Newton again came through with a two-RBI double before being driven in by Brandt's single to left as the Broncos went up 6-1.

The next inning put things away for good, as with the bases loaded and none out, Newton hammered a shot over the left-field fence for a grand slam to make it a 10-1 game. Two batters later Brandt got around on the first pitch he saw and crushed a towering drive over the fence in right. An inning later Watts' opposite-field job to left continued the offensive explosion.

Five relievers combined to finish off the contest, highlighted by Jeff Lombard striking out the side in the eighth, his only inning of work.

UC Riverside - 10
San Diego - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 19th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (24-15) was defeated, 10-1, by the Highlanders of UC Riverside (19-13) Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

The Highlanders jumped out to the early lead as they scored one run in the second inning on a Nick Salotti RBI single to right field which scored Jeff Dunbar, who had doubled.

UCR would do most of its scoring damage in the fourth inning scoring four runs on five hits. The Highlanders runs came by way of a Salotti RBI single, a Jamie Pedroza single to left field, a Brett Bigler two run single and a Brian Steinmeyer RBI single.

The Toreros spoiled the shutout for the Highlanders in the fifth inning scoring their lone run of the game. Sophomore catcher Logan Gelbrich did the scoring damage with his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence to cut the lead to five at 6-1.

The Highlanders would score four runs in the sixth inning and one run in the ninth inning to round out the scoring for the day.

Offensively for the Toreros, Gelbrich led the way going 2-for-4 with one home run and one RBI.

Ricardo Pecina (4-2) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing one run on three hits in three innings of work. Marc Rzepczynski (1-1) picks up the win for the Highlanders allowing one run on four hits in 5.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action this weekend as they travel to Malibu for a pivotal three-game West Coast Conference series with Pepperdine University. Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and both Saturday and Sunday's games are scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.

San Jose State - 7
San Francisco - 0

San Jose, Calif. - USF baseball dropped a tough 7-0 decision at San Jose State spoiling a beautiful night at Municipal Stadium. The Dons (24-16) struggled offensively as the Spartans (25-15) complete the season series sweep 2-0.

Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell and junior outfielder Lucas DeLong each tallied a pair of base hits for San Francisco, while DeLong struck for his fifth double of the season - the only extra base hit for the Dons on the night.

Freshman right-hander Jeff Gordon (0-4) suffered the loss for the Dons, allowing five runs off six hits in 2.0 innings. Junior right-hander Jason Dufloth did a nice job for USF in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) off three hits and struck out a career-high six.

San Jose State used a five-run first and tacked on two more in the sixth and managed 10 base hits. San Francisco tallied six hits.

USF continues its five-game road trip with a West Coast Conference series at Gonzaga, beginning Friday afternoon in Spokane. First pitch against then Bulldogs on Friday, April 21 is set for 3:00 PM at Avista Stadium.