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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 19, 2008

Gonzaga - 9
Portland - 8

Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team exploded for seven runs in the third inning as the Bulldogs downed visiting University of Portland 9-8 Saturday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The victory secured a West Coast Conference series victory for the Zags as GU also defeated the Pilots Friday evening.

Gonzaga (22-16, 4-6) starter AJ Proszek (2-3) earned the victory as the junior allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits over 6.0 innings pitched. Reliever Brandon Harmon earned his first save of the season as the senior pitched the final inning of the game. Portland (17-22, 2-9) starter Mark Triolo suffered the loss after allowing seven runs, three earned, on eight hits over the opening 2.2 frames.

Drew Heid led GU at the plate on the afternoon, going 3-for-3 with a run batted in and one scored. Evan Wells, Tyson Van Winkle and Mark Castellitto each posted two hits. With his two hits, Wells extended his current hit streak to 11 games, matching a Gonzaga season-high.

Portland jumped out on the scoreboard in the second frame when Chase Powell scored on a pass ball, taking an early 1-0 lead.

The Bulldogs erupted in the second, sending 13 batters to the plate to record seven runs on seven hits, two walks and a Pilot error. Heid, Wells, Jason Chatwood, Marcus McKimmy, Ryan Wiegand, Van Winkle and Castellitto all scored in the frame to give the Zags a 7-1 lead.

Portland narrowed the score to 7-6 in the top of the fifth, thanks to five runs off of two home runs. Cory Wiltshire hit the first long ball of the fame as he went yard over the right center field fence with a two-run shot. Following a single and a walk, Danny Meier hit the second home run over the left center wall for a three-run shot to give narrow the Zags lead to one.

Gonzaga responded with runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth, adding two insurance runs. In the bottom of the fifth, Castellitto opened the inning with a double to left before Heid drove him in on a single up the middle. In the sixth, Wiegand smashed a solo home run to right field for his team-leading eighth home run of the season.

The Pilots tried to rally for a comeback but fell shot, posting one run in the eighth and another in the ninth. In the eighth, Meier singled to lead off the inning, before coming around to score on a fielders' choice. In the ninth, Portland capped scoring as Wiltshire was plated on a sacrifice fly by Owen Jones.

Sunday, Gonzaga will look for the sweep as the Bulldogs and Pilots face off at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Cody Martin is expected earn his first career start for Gonzaga in the 1 p.m. game.

Pepperdine - 22
LMU - 3

LOS ANGELES - The #6 Pepperdine baseball team scored 11 runs in the first inning and kept swinging the hot bats all afternoon, as the Waves crushed Loyola Marymount 22-3 on Saturday afternoon at Page Stadium in Los Angeles.

Pepperdine improved to 24-13 (7-3 WCC) with the win, while the Lions dropped to 19-19 (5-6 WCC). The Waves reached the 20-run mark for the third time this season, and the first time since a 20-9 win at Saint Mary's on Apr. 6.

Pepperdine's bats came out hot, as 10 straight batters reached base to start the game. The Waves put up 11 runs in the inning on 10 hits to take an 11-0 lead. The Lions chipped away in their half of the first with a pair of runs to make it an 11-2 game after just one inning.

The Waves tacked onto their lead in the third on Eric Thames' (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) solo homer and on Ryan Heroy's (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) RBI double and Donald Brown's (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) RBI single to extend the Pepperdine lead to 14-2.

The Waves added another run in the fifth without the benefit of a hit, as Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) walked to lead off the frame, stole second and third base, and came around to score on Brown's sac fly to give the Waves a 15-2 lead. LMU scored a run in their half of the fifth on an RBI double to make it 15-3 in favor of Pepperdine.

Pepperdine played long ball in the sixth, as Thames hit his second homer of the day in the sixth, a two-run shot, and d'Arnaud followed with a solo home run to make it an 18-3 game. Brown followed two batters later with a two-run homer to push the Waves lead to 20-3.

David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara CC) notched a solo homer in the seventh and Matthew Frazee (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS) scored on an error to make it a 22-3 ballgame. Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) and Doug Konoske (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) combined to pitch three scoreless innings in relief of starter Scott Alexander (Windsor, Calif./Cardinal Newman HS), who tossed the first six frames, to seal the Waves' 22-3 win.

Alexander improved to 4-2 with the victory, while LMU starter Andy Beal took the loss after failing to record an out in the first inning.

Eight of the Waves' nine starters recorded hits, led by Thames 4-for-6 day that included two home runs and four RBI. d'Arnaud went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBI, Brown notched a team-high five RBI, Heroy notched three hits and three RBI, and Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) and Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) each recorded a pair of hits

The Waves and Lions conclude their three-game series tomorrow with a 1 p.m. contest at Page Stadium in Los Angeles.

San Diego - 6
Saint Mary's - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 12th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team ran their winning streak to a season-high 11 games with a 6-0 win over Saint Mary's College behind a strong pitching performance from junior All-American pitcher Josh Romanski and another solid offensive output Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to their overall record to 30-11, move to 9-2 in the WCC, have now strung together 11 straight wins and they claim the series over SMC. With the loss, the Gaels fall to 20-14-1 overall and 4-7 in the WCC.

Romanski (7-0) looked impressive on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed no runs on five hits, while striking out five in 7.0 innings of work. Brandon Berl (3-4) was saddled with the loss for the Gaels as he allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in 3.1 innings of work.

USD wasted no time in scoring as in the second inning the Toreros scored one run on two hits. Victor Sanchez led off the inning by reaching on an error by the Gaels third baseman. Sanchez then advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a Kevin Hansen single up the middle. Jose Valerio then grounded into a double play, which brought in Sanchez to give USD a 1-0 lead.

The Toreros then added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning. Sean Nicol led off the frame with a single up the middle and James Meador then launched a two-run blast over the left field fence to push the Torero advantage to three. Romanski then kept things rolling with a single to centerfield and moved to second on the fourth consecutive Torero hit of the inning, a Logan Gelbrich single through the left side. After each runner moved up one base on a Sanchez sacrifice bunt, Kevin Hansen drove in Romanski with a sacrifice fly to left field to cap the scoring for the inning and give USD a 4-0 lead.

The Toreros then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the seventh inning as they scored two runs on two hits. Nicol got things started with a single through the left side and Meador then drove in Nicol with a run-scoring triple down the right field line. Romanski then brought in Meador with a sacrifice bunt to put the game at its final of 6-0.

Offensively for the Toreros, Meador led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one home run, one triple and three RBI. Nicol, Hansen and Tony Strazzara were the three other Toreros to record multiple hits on the afternoon.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday when they conclude the three-game series with the Gaels in a 1 p.m. game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 4
Santa Clara - 3

Santa Clara, CA - San Francisco took a 4-3 victory in game two of the three game West Coast Conference series against rival Santa Clara at Stephen Schott Stadium on Saturday night. The Dons (22-16, 6-5) won for the first time in their last six chances, and even their conference record with the Broncos (20-15, 6-5 WCC).

Senior left-hander Matt Baugh (5-2) threw 8.0 solid innings in the win, allowing three earned runs off eight hits, two walks, and struck out two Broncos. Senior right-hander Mitchell Bialosky earned his third save, throwing a perfect ninth with one strikeout.

Freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz led the Dons with a 3-for-5 night, including a double and an RBI. Sophomore third baseman Derek Poppert smacked two doubles and scored once. Senior shortstop Tavo Hall hit his team leading 10th double (seven of which have come in conference play) to go along with a single, three RBI and a run scored. Junior left fielder Zach Kim and senior right fielder Kyle Morgan each singled in the contest.

USF held the lead the entire way, putting up two runs in the second to start the scoring. With one out, Kim singled through the left side and moved to third on Poppert's first double of the day. Both runners scored with Hall doubled down the right field line. Santa Clara cut the lead in half, 2-1 with a run in the third off of a solo homerun by junior second baseman Brady Fuerst.

But the Dons put up two more in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-1. Poppert opened up the frame with his second double. Hall managed an infield single, and Poppert scored when Broncos senior third baseman Gabe Alcantar threw wildly to first. An out later, Hall scored when Bernatz doubled down the left field line.

Santa Clara brought it to within one, 4-3 in the seventh. A single by sophomore designated hitter Geoff Klein started the rally. An out later, Alcantar singled to right. After a strikeout, junior right fielder Matt Long walked to load the bases. Junior left fielder Evan LeBlanc then singled through the left side, plating Klein and Alcantar.

Baugh retired all three batters in the eighth before giving way for Bialosky to retire all three batters in the ninth to secure the win.

Freshman right-hander Thain Simon (7-2) took the loss for SCU, allowing four runs (three earned) off eight hits, three walks, and struck out eight Dons in six innings.

USF and Santa Clara play the rubber game tomorrow at 1:00 PM.