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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 20, 2007

Gonzaga - 6
Saint Mary's - 3

SPOKANE, Wash. - Starting pitcher Brandon Harmon threw a complete game as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's College 6-3 in front of 1,514 fans at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane, Wash. The game served as the Dedication Game for the new home of Bulldog baseball.

With the win, the Zags improve to 24-18 overall and 7-3 against conference opponents. Saint Mary's falls to 16-21-1 and 0-10 in conference play.

Harmon (6-5) earned the win allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out seven en route to his fifth complete game of the season. Sean Gleason (4-5) suffered the loss allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 8.0 innings on the mound.

The Gaels jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage in the first inning. Erica Cattoni drew a walk to open the game before advancing to second on a stolen base. Following a groundout by Mulligan to advance the base runner to third, Cattoni scored on a ground out by Randy Wells.

Gonzaga scored all six of its run in the third inning. The Zags send nine batters to the plate, recording five hits for the inning. A run-scoring ground out by Bryan Winston and run-scoring hits from Darin Holcomb and Ryan Wiegand scored the first three inning runs, before Aaron McGuinness added three more on a homerun to left field.

Saint Mary's posted a run in the seventh inning thanks to a home run to left by J.P. Musgrove. The Gaels capped their scoring in ninth frame on single through the right side by Anthony Aliotti.

Prior to the game, former Gonzaga head coach Steve Hertz emceed the dedication ceremonies that featured words from university president Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, athletic director Mike Roth and Mike Patterson, a major contributor to the project. Hertz was also honored with the unveiling of his bronze bust prior to the dedication ceremony.

The three-game WCC series will continue Saturday when Clayton Mortensen (4-2) takes the mound for the Bulldogs. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Pepperdine - 10
Santa Clara - 3

Malibu, Calif. - Junior All-American Barry Enright pitched eight innings while juniors Adrian Ortiz and Danny Worth collected three hits apiece as No. 11 Pepperdine downed visiting Santa Clara 10-3 Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Enright (10-1) allowed three runs in eight innings to move into a tie for second place on the Waves' all-time career wins list and Worth had a two-run double to tie for second place on the program's all-time doubles chart as Pepperdine improved to 29-12 overall and 9-1 in West Coast Conference play.

Santa Clara fell to 19-20 on the season and 5-5 in conference action.

The victory upped Enright's career record to 33-4 and moved him into a tie with Mike Fetters (1984-86) for second place in Pepperdine history and fifth all-time in WCC annals. In eight innings of work, the Waves' right hander allowed nine hits, three runs and struck out five.

The outing marked the fifth time this season Enright has pitched at least seven innings without issuing a walk and the 10th time in 12 starts he has allowed one or fewer free passes.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, Pepperdine broke the game open with a seven-run third inning as it sent 10 batters to the plate.

The Waves took advantage of pair of walks by Santa Clara starter Nate Garcia (3-5) to open the frame and had seven batters reach base before the first out of the inning was recorded.

Freshmen Matthew Frazee and Travis Tartamella walked to start the inning, and Ortiz, Worth, Eric Thames and Donald Brown followed with base hits to give Pepperdine a 4-1 lead. Worth and Thames had run-scoring singles and Brown followed with a bad-hop single over Broncos second baseman David Hoffmire's head that plated two runs.

Freshman Ryan Heroy followed with a walk to load the bases before Luke Salas' ground out drove in a run for a 5-1 lead. Denny Duron capped the inning's scoring with two-run single.

Worth gave the Waves a 9-1 lead with a two-run double to left-center field on the first pitch he saw from Santa Clara reliever Justin Kuehn in the fourth inning. The two-base hit marked the 57th of his career and moved him into a tie with Rick Hirtensteiner (1986-89) and Chad Tracy (2004-06) for second place on Pepperdine's all-time doubles list.

Santa Clara added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings on home runs by Brady Fuerst and Ryan Conan.

Worth collected his career-high tying fourth RBI of the game on an infield single in the eighth inning.

Pepperdine and Santa Clara continue their series Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Portland - 5
San Francisco - 3

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Portland senior James Allan knocked in three runs and junior David Gruener went the distance as the Pilots topped the San Francisco Dons 5-3 in a West Coast Conference baseball game Friday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. It's the third complete-game this season for Gruener.

Portland picks up its second straight win to improve to 16-20 on the season and 3-7 in the WCC. San Francisco's overall record is now even at 20-20, while the Dons fall to 3-7 in the conference.

Tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Allan's third RBI of the game proved to be the difference. With pinch runner Brandon Howard on first, Allan drilled a double to the gap in left-center. Howard, who replaced Chase Powell after he singled, raced all the way around to score. A bad relay throw home allowed Allan to advance to third. Allan then scored as the throw from catcher Jonathan Norfolk trying to get Allan at third sailed into right field, giving the Pilots a 5-3 lead.

With one out and the bases empty in the top of the ninth, Gruener (2-3) struck out the final two hitters of the game to nail down the win. He allowed three runs on 10 hits, while striking out five.

USF starter Aaron Poreda (5-5) takes the loss for the Dons. Poreda was charged with four runs on eight hits in 7.0 innings. Reliever John Quine, who relieved Poreda in the eighth, gave up an unearned run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Daniel Morales retired the final Portland hitter in the eighth.

Portland took an early one-run lead in the bottom of the first. Allan, the designated hitter, knocked in senior outfielder Justin Pierce with a base hit to center field. Pierce had begun the inning with a double to deep center field.

San Francisco quickly responded with a run in the second, courtesy of a solo home run by Norfolk.

The Dons added a run in the fourth and another in the sixth to take a 3-1 lead.

Still down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Allan pulled the Pilots within one with a solo shot high over the left-field fence for his second home run of the season. Then with two outs and freshman third baseman Clayton Shaw on second, senior shortstop Jesse Rodgers tied the game with an RBI double. After Shaw had doubled down the left field line, Rodgers drilled a one-hopper that bounced off USF third baseman Derek Poppert and into the UP bullpen.

Both teams finished with 10 hits. Pierce went 3-for-5 with a run, while Rodgers was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Poppert finished with three hits and a pair of RBI's for the Dons.

The Pilots and Dons next play the second game of the scheduled three-game series on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field. Saturday's game was moved up from the previously scheduled 1:00 p.m. starting time, due to potentially rainy weather.

San Diego at LMU Postponed

LOS ANGELES - Friday's baseball game between LMU and 18th-ranked San Diego has been postponed due to inclement weather in the Los Angeles area. The teams will instead play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m. Game two will begin approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game one Saturday. Sunday's game three remains on schedule for a 2:00 p.m. start.

The match-up is a three-game West Coast Conference series between the second place Toreros and fourth place Lions.

Check back at www.LMULions.com for the latest schedule updates.

Fans who can't make it to Page Stadium this weekend can catch all of the action right here at www.LMULions.com on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.