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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 20, 2008

Gonzaga - 5
Portland - 1

Spokane, Wash. - Cody Martin threw a one-run complete game Sunday as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated visiting University of Portland 5-1 at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. With the win, the Zags completed a three-game West Coast Conference sweep of the Pilots.

In his first career start, Martin (2-0) pitched a gem for the Bulldogs (26-16, 5-6 WCC) as the freshman allowed one run on eight hits and one walk with two strikeouts while going the distance. Portland (17-23, 2-10 WCC) starter Ari Ronick (3-5) suffered the loss allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out four.

For the week Martin posted an impressive line, allowing one run on nine hits over 11.0 innings to post a 0.82 earned run average. He also struck out six while walking one batter.

Ryan Wiegand opened scoring in the bottom of the second as the junior led off the frame with a solo home run for his team-leading ninth shot of the season.

Gonzaga added another run in the fourth as Tyson Van Winkle hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Marcus McKimmy. McKimmy had led off the inning with a single to center before advancing to second on a single by Wiegand.

Danny Meier narrowed the Bulldogs' lead in the top of the fifth to 2-1, as the Pilot led off the inning with a solo home run to left field.

The Zags answered in the bottom of the frame, with two insurance runs. After retiring the first two batters, Gonzaga strung together a walk and three consecutive hits to drive in two runs. Jason Chatwood drove in the first run with a single to right that plated Drew Heid, who had drawn a walk and advance to second on a single by Evan Wells. Wells was then plated on double to left field by McKimmy.

The Bulldogs added the final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a one-run single by Chatwood that scored Wells.

Wells, Chatwood, McKimmy and Wiegand each posted two hits on the afternoon, while the only other GU batter to record a hit was Van Winkle. For the three-game series with Portland, Wells led the Bulldogs at the plate hitting at a .500 clip. The junior went 6-for-14 with four runs scored and three runs batted in. He also led the squad with a .600 on-base percentage.

The Zags will take the field again Tuesday as they travel to Pullman to face Washington State University at 5:30 p.m. Following Tuesday's contest, GU will return home to face Lewis-Clark State College Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

Pepperdine - 10
LMU - 1

LOS ANGELES - Freshman Matt Bywater tossed seven shutout innings and the #6 Pepperdine baseball team pounded out 15 hits in a 10-1 victory over Loyola Marymount on Sunday afternoon at Page Stadium in Los Angeles.

Pepperdine improved to 25-13 (8-3 WCC), while LMU dropped to 19-20 (5-7 WCC), The Waves earned the series win over the Lions by taking two of three contests.

Pepperdine got on the board in the second inning on Chase d'Arnaud's (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) solo homer, his seventh of the season, to put the Waves on top 1-0. The Waves put together a four-run rally in the third, all with two outs, as David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara CC) doubled, Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) was intentionally walked and Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) also walked to load the bases. Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) then singled home Harris, d'Arnaud walked to plate Thames and Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) registered a two-run double to give the Waves a 5-0 lead.

The Waves added onto their lead in the fourth on Aidem's RBI double to extend the Pepperdine lead to 6-0. Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) tacked on another run in the fifth on an RBI single to make it a 7-0 game in favor of the Waves.

Heroy pushed two more runs across with a two-run single in the sixth to extend the Waves' lead to 9-0 and Thames added an RBI groundout in the seventh to push Pepperdine's lead to 10-0.

Bywater kept the Lions' hitters in check throughout his seven inning performance, as he allowed only four hits and two walks. The Lions ended the Waves' shutout bid with an RBI single in the ninth to make it a 10-1 contest before Tyler Hess (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle HS) induced a groundout to seal the Waves' win.

Bywater earned his team-leading sixth win of the season, while LMU starter Lee Roberts incurred the loss.

Mendonca led the Waves with a 4-for-6 performance, d'Arnaud notched three hits and two RBI, and Heroy notched two hits and four RBI. Angelo Songco and Kyle Spraker each tallied two hits for LMU.

The Waves are off until Tuesday, Apr. 29, when they will host UCLA at 3 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

San Diego - 5
Saint Mary's - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 12th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team completed a three-game sweep over Saint Mary's College with a 5-1 win Sunday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 31-11 overall, move to 10-2 in the WCC, run their winning streak to 12 games and sweep their third consecutive WCC team. With the loss, the Gaels fall to 20-16-1 overall and 4-8 in the WCC.

The Toreros got on the scoreboard first as they scored one run on one hit in the second inning. With two outs, both Kevin Hansen and Tony Strazzara got things started with back-to-back walks. Jose Valerio then drove in Hansen with a RBI single up the middle to give USD a 1-0 lead.

The Toreros then doubled their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as they scored one run on one hit. Hansen led off the inning with a stand-up double to left centerfield and moved to third on a throwing error by the SMC pitcher on a pick-of attempt. Hansen then came across when Kevin Muno reached on a fielder's choice to give USD a 2-0 lead.

After the Toreros scored another run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Victor Sanchez RBI single, the Gaels took one back on a Randy Wells RBI single to cut the lead down to two at 3-1.

San Diego then responded with a two-run bottom of the sixth inning. Strazzara was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on a Valerio single to left field. Muno then loaded the bases with a walk and two batters later, James Meador drove the ball deep into the left field corner for a two-run single to give USD a 5-1 lead.

Offensively for the Toreros, Meador led the way as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Valerio and Hansen were the only other USD players to record multiple hits as Hansen went 2-for-3 with one double and Valerio went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Sammy Solis (3-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed one unearned run on six hits, while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work. Justin Kuks (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Gaels as he allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits in 5.0 innings work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they host Long Beach State in a 3 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

Santa Clara - 7
San Francisco - 6

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team moved into sole possession of third place in the West Coast Conference standings Sunday afternoon as the Broncos defeated the visiting Dons of San Francisco, 7-6, at Schott Stadium. With the win, SCU improved to 7-5 in league action and 21-15 on the season, while USF evened at 6-6 in WCC play and dropped to 22-17 on the season.

The win was awarded to starting pitcher Alex Rivers. He improved to 2-2 on the season after pitching 5.1 innings, striking out seven batters, which ties his career-high. Meanwhile, Mark Willinsky picked up his third save of the season after successfully holding off the Dons in the ninth inning. The loss went to Matt Lujan, who dropped to 4-2 overall after 3.2 innings and 18 batters faced.

Matt Long led the Broncos offense, going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Ryan Conan also scored two of the Broncos runs, while Geoff Klein and Tommy Medica each drove in two runs.

For the ser Both teams had very productive at-bats in the first inning. USF posted three runs in their half of the inning, beginning with Joey Railey, who scored on a Kyle Morgan base-hit. The Dons registered their second run with Bobby Ethel's RBI single up the middle that sent Mitchell Bialosky home. With two outs on the board, Ryan Lipkin advanced home on a Derek Poppert double.

Yet, Santa Clara also registered three runs in the first inning to keep the contest tied. Long posted a leadoff double to get on base and then scored as Medica flied out to right field. Designated hitter Klein then drove in two runs with his single through the left side. Nathan Faulkner and Conan scored on the hit. Conan walked, while Faulkner doubled in his at-bat. The score was then tied, 3-3.

The Broncos then earned the one run advantage in the second inning. Gabe Alcantar gave Santa Clara the 4-3 lead as he reached home on a bunt single from Long. The third baseman got on base with a single to left field. The Broncos had seven of the leadoff batters all successfully get on base.

USF then tied the contest in the top of the fourth inning, but SCU quickly regained control of the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning. Jon Karcich scored the Broncos' fifth run of the contest on a Long single. Santa Clara led 5-4.

The Broncos then added an insurance run in the fifth inning to take a 6-4 advantage. Conan recorded the run for SCU on a Karcich base-hit.

The Dons attempted to catch the Broncos twice, first in the sixth inning and then in the top of the ninth, but were unable to do so. In the sixth inning, USF made it a one-run game once again as shortstop Tavo Hall scored on a Connor Bernatz sacrifice fly to make the score, 6-5. But, Santa Clara responded after a quick seventh inning with a run in the eighth inning to go back to a two-run edge, 7-5. Long scored late in the Broncos half of the inning on a Medica RBI single to third base. In the ninth inning, Railey scored on a Bialoksy two-out single through the right side to make the final score, 7-6.

The Broncos return to action on Monday, April 21 against the 10th-ranked Cardinal of Stanford. First pitch in the first of two nationally televised contests between the Bay Area rivals is scheduled 5 p.m. on CBS College Sports.