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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 21, 2007

Gonzaga - 7
Saint Mary's - 2

SPOKANE, Wash. - Evan Wells recorded a career-high four hits including a two-run home run as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated Saint Mary's College 7-2 Saturday afternoon at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. With the win, the Zags secured the West Coast Conference three-game series victory.

The win boasts the Bulldogs' record for the season to 25-18, including 8-3 against conference opponents. Saint Mary's falls to 16-22-1 overall and 0-11 against WCC opponents with the loss.

Clayton Mortensen (5-2) started the game for Gonzaga, earning his fifth win. The senior allowed two runs, one earned on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over 8.0 innings of work. Jeremy Stumetz finished the game on the mound for the Zags, allowing one hit in the final inning of the game. The Gaels' starter Brandon Berl (2-5) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits and two walks over 5.2 frames.

Saint Mary's scored early, posting the first run of the contest in the second inning, to take a 1-0 advantage. With two outs, the Gaels combined back-to-back hits and a base on balls to load the bases, before a walk would force in Kenny Fuglerud for the inning run.

Gonzaga posted three runs in its half of the third to take the lead 3-1. The first two runs came thanks to Wells' first home run of the season, his two run shot to right center. The Bulldogs then pieced together a walk and a single before Ryan Wiegand hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Bryan Winston, who had reached on the walk.

In the next inning, the Zags' Mike Terry the second two-run homer of the afternoon to extend Gonzaga's lead to 5-1. With one out in the frame, Dustin Colclough singled to right before Terry smacked the home run to right center, scoring Colclough.

Terry scored again on a Wells single in the sixth inning to add insurance runs for the Bulldogs and move the score to 6-1.

The final Zag run of the game came in the bottom of the seventh on a solo home run by Wiegand to right field.

The Gaels added its final run of the game in the eighth to finalize the score at 7-2.

Wells finished the afternoon going 4-for-5 with three singles and a home run, with three runs batted in and a run scored. Wiegand and Terry were the only other Bulldogs with multiple hits, recording two a single and home run a piece.

The three-game conference series between Saint Mary's and Gonzaga will conclude on Sunday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Josh Monroe (5-2) is expected to throw the first pitch for Gonzaga at 1 p.m.

San Diego - 5
LMU - 1

San Diego - 12
LMU - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After yesterday's rain out caused the Lions to play two games Saturday, LMU dropped both ends of the West Coast Conference doubleheader to 18th-ranked San Diego at Page Stadium. The Lions (18-24-1, 5-6 WCC) and Toreros (31-14, 9-2 WCC) will conclude the three-game series Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Page Stadium.

Total time of play exceeded six hours Saturday as the conference's second and fourth place teams battled it out. The Lions entered the series on a five-game winning streak, including a victory over 25th-ranked Long Beach State earlier this week.

GAME ONE
The early game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth, when San Diego scored four runs behind a two-run single by Kevin Hansen.

The top-20 Toreros added an unearned run in the sixth on an RBI-single by Jordan Abruzzo. The inning had been extended when LMU catcher T.J. Bernardy was called for catcher's interference. That error was the Lions' lone defensive mishap of the day.

The Lions got on the scoreboard in the eighth, scoring an unearned run of their own. Eric Farris reached on an error to leadoff the inning and later scored on a single by pinch hitter Brett Mendoza.

LMU starter Brad Meyers worked six innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits. He struck out five, but suffered the loss to fall to 3-4 on the season.

Josh Romanski improved to 7-1 after throwing a complete game, allowing only the unearned run on seven hits.

Sean Dovel, who went 4-for-6 on Tuesday in the extra inning win over 25th-ranked Long Beach State, continued to swing a hot bat Saturday. He went 3-for-4 in game one as the Lions' first baseman.

Hansen finished 3-for-5 for the Toreros.

GAME TWO
The 18th-ranked Toreros broke open an early pitcher's dual in the sixth, scoring 12 runs in their final four at bats.

LMU led 1-0 after senior Elvis Herrera sent his second career home run over the Mikos Blue Monster in the bottom of the fourth.

USD's Sean Nicol answered with a three-run shot of his own in the sixth to turn the tide in the Toreros favor for good.

Justin Snyder added another three-run home run for USD in the top of the ninth to seal the 12-1 victory in game two.

Brian Matusz (8-2), who leads the nation in strikeouts, earned the game two win after working 6.2 innings. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out eight.

LMU's Brian Wilson (3-5), who held the 18th-ranked Toreros scoreless until the sixth, suffered the loss after 6.0 innings. He was charged with four runs on eight hits.

Despite the final 12-1 score, the Lions had their best chance for the comeback in the seventh. Trailing 4-1, LMU loaded the bases after drawing three walks from Matusz, prompting USD Head Coach Rich Hill to go to the bullpen and reliever AJ Griffin. Griffin got Dovel to ground into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

Griffin threw the rest of the game to earn his seventh save of the season.

DeAndre Miller was the only Lion with multiple-hits in game two, finishing 2-for-3.

USD first baseman Daniel Magness finished 4-for-6 with two RBI.

The teams conclude the series Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The action will be carried on both Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker at www.LMULions.com.

San Francisco - 1 (5)
Portland - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The West Coast Conference baseball game between the Portland Pilots and San Francisco Dons was suspended after five completed innings due to inclement weather at Joe Etzel Field on Saturday. The Pilots and Dons are scheduled to resume the game at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The game was suspended with the Dons leading 1-0. Portland starter Given Kutz has held USF to just one hit through five innings, with the run coming on a UP error in the third inning. After stealing third base, Joey Railey scored after catcher Rocky Gale's throw sailed into left field.

Sunday's regularly scheduled series finale will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Portland took the opening game of the series 5-3 on Friday. Senior James Allan drove in three runs and junior David Gruener picked up the complete-game win.

Santa Clara - 4
Pepperdine - 3

Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Matt Wickswat allowed two runs over seven innings and Santa Clara took advantage of an error to score two unearned runs as the Broncos defeated No. 11 Pepperdine, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to even the West Coast Conference (WCC) series at a game apiece.

The Waves (29-13, 9-2) rallied in the ninth, scoring a run on an RBI double by junior Donald Brown, but left the potential tying run at second base when Broncos reliever Jeff Lombard got a pop up to preserve the Santa Clara (20-20, 6-5) victory.

The loss likely will drop Pepperdine into a first-place tie with San Diego, which was on its way to sweeping a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount. The Toreros won the first game, 5-1, and were ahead 4-1 in the eighth inning of the nightcap.

For the second day in a row, Santa Clara scored a first inning run, rallying with two outs against Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann (5-2), and went ahead 2-0 in the second.

The Waves responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning against Wickswat (6-4) and had a chance for an even bigger inning, but left the bases loaded when Adrian Ortiz fouled out to third base to end the threat.

The Broncos extended their lead to 4-1 in the third, scoring two unearned runs.

Matt Long opened the inning with a line drive to second base that was dropped by Denny Duron, who then bobbled the ball before making a throw to first base that was too late. After Tommy Medica singled to put runners at first and second, designated hitter Carl Bacon singled home a run with two outs and, Medica scored the final run of the inning when Dickmann was called for a balk.

In the bottom half of the third, Pepperdine cut the lead in half, scoring a run on a sacrifice fly by freshman Ryan Heroy that scored junior shortstop Danny Worth, who opened the inning with a double and moved to third on a single by Brown.

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for the Waves, who put a runner on base in eight of nine innings, as they left 10 runners on base and were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski turned in a stellar performance on the mound for Pepperdine after relieving Dickmann in the fifth inning as he struck out four while retiring all 15 batters he faced.

Brown led the Waves offensively with three hits, while Heroy and freshman designated hitter Mark Tracy, who was making his first start since March 20, had two hits apiece.

Pepperdine will attempt to win its ninth series of the season when it concludes the three-game set against Santa Clara on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.