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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 22, 2006

Pepperdine - 4
San Diego - 2

Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Barry Enright allowed one earned run over eight innings and received some clutch ninth-inning relief help from freshman right hander Brett Hunter as Pepperdine defeated No. 25 San Diego 4-2 Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to even the West Coast Conference (WCC) series at a game apiece.

The Waves (26-16, 6-5) moved to within a game of the Toreros (25-16, 7-4) and San Francisco (25-17, 7-4) in the WCC standings and are currently in third place. Pepperdine will go in search of its second straight series win when it hosts San Diego in the rubber game of the series on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

Aright (8-1) continued his strong pitching this season as he scattered eight hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck two in eight-plus innings of work, improving his record against ranked opponents this year to 5-0.

After the Toreros scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth inning to take a 1-0 lead, the Waves rallied for three runs in the bottom half the frame to take a 3-1 lead against San Diego right hander Matt Couch (5-2).

Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth opened the inning with a double to right-center field and advanced to third on an infield out. Junior left fielder Luke Salas then walked to put runners at the corners.

Junior catcher Justin Tellam then doubled to the wall in left-center field to score Worth with the tying run as Salas advanced to third. Senior second baseman David Uribes gave the Waves a 2-1 lead with a single to left field that scored Salas and advanced Tellam to third base.

Sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz brought home the inning's final run with a sacrifice fly to center field, giving the Waves a 3-1 lead.

San Diego made it a one-run game in the sixth on a single to center field that scored Shane Buschini, who had doubled with two outs.

The Waves got that run back in the bottom half of the frame when senior first baseman Nick Kliebert doubled to leadoff the inning, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore right fielder Donald Brown and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud.

San Diego mounted a threat in the ninth inning as Buschini legged out an infield hit that deflected off the glove of Aright and to Uribes at second base, whose throw to first base was not in time.

Hunter came on in relief of Aright and allowed a single to Steve Singleton that put runners on first and second with no outs. Ryan Lilly followed, and after showing bunt on the first pitch, hit into a double play on a 3-1 count as Singleton moved to third.

Designated hitter Josh Romanski came up next and hit a soft chopper up the third baseline that d'Arnaud fielded and threw to first base. The ball and Romanski reached the bag at the same time and got away from Kliebert for what appeared to be an error, allowing Romanski to reach safely and Singleton to score from third.

However, Romanski was called out for interference as he was running inside the baseline for the third out of the inning that ended the game and marked Hunter's seventh save of the season.

Saint Mary's - 4
Portland - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. - Corey Madden and Dan Lewis combined to pitch a five-hitter as the Saint Mary's Gales topped the Portland Pilots 4-1 in a West Coast Conference baseball game on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. UP senior Matthew Peters extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games and knocked in Portland's only run as the Pilots fall to 12-26 and 2-9 in the WCC.

The Gaels had 14 hits, giving them 29 in the two games against Portland, and improve to 22-16 (7-4 WCC).

Madden (6-1), held UP scoreless on three hits in 7.0 innings of work. The right-hander also struck out nine. Lewis allowed one run on two hits and two walks in 2.0 innings of relief.

Portland starter Sean Sargent (3-8) was masterful for 5.0 innings, before the Gaels touched him for three runs on four hits in the sixth inning. The junior pitched 6.1 innings total and allowed four runs on ten hits. Reliever Josh Roberts, also a junior, pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, while walking three and giving up four hits.

Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard for five innings, before the Gaels broke through in the sixth. Preston Young followed a Sam Carter lead-off single with a no-doubter that easily cleared the right field wall for a two-run home run. Delaney Gallagher followed with a solo home run to give Saint Mary's back-to-back home runs for the second straight day. Sargent then retired the next three hitters to end the inning.

The Gaels added another run in the seventh. After a one-out single by Joel Staples, Roberts replaced Sargent on the hill. Carter promptly drilled a double to center field that scored Staples from first and gave SMC a 4-0 lead.

It remained 4-0 until the bottom of the eighth inning. Lewis, who relieved Madden to start the inning, gave up a one-out single to freshman Sean Nicol. Sophomore Cory Wiltshire then walked, before junior Andrew Wrisley popped out to second. Peters, who had one of Portland's four hits to that point, then grounded the ball through the left side for a single to left field. Nicol scored from second to give Portland its only run of the game. Senior Travis Vetters then fouled out to end the inning.

Peters finished with two hits in four at-bats with the RBI.

Young went 2-for-4 with two RBI's for Saint Mary's, while Staples, Carter and Frederick also finished with two hits.

The Pilots and Gales conclude their three-game series with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.

San Francisco - 8
Gonzaga - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga dropped the second game of a three-game series with San Francisco as the Dons jumped on Bulldog pitchers for eight unanswered runs to win, 8-1.

Junior right-hander Clayton Mortensen (6-6) took the loss for the Zags. The Rexburg, Ida., native had been nothing short of masterful through five innings, at one point retiring 13 consecutive batters and facing only two batters over the minimum. But it all unraveled in the sixth inning when the Dons plated four runs on five hits and never looked back.

The Bulldogs manufactured their only run in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead. With one out, Bobby Carlson and Ryan Wiegand both reached on back-to-back hit by pitches. San Francisco pitcher Aaron Poreda (4-4) then walked shortstop Aaron McGuinness to load the bases for senior Zach Woodward. The rightfielder from Woodinville, Wash., drove in the only run for the Zags as he reached on a fielder's choice, knocking in Carlson from third. Poreda was able to get out of the jam and cruised through to the seventh before being relieved by Cole Stipovich.

Sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb went 0-4, snapping his 17 game hitting streak. Second baseman Scott Campbell, who is leading the WCC in both hits and batting average, is now 0-8 in the past two games.

Poreda gave up only one run on six hits, including five strikeouts in his seven innings of work.

Gonzaga now sits at 6-5 in the WCC baseball standings behind San Diego, San Francisco and St. Mary's in the hunt for the a birth in the WCC tournament.The Bulldogs will conclude their series with San Francisco on Sunday with a 1pm game against the Dons. Gonzaga will host Washington State at Avista Stadium in Spokane on Tuesday evening at 6:30, in the first home night game of the season.

Santa Clara - 11
LMU - 8

Los Angeles, Calif. - A five run comeback was not enough for LMU (17-26, 5-6 WCC) Saturday, as Santa Clara (22-18, 4-7 WCC) squeaked out an 11-8 win to set up the rubber game in the three-game West Coast Conference series at Page Stadium. The two teams will battle Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for the series.

Trailing 6-1 in the fifth, LMU launched a seven-run fifth inning to take the 8-6 lead. Two walks from SCU starter Sean O'Neill and a fielder's choice ball left the bases loaded for the Lions. Bronco skipper Mark O'Brien sent Daniel Demarco to the mound, but he walked the next two batters to bring in two LMU runs.

With one out later in the inning, three straight singles from Brian Wilson, A.J. LaMonda, and Casey Gordon drove in a combined four runs. The final run of the inning scored when DeAndre Miller hit a sacrifice fly to left to make it 8-6 LMU.

But Santa Clara posted another four-spot in the eighth and a single run in the ninth to take the lead back for good. It took five hits in the eighth, including three for extra bases, to push across those four runs.

The Broncos had put up four runs in the fifth to build that original five-run lead, but all were unearned after an LMU error prolonged the inning.

LMU starter Andy Beal worked six innings, allowing just the two early earned runs while striking out three.

Reliever Roberto Torres (0-6) suffered the loss after being charged with the go-ahead runs in the eighth.

The Lion pitching staff did not issue a walk Saturday.

Chris Stansbury (1-1) earned the win for the Broncos after throwing 1 2/3 innings in relief. Mark Willinsky earned his seventh save of the season after tossing the final 1 1/3.

Matt Long led the offensive charge for the Broncos, going 4-for-6.

Wilson and Johnson finished 2-for-4 for the Lions.

With one run scored Saturday, Pettit cracked into the LMU all-time record book in his third statistical category. The senior tied Joe Ciccarella's (1989-91) mark of 166 runs scored for the 10th place standing. Pettit already ranks in career doubles (3rd, 64) and career stolen bases (T6th, 55).

The Santa Clara win sets up the rubber game Sunday at Page Stadium. The teams will begin the battle at 1:00 p.m. Fans who can't make it to the park can catch all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.