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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 22, 2008

LMU - 7
UC Riverside - 1

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - LMU (20-20) took a 7-1 victory over UC Riverside (11-24) on Tuesday at the Riverside Sports Complex, receiving a fantastic pitching performance from senior right-hander Nate Keadle.

Keadle got the start and tossed the first seven innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four batters to improve to 1-3 on the season. The seven innings pitched were a career-high for Keadle, topping his mark of five innings set earlier this season against Long Beach State on March 4. Andy Beal and Mike Kenney teamed to pitch the final two scoreless frames of relief, shutting down the Highlander offense.

Senior A.J. LaMonda led the Lions offensively, finishing a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with a double, two runs scored and a RBI. Fellow senior, Michael Glomb, batted 3-for-4 with a RBI and a walk in the victory. Sophomore Angelo Songco made the most of his one hit on the day, connecting on his team-leading eighth home run. Freshman Matt Koch, who got the start in right field, contributed two hits and two runs scored for LMU. With the three hits, Glomb has now hit safely in 10 straight games. Kyle Spraker, who collected one hit in the win, has now hit safely in seven straight.

D.J. Smith got the start for Riverside, lasting two innings and surrendering two runs en route to being named the game's losing pitcher. Eddie Orozco allowed four runs over the next inning and two-thirds before giving way to Ryan Platt. Platt and Dustin Emmons did not allow a Lion run over four and a third innings of work. Rob Waite, who finished the game on the hill for UCR, tossed one inning and allowed a run on two hits.

Sean Dovel plated the first LMU run of the game, collecting a sacrifice fly to bring home LaMonda in the first inning. LaMonda had reached with a leadoff double to start the inning, moving to third on a deep fly ball off the bat of Songco.

The Lions extended the advantage to 2-0 with one run in the second inning. A one-out single by Koch got things started before Koch moved to second on a groundout. LaMonda came up with the clutch two-out RBI-single on the ensuing play, driving in his 21st run of the year.

LMU plated four more runs in the top of the fourth inning, with the big blow coming off the bat of Songco. The sophomore outfielder blasted his team-leading eighth home run of the year with two down to cap the four-run frame. Koch once again started the rally, collecting a one-out single before coming home on a Jonathan Johnson single and an error by Carl Uhl in centerfield. LaMonda followed with his third hit of the game, pushing runners to the corners. The senior outfielder was then caught between first and second on a broken steal attempt. The second baseman attempted to back-pick Johnson at third base, but his throw sailed wide of the bag, allowing Johnson to scamper home and moving LaMonda to third. Glomb followed with a RBI-single to drive in the third run of the inning before Songco connected on the round-tripper.

UCR got on the board in the fifth inning, plating a single run in the frame, to run the score to 6-1. Jordan Opdyke singled to start the ball rolling, moving to second on a groundout. After a fly ball moved the runner to third base, Trevor Hairgrove came up with the RBI-single to shortstop to drive in the run.

The Lions plated the final run of the game in the ninth inning, scoring a single run on two hits. Dovel singled to start the frame before being replaced on the bases by Ollie Enos. After a wild pitch and a Ryan Wheeler single put runners at the corners, Andy Preston plated the run with a fielder's choice on the ensuing play.

LMU will return to action on Friday when it visits West Coast Conference-foe USD at 3 p.m. The Lions and Toreros will then play 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday.

San Diego - 4
Long Beach State - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior left-hander Ricardo Pecina recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts and sophomore closer AJ Griffin ties the all-time career-saves record to help propel the ninth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team to a program-record 13th consecutive win over No. 25 Long Beach State, 4-2, Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 32-11 overall, complete a sweep over LBSU and set the new program record with its 13th consecutive win. With the loss, the 49ers fall to 23-15 overall and saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

Pecina (4-2) tossed one of the best games of his career, as he scattered four hits, struck out a career-high 11 batters and allowed one run to cross the plate in 7.2 innings of work. In Pecina's last four outings, he has now rung up 34 batters and only issued three walks to lower his ERA to 3.53. All-American Griffin also looked impressive as he allowed one run on three hits, while striking out two in 1.1 innings of work to pick up his ninth save of the season and 20th for his career, tying the all-time record at USD held by Tony Perez (2000-03).

San Diego got on the scoreboards first as they scored one run on two hits in the third inning. With two outs, Jose Valerio got things started for the Toreros as he hit a stand-up double down the left field line. After a Kevin Muno walk, Sean Nicol drove in Valerio with a RBI single to right field to give USD a 1-0 lead.

The Toreros then tagged on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on one hit. Josh Romanski led off the frame with a walk and moved to second on a fielding error by the LBSU shortstop, which allowed Logan Gelbrich to safely reach first. Victor Sanchez drove in Romanski with a single to left field for the first run of the inning and the final run came on a Kevin Hansen sacrifice fly to left field to give USD a 3-0 lead.

For the third consecutive inning, the Toreros scored a run as USD extended its lead to four with one run on two hits in the bottom of the fifth inning. Valerio led off the inning with a single to right field and he moved to second on a Muno sacrifice bunt. James Meador then drove in Valerio with a RBI single to left field to give USD a 4-0 lead.

The Dirtbags then spoiled the shutout in the top of the eighth inning, scoring one run on Steve Tinoco RBI single. LBSU then scored one run in the top of the ninth inning on a Shane Peterson solo home run to put the game at its final of 4-2.

Offensively for the Toreros, Valerio led the way as he went 2-for-3 with one double and two runs scored.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they host Loyola Marymount University in a 3 p.m. West Coast Conference game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 9
Sacramento State - 8

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco took an exciting victory over Sacramento State on Tuesday, barely edging the Hornets (19-19) 9-8 at Benedetti Diamond. USF (23-17) rallied from a 8-8 tie in the eighth to secure the win.

In a game of multiple lead changes and ties, both teams combined for 17 runs and 28 hits. Sacramento State started the scoring barrage early in the first, and held a 3-1 advantage after three and a half. The Dons scored their first run in the bottom of the first on senior right-fielder Kyle Morgan's RBI single. But USF would take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third.

With the bases loaded and no outs, junior left fielder Zach Kim smashed a two RBI single up the middle. After sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin singled to left, the bases were loaded a second time in the inning. Sophomore third baseman Derek Poppert hit a fly ball to left that was just shallow enough to keep all runners from advancing, but the next batter, senior designated hitter Matt Lieb walked in the Dons third run of the frame.

USF held the lead for less than an inning as the Hornets scored one to tie it at 4-4 in the top of the fourth. They then put up two in the sixth to take the 6-4 lead before the Dons regained the lead in the bottom of the frame with four runs of their own.

Senior shortstop Tavo Hall led off the inning with a double down the left field line - the double is Hall's team leading 12th of the season. An our later, Bernatz reached on another infield single, scoring Hall. Morgan walked to put runners on first and second, before Bialosky loaded the bags with an infield single. Bernatz was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice, but Kim was safe at first, beating out the attempted double play. Lipkin then singled to left, scoring Morgan. Poppert capped the scoring with a two RBI double to left field.

Being up two runs wasn't safe enough as the Hornets again tied the ballgame, scoring twice in the seventh. But the Dons rallied in the eighth to take the 9-8 lead on an RBI single to left from Hall. In the ninth Bialosky got away with a one out triple by Hornets' first baseman Gabe Jacobo to earn the victory.

Bialosky (2-5) earned the win in relief, throwing 2.0 innings of one hit ball, not allowing a run and striking out three Hornets. Sophomore right-hander Joe Oropeza started his first career game as a Don, but only lasted one inning, giving up two earned runs off three hits, but did manage to strike out the side.

Lipkin had three hits and an RBI. Kim was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Morgan was also 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Railey had two hits with a double and a run scored, while Bernatz was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Hall also had two hits, including a double, an RBI and a run scored. Poppert doubled in two runs, and Bialosky singled and scored twice.

Freshman right-hander Brandon Sandoval (0-2) took the loss in relief for Sacramento State, allowing one earned run off three hits and a walk. Junior right-hander Nick Buchta earned the no-decision after allowing four earned runs off four hits, and two walks in 2.0 innings. Jacobo led the Hornets at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored. The Hornets stole six bases on Dons' pitchers and catchers in the game.

USF heads to Fresno for a Wednesday matchup with the Fresno State Bulldogs. Game time is set for 6:05 PM.

Santa Clara - 10
Fresno State - 8

Story coming soon.

Washington State - 9
Gonzaga - 8

Pullman, Wash. - Gonzaga University dropped a 9-8 decision to Washington State University Tuesday as the Cougars scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn the victory in Pullman. Jason Chatwood led GU on the evening, going 4-for-5 with a double.

GU (23-17) reliever Brandon Harmon suffered the loss, after allowing the Cougs (20-19) to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Harmon's appearance was the 81st of his career, tying him for the Bulldog record for all-time appearances. The native of Spokane is now tied with Matt Siwek (1996-2000) for the record. Jeremy Stumetz started the game for GU, allowing four runs on seven hits over the opening 6.0 innings. WSU (19-19) utilized seven pitchers in the contest as Ross Humes (3-3) earned the victory by being the pitcher of record.

Gonzaga opened scoring in the top of the first, taking an early 1-0 lead. Evan Wells led of the game with a single through the left side, before eventually coming around to score on a single through the right side by Ryan Wiegand.

Washington State answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame as the Cougars sent eight batters to the plate. Jared Prince drove in the first two runs on a triple to the right field corner before coming around to score on a double to right by Greg Lagreid.

Drew Heid added two additional runs for the Zags in the second frame, thanks to a two-run home run that hit off the left field foul pole. Grant Kveder, who reached on a single to center, scored on the long ball.

The Bulldogs posted three runs in the top of the third to extend their lead to 6-3. Following back-to-back by Jason Chatwood and Marcus McKimmy to open the inning, Wiegand ground out to plate Chatwood for the first inning tally. One batter later, Mark Castellitto single to left, driving in McKimmy. Castellitto scored on the next play as Grant Kveder hit into a three-base WSU fielding error.

The Cougars posted a run in the bottom of the frame, narrowing GU's lead to two runs, thanks to a solo home run to left by Alex Burg.

The score remained unchanged the bottom of the seventh, when WSU scored two runs to knot the score 6-6. Lagreid and Burg each posted run-scoring singles to even the score.

The Zags answered in the top of the eighth, regaining the lead with two runs. Kveder led off the frame with a single up the middle before advancing to second as Heid was hit by a pitch. Kveder then scored on a single to center by Wells before Heid scored on a wild pitch.

Washington State posted three runs in the bottom of the ninth to capture the victory, as Shane Vucinich posted a two-out double to left center before scoring on a single to right by Travis Coulter.

Gonzaga will return to the confines of Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Wednesday as it hosts Lewis-Clark State College at 6 p.m.

Pilots, Huskies Postpone Tuesday's Game

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Tuesday's scheduled baseball game between the Portland Pilots and Washington Huskies at Joe Etzel Field has been postponed due to a dismal forecast. No make up date has been decided yet.

Forecasts call for continued rain all day in the Portland metropolitan area tomorrow, prompting the postponement and saving the Huskies a trip south.