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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 23, 2008

Stanford - 7
Saint Mary's - 4

Palo Alto, CA - Sophomore Ryan Mulligan had a career high four hits and Anthony Aliotti and Taylor Reid combined to pitch eight solid innings, but Saint Mary's (20-17-1) fell to Stanford (23-12-2) by a final score of 7-3 Wednesday night at the Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto.

Aliotti took the mound for the Gaels for the first time since his start March 18 against San Jose State, and looked very sharp. He was throwing all of his pitches for strikes, and was constantly pitching ahead in the count. On the evening Aliotti went four complete giving up three hits, two runs, all earned, walking two and striking out three.

Also pitching well enough for a win was Reid (1-1), who went four complete, scattering four hits, surrendering five runs, all earned, walking four and striking out five in the loosing effort. The last hit he gave up proved to be a costly one, as Stanford's Brent Milleville hit a bases clearing double to put the Cardinal ahead 7-4 in the bottom of the eight.

The Gaels jumped out to an early lead scoring two in the bottom of the first, when Aliotti hit a two out single off Stanford Starter Max Fearnow, scoring Mulligan, and Randy Wells. The Gaels added a third run in the top of the second when Cory Miller scored on a Fearnow wild pitch. The Gaels added their final run in the top of the fourth when Mulligan singled in Miller from second.

Following the three run inning from Stanford this game was anything but over. Just like in the two other games this season, the Gaels provided some late inning excitement. Stanford relief pitcher Alex Pracher was back on the mound for his fifth inning of work clinging to a three run lead. Two quick outs had the Gaels to their final at bat when Mulligan singled through the left side on a 3-2 count to keep the game alive. Randy Wells reached safely after an error by Stanford's shortstop, advancing Mulligan to second.

The Gaels now had runners at first and second with the tying run, big hitting Kyle Jensen up to bat. Unfortunately for the Gaels fans, there would be no ninth inning rally, as Stanford right fielder Brendan Domaracki made a high-light reel catch to rob Jensen of the big base knock.

With the loss tonight, and the decision to keep the tie from earlier a tie, the Gaels and Cardinal have split the three game "series" 1-1-1.

The Gaels will return home this weekend as they Gonzaga for a three game series. The series begins Friday, April 25th, with a 3:00 PM first pitch.

Fresno State - 5
San Francisco - 4

Fresno, CA) - A solid seven innings from San Francisco starter Evan Fredrickson and a 4-3 lead couldn't hold off Fresno State as the Bulldogs (25-17) came back to earn the 5-4 victory. USF (23-18) had a lopsided 13-6 hits advantage, but couldn't capitalize on nine runners left on base.

Freshman left fielder Connor Bernatz had a career high five hits in the contest, just one less than the entire Fresno State lineup. Bernatz added an RBI and a run scored, and is now batting .396 on the season. Sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin had two hits, including a homerun and two RBI. Senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky also had two hits and an RBI. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel doubled, as did junior designated hitter Zach Kim. Senior second baseman Joey Railey and senior shortstop Tavo Hall each had singles.

Junior left-hander Evan Fredrickson left the game after 7.0 innings, holding a 4-3 lead. Fredrickson settled down after allowing three runs in the third. He gave up a double to the first batter of the fourth, but then retired the next nine consecutive batters he faced, before giving up a single in the seventh. Fredrickson allowed the three runs off four hits and six walks, but struck out 12 Bulldogs. The 12 strikeouts are the second double figure count for the Virginia Tech transfer this season. His previous high was 13 against Cal in the Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park on April 1.

Sophomore right-hander Alex Kalogrides (3-2) took the loss in relief, allowing two earned runs off two hits, one walk and struck out one Bulldog in 1.0 inning.

USF put up single runs in the second, fifth, seventh, and eighth to hold the 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the eighth. In the second, Lipkin hit his second homerun of the season, a solo shot to center field. In the fifth, Bernatz singled and scored an out later on Bialosky's single. Bernatz had a RBI single in the seventh, scoring Hall who had singled earlier in the frame. Kim doubled with one out in the eighth, and scored on Lipkin's single through the left side.

Fresno State scored all of their runs in the third with two outs. A double and three consecutive walks plated the first run, a wild pitch scored the second, and the third scored on another wild pitch. In the eighth, the Bulldogs had to work a little harder. Their first run came off two singles and a walk, but the second scored much like the runs in the third. A wild pitch advanced a runner to third, which then scored on a throwing error by Dons freshman catcher Travis Higgs.

USF had a runner as far as second in the top of the ninth, but couldn't come all the way back.

Bulldog's senior right-hander Jason Breckley (1-0) earned the win in relief, getting the last out of the eighth inning.

USF returns to action this weekend, hosting Portland for a West Coast Conference weekend set at Benedetti Diamond. Friday's contest is set for 3:00 PM, while Saturday's and Sunday's games are scheduled for 1:00 PM.

Gonzaga's Game With LCSC Postponed

Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball game that was schedule for Wednesday with Lewis-Clark State College at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field has been postponed due to inclement weather in Spokane. The game between the Bulldogs and Warriors has been rescheduled for May 12 at 6 p.m.

Gonzaga (23-17) will take the field again Friday as they open a key three-game West Coast Conference series at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. The series opener Friday will be at 3 p.m. with contests Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Rain Washes Out Pilots, Beavers

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Portland Pilots had their second game rained out this week as their scheduled game against the Oregon State Beavers this evening has been postponed due to the wet weather. No make-up date has been scheduled.

The Pilots and Beavers were set to play at 5:00 p.m. at Goss Stadium in Corvallis. Rain also forced the cancellation of Portland's home game against Washington on Tuesday.

The Pilots next take the field in San Francisco, Calif., for a three-game West Coast Conference series against the USF Dons this weekend. The Pilots and Dons open the series on Friday with a game at 3:00 p.m. at Benedetti Diamond. UP and USF are scheduled to play at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.