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WCC Baseball Recaps - 4/25

April 25, 2006

LMU - 6
USC - 5

Los Angeles, CA - A high, bases-loaded shot off the bat of senior Erik Johnson found just the right spot in shallow right field to score Anthony Soto to break a 5-5 tie in the top of the ninth, as the Lions topped USC 6-5 Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field. The win marked the second straight mid-week victory for LMU (18-27), who defeat the Trojans (23-20) just days after they fell out of the national rankings.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Soto used his speed to reach first on his infield single. Eric Farris followed with a single of his own, and pinch hitter DeAndre Miller drew a walk to load the bases to set up Johnson's game-winning RBI.

Reliever Lee Roberts returned to the mound in the ninth and retired the Trojans in order, all on groundouts. Roberts earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the season, holding USC to one hit in his 2 1/3 innings of work.

After a scoreless first inning on both ends, the Lions put up three in the top of the second. Chris Pettit started the run with a single up the middle in his 734th career at bat. That mark placed him on LMU's all-time leaders list in a fourth career category.

Sean Dovel advanced Pettit to second with a groundout, and A.J. LaMonda followed with a single of his own. Kyle Mura drove Pettit in with a single to center to make it 1-0 LMU.

Anthony Soto was hit by a pitch by USC starter Shawn Olson to load the bases to continue the inning. Eric Farris took advantage of the situation, singling up the middle to plate both LaMonda and Mura for the 3-0 lead.

But the Trojans answered in the bottom of the second and third innings. Two home runs off the bats of Lucas Duda and Cyle Hankerd tied the game at three.

USC threatened in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs. Roberts entered and got second baseman Blake Sharpe to pop-up to short to end the inning.

The game remained 3-3 until Dovel launched a one-out single to center in the top of the eighth to score pinch runner Matt Carter from second. Carter had entered to run for pinch hitter Elvis Herrera who drew the walk from Trojan reliever David Parrow. LaMonda followed with a sacrifice fly to left that brought in Pettit, who had also drawn a walk, this one from John Dunn.

After a double by Baron Frost, the Trojans made it 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth on a Daniel Perales groundout that scored Hankerd. The Trojans pushed across what was then the tying run on a wild pitch.

USC reliever Paul Koss suffered the loss, falling to 0-5 on the season after allowing the winning run in the ninth.

Both starting pitchers threw for career-long outings Tuesday, as LMU's Brian Wilson worked 6 2/3 innings on the heels of his six-inning shutout of top-ranked Cal State Fullerton last Tuesday. Wilson scattered five hits, with all three runs coming on Trojan home runs. He added three strikeouts.

Farris and Johnson combined to hit 4-for-10 with three RBI.

LMU and USC have now split the season series for three straight years.

The Lions will host their final three-game series of the regular season this weekend when Gonzaga visits Page Stadium. First game is Friday at 3:00 p.m. and fans can catch it all as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Portland - 20
Oregon State - 13 (12)

CORVALLIS, Ore. - It took 12 innings and more than five hours to finish, but the Portland Pilots finally beat the fifth-ranked Oregon State Beavers 20-13 in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday at Goss Stadium. The Pilots had 22 hits for the game, led by freshman Sean Nicol and sophomore Danny Meier with four each.

Senior Matthew Peters, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, had a pair of two-run home runs for the Pilots, who improve to 13-27 overall (2-10 WCC). Peters also knocked in six runs.

Nicol chipped in with three RBI's and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Meier scored four runs, while junior Andrew Wrisley and freshman Paul Crowder each has three hits. Seven Pilots had at least one RBI.

Tied 13-13 in the 12th, junior Justin Ehlers led off with a double against OSU reliever Eddie Kunz (3-1). After junior Jesse Rodgers walked, Andrew Wrisley hit a tie-breaking single to center field. The Pilots then scored six more runs on a Crowder single, a two-run Nicol triple, a double by senior Gustaf Little, a Meier single and a sacrifice fly by Peters.

Down 12-11 in the top of the ninth inning, the Pilots were down to their final out. Meier drew a two-out walk to extend the inning. Peters followed with an RBI single to right field that scored Meier, who had advanced to second on a passed ball. Peters advanced to second on an error by the right fielder after his single. Senior Travis Vetters then gave Portland the lead with a base hit. Peters scored on an error by the third baseman, the sixth error in the game for Oregon State.

With one out and Portland closer Austin Dirkx on the hill in the bottom of the ninth, OSU's Mitch Canham tied the game with a solo home run to right field.

Each team used seven pitchers for the game. Senior Joe Jones (1-2) pitched the final three innings to pick up the win for the Pilots. Jones didn't allow a hit, while striking out one and walking three.

Kunz gave up four runs in 2.1 innings for the loss.

Oregon Stated (28-10, 9-3 Pac-10) scored first with three runs in the bottom of the first inning off UP starter Ari Ronick. Cole Gillespie and Shae McFeely each recorded RBI's as OSU led 3-0.

Still down three runs in the top of the third, Portland put five runs on the board to take the lead. With the bases loaded, Vetters knocked in two with a single. Junior James Allan then picked up an RBI on a ground out, before Vetters scored on wild pitch. Paul Crowder capped the scoring with an RBI single that plated Jesse Rodgers and gave Portland a 5-3 lead.

The Beavs responded with four in the bottom of the fourth on only two hits. OSU was aided with three walks and a Portland error.

Down 7-5, the Pilots scored a run in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh to take the lead back at 11-7. With the Beavers leading 7-6 in the sixth, Peters hit his first home run to make it a 8-7 Portland lead. Peters' shot was a two-run blast to right field. Nicol, who knocked in Portland's run in the fifth, also brought home a run in the sixth.

In the seventh, Peters hit another two-run home run, this time to center field.

Oregon State then plated three in the seventh and two in the eighth. McFeely tied the game with an RBI single up the middle in the eighth inning. Bill Rowe then gave the lead back to the Beavers with a sacrifice fly that scored Cole Gillespie.

The Beavers committed nine errors in the game. The Pilots had four.

The Pilots next travel to Malibu, Calif., for a three-game WCC series against Pepperdine this weekend. The Pilots are scheduled to play the Waves at 3 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with the series finale slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

San Francisco - 7
California - 6

San Francisco, CA - In the first annual Dante Benedetti Classic, USF came from behind to defeat Cal 7-6 at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The Dons (26-18) swept the season series with the Golden Bears (19-21) 2-0.

Cal started the scoring in the first inning with a one-out three-run homerun by junior outfielder Brennan Boesch, and held the Dons to only one run through the first three innings.

In the fourth, the Dons took the lead, scoring four runs. Senior shortstop Andrew Smith singled to center and junior left-fielder Scott Cousins followed with a single to right. San Francisco native, senior right-fielder Stefan Gartrell singled to left to score Smith and move his team leading RBI total up to 46. An out later, junior catcher Daniel Morales pounded a shot out to the left field bleachers to make it 5-3.

Cal tied it in the fifth with a homerun by senior shortstop Craig Allen, and a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Josh Satin which scored junior left fielder Chris Errecart who had doubled and advanced to third on a ground ball out by Boesch.

Cousins put USF back in the lead in the bottom half of the inning with his third homerun of the year, a mammoth shot that cleared the right field wall.

The Bears tried to mount a comeback, tying the game in the ninth with consecutive doubles by Craig and Errecart, but sophomore left-hander Cole Stipovich came in and retired the last batter of the inning. USF won the game on consecutive doubles of their own, as with one out, freshman second baseman George Lujan doubled to right and scored on sophomore third baseman Joey Railey's double to left.

USF managed ten hits in the contest. Cousins was 3-for-4 with a pair of singles and a homerun. Smith and Lujan each stroked two hits with Railey, Gartrell, and Morales adding one each.

Stipovich (2-1) earned the victory, facing only one batter in 0.1 innings of work. Sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson started the game, throwing 4.0 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on three hits, walking two and striking out two. Junior right-hander John Quine came on in relief of Anderson, and threw 4.2 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits and a walk.

Allen, Errecart, and Boesch had two hits for the Bears, with sophomore first baseman Mike Van Winden and senior designated hitter Rob Nesbitt adding one each. Senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett (0-2) got the loss, throwing 1.2 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits, no walks and struck out two Dons.

USF returns to West Coast Conference action this Friday versus San Diego at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 3:00 PM.

Game Notes:

First Pitch Ceremony: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome First Pitch Ceremony No. 2: Sandra (Benedetti) Luna & Claudia Benedetti

Today's inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic between California and the University of San Francisco is the first collegiate game played at AT&T Park. The contest celebrates the legacy of a giant in San Francisco youth and collegiate baseball. Benedetti, who coached USF for 16 years for an annual salary of one dollar passed away in November of 2005 at the age of 86 after a long illness.

Santa Clara - 6
Stanford - 1

STANFORD, Calif. - In a Tuesday night battle between South Bay Area rivals it was only fitting that South Bay natives keyed the winning rally for Santa Clara. Atherton's Brady Fuerst pounded a one-out double that scored San Jose's own Eric Newton and Gabriel Alcantar in the top of the 10th inning as the Broncos came away with a 6-1 victory over the Stanford Cardinal at Sunken Diamond Stadium.

The win extends Santa Clara's winning streak to three heading into a crucial WCC home series this weekend against the Saint Mary's Gaels. Friday's opener at Stephen Schott Stadium is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch while Saturday and Sunday's contests are scheduled for 1 p.m. starts. Tickets are available by calling (408) 554-4660 or by visiting the Leavey Center ticket office.

Tuesday night the two teams combined for only six hits through the first nine innings of a classic pitcher's duel. SCU starter Donald Brandt gave up the only run to the Cardinal in his three innings, striking out three while allowing only three hits. On the opposing side, Stanford's Matt Leva surrendered only a single hit and struck out four in his six innings of work.

Fuerst's two-RBI double in the extra frame provided the winning runs for the Broncos (24-18, 5-7 WCC) and an RBI singles from Daniel Nava and Dustin Realini tacked on some insurance for SCU. Nava and Realini each had two hits and two RBIs in the game to help defeat the Cardinal (17-18, 3-9 Pac-10).

Jeff Lombard pitched scoreless frames in the ninth and tenth for his second victory of the season.

Stanford's bullpen, meanwhile, could not pick up Leva's effort as Max Fearnow gave up a lead-off double to Nava in the seventh. After Nava advanced to third on a groundout, Fearnow's two-out wild pitch to Eric Newton allowed Nava to scamper home with the tying run.

The Bronco bullpen came up huge on their end, as Daniel DeMarco, Chris Stansbury and Lombard held the Stanford offense to only one hit and one base on balls while striking out five Cardinal batters over the final seven innings. The trio combined to retire 13-straight batters at one point in the contest.

Lombard, looking to preserve the tie in the bottom of the ninth, came up with a big stop as he reacted quickly to snag a Brendan Domaracki shot that seemed headed up the middle for a potential game-winning single. Instead, Lombard's solid defensive effort ended the inning and set the stage for the offensive explosion for SCU in the tenth.

Washington State - 9
Gonzaga - 6

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga faced Washington State for the sixth time Tuesday evening, falling to the Cougars 9-6. The season series with the Bulldogs' non-conference rival now stands at 3-3, with a final match-up between the two scheduled for Friday, May 16th at Spokane's Avista Stadum.

Gonzaga trailed 4-1 after just three innings, but managed to strike back at the Cougars by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game. With runners on second and third, freshman designated hitter Ryan Wiegand picked up an RBI by grounding out to third. Two batters later, Aaron McGuinness slammed his fourth homer of the season over the wall in left to tie the game.

With the score knotted at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Gonzaga took the lead briefly on a solo homerun by center fielder Jackson Brennan. The senior from Castle Rock, Colo., leads the Bulldogs with 11 round-trippers.

Gonzaga relinquished the lead for good in the top of the fifth as the Bulldogs allowed four unearned runs to cross the plate.

Washington State pitcher Reese Baker picked up his first win of the season, teaming with Jeremy Johnson and Steve Kost to retire ten consecutive Bulldogs batters from the fifth until the eighth inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, leadoff batter Bobby Carlson stroked his eighth home run of the year to narrow the margin to 8-6, but Washington State added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth the Bulldogs' potent 1-2-3 combination of Brennan, sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb, and junior second baseman Scott Campbell were retired in order to finish the game.

Gonzaga now travels to Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount in a three-game West Coast Conference series starting on Friday. The Bulldogs are currently sitting in a three-way tie with Pepperdine, San Diego, and San Francisco for second place in the WCC.

UC Irvine - 7
San Diego - 0

IRVINE, Calif. - Glenn Swanson threw a no-hitter for UC Irvine (25-17) to lead the Anteaters to a 7-0 win against the 24th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (25-18) in a non-conference game at Anteater Ballpark.

Swanson (5-4) threw his first no-hitter of his career and set a new career high with 14 strikeouts in picking up the win for the Anteaters.

Irvine broke into the scoring column in the third inning scoring four runs on a Cody Cipriano run scoring double, a Ben Orloff RBI single, a Taylor Holiday RBI triple, and a Jamie Martinez sacrifice fly.

The Anteaters would tack on three more runs in the fifth inning. UC Irvine scored their runs on a Orloff RBI single and a Matt Morris two-run single to center field.

Ricardo Pecina (4-3) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing seven runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they travel to Northern Calif. for a three-game West Coast Conference tilt with the Dons of the University of San Francisco.