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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 25, 2008

Gonzaga - 11
Saint Mary's - 3

Moraga, Calif. - Matt Fields allowed 3 hits in just over 7.0 frames while striking out eight, as the Gonzaga University baseball team earned an 11-3 victory over Saint Mary's College Friday in Moraga, Calif. The game was the opening tilt of a three-game West Coast Conference series.

Fields (7-2) posted his second straight impressive outing as the junior allowed one run on three hits while striking out eight. The GU (24-17, 6-6 WCC) starter earned the victory after pitching 7.0 innings, while also facing the lead off batter of the eighth inning. Saint Mary's (20-18-1, 4-9 WCC) starter Scott Schneider (5-4) suffered the loss, allowing nine runs, five earned, on nine hits and four walks over 5.0 frames.

Drew Heid led Gonzaga at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three runs batted in and a run scored. Three of the sophomore's four hits were doubles, tying the Bulldog record for doubles in a game. Heid now shares the record with teammates Mark Castellitto and Ryan Wiegand.

Gonzaga broke the game open in the third inning, taking a 5-0 lead. In the inning, the Bulldogs rallied for the five runs on four hits, an error and a sacrifice. Evan Wells, Marcus McKimmy, Wiegand and Castellitto each drove in runs during the frame, as Heid, Wells, Wiegand and Tyson Van Winkle all scored. Castellitto highlighted the inning, thanks to a two-run double.

Fields held the Gaels hitless until the fifth, when Justin Fazio recoded SMC's first base hit - a double to right field.

The Zags added four additional runs in the fifth, extending their lead to 9-0. With one out, Wiegand reached first on a walk, before advancing to third on a double by Van Winkle. Castellitto then singled, scoring Wiegand and placing runners in the corners. Grant Kveder drove in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice during the next at-bat. Following a walk to Winston, Heid recorded his second double of the game - this time a two-run hit that scored Castellitto and Winston.

Heid drove in another run in the top of the seventh thanks to an infield single that plated Van Winkle. Wells drove in the second run of the frame as he hit into a fielder's choice, which scored Kveder.

Saint Mary's avoided the shutout by posting three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Following a single to open the frame, pinch hitter Ryan Young hit a two-run home run to break the Zags' run at blanking the Gaels. Kenny Fuglerud drove in SMC's final run of the game four batters later with a single to right.

The Bulldogs and Gaels will return to the field Saturday for the second game of the three-game conference series. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

San Diego - 11
LMU - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind another outstanding pitching performance from junior All-American Brian Matusz, the ninth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team cruised their way to a 11-4 West Coast Conference win over visiting Loyola Marymount Friday afternoon at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 33-11 overall, move to 11-2 in the WCC and run the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games. With the loss, the Lions fall to 20-21 overall and 5-8 in the WCC.

USD wasted no time in scoring as in the first inning the Toreros scored two runs on two hits. With two outs, James Meador got things rolling with a single to the shortstop and moved to second when Josh Romanski drew a walk. Logan Gelbrich then drove in both runs with a two-run double to left center to give USD the early 2-0 lead.

USD added to its lead in the second inning, scoring two more runs on two hits. Jose Valerio got things started when he was hit by a pitch and he moved to third when Nick McCoy doubled to right centerfield. Kevin Muno drove in Valerio with a groundout to the shortstop. Sean Nicol then drove in McCoy with a single through the left side to move the score to 4-0.

After USD scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a McCoy sacrifice bunt and a Nicol run-scoring double, the Lions took advantage of a USD miscue and scored three runs to cut the lead in half. The LMU runs came on a Songco RBI single, the second run came when Spraker hit into a double play and the final Lion run came on a Koch run-scoring double to move the score to 6-3.

The Toreros then exploded in their half of the inning scoring five runs on three hits to put the game out of reach. Hansen led off the inning with a single up the middle, stole second and moved to third on a Valerio ground out. After McCoy was hit by a pitch, Muno drove in Hansen with a RBI bunt single down the first baseline. Nicol then walked to load the bases and James Meador hit the ball to the second baseman, who bobbled the ball, which moved each runner up one base and scored the second Torero run of the inning. Romanski then pushed across the third run on a groundout and Gelbrich hit a two-run bloop single to right field to cap the scoring for the inning and give USD a 11-3 lead.

LMU then took back one run in the top of the ninth inning to put the game at its final of 11-4.

Offensively for the Toreros, Gelbrich led the way as he went 2-for-5 with one double and four RBI. Both Nicol and Hansen went 2-for-4 at the plate, each having a double and Nicol recording two RBI. Muno was the final USD player to record multiple hits, as he went 2-for-5 with two RBI.

Matusz (9-1) won his ninth straight game on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed three unearned runs on six hits, while striking out nine in 7.0 innings of work. Andy Beal (4-5) was saddled with the loss for the Lions, as he allowed seven runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings of work.

The Toreros and Lions will return to action on Saturday as they play a 1 p.m. WCC game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 10 (10)
Portland - 9

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco took an exciting 10-9 victory in the tenth inning of the opening game of the weekend West Coast Conference set with Portland on Friday at Benedetti Diamond. The Pilots (17-24, 5-11 WCC) roared back from a 9-1 deficit in the fourth, by scoring nine runs over five innings, but USF (24-18, 7-6 WCC) stole the win in the tenth.

Senior right fielder Kyle Morgan squeaked out an infield single to shortstop to start the tenth frame. Senior pitcher Mitchell Bialosky struck out and Portland's sophomore catcher Rocky Gale threw to first to try and pick Morgan off the bag. His throw sailed into right field and Morgan advanced to second. On the very first pitch to junior left fielder Drew Johnson, Morgan stole third, barely reaching safely as the Pilots had thrown a pitch out on the play. Johnson walked before freshman first baseman Stephen Yarrow came to the plate. Yarrow pushed a slow roller to second that allowed Morgan to slide into home just under the tag of Gale, taking the 10-9 win.

USF had a comfortable 9-1 lead going into the top of the fourth, but the Pilots had more to say. They scored three in both the fifth and sixth innings, one in the seventh, and junior first baseman Chase Powell stroked a solo homerun over the right center field fence to tie the ballgame in the eighth. Portland pitchers held the Dons scoreless for six innings before the game winning run in the tenth.

Portland made four costly errors in the game, two of which came in the second, giving the Dons a 3-0 lead. With one out, sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin reached base when freshman right fielder Tyler Thompson dropped his fly ball. An out later, sophomore third baseman Derek Poppert reached on an error by senior third baseman Danny Meier. Both runners scored on senior shortstop Tavo Hall's team leading 13th double. Hall then scored on senior second baseman Joey Railey's double to left center.

USF broke it open in the third, plating five. With one out and bases loaded, sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel singled to right, scoring one and keeping the bags full. Poppert then emptied them on a deep double down the left field line. Hall reached base on a bunt single, pushing Poppert to third, who then scored on the Pilots' third error of the contest. Gale threw to first trying to get a speedy Hall, but the ball just ended up getting past Powell at first.

USF added an insurance run in the fourth on an RBI double from Lipkin.

Sophomore right-hander Alex Kalogrides started for the Dons, giving up four runs (one earned) off five hits, three walks, and struck out three in 5.0 innings. His bullpen allowed the Pilots to tie it over the next three innings. Sophomore righty Chase Tigert allowed three earned runs off one hit and two walks in 0.2 innings before giving way to senior right-hander Brian Anderson. In 0.2 innings, Anderson allowed one earned run off two hits and three walks. Freshman left-hander Garrett Luippold allowed the Pilots final earned run off one hit, one walk, and four strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

Bialosky (3-5) earned the victory, not allowing a run off just one hit, and struck out four Pilots in 2.0 innings. Bialosky also went 2-for-5 at the plate with a walk.

USF smashed 17 hits in the contest, the third highest total this season. Morgan was 4-for-6 with two doubles, a big stolen base, and two runs scored. Railey had three hits, including his 11th double of the season, and one RBI. Hall had two hits with a double, two runs scored and three RBI. Poppert had a double with three RBI and two runs scored. Lipkin went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. Kim doubled and scored twice. Johnson, Ethel, and Bernatz also singled.

Portland's freshman right-hander Zach Varce allowed Morgan's run in relief, facing two batters in the tenth. Junior right-hander Matthew Lange (3-5) took the loss, allowing one unearned run off one hit and three strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Junior right-hander Mark Triolo started, allowing eight runs (five earned) off 10 hits, no walks, and one strikeout in 2.1 innings. Powell went 3-for-6 with a homerun and five RBI to lead the Pilots at the plate.

Game two of the three game series is set for 1:00 PM tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond.

Santa Clara - 10
Hawaii-Hilo - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team posted its second shutout of the season Friday night as the Broncos posted a 10-0 rout of the Vulcans of Hawaii-Hilo before the mercy rule was used at the end of the seventh inning. With the win, the Broncos improved to 23-16 on the season, while the Vulcans dropped to 13-24 overall.

Starting pitcher Nate Garcia (5-2) earned his fifth win of the season after six innings of work allowing just three hits and striking out six batters. Relief pitcher Joe Supple logged an inning of work, striking out three. The loss was issued to Brian Shannon. He is now 1-4 on the season.

Shortstop Jon Karcich led the Broncos going 3-for-4 with four runs drove in and one home run. Ryan Conan posted three RBIs, while Matt Long and LeBlanc both scored two runs for the Broncos.

After a quick top of the first dealt to the Vulcans by Garcia, SCU rallied for seven runs to take control of the scoreboard. Conan drove in the first two runs for Santa Clara with his base-hit. Evan LeBlanc and Long scored on the play. Long got on base with a leadoff single, while LeBlanc got on board with a single through the right side that advanced Long to third base.

Karcich then gave the Broncos a 5-0 advantage with his three-run homer to left field. The shot was his nine home run of the season. Back to the top of the lineup, Long drove in his first run of the game with a double down the right field line that allowed Gabe Alcantar to score. The final run of the inning was scored by second baseman David Abraham, who advanced home after LeBlanc reached first on an error by Hawaii-Hilo's catcher Matthew Haasenritter. SCU held a 7-0 lead.

The Broncos' defense quickly retired the Vulcans in the top of the second inning, allowing Santa Clara's bats to score an additional run.

In his second at-bat of the game, Karcich posted an RBI single through the left side that brought home designated hitter Geoff Klein. Klein got on base with single and then advanced to second on a balk. The Broncos led the Vulcans, 8-0.

Both teams were held scoreless for the next four innings. The Broncos tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh before the mercy rule was used and the game was brought to a close. Long, who walked, and LeBlanc, who reached on an error, both scored for Santa Clara.

Santa Clara out-hit UHH, 13-3, while the Vulcans posted four errors.

The Broncos and Vulcans continue action on Saturday, April 26. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium in Santa Clara.