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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 26, 2008

Portland - 5
San Francisco - 2

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. --- Senior Ari Ronick carried a shutout into the ninth and the Portland Pilots held on for a 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Dons Saturday at Benedetti Diamond. Freshman SS Riley Henricks and senior OF Danny Meier provided the offense with two home runs each.

The win evened the three-game series after USF beat the Pilots in 10 innings on Friday. Portland (18-24, 3-11 WCC) snapped a four-game losing streak with the win, while the Dons fall to 24-19 overall and 7-7 in league play.

The four home runs set a single game high for the Pilots this season, and it is the second time this year that Henricks has gone yard twice in the same game. Henricks finished 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, improving his batting average to .347 and slugging percentage to .614.

Meier now has 12 round-trippers on the season, moving him into a tie for the WCC lead. He is also tied for eighth place on the Portland single-season home run charts.

Ronick (4-5) kept the Dons bats silent most of the afternoon, limiting the home team to five hits and one walk in 8-plus innings. He struck out four batters, but was relieved in the bottom of the ninth after giving up a leadoff double. Freshman Zach Varce came on to get the final three outs around an RBI double and sacrifice fly.

Matt Baugh (5-3) took the loss for the Dons. Baugh went eight strong innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out seven.

It was the long ball that carried the Pilots to victory, and it came early and often.

Henricks got the game started in the first with a leadoff home run to left center. He added a two-run opposite field shot to right in the third, plating fellow frosh Owen Jones.

Meier belted his first dinger on a 3-2 pitch to deep right center to lead off the seventh inning and provided another insurance run with a leadoff blast in the ninth.

Sophomore 2B Clayton Shaw and freshman 3B Kevin Armijo also collected two hits apiece for the Pilots, while DH Zach Kim was the only USF player with two hits.

Portland collected nine hits and committed two errors for the game. USF had six hits and one error. The Pilots left three runners on base and the Dons left nine remaining.

The third and deciding game of the series will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 3
Gonzaga - 2

Moraga, CA - On a beautiful day at Louis Guisto Field, Saint Mary's (21-18-1/5-9 WCC) had it all working, as they defeated the Gonzaga (24-18/6-7 WCC) by a final score of 3-2 in a quick game Saturday afternoon.

It took only two hours and 17 minutes for the Gaels to even up the series, propelled by Brian Justice's (4-2) strong performance. The Gaels ace went eight complete, scattering five hits, two runs, both earned, walking one and striking out four. Justice was in command all afternoon, as he blew through the Bulldogs line-up, throwing strikes to both sides of the plate.

The Gaels jumped out to an early lead scoring one in the bottom of the first when senior Brian Hawkins scored off a fielder's choice from Kenny Fuglerud. The Gaels added two insurance runs in the bottom of the second when a Randy Wells single up the middle scored Justice Fazio, Aliotti added the second round when Daniel Alcaire hit a sac fly to the left fielder.

On the afternoon Aliotti went 2-for-3 with the run scored, Kyle Jensen went 2-for-4, with his 12th double of the season. The double was Jensen's 25th extra base hit of the season.

Gonzaga's RHP AJ Proszek (2-4) took the hard luck loss, as he was tagged early for the three runs but settled down, going eight complete, surrendering six hits, the runs, all earned, two walks and three strike outs.

Freshman Alex Schmarzo came into the game in the top of the ninth and absolutely dealt, as he got the Bulldogs to fall 1-2-3, striking out two, to earn his first save of the season.

Bulldogs bit hitting first baseman Ryan Weigand went 0-for-4 on the afternoon.

The two teams will pay the rubber match tomorrow at 1:00 PM; it will be senior day as the Gaels will honor four seniors.

San Diego - 6
LMU - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The ninth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team held off a late Loyola Marymount University rally to claim a 6-4 West Coast Conference win Saturday afternoon at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 34-11 overall, move to 12-2 in the WCC, claim the three-game series over the Lions and run the nation's longest winning streak to 15 games. With the loss, the Lions fall to 20-22 overall and 5-9 in the WCC.

Once again the Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they put up one run on one hit in the first inning. Kevin Muno got things started with a walk and moved to third on Sean Nicol's single to right field. James Meador then drove in Muno with a sacrifice fly to right field to give USD a 1-0 lead.

USD then put took complete control of the game by putting up five runs on six hits in the botom of the second inning. Victor Sanchez led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on Jose Valerio's single through the right side. After Nick McCoy advanced each runner with a sacrifice bunt, Muno drove in Sanchez with a ground out to the second baseman. Sean Nicol then hit a RBI single up the middle for the second run of the inning. Meador kept things rolling with a single through the left side and Josh Romanski drove in Nicol with a run-scoring double to left centerfield and the final two runs came on a Logan Gelbrich two-run single up the middle to give USD a comfortable 6-0 advantage.

The Lions then came back by putting up four runs on two hits in the top of the fifth inning. The LMU runs came on a AJ LaMonda RBI single and a three-run Angelo Songco double down the left field line cutting the lead to 6-4. But the Lions could come no closer as USD came away with the 6-4 win.

Romanski (8-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed four runs on five hits, while striking out nine in 7.0 innings of work. Sophomore closer AJ Griffin set the new program-record with his 21st career-save as he allowed no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work. Martin Viramontes (2-4) was saddled with the loss for the Lions as he allowed six runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings of work.

Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol led the way as he went 3-for-5 with one RBI. Meador went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Valerio, Sanchez and Muno all went 2-for-4 with Valerio recording a double and Muno adding in an RBI.

The Toreros and Lions will return to action on Sunday as they conclude the three-game WCC series with a 1 p.m. game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

Santa Clara - 10
Hawaii-Hilo - 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Junior outfielder Matt Long scored four runs while hitting for the cycle Saturday night to lift the Santa Clara baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Hawaii-Hilo. With the win, the Broncos improved to 24-16 overall, while the Vulcans dropped to 13-25 on the season.

Long was the first Bronco this season to hit for the cycle. He started off with a single in the first inning and then registered a home run in the second inning. In the fourth inning, Long sent a triple down the right field line and then doubled in the seventh.

Evan LeBlanc and Brady Fuerst also had solid offensive outings for Santa Clara. Both went 3-for-4, scoring two runs each while LeBlanc drove in three runs.

Santa Clara got on the scoreboard with one run in the first inning and then added four more in the second inning. In his first at-bat of the contest, Ryan Conan drove in the first run of the game as Long scored on Conan's groundout. SCU led 1-0.

The Broncos rallied in the second inning, after a quick top of the inning, to increase their lead to 5-0. Fuerst singled up the middle to bring home designated hitter Geoff Klein. Klein got on base with a leadoff walk. Outfielder Long then registered his seventh home run of the season as he launched one over the right field wall. The homer also brought home Fuerst. Santa Clara led 4-0. LeBlanc tallied the fourth run of the inning. He got on base with a single up the middle that initially bounced off the rubber on the pitcher's mound and landed in center field. LeBlanc then scored on a Conan base-hit.

After an up and down third inning, Long started off the Broncos half of the fourth inning with his fourth triple of the season. He then scored on a sacrifice fly from Medica. SCU climbed to a 7-0 lead as LeBlanc scored his second run of the game on a Conan RBI double to left field.

Santa Clara continued to hold UHH scoreless and went on to increase its lead to 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth as Jon Karcich scored on LeBlanc bases loaded fly out. Karcich got on base with a single up the middle and advanced around the bases as Fuerst singled and Long walked.

However, the Broncos could not keep the Vulcans from getting on the scoreboard in the three runs in the top sixth inning. The first run of the series for UHH came as bases were loaded after back-to-back batters were walked. Michael Higa scored when Matt Haasenritter was walked.

With two outs on the board and bases remaining loaded, Donald Brandt took over the pitching duties for starter Simon. In his first batter faced, Shane Kessel doubled down the left field line allowing Peter Rodgers and AJ Satele to score. Brandt then struck out Thomas Brown to end the inning. The score was 8-3 going into the bottom of the sixth.

Santa Clara rebounded in the bottom of the seventh inning to make it a seven-run game. Fuerst notched a bunt single to get on base and was followed by Long, who doubled to right field for the cycle. LeBlanc then recorded a two RBI single up the middle to give the Broncos the, 10-3, win.

The Broncos and Vulcans bring the three-game weekend series to a close on Sunday, April 27. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.