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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 28, 2007

Gonzaga - 1
San Francisco - 0

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Clayton Mortensen threw a complete-game shutout while striking out 10 as the Gonzaga University baseball team edged out the University of San Francisco 1-0 at Benedetti Diamond in San Francisco, Calif. The Zags' victory evens the three-game West Coast Conference series with the Dons at one game a piece.

Gonzaga improves its overall record to 27-20 with the win, including 10-4 against conference foes. The loss drops the Dons to 22-23 for the season and 5-9 in league play.

Mortensen (6-2) threw his fourth complete game of the season en route to the victory. The senior from Rexburg, Idaho allowed no runs on four hits while striking out 10 and allowing no walks in his 9.0 innings of work. USF starter Jason Dufloth (5-4) suffered the loss allowing one unearned run on eight hits and no walks in 7.1 innings.

The lone run of the contest was scored in the top of the eighth inning by the Bulldogs' Bryan Winston. With one out in the frame, Winston singled through the right side to reach base before advancing to second on a single by Darin Holcomb. Winston would come around to score on a San Francisco error to give Gonzaga the game winning run.

Winston, Holcomb and Dustin Colclough led all Bulldog batters with two hits a piece. Ryan Wiegand and Shawn Wayt reach posted a hit for the Zags as well. All of Gonzaga's hits were singles, as no extra base hits were record during the game by either team.

The win moves the Zags a half game back of No. 12 University of Pepperdine for second place in the WCC standings, as well as a game and a half back of No. 16 University of San Diego for first place. Pepperdine and San Diego play a three-game series this weekend. Friday, the Toreros won the series opener 10-3, with the two remaining games to be played Sunday and Monday.

The Bulldogs and Dons will play the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday. Josh Monroe (6-2) is expected to earn the start for the Zags when the game begins at 1 p.m.

LMU - 7
Santa Clara - 6

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Lion pitching staff came up big when needed most Saturday, as Brian Wilson held the Broncos hitless until the sixth and Xavier Esquivel threw a scoreless 2.1 innings to close a 7-6 LMU victory over Santa Clara (21-23, 6-8 WCC) at Stephen Schott Stadium. The win secured the West Coast Conference series victory for the Lions, who move into sole possession of fourth place in the current WCC standings. The Lions (20-26-1, 7-7 WCC) will go for the series sweep Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Wilson, who earned the save in Friday night's game one, threw a no-hitter into the sixth inning Saturday. He passed his previous career-high five strikeouts in just the third inning, and finished with eight strikeouts on the day. Wilson (4-5) worked 5.2 innings, allowing just two hits, to the final two batters he faced.

The Lions were the first to strike, pushing a run across in the third on three straight singles. Michael Glomb's single was the one to drive in Eric Farris for the 1-0 LMU lead.

LMU added two more runs in the fifth, again thanks to three straight singles. Farris drove in Miller, who had led off the frame. Joe Zeller then scored on a wild pitch by SCU starter Matt Wickswat.

The Lions made it a five-run lead in the sixth, when freshman Angelo Songco doubled down the right field line to plate Brett Mendoza who had started the inning with an infield single. Songco later scored after a wild pitch and a mishandled infield groundout.

Santa Clara managed two hits off Wilson in the sixth, both driving in runs after Wilson put two on via a walk and a hit batter. The Lions' starter left the game with a 5-2 lead after holding the Broncos hitless until the sixth.

Elvis Herrera renewed the Lions' five-run lead in the top of the seventh with a two-out, two-run home run over the fence in left that made it 7-2 LMU.

The five-run lead did not last long, as Evan LeBlanc's three-run home run in the seventh pulled the Broncos within two. Santa Clara scored one more run before the end of the frame to make it 7-6 LMU thanks to two infield errors by the Lions.

But that would be the end of the scoring for both clubs, as Esquivel tossed the final 2.1 scoreless innings to earn his first career save.

Wickswat fell to 6-5 on the season after allowing five runs on 10 hits in his 5.1 innings of work.

Glomb finished 3-for-4 with one RBI for the Lions. Other multiple-hit outings came from Farris, Mendoza, and Zeller.

Ryan Conan had the only multiple-hit day for the Broncos, going 2-for-4.

The LMU pitching staff of Wilson, Nate Keadle, Mike Kenney, and Esquivel finished with 10 strikeouts on the day.

LMU and Santa Clara will conclude the three-game WCC series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. start. Fans can follow the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker at www.LMULions.com.

Portland - 13
Saint Mary's - 4

MORAGA, Calif. - Portland totaled 17 hits and junior Given Kutz pitched eight solid innings as the Pilots made it two straight wins over the Saint Mary's Gaels with a 13-4 victory on Saturday at Guisto Field. Freshman Charlie Herche knocked in a career-high three runs for the Pilots.

Portland, which has won five of its last seven games, improves to 19-22 overall and 6-8 in the West Coast Conference. Saint Mary's drops to 17-25-1 (0-14 WCC) on the season.

Kutz (5-4) struck out seven and didn't allow a walk in 8.0 innings of work. He allowed four runs, three earned, on 11 hits. Junior reliever Chris Siegfried worked a scoreless and hitless ninth for the Pilots.

Portland led the entire game after scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Senior Jesse Rodgers led Portland offensively with three hits. Herche had two hits, as did seniors Justin Pierce and James Allan, sophomore Chase Powell and freshman Clayton Shaw.

Seven different Pilots drove in at least one run. Freshman Rocky Gale knocked in two, while Shaw scored three runs. Rodgers and freshman Jeff Arbayo each scored twice.

In the first, Portland touched SMC starter Sean Gleason (4-6) for three runs on four hits. Allan knocked in a run with a single, Shaw plated one with a sacrifice fly and Rodgers drove in a run with a double.

Saint Mary's scored a run in the third before UP added two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take a 7-1 lead. In the fourth, Herche picked up his first RBI with a single. In the fifth, Gale hit a two-run double to right-center field.

The Gaels pulled within three runs with a run in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth. Kyle Jensen and Gilbert Urbina both drove in a run in the sixth to pull Saint Mary's within 7-4.

But Portland responded with a run in the seventh, a run in the eighth and four runs in the top of the ninth. Herche knocked in two more runs with a double in the final frame. Senior Billy Krause, who replaced Pierce in the outfield, capped the scoring for Portland with an RBI double to make it 13-4.

All four Portland runs in the ninth were charged to reliever Brian Doyle. Three SMC relievers followed Gleason, who lasted 7.0 innings in the loss. He allowed eight runs, five earned, on 14 hits.

Portland and Saint Mary's a scheduled to play the series finale of the three-game set on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Pilots, who won the opening game 3-2 on Friday, are looking for their first WCC series sweep since 2002.