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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 27, 2008

Gonzaga - 18
Saint Mary's - 5

Moraga, Calif. - Jason Chatwood and Drew Heid each posted four hits as the Gonzaga University baseball team posted 18-5 victory over Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. The victory provided the Bulldogs with a 2-1 West Coast Conference series victory over the Gaels.

Gonzaga (25-18, 7-7 WCC) starter Cody Martin (3-0) earned the victory after allowing three runs on 11 hits over 5.0 innings. CJ McClure and Brandon Harmon made appearances out of the bullpen for the Zags. Harmon's appearance was the 82nd of his career, setting a Gonzaga record for all-time appearances. Saint Mary's (21-19-1, 5-10 WCC) starter Justin Kuks (0-3) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on as many hits in the opening three frames.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the top of the first. In the frame, Tyson Van Winkle and Grant Kveder recorded runs batted in as Van Winkle earned one with a single and Kveder as he was hit-by-a-pitch with the bases loaded.

GU added another run in the top o the second with a sacrifice fly by Marcus McKimmy. Heid, who reached on a bunt single, scored on the play.

The Gaels narrowed the lead in the bottom of the inning with two runs. Both runs were plated on a two-run double by Anthony Aliotti.

Mark Castellitto added another run on the board for Gonzaga in the top of the third thanks to a solo home run to left center.

Saint Mary's closed its deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning as Brian Hawkins scored on a fielder's choice.

Gonzaga broke open the score in the top of the sixth, as it exploded for five runs. Ryan Wiegand, Castellitto and Kvder all drove in runs on the inning, as the Bulldogs posted five hits and all five runs with two outs.

The Bulldogs added another five runs in the seventh inning, taking a 14-3 lead. In the inning, GU rallied for five hits including doubles by Heid, McKimmy and Kveder.

GU capped its scoring in the ninth, adding four additional runs. Following back-to-back walks, pinch hitter Shawn Wayt hit a three-run jack before the next batter, pinch hitter Michael Rhodes went yard with a solo shot.

The Gaels posted two runs in the ninth, to finalize the score at 18-5. Kyle Jensen and Kenny Fuglerud earned runs batted in for SMC during the inning.

The Bulldogs return home Tuesday, to host two-time defending national champion Oregon State University for a two-game series at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Tuesday's first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

San Diego - 11
LMU - 3

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior first baseman Jose Valerio goes yard twice as the ninth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team cruised their way to a 11-3 win over Loyola Marymount University Sunday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 35-11 overall, move to 13-3 in the WCC, complete a three-game sweep over the Lions and extend the nation's longest winning streak to 16 games. With the loss, the Lions fall to 20-23 overall and 5-10 in the WCC.

The Toreros got on the scoreboards first as they scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the second inning. Logan Gelbrich led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a Victor Sanchez single to centerfield. After Kevin Hansen walked to load the bases, Jose Valerio then hit his first collegiate grand slam over the fight field fence to give USD a 4-0 lead with no outs. Ryan Davis then kept things rolling with a single through the right side and moved to second on a Kevin Muno sacrifice bunt. James Meador then drove in Davis with a run-scoring double to left field and the final USD run of the inning came on a Josh Romanski RBI single through the right side to give USD a 6-0 advantage.

After each team then scored a run a piece in the third inning, the Lions took back two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a Brett Mendoza two-run single to cut the lead down to 7-3.

USD then went on to take those two runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Meador two-run homer over the left field fence, which scored Nicol, who had singled, to give USD a 9-3 lead.

The Toreros then put the game completely out of reach in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-run Valerio homer over the left field fence to give USD a comfortable 11-3 lead.

Offensively for the Toreros, Valerio led the way as he went 2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI. Meador was also solid at the plate for the Toreros as he went 3-for-5 with one double, one home runs and three RBI.

Kyle Blair (5-3) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed no runs on one hit, while striking out eight in 4.2 innings of work. Xavier Esquivel (4-3) was saddled with the loss for the Lions as he allowed seven runs on six hits in 2.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they travel to play Cal State Fullerton in a 6 p.m. non-conference game.

San Francisco - 5
Portland - 1

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco took the West Coast Conference series from Portland with a 5-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond. USF increased its record to 25-19, 8-7 WCC, and drop Portland to 18-25, 3-12 WCC.

Freshman left-hander Matt Lujan (5-2) threw seven scoreless innings before allowing the Pilots to cross the plate in the eighth. In 7.1 innings, Lujan allowed just one earned run off seven hits, no walks, and had a career high six strikeouts against the Pilots.

Senior right-hander Mitchell Bialosky threw the final 1.2 innings, not allowing a run off just one hit, a walk, and a strikeout.

USF scored in the third to take a 1-0 lead. Freshman third baseman Chris Escobar singled up the middle, earning his first hit in conference play. Senior shortstop Tavo Hall pushed Escobar to second on a sacrifice bunt before senior second baseman Joey Railey doubled down the left field line. Escobar scored on the play. Railey now has 215 career base knocks, good enough for seventh place all time on the Dons hits chart. He needs just two more to take over sixth place from Jermaine Clark (1995-97/216) and Joe Jacobitz (2002-04/216).

In the sixth, the Dons attached some insurance, plating four. Senior pinch hitter Matt Lieb singled up the middle to start the frame, and was followed by a single up the middle for senior right fielder Kyle Morgan. Freshman first baseman Stephen Yarrow singled, plating Ethel who had pinch ran for Lieb. After a pitching change, Bialosky smashed a pitch high on the net in left field, good enough for a three run bomb.

Bialosky had a hot day at the plate, going 3-for-4, including his fifth homerun of the season, three RBI and a run scored. Yarrow had two hits, along with an RBI and a run scored. Escobar earned his first and second hits in WCC play, and scored a run. Railey singled in a run, while Lieb, Morgan, and Kim each singled as well.

Portland tallied a run in the eighth off a bases loaded sacrifice fly by senior center fielder Danny Meier.

Junior right-hander Brennan Thorpe (2-1) suffered the loss for Portland, allowing four earned runs off nine hits, one walk, and struck out one Don. Bialosky's homerun came off junior right-hander Matt Lange, who allowed one earned run off one hit in 0.2 innings. Freshman left-hander Scott Burris threw the final 2.1 innings, not allowing a run off one hit, and struck out three Dons. Senior designated hitter Billy Krause led the Pilots with three hits on the day.

USF has another busy week ahead, traveling to Stockton for a 6:35 PM game on Tuesday, hosting Fresno State at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, and heading north to play a three game WCC set in Spokane, WA. Friday's game with Gonzaga is set for 6:30 PM. Saturday's and Sunday's contests versus the Bulldogs are set for 1:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 10
Hawaii-Hilo - 4

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team competed the sweep of the University of Hawaii at Hilo Sunday afternoon with a 10-4 triumph at Stephen Schott Stadium. With the win, the Broncos improved to 25-16 on the season, while the Vulcans dropped to 13-26.

Sophomore Alex Rivers (3-2) earned his third win of the season after 5.2 innings of work. The loss was awarded to Clayton Uyechi (1-3). He tossed two innings, allowing four hits and two runs.

Senior Gabe Alcantar led the Broncos offensively as he went 2-for-3 with one home run, two runs and two RBIs, while Matt Long also registered a home run.

For the first time in the series, Hawaii-Hilo scored first taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Ronel Trias scored for the Vulcans on a Michael Higa single up the middle. Trias got on base with a lead-off single.

However, Santa Clara responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning. Long continued his hot hitting streak with a solo home run to right field. It was the first home run Uyechi gave up this season. The score was tied 1-1.

The Broncos held off the Vulcans in their half of the second inning, although Shane Kessel did make his way into a scoring position. In its half of the inning, SCU tacked on an additional run as junior second baseman Brady Fuerst tallied an RBI single that brought home Jon Karcich. The sophomore shortstop got on base with a single. Santa Clara led, 2-1.

In the top of the third UHH nearly tied the score but that was if Long didn't have a say in the matter. With Keoni Manago at second base, A.J. Satele attempted the sacrifice as he flew out to right field. Long made the second out and then stopped Manago from reaching third as he fired the ball all the way to third base for the pick off to end the inning.

The Broncos scored two more runs in the fourth inning to claim a 4-1 advantage. Karcich reached on a fielder's choice in the second at-bat of the inning and was then brought home on Alcantar's fifth home run of the season.

The Vulcans were not giving up and began to close the gap in the fifth inning. Higa made the score 4-2 as he drove home Trias with his single to left field. UHH then made it a one-run game, 4-3, in the top of the sixth as Matt Haasenritter scored on a Trias bases loaded single.

The Broncos let loose in the bottom of the sixth inning as they scored four runs, all of which were brought home with two outs on the board. Karcich, Alcantar and Fuerst loaded the bases for Long. However, Karcich was put out at home while Long kept the bases full for junior LeBlanc. With two outs on the board, the leftfielder sent one to Peter Rodgers in right field, who dropped the ball allowing LeBlanc to reach and Fuerst and Alcantar score.

Two outs remained on the board in the half and Tommy Medica came to bat with runners on the corners. The sophomore designated hitter hit a solid double to right centerfield that brought home LeBlanc and Long. Santa Clara led 8-3.

Centerfielder Nathan Faulkner increased Santa Clara's lead in the seventh inning as he stole home to make the score 9-3. The redshirt senior got on base with a leadoff walk.

Faulkner then helped the Broncos reach 10 runs for the third straight contest as he drove in Patrick Glenn, who replaced LeBlanc in left field at the top of the inning. Glenn got on base with a single to right field and advanced to second on a Conan groundout. SCU held a 10-3 lead.

The Vulcans added on a run in the ninth inning to make the final score, 10-4. Trias scored on a Higa groundout.

The Broncos return to action on Monday, April 28 against the Cardinal of Stanford at Schott Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. on CBS College Sports.