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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 1, 2007

Saint Mary's - 11
Patten - 3

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team muscled up and tallied 11 runs on 18 hits to run past Patten Tuesday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Michael Gonzales tattooed the scoreboard to lead the vaunted Gaels attack. After the day, the Gaels improve to 19-25-1 overall.

After Patten plated a first inning run, Gonzales answered right back in a big way. The 6-6 freshman drilled his third home run on the season when he blistered the scoreboard with a line drive shot to right field to score two.

The Gaels scored another in the third and one in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. With the game still in the balance the Gaels erupted for seven runs in the seventh to secure the victory. Five of the seven runs came with two outs in the inning.

Freshman southpaw Anthony Aliotti tallied his team-leading sixth win on the season. Aliotti tossed six innings and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out six. Senior Justin Sloan pitched a perfect ninth inning.

Eight different pitchers toed the rubber for Patten. Daniel Silvas was tagged with the loss after he allowed two runs in two innings.

Freshman Randy Wells continued to swing a hot bat. The newcomer ripped his third double in just two games and was a home run away from the cycle. Well batted 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.

Anthony Aliotti and Brian Hawkins also tallied three-hits a piece. Aliotti added a RBI and a run scored while Hawkins also drove in a run and scored.

Kyle Jensen and Kenny Fuglerud had two knocks a piece. Fuglerud drove in a run and tallied a RBI. Nine different Gaels tallied a RBI and 10 recorded hits on the afternoon.

Saint Mary's will conclude its home slate with a three-game conference set against rival Santa Clara. The series will begin on Friday, May 4 at 3 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

San Francisco - 13
Cal - 4

San Francisco, CA - The University of San Francisco baseball team continued its hot streak at the plate as the Dons (24-23) defeated the California Golden Bears 13-4 at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. The win is the Dons sixth straight over the Bears (23-22), as they collect 15 hits in the contest.

Junior second baseman Joey Railey hit his first career grand slam on a 2-for-5 day with four RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Junior shortstop Brian Chavez went 3-for-5, including his team leading 14th double, with three RBI and a run scored. Freshman third baseman Derek Poppert had two hits and scored a run. Senior catcher Jon Norfolk doubled and drove in a run. Junior right fielder Luke Sommer singled and drove in two, while also scoring twice. Senior first baseman Chris Bacigalupi, junior designated hitter Matt Lieb, and senior pinch hitter Daniel Morales all singled and drove in a run. Freshman pinch hitter George Lujan, sophomore left fielder Zach Kim, and senior center fielder Jonnie Knoble also singled in the contest. Knoble stole his team leading 20th base as well.

USF started off the game right, plating four in the first, all with two outs. Poppert singled, then scored when Bacigalupi, Norfolk, and Sommer were all hit by pitches. Chavez then singled up the middle, scoring Bacigalupi and Norfolk. Sommer scored on Lieb's single to left.

After Cal put up two in the fourth and one in the fifth to make it 4-3, the Dons put the game out of reach by scoring nine in the sixth. Railey singled and stole second before Knoble was hit by a pitch. Both Railey and Knoble stole a bag to put runners at second and third. An out later, Bacigalupi singled to center, scoring Railey. Norfolk singled to center, scoring Knoble before Sommer singled to right, scoring Bacigalupi. Norfolk scored on Chavez's double to right. Morales smacked a pinch hit single to right, plating Sommer. Senior pinch hitter Blake Nelson walked to load the bases before Railey smashed a grand slam to right field.

Junior right-hander Mitchell Bialosky earned his first win of the season (1-4), throwing 2.2 shutout innings, only giving up one hit, a walk, and striking out two Bears. Senior left-hander Cole Stipovich gave up three of the Bears runs (all earned) off six hits and recorded two strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Junior left-hander Matt Baugh allowed Cal's final earned run off two hits in 2.1 innings. Freshman right-hander Alex Kalogrides and junior right-hander Brian Anderson closed out the game, each throwing an identical 1.0 shutout inning with two strikeouts.

Cal's junior right-hander Nick Nunez (3-3) earned the loss, allowing four earned runs off two hits in 0.2 innings of work. Senior Brett Munster, sophomore David Cooper, and freshman Brett Jackson each had two hits on the day.

USF returns to West Coast Conference action at San Diego this weekend. Friday's first pitch is set for 3:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 16
Stanford - 8

STANFORD, Calif. - For the second straight game, the Santa Clara baseball team wasted no time racing out to a huge lead and putting it's opponent into an early hole. Tuesday night, the Broncos scored nine runs in the top of the first inning, and made it hold up in earning a 16-8 win over the Stanford Cardinal, SCU's third-straight victory and sixth in the last eight meetings with it's South Bay rival.

The Broncos (23-23) remain on the road this week, resuming West Coast Conference play Friday afternoon in Moraga, where SCU will battle the Saint Mary's Gaels in a three-game series. Friday's opener will begin at 3 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday's contests are each scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch.

Nathan Faulkner put together a career night Tuesday, going 5-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBIs to lead an SCU offense that smacked 17 hits off of six Stanford pitchers. Three more Broncos, Carl Bacon, Evan LeBlanc, and Tommy Medica had three hits and drove in a pair of runs against the Cardinal, while Bacon scored three runs as well. Matt Long also drove in four runs in the victory.

Santa Clara burst out of the gates immediately Tuesday night, plating nine runs before the first Cardinal hitter picked up a bat. With one out, LeBlanc doubled down the left-field line and was driven in on the next at-bat by Medica's single up the middle.

After Ryan Conan lined out to left, the Broncos proceeded to put the next nine runners on base, starting with a walk to Gabe Alcantar followed by an RBI single from Bacon that made it 2-0 Broncos and chased Cardinal starter Austin Yount from the game. Yount lasted only two-thirds of an inning, giving up four earned runs and suffering his first loss of the year.

Faulkner then welcomed reliever Brandt Walker to the game by doubling Alcantar in, and then David Hoffmire's walk loaded the bases. Walker then issued consecutive bases-loaded walks to Jon Karcich and Long, making it 5-0 Broncos. With Max Fearnow then taking over for Walker on the mound, LeBlanc, Medica, and Conan all provided RBI singles to cap the scoring in the first.

The Broncos took a 10-0 lead as a Karcich sacrifice fly scored Bacon in the second, but in the third, Stanford started to make things interesting, scoring four runs on five hits off of Bronco starter Sean O'Neill. Michael Taylor had the big hit in the rally, banging a two-run double off the center-field wall. Taylor struck again in the Stanford half of the fifth, cutting the SCU lead to 10-6 by crushing a long ball to left for a two-run homer, his seventh of the year, as part of his 2-for-3, four-RBI performance.

O'Neill, although giving up six runs on nine hits over five innings, still struck out three and came away with his second win of the year.

Yet Santa Clara answered back right away, quickly dashing any Stanford hopes of a comeback by scoring six runs in the top of the sixth. For the second time in the game, the Broncos batted around, with Alcantar, Bacon and Faulkner providing RBI singles, and Matt Long doing the bulk of the damage with a bases-loaded double that cleared the bases and gave SCU an insurmountable 16-6 lead.

Stanford added a run in both the seventh and eighth innings to provide the final margin.