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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 2, 2006

Pepperdine - 5
Long Beach State - 1

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Senior second baseman David Uribes tied the Pepperdine and West Coast Conference (WCC) all-time hits record and sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez pitched 4.2 scoreless innings to lead the 21st-ranked Waves to a 5-1 victory over Long Beach State Tuesday night at Blair Field.

Uribes had two hits and scored twice to help Pepperdine win its sixth in row and improve to 31-16 on season and snap Long Beach State's (23-19-1) winning streak at seven games.

Uribes' two hits came in his first two at-bats as he tied former Waves infielder Paul Faries (1984-87) for first place with 314 career hits.

Meanwhile, Dominguez (4-1) was in control on the mound for Pepperdine as he held Long Beach State hitless for 3.2 innings before Shane Peterson singled to left-center field and Brandon Godfrey followed with a base hit as the 49ers put two runners on base for the first time in the game. He worked a 4.2 innings and allowed three hits, walked two and struck out two while throwing 61 pitches.

The Waves scored in each of the first three innings to take a 5-0 lead.

Uribes got Pepperdine going in the first inning as he opened the game with a single to center field and was sacrificed to second. Junior designated hitter Chad Tracy was then hit by a pitch and, after Nick Kliebert flew out for the second out, sophomore right fielder Donald Brown walked to load the bases.

With sophomore shortstop Danny Worth at the plate, Uribes scored on a passed ball by 49ers catcher Kip Masuda.

The Waves scored three more times in the second inning against Long Beach State starter Vance Worley (2-7). With one out, catcher Justin Tellam, Uribes and sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz hit three consecutive singles to produce a run. Uribes then scored on a wild pitch and Ortiz came home on a sacrifice fly to left by Tracy.

Pepperdine increased its lead to 5-0 in the third following a double by Worth and an RBI single to left by freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud.

Long Beach State pushed across a run against Minkel in the eighth inning to snap a streak of 18.2 consecutive scoreless innings by Pepperdine pitching dating back to Saturday's game against Portland.

Minkel also turned in a solid outing for the Waves as he pitched 3.1 innings, allowed three hits, one run and struck out one while pitching in relief.

Pepperdine returns to West Coast Conference (WCC) play on Friday when it travels to Spokane, Washington, to open a three-game series against Gonzaga beginning at 3 p.m.

San Diego - 15
San Diego State - 7

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team (27-20) pounded out 18 hits to score 15 runs in claiming their fourth consecutive win over cross-town rival San Diego State University (17-31) in a 15-7 non-conference game at Tony Gwynn Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

USD's offense used two four-run innings to take control of the offensive showdown with the four-run fifth inning being the final momentum swing in favor of the Toreros. Jordan Abruzzo got things rolling with a stand-up double to center field and he came across for the first run on a Daniel Magness RBI single up the middle. After a Shane Buschini walk, Josh Romanski reached on a fielder's choice to give USD runners at first and second as Magness was thrown out at third. Kevin Hansen brought in Buschini on a single through the left side and the final two runs came on a Ryan Lilly RBI single and a Justin Snyder bunt to the pitcher to give the Toreros a 10-4 advantage.

With USD leading 6-0, the Aztecs cut into the six run lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as the scored four runs on five hits. The Aztecs runs came on a Paul Smyth RBI single to left field, a two-run double by Tim O'Brien and a Nick Romero run-scoring double to take the momentum away from the Toreros early lead.

USD scored two runs in both of the fourth and seventh innings and one run in the eighth inning to round out the scoring for the day.

All nine batters that the Toreros sent to the plate recorded at least one hit. Snyder went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI and Magness went 4-for-6 with four RBI to lead USD's offense.

Both ball clubs used a carousel of pitchers with USD's Romanski (2-4) picking up the win for the Toreros allowing one run on four hits, while recording five strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work. SDSU's starting pitcher Mark Triolo (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits in 2.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they open a pivotal three-game West Coast Conference series against the Broncos of Santa Clara University with a 3 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 12
UC Davis - 7

San Francisco, CA - USF defeated UC Davis 12-7 in non-conference baseball action at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. The Dons (29-18) evened the season series with the Aggies (13-27) at one game apiece.

With the score tied at one, USF took a two run lead in the bottom of the second when sophomore Luke Sommer led off the inning with his first homerun of the season and senior shortstop Andrew Smith added a two-out RBI single to center. The Aggies would tie it in the fourth after an RBI triple by senior designated hitter Jimmy Goetz and a two-run homerun to center by junior right fielder Aaron Hanke.

The tie would be short lived as USF regained the lead in the fifth, plating one and adding three more in the sixth when junior catcher Daniel Morales blasted a three-run bomb over the left field fence. Davis would again tie the game at seven after plating three of their own in the seventh, but the Dons scored five more runs over the next two innings to secure the win.

Junior right-hander John Quine (3-3) got the win for USF, throwing 2.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs on two hits, one walk and struck out five Aggies.

USF roped 12 hits on the day. Sophomore Joey Railey added three hits to his team leading total, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Junior center fielder Scott Cousins went 1-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Sommer was 1-for-4 and Morales was 1-for-3, both smashing homeruns in the contest. Senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell went 1-for-4 with two RBI, bringing his team leading total to 51 and moving him into sole possession of fifth place all-time with 121. Senior shortstop Andrew Smith was 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored, three walks and a stolen base.

Freshman right-hander Andy Boas (0-1) earned the loss for the Aggies, throwing one inning of relief, allowing one run on five hits. Sophomore third baseman Daniel DesCalso and Hanke homered for the Aggies, with Hanke and senior first baseman Lukas Kirby adding doubles. Goetz also tripled for Davis.

USF returns to WCC action on Friday as they travel to Moraga, CA to take on Saint Mary's. First pitch is set for 3:00 PM.

Cal - 7
Saint Mary's - 6

Moraga, CA - Down six runs the Saint Mary's baseball team was able to rally for six of its own but it proved to be just one short as SMC fell 7-6 to Cal Tuesday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels banged out 10 hits compared to the Bears nine but after the day Saint Mary's falls to 24-19 on the season.

After the Bears jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after three paced by two home runs which accounted for five of the runs, the Gaels rallied to score six in just two innings to even the score.

SMC mounted its comeback in the bottom of the fourth when they plated two runs. Senior Preston Young got the Gaels on the board when he scored senior Delaney Gallagher on a single down the left field line. Senior Mike Harris then brought in senior Sam Carter on a fielder's choice.

The Gaels then evened the score with a four-run fifth. Carter started the big inning with a single down the right field line that scored freshman Cory Miller from third. Harris then continued to stay hot with a two-run single up the middle that brought in Carter and Gallagher.

The Bears would break the tie and nail down the game with a run in the top of the sixth. After a double steal, Brennan Boesch singled to right field to bring in Allen Craig from third. Chris Errecart was hosed at the plate by a strong throw from Carter in right field.

Saint Mary's was led offensively by Gallagher, Young and Frederick. Gallagher batted 2-for-5 with two runs scored while Young chipped in with two hits and an RBI. Frederick also drilled two hits and drove in a run.

Travis Howell and Garrett Bussiere both went deep for Cal accounting for five of the seven runs. Boesch added two hits and an RBI while Mike Van Winden belted two doubles.

Alex Trafton (3-3) earned the victory for Cal, allowing one hit and striking out two in 2.1 innings. Chris Petrini tallied his first save on the season for the Bears.

Saint Mary's junior Michael Nisco (2-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on three hits in four innings. Starter Chris Mezzavilla allowed six earned in two innings while senior Dan Lewis pitched another hitless three innings of relief.

The Gaels will return to action on Friday, May 5 when they open a crucial three-game set against WCC rival San Francisco. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.