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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 4, 2007

Gonzaga - 7
Loyola Marymount - 6

Spokane, Wash. - Freshman Mark Castellitto, of the Gonzaga University baseball team, hit a pinch-hit two-run walk off home run as the Zags came back from an early deficit to defeat Loyola Marymount University 7-6 Friday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The game marked the first of a three-game West Coast Conference series between the two schools.

Gonzaga improves to 28-21 overall, including 11-5 against conference opponents, with the win. The Bulldogs also moved a half of a game ahead of Pepperdine University in the WCC standings, taking sole possession of second place. The Waves do not compete in conference play this weekend. The Lions drop to 20-28-1 this season, 8-9 in conference play.

Reliever Jeremy Stumetz (3-1) earned the victory in 1.2 innings of hitless work while posting two strikeouts. Junior Brandon Harmon started the game for the Bulldogs, going 7.1 innings allowing six runs on 13 hits with four strikeouts. The Lions' Xavier Esquivel suffered the loss allowing two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings.

Loyola Marymount took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run double to right center by Angelo Songco. The Lions added another pair in the second frame on back-to-back singles by Eric Farris and DeAndre Miller. LMU extended its score to 5-0 in the third with a solo home run by Elvis Herrera.

The Bulldogs began to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the third with two runs to narrow the score at 5-2. Ryan Wiegand drove home the first run of the inning with a double to left, before scoring the second run on a single by Mike Terry.

The Lions capped their scoring in the fourth with a one-run single by Farris that scored Michael Glomb, who led off the inning with a triple.

Gonzaga posted a run in the fifth on Terry's second run-scoring hit of the day, an infield that scored Dustin Colclough.

Aaron McGuinness brought the Zags to within two in the seventh thanks to his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field, bringing the score to 6-5

With two outs in the bottom of ninth inning, Castellitto smacked his first career home run to mark the first walk-off home run for Gonzaga since 2001 and provide the Bulldogs with the victory.

All nine in the Gonzaga starting line-up recorded hits in the game. Terry led the Zags going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.

Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount will continue the three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will mark Military Day at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. All former and current members of the armed forces, as well as family members, will be admitted free of charge when presenting valid military identification.

San Diego - 2
San Francisco - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior catcher Jordan Abruzzo hit a bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the ninth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (36-14, 14-2 WCC) to a thrilling 2-1 win over the University of San Francisco (24-24, 6-10 WCC) Friday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

With the game knotted at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Toreros were looking for some more Cunningham Stadium magic, and they got just that. Kevin Hansen led off the inning with a single through the left side and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Mike Metzger. James Meador then singled up the middle to move Hansen to third to give USD runners at the corners with one out. The Dons starting pitcher then threw a wild pitch, which advanced Kevin Muno, who pinch ran for Meador, from first to second. San Francisco then loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Justin Snyder, which set the stage for Abruzzo. Abruzzo took a swing at the first offering from USF starting pitcher Aaron Poreda and rocketed a single to left center field to give USD the win.

The game through all nine innings was a good old fashion pitchers dual between USD's Brian Matusz and USF's Poreda. In the end, USD came out on top. Matusz finished the day allowing one run on seven hits in 8.0 innings of work and Poreda (6-6) allowed two runs on 10 hits in 8.1 innings of work in picking up the loss for the Dons. Freshman AJ Griffin (6-1) picked up his sixth win of the season, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 1.0 innings of work. With the win over Poreda, it marks the 10th game the Toreros have won against a pitcher on the Roger Clemmons Award Watch List.

The Dons got on the scoreboard first as they scored one run on one hit in the top of the fourth inning. Derek Poppert got things started with a walk and then stole second. Mitchell Bialosky drove in the run with a double down the left field line to give the Dons a 1-0 lead.

The Toreros then evened the score in the bottom of the sixth inning. Shane Buschini led off the inning with a stand-up double. Logan Gelbrich then drove in Buschini with a RBI single up the middle to knot the score at 1-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Buschini led the way going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Abruzzo was the only other USD player with multiple hits as he went 2-for-5 with one RBI.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game series with the Dons with a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

Santa Clara - 5
Saint Mary's - 3

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped its series opener to conference rival Santa Clara by the score of 5-3 Friday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Despite two home runs by the Gaels, the Broncos pulled out the victory. After the day, SMC drops to 19-26-1 overall and 1-15 in West Coast Conference play.

The Broncos took the early 2-0 lead but the Gaels bounced back in a loud way. Two fourth inning bombs enabled Saint Mary's to even the score.

With one out in the bottom of the frame, freshman Michael Cipolla connected for his first collegiate home run on a shot over the left field fence. J.P. Musgrove then followed suit with two outs on a blast over the right-center field wall - his fourth home run on the season.

But the Broncos then got to SMC starter Sean Gleason for two runs in the sixth and an insurance run in the ninth on a wild pitch.

The Gaels got the score to within one (4-3) when freshman Randy Wells drove home senior Eric Cattoni from third on a single through the left side.

Gleason (4-7) went the distance and allowed five runs on 10 hits. The JUCO transfer fanned six and walked two. Nate Garcia earned the victory to improve to 4-5 on the season. Garcia allowed all three runs on seven hits and struck out six in seven innings. Jeff Lombard earned his 10th save on the year with a perfect ninth.

The Broncos out-hit the Gaels 10-8 and had eight of the nine starters record a hit. Offensively, Carl Bacon and Matt Long each had a pair of hits to lead SCU. Bacon drove in the eventual game-winning run with a double in the sixth, while Long drove in the team's first run in the third with a one-out single that scored Jon Karcich.

All eight Saint Mary's hits came off the bat of eight different batters. Cattoni, Musgrove and Cipolla tallied the three runs while Wells drove in one for the Gaels. The 49th run scored by Cattoni this season moves him into a tie for fifth all-time in the single season annals with Sam Carter.

Saint Mary's will square off with Santa Clara in a pivotal game two of the conference series. Saturday's contest will mark senior day as seven players will be recognized before the 1 p.m. start.