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WCC Baseball Recaps - 5/6

May 6, 2006

Pepperdine - 13
Gonzaga - 4

Spokane, Wash. - Senior second baseman David Uribes became the Pepperdine and West Coast Conference's (WCC) all-time career hits leader and sophomore right hander Barry Enright won his 20th career game as the 21st-ranked Waves defeated Gonzaga 13-4 Saturday afternoon at Avista Stadium to even the WCC series at a game apiece.

The win kept Pepperdine (32-17, 11-6) in a first-place tie with San Francisco (31-19, 11-6), which defeated Saint Mary's 5-3 on Saturday. Gonzaga fell to 27-20 overall and 9-8 in conference play.

Uribes wasted little time setting the career hits record as he doubled to leadoff the game, advanced to third on a bunt single by sophomore Adrian Ortiz and scored the first run of the day following a sacrifice fly by senior Nick Kliebert. The Waves took a 2-0 lead on a single to left field by sophomore Donald Brown that scored Ortiz from second base.

Pepperdine roughed up Gonzaga starter Clayton Mortensen (6-8) and the Bulldogs bullpen as it scored four times in the third and fifth innings to take a commanding 10-0 lead.

Uribes had two hits in the contest to break a tie with former Waves infielder Paul Faries (1984-87) and increase his career total to 316. The Pepperdine second baseman also scored twice and collected three RBI on the afternoon.

The Waves totaled a season-high tying 16 hits in the contest as eight of the nine batters in the starting line-up had at least one hit. Uribes, Ortiz, junior Chad Tracy, Brown, junior Luke Salas and freshman Chase d'Arnaud had two hits each. Ortiz and Kliebert also had three RBI each.

Enright (10-1) pitched seven innings, allowed six hits, walked two and struck out one to earn the victory and improve 20-2 in his career. Enright reached the 20-win plateau in 34 career appearances.

Pepperdine and Gonzaga will conclude their three-game series with the rubber game scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.

San Diego - 8
Santa Clara - 7 (10)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - For the second consecutive game, senior third baseman Ryan Lilly lifted the University of San Diego baseball team to an 8-7 come-from-behind West Coast Conference victory over Santa Clara University with his walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning.

With USD trailing 7-6 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning, the Toreros again found them selves in the midst of one run hole for the second time in as many days. Josh Romanski led off the inning with a walk and he moved to second on Mike Lugo's single through the left side. Both runners advanced one base on Justin Snyder's ground out to second base to give USD two runners in scoring position with one out. After Logan Gelbrich flew out to center field, Keoni Ruth loaded the bases with a walk. Jordan Abruzzo was able to push across the tying run on a walk which set the stage for Lilly's heroics. Lilly, stepped to the plate and was able to deliver with the pressure, as he hit a single up the middle to give USD another much needed win.

With the win the Toreros improve to 29-20 overall and move to 10-7 in the WCC, gave head coach Rich Hill his 400th division I career win and moved USD into sole possession of second place, one game behind both Pepperdine University and the University of San Francisco. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 26-21 overall and 7-10 in the WCC.

Santa Clara jumped out the quick lead putting up two runs in the first inning when Kris Watts hit into a double play which scored Kevin Drever, who reached on an error, and the second run came on a Dustin Realini RBI single.

USD would answer back in the bottom half of the inning scoring three runs on two hits. The Toreros' runs came by way of a Ruth ground out to the second baseman, a Lilly sacrifice fly to center field and a Steve Singleton RBI single up the middle.

With USD trailing 6-4 heading into the eighth inning, the Toreros bats came alive as USD scored two runs on four hits. With two outs and Singleton on second base, Romanski stepped to the plate and hit his second home run of the season over the right field fence to knot the game at 6-6.

Offensively for USD, Singleton and Ruth put up three hits with Ruth going 3-for-5 with one RBI and Singleton going 3-for-4 with one RBI. Lilly, Snyder and Jose Valerio were the other three Toreros to record multiple hits on the day with each getting two.

Romanski (3-4) picked up his second win of the week allowing one run on four hits in 3.0 innings of work. Mark Willinsky (2-3) blew his second consecutive save in as many days allowing two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings of work.

USD and SCU will conclude their three-game WCC series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 5
Saint Mary's - 3

Moraga, CA - USF baseball scored four runs in the second inning and it was all sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda (6-4) would need in a 5-3 West Coast Conference victory at Saint Mary's Saturday at Louis Guisto Field. The Dons (31-19, 11-6 WCC) win their fifth league series of the season, third straight overall and fifth in a row against the Gaels (24-20, 9-8 WCC).

Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell enjoyed another fine day at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI double. The San Francisco native collected his 54th RBI of the season eighth place on the Dons single-season chart and now has 123 during his career on the Hilltop, good for a share of fourth place on the all-time list with former teammate Armand Gaerlan (2001-04). Former Dons standout Jason Howard (1998-03) is next on the list in third place with 124. Sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer enjoyed another big day for the Dons, going 2-for-4, while junior outfielder Lucas DeLong added a two-run single in he second.

Poreda turned in another strong outing, allowing three runs off six hits and struck out five in 7.0 innings using only 85 pitches and retired the side with six in the fifth, seven in the sixth. The only damage done to the Moraga native came from senior outfielder Preston Young who launched a pair of solo home runs. Junior left-hander Cole Stipovich pitched a scoreless eighth, tallying a strikeout.

Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan collected his second straight save and third of the season, but had to earn it in the ninth. Junior infielder Delaney Gallagher led off with a double, followed by a walk and a single to load the bases with one out. McGuigan promptly recorded back-to-back strikeouts and preserve the win for the Dons with the 16th save of his career.

After winning in come from behind fashion in the opening game of the series, USF jumped on the board early off right-hander Corey Madden (6-2). Gartrell led off with a walk, advanced to second on a single from Sommer and after a sacrifice from junior catcher Daniel Morales the Dons had runners at second and third and both scored on a two-run single by DeLong. Freshman infielder George Lujan reached on an error, advancing DeLong to third. Sophomore infielder Joey Railey and senior shortstop Andrew Smith recorded back-to-back RBI singles to give the Dons a 4-0 lead.

San Francisco added a run in the fifth as Railey reached on an error to open the inning, advanced to second on a Smith sacrifice and scored on Gartrell's RBI double.

USF takes on its ancient Bay Area and WCC rivals in the series finale Sunday. First pitch against the Gaels is set for 1:00 PM.