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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 5, 2007

Gonzaga - 9
LMU - 2

SPOKANE, Wash. - Seniors Aaron McGuinness and Clayton Mortensen posted strong performances Sunday as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated visiting Loyola Marymount University 9-2 at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The win solidified a three-game series victory over the Lions for the Bulldogs, as the third-game of the series will be played Sunday.

Gonzaga improves to 29-21 overall and 12-5 in conference play with the victory. The Zags also moved a full game ahead of Pepperdine University for second place in the WCC standings, as the Waves are idle this weekend. Loyola Marymount drops to 20-29-1 for the season, including 7-10 against league opponents.

Mortensen (7-2) recorded the victory in his final career start at home, going 7.1 innings allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out four. He now has 101 strikeouts for the season, marking the seventh time in Bulldog history a pitcher has recorded 100 or more strikeouts in a season. He also ranks tied for sixth on the single-season all-time list, tied with Mike Davey. LMU starter Brian Wilson (4-6) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits over 5.1 innings of work.

The Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first frame when Eric Farris led off the game with an infield single, before scoring during the next at-bat on a single to left center by DeAndre Miller.

The Zags answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead 3-2 and not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. The three runs of the inning were plated on singles by Dustin Colclough, McGuinness and Shawn Wayt.

Gonzaga added an additional run in the third to extend its lead to 4-1. Ryan Wiegand, who led off with a single for one of his three hits on the afternoon, scored the run on a sacrifice fly to center by Wayt.

Loyola Marymount scored its second and final run of the afternoon in the top of the fifth on a Bulldog fielding error.

The Bulldogs added a run in the fifth and pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to finalize scoring. The lone run of the fifth frame was scored when McGuinness doubled down the left field line to score Wiegand, who had doubled to reach base. In the sixth, the runs came thanks to a sacrifice fly by Darin Holcomb, as well as a one-run single through the right side by Wiegand. Gonzaga used run-scoring doubles by Mike Terry and Brandon Blank in the seventh to finalize the score at 9-2.

For the second straight game, all nine batters in the Zags' starting lineup recorded hits, highlighted by three hit performances by both McGuinness and Wiegand. Seven of the nine in the lineup also recorded runs batted in with McGuinness and Wayt leading the way with two a piece.

The Bulldogs and Lions will wrap up the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. in the final game to be played at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field this season. The game will mark Senior Day and prior to the game, the Zags will honor seniors Colclough, Bobby McEwen, McGuinness, Josh Monroe, Mortensen and Terry in a special ceremony.

Saint Mary's - 3
Santa Clara - 2

Moraga, CA- Freshman Michael Cipolla may have been hitless for the first nine innings but in the 10th the newcomer cashed in with a walk-off single to score Eric Cattoni for the win. With the 3-2 victory over the Broncos Saturday the Gaels even the series at one. After the win Saint Mary's improves to 20-26-1 overall and 2-15 in West Coast Conference play.

What looked like disaster after sophomore Cory Miller was thrown out on third on a sac-bunt attempt by Cattoni in the 10th turned into jubilation for the Gaels. Cattoni was rewarded second on an Alex Rivers balk and then took third on a Fuglerud putout. Cipolla then ripped a single up the middle to hand Saint Mary's the win.

The Gaels were down 2-1 entering the ninth but the young squad showed resolve when they plated the tying run. Ryan Mulligan hit what looked like a routine out but the freshman forced the ball out at first and Randy Wells scored from second on heads up base-running.

Saint Mary's took the early lead in the third when Wells plated Gilbert Urbina on a base-hit to the shortstop. Santa Clara then evened the score in the fifth on an unearned run.

Both starters were dealing and turned out to get no decisions. SMC hurler Alex Jensen allowed one earned run on six hits while striking out two in nine innings. Matt Wickswat went 8.1 innings and fanned 10 and allowed two unearned runs with a walk for SCU.

Saint Mary's out-hit the Broncos 8-6. Wells and Ryan Young tallied two hits apiece. Sic different Bronco hitter recorded a knock on the day.

The game-winning run by Cattoni marks his 50th on the season which moves him into a tie for fourth all-time in the single season annals with Jason Waugh.

Senior Michael Nisco got the victory after striking out two in one inning of relief. SCU closer Jeff Lombard gave up a leadoff double by pinch hitter Michael Gonzales in the 10th to start the inning. Rivers was tagged with the loss after Miller was out at third and allowed Cattoni to score.

The series will be decided tomorrow in the rubber match. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

San Diego - 19
San Francisco - 9

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The ninth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team rallied to score 19 unanswered runs to claim a 19-9 win over the University of San Francisco in a West Coast Conference game Saturday afternoon at USD's Cunningham Stadium in one of the wildest game of the season.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 37-14 overall, 15-2 in the WCC, claim the series over the Dons, have run their winning streak to eight games and have strung together 14 consecutive WCC wins. With the loss, the Dons fall to 24-25 overall and 6-11 in the WCC.

After the Dons scored nine runs in the top half of the fourth inning, the Toreros didn't hang their heads as they simply responded with nine runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning. Daniel Magness, Josh Romanski and Logan Gelbrich got the inning started with back-to-back-to-back walks to load the bases with no outs. Sean Nicol then hit a two-run double deep into right center to push across the first two runs of the inning. Kevin Hansen drove in the third run with a sacrifice fly to center field and Mike Metzger drove in the next run with a double down the left field line. Justin Snyder then launched his fourth home run of the season, a two run blast over the right field fence, to move the score to 9-6.

Shane Buschini kept things rolling with a single to right center field and Magness moved Buschini over one bag with an infield single. Romanski did the remainder of the scoring damage with a three-run homer over the right field fence to knot the game at 9-9 and give the Torero fans a huge sign of relief.

San Diego continued to pour the offense on in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring six runs on six hits. The Toreros' runs came on a Gelbrich sacrifice squeeze bunt to the pitcher, a Nicol RBI single, a Metzger RBI single, a two-run single by Abruzzo and a RBI single by Buschini.

The final four USD runs came in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run single by Buschini, a bases-loaded RBI walk by Romanski and a bases-loaded Nicol RBI walk to put the game at its final of 19-9.

Offensively for the Toreros, every batter USD sent to the plate recorded at least one hit and all represented one run scored. Buschini was the offensive hero for the Toreros as he went 4-for-6 with one double and three RBI. Hansen also had a solid day at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with one RBI.

Anthony Slama (2-2) picked up the win for the Toreros as he allowed no runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work. John Quine (4-3) was saddled with the loss for the Dons as he allowed five runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of work.

The Toreros and Dons will conclude their three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. WCC game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.