May 6, 2007
Gonzaga - 6
Loyola Marymount - 4
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team erupted for six runs in the eighth inning Sunday as the Bulldogs defeated Loyola Marymount University 6-4, sweeping a three-game West Coast Conference series, at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. The win was the 30th victory of the season for the Zags, marking the first time since 1990 that Gonzaga has won 30 or more games.
The Bulldogs improved to 30-21 for the season, including going 13-5 in league play, with the win. Gonzaga also moves a game and a half ahead of Pepperdine University for second in the WCC standings. The Waves are idle this weekend. The loss drops the Lions to 20-30-1 and 7-11 against WCC opponents this season.
Relief pitcher Matt Fields (2-0) earned the win, throwing 1.2 innings of perfect ball with one strikeout. Jeremy Stumetz earned his team-leading fourth save of the season holding the Lions to one run on two hits in the final inning of the game. Josh Monroe earned the start for the Zags, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5.0 innings. Chris Highmark also saw time of out the pen for the Zags. LMU reliever Xavier Esquivel suffered the loss after allowing two runs on one hits over 0.1 innings or work.
The Lions scored in the opening frame of the game to take a 1-0 lead as DeAndre Miller scored the lone run on a sacrifice fly by Eric Herrera.
The score remained unchanged until the fifth inning, when LMU added two more runs to take a 3-0 edge thanks to a two-run double to centerfield by Angelo Songco.
Gonzaga sent a dozen batters to the plate in the eighth inning to score all of it's six runs of the game. After the first batter of the inning grounded out, Dustin Colclough walked before scoring on a double to right center by Aaron McGuinness. Shawn Wayt then drew another walk before both Michael Rhodes, who pinch ran for Wayt, and McGuinness scored on a double to left by Mike Terry. Two batters later, Evan Wells singled to left to score Ben Greenslitt, who had pinch ran for Terry. Wells advanced to second on an infield single by Bryan Winston before both runners advanced on a walk to Darin Holcomb that loaded the bases. Ryan Wiegand then singled to right to drive home Wells and Winston to take the 6-4 lead.
Loyola Marymount threatened in the ninth but only managed to post one run, thanks to a one-run single by Songco.
On what was Senior Day at the ballpark, seniors Colclough, McGuinness and Terry produced big afternoons for the Zags. Colclough finished the contest going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while McGuinness also posted a pair of hits with a run scored and one run batted in. Terry recorded one hit for the afternoon, the double in the eighth to spark the six run frame.
McGuinness led the Bulldogs for the three-game series with LMU batting .500 with seven hits, two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and five runs batted in.
Gonzaga will take the field again next weekend in what will be a pivotal series in the conference race when it travels to Malibu, Calif. to take on nationally-ranked Pepperdine. The three-game set will open Friday at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday game times are scheduled for 1 p.m.
Saint Mary's - 5
Santa Clara - 4
Moraga, CA- For the second consecutive game the Saint Mary's baseball team used late-inning heroics to down the rival Santa Clara Broncos. The Gaels exploded for four runs in the seventh to down the Broncos 5-4 Sunday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. The win marks the first conference series victory for SMC as they improve to 21-26-1 overall and 3-15 in West Coast Conference play.
Down 4-1 in the seventh frame the Gaels bats awoke to pound out five hits en route to four runs. Sophomore Ryan Young and Eric Cattoni led off the frame with a single and double, respectively. With the two in scoring position freshman Michael Cipolla came through once again.
The newcomer drilled a single through the right side to plate both runs and move the score to 4-3. Freshman Randy Wells then drilled a double to put Cipolla on third. Fellow freshman Anthony Aliotti then connected for a two-run single through the right side to give the Gaels the lead.
Saint Mary's freshman closer Taylor Stanton made sure it was a lead that would not be relinquished as he struck out two in two innings to earn his fifth save on the season. Freshman hurler Brandon Berl improved to 4-5 after allowing eight hits and four runs with three strikeouts.
Steve Kalush (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on three hits. SCU starter Donald Brandt allowed six hits and a run with four Ks in six innings.
Cattoni got the Gaels on the board when he was brought home on a Wells single through the left side. Cattoni led off the inning with a double - his first of two in the game.
The Broncos got their big hit off the bat of Jon Karcich. The shortstop hit a three-run home run in the fourth to give SCU a 4-1 lead.
Cipolla batted a perfect 3-for-3 on the day with two RBI and a run scored. Cattoni batted 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Wells tallied two more hits with a RBI and run scored. The two runs scored by Cattoni move him into a tie for third in the single season annals with 52.
David Hoffmire was the only SCU batter to tally a multi-hit game. Karcich and Carl Bacon drove in the runs for the Broncos.
Saint Mary's will head over the bridge and face Bay Area rival San Francisco in the final conference series of the season. First pitch is slated for Friday, May 11 at 3 p.m. from Bendetti Diamond.
San Diego - 8
San Francisco - 2
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The ninth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team completed a three-game sweep over the University of San Francisco Sunday afternoon with an 8-2 West Coast Conference win at USD's Cunningham Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 38-14 overall, 16-2 in the WCC, have won their ninth consecutive game and run their WCC winning streak to 15 games. With the loss, the Dons fall to 24-26 overall and 6-12 in the WCC. USD's magic number to clinch home filed advantage in the WCC championship series is no down to one.
The Dons got on the scoreboard first for the third consecutive game as they scored one run on two hits in the top of the third inning. Derek Poppert drove in the first USF run on a run-scoring double to left field to give USF a 1-0 lead.
The Toreros responded in the bottom of the third inning scoring two runs on three hits. Jordan Abruzzo led off the inning with a stand-up double to right field and he advanced to third on a Shane Buschini single to left field. After Buschini moved up one base on a Daniel Magness ground out, Josh Romanski drove in the two runs with a two-run single up the middle to give USD a 2-1 lead.
San Diego added to their lead in the fourth inning scoring three more runs on three hits. Kevin Hansen led off the inning with a walk and he advanced to second on a Mike Metzger ground out to the pitcher. Justin Snyder then moved Hansen to third on a single to right field. Abruzzo loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch and Buschini drove in the first two runs on a two-run single to right field. Romanski then drove in the final run with a RBI single to give USD a comfortable 5-1 advantage.
The Toreros then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring three more runs. The USD runs came on a two-run single by Logan Gelbrich and wild pitch by the USF relief pitcher to move the score to 8-1.
USF took back one run in the top of the ninth inning on a Jonathan Norfolk RBI single to put the game at its final of 8-2.
Offensively for the Toreros, Romanski led the way with his 3-for-5 and three RBI performance. Buschini also recorded three hits going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Matt Couch (8-2) picked up his career-high eighth win of the season as he allowed one run on six hits, while striking out five in 7.0 innings of work. Tommy Peale (3-2) was saddled with the loss for the Dons as he allowed eight runs on 12 hits in 5.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they play their final regular-season home game against UC Irvine in a 3 p.m. non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.