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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 6, 2008

San Diego - 5
UCLA - 3

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Junior left-hander Ricardo Pecina tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts and senior second baseman Kevin Hansen recorded his first collegiate home run to help lead the eighth-ranked University of san Diego baseball team to a 5-3 win over UCLA Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Pecina (5-2) pickup the win on the mound for the Toreros has he came on in relief in the first inning and allowed no runs on four hits in 5.2 innings of work. AJ Griffin recorded his 12th save of the season as he allowed no runs on one hit in 2.2 innings of work.

USD wasted no time in scoring as in the first inning the Toreros scored one run on one hit. Kevin Muno got things started with a walk and then Sean Nicol launched a run-scoring triple up the left centerfield gap, scoring Muno from first, to give USD a 1-0 lead.

The Bruins then answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The first UCLA run came when Brandon Crawford reached on a bases-loaded fielder's choice and the next three came on a three-run triple by Ryan Babineau to move the score to 3-1.

The Torero bats then awoke in top of the sixth inning to regain the lead. Josh Romanski led off the inning reaching on a throwing error by the UCLA shortstop, and he moved to second on a James Meador single to right field. Kevin Hansen then launched his first collegiate home run over the left field fence to push across three runs and give USD a 4-3 lead.

San Diego then added an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. Logan Gelbrich got things started with a walk, then moved to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a throwing error by the UCLA catcher. Hansen then drove in Gelbrich with a single through the left side to give the Toreros a 5-3 lead.

Offensively for the Toreros, Muno went 3-for-3 with one run scored and Hansen led the offense going 2-for-4 with one home run and four RBI.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they travel to the Bay Area to take on the University of San Francisco in a 3 p.m. West Coast Conference game.

San Francisco - 13
Stanford - 9

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco avenged its 11-10, 11 inning loss at Stanford on April 16, by defeating the No. 6 Cardinal (28-16-2) 13-6 at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. USF (29-21) smashed 16 hits, with three players earning three hits a piece.

Senior designated hitter Matt Lieb had his best game of the season, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin (3-for-5, one run scored) and freshman third baseman Stephen Yarrow (3-for-5, double, one RBI, two runs scored) added to the Dons hits assault with three of their own. Senior second baseman Joey Railey went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base. Railey now has 228 career hits, trailing Arnie Sambel (1987-90) by just eight base knocks. His two walks also leave him just seven behind third place Ted Langowski (1998-91) on the all time free pass chart.

Sophomore shortstop Derek Poppert smashed two hits and scored a run. Senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky hit a huge three-run homerun in the fourth, his team leading sixth of the year. Senior right fielder Kyle Morgan and junior left fielder Zach Kim each added one base hit.

In the first, USF plated two off a wild Alex Pracher. The freshman right-hander gave up a lead off double to Railey, who moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on a wild pitch. Freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz walked, moved to second on another wild pitch, and scored after two consecutive fly outs.

Stanford plated three in the second, from a big three-run bomb off the bat off junior center fielder Sean Ratliff, his third homerun in four games. USF tied it in the bottom of the frame when Yarrow doubled and scored on Lieb's single through the right side.

USF opened the game up with a seven spot in the fourth. With two on, Lieb smashed another RBI single, this time through the right side. Railey walked to load the bases, and an out later, Morgan singled to right, plating two. Morgan and Railey were brought home on Bialosky's homer to left. The final run of the inning ended up being off a non-play. Kim and Lipkin were at third and first respectively, when Lipkin took off for second base. Stanford's junior catcher, Jason Castro, threw to junior second baseman Cord Phelps trying to get Lipkin, while Kim broke for home. Lipkin was safe at second and Phelps throw to the plate wasn't in time as Kim slid underneath the tag to make it 10-3.

Going into the eighth inning down 11-6, Stanford staged a rally, plating three more off a three-run homerun to right field, this time by senior right fielder Brendan Domaracki. The long ball brought the game to within two, 11-9. USF would not be out done, scoring twice in the bottom half of the eighth, extending the lead to four runs, 13-9. Bialosky threw a perfect ninth to preserve the win for the Dons and for freshman left-hander Garrett Luippold (4-1), who earned the victory in relief. Luippold allowed three runs (one earned) off three hits, a walk, and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Freshman right-hander Sean Burns started, allowing three earned runs off two hits, two walks and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Sophomore right-hander Alex Kalogrides allowed the Cardinal's final three runs (all earned), off three hits and struck out five batters in 3.0 innings of relief.

Senior right-hander David Stringer (2-1) earned the loss in relief, allowing three earned runs off four hits and one strikeout in 1.2 innings. Pracher started, allowing three earned runs off four hits, one walk, and one strikeout in 1.1 innings.

USF hosts Saint Mary's tomorrow in a 3:00 PM non-conference match up at Benedetti Diamond.

Cal State Fullerton - 9
Pepperdine - 1

FULLERTON, Calif. -- The #14 Pepperdine baseball team suffered a 9-1 defeat at #12 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night.

Pepperdine dropped to 28-16 overall, while Cal State Fullerton improved to 30-16.

Trailing 2-0, Pepperdine's run came in the fourth inning. Eric Thames walked and Trent Diedrich singled. After a double play, Nate Simon singled up the middle to score Thames. However, the Titans responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Thames, Simon and Denny Duron each had two hits for the Waves, who were outhit 14-9.

The Waves host UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Washington - 9
Portland - 2

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Washington Huskies belted four home runs en route to a 9-2 win over the Portland Pilots in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. Sophomore 3B Clayton Shaw and junior 1B Cort Carpenter each knocked in a run for Portland.

The loss drops UP's record to 19-26 on the season, while UW improves to 29-16

Brennan Thorpe (2-2) is saddled with the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in 3.0 innings of work. Thorpe, who was scheduled to throw no more than three innings, struck out one and walked one.

Ari Ronick worked two innings of relief for Portland and was touched for four runs on seven hits. Sophomore Ed Wakefield allowed two runs in an inning and a third, while freshmen Ben Pressler (1.1 IP) and Scott Burris (1.0 IP) each held the Huskies scoreless.

Ben Guidos (3-0), who allowed both of Portland's runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, picks up the win for Washington. He worked 5.0 innings, allowed five hits, walked one and struck out four. Three relievers followed Guidos on the mound.

Washington opened the scoring with a three-spot in the top of the second inning. With Brett Wilcox on third base, Troy Scott tallied the first of four UW homers with a shot over the wall in left-center field. Later in the inning, Bradley Boyer picked up an RBI single to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead.

The Pilots responded with a pair of runs in the fourth. Trailing 3-0, freshman 3B Kevin Amijo scored Portland's first run on a fielder's choice off the bat of Shaw. Then with two outs and the bases loaded, Carpenter made it a one-run game when he drove in Shaw with a single just inside the third-base line. Washington 3B Jarrett Jackson dove for the ball and knocked it down to keep any more runs for scoring. Guidos then got out of the jam by inducing an inning-ending fly out by senior 2B Brandon Howard.

The Huskies then scored two runs during each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to make it a seven-run ballgame. In the fifth, Kyle Conley hit a two-run blast to right field. Sean Meehan hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Andy Lentz went yard with a solo shot in the seventh. Jackson plated UW's final run with an RBI single.

Washington totaled 16 hits for the game, while Portland finished with six. Senior OF Danny Meier and sophomore C Rocky Gale both had two hits for the Pilots.

Portland next travels to Corvallis on Wednesday to resume its suspended game against the Oregon State Beavers at 4:00 p.m. The game was suspended by rain at PGE Park on April 15 in the bottom of the fourth inning with OSU leading 3-0.

San Jose State - 7
Saint Mary's - 5

Moraga, CA - A five run top of the seventh was the difference, spoiling a beautiful pitching performance, as Saint Mary's (22-23-1) falls to San Jose State (26-20) by a final score of 7-5 in the 2008 season finale at Louis Guisto Field.

Saint Mary's appeared to be in control as Taylor Reid (2-2) breezed through five innings, before the Spartans scored their first run in the bottom of the sixth following a double from Sonny Garza to score Corey Valine.

Unfortunately the wheels fell off in the top of the seventh when a fielder's choice from Valine extended the inning; two batters later Garza laced a double to right center field knocking in two. When the inning finally ended the Spartans tallied five runs to take the lead 6-5. On the afternoon, Reid went 6.2 innings, surrendering 10 hits, 6 runs, all earned, with two walks and a strike out.

The Gaels jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first when a double from Joel Staples scored Kenny Fuglerud who led off the inning drawing a four pitch walk.

A four run fifth inning ended Spartans starter Max Peterson who had settled for a pitchers duel. Staples opened up the inning with a lead off double down the right field line; it was his second double of the afternoon and 12th on the season. A single through the right side from Kyle Jensen advanced Staples to third. Justin Fazio followed Jensen and singled up the middle scoring Staples and Jensen. Fazio scored following a bunt single from Scott Schneider, and a single from Brian Hawkins scored Schneider for four runs off seven hits.

Earning the win for the Spartans was relief pitcher Christopher McNeil (2-0) who came in for the Spartans in the fifth inning for Peterson and ended the Gaels threat. On the afternoon McNeil went 3.1 innings, scattering four hits, giving up no runs, with no walks and struck out three.

Kenny Fuglerud extended his hit streak to six games going 1-for-4 with a run scored, as well as making a spectacular play in right field gunning down a would be runner at home to end the top of the eighth.. Staples is heating up going 3-for-5 with two doubles a run scored and an RBI. Kyle Jensen continues his superb season going 3-for-5 with three singles with a run

Ryan Mulligan went 2-for-3 with two singles, and Scott Schneider went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored.

The Gaels will return to action tomorrow as they head to San Francisco to take on the Dons as Benedetti Diamond for a 3:00 PM game.