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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 7, 2008

Pepperdine - 5
UC Santa Barbara - 4

MALIBU, Calif. - Denny Duron was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, giving the #14 Pepperdine baseball team an unconventional 5-4 walkoff win over UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine (29-16, 9-5 WCC) snapped its three-game losing streak with the win over the Gauchos (30-17). The win was the Waves' second walk-off victory of the season, with the first coming on Apr. 12 vs. San Francisco.

The Waves' bats came out hot, as Pepperdine put up three runs in the bottom of the first. Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) and Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) notched RBI singles, and Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC) scored on an error to give the Waves a 3-0 lead.

UCSB pushed across a pair of runs in the fourth on four hits to cut Pepperdine's lead to 3-2 and then tied it at 3-3 in the fifth with an RBI single.

Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) helped Pepperdine reclaim the lead with an RBI single in the fifth, but the Gauchos tied it up again in the seventh on a two-out RBI double from Shane Carlson to make it a 4-4 contest. Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) then came on in relief in the seventh and tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball to keep the score knotted at 4-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

In the ninth, Heroy singled to lead off the frame, and pinch runner Matthew Frazee (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS) advanced to second on Simon's sac bunt. Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) was then intentionally walked, and Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) also drew a walk to load the bases, sending Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) to the plate. UCSB pitcher Michael Martin's second pitch hit Duron on the back, scoring Frazee and giving Pepperdine the walk-off win.

Gaudi picked up the win in relief to improve to 4-1. Pepperdine starter Jonathan Harmston (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) took a no-decision.

Heroy notched two hits and one RBI to lead the Waves, and five others notched one hit. Carlson led UCSB with a three-hit effort.

Up next, Pepperdine opens a three-game series against WCC foe Portland from May 9-11 in Malibu.

Saint Mary's - 6
San Francisco - 5

San Francisco, CA - In a beautiful afternoon at Benedetti Diamond, the Gaels managed to do what they could not do yesterday and that was avoid the big inning, as Saint Mary's (23-23-1) defeated San Francisco (29-21) by a final score of 6-5.

The Gaels got a dominant pitching performance from Anthony Aliotti (2-2) who was perfect through four innings. His perfect game was broken up when the Dons Mitchell Bialosky led off the bottom of the fifth and laced a single up the middle on a 1-2 count. On the afternoon Aliotti went 5.2 innings, scattering two hits, two runs, both earned, three walks and three strike outs.

Aliotti got into a little trouble in the top of the sixth, after getting two quick outs, back to back walks and a two run double from Bialosky ended his spectacular performance.

Offensively the Gaels took advantage of a rough outing from Dons starter Joe Oropeza (0-2) who could not make it out of the first inning as the Gaels sent up 10 batters and tallied four runs. Kyle Jensen and Kenny Fuglerud had RBI singles and Randy Wells had a two run double.

The Gaels added an insurance run in the top of seventh when Joel Staples singled up the middle scoring Justin Fazio. Following a two run bottom of the seventh from the Dons, the Gaels were leading 5-4 going into the top of the ninth. Jensen led off the ninth with a double to left field. Fuglerud advanced Jensen to third on a ground ball hit to the second baseman. After an intentional walk to pinch hitter Ryan Young, Brian Hawkins lined a groundball through the left side to give the Gaels a two run lead going into the bottom of the ninth.

Scott Schneider came into the close out the game for Saint Mary's and picked things up where he left them in Miami striking out the first two batters he faced, in fact in both those at bats, he the Dons only swung once. Schneider's lone blemish of the inning was a no-doubt homerun over the right field wall to pinch hitter Matt Lieb. After a walk to Zack Kim and a single to Joey Railey, Schneider finally got that final out getting Connor Bernatz to ground out to Wells to end the game.

On the afternoon Jensen went 2-for-3, scoring two runs and knocking in his 43rd RBI of the season, he also clubbed his 12th double of the year, giving him 25 extra base hits on the season. Fuglerud went 3-for-5 with three singles, extending his hit streak to seven games. Out of the designated hitter role, Justin Fazio went 2-for-4 with two doubles. Hawkins and Wells also collected multiple hits on the afternoon.

Aside from his relief pitching performance this afternoon, Schneider also played beautiful defense at third making back to back gold-glove plays in the bottom of the third.

The Gaels will resume their long week, when they head down to Santa Clara for a three game series, beginning with a 7:00 PM game on Friday, May 9th.

Oregon State - 4
Portland - 1

CORVALLIS, Ore. --- The Portland Pilots brought the tying run to the plate with no outs in the final inning, but Oregon State held on for a 4-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Goss Stadium. The game was the continuation of a postponed game from earlier this season.

Wednesday's game, which originally began on April 15 but was halted by rain at PGE Park in Portland, started with the Beavers leading 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

After each team scored a run, the Pilots, who were the home team, entered the bottom of the ninth inning trailing 4-1. Oregon State reliever Taylor Starr began the inning by plunking junior OF Bryant Kraus. Portland senior OF Danny Meier then just missed a home run with a shot that landed at the base of the wall in right-center field. Kraus advanced to third base on the Meier double, giving UP runners on second and third with no outs.

Kevin Rhoderick then replaced Starr on the mound and promptly retired sophomore 2B Clayton Shaw on a pop-out to first. Rhoderick would strike out the next two batters to pick up his 10th save this season.

Portland drops to 19-27 on the season, while Oregon State improves to 22-18.

James Nygren (1-1), who started the original game, picked up the win for the Beavs. Nygren pitched all three innings during the game in April and continued where he left off on the mound on Wednesday. He worked a total of 7.0 innings and allowed just one run on three hits, while striking out three.

Brennan Thorpe (2-3), Portland's original starter, picks up the loss for the Pilots. He gave up three runs on six hits in 4.0 innings of work. Freshman Owen Jones allowed OSU's run on Wednesday, while freshman Tyler Thompson worked 2.0 scoreless innings and junior Matthew Lange pitched a scoreless ninth.

After the Beavers scored a run in the top of the fifth inning to make it a 4-0 game, Portland responded with its only run in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, senior OF Cory Wiltshire kept the inning alive with a single. Freshman 2B Riley Henricks followed with an RBI triple. Wiltshire scored all the way from first on the three-bagger to right field.

During the original game three weeks ago, Oregon State scored all three of its runs in the top of the fourth inning. With no outs and the bases loaded, Drew George scored the game's first run courtesy a wild pitch by Thorpe. Jordan Lennerton then plated a run with a sacrifice fly before Jason Ogata made it 3-0 with an RBI single to third.

The Pilots next travel to Malibu, Calif., for a three-game, West Coast Conference series against the Pepperdine Waves. The Pilots and Waves are set to play at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Friday's series-opener is scheduled to be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Pacific - 11
Santa Clara - 7

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team lost a hard-fought midweek contest to Pacific, 11-7, Wednesday night at Klein Family Field. The Broncos rallied back to make it a two run game in the bottom of the eighth but could not prevent the Tigers from adding on two runs to bring the game to a close.

With the loss, Santa Clara is now 29-18 on the season, while Pacific improved to 10-34. The loss went to SCU's Justin Kuehn (1-2). The win was awarded to Andrew Mintun (2-0), while Thomas Berolzheimer earned his third save of the season.

Juniors Matt Long and Brady Fuerst each scored two runs for the Broncos, while sophomore Tommy Medica drove in three runs. Medica and redshirt senior Nathan Faulkner also registered home runs for SCU.

The Tigers compiled three runs over the first two innings and held the Broncos scoreless. All three runs were solo home runs. However, in the top of the third inning, Medica launched a three-run homer over the left field wall to knot the score, 3-3. Long, who singled, and Fuerst, who reached on a fielder's choice, both advanced home on the shot.

However, Pacific reclaimed control of the scoreboard with a four run outing in the fourth inning. After Matt Fuson singled to left field, he scored on Joe Oliveira's double to center field. Adam Ching then doubled to bring home Oliveira and Nick Longmire drove in Ching with his base hit to center field. Longmire then scored the final run of the inning on John Joines' single. The Tigers led 7-3.

Pacific inched ahead in the fifth and seventh innings taking a 9-4 advantage going into the eighth inning. Santa Clara scored its fourth run in the top of the seventh as Long reached home before the double play was completed. Long walked to get on base.

SCU pushed itself in striking distance of catching Pacific in the eighth inning. Faulkner opened things up with a solo homer to left field that made the score 9-5. Fuerst, who singled to left field, scored as Medica reached first on an error by the Tigers' third baseman Walker. Evan LeBlanc earned the final run of the inning as Ryan Conan singled to left field. Medica advanced to third on an error in the outfield but was unable to score as Conan was putout at second base for the final out. Pacific led 9-7.

Santa Clara could not, however, hold off UOP as the Tigers scored two more runs in their half of the eighth inning. Sean Sullivan and Joines scored on a Walker double.

Although the Broncos were able to get a runner in scoring position with just one out on the board in the top of the ninth, the Tigers were able to quickly post two outs to finish up the game.

The Broncos return to action on Friday, May 9 against the Gaels of Saint Mary's. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. Santa Clara and SMC continue action in the weekend West Coast Conference series on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., in Santa Clara.