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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 8, 2007

San Diego - 4
UC Irvine - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The sixth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team used solid pitching and timely hitting to record a 4-1 win over No. 13 UC Irvine in the final regular-season home game of the season Tuesday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 39-14 overall, have won their 10th consecutive game, defeated their fourth ranked team of the season and have tied the program record for single-season wins. With the loss, the Anteaters fall to 31-14-1 overall.

USD's starting pitcher Ricardo Pecina was able to hold the normally potent UCI bats at bay as the young sophomore south paw allowed one run, while scattering four hits and striking out a season-high five batters in 5.2 innings of work. Russell Holzhauer (2-1) picked up the win on the mound as he allowed no runs on one hit in 1.1 innings of work. Anthony Slama picked up his second save of the season allowing no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work.

The Toreros broke into the scoring column first as they scored one run on three hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Logan Gelbrich got things started with a single to right field and he moved to third on Sean Nicol's single through the left side. Kevin Hansen then laid down a squeeze bunt to first base, which allowed Gelbrich to come across for the lone run of the inning, giving USD a 1-0 lead.

The Anteaters then evened the score in the top of the sixth inning scoring one run on a Bryan Patterson RBI single to left field.

San Diego answered back in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring three runs on two hits. Mike Metzger got things rolling with a walk and he moved to second on a pass ball. After Metzger advanced to third on a Justin Snyder ground out, Jordan Abruzzo hit a high chopper to the first baseman that took a bad hop over the first baseman's head, to give Abruzzo an RBI single. Shane Buschini did the rest with his 13th-home run of the season, a two-run shot over the right field fence to put the game at its final of 4-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo and Gelbrich both recorded multiple hits on the day with Abruzzo going 2-for-4 with one RBI and Gelbrich going 2-for-3.

Wes Etheridge (9-4) was saddled with the loss for the Anteaters as he allowed three runs on two hits in 2.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will conclude the regular season with a three-game road WCC series at Santa Clara University this weekend. Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton - 13
Loyola Marymount - 5

FULLERTON, Calif. - A big eighth inning broke open a close game to lead 25th-ranked Cal State Fullerton to a 13-5 win over LMU in non-conference action Tuesday. It was the first time in three seasons the Lions (20-31-1) dropped a game at nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton's (29-18) Goodwin Field.

The 2005 and 2006 seasons both saw LMU knock off then-No.1 ranked Cal State Fullerton at its home field.

But tonight, the Titans put the close game out of reach for the Lions in the bottom of the eighth, scoring seven runs thanks to five free passes, a single, and a three-run home run by Corey Jones.

Junior Nate Keadle (3-2) suffered the loss after allowing five runs in his 2.2 innings pitched. Keadle entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and retired seven of the 10 batters he faced until the eighth inning.

Titan reliever Jeff Kaplan (8-3) earned the win after throwing scoreless sixth and seventh innings.

Dustin Birosak followed, throwing the eighth and ninth to earn his second save of the season.

Four the fourth straight game, the Lions scored in the top of the first. Eric Farris singled, DeAndre Miller walked, and freshman Angelo Songco plated Farris with a double. Elvis Herrera drove in Miller on a groundout to give the Lions the early 2-0 lead.

But the Titans roared back in the bottom of the frame, thanks to back-to-back home runs that put them up 3-2.

A third long ball extended the Titan lead to 4-2 in the third.

LMU regained the lead in the fourth after putting up three runs. Farris drove in two of the three runs with a double that scored Michael Glomb and Ryan Wheeler, who had singled and walked. Joe Zeller brought in T.J. Bernardy with a sacrifice fly to put LMU up 5-4.

The Titans took it back with single runs in the fifth and the sixth, and put things out of reach for the Lions with the seven-run eighth inning.

Nick Mahin led Cal State Fullerton, going 4-for-4 with two of the Titans' four home runs on the night.

Farris went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases for the Lions. The two stolen bases brings his season total to 32, the most for a Lion since the 1970s.

Songco added a 2-for-4 night at the plate.

CSF's Sean Urena earned the start on the mound and worked three innings. He allowed four runs on four hits and walked three.

Freshman Xavier Esquivel made the start for LMU and threw 3.1 innings.

The Lions return home for a final four-game home stand featuring Portland and Long Beach State. The West Coast Conference series with Portland opens Friday at 3:00 p.m. It will be a big weekend at Page Stadium, with pre-game ceremonies set for both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, the Lions will honor the seven LMU standouts named to the all-time All-WCC team in a ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. Call 310-338-7638 to reserve tickets for the game time luncheon. On Sunday, the Lions will celebrate seniors and mothers beginning at 12:40 p.m. Mark your calendars and join us for a special weekend at Page Stadium.

UCLA - 4
Pepperdine - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Freshman right hander Garett Claypool pitched five shutout innings and shortstop Brandon Crawford had three hits and two RBI to lead No. 10 UCLA to a 4-1 victory over No. 17 Pepperdine Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Stadium.

The win improved the Bruins to 28-19 while the Waves fell to 31-17.

After starter Robert Dickmann pitched three perfect innings, Brett Hunter (6-5) came on in the fourth and allowed back-to-back singles to Jermaine Curtis and Alden Carrithers. Both runners advanced a base on a balk by Hunter and scored on a double to right-center field by Crawford.

Crawford score the inning's final run after stealing third and scoring on a wild pitch to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.

The Waves' best scoring opportunity came in the sixth inning when they got the first two batters of the inning aboard and eventually loaded the bases with two outs but were unable to plate any runs.

The Bruins added an insurance run in the seventh on a home run to left field by catcher Ryan Babineau.

Pepperdine avoided being shutout when it scored an unearned run with two outs in the bottom half of the seventh.

Claypool (3-0) turned in a solid outing for the Bruins as he went five innings, allowed four hits, walked two and struck out four as he picked up his second win of the season against the Waves.

Pepperdine returns to action on Friday when it opens a three-game weekend series against Gonzaga at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.

Washington - 6
Portland - 3

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington Huskies built a six-run lead before holding on for a 6-3 win over the Portland Pilots in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at Husky Ballpark. The game was the first action in more than a week for the Pilots, who took last week off because of final exams and graduation.

Portland drops to 19-24 on the season, while Washington improves to 24-21.

The Huskies touched Portland starter Given Kutz (5-5) for six runs on eight hits in three innings. In the first, Danny Cox hit an RBI triple before Matt Hague drilled a two-run shot over the right-field fence, giving UW a 3-0 lead.

The lead grew to 6-0 after Brian Pearl hit a solo home run in the second and Joey Lind and Brett Wilcox each knocked in a run in the third.

Still trailing by six in the top of the sixth inning, Portland scored its first run of the game when junior Danny Meier plated sophomore Chase Powell with a ground out to second.

The Pilots pulled within three with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Freshman Eric Brown knocked in a run with an RBI ground out before senior Adam Kerr scored on a sacrifice fly courtesy of Powell.

Powell finished 2-for-3 as Portland totaled five hits. Senior Jesse Rodgers also had two hits, while freshman Charlie Herche drew three walks.

UW tallied 12 hits off of five Portland pitchers. Junior David Gruener followed Kutz with two scoreless innings. Junior Brian Yoakum, junior Chris Siegfried and senior Josh Roberts each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Washington starter Nick Haughian (4-6) lasted six innings for the win. He held Portland to one run on four hits, while striking out seven. He also walked five. Reliever Brandon McKerney gave up two runs in an inning of work.

Nick Hagadone worked the final two innings to pick up his ninth save of the season. Hagadone didn't allow a base runner, while striking out three.

The Pilots and Huskies are next slated to play the second game of their two-game set on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The game is the final contest of the season between Portland and Washington. The two schools have split four previous meetings.

The Pilots, who are currently 6-9 in the West Coast Conference, return to league play this weekend with a three-game series against the LMU Lions in Los Angeles, Calif.

Pacific - 6
San Francisco - 5 (13)
(Completion of March 4 game)

Pacific - 7
San Francisco - 2

San Francisco, Calif. - In a matter of ten innings, the University of San Francisco fell twice to Pacific at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. In the completion of the March 4th suspended game at Pacific, the Tigers (13-37) took a 6-5 victory in the bottom of the 13th. In the regularly scheduled contest, the Dons (24-28) struggled offensively and fell 7-2.

With the score tied 5-5 after 12 innings on March 4th in Stockton, the game was called due to darkness. Picking it up in the top of the 13th here at Benedetti, the Dons failed to score in there half. After freshman right-hander Chase Tigert (0-1) struck out the first Tigers batter, sophomore right fielder Zach Chamberlin homered over the right field fence to win the game.

In the original contest, the Dons scored first, plating one in the third. Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble reached on an error, stole second, and scored on junior second baseman Joey Railey's RBI single up the middle. After the Tigers scored twice in the fourth, the Dons tied it up in the fifth, scoring much in the same fashion as the third. Knoble reached on a throwing error and advanced to second, then scored on Railey's double to left center.

USF put up two more in the eighth when junior right fielder Luke Sommer led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky singled, advancing Sommer to third. Senior catcher then singled, scoring Sommer. Freshman Bobby Ethel pinch ran for Bialosky, advanced to third on junior third baseman Brian Chavez's sacrifice bunt, and scored on freshman designated hitter Derek Poppert's sacrifice fly. Down 5-4 in the ninth, junior pinch hitter Matt Lieb homered to put the game into extra innings.

Tigert earned the loss, giving up the homerun in the 13th. Tigert threw 1.1 innings, allowing one earned run of one hit, and added four strikeouts. The Dons managed 13 hits in the contest, with Railey and Sommer each smacking three hits.

Pacific's sophomore right-hander Cole Akins (2-2) earned the win, throwing a total of 3.0 innings, not allowing a run off one hit, a walk, and striking out two.

USF couldn't get its offense rolling and had difficulty in the field as it fell to Pacific 7-2. The Dons committed four costly errors and only managed seven hits.

Pacific plated three in the third. With bases loaded and two outs, sophomore catcher Joe Oliveira smacked a two-RBI single to right. Junior right-hander Brian Anderson then walked two straight to make it 3-0. The Tigers added one in the seventh, before putting the game out of reach with three more in the eighth. Junior first baseman Brett Manning reached on an error and advanced to second on a failed fielder's choice by senior right-hander John Quine after freshman shortstop Josh Powers bunted. Oliveira then singled to right center, scoring Manning. Both Powers and Oliveira advanced on successive errors by Sommer and Knoble, before Chamberlin doubled to left, scoring them both.

USF tried to mount a comeback, scoring two in the eighth. Railey and freshman pinch hitter Bobby Ethel were both hit by a pitch, and Poppert walked to load the bases. Bialosky singled to left, scoring Railey. Senior pinch hitter Chris Bacigalupi hit a sacrifice fly to deep center, scoring Ethel.

Chavez was the only Don with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. Sommer added his ninth double of the season.

Senior right-hander Daniel Morales (1-1) takes the loss, tossing 2.0 innings and allowing two earned runs of two hits, two walks and recorded four strikeouts. Anderson allowed one earned run in 1.0 inning, off a hit and three walks, but added a strikeout. Quine allowed the Tigers final four runs (none earned) in 4.1 innings of work. Quine gave up three hits and a walk, and added five strikeouts.

Pacific's junior right-hander Jason Haar (2-2) took the victory, not giving up a run off five hits, a walk and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings. He also helped his cause by earning two hits and two RBI.

USF returns to action this weekend, hosting Saint Mary's for a three game West Coast Conference series. Friday's game is set for 3:00 PM.

Nevada - 9
Santa Clara - 8

RENO, Nev. - The Santa Clara baseball team came so close to coming back from a five-run deficit Tuesday night against the Nevada Wolfpack, but in the end, the Broncos left the game-tying run stranded 90 feet away as the Wolfpack hung on for the 9-8 victory in Reno. For Santa Clara it was the team's third consecutive loss.

The Broncos (24-26) will now return home for the final WCC regular-season series of the year, hosting the No. 6 San Diego Toreros in a three-game series. Friday night's opener is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch, while Saturday's and Sunday's contests are set for 1 p.m. starts at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Nathan Faulkner, Matt Long, and Evan LeBlanc all had three hits Tuesday night to pace the SCU offense, with Faulkner and Long each going deep. Long hit his third home run of the year, and second to lead off a game, and drove in three runs while Faulkner hit his first home run of the season and drove in a pair. Gabe Alcantar, Ryan Conan, and Tommy Medica each had a pair of hits as well, as the Broncos registered 16 hits total in the contest.

Santa Clara scored five runs over the final three innings to turn an 8-3 contest into a one-run game at 9-8 in the top of the ninth. Trailing 9-6 heading into their final at-bat, Medica was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and on Ryan Conan's infield hit, the two ended up on third and second, respectively, thanks to a throwing error by Wolfpack pitcher Benjamin Colton.

A sacrifice fly from Carl Bacon brought in Medica, but a groundout by Alcantar left the Broncos down to their final out. SCU rallied, though, as LeBlanc brought Conan home with a single to left to pull the Broncos to within a run, and a Geoff Klein infield hit followed by Jon Karcich being hit by a pitch loaded the bases for Long. But Long's ground ball was played cleanly by Nevada second baseman David Ciarlo, who completed the play to end the contest.

Both teams scored twice in the first, as Long led off the game with an opposite-field shot to left for his second leadoff homer of the year. After Faulkner was hit by a pitch, Medica and Conan followed with singles, Conan's plating Faulkner for SCU's second run.

Nevada answered as a one-out double by Shaun Kort plated Jason Sadoian, and Konrad Schmidt followed with a double of his own to bring in Kort and tie the game.

The Wolfpack jumped ahead three innings later, loading the bases with one out and getting the go-ahead run thanks to a Sadoian sacrifice fly, then getting another pair off the bat of a Jason Rodriguez double. A walk to Kort then chased Bronco starter Sean O'Neill, who suffered his second loss of the year after giving up five runs on six hits in three and two-thirds innings.

Faulkner's home run in the top of the fifth off of Nevada starter Dan Eastham cut the deficit to two at 5-3, but Jordan Salazar, who would earn his second win of the year by pitching an inning and two-thirds of one-run relief, came in and closed the Broncos out the rest of the inning.

The Wolfpack again put three runs across in their half of the fifth. Baker Krukow led the inning off with a home run to left-center off of Justin Kuehn, and following a pair of singles and a foul out, Ciarlo singled to right-center to plate another run. Nevada got their eighth run two batters later, as Rodriguez singled Ciarlo home for the 8-3 lead.

The Broncos fought their way back into it, though, as Long led off the seventh with a double to left-center, and was driven in right away on a Faulkner single. In the eighth, SCU got two more back as Long drove Alcantar and LeBlanc in with a two-out double, but in the bottom half, Krukow produced what would end up being the game-winning run with his second home run of the game, a shot down the left-field line off of reliever Steve Kalush.

From there the Broncos could only get two runs off of Colton, falling a run short of tying the ballgame and sending them to their third straight defeat.