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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 9, 2006

Portland - 7
Washington - 6

SEATTLE, Wash. - Sophomore Danny Meier hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning as the Portland Pilots defeated the Washington Huskies 7-6 in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday afternoon at Husky Ballpark. It's Meier's second home run in two days.

The Pilots entered the eighth inning trailing 6-4. Freshman Sean Nicol led off with a single and sophomore Cory Wiltshire followed with a double. Meier then followed with his team-leading eighth home that sailed over the left field wall. Meier's solo home run on Monday was Portland's lone run in an 8-1 loss to the Huskies.

Senior Matthew Peters also knocked in three runs for the Pilots, who improve to 14-31 this season. Nicol, Wiltshire and Meier each had a pair of hits for the game. Junior Justin Ehlers knocked in Portland's other run.

Senior Joe Jones (2-2) pitched four scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win. He allowed only one hit.

Husky reliever Bryce Mooney (3-3), who came on to begin the eighth, suffered the loss, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings.

The Pilots opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run homer by Peters off of UW starter Brandon McKerney. Peters' sixth blast of the season came with two outs and Meier on first. Meier had kept the inning going with a two-out single to center.

Washington (32-20) responded with a two-run shot of its own in the bottom of the first off of UP starter Peter Beringhaus. Zach Clem, who has hit five home runs against the Pilots this season, tied the score with a blast to left-center field.

The Husky lead was short-lived as the Pilots scored again in the top of the second. With one out and runners on second and third, Ehlers knocked in senior Nik Kosach with an RBI ground out to the pitcher, making it a 3-2 Portland lead.

UW added three more in the third to re-claim the lead. The Huskies loaded the bases with no outs, before junior Josh Roberts relieved Beringhaus. The Huskies then plated three on a ground out, a passed ball and an RBI single by Cory Rickard. Then with one on and one out, Roberts ended the threat with a strike out and a ground out.

The Pilots made it a 5-4 Husky lead with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Wiltshire worked his way to third after a lead-off single off of UW reliever Nick Haughian. Peters then knocked in his third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Washington tallied its final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Andy Lentz hit an RBI single off of Roberts, before he was relieved by Jones with no outs.

The Pilots next travel to Santa Clara for a three-game West Coast Conference series against the Broncos this weekend. The Pilots and Broncos are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Portland then returns home to end the season with a four-game homestand.

Saint Mary's - 7
Patten - 1

The Gaels held onto a 3-1 lead until they erupted for four runs in the bottom of the sixth. SMC started its scoring with one in the first and two more in the third.

Freshman Joel Staples led off the game with a walk and senior Orben Frederick took advantage with a double to left-center that scored the newcomer.

SMC plated two more in the third when Staples smacked his own double to bring in freshman Cory Miller, who reached on a walk. Senior Sam Carter then knocked in his 50th RBI on the season on a fielder's choice that scored Staples.

After the Lions would tally one in the top of the sixth, the Gaels would add four more in the frame. Staples tallied an RBI the hard way by taking a pitch in the shoulder that scored senior Mike Harris.

Frederick then singled up the middle to bring in sophomore Ian Gordon and senior Preston Young supplied the big blow with a two-run single up the middle that plated Staples and his brother Ryan Young.

Offensively the Gaels were led by Staples and Young. The freshman batted 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs while the senior chipped in with two hits and two RBIs.

On the hill, junior Michael Nisco (3-3) earned the win and allowed just four hits and one earned while fanning seven. Senior Chris Mezzavilla tallied his first save on the season.

Saint Mary's - 11
Patten - 1

The Gaels banged out 10 hits and tallied 11 runs to earn the sweep. SMC tallied two or more runs in three frames, including a five spot in the fourth.

Saint Mary's began its scoring barrage with three to begin the game. Junior Eric Cattoni tallied the first run by crossing the plate on a wild pitch. Senior Jake Sanders then knocked in Staples and Frederick on a single through the left side.

After a Cattoni double that scored senior Adam Hicks in the second, the Gaels ripped off five runs in the fourth.

Senior Tyler Selden began the scoring with a hustle play. Selden ran from first to third on a wild pitch and then scored an errant throw. Frederick then plated Cattoni on a single and Young drove in two more with a single up the middle. Sanders then tallied his third RBI of the game with a fielder's choice that plated Young.

The Gaels capped off their big day with two more in the sixth. Sanders was not done as he accounted for both runs in the inning, finishing the day with a career high five RBIs.

Sanders led the Gaels with two hits while Frederick batted 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Young batted 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.

Senior Justin Sloan (1-1) earned his first victory of the season. Sloan allowed one run on six hits and walked one. Junior Chris Duke tossed 2.1 innings of one-hit relief.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Friday, May 12 against Pepperdine. The weekend West Coast Conference series will mark the last regular season games for the Gaels. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

San Francisco - 9
Cal - 5

Berkeley, CA - USF swept the season series over Cal with a 9-5 non-conference win at Evans Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Dons (33-19) are now 5-1 against the Pac-10 this season, including a win over No. 5 Oregon State (2/29) and swept the Bears (24-25) for the first time since pre-1980. The win was USF's 19th road win this season.

Sophomore left-hander Luke Sommer started for the Dons and retired the first 12 batters he faced in only his second appearance on the mound. Sommer threw 4+ innings allowing one earned run on one hit, one walk and struck out four Bears. Sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson (6-0) earned the win in relief, throwing 3.1 innings allowing three runs (none earned) on three hits, with one walk and a strikeout.

USF had 14 hits on the day. Sophomore third baseman Joey Railey added a single to his team leading hits total and now has 70 hits on the season. Senior Stefan Gartrell was1-for-5 with an RBI to increase his WCC leading RBI total to 57. Junior outfielder Scott Cousins and junior catcher Daniel Morales had two hits each, including a double. Sommer and sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky added doubles as well. Junior Lucas DeLong was 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

USF fell behind 1-0 in the fifth before breaking open the game with a seven run sixth. Cal would score four more runs over the next four innings, but could not hold off the Dons who scored two insurance runs in the ninth to solidify the win.

USF returns to action Friday at Benedetti Diamond, hosting WCC rival Loyola Marymount. First pitch against the Lions is set for 3:00 PM.

Long Beach State - 5
LMU - 3

Long Beach, Calif. - Late-game substitutions led LMU in its comeback bid Tuesday night, but Long Beach State held on to the lead it earned after a four-run first inning. The 49ers (26-20-1) topped the Lions 5-3 in the first of four road games this week for LMU (22-27).

Senior Brandon DiTolla doubled in his only at bat of the night to make it 5-3 in the top of the eighth. DiTolla had taken over at first base for A.J. LaMonda in the seventh, and got his second hit - and second double - of the season. The shot to right center plated Brian Wilson, who had singled to start the eighth for the Lions. After DiTolla's double, the Lions had runners on second and third with one out, but couldn't push that tying run across.

Defensively, DiTolla and reliever Roberto Torres helped the Lions with a big pickoff in the top of the seventh. The 49ers put up two straight hits to start the inning, but DiTolla and Torres were able to remove Danny Espinosa from the basepaths for the first out. That proved key in holding Long Beach State to a lone run in the seventh.

Justin Bunkis played first base for the Lions in the bottom of the eighth and helped designated hitter-turn-pitcher Wilson retire the 49ers in order when he hung onto a throw after a bunt that looked like it may be an infield single for Long Beach State.

Despite the contributions off the bench for the Lions, the four-run first proved to be enough for Long Beach State.

LMU scored in the first inning when Erik Johnson's single through the left side plate Eric Farris, who had started the game with a single up the middle.

But Long Beach State answered with four runs of its own in the bottom of the frame, taking the early 4-1 lead on four hits including Brandon Godfrey's two-run triple.

On the predetermined staff day for the Lions, pitchers Daniel Macias and Brad Meyers shut the 49ers down in the third and fourth, retiring the sides in order. After sitting down the four batters he faced tonight, Macias has now allowed just two hits over his last 10 2/3 innings pitched.

LMU cut the lead to two in the top of the fourth when Casey Gordon's single brought in LaMonda, who had walked earlier in the inning.

That 4-2 score held until the bottom of the seventh, where Long Beach State added a single run after Robert Perry leadoff the inning with a triple.

Starter Andy Beal (4-7) suffered the loss for the Lions after tossing the first two innings. Lee Roberts also threw two innings for LMU and was charged with Long Beach State's final run of the night.

Long Beach State reliever Vance Worley (3-7) earned the win after working 5 2/3.

The Lions will now head to Northern California for the crucial three-game West Coast Conference set at San Francisco. Fans can catch all of the action, beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m., on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

UC Riverside - 5
Pepperdine - 3

Malibu, Calif. - Junior left-hander Marc Rzepczynski allowed three runs over eight-plus innings and received relief help from junior Daniel Stange as UC Riverside registered a 5-3 victory over No. 20 Pepperdine in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Waves mounted a threat as they put runners on second and third with no outs but were only able to score one run as Stange came on to allow a pair of fly balls and a strikeout to preserve the win for the Highlanders, who upped their record to 24-20.

The Waves fell to 33-18 and now look ahead to this weekend as they close out West Conference (WCC) play when they travel to the Bay Area for a three-game series against Saint Mary's beginning Friday. Pepperdine is tied with San Francisco for first place and will be in search of the conference's regular-season title and a berth in the WCC Championship Series.

After allowing two runs in the first inning, Rzepczynski held Pepperdine scoreless until the ninth inning when he allowed a leadoff single to Danny Worth and a double to right-center field that put two runners in scoring position.

Stange relieved Rzepczynski and induced Donald Brown to fly out to center and allowed a sacrifice fly to Chase d'Arnaud before striking out Justin Tellam to end the game and register his 10th save of the season.

The Waves took a 2-0 lead against Rzepczynski in the first inning.

Senior David Uribes opened the inning with a single to right and moved to third on two ground ball outs. Senior Nick Kliebert walked with two outs and Worth followed with a double to right-center field to drive in Uribes and Kliebert.

That would be all the scoring for the Waves until the ninth inning.

Meanwhile, the Highlanders took advantage of wildness by the Pepperdine pitching staff, scoring a run in the third inning and twice more in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. Both rallies were started by leadoff walks. Waves pitching walked eight in the game.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the sixth, the Highlanders received four walks from sophomore right hander Adam Olbrychowski, (2-4) including one to start the inning. It marked Olbrychowski's first appearance since March 18 against Dartmouth.

The lone hit in the inning was a double off the left field wall by Kyle Barratt that put runners on second and third with no outs. A walk, an infield out with the bases loaded and two more walks produced two runs and put the Highlanders in front 3-2.

UC Riverside had a chance to add to its lead in the eighth inning as it put two on with no outs. However, freshman right hander Brett Hunter came on in relief of Brian Ozols and worked out of the jam without allowing any runs.

The Highlanders came back in the ninth to score a pair of insurance runs against Hunter, scoring twice with two outs on RBI singles by Andrew Clay and Drew Garcia.

Pepperdine received two hits apiece from Worth, Uribes and sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz.

CS Northridge - 10
San Diego - 6

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team's (30-21) late rally fell short in a 10-6 loss to Cal State Northridge (22-23) in a non-conference game at Matador Field Tuesday afternoon.

With USD trailing 10-3 heading into the ninth inning, USD put on a late rally scoring three runs on five hits. USD led off the inning with three straight hits to load the bases with no outs. After a Shane Buschini strikeout, Jose Valerio drove in the first run with a ground out to the third baseman. USD next two runs came on back-to-back singles by Justin Snyder and Steve Singleton, but could come no closer leaving the game at its final of 10-6.

The Matadors got on the scoreboard first as they scored one run on one hit in the second inning. CSUN's run came when USD starting pitcher Anthony Slama committed a balk with runners at the corners to give the Matadors an early 1-0 lead.

The Toreros responded in the top of the third inning scoring two runs on one hit. After Valerio led off the inning reaching on an error by the CSUN third baseman, Snyder drove him in with a run-scoring double to center field. Snyder advanced one base on a wild pitch and came home on Singleton's ground out to the second baseman to give USD a 2-1 lead.

The Matadors then retook the lead scoring four runs over the next two innings, before USD took back one run on a Abruzzo sacrifice fly to center field which scored Singleton, who had doubled, to cut the lead to two runs at 5-3.

CSUN would score one run in the sixth inning, and two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings to round out the scoring for the day.

Offensively for the Toreros, Steve Singleton led the way going 3-for-4 with one double and two RBI.

Ricardo Pecina (4-4) is saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing three runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of work. Matt Gaylord (1-0) was credited with the win for the Matadors allowing one run on one hits in 2.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they open a pivotal three-game West Coast Conference series against the Bulldogs of Gonzaga University with a 3 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.

Stanford - 8
Santa Clara - 4

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For the third consecutive meeting, the Santa Clara Broncos and Stanford Cardinal needed extra innings to decide a ball game. But unlike the previous two occasions, the Broncos ended up on the short end of the decision as the Cardinal used a four-run burst to defeat SCU 8-4 in 15 innings Tuesday night at Stephen Schott Stadium.

The Broncos had battled back in the bottom of the 12th to tie the contest at 4-4 after Eric Newton's bloop double into the Bermuda Triangle in short right center, but after Stanford's big 15th, SCU could not answer.

Santa Clara (26-23, 7-11 WCC) will look to rebound quickly from the loss as they head to Berkeley Wednesday afternoon for a 2:30 p.m. meeting against the California Golden Bears. This weekend SCU returns to Stephen Schott Stadium for its final home series as they host the Portland Pilots in the WCC finale. Tickets are available by calling (408) 554-4660 or by visiting the Leavey Center ticket office.

Kris Watts had three hits Tuesday night and Matt Long and Kyle Hartz each had a pair of hits while Watts also drove in a run. Chris Stansbury went six strong innings in the start, allowing only five hits and a pair of runs. Jeff Lombard also provided solid relief as he threw five shutout innings and struck out five batters.

Stanford (23-21, 7-11 Pac-10) got three hits from Randy Molina while Chris Lewis had a pair of hits and drove in a couple. Erik Davis tossed five shutout innings of relief and Max Fearnow went the final four to earn his second win.

The Cardinal (23-21, 7-11 Pac-10) got on the board first Tuesday, striking with two outs in the fourth as Kyle Hartz' diving effort on a Michael Taylor drive to right-center came up just short and Taylor was on with a double. Randy Molina followed up right away, lashing out at Stansbury's first offering and singling up the middle to drive in the game's first run.

After Stanford tacked another run on in the fifth to go up 2-0, the Broncos, who had left five runners on in their prior four times up, finally capitalized. The rally started as Kevin Drever reached on an error, and three straight singles brought Drever and then Matt Long across to knot things up at 2-2. But with the bases loaded and only one out, Cardinal reliever Sean Ratliff buckled down and struck out the next two batters to escape the jam.

From that point on neither team seriously threatened, and things went into extra frames. In the 12th, Stanford got a base hit and a walk off of reliever Daniel DeMarco, which brought Mark Willinsky to the mound. A double to right-center by Escue drove in two, and things looked to be going Stanford's way with SCU down to its final three outs.

But the Broncos refused to give in, getting runners on second and third with one away. Daniel Nava was thrown out in a fielder's choice, and with two down and runners on first and second, it came down to Newton. A bloop just over second baseman Cord Phelps fell in, and with the runners going on contact, the tying run scored from first and SCU had new life.

But again, neither team could finish the other off until the 15th, when the Cardinal got leadoff singles from Joey August and Chris Minaker. With one out, Phelps singled to right to drive in August, and Lewis doubled to left-center to drive in two more. Stanford added one more on a wild pitch later in the inning.

Tuesday's loss also snapped Santa Clara's three-game winning streak against Stanford dating back to the 2005 season.