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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 9, 2008

Pepperdine - 2
Portland - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine starter Nathan Newman tossed 8.2 strong innings and the #14 Pepperdine baseball team notched its 31st consecutive 30-win season with a 2-1 win over Portland on Friday afternoon in WCC action at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine improved to 30-16 (10-5 WCC) with the win, while Portland dropped to 19-28 (3-13 WCC). Pepperdine moved to 21-5 at home with the victory.

The game was a pitcher's duel from the outset, as Newman (Houston, Texas/Grayson CC) and Portland start Mark Triolo kept the opposing offenses in check to the tune of a 0-0 game through the first four innings. The Waves ended the scoreless streak with a run in the fifth on an RBI groundout from Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) to give Pepperdine a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) tacked onto the Pepperdine lead with a two-out RBI single in the sixth to make it a 2-0 contest in favor of the Waves.

Newman was strong until the ninth, as he left the game with two outs in the ninth and runners on first and second and the Waves clinging to a one run lead. Portland got on the board with an RBI single from Tyler Thompson to cut the Pepperdine lead to 2-1, but Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) induced a groundout to end the game, as Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) made a spectacular bare-handed play to nail Rocky Gale and seal the Pepperdine win.

Newman claimed his team-leading seventh win of the season after tossing 8.2 innings and allowing only one run, while Gaudi recorded his 12th save of the year. Portland starter Mark Triolo incurred the loss.

Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) led the Pepperdine attack with a 3-for-4 performance that included one run scored, and three other Waves notched one hit. The Pilots were led by Thompson's pair of hits.

The Waves and Pilots continue their three-game set with a 1 p.m. contest tomorrow at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

San Diego - 4
San Francisco - 2

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Junior All-American Brian Matusz recorded 14 strikeouts in another dominating performance on the mound to help propel the eighth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team to a 4-2 West Coast Conference win over the University of San Francisco Friday afternoon at Denedetti Diamond.

With the win, the Toreros have now claimed a share of their second-consecutive WCC Championship, improve to 39-13 overall, 16-3 in the WCC and now have earned the right to host the WCC Championship series on May 23-25 at Cunningham Stadium. With the loss, the Dons fall to 29-22 overall and 10-9 in the WCC.

Matusz (10-2) allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out 14 batters and not issuing a single walk in 8.1 innings of work to pick up the win on the mound for USD. AJ Griffin recorded his 13th save of the season as he allowed no runs on one hit in 0.2 innings of work. With the save, Griffin has tied the USD single-season record for saves. USF's Evan Fredrickson was saddled with the loss for the Dons as he allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out 11 batters.

USD wasted no time in scoring as they pushed across two runs on two hits in the top of the first inning. Kevin Muno got things started with a bunt single, then moved to second on a Sean Nicol walk. After Josh Romanski moved each batter up one base on a sacrifice bunt, Kevin Hansen drove in Muno and Nicol with a two-run double to left center field to give the Torero a 2-0 early advantage.

San Diego then added to their lead in the top of the seventh inning as Muno hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence to give USD a 3-0 lead.The Toreros then scored their final run of the game in the top of the ninth on a James Meador run-scoring double give USD a 4-0 lead.

The Dons then put on a late rally scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on two-run single by Joey Railey, but could come no closer as USD held on for the 4-2 win.

Offensively for the Toreros, Muno led the way going 3-for-5 with one home run and one RBI. Meador and Hansen were the only other Toreros to record multiple hits as they both went 2-for-4, each with a double and Hansen had two RBI and Meador added in one RBI.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game series with the Dons in a 1 p.m. WCC game.

Santa Clara - 12
Saint Mary's - 6

Story coming soon.