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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 10, 2008

Pepperdine - 10
Portland - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman Matt Bywater tossed a career-high eight innings of one-run baseball to lead the #14 Pepperdine baseball team to a 10-1 win over Portland on Saturday afternoon in WCC action at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine improved to 31-16 (11-5 WCC) with the victory, while Portland dropped to 19-29 (3-14 WCC).

The Waves took the lead in the second inning on a two-out RBI single from Travis Tartamella (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS) to give the Waves a 1-0 lead, but the Pilots tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the third on a sac fly, which would prove to be their only run of the contest.

Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) put the Waves back on top with an RBI single in the Waves' half of the third, giving Pepperdine a 2-1 lead.

In the fifth, Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) and Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) notched RBI singles to extend the Pepperdine lead to 4-1. Pepperdine tacked on four more in the sixth, as Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) notched an RBI triple and scored on Ryan Heroy's (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) RBI single to put the Waves ahead 6-1. Duron then notched a two-run single to extend the Waves' advantage to 8-1.

Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) notched his eighth homer of the season in the seventh inning, a solo shot to left-center field, to put the Waves ahead 9-1. Duron blasted his third homer of the season in the eighth, a solo shot, to put the Waves up 10-1. Doug Konoske (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) tossed a perfect ninth inning to seal the 10-1 win.

After allowing the Pilots lone run in the third, Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) did not allow another run through his eight innings of work. Bywater allowed five hits and struck out five over his eight innings of work to improve to 7-2. Portland starter Ari Ronick incurred the loss for the Pilots.

Thames led the Waves offense for a second consecutive game, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Thames is 7-for-9 over the last two days. Duron went 3-for-5 with a season-high four RBI, d'Arnaud scored three runs and Diedrich registered a pair of hits. Clayton Shaw led Portland with two hits.

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

San Francisco - 6
San Diego - 3

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco rallied with two outs in the eighth to take an exciting 6-3 West Coast Conference victory over No. 8 San Diego (39-14, 16-4 WCC) at Benedetti Diamond on Saturday afternoon. USF (30-23, 11-9 WCC) breaks the 30-win barrier for just the sixth time since 1968, and third time in the last four years.

Down 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Dons put on their rally hats and plated five runs. Senior right fielder Kyle Morgan reached base on a throwing error by USD's junior shortstop Sean Nicol to start the inning. Senior first baseman/RHP Mitchell Bialosky singled down the left field line before sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin sacrificed the runners to second and third. Sophomore shortstop Derek Poppert was intentionally walked to load the bases and junior left fielder Zach Kim struck out for the second out. Freshman third baseman Chris Escobar, in his first at bat of the series, connected for a two-RBI single into right field, scoring Morgan and Bialosky. With runners on the corners, freshman third baseman/first baseman Stephen Yarrow smashed a huge three-run homerun over the right field fence to make it 6-2.

USF had a 1-0 lead after three innings, off a Likpin RBI single. San Diego tied it in the sixth with an RBI single through the left side by senior second baseman Kevin Hanson. The Toreros took the 2-1 lead in the next inning on a throwing error by Yarrow. USD added a run in the ninth, to make it 6-3, when sophomore center fielder Kevin Muno singled up the middle, plating freshman third baseman Victor Sanchez, who had singled earlier in the frame.

Dons' senior left-hander Matt Baugh threw an exceptional game, not letting the Toreros cross home plate until the sixth. In 7.1 innings, Baugh allowed two runs (one earned) off eight hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. San Diego's junior left-hander Josh Romanski was equally as good, allowing just one earned run off five hits, two walks, and struck out seven Dons in 7.0 innings.

Bialosky (5-5) earned the win in relief, allowing one earned run off two hits, a walk, and a strikeout in 1.2 innings. USD's junior left-hander Ricardo Pecina (5-4) took the loss, allowing five unearned runs off three hits, one walk, and two strikeouts in 1.0 inning of relief.

Railey extended his hitting streak to 15 games on a 2-for-5 night with a double. He is now just three hits away from tying Arnie Sambel (1987-90) at fourth place on the Dons career hits chart with 236 base knocks. Escobar earned his first two RBI's as a Don, both of those on his single in the eighth. Yarrow's game winning homerun is his second of the year, the first being at Pepperdine on April 11. Bialosky, Lipkin, Kim and freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz each singled in the game.

USF will host San Diego in the rubber match tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.

GAME NOTES:
- USF had 30 or more wins in five previous seasons: 32 in 1971, 30 in 1996, 34 in 1998, 38 in 2005, and 39 in 2006.
- The Dons have three wins over top 10 teams this season: 5-1 over No. 7 Cal in the Dante Benedetti Classic (4/1); 13-9 over No. 6 Stanford at Benedetti Diamond (5/6); and today's 6-3 win over No. 8 San Diego.
- The Dons are 16-4 at Benedetti Diamond this season.

Santa Clara - 9
Saint Mary's - 8

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Brady Fuerst's extra innings three run double lifted the Santa Clara baseball team over Saint Mary's, 9-8, Saturday night. The junior registered a three-run double down the right field line in the 10th inning to give the Broncos the win.

SCU improved to 31-18 on the season and 11-6 in West Coast Conference play, while SMC dropped to 23-25-1 overall and 5-12 in league play. The win was awarded to Mark Willinsky (4-2) after 2.1 innings of work in which he allowed two runs and struck out two batters. The loss went to Alex Schmarzo (2-2).

Offensively, Jon Karcich went 3-for-5 with two runs, while Fuerst was 1-for-4 with three RBIs.

The Gaels opened Saturday's contest with a four run effort over the course of the first three innings. Ryan Mulligan singled to right field to bring home Kyle Jensen in the first inning. During its second outing Saint Mary's posted two runs to claim a 3-0 advantage.

Justin Fazio started off the inning with single to left field and then advanced to third on a Anthony Aliotti double. The designated hitter then scored on an error by Broncos' shortstop Karcich. Aliotti then followed on a Joel Staples base hit. SMC's fourth run of the game came in the top of the third as Jensen scored his second run of the game.

However, Santa Clara responded with four runs in their half of the inning to knot the score, 4-4. Ryan Conan posted a two-run single in the middle of the bottom of the third to bring home Matt Long and Tommy Medica. Both runners registered base hits to get on base. Karcich then drove home Conan with a base hit to left field.

The tying run was brought in by Curtis Wagner. He reached on an error by SMC's shortstop Daniel Alcaire and Karcich scored on the play.

After a quick up and down fourth inning, the Gaels claimed a two-run edge over the Broncos. Fazio tallied a two-run home run to right field that also brought home Mulligan. The catcher walked to get on base.

SCU chipped away at the lead recording runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Nathan Faulkner made it a one run game as he doubled down the right field line. The shot brought home Wagner to make the score 6-5.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, outfielder Evan LeBlanc launched a solo home run shot over the left field wall to knot the score, 6-6. It was his sixth homer of the season.

The game was taken into extra innings after both teams were held scoreless through the eighth and ninth innings. The Gaels did have the opportunity to take the lead in the eighth inning but reliever Willinsky successfully struck out Jensen for the final out of the inning with bases loaded.

In the ninth inning, the Broncos attempted to register the win as Fuerst advanced to second on a Long sacrifice. Yet, both LeBlanc and Medica were struck out to end regulation.

In the top of the 10th, Saint Mary's rallied to load the bases with two outs and the board and with a two RBI single from Jensen, the Gaels claimed an 8-6 advantage.

The Broncos crammed the bases in the bottom of the 10th with just one out on the board. Conan singled up the middle to get on and then James Heintz came in to run for the senior first baseman. Karcich followed suit with his own base it to left field and then Wagner walked. Gabe Alcantar's fly out was too shallow to bring in a run and two outs were put on the board.

But it was Fuerst's double down the right field line that sealed the win for Santa Clara. The junior second baseman launched the shot on a 1-2 count and drove in three runs.

The Broncos and Gaels bring the series to a close on Sunday, May 11. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Arizona State - 9
LMU - 5

TEMPE, Ariz. - LMU (22-27) struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning, but was unable to keep No. 3 Arizona State at bay, as the Sun Devils (39-9) earned a 9-5 victory in game one of a three-game non-conference series being played over the weekend at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

Sophomore Angelo Songco contributed the big hit for LMU, blasting a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. Songco finished the game 1-for-4 with the home run and three RBI. Freshman Matt Koch collected multiple hits in the loss, batting 2-for-4. Senior Michael Glomb scored two of the Lions' five runs, also collecting a single in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 19 straight games. The streak is the longest by a Lion since Eric Farris hit in 25 straight games from the end of the 2006 season into the beginning of 2007.

Freshman Martin Viramontes pitched the first six innings for LMU, allowing nine runs on 13 hits and three walks while striking out six batters before taking the loss and falling to 3-5. Left-hander Russell Lowell carried the Lions the rest of the way, dealing the final two scoreless frames and allowing one hit and striking out a batter over the span.

Right-hander Mike Leake got the start for ASU, lasting six innings and surrendering three runs (two earned) on six hits and striking out six batters before improving to 8-1 on the year with the victory. Dustin Brader was first out of the Sun Devil bullpen, recording one out and allowing two runs on two walks. Kyle Brule took over and got the second out of the seventh inning before Tommy Rafferty retired the side in the frame. Rafferty finished the game on the hill for ASU, contributing two and a third innings of scoreless relief and striking out two batters. Third baseman Brett Wallace batted 2-for-4 with a home run, a run scored and four RBI to guide the Sun Devil offense.

LMU wasted no time jumping on the No. 3 team in the nation, plating two runs on one swing of Songco's bat. Senior A.J. LaMonda was robbed of a base hit to start the game, lining the first pitch of the game into right field before Matt Newman dove to put it away on the fly. Glomb followed with an infield single to extend his hitting streak, reaching in front of Songco's team-leading 11th home run of the year.

The Sun Devils refused to trail for long, plating three runs on a long-ball of their own in the bottom of the first. A leadoff single and a walk put two runners on before Wallace blasted his team-best 16th home run over the wall down the right field line, handing ASU the 3-2 advantage.

ASU extended the lead to 5-2 after four innings. After a nice play by Glomb at third base for the first out of the frame, Newman and Raoul Torrez connected on back-to-back doubles down the left field line to produce the first run of the fourth. Viramontes recorded his fifth strikeout of the game for out number two, but Torrez swiped third base on the play. After working the count to 2-2 in the very next at bat, Ryan Sontag came up with the clutch two-out RBI-single through the right side of the infield to cap the frame.

Arizona State pushed the tally to 8-2 with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out in the inning, Petey Paramore doubled and moved to third on an error by Jonathan Johnson at second base. Leake quickly plated the first run of the inning, singling down the right field line, and moving to second on a wild pitch. After a four-pitch walk to Kiel Roling, Newman singled to bring home Leake and leave runners at first and second once again. Torrez reached with an infield single on the ensuing play to load the bases before Viramontes earned an important strikeout for out number two. The freshman right-hander had the first pitch of the next at bat get away for a wild pitch, bringing home Roling from third base. Newman attempted to come home on the same play, running into an out at the plate as Viramontes applied the tag from Dovel.

The Lions got one run back in the top of the sixth inning, piecing together a run on two hits and an error. Koch singled to get the ball rolling before a fielder's choice left Ryan Wheeler at first with one out. After a second fielder's choice put Kyle Spraker at first with two out in the frame, Andy Preston singled to centerfield to leave runners at the corners. LMU took advantage of a Sun Devil error on the ensuing play as Roling dropped a throw from third base, allowing Spraker to trot home safely.

Arizona State once again refused to surrender momentum, plating a run in the bottom half of the inning. A leadoff walk and a successful hit-and-run through the left side put runners on the corners in a hurry for ASU. Wallace took advantage of the opportunity to score a run with a deep fly ball, lifting a sacrifice fly to left centerfield to plate Sontag from third base.

The Lions benefited from the sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh, running the tally to 9-5 with two deep fly balls. Back-to-back walks and a passed ball put runners at second and third with nobody out in the inning. Songco followed with the sacrifice fly to left field, moving Glomb to third base and bringing home LaMonda. Koch followed with a hit-by-pitch to precede the second sacrifice fly of the frame, this one coming to centerfield off the bat of Wheeler to cap the scoring run. Unfortunately for the Lions, the two runs in the seventh would be the final in the game, as both teams posted zeroes over the final two innings of play.

LMU and Arizona State will continue their three-game non-conference series tomorrow at 6 p.m. The Lions will call upon right-hander Xavier Esquivel for the start, while the Sun Devils are still undecided on a starter.