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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 11, 2007

Gonzaga - 5
Pepperdine - 3

MALIBU, Calif. - The Gonzaga University opened a crucial three-game West Coast Conference series with No. 17 Pepperdine University with a 5-3 victory Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif. The Zags, who posted three runs in the ninth to secure the win, now need to post one more victory this weekend in order to secure second place finish and a spot in the WCC Championship.

The Bulldogs improve to 31-21 overall and 14-5 in league play with the victory, while the Waves fall to 31-18 and 10-6 against WCC opponents.

Gonzaga relief pitcher Jeremy Stumetz (4-1) earned the win, allowing no runs on two hits over 1.1 innings of work. Starter Josh Monroe posted a solid outing for the Bulldogs, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits during 7.2 innings on the mound. Pepperdine starter Barry Enright (11-3) suffered the loss, throwing 8.0 innings giving up four runs, three earned, on 11 hits while striking out a career-high nine.

The Waves jumped on the board early, posting runs in both the second and third innings, to take a 2-0 lead. In the second, Chase d'Arnaud led off the inning with an infield single before advancing on a fielding error and bunt before eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly to right by Denny Duron. The run in the third was drove home thanks to a single to right by d'Arnaud to score Eric Thames, who reached on a fielders' choice.

Gonzaga knotted the score 2-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth frame. Darin Holcomb led off the inning with a bunt single before advancing to second on a single through the left side by Dustin Colclough. Holcomb then scored on a double to right center by Shawn Wayt that also found Colclough at third. Colclough scored during the next at-bat thanks to a fielding error by the Waves' shortstop.

Pepperdine regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a run-scoring double to left center by Travis Tartamella.

Down a run in the top of the ninth inning, the Bulldogs rallied, scoring three runs on five hits, to take the 5-3 lead. Aaron McGuinness and Wayt opened the inning with back-to-back singles before pinch hitter Ben Greenslitt loaded the bases with a bunt single. McGuinness then beat out a play at home on a sacrifice fly to right by pinch hitter Mark Castellitto to tie the game at three. Wayt and Greenslitt would both eventually score on close plays at the plate, thanks to singles by Bryan Winston and Holcomb to give the Zags the game winning runs.

Holcomb finished the afternoon going 4-for-5 with a run batted in and a run scored. Winston and Wayt also posted multiple-hits for the Bulldogs with two a piece.

Gonzaga will look to secure a spot in the conference championship Saturday when it faces Pepperdine in the second game of the three-game set. Clayton Mortensen (7-2) is expected to get the start for the Zags in the 1 p.m. start.

LMU - 3
Portland - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Brad Meyers threw a complete game with a career-high 11 strikeouts to lead LMU to the 3-1 victory over Portland in West Coast Conference action Friday. The one hour, 59 minute contest was the shortest of the season for the Lions (21-31-1, 8-11 WCC), who continue their final series of the season Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game against the Pilots (19-26, 6-10 WCC).

In addition to Meyers' complete game heroics, senior DeAndre Miller hit his first LMU career home run over the Mikos Blue Monster in the bottom of the eighth to give the Lions an insurance run. Miller had tallied two long balls in his first two seasons at Fresno State.

Meyers earned the win and improved to 4-4 on the season after scattering six hits. The Lions' junior right-hander struck out a career-high 11 batters and did not issue a walk in his nine innings of work. The 11 strikeouts passed his previous career-high of eight, which he set earlier this season at Cal Poly. Friday was Meyers' second career complete game.

Portland starter David Gruener (3-4) worked all eight innings for the Pilots.

Portland took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Justin Pierce's single scored Danny Meier.

The Lions answered in the bottom of the frame, tying the game at 1-1 when Michael Glomb's fielders' choice ball scored Justin Bunkis, who had led off with a single up the middle.

LMU went up 2-1 in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by T.J. Bernardy. Bernardy's fly ball plated Miller, who had been hit by a pitch by Gruener.

Miller then homered with one out in the eighth to make it 3-1 Lions.

Freshman Angelo Songco led the Lions with a 2-for-3 day at the plate and the game's only stolen base.

Jesse Rodgers went 2-for-4 for Portland.

LMU now sits a half a game ahead of Portland in the WCC standings.

The Lions and Pilots will continue the WCC series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. start. Fans should come out to the park early, as the Lions named to the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Team will be honored in a pre-game ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. Those who can't make it to Page Stadium can catch the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker at www.LMULions.com.

San Diego - 3
Santa Clara - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The sixth-raked University of San Diego baseball team claimed the regular-season West Coast Conference championship outright and the right to host the WCC Championship series on Memorial Day Weekend with a 3-1 win over Santa Clara University Friday evening at Stephen Schott Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros have set a new program record for single-season victories with 40 as they move to 40-14 overall. USD has now run their overall winning streak to 11 and their WCC winning streak to 17. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 24-27 overall and 8-11 in the WCC.

USD got another dominating pitching performance from sophomore left hander Brian Matusz (10-2), as the Cave Creek, Ariz. native picked up his 10th win of the season. Matusz finished the game allowing one run on five hits, while striking out 11 batters. With the 11 strikeouts, Matusz has become the new single-season leader at USD for strikeouts with 152.

Freshman right hander AJ Griffin also etched his name into the USD single-season record books as he picked up his ninth save of the season, tying him for second all-time with Tom Caple.

The Toreros got on the scoreboard first as they took advantage of a Broncos miscue to score one unearned run on two hits. With two outs, Daniel Magness got things started as he reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, and he moved to second on a Josh Romanski single to left field. Logan Gelbrich drove in Magness with a RBI single up the middle to give USD a 1-0 lead.

The Broncos answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Carl Bacon got things started for SCU with a double to centerfield, and moved to third on a Evan LeBlanc ground out to the pitcher. David Hoffmaire then brought in Bacon with a run-scoring double down the right field line to even the score at 1-1.

San Diego regained the lead in the top of the sixth inning scoring two runs on one hit. Shane Buschini led off the inning with a walk and he moved to second when Gelbrich was hit by a pitch. After Sean Nicol loaded the bases with a walk, Kevin Hansen drove in two runs with a single to centerfield to put the game at its final of 3-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Hansen led the way as he went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Four other Toreros recorded one hit to round off the five team hits in the game.

Nate Garcia (4-6) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Broncos, as he allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros and Broncos will return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as they continue the three-game series.

San Francisco - 11
Saint Mary's - 1

San Francisco, Calif. - The University of San Francisco found its offense as it took an 11-1 win over Bay Area and West Coast Conference rival Saint Mary's at Benedetti Diamond on Friday afternoon. The Dons (25-28, 7-12) out hit SMC 13-4 in the contest.

With the win over the Gaels, junior left-hander Aaron Poreda (7-6) joins Jerry Eisler (1962-64) in third place on the Dons all time wins chart with 17. The Moraga native threw 7.0 innings, only allowing one earned run off two hits and three walks, and recorded six strikeouts. For his career, Poreda owns a 2.61 ERA (fifth on all time Dons charts), 167 strikeouts (eighth), and sixty walks in 245 innings (eighth). He has thrown four complete games and saved one in the Green and Gold. Poreda has only given up 95 runs (71 earned) off of 233 hits.

Junior left-hander Matt Baugh threw the final two innings, not giving up a runs off two hits and added two strikeouts.

SMC's junior right-hander Sean Gleason (4-8) earned the loss, giving up nine runs (eight earned), off nine hits, five walks, and recorded four strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. USF's final two runs came off freshman right-hander Jimmy Munhill, who threw 1.2 innings, giving up four hits, a walk, and added a strikeout.

Junior right fielder Luke Sommer had a 2-for-4 day at the plate, scored a run, and drove in three Dons. Junior second baseman Joey Railey was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and added his 19th stolen base. Junior shortstop Brian Chavez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Freshman third baseman Derek Poppert doubled and drove in two. Senior pinch hitter Daniel Morales also doubled and drove in one. Sophomore Zach Kim had a hit and two RBI. Senior center fielder Jonnie Knoble also smacked a base hit and drove in a run. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, senior catcher Jon Norfolk, and senior pinch hitter Blake Nelson added singles.

USF put up a run in the fourth and two in the fifth before breaking the game open in the seventh. Senior designated hitter Chris Bacigalupi walked to start the inning, and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Bobby Ethel, who stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw. Kim walked before Railey singled to left, scoring Ethel. Knoble walked, then Poppert doubled through the left side, scoring Kim and Railey. Sommer singled to right and advanced to second on the throw home, but both Knoble and Poppert scored on the play. An out later, Chavez singled to right center, scoring Sommer.

A two run eighth put the game completely out of reach for the Gaels. With two outs, junior pinch hitter Matt Lieb walked and scored on pinch hitter Morales' double to left. Morales then scored on Sommer's single to right.

USF and Saint Mary's play game two of the three game series tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.