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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 11, 2008

Pepperdine - 8
Portland - 5

MALIBU, Calif. - The #14 Pepperdine baseball team extended its winning streak to four games with an 8-5 win over Portland on Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium

With the victory, the Waves improved to 32-16 (12-5 WCC). Portland dropped to 19-30, (3-15 WCC) with the loss. Pepperdine extended its winning streak over the Pilots to 21 games, which dates back to 2004, with the three-game sweep.

Pepperdine took the lead in the second, as Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) walked, stole second and third base, and scored on a balk. Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) and Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) then followed with RBI doubles to put the Waves ahead 3-0.

Portland got on the board in the fourth inning on an RBI single to cut the Waves' lead to 3-1. Brown extended the Waves' lead with a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, his fourth homer of the year, to give Pepperdine a 4-1 lead.

The Pilots tied things up in the sixth on an RBI groundout and a two-run single by Court Carpenter to make it a 4-4 contest. The tie was short lived, as Pepperdine reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out, two-run double from Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) to give the Waves a 6-4 lead.

Portland inched closer with a run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly, but Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) limited the damage to just one run with the Waves clinging to a 6-5 lead. Duron gave Pepperdine some breathing room with a two-out, two-run single to push the Waves advantage to 8-5.

Gaudi then pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 13th save of the year and seal the Waves' 8-5 victory.

Tyler Hess (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle HS) picked up his third win of the season in relief, and Portland's Ed Wakefield incurred the loss. Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) took a no-decision after tossing 5.1 innings and allowing three runs.

Brown led the Waves with a 3-for-4 effort that included a pair of RBI and runs scored, Duron notched three RBI, and Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) , Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane/Redmond HS) and d'Arnaud each scored a pair of runs. Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC) recorded his third consecutive multi-hit game with two hits. The Pilots were led by Bryant Kraus and Carpenter, who each notched three-hit games.

Up next, Pepperdine will travel to face Cal Poly on Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in San Luis Obispo.

San Francisco - 14
San Diego - 3

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco brought the bats to Benedetti Diamond as the Dons smash fifteen hits in a 14-3 victory over No. 8 San Diego in West Coast Conference action on Sunday afternoon. The Dons (31-23, 12-9 WCC) are just the second WCC team (Santa Clara) to win a season series over the Toreros (39-15, 16-5 WCC) this season.

After sophomore left fielder Kevin Muno gave the Toreros a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with his lead off homerun to center, the Dons took it back in the same fashion in the bottom of the frame. Senior second baseman Joey Railey extended his hit streak to 16 games with a lead off homerun of his own, a shot to right field to make it 1-1.

USD fell apart in the next inning and the Dons capitalized. Junior left fielder Zach Kim and sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin singled to start the frame. Senior designated hitter Matt Lieb reached on a fielding error by Toreros senior second baseman Kevin Hanson, allowing Kim to score from second. With runners again on first and second, sophomore shortstop Derek Poppert reached on a fielder's choice and Lipkin scored on another USD throwing error, this time by freshman pitcher Kyle Blair.

Blair was then relieved by freshman left-hander Sammy Solis, but USF was far from finished.

Freshman third baseman Stephen Yarrow reached on a fielder's choice. San Diego tried to get Poppert out at second, but Hanson missed the bag. With the bases loaded, Railey singled up the middle, plating Lieb and Poppert. Freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz was hit by a pitch to load the bases once again, and senior right fielder Kyle Morgan singled up the middle, scoring Yarrow and Railey. Bernatz advanced to third on the play and scored on senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's sacrifice fly to center, making it 8-1.

San Diego scored once in the third off Hanson's RBI double to left, but USF plated three in the fourth to extend the score to 11-2, when, for the second time in two weeks, the Dons managed back-to-back homeruns. Morgan smashed a two-run shot to right field just before Bialosky's solo-shot to the same spot.

In the sixth, USF added two more runs. Bialosky doubled to start the frame and scored on Kim's triple to right center. Kim scored on the play when USD's sophomore right fielder James Meador airmailed the ball into the USF dugout. In the eighth, freshman pinch hitter Chris Escobar singled in Bialosky, who had doubled to lead off the inning.

Freshman left-hander Matt Lujan (7-2) earned the win, allowing just two earned runs off six hits, one walk, and struck out seven Toreros in 7.1 innings. Right-hander Blair (6-4) took the loss for San Diego, allowing five runs (four earned) off three hits, no walks, and two strikeouts in 1.0+ innings of work.

Bialosky (homerun, two doubles, two RBI) and Kim (triple, one RBI) each led the Dons with three hits. Morgan homered and singled, batting in four runs. Railey went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Poppert doubled, while Bernatz, Lipkin, Escobar, and sophomore Bobby Ethel singled.

USF hosts Dallas Baptist for a three-game non-conference series at Benedetti Diamond next weekend to close out the 2008 regular season. Thursday's and Friday's first pitches are set for 3:00 PM, with Saturday's start set for 1:00 PM.

NOTES:- With his two hits tonight, Railey now has 235 for his career. He is one away from tying Arnie Sambel (1987-90/236) for fourth place on the Dons All-Time Hits chart. - This is the fourth time the Dons have beat a ranked opponent this season: 5-1 over No. 7 Cal (4/1); 13-9 over No. 6 Stanford (5/6); 6-3 (5/10) and 14-3 (5/11) over No. 8 San Diego.

Santa Clara - 14
Saint Mary's - 6

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team rallied for 14 runs Sunday afternoon to complete the sweep of Saint Mary's, 14-6. The Broncos hold onto third place in the West Coast Conference standings and will battle Pepperdine next weekend for second place and a trip to the WCC Championship series.

With the win, SCU improved to 32-18 on the season and 12-6 in league play. It is most overall wins for the Broncos under the direction of head coach Mark O'Brien. The Gaels are now 23-27-1 overall and 5-13 in WCC action.

Starting pitcher Steve Kalush (5-2) earned the win for the Broncos. He went 6.2 innings striking out seven batters. The loss was awarded to Scott Schneider (5-5).

Offensively, Nathan Faulkner went 4-for-4, scoring two runs and driving in one. Jon Karcich was 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, while Evan LeBlanc went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs.

Once again the Gaels opened the game with a 2-0 lead but the Broncos quickly tied the score in the bottom of the second inning. Faulkner singled up the middle to bring home Karcich. The shortstop tallied his own base hit to get on. The tying run was scored by Curtis Wagner, who was sent home on a Brady Fuerst single.

However, Saint Mary's took the lead in the top of the third. Justin Fazio doubled down the right field line to bring home Ryan Mulligan. The catcher got on base with his own double. The Gaels led 4-2.

Yet, Santa Clara was quick to respond and knotted the score, 4-4. Ryan Conan registered an RBI single to right field that brought home LeBlanc. LeBlanc originally reached on an error by SMC's shortstop Daniel Alcaire. Conan scored the tying run on a Wagner single.

The Broncos shutout the Gaels through the eighth inning as they tacked on 10 more runs to reach their final tally of 14.

In the fifth inning, Tommy Medica got on with a base hit and then scored on a Conan double down the right field line. Karcich followed suit with his 11th home run of the season that also brought home Conan. The Broncos led 7-4.

After two quick outs were put on the scoreboard, back-to-back doubles put Faulkner on base and then allowed him to score. He was driven home by Fuerst. SCU led 8-4.

During the bottom of the sixth, LeBlanc and Karcich scored to make it a 10-4 game. The junior outfielder scored on an error by Mulligan, while Karcich advanced home on a Wagner base hit. Both runs were scored with two outs on the board.

Santa Clara reached its final tally with another four-run effort in the home half of the seventh. Faulkner opened the half with a base hit to centerfield and then advanced to second on a Fuerst single. Matt Long then registered his lone hit of the contest, an RBI single down the right field line that allowed Faulkner to score.

With two runners on base, LeBlanc homered far beyond the left field wall to score the last three runs. It was his seventh home run of the season and it brought home Long and Fuerst.

After a scoreless eighth inning by both programs, Saint Mary's decided to not give up without a fight and posted two runs in its final outing. Kyle Jensen hit a two-run home run to make the final score 14-6.

The Broncos return to action on Monday, May 12 for the final game of the series against the No. 6 Cardinal. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto.

Arizona State - 11
LMU - 3

TEMPE, Ariz. - LMU (22-28) scored its only three runs in the seventh inning and stranded eight runners en route to falling 11-3 to No. 3 Arizona State (40-9) on Sunday in game two of a three-game non-conference series being played at ASU's Packard Stadium.

Senior Michael Glomb collected two of the Lions' six hits on the night, extending his current hitting streak to 20 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. Glomb batted 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI in the loss. A.J. LaMonda and Angelo Songco collected the other two RBI for LMU, with Songco notching his 13th double as well.

Sophomore Xavier Esquivel pitched the first three and a third innings for LMU, allowing six runs on six hits and three walks before taking his fifth loss of the year. Junior Lee Roberts tossed two and two-thirds innings of relief, surrendering five runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three batters over the span. Freshman Chris Eusebio dealt a scoreless frame before Steve Connolly finished the game on the hill for LMU, retiring the side in the bottom of the eighth and striking out two hitters.

Kiel Roling paced the ASU offense, batting 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Brett Wallace, Raoul Torrez and Jason Kipnis also collected multiple hits in the win, each finishing with two. Left-hander Josh Satow got the starting nod and pitched six innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while striking out three batters to improve to 6-3 with the victory. Jason Franzblau tossed the final three innings for the Sun Devils, giving up two unearned runs on three hits while punching out two Lion hitters to earn his first save of the season.

After a scoreless first inning by both teams, LMU threatened in the top of the second. Songco walked to start the inning, moving to third on a hit-and-run base hit off the bat of Sean Dovel on the ensuing play. Unfortunately for LMU, Satow settled down nicely to retire the next three hitters in order, stranding the runners at the corners.

The Lions put a runner at third with two out in the third inning as well, failing to plate the run for the second consecutive frame. LaMonda reached on an error with two out in the inning before moving to third on a failed pickoff attempt that found its way into the Lion dugout down the first base line. Matt Koch followed with a groundout to the first baseman to strand the third Lion runner on the night just 90 feet away.

Kipnis robbed LMU of its first run in the top of the fourth inning before starting things off with a double in the bottom half of the frame to guide ASU to the 6-0 lead after four complete innings. With Ryan Wheeler on at second base with a two-out double down the right field line, Justin Bunkis sent a 1-0 pitch deep to centerfield where Kipnis crashed into the wall and hauled in to retire the side. The left-handed hitter went on to take the first pitch from Esquivel in the fourth and park it off the base of the centerfield wall for a double. A Wallace single and a wild pitch left runners at second and third before back-to-back full-count walks to Petey Paramore and Matt Newman forced the first run of the game home. Mike Leake, yesterday's winning pitcher, contributed a RBI-groundout to third base on the very next play, leaving runners at second and third and the score at 2-0 in favor of Arizona State. Esquivel managed to get ahead of Roling 0-2 before Roling fought a pitch off his hands for a two-RBI single down the left field line to bring home Paramore and Newman. The inning continued as designated hitter Marcel Champagnie singled to left field to put runners at first and second. Torrez brought home another ASU run on the second pitch of the next at bat, doubling to left field to bring home Roling. After Roberts took over on the hill for LMU and got the second out of the frame, the Sun Devils successfully completed a double-steal of second and home to cap the frame at 6-0.

The Lions were once again unable to plate a runner from third base with two out in the top of the sixth inning. A two-out walk to Dovel put a runner on before a third Sun Devil error put runners at the corners for Bunkis. The senior right-handed hitter was unable to put the ball in play, becoming the third strikeout victim of Satow's on the night to end the frame.

ASU extended the lead to 10-0 in the bottom of the sixth, piecing together four runs on four hits. Leake doubled to get the ball rolling, moving to third on a Roling single one pitch later. A one-out ground ball forced the first run across in exchange for out number two. Ryan Sontag drew a walk to keep the inning alive and put runners at first and second before Kipnis singled to right field to bring home the second run of the frame. With the shift on toward right field, Wallace stayed with a pitch and drove it down the left field line for a two-RBI double to cap the scoring run on the first pitch of the next at bat.

LMU broke through with three runs in the top of the seventh inning to cut the ASU lead to 10-3. Kyle Spraker reached with a leadoff walk to spell the end of Satow's day on the hill. After Franzblau took over for Arizona State, Jonathan Johnson reached on an error by Wallace at third base, putting runners at first and second. Glomb contributed his second hit of the day, a RBI-single to right field, on the ensuing play, bringing home Spraker and moving Johnson to third base. LaMonda followed suit with a RBI-single just three pitches later before the Lions hit into a double play with runners at first and second to leave a runner at third with two down. Songco came up clutch in the very next at bat, doubling down the left field line to bring home Glomb and the final run of the game for the Lions.

Arizona State wasted no time answering back as it pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh. Newman got things going with a leadoff double before Eusebio took over on the bump for Roberts and the Lions. Back-to-back deep fly balls to the outfield moved Newman 90 feet apiece, with the second of the two going for a sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of Roling.

LMU trailed 11-3 headed into the top of the ninth inning and was unable to post any further offense in the loss. Franzblau induced a groundout off the bat of Will Dugoni and back-to-back strikeouts of Joe Vierra and Ollie Enos to retire the side and earn the save.

The Lions and Sun Devils will conclude their three-game non-conference series tomorrow at 6 p.m. Both teams are undecided on starters for the series finale.