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WCC Baseball Recaps

Portland - 3
Cal State Northridge - 0

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- Portland senior David Gruener scattered six hits, didn't allow a run and picked up the complete-game win as the Pilots blanked the Cal State Northridge Matadors 3-0 in a non-conference baseball game Monday afternoon at Matador Field. It's the first career shutout at UP for Gruener.

Gruener (2-5), a southpaw who tossed five complete games last season, struck out two and walked just one. He retired the Matadors in order during the first, sixth and ninth innings and allowed just two Northridge (22-27) base runners to reach third base.

With the game scoreless in the top of the second inning, Portland (20-30) senior OF Danny Meier provided all the offense Gruener would need with a solo home run. Meier's team-high 13th homer of the season came with one out and gave the Pilots a 1-0 lead.

The Pilots added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning. Junior 1B Chase Powell made it a two-run game when he drove in junior OF Bryant Kraus with a single to center field. A few batters later, sophomore 2B Clayton Shaw gave Portland a 3-0 lead with an RBI infield single.

The lead was more than enough for Gruener, who allowed just two base runners the rest of the way.

Northridge starter Davin Tate (2-4), who was charged with all three Portland runs, picks up the loss. Tate gave up five hits in 5.2 innings of work, while walking three and striking out four. A pair of relievers followed Tate on the hill and combined to hold UP scoreless during the final 3.1 innings.

The Matadors' best opportunity to score came in the third inning when Northridge had runners on the corners with only one out. But Gruener got John Parham to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

The Pilots finished with seven hits, getting a hit from seven different players.

Portland and Cal State Northridge next play the second game of this brief, two-game set at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The Pilots then return home to conclude the regular season with a three-game West Coast Conference series against the Saint Mary's Gaels at Joe Etzel Field next weekend.

Lewis-Clark State - 8
Gonzaga - 3

Spokane, Wash. - Junior Ryan Wiegand recorded three hits and his 60th run batted in of the season Monday night as the Gonzaga University baseball team dropped an 8-5 decision to Lewis-Clark State College at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane.

Gonzaga (28-21) used six pitchers in the contest, as starter Cory Powell (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on five hits over the opening three innings. Brandon Harmon, AJ Proszek, Matt Fields, Jeremy Stumetz and Cody Martin each put time in on the hill for the Bulldogs. LCSC (51-5) starter Ryan Woods (8-1) took the victory, allowing one unearned run on five hits over 6.0 innings of work.

The Zags took the early lead in the game, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. Evan Wells led off the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a one-out walk to Drew Heid. Wells reached third on a Warrior fielding error before scoring on a ground out by Marcus McKimmy.

Lewis-Clark State gained the lead in the top of the third, with a pair of runs. Paul Martin walked to open the inning, before being plated on a double to left center by Kyle Greene. The next batter, Ikaika Lester, doubled down the left field line during the next at-bat to plate Greene.

The Warriors extended their lead in the fifth, scoring two to bring the score to 4-1. Lester drew a walk to lead off the frame, before advancing to second on a single by Brian Ward. Lester came across to score on a single by Josh Ashenbrenner. The single also advanced Ward to third, before he catcher came around to score on a passed ball.

LCSC extended its lead to 6-1 in the top of the seventh thanks to a two-run home run by Bernard Pena.

The Bulldogs rallied in the seventh, scoring two runs to close the gap to 6-3. Following a walk to Wells and single by Jason Chatwood to lead off the inning, Heid singled to left to load the bases for Wiegand. Wiegand singled to right, recording his 60th RBI of the season, moving him into seventh in the single season ranks. Chatwood advanced to third on the single, before scoring on a ground out by McKimmy.

Lewis-Clark capped scoring in the eighth inning with the Warriors' second two-run home run of the game.

In addition to Wiegand, Heid recorded multiple-hits in the contest with a pair of singles. Wells' saw a 21-game hit streak snapped in the game, but continued his streak of safely reaching bases in the past 24 contests.

Gonzaga will wrap up the home slate of the 2008 schedule Tuesday, as they welcome Washington State University to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. First pitch will be at 6 p.m. as Reedy Berg is expected to get the starting nod for the Zags.

Arizona State - 12
LMU - 10

TEMPE, Ariz. - LMU (22-29) scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning, but the rally fell just short as the Lions dropped a 12-10 decision to No. 3 Arizona State (41-9) on Monday in game three of a three-game non-conference series being played at ASU's Packard Stadium. The Lions out-hit the Sun Devils, 18-16, in game three, but were swept in the series after the loss.

Senior A.J. LaMonda paced the Lion offense on the night, batting 4-for-6 with a double and a run scored. Sophomore Angelo Songco contributed a 3-for-6 night with a home run, a double, three RBI and a run scored. Senior Michael Glomb singled home a run in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to 21 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. The LMU record for consecutive games with a hit is 27 set by Don Sparks in 1988. Glomb finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored and the RBI.

Senior Nate Keadle got the start for the Lions, lasting three and two-thirds innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two batters before being tagged with his fifth loss of the season. Left-hander Russell Lowell tossed the next two-thirds of an inning, surrendering a run on two hits and striking out one batter. Ernie Cho pitched two and a third innings of relief, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk while punching out one batter. Steve Connolly made his second appearance of the series before Mike Kenney dealt the final inning and a third for LMU, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out two batters.

Ryan Sontag, Jason Kipnis and Kiel Roling each collected three hits in the victory for ASU, with Kipnis and Roling collecting a double and a triple apiece. Brett Wallace finished 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Seth Blair dealt the first four innings for Arizona State, allowing a run on seven hits and a walk while striking out three batters. Stephen Sauer pitched two innings of relief, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk before Tommy Rafferty contributed two and a third innings while surrendering a run and striking out four batters. Kyle Brule recorded one out in the ninth inning, but gave up six of the seven Lion runs in the frame before giving way to Dustin Brader. Brader used four pitches to retire the final LMU hitter in the ninth, earning his second save of the season.

As it did in the game on Sunday, LMU threatened early but was unable to plate a run. LaMonda jumped on the first pitch of the game and doubled down the left field line before moving to third on a groundout by Glomb. A strikeout of Angelo Songco resulted in the second out of the inning before Wheeler lined out to centerfield two batters later to strand two of the 12 Lion runners left on base on the night.

Arizona State got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning, plating one run on two hits. Sontag got the ball rolling with a leadoff single to centerfield, moving to second on a wild pitch. Kipnis followed with a single of his own to push runners to the corners, setting the table for Wallace's sacrifice fly to deep left field to put ASU on top 1-0.

LMU posted the tying run in the top of the fourth inning. Singles by Ryan Wheeler and Andy Preston put runners on first and second with one out before a Kyle Spraker hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Jonathan Johnson recorded the RBI with a groundout on the ensuing play, but LMU was unable to record a two-out hit to further the run production.

The Sun Devils regained the lead in a big way in the bottom of the fourth, plating four runs on five hits to take a 5-1 lead after four innings of play. Wallace connected for his 17th home run on a 2-1 pitch to start the inning and give ASU the lead. Arizona State got a two-out rally started two hitters later as Matt Newman tripled to left centerfield. Following a walk to put runners at the corners, Roling recorded the second triple of the inning to drive in two more ASU runs. Raoul Torrez capped the scoring run in the very next at bat, singling home Roling with a base hit up the middle.

LMU answered back with a run of its own in the top of the fifth, cutting the lead to 5-2. Songco doubled with one out before a walk put runners at first and second. A deep fly ball to right field pushed Songco to third before T.J. Bernardy collected the two-out RBI-single into left field to push Songco home.

ASU regained the four-run advantage with a run in the bottom half of the frame. Wallace once again got things going, recording a one-out double to left field. After Cho took over on the hill for LMU, Petey Paramore singled to drive in Wallace.

The Lions posted a run in their third consecutive frame, pushing one across on Glomb's single in the sixth inning. Johnson reached with a bunt single before LaMonda followed with his third hit of the game to put runners at first and second. Glomb, a native of San Jose, Calif., stepped up and promptly singled home Johnson for LMU's third run of the game in next at bat.

The Sun Devils extended the lead to 9-3 with three more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kipnis doubled to left field with one out before Wallace grounded out to the right side to move the runner to third. The Lions elected to intentionally walk Paramore to put runners at the corners before ASU completed the double-steal of second and home for the second time in the series for the first run of the inning. Greg Bordes singled on the ensuing play to bring home Paramore, moving to second on a throwing error by Matt Koch in right field. Back-to-back wild pitches by Connolly plated the final run of the frame for ASU.

Arizona State added three very important insurance runs headed into the top of the ninth inning. Roling doubled and scored on a Sontag single to batters later. Kipnis followed with a triple to bring home Sontag and the second run of the frame. Wallace capped the scoring run with a RBI-groundout to first base on the ensuing play.

The Lions made things very interesting in the top of the ninth, plating seven two-out runs on six hits and two home runs to run the tally to its final at 12-10. Pinch-hitter Brett Mendoza reached with a leadoff single before Joe Vierra was called out on strikes for the first out. Justin Bunkis stepped up and was retired on four pitches via strikeout to bring up Preston. Preston drew a walk before Ollie Enos connected on a RBI-single to right field to bring home Mendoza. Pinch hitter Sean Dovel fell quickly into a 0-2 hole before a wild pitch put runners at second and third. The senior worked the count to even at 2-2 before blasting his fourth home run of the season over the wall in right field to drive in three more LMU runs. LaMonda kept the inning alive with a base hit to right field on the ensuing play, bringing up Glomb. Glomb continued his hot hitting, collecting his second hit of the game to bring up Songco. The sophomore worked a 3-1 count before connecting on his 12th home run of the season over the left centerfield wall to cut the lead to 12-10. Unfortunately for the Lions, the rally stopped there as Mendoza grounded out to third base to end the game.

The Lions will return to action on Wednesday as they host UC Irvine at 3 p.m. in the first of four home games to end the regular season this week. The Lions will host Gonzaga in a three-game conference series over the weekend, with Senior Day slated for Sunday.

Stanford - 15
Santa Clara - 4

STANFORD - The Santa Clara baseball team faced a hard-fought 15-4 loss to No. 14 Stanford to close out the 2008 Monday Meeting series. The Broncos jumped to a quick lead but could not hold off the Cardinal as they rallied from behind for the win.

The Broncos are now 32-19 on the season, while the Cardinal improved to 30-18-2 overall. The win was awarded to Stanford's David Stringer, while the loss went Santa Clara's Alex Rivers (3-3).

Sophomore catcher Tommy Medica led Santa Clara offensively as he went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

After two up and down innings to open Monday night's contest, the Broncos jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third to take the lead. Nathan Faulkner reached on an error by Stanford's Zach Jones and then advanced to second on the throw. After Brady Fuerst popped out to second base, Santa Clara registered fourth straight base-hits, two of which drove in runs.

Matt Long singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw, bringing home Faulkner for the unearned run. Evan LeBlanc followed with a solid single to center field that advanced Long to third. With runners on the corners, Medica sent one to left field to allow Long to score.

A pitching change for the Cardinal brought in Stringer but Ryan Conan posted a base hit to left centerfield, moving Medica to third and sending home LeBlanc. The final run of the inning was scored on a Jon Karcich sacrifice fly.

The Broncos were able to keep the Cardinal scoreless to finish out the third, but Stanford rallied for 10 runs in back-to-back outings, including a seven run bottom of the fifth.

Brent Milleville opened the half for Stanford with a solo home run to left field. The Cardinal then made it a one run game as Sean Ratliff homered far beyond the right field wall. Randy Molina, who walked to get on base, also scored on the play. SCU led 4-3.

The Cardinal then knotted the score and took a two-run lead with a Jason Castro home run to right field. Joey August, who walked, and Colin Walsh, who singled, both scored on the shot. Stanford led, 6-4.

Then with just one out on the board and three runners on base, Jones doubled to left field to drive in two runs, Both Molina and Milleville, who scored on the extra base hit, singled to get on base. Yet, before the half was brought to a close by a Castro groundout to first, Joey August posted a two-run single to center field that gave the Cardinal a 10-4 advantage.

The Cardinal then added another five runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a commanding 15-4 win.

The Broncos bring the West Coast Conference regular season schedule to a close this weekend as they host the Waves of Pepperdine. The battle for second place begins on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. Santa Clara is ranked third in the league and sits just a half game behind Pepperdine.