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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 13, 2007

Pepperdine - 4
Gonzaga - 3 (11)

Malibu, Calif. - Junior Adrian Ortiz' one-out, bases loaded drive into right-center field drove home pinch-runner Matthew Frazee with the winning run and lifted No. 17 Pepperdine to a 4-3, 11-inning victory over Gonzaga Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium in the finale of a three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) series.

Facing the prospects of being swept in a three-game series at home by a conference opponent for the first time in 34 years, the Waves picked up a much-needed victory after dropping the first two games of the series, improving to 32-19 overall, 11-7 in WCC play, and keeping alive their chances of earning an at-large bid to the 64-team NCAA Tournament.

Pepperdine, which was eliminated from contention for the WCC Championship Series on Saturday, let a 3-2 ninth-inning lead slip away for the second time in three days before rallying for a run in the 11th and snapping a three-game losing streak.

Freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy started the Waves winning rally when he walked against Gonzaga starter Brandon Harmon (6-7) with one out. Sophomore Denny Duron followed with a base hit up the middle and freshman catcher Travis Tartamella singled through the left side to load the bases.

Ortiz, who had been struggling at the plate in recent games and was moved from the leadoff spot to ninth in the batting order, drove the first pitch from Harmon into right-center field that scored Frazee, who came in to pinch-run for Heroy after Duron's single.

Gonzaga (32-22, 15-6) rallied to tie the game in the ninth against Pepperdine closer Jason Dominguez (2-3).

Pinch-hitter Mark Castellitto, who was involved in the Bulldogs' winning rally on Friday, opened the ninth with a leadoff single. Evan Wells followed and hit a ground ball to second base that looked as if it might be turned into a double play. However, pinch-runner Alex Parrott avoided Duron's tag attempt near the bag at second base before the Waves' second baseman threw on to first to retire Wells for the first out.

Bryan Winston followed and singled to left-center field to drive in Parrott with the tying run.

Dominguez held Gonzaga scoreless in the 10th and 11th innings, allowing the Waves to win the game.

The Pepperdine junior right hander came on with two on and no outs in the eighth inning and worked out of the jam to maintain the one-run lead. In his four innings of work, Dominguez allowed three hits, a run, walked two and struck out one.

Meanwhile, after allowing three runs in the first three innings, Harmon held the Waves scoreless over the next seven innings.

Pepperdine's best opportunity to add to its 3-2 lead came in the seventh inning when the Waves had runners on first and third with one out. However, Harmon worked out of trouble by getting a strikeout and a ground ball to end the threat.

In 10.1 innings, Harmon allowed 12 hits, four runs, walked four and struck out three while throwing 114 pitches.

Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter started for Pepperdine and pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, walking four and striking out five. He allowed both runs in the third inning after walking two batters with two outs and then surrendering a two-run double.

After being held to 15 hits in their first two games of the series, the Waves collected 12 hits on Sunday, including three from Ortiz and junior right fielder Donald Brown.

Pepperdine closes out its regular-season home schedule on Tuesday when it hosts nationally-ranked UC Irvine in a key non-conference game at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.

The Waves close out the regular season with a three-game WCC series at Portland beginning on Friday.

Loyola Marymount - 2
Portland - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A senior and a freshman paired up to lead the Lions to a 2-1 victory in their West Coast Conference finale Sunday at Page Stadium. Senior Daniel Macias threw a complete game gem, while freshman Marty Mullins came up with the two-out, bases-loaded walk-off single the Lions' (22-32-1, 9-12 WCC) needed to claim the series win over Portland (20-27, 7-11 WCC).

In his last career outing, Macias (5-6) held the Pilots to one run on six hits while striking out a season-high seven. Macias was most impressive in the top of the ninth, striking out the side in order to keep the score even at 1-1.

That set up Mullins' heroics for the bottom of the ninth. With one out, sophomore T.J. Bernardy doubled to left center. Portland elected to intentionally walk Eric Farris, giving the Lions runners on first and second with one out. Pilot reliever Josh Roberts got Michael Glomb to fly out to center field, and then put freshman Angelo Songco on board with another intentional free pass.

Mullins, who had entered the game in the top of the ninth as a defensive substitution, then stepped into the batter's box with the bases loaded and two outs. His shot to wall in left center easily plated Bernardy from third for the 2-1 LMU victory.

Roberts suffered the loss and fell to 3-2 on the season after throwing the final two innings for Portland.

Macias and Portland starter Chris Siegfried kept the game scoreless until the top of the fifth, when the Pilots pushed one across thanks to three hits.

The Lions scored the equalizer in the bottom of the same frame when Bernardy's double played Joe Zeller who had put up a two-out single.

The eight and nine hitters, Zeller and Bernardy, each finished with two hits. Both of Bernardy's were crucial doubles.

Sunday marked Macias' 81st appearance, as he finishes his tenure ranked 10th all-time in career appearances.

Macias, along with Taylor Shoop, DeAndre Miller, Blake Feaser, Ezequiel Ruvalcaba, and Elvis Herrera, were honored as members of the senior class prior to the game. The Lions also celebrated Mothers' Day by inviting their grandmothers to throw the ceremonial first pitch.

LMU concludes the 2007 campaign Tuesday as they host 16th-ranked Long Beach State at 3:00 p.m. Fans can follow the action at www.LMULions.com on both Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker.

San Francisco - 11
Saint Mary's - 10

San Francisco, Calif. - It's fitting that on Senior Day, a senior would come through and win the game for the Dons. Down 10-9 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and a runner on first, senior catcher Jon Norfolk blasted a two-run walk-off homer over the right field fence to win the game for USF (27-28, 9-12 WCC). San Francisco came from behind twice to get the 11-10 victory over Saint Mary's (21-29-1, 3-18 WCC) in their final game of the 2007 season. USF has now swept SMC in three consecutive series, dating back to the 2005 season.

SMC got off to an early 5-1 lead, scoring four in the first and one in the second off USF's junior right-hander Tommy Peale, but the Dons tied it in the third. Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble singled and an out later senior first baseman Chris Bacigalupi doubled. Knoble and Bacigalupi scored on junior right fielder Luke Sommer's double to right. Sommer then scored on Norfolk's single to left before Norfolk capped the scoring, crossing the plate on junior shortstop Brian Chavez's double to center.

USF added a run in the sixth before the Gaels retook the lead by plating five runs over the last three innings. Down 10-6 going into the bottom of the ninth, senior center fielder Lucas DeLong was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Junior second baseman Joey Railey singled before Knoble singled home DeLong. Railey and Knoble completed a double steal and another catcher miscue in the ninth cost the Gaels. Railey scored and Knoble advanced to third as SMC's junior catcher Ian Gordon threw the ball into left field. Knoble then scored on freshman third baseman Derek Poppert's sacrifice fly to right.

With two outs, Sommer put a sure out into the air, but SMC's senior left fielder Eric Cattoni started his celebration a little too soon, and dropped Sommer's easy fly ball. That error left the inning open as Norfolk stepped to the plate. In his final collegiate at bat, Norfolk battled with a 1-2 count to pound the ball over the right field fence.

Norfolk was the hero on the day, going 3-for-5 with his third homerun of the year, three RBI and two runs scored, all while getting battered and bruised behind the dish. Bacigalupi had three hits in his final collegiate game with two doubles, an RBI and one run scored. Knoble went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Knoble ends his USF career on top of the all-time stolen base percentage chart at .847. With Knoble's help, the Dons lead the West Coast Conference in stolen bases for the fourth consecutive year.

Senior designated hitter Blake Nelson crushed a ball that didn't stop until it sailed over the tall left field fence and across Golden Gate Avenue for a solo homerun that put the Dons up 6-5 in the sixth. DeLong got the rally started in the ninth and scored USF's first of five runs in the inning. Senior Daniel Morales pinch hit for Nelson in the eighth.

On the mound, senior right-hander John Quine struck out four batters in 1.1 innings. Senior left-hander Cole Stipovich made his team leading 30th appearance, relieving Quine in the eighth.

Junior left-hander Matt Baugh (3-3) earned the win in relief, striking out three in the ninth.

SMC's freshman right-hander Taylor Stanton (1-6) took the loss, giving up Norfolk's homerun.

That concludes the 2006 USF Baseball season. Thank you for your support and be sure to check www.USFDons.com for all your Dons baseball news.

Santa Clara - 6
San Diego - 5

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - A two-out, RBI double off the right-center field wall by Carl Bacon scored Nathan Faulkner and gave the Santa Clara baseball team a dramatic 6-5 win over the No. 6 San Diego Toreros in the WCC regular-season finale for both teams Sunday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium.

The Broncos (25-28, 9-12 WCC) begin their final week of the 2007 season with a 6 p.m. Tuesday night contest against the Stanford Cardinal. Santa Clara has won the first three meetings of the two schools this season, and will attempt to sweep the Cardinal Tuesday night at Stephen Schott Stadium. The Broncos will then play a two-game, home-and-home series against Sacramento State Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, with Saturday's 2 p.m. contest in Sacramento, and Sunday's 2 p.m. game at home in Santa Clara.

Faulkner went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored Sunday, while Bacon and Gabe Alcantar each had a pair of hits and RBIs. Alcantar also hit his third home run of the season.

After San Diego had tied things up at 5-5 on a Kevin Hansen RBI single in the top of the eighth, it came down to Bacon with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Faulkner singled to start the inning, went to second when Tommy Medica was hit by a pitch, and, after A.J. Griffin replaced Russell Holzhauer on the mound for USD, moved to third on Ryan Conan's deep fly ball to right-center. Bacon then worked the count on Griffin before hitting a towering drive to right-center that hit the fence, easily bringing Faulkner in with the winning run.

For Holzhauer it was his second loss of the year, while SCU's Alex Rivers got his second win by pitching an inning and a third of scoreless relief.

Sunday's contest was dominated by the pitchers for the first three innings, as Santa Clara's Donald Brandt and San Diego's Matt Couch made quick work of the opposing lineups. After each hurler retired the side in order over the first two frames, Brandt held the Toreros scoreless once more in the third. But the Broncos got a run off of Couch in their half of the inning, as with two away and Evan LeBlanc on third, Matt Long reached on an error by USD second baseman Justin Snyder, allowing LeBlanc to cross the plate with the game's first run.

San Diego would answer right away, though, on a one-out triple from Sean Nicol that scored Shane Buschini and Loan Gelbrich, giving USD the 2-1 lead. Nicol would then score on Daniel Magness' sacrifice bunt a batter later. Nicol went 2-for-4 with two RBIs Sunday, while Magness, Josh Romanski, and Kevin Hansen all had a pair of hits with an RBI.

Yet the Broncos wasted no time with a response of their own, as Alcantar's two-out blast over the fence in left-center scored both him and Tommy Medica, tying the game at 3-3.

The Toreros regained the lead in the sixth, on Romanski's fifth home run of the year, a solo shot to right field. USD then managed to put runners on second and third with two outs, forcing Brandt from the game after he had allowed four runs on seven hits in five and two-thirds innings. Steve Kalush came on and did the job, getting Snyder to foul out to third.

Santa Clara answered right away with two in the sixth to take the lead. Faulkner doubled to right-center to start the inning, and two batters later, Conan's double down the left-field line tied the game up at 4-4, before Bacon singled to right to plate Conan with the go-ahead run and chasing Couch from the game.

Couch gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits over five and a third innings.