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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 13, 2008

Pepperdine - 8
Cal Poly - 5

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Scott Alexander struck out a career-high seven batters in six innings of work to lead the #13 Pepperdine baseball team to a 8-5 win over Cal Poly on Tuesday night in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Pepperdine improved to 33-16 (12-5 WCC) with the win, while Cal Poly dropped to 23-27. Pepperdine extended its winning streaks to five games with the victory,

Pepperdine got on the board in the third inning, as a Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) RBI single and an RBI groundout from Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./Wst Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) put the Waves on top 2-0. After a walk to Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) to load the bases, Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) notched a bases-clearing double to centerfield to extend the Waves' lead to 5-0.

Cal Poly notched its first run of the game in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout to cut Pepperdine's lead to 5-1.

Pepperdine responded with three runs in the fifth inning on a two-run double from Heroy and a sac fly from Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane/Redmond HS) to push the Pepperdine lead to 8-1.

The Mustangs tacked on another run in the sixth on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 8-2 and then added three in the seventh on a two-run homer from Logan Schafer and an RBI double from Wes Dorrell to make it an 8-5 contest. Reliever Jordan Durrance (Manteca, Calif./Sierra HS) came in and induced a flyout with two runners on in the seventh and then struck out the side in the eighth inning to keep Pepperdine's 8-5 lead intact.

Durrance then worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season and seal the Waves' 8-5 win.

Alexander (Windsor, Calif./Cardinal Newman HS) improved to 6-3 with the victory, while Cal Poly starter Brian Grening incurred the loss for the Mustangs.

d'Arnaud led the Waves with two hits and three RBI, and Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC), Aidem, Heroy and Travis Tartamella (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS) each notched a pair of hits. Schafter and Dorell led the Mustangs with two hits apiece.

Up next, the Waves open a three-game series at Santa Clara from May 16-18. The winner of the series will advance to the WCC Championship Series from May 23-25 at San Diego. The Toreros clinched home field advantage in the championship series this past weekend.

Portland - 9
Cal State Northridge - 4

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- Portland senior OF Danny Meier hit a three-run home run and freshman RHP Owen Jones picked up the win as the Pilots defeated the Cal State Northridge Matadors 9-4 in a non-conference baseball game at Matador Field on Tuesday. Meier's sixth-inning blast is his team-high 14th of the season.

After Northridge scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning off of Portland starter Matthew Lange to pull within a run, Jones (2-1) took the hill with one on and one out. Jones promptly retired the first two batters he faced to keep Portland's lead at 4-3.

The Pilots (21-30) answered with five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take control of the game. Junior 1B Chase Powell started the rally with a one-out, RBI single to left field that scored senior OF Cory Wiltshire. A few batters later, Meier belted a towering shot over the left-field fence, giving Portland a 8-3 lead.

A few batters later, junior 1B Cort Carpenter knocked in his second run of the game with a single to left, which scored sophomore 2B Clayton Shaw and made it an 9-3 ballgame.

Jones would pitch another two innings, allowing just one hit. Freshman reliever Zach Varce worked the final 2.0 innings, allowing just a solo home by Northridge's (22-28) Ryan Pineda in the bottom of the eighth inning. Varce struck out three and walked one.

Lange worked 4.1 innings on the day and surrendered three runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out four.

Starter Bill Ott (1-5) takes the loss for the Matadors. Ott worked 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on three hits and four walks. Eric Billings finished the fifth inning for Ott before giving way to Peter Mendez to begin the sixth.

Mendez was charge with all five of Portland's runs in the sixth inning and recorded just one out during the frame. Paul Tremlin held UP scoreless during the final 3.1 innings.

After Meier knocked in the game's first run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning, Carpenter made it a 2-0 game in the fourth with a solo home run.

The Matadors scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it a 2-1 game, but Portland responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Shaw knocked in one run with a sacrifice fly and sophomore C Rocky Gale knocked in the other with an infield single.

The Pilots finished with 12 hits on the day, led by Wiltshire with three. Wiltshire also scored three runs.

The Matadors had eight hits.

Portland next returns home to wrap-up the regular season with a three-game, West Coast Conference series against the Saint Mary's Gaels at Joe Etzel Field this weekend. The Pilots and Gaels are set to play at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Washington State - 7 (11)
Gonzaga - 5

Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University wrapped up the home slate of the 2008 schedule Tuesday, falling 7-5 to Washington State University in 11 innings at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane.

Gonzaga (28-22) reliever Cody Martin (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing two runs, both unearned, on one hit over the final 3.2 innings. Reedy Berg, GU's starter, and CJ McClure each saw time on the mound for the Bulldogs. Washington State (28-22) utilized seven pitchers, with Ross Humes (4-3) taking the victory. Humes held the Zags scoreless, allowing only two hits over the final 3.0 innings.

Gonzaga scored five innings in the top of the first inning, before being held scoreless for the remainder of the contest.

In the opening frame, the Zags used only one hit and three walks, as well as two hit-by-pitches to drive in all five runs. Following two walks and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases to opening the inning, Ryan Wiegand smacked a two-run single to drive in Evan Wells and Marcus McKimmy. Following a fly out, a walk to Grant Kveder loaded the bases again before Tyson Van Winkle was hit-by-a-pitch to bring home Drew Heid. During the next at-bat Wiegand scored on a wild pitch that also advanced Kveder and Van Winkle to third and second, respectively. The final run of the inning was plated as Kveder came around to score on a ground out by Brett Nicholas.

Washington State answered the Zags' five runs with two in the top o f the second. Jared Prince led off the inning with a double to center before scoring on a double to right center by Scott Suttmeier. Suttmeier then scored the second tally of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Matt Fannelli.

The Cougars continued to chip away at the Bulldogs' lead with a solo home run to left field by Prince, narrowing the scored to 5-3.

WSU tied the score 5-5 in the top of the seventh thanks to a pair of one-run doubles by Travis Coulter and Shane Vucinich. The Cougars threatened to added more runs in the inning, but the rally was halted as Alex Burg hit into a bases loaded double play, which was called due to runner interference.

Washington State broke the tie in the top of the 11th inning, posting two runs to take the 7-5 lead. Michael Weber led of the inning reaching on a two-base fielding error. Weber advanced to third on a ground out, before Paul Gran walked to put runners on the corner. Jim Murphy then belted a double to deep center field to drive in Weber and Gran and take the lead.

Wiegand led the Bulldogs in the contest, being the only GU player to record multiple hits. Wiegand went 2-for-6 with two runs batted in and a run scored. Wells, Heid, Mark Castellitto, Kveder, Nicholas, Bryan Winston and Michael Rhodes each recorded one hit in the contest, while Van Winkle and Nicholas each drove in a run a piece.

Gonzaga will wrap up the 2008 season this weekend with a three-game West Coast Conference series at Loyola Marymount University. In addition, depending on the Pepperdine University and Santa Clara University series, the Zags could be forced to play a make-up game against the Waves in Malibu on Monday.