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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 15, 2007

Washington - 16
Gonzaga - 6

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team dropped the final game of the 2007 regular season to the University of Washington 16-6 Tuesday at Husky Ballpark in Seattle, Wash.

The loss drops Gonzaga University to 32-23 overall, while Washington improves to 27-23 with the victory.

Gonzaga used five pitchers in the contest with Jeremy Stumetz (4-2) suffering the loss. Stumetz allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits over 1.2 innings of work. Matt Fields earned his first start of the year for the Bulldogs allowing two runs on three hits over 4.0 innings in the no decision. Husky reliever Brandon McKerney earned the win working 0.2 innings of hitless ball. Nick Hagadone earned his 11th save of the season throwing the final 2.1 innings.

Washington opened the contest with two runs in the first inning to jump out to a 2-0 edge. After walking the lead off batter, Michael Burgher, David Cox took the first pitch of his at-bat to dead centerfield for a two-run home run.

Gonzaga knotted the score 2-2 in the top of the third frame on a pair of run-scoring singles. Ryan Wiegand drove home the first run with a single to left field to plate Evan Wells, who reached on a single to lead off the inning. Wiegand then advanced to second on a fielders' choice and moved to third on an error before scoring on a single to center by Aaron McGuinness.

The Zags took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning when Bryan Winston smacked a line drive through the left side to plate Mike Terry for the go-ahead run.

The Bulldogs extend their lead in the top of the sixth with a bases loaded walk to Wiegand to bring the score to 4-2. With runners on second and third, the Huskies intentionally walked Darin Holcomb to load the bases before issuing a walk to Wiegand to bring home the run.

Washington answered with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead 7-4. The Hukies pieced together five singles, a walk and a Gonzaga fielding error to score the five runs of the inning.

A two-run top of the seventh narrowed the Huskies lead to 7-6. The Zags sent eight batters to the plate, scoring the two runs without the benefit of a hit. With the bases loaded due to two hit-by-pitches and a walk, the first run of the frame was plated when Winston was hit by a pitch to force home Dustin Colclough. Holcomb then hit into a run-scoring ground out to score Mark Castellitto.

The Huskies added four insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly and a three-run home run to right by Matt Stevens. Washington would post three more runs in the eighth to finalize the score at 16-6. The three runs were scored on a two-run home run to left center by Matt Hague and a run-scoring singles by Cox and pinch hitter Bryce Anderson.

The Bulldogs will look for its first West Coast Conference Championship in program history and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament next weekend, May 25-27, when they travel to San Diego to face No. 5 University of San Diego in the WCC Championship. The best-of-three series will open Friday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium. Saturday's, May 26, game time will be 2 p.m. with the game, if needed, on Sunday, May 27, at 3 p.m.

Long Beach State - 21
LMU - 2

LOS ANGELES - Eleventh-ranked Long Beach State evened the season series with the Lions after posting a 21-2 victory Tuesday afternoon at Page Stadium. LMU (22-33-1) had taken the contest with the Dirtbags (35-14) at Blair Field in April.

The non-conference match-up marked the season finale for the Lions, who saw 21 players make an appearance in Tuesday's game. Among the notables were seniors Blake Feaser and Ezequiel Ruvalcaba, both dressing for their final game in a Lion uniform. Feaser made his only appearance of the season after having surgery in 2006, while Ruvalcaba made his first career start.

Other seniors playing their final game included Elvis Herrera, DeAndre Miller, and Taylor Shoop. Sunday starter Daniel Macias ended his LMU career on a high note just days ago, throwing a complete game gem against Portland to secure the WCC series win.

But the 11th-ranked Dirtbags did all the celebrating Tuesday, scoring 21 runs on 24 hits including a 5-for-6 effort by center fielder Chris Nelson. Third baseman Jason Tweedy went 4-for-5 with six RBI.

Long Beach State led 1-0 until the fourth inning, when took a 5-0 lead after a three-run home run by Tweedy. Kip Masuda scored the fourth run of the frame on a fielder's choice ball.

The Dirtbags went on to score in five straight innings, including a six spot in the eighth, thanks in part to an A.J. Pinocchio grand slam.

The Lions scored both of their runs in the fifth inning off of relievers Vance Worley and Russ Lowell. A single by Joe Zeller and a fielder's choice ball from T.J. Bernardy plated Miller and Justin Bunkis. Miller had singled to start the inning, and Bunkis had been hit by a pitch from Lowell.

Relievers Daniel Wolford, Adam Wilk, and Andre Lamontagne held LMU scoreless for the final four frames. Starter Omar Arif (5-5) earned the win after tossing the first three innings for the Dirtbags.

Ruvalcaba (0-1) suffered the loss for LMU after being charged with four earned runs on five hits in his three innings of work.

Miller and Eric Farris each went 2-for-4 for the Lions.

UC Irvine - 5
Pepperdine - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Enduring a stretch in which the opponent capitalizes on every mistake, No. 25 Pepperdine once again fell victim to its own miscues, making two costly errors that were turned into a pair of runs and helped No. 12 UC Irvine to a 5-1 victory Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The errors combined with the inability to come up with a key hit dropped the Waves to 32-20 on the season and marked their 10th loss in the last 17 games.

The Waves got on the board first, scoring a run in the fourth as sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames tripled down the left field line to lead off the frame and scored on a wild pitch from Cory Hamilton.

However, things quickly changed in the top of fifth inning. With junior All-American Barry Enright sailing through the UC Irvine order, retiring 12 straight batters, back-to-back errors open the frame turned the tide.

The Anteaters took advantage of those two errors when center fielder Ollie Linton doubled into the corner in right field to drove home a pair of runs and give UC Irvine a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Pepperdine had a great opportunity to even the score or possibly take the lead as it got the first two batters on base. However, after a failed sacrifice to advance the runners into scoring position and walk that loaded the bases, Christian Bergman came out of the Anteaters' bullpen to induce Denny Duron to hit into an inning-ending double play.

UC Irvine added to its lead with a run in the sixth against Adam Olbrychowski to take a 3-1 lead.

The Waves let another scoring opportunity slip away in the bottom of the sixth as senior Luke Salas led off the frame with a bunt single. Salas then stole second with one out and was balked to third.

Bergman was able to get out of the jam when Ryan Heroy flew out to left fielder Matt Morris, who turned it into a double play when he threw out Salas out the plate.

Salas led the Waves offensively with three hits to move into sole possession of seventh place on Pepperdine's all-time career hits list. Thames also collected two hits for the Waves.

Pepperdine concludes its regular season this weekend when it travels to the Northwest to take on Portland in a three-game series beginning Friday at 3 p.m. The games take on major significance for the Waves as they try to earn one of 34 at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.

Stanford - 14
Santa Clara - 4

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team came into Tuesday night's contest against the Stanford Cardinal needing a win to claim the sweep of the season series and bragging rights in the rivalry between the South Bay schools, but the Cardinal, behind a five-run third inning, spoiled the Broncos' hopes with a 14-4 win at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Santa Clara (25-29) will conclude the 2007 season this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Sacramento State Hornets. Saturday's game is set for a 2 p.m. start in Sacramento, then the Broncos will return home for Senior Day on Sunday, hosting the Hornets in a 2 p.m. contest.

Jon Karcich hit his fourth home run of the year Tuesday night, while Gabe Alcantar had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Ryan Conan and Carl Bacon each had a pair of hits as well.

It was a five-run third inning in which Stanford sent 11 men to the plate that made the difference in Tuesday night's contest. Two batters after Toby Gerhart singled to lead off the frame, Michael Taylor sent a Sean O'Neill offering into orbit towards left-center, breaking a 3-3 tie and putting Stanford ahead for good. Justin Kuehn, who relieved O'Neill after Taylor's homer, fared no better, lasting only a third of an inning as he gave up three runs on a hit and three walks.

O'Neill suffered his third loss of the year, giving up five runs on five hits over two and a third innings of work.

Freshman reliever Steve Kalush was a bright spot late for the Broncos, tossing two innings of shutout relief and striking out a pair.

The Cardinal poured it on late, as well, scoring three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, the Cardinal benefited from a two-RBI single from Seawell, and in the ninth, Brendan Domaracki hit his first home run of the year, a three-run job off of Jeff Lombard that closed out the night's scoring.

Although the Broncos chased Stanford starter Nolan Gallagher after Karcich's homer to lead off the second inning, they suddenly struggled to score against reliever David Stringer. Stringer, who gave up only an unearned run in the third that tied the game at 3-3, gave up seven hits over seven innings of relief work, but was able to close out innings without any damage and earn his first win of the year.

Things looked good at the start for the Broncos, as they answered Stanford's run in the top of the first with two of their own. With runners on the corners and one out after a Nathan Faulkner walk and stolen base, followed by Tommy Medica's single, Carl Bacon drove Faulkner in with an opposite-field base hit. Alcantar then singled Medica in with the go-ahead run to make it 2-1 Broncos.

The Cardinal retook the lead at 3-2 on an RBI single by Cord Phelps, then Brian Juhl legged out an attempted SCU double play to allow Ryan Seawell to score Stanford's third run of the game.