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WCC Baseball Recaps - 5/16

May 16, 2006

Pepperdine - 2
USC - 1

Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez allowed one run in five innings and was backed up by four scoreless innings of relief from senior Bryan Minkel and freshman Brett Hunter as No. 20 Pepperdine defeated USC 2-1 Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to post its first season-sweep of the Trojans since 1992.

The Waves (37-18) won their fourth in a row and will close out regular season play Wednesday when they travel to UC Santa Barbara for a 2 p.m. contest against the Gauchos.

After allowing and unearned run in the first inning, Dominguez (5-1), Minkel and Hunter kept USC (25-26) scoreless over the final eight innings as Pepperdine posted its second straight 2-1 win over the Trojans.

Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the Waves tied the score on a sacrifice fly to center field by freshman second baseman Denny Duron. Sophomore right fielder Donald Brown and freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud opened the inning with back-to-back singles and were sacrificed to third and second by junior left fielder Luke Salas.

Pepperdine went ahead in the fifth inning against USC starter Shawn Olsen (4-6). Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth walked to open the inning, moved to third on a hit-and-run single through the right side by d'Arnaud and scored on passed ball by Trojans catcher Sebastain Salinas.

The Trojans staged threats in the seventh and eighth innings as they got the potential tying run to second base with less than two outs but were unable to push across the tying run. In the seventh, Daniel Perales was thrown out at third base for the second out of the inning after attempting to move up on a ball in the dirt that bounced away from catcher Justin Tellam.

USC put two runners on with one out in the eighth following a walk and error. However, Hunter induced Lucas Duda to hit into an inning-ending double play.

In the ninth inning, Hunter retired the first two batters and allowed single to Perales before getting pinch-hitter Kyle Degener on a called third strike to end the game and record his 10th save of the season.

In his five innings of work, Dominguez allowed six hits, walked two and struck out one. Minkel walked one and struck out one in two innings.

Brown and d'Arnaud had two hits apiece to lead the Waves.

San Francisco - 15
Hawaii - 1

San Francisco, CA - USF smacked a season-high 21 hits and scored a season-high 15 runs in route to a 15-1 drubbing of Hawai'i in the regular season finale at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. The Dons (37-19) win their ninth straight, and 12th of their last 13, and hand the Rainbows (37-13) their worst loss since 1998.

The win ends the Dons regular season on a high note before they take on Pepperdine in the West Coast Conference Championships on May 26-28. Friday's and Sunday's (if necessary) games will begin at 1:00 PM and Saturday's first pitch is set for Noon.

USF started early, scoring one run each in the first three innings before breaking out in the fourth with five runs. Junior center fielder Lucas DeLong singled to start the inning. Two outs later, senior shortstop Andrew Smith walked and junior left fielder Scott Cousins was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell smoked a triple to center field, clearing the bases. The very next batter, sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer, followed suit and tripled to the same spot, scoring Gartrell. Sommer then scored on junior catcher Daniel Morales' double to center.

Two more runs would cross the plate in the sixth before another big five run inning in the seventh. Three consecutive doubles started the inning. DeLong doubled to left and scored on sophomore infielder Alex Massari's double to right. Massari's RBI double was his first career hit in a Dons uniform. Sophomore third baseman Joey Railey then doubled home Massari. Two outs later, and with the bases loaded, Morales hit his second double of the night, a two-RBI shot to left. USF batted around in the inning, with the final run coming off DeLong's single to left.

With the big offensive day, three Dons move up in the single-season record books. Cousins is now tied for eighth with Pat Walsh (1998) with 21 steals and tied for 11th with Dustin Delucchi (2000) with 75 hits. Railey moved into a 10th place tie in single-season hits with Danny Trumble, who had 76 in 2000. Gartrell owns fifth place in single-season RBI with 62 and is only two behind Dave Sheldon, who had 64 in 1985.

Morales was 4-for-5 on the day with two doubles and three RBI. Cousins was 3-for-3 with a double and four runs scored. DeLong went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Gartrell had two hits, one a triple, and four RBI. Sommer also had two hits, one of which was his team leading fourth triple and added four RBI.

Junior right-hander Jason Dufloth (2-1) earned the win for USF, throwing six magnificent innings in only his second start this season. He only gave up one run on three hits and struck out five Hawai'i batters.

Junior left-hander Mark Rodrigues (3-2) suffered the loss for Hawai'i, allowing three runs on six hits in only 2.0 innings of work. Six more pitchers would work for the Rainbows on the day, combining for the 15-run loss. Two of the `Bows four hits came off the bat of senior first baseman Luis Avila, who doubled and tripled.

USF has the weekend off before returning to action in the WCC Championships against Pepperdine at Benedetti Diamond on Friday May 26. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.

Washington State - 11
Gonzaga - 5

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga dropped the rubber match of its non-conference, seven-game season series with Washington State on Tuesday afternoon, 11-5.

Darin Holcomb picked up three hits for the Bulldogs, while Gonzaga's leading hitter Scott Campbell added two hits of his own. Holcomb, who picked up an RBI on a single in the third, improved his season total to 57 RBI's. The sophomore from Spokane now sits in a three-way tie for 7th place in the all-time record books for RBI's in a season. He is currently tied with Gordon Corder (2003) and current Zag, Bobby Carlson.

Campbell's two hits also propelled him into the Gonzaga record books. With 80 hits on the season, Campbell is now tied with current major-leaguer Jason Bay (2000) in 9th place for most hits in a season.

Brandon Harmon got the start for the Zags, throwing amid on-field temperatures in excess of 90 degrees, and picked up his second loss of the season. Harmon gave up six runs and allowed 12 hits in his five innings of work. Matt Fields came on in relief to pitch four innings, but allowed five runs on six hits.

Washington State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after two innings, but Gonzaga was able to strike back, eventually tying the game in the bottom of the fourth. But the Cougar bats were too much for the Bulldogs, notching 18 hits led by Paul Gran, Travis Coulter, Jim Murphy, and Garrett Kimbrel with three hits apiece.

With the win, the Cougars secured the season series, 4-3, and hold a 102-67 advantage in the all-time record. Washington State left fielder Jay Miller also picked up his 300th career hit with a lead-off double in the ninth.Gonzaga (28-24, 9-12) will close out the season at home on Thursday against Lewis-Clark State (42-5). Game time is scheduled for 3pm.

Cal State Northridge - 16
LMU - 9

Los Angeles, Calif. - A nine-run comeback bid in the second half of the game was not enough for the Lions (21-32) after Cal State Northridge tallied 16 runs, including six in the first inning Tuesday at Page Stadium. When the dust from the three hour, 30 minute game had cleared, the teams had combined for 25 runs, 28 hits, and seven errors. The Matadors (25-25) took the final mid-week match-up 16-9.

Though they were trailing 15-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lions rallied to score nine runs in three innings. Eric Farris' sacrifice fly scored senior Casey Gordon for LMU's first run in the fifth. Gordon had singled and fellow senior Jason Lefkowitz had doubled to right center to set up the sacrifice fly opportunity.

Then in the bottom of the sixth, Nik Garcia drew a bases-loaded catcher's interference call that brought in fellow freshman Brett Mendoza, who had singled up the middle earlier in the inning. Anthony Soto followed with a single through the right side that plated senior Kyle Mura.

The Lions then matched CSUN's six-run first inning by scoring six of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Back-to-back doubles by Mendoza and Mura started the scoring. Michael Glomb drove in Mura with his fielder's choice ball and Soto then plated Glomb with his second single of the day. Farris capped the inning with a two-run single to left that drove in both Garcia and Soto.

Cal State Northridge had jumped to the 6-0 lead in the first after tallying seven hits, including two home runs.

The Matadors added runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings, but Nathan Keadle and Lee Roberts combined to hold the Matadors scoreless in their final two at-bats. Each tossed an inning and allowed just one hit, with Keadle striking out two. Ezequiel Ruvalcaba also had a strong outing out of the bullpen for the Lions, working two innings and holding CSUN to one run on just one hit while striking out two.

Roberto Torres (0-8) suffered the loss for the Lions, while CSUN starter Bobby Paschal (1-2) earned his first win of the season after working two innings.

Nine different Lions tallied hits Tuesday, with Soto, Farris, Mendoza, and Matt Carter each recording two hits. Farris added three RBI. LMU tallied five doubles on the afternoon.

Jonathan Sakurai and Paul Wilson combined for a 7-for-10, nine RBI outing for the Matadors.

The Lions will now hit the road for a final three-game West Coast Conference set at the University of Portland this weekend. First pitch Friday is set for 3:00 p.m. and fans can follow all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Washington - 10
Portland - 4

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Washington Huskies overcame and early deficit to defeat the Portland Pilots 10-4 in a non-conference baseball game on a warm Tuesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. The Pilots jumped out to an early 4-2 advantage after one inning, before UW outscored Portland 8-0 the rest of the way.

The Pilots drop to 15-34 this season, while Washington improves to 33-23.

Down 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, freshman Sean Nicol hit his fourth home run of the season to cut the lead in half. Sophomore Cory Wiltshire followed with his team-high fourth triple of the season, before scoring on a wild pitch by UW starter Bryce Mooney. After singles from sophomore Danny Meier and senior Matthew Peters, senior Travis Vetters gave Portland a 3-2 lead with an RBI single to left field. Reliever Adrian Gomez then replaced Mooney. Portland tallied its final run on a dropped line drive by the third baseman that allowed Peters to score.

Gomez (1-1) held the Pilots scoreless on three hits and four strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work. Reliever Elliott Cribby held the Pilots hitless in the final two innings.

Portland starter Sean Sargent (3-11) gave up six runs on 12 hits in 5.0 innings. During one stretch, Sargent retired 10 straight Huskies hitters.

Still trailing 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning, the Huskies scored twice to tie the game. Michael Burgher knocked in one run with an RBI single, before Matt Hague tied the game with an RBI double to right center field.

The Huskies scored two more in the sixth, before sophomore Brian Yoakum replaced Sargent on the mound. Matt Lane hit a towering solo home run to right field to lead off the inning. Matt Stevens made it 6-4 with an RBI single to center field.

UW scored four more runs in the top of the seventh inning, with two scoring on a Curt Rindal home run to left field.

The Huskies finished with 14 hits, while the Pilots totaled seven. Wiltshire had a pair of hits for Portland

The Pilots conclude the 2006 season with a three-game West Coast Conference series against the Loyola Marymount Lions this weekend at Joe Etzel field. The Pilots and Lions are scheduled to play at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

UC Riverside - 9
San Diego - 8 (11)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Jaime Pedroza's walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the UC Riverside Highlanders to a 9-8 come-from-behind non-conference win against the University of San Diego baseball team Tuesday afternoon at the Riverside Sports Complex.

With the loss, the Toreros conclude the regular-season with a 32-23 overall record and have won seven of their last 10 games. With the win, UC Riverside improves to 27-21 overall.

UC Riverside was able to load the bases in the bottom for the 11th inning, and with two outs, Pedroza was able to slip a ball through the right side to lift UCR to a one-run victory.

With USD trailing 4-3 heading into the eighth inning, the Toreros exploded for a five runs on two home runs in the inning to regain the lead at 8-4. Ryan Lilly led off by getting hitting by a pitch and he moved to second on Josh Romanski's walk. Shane Buschini then rocketed his fifth home run of the season over the right field fence to give USD back the lead at 6-4. After Justin Snyder walked, Steve Singleton hit a bomb over the right field fence pushing the Toreros lead to four.

The Highlanders used a four-run ninth-inning rally to put the game into extra innings. UCR's runs came on a Bret Bigler sacrifice fly to center field, a Hollingsworth RBI single, a Nick Salotti RBI single and a Drew Garcia RBI single to center field.

The Toreros would score one run in each of the first, third and fifth innings to round out the USD scoring for the day.

Offensively for the Toreros, Snyder led the way going 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Scott Denault (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing one run on one hit in 1.1 innings of work. Daniel Stange (2-2) picks up the win for the Highlanders allowing one run on one hit in 3.1 innings of work.

This concludes the Toreros' regular-season and they will wait for the NCAA selection committee's decision on if USD will receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection show will air on ESPN on Memorial Day at 9:30 a.m.

Stanford - 11
Santa Clara - 7

STANFORD, Calif. - Despite a quick offensive outburst Tuesday evening, the Santa Clara University baseball team fell victim to one of the same from Stanford as the Cardinal overcame a six-run deficit to capture victory and the season series against the Broncos 11-7 at Sunken Diamond Stadium.

Stanford did most of the damage in the fifth, getting eight runs on seven hits, including home runs from Chris Minaker and Jason Castro. Michael Taylor also posted the first five-game hit of his career, going 5-for-5 for the Cardinal with a double and two runs scored.

With the loss the Broncos finish the 2006 season with an overall record of 28-26 and 9-12 in the West Coast Conference. The win was the seventh-straight for Stanford, which improves to 28-21 overall.

In his final game wearing the Santa Clara uniform, senior Jason Matteucci slapped a single to right for his 220th career hit as a Bronco, cracking the top ten of SCU's all-time career hits list. Matteucci ends his four-year SCU career tied with Kevin Okimoto (1996-99) for tenth all-time.

Kevin Drever paced the Bronco offense with his second 4-for-4 performance of the season Tuesday, including his ninth double of the season, while also scoring three runs. Carl Bacon hit well in his second-consecutive start behind the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and crushing his second homer of the season in the fourth inning.

Daniel Nava singled twice and drove in a run, bringing his WCC-leading batting average to .395, and Kris Watts was 2-for-4 with a double and drove in a pair of runs.

Daniel DeMarco gave up five runs in two and a third innings to take the loss, dropping his record to 5-4. Erik Davis (1-1) tossed a pair of innings for the Cardinal to earn his first win of the season.

Things started off well enough for Santa Clara, as the Broncos got three hits and capitalized on a pair of errors by the Cardinal to take a quick three-run lead. Drever led the contest off with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout. A Nava single put runners on the corners for Watts, who delivered with an RBI single to drive in the game's first run and chase Stanford starter Max Fearnow.

A handling error on Stanford third baseman Randy Molina on Nava's steal of third allowed the Bronco runner to score and Watts to advance to second. With two outs, Matteucci's single to right scored Watts, helped along by a fielding error in right which allowed Matteucci to advance all the way to third.

The third Stanford error of the contest allowed the Broncos to extend their lead to four in the second. Drever again started the run with a two-out single, and the inning was kept alive as a fielding error allowed Matt Long to reach safely. After Nava was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Watts drove in his second run of the game by drawing a walk.

Bacon led things off in the fourth with a towering shot to right which extended the Bronco lead to 5-0. Drever's double to left was followed two batters later by Nava's second single of the game which drove in SCU's sixth run.

Santa Clara cruised along until the fifth inning, when the Stanford bats came alive in a big way. Molina and Joey August led things off with singles to put runners on the corners against Bronco reliever Jeff Lombard. Jim Rapoport singled to left to drive in Stanford's first run of the game before Ryan Seawell was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

John Hester then stroked an opposite-field double which halved the SCU lead at 6-3. Daniel DeMarco relieved Lombard as this point, and Minaker welcomed him to the game with a three-run homer over the scoreboard in left to knot things up at 6-6.

Michael Taylor doubled down the line in right for Stanford's seventh-straight hit of the inning, and after DeMarco got the first out of the inning a batter later, Castro's pinch-hit, two-run homer to right gave the Cardinal a two-run lead that they would never relinquish.

The Cardinal tacked on three more runs in the seventh, as with one away Taylor's fourth hit of the ballgame was followed by Chris Lewis' RBI double. A walk and hit batsman with two away loaded the bases for Rapoport, who smacked a base hit to left to drive in Stanford's final two runs of the contest.

The Broncos got one back in the eighth as Bacon led off the inning with a double. Drever followed with his fourth hit of the contest, and Long brought Bacon home with a sacrifice fly to center.

SCU almost added more in the ninth after Watts doubled in what was to be his final at-bat as a Bronco, but the rally stalled and the Broncos were dealt their seventh loss in their final nine games.