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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 16, 2008

Gonzaga - 7
LMU - 4

Los Angeles, Calif. - The bottom four batters in Gonzaga University's line-up accounted for 10 of the Bulldogs' 14 hits Friday as the Zags posted a 7-4 victory over Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Tyson Van Winkle led GU at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and one run scored. The game was the opening contest of a three-game West Coast Conference series with the Lions.

With two games remaining in the season, Gonzaga (29-22 overall, 9-9 WCC) is now one game short of 30-wins. Should the Zags hit the mark, it would mark the second consecutive season with 30-plus wins. It would also mark the first time in27 years that GU has won 30 or more games to back-to-back years. Gonzaga last accomplished the feat during the 1981 and 1982 seasons.

Bulldog starter Matt Fields (8-3) posted an impressive outing to earn the win. The junior threw a perfect game through four innings and did not surrender a hit until the sixth inning, as Fields finished the contest allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out seven over 7.2 innings. CJ McClure earned his second save of the season for GU, allowing only one hit during the final 1.1 frames of the game. LMU (22-31 overall, 6-13 WCC) starter Martin Viramontes (3-6) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits, seven walks, over 6.0 innings.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 2-0 start in the first inning. With one out, Jason Chatwood singled to left, before advancing to second on a walk to Drew Heid. Ryan Wiegand then drew a walk to load the bases. The next batter, Marcus McKimmy, then hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Chatwood. Heid remained at second and scored on the next play, as Mark Castellitto hit a single up the middle.

Gonzaga added another pair of runs in the top of the second. Van Winkle led off the frame with his first hit of the game, a single, before advancing to second on a single by Bryan Winston. Following a walk to Evan Wells, Chatwood hit into a double play that brought Van Winkle in for the third run of the game. On the next play, Heid doubled down the right field line, scoring Winston and brining the score to 4-0 in favor of the Zags.

GU continued adding runs to its total in the top of the third. Grant Kveder, who reached on a single and advanced to third on a Van Winkle double, scored the lone run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Winston.

The score remained 5-0 until the top of the seventh, when the Zags added an addition two runs to their score. Castellitto led off the inning reaching second on a two-base error before scoring on a triple to right center by Kveder. Kveder would then eventually score on a single by Winston.

The Lions broke the shutout in the bottom of the seventh, as Angelo Songco hit a solo home run to center field to lead off the inning.

LMU added three more runs in the top of the eighth, thanks to a one-run single by Songco and a two-run home run by Ryan Wheeler.

In addition to Van Winkle's three hits, Chatwood, Heid, Castellitto, Kveder and Winston each recorded multiple hits, while Winston drove in a team-leading two runs.

The Zags will be search of their 30th win of the season Saturday, as they face the Lions in the second game of the three-game set. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Page Stadium.

Saint Mary's - 10
Portland - 5

Portland, OR - Saint Mary's (24-26-1/ 6-13 WCC) pitching staff struck out seven batters on the day, but none were bigger then Brian Justice's strike out in the bottom of the first, as the junior struggled early walking the first three batters before getting the first out; eventually leaving the bases loaded. Over three hours later, the Gaels defeated the University of Portland (21-31/ 3-16 WCC) by a final score of 10-5 at Joe Etzel Field Friday afternoon.

After walking the first three batters to start the game, things did not look good for Justice and the Gaels, but the junior dug deep and struck out designated hitter Chase Powell on a 2-2 count. A foul out to Anthony Aliotti and a 6-4 fielders choice ended the early Pilots threat and set the tempo for the game. On the day Justice went 4.2 innings, surrendering three hits, three runs, all earned, with five walks and three strike outs.

Offensively the Gaels jumped out early scoring a run in the top of the first, when Kyle Jensen singled through the right side scoring Kenny Fuglerud from second. Fuglerud lead off the game with an infield single and advanced to second on Brian Hawkins ground ball to the second baseman.

They would add another run in the top of the fourth, and three in the top of the fifth, another run in the seventh, and put the game away with four runs in the top of the ninth. On the day the Gaels scored 10 runs off 14 hits.

Earning the win for the Gaels tonight was senior Alex Jensen (3-2) who went two complete innings, surrendering three hits, one earned, run, one walk and struck out one. Following Jensen's strong performance off the mound was Alex Schmarzo who earned his second save of the season, going 2.1 innings pitched, giving up three hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out three.

Taking the loss for the Pilots was starter Mark Triolo (5-6) who was took the hard luck loss, as three Pilot errors lead to the Gaels five runs. On the day Triolo went 4.2 innings, surrendering eight hits, five runs, two earned, with two walks and one strike out.

Collecting hits for the Gaels today was Jensen who went 2-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBI's. He runs his team leading total to 48 on the season. Anthony Aliotti had an excellent day from the plate as well going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, Aliotti also clubbed his career high, 11th double on the season. Kenny Fuglerud remains white hot down the stretch, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two knocked in. Justin Fazio went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a run knocked in, Fazio also drew two walks.

The two teams will resume play with a 1:00 PM first pitch at Joe Etzel Field. The Gaels are going for the series win, and start Brandon Berl.

Santa Clara - 6
Pepperdine - 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team defeated conference rival Pepperdine University, 6-3, in game one of the deciding weekend series. The winner of the series will determine the second place seed in the West Coast Conference and who will face No. 1 seed, University of San Diego, in the conference championships in San Diego, Calif.

Matt Long answered the Waves first inning run with a lead off homerun to tie the game, for his ninth homer of the season. The tie was short lived as Pepperdine answered back with two runs in the second inning; the first on a pitch that passed catcher Tommy Medica, followed by an RBI by Eric Thames off of Nate Garcia.

The Waves pitcher Nathan Newman kept the Broncos at bay and held the Pepperdine two-run lead for almost four innings until Medica hit an two-run RBI to get Santa Clara's first lead of the day, 3-2. The Broncos were not done scoring in the fifth, as Jon Karcich hit a two-run homerun to end the four-run inning for the Broncos.

The Broncos will host the Waves tomorrow, May 17, at 6:00 p.m., where they look to get one step closer to playing in the championship series, and head coach Mark O'Brien will look to get his 200th career win. Prior to the game Santa Clara will be celebrating Senior Day.

Dallas Baptist - 11 (10)
San Francisco - 7

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco rallied to tie or take the lead three times, including a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the ninth, but Dallas Baptist scored four times in the 10th to take the 11-7 non-conference victory at Benedetti Diamond on Friday afternoon. The Dons (31-25) managed 10 hits, including three homeruns and a triple, but left 14 runners on base, while the Patriots (36-17) had 15 base knocks and left just seven.

After the Patriots scored two in the third off two RBI singles, the Dons roared back in the bottom of the frame to take the 4-2 lead. Freshman third baseman Stephen Yarrow tripled to lead off the inning and scored on senior second baseman Joey Railey's fifth homerun of the season, a shot over the scoreboard in right field. Freshman designated hitter Connor Bernatz walked and senior right fielder Kyle Morgan smashed the Dons second homerun of the inning, a two-run job that hit over the top of the fence and bounced back into the field of play.

Dallas Baptist plated three in the fifth, off a three-run homerun to right field from the bat of senior right fielder Nick Santos to make it 5-4. But the Dons would not be denied in the bottom of the inning, scoring one to tie it at 5-5, when senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky homered to left, his team leading eighth homerun of the season.

DBU regained the lead the very next inning, scoring twice, once again on two RBI singles. In the seventh, USF scored when sophomore shortstop Derek Poppert singled in sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin. They tied it at 7-7 in the bottom of the ninth. Lipkin singled through the left side to start the frame and moved to second when junior left fielder Zach Kim walked. Junior Drew Johnson took over running duties at second for Lipkin and all runners moved up a bag when sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel was hit by a pitch. With the bases now loaded, Poppert hit a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Johnson to scamper home.

USF had a chance to score the winner when DBU's senior closer Tyson Bagley intentionally walked Yarrow to load the bases and face Railey. The winning run would not cross the plate as both Railey and senior pinch hitter Matt Lieb would strike out to end the threat.

In the extra frame, the Patriots managed to plate four base runners off three hits and a costly error by Morgan in right. Bagley struck out Morgan and Bialosky, hit freshman catcher Travis Higgs, then struck out Kim to end the game.

Bagley (4-2) earned the win for DBU, allowing one earned run off one hit, two walks, and struck out five Dons in 2.0 innings. Sophomore left-hander Ryan Millard earned the no decision after allowing four earned runs off six hits, two walks, and struck out one in 2.1 innings. Dons' sophomore right-hander Alex Kalogrides (3-3) took the loss in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) off three hits in 1.0 inning. Freshman left-hander Garrett Luippold allowed the Patriots final two unearned runs in one-third of an inning. Senior left-hander Matt Baugh threw 8.1 innings, earning the no-decision in his final start as a Don. The Antioch, CA native allowed seven earned runs off 11 hits, one walk, and struck out seven.

Railey homered and singled in the contest, giving him a team leading 78 hits this season. He now sits tied in third place with Armand Gaerlan (2001-04) with 239 career base knocks. He also extended his team leading hit streak to 18 games.

Lipkin raised his team leading batting average to .385 with three hits in the contest. He also scored a run and walked twice. Morgan homered, drove in two, and scored once. Bialosky also homered, drove in a run, and scored one. Kim singled and walked twice. Poppert singled and drove in two, while Yarrow tripled and scored once.

USF hosts Dallas Baptist tomorrow in the series and season finale. The game time for senior day has been changed to 12:30 PM.