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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 17, 2008

Gonzaga - 8
LMU - 7

Los Angeles, Calif. - The Gonzaga University posted its 30th win of the season Saturday, marking the first time in 26 years that the Zags have earned 30 or more wins in back-to-back seasons. Marcus McKimmy led the Bulldogs, going 3-for-4 with four runs batted in as Gonzaga defeated Loyola Marymount 8-7 in Los Angeles, Calif.

GU (30-22 overall, 10-9 WCC) starter AJ Proszek (3-4) earned the victory, allowing one run on four hits, while striking out two during 6.0 innings of work. Cody Martin earned his ninth save of the season, as the freshman pitched the final inning of the game. LMU (22-32 overall, 6-14 WCC) starter Andy Beal (4-6) suffered the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits during 6.0 innings on the mound.

The Bulldogs scored the first run of the game in the top of the season. Mark Castellitto led off the inning with a single, before advancing to second on a throwing error on the play. A single by Tyson Van Winkle then moved Castellitto to second, before he came around to score on a single to right field by McKimmy.

The Lions knotted the score 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth as Michael Glomb hit a one-run single to score AJ LaMonda. LaMonda had reached based with a two-out double.

Gonzaga answered quickly, regaining a one-run lead in the top of the sixth. Grant Kveder led off the frame with a bunt single, before advancing around the base paths to eventually score on a fielding error.

GU tacked on three more runs in the top of the seventh, to take a 5-1 lead. Pinch hitter Brett Nicholas drove in the first run of the frame with an infield single. Jason Chatwood, who walked to lead off the inning, scored on the play. The next batter, McKimmy, then hit a two-run double down the left field line to plate Kveder and Michael Rhodes. Kveder had reached base on a fielders choice, before advancing to second on a walk to Rhodes.

Loyola Marymount came within one, 5-4, by scoring three runs in its half of the seventh. Angelo Songco and Ryan Wheeler each had run scoring hits in the frame, while the third run was plated on a sacrifice fly by TJ Bernardy.

The Zags extended their lead to three runs in the top of the eighth. Evan Wells led of the inning with a walk, before scoring on a triple by Drew Heid. Ryan Wiegand then hit a single to right, scoring Heid.

GU added an additional insurance run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by McKimmy to bring the score to 8-4.

The run in the top of the ninth proved to be the deciding factor, as Wheeler hit a three-run home run for the Lions in the bottom of the ninth to bring LMU back within one, 8-7.

In addition to McKimmy's three hits, Castellitto and Nicholas each posted multiple hits, with two a piece.

The Zags will go for the three-game sweep of the Lions Sunday, during the series finale. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.

Gonzaga is still waiting to find out if a make-up game between the Bulldogs and Pepperdine University will need to be played Monday. Due to inclement weather in March in Spokane, the original three-game series between the teams had to be modified to a two-game series. The third game will be played Monday, should the game be needed to determine seeding for the WCC Championship. This weekend the Waves play Santa Clara University. Should Pepperdine take two-of-three games from the Broncos, the game will not be made up. If Santa Clara takes two of three from Pepperdine, the game will need to be played Monday at 3 p.m. in Malibu. In the series opener between Pepperdine and SCU, the Broncos won 6-3. Game two is scheduled for Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Pepperdine - 4
Santa Clara - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The #13 Pepperdine baseball team scored three runs in the ninth to break a 1-1 tie and evened its series with Santa Clara on Saturday night with a 4-1 victory over the Broncos at Schott Stadium.

Pepperdine improved to 34-17 (13-6 WCC) with the win, while Santa Clara fell to 33-20 (13-7 WCC). The winner of tomorrow's contest will advance to the WCC Championship Series against USD next weekend in San Diego.

The game was a pitcher's duel from the outset, as Pepperdine starter Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) and Santa Clara starter Thain Simon each held the opposing offenses in check. Bywater allowed a solo homer to Tommy Medica in the first inning to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead, but Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) evened the score in with a solo homer of his own in the fifth to tie the game at 1-1.

That was all the offense Bywater and Simon would allow, as Bywater left the game after tossing 6.2 innings, while Simon tossed eight innings and left the game with the score still tied 1-1.

In the ninth, Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) notched a single with one out and advanced to third on a Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) single. Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) then notched an RBI single to bring in Simon, giving Pepperdine a 2-1 lead. After a walk to Duron to load the bases, David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara CC) notched a two-run single to increase the Waves lead to 4-1.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Broncos attempted to rally by putting two runners on base, but Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) induced a groundout to end the game and seal the Waves' 4-1 win.

Gaudi picked up the win after tossing 2.1 scoreless innings in relief, while Santa Clara's Alex Rivers shouldered the loss.

Heroy notched the Waves' only two-hit performance on the night, while Harris recorded a pair of RBI. The Broncos had three players each notch a pair of hits. Notably, junior Brett Hunter (Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS) made his first appearance since Feb. 29 after coming out of the bullpen and facing two batters.

The Waves and Broncos conclude the three-game series tomorrow with a 1 p.m. contest at Schott Stadium.

Saint Mary's - 16
Portland - 3

Story coming soon.

Dallas Baptist - 7 (10)
San Francisco - 6

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco baseball fought back for three runs in the bottom of the 10th, but couldn't come all the way back and fell 7-6 to Dallas Baptist in non-conference action at Benedetti Diamond on Saturday afternoon. The Patriots (37-17) swept USF (31-26) and end the Dons 2008 season as they said goodbye to seven seniors: Kyle Morgan, Brian Anderson, Matt Lieb, Matt Baugh, Mitchell Bialosky, Joey Railey, and Tavo Hall.

It was a low scoring affair through the first half of the game. DBU scored one in the first on an RBI double by junior third baseman Trevor Head. USF tied it at 1-1 in the second. Senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky doubled to start the inning and freshman third baseman Stephen Yarrow pushed him to third with a single up the middle. An out later, sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin sacrificed to right field, scoring Bialosky.

USF took a 3-1 lead in the sixth, when with runners on second and third, senior designated hitter Matt Lieb singled to center, plating both Dons.

Dons starter, freshman left-hander Matt Lujan, threw a solid 5.2 innings, allowing one earned run off three hits, and struck out seven Patriots. Senior right-hander Brian Anderson threw 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, giving up four hits and striking out one.

Bialosky came on to pitch the ninth and ran into some trouble. With a runner on and one out, junior center fielder Evan Bigley hit a bomb over the center field fence, tying the ballgame at 3-3. USF had the bases loaded in the ninth with just one out, but freshman right-handed reliever Jared Stafford was able to get freshman center fielder Bobby Ethel to strike out, and senior right fielder Kyle Morgan to fly out to left.

In the Dons second consecutive extra inning game with Dallas Baptist, the Patriots scored four times in the top of the frame to take a commanding 7-3 lead. But USF fought back in the bottom of the inning, trying to get one last win for the seniors.

Bialosky reached first on a throwing error by Head before Yarrow singled to center and sophomore pinch hitter Sam Wiley singled to left. With the bases loaded, freshman catcher Travis Higgs was hit by a pitch, scoring Bialosky. Sophomore shortstop Derek Poppert then smacked a Texas leaguer into shallow center, scoring Yarrow. An out later, senior second baseman Joey Railey sacrificed to center, plating Wiley. Ethel then laid down a great bunt as Higgs was barreling toward home plate, but Ethel was barely thrown out at first to end the game.

Yarrow and Poppert both had three hits on the day, leading the Dons. Lieb singled and added two RBI in his final game. Also in his final game, Bialosky doubled and scored twice. Morgan singled and scored one run. Sophomore right-hander Alex Kalogrides (3-4) took the loss in relief, allowing one earned run in less than an inning. Freshman right-hander Jonathan Abramson allowed two earned runs off one hit and a walk in a third of an inning. Freshman right-hander Chase Tigert gave up the Patriots final run in the 10th, off one hit, two walks, and struck out one batter.

Stafford (4-0) earned the win for Dallas Baptist, allowing three runs, two earned, off six hits, one walk, and struck out two in 3.0 innings. Freshman right-hander Chris Haney (3) earned the save, not allowing a run in the tenth.

This concludes the 2008 season. Thanks for your support and check back at USFDons.com for all your USF Athletics information.