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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 18, 2008

LMU - 11
Gonzaga - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - On a day in which LMU (23-32, 7-14) honored its eight senior baseball players, it was appropriate that the seniors shined on Sunday, leading LMU to an 11-1 victory over Gonzaga (30-23, 10-10) in the final game of the 2008 season, receiving the first complete game of Nate Keadle's four-year career at LMU.

Keadle threw 126 pitches in his last start as a Lion en route to the complete game. The complete game was the second of the year for the Lions, with the first coming from Lee Roberts on March 18 versus Cal State Northridge. Keadle allowed one run on eight hits and three walks while striking out two batters over the nine innings to improve to 2-5 on the year.

Andy Beal, Justin Bunkis, Steve Connolly, Sean Dovel, Michael Glomb, Keadle, A.J. LaMonda and Andy Preston each played in their final game of their LMU careers on Sunday. Glomb finished the game 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. LaMonda batted 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Bunkis, who got the start at designated hitter, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in his final game in a Lion uniform. Perhaps overshadowed by the "Senior Day" festivities, sophomore Angelo Songco belted two home runs and recorded four RBI to help guide the Lions to the victory. For Songco, the home runs were his team-leading 14th and 15th of the year. The multi-home run game was the first for the Lions since Chris Pettit hit two at New Mexico State on March 11, 2006. Freshman Matt Koch contributed a 3-for-4 day at the plate with one run, while T.J. Bernardy drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the seven-run third inning.

Keadle limited Gonzaga to eight hits on the day, highlighted by a 2-for-4 day at the plate from Bryan Winston. Reedy Berg got the start and lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits before giving way to Cory Powell. Powell went three and a third, surrendering a run on five hits and a walk while striking one batter. Brandon Harmon finished the game on the hill for Gonzaga, pitching two innings and allowing one hit and punching out one batter. With the loss, Berg fell to 2-3 on the year.

LMU got on the board first in the game, appropriately led by two seniors out of the first two batting positions. Glomb led things off with a single on the first pitch before moving to second on a wild pitch. LaMonda followed suit with a single on a 1-1 pitch to drive in Glomb and put the Lions on top 1-0. The Lions put two more runs on the board on the very next pitch as Songco belted his 14th home run of the season over the wall in right field to cap the frame.

Gonzaga answered back for a run in the top of the second, cutting the lead to 3-1. Tyson Van Winkle lined the first pitch of the inning into centerfield to get things started before being replaced by Marcus McKimmy after a fielder's choice. Back-to-back singles by Shawn Wayt and Winston, who was credited with the RBI, scored the first run of the game for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs managed to load the bases with two out, but Keadle got out of the jam without any further damage done.

The Lions took a commanding lead in the bottom of the third inning, scoring seven runs on seven hits in the frame to go ahead by a count of 10-1. A one-out hit-by-pitch by LaMonda got things started before Songco blasted his second home run of the game. After Gonzaga recorded the second out in the inning, Koch singled to get the inning started once again. Back-to-back singles by Kyle Spraker and Bunkis loaded the bases for a three-RBI double by Bernardy down the left field line. Jonathan Johnson pushed the sixth run of the inning across on the ensuing play, singling home Bernardy with a line drive back up the middle and moving to second on the throw to the plate. Powell quickly took over on the hill for Gonzaga and was greeted with a RBI-double off the bat of Glomb to cap the frame.

LMU extended the lead to 11-1 with one run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bunkis singled with one out before a walk put runners at first and second. Glomb followed with his third hit of the game two batters later to load the bases before LaMonda contributed his second hit and RBI with a single to right field.

Pepperdine - 6
Santa Clara - 4

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The #13 Pepperdine baseball team punched its ticket to the WCC Championship Series on Sunday afternoon with a 6-4 win over Santa Clara.

Pepperdine improved to 35-17 (14-6 WCC) with the win, while the Broncos dropped to 33-21 (13-8 WCC). The Waves end the conference regular season in second place, and will face San Diego from May 23-25 in San Diego for the WCC Championship.

The win also means the Waves will not face Gonzaga on Monday, May 19 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine got on the board in the first on an RBI single from Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) to give the Waves a 1-0 lead, but Santa Clara took the lead in the second inning on a two-run double to put the Broncos on top, 2-1.

The Waves tied the score in the third on a Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) RBI single to make it a 2-2 contest.

Pepperdine then took the lead in the sixth on a bases loaded walk to Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) and an RBI groundout from Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy), giving the Waves a 4-2 lead.

Aidem notched a sacrifice fly in the seventh to increase the Waves' lead to 5-2, but the Broncos cut their deficit in the bottom of the frame on a solo home run and a sac fly to make it a 5-4 game.

Simon then gave Pepperdine some breathing room with a solo homer in the eighth to push the Waves' lead to 6-4, and Tyler Hess (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle HS) tossed 2.2 scoreless frames to seal the Pepperdine victory.

Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) took a no-decision after allowing two unearned runs over 4.1 innings of work, and Scott Alexander (Windsor, Calif./Cardinal Newman HS) picked up the win in relief. Hess earned his first career save. Steve Kalush took the loss for the Broncos.

Aidem, Diedrich and Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) each notched a pair of hits for the Waves, while Simon recorded a pair of RBI and David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara CC) scored two runs.

Game times for the WCC Championship series are 3 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 25 (if necessary). Tickets are $10 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission. Fans may purchase tickets beginning Monday, May 19 by calling (866) WAVE - TIX.

Up next, the Waves play their last midweek game of the season on Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at UC Riverside.

Saint Mary's - 10
Portland - 4

Portland, OR - Saint Mary's (26-26-1/8-13 WCC) scored five runs in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth for a 10-4, come-from-behind victory over the Portland Pilots (21-31/3-18 WCC) in a West Coast Conference baseball game on Sunday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. The win gives the Gaels a three-game sweep over the Pilots.

The Pilots led for most of the game and took a 3-2 lead into the top of the eighth inning. But after the Pilots recorded two outs, the Gaels exploded for five runs to take control of the game. Ryan Mulligan tied the game with an RBI single up the middle off of Portland reliever Scott Burris. Zach Varce then took over pitching duties with two on and two out. After Varce issued a walk to load the bases, Anthony Aliotti spanked a bases-clearing double to left-center field that gave Saint Mary's a 6-3 lead.

Randy Wells followed Aliotti with an RBI double up the middle. Wells, who tried to make it to second on the play, was thrown out to end the inning.

With the score now 7-3, Saint Mary's added three more in the ninth inning. Only one of the runs was earned, as Portland was again hurt by errors. The Pilots committed five miscues on the day.

Despite a solid outing on the hill, Burris (1-3) is saddled with the loss. Entering the eighth inning, Burris had retired all four batters he faced, including two on strikeouts. He ended up with three runs allowed on two hits and a walk.

Portland starter Brennan Thorpe pitched an effective 5.2 innings, allowing just two runs, one earned, on three hits. He struck out three and walked one.

Aliotti, who started and finished the day playing first base, picked up the win on the hill for Saint Mary's. He took the mound to start the fifth inning and worked 3.0 innings, allowing just two base runners. He held the Pilots to one hit, while striking out two and walking one.

SMC starter Brandon Berl gave up three runs on four hits in 3.2 innings. Scott Schneider, who started the game at third base, pitched the final two innings.

It looked good for Portland early on as senior OF Danny Meier belted a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the second inning. Meier's league-leading 15th homer of the year gave UP an early 1-0 advantage.

After the Gaels plated two in the top of the fourth inning to stake a 2-1 lead, the Pilots responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame. Meier came through once again with an RBI double to left-center field that tied the game at 2-2. Meier, who advanced to third when the Gaels tried to throw out junior 1B Chase Powell at home, then scored on an infield single by senior DH Billy Krause.

Portland would enjoy a 3-2 until the eighth inning.

UP freshman SS Riley Henricks knocked in a run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single.

Both teams finished with 10 hits on the day. Meier, who hit two doubles, finished with three hits for Portland, while senior OF Cory Wiltshire had two. Brian Hawkins led the Gaels with four hits.

Saint Mary's ended the season on a high note sweeping the three game series, and in doing so passed LMU for seventh in the WCC.