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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 19, 2007

Pepperdine - 3
Portland - 2

Portland, Ore. - Junior right fielder Donad Brown homered and scored twice and sophomore right hander Nick Gaudi picked up his first career win as No. 25 Pepperdine defeated Portland 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field to clinch the West Coast Conference (WCC) series.

Gaudi (1-0) came on in relief of starter Brett Hunter in the second inning, allowing two hits and striking out two in two innings to help the Waves improve to 34-20 overall and 13-7 in WCC play.

Portland fell to 21-29 on the season and 7-13 in conference action.

Pepperdine took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Portland starter Given Kutz (6-6). Brown opened the game with a single up the middle, advanced to second on a balk, went to third on an infield out and scored on a single through the left side by sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud.

The Pilots tied the score in the bottom of the second as Justin Pierce and Jesse Rodgers opened the frame with back-to-back singles against Hunter. Gaudi relieved Hunter with runners at first and third and allowed a run to score on a ground ball back to the mound.

The Waves re-gained the lead in the third on a two-out RBI double to right field by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames that scored Danny Worth, who singled up the middle with two outs.

Brown opened the fifth inning with a home run to right field that gave Pepperdine a 3-1 lead.

Portland made it a one-run game with a run in the seventh inning as Clayton Shaw produced a run with a sacrifice fly.

The Waves used five pitchers in the game with freshman left-hander Jordan Durrance turning in the longest outing, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing a run.

Junior right hander Jason Dominguez came on with two on and two out in the seventh and pitched the final 2.1 innings to earn his 12th save of the season and 14th of his career to move into third place on the program's single-season saves list and fifth on the career chart.

Pepperdine will attempt to sweep Portland on Sunday when it closes out the regular season with a 1 p.m. contest at Joe Etzel Field.

Santa Clara - 5
Sacramento State - 3

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team got it's final weekend of the 2007 season off on the right foot Saturday afternoon with a 5-3 victory over the Sacramento State Hornets in Sacramento. The Broncos scored the first five runs of the contest and held the advantage from there, positioning themselves for a sweep of the two-game series Sunday.

Sunday's contest will take place at Stephen Schott Stadium at 2 p.m., as the Broncos (26-29) will honor seniors Carl Bacon, Kevin Drever, Kyle Hartz, and David Hoffmire in Senior Day ceremonies prior to the game.

Jon Karcich carried the biggest stick for the Broncos Saturday, doubling twice and driving in three runs, while Gabe Alcantar, Faulkner, and Matt Long all had a pair of hits as well.

Nate Garcia struck out six and allowed only three runs while scattering seven hits over eight innings of work to earn his fifth win of the year, and fellow freshman Steve Kalush struck out the side in the ninth to earn his third save.

The Broncos got on the board for the first time in the top of the second inning Saturday, as Bacon reached on a fielding error by Hornets starter Mick Joyce, followed by singles by Alcantar and Evan LeBlanc that loaded the bases. Karcich then hit the first of his two doubles, this one down the left-field line, driving in Bacon and Alcantar for the early 2-0 lead.

Santa Clara tacked on two more runs the next inning, as Faulkner led things off with a single, stole second base, and came home on Tommy Medica's base hit to center. Medica, after himself stealing second and advancing to third on Ryan Conan's fly ball to center, scored on Alcantar's sacrifice fly to right field.

Joyce would only last the first three innings of the contest, giving up four runs, three of them earned, on six hits. He fell to 4-6 on the year.

Alcantar would account for SCU's fifth run, singling to right and stealing second with two outs, then scoring on Karcich's double to left to put the Broncos in front by a 5-0 count.

The Hornets finally got to Garcia in their half of the fifth, as a two-out single from pinch-hitter Ryan Blair scored Montana Dye from third. They would get two more in the eighth on Gabe Jacobo's two-run homer, making it 5-3.

But Kalush would come on for the ninth inning, and the freshman made quick work of the Hornets, striking out the only three batters he faced to preserve SCU's win.