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NCAA Baseball Recaps

May 31, 2008

Pepperdine - 7
UC Davis - 4

STANFORD, Calif. - The #19 Pepperdine baseball team moved to within a win of its first super regional appearance after defeating UC Davis 7-4 on Saturday night at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.

Pepperdine (38-19) will now face the winner of the UC Davis/Stanford matchup on Sunday at 5 p.m. The Cardinal defeated Arkansas in an elimination game earlier on Saturday, and will face the Aggies on Sunday at 1 p.m. in another elimination game. The winner of the UC Davis/Stanford game will have to defeat Pepperdine twice to advance to the Super Regionals.

Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) put the Waves on top in the second with a two-run homer to give Pepperdine a 2-0 lead. UC Davis got on the board in the third on an RBI single to make it a 2-1 contest.

The Aggies then tied the score at 2-2 in the sixth on another RBI single, but Pepperdine was quick to respond. Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) notched a two-out RBI single and then scored on an RBI single from Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS), putting the Waves ahead 4-2.

Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) extended the lead in the eighth as he launched a two-run homer, his sixth of the season, to put the Waves on top 6-2. Davis Harris then notched a two-out RBI double to make it a 7-2 game.

The runs proved to be important, as UC Davis scored a pair of runs on Ty Kelly's two-run double, cutting the Pepperdine lead to 7-4, but closer Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) came into the game with the tying run at the plate and induced a groundout to keep the score at 7-4.

After the Waves went scoreless in the ninth, Gaudi pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to seal the Waves' 7-4 win.

Tyler Hess improved to 4-0 after getting the win in relief, while Gaudi earned his 15th save of the year. Brad McAtee took the loss for UC Davis.

Simon and Duron each went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI, while Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) and Harris each notched a pair of hits. Kelly led UC Davis with a 4-for-5 effort.

The Waves will now face the winner of the UC Davis/Stanford game on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Fresno State - 6
San Diego - 0

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team was upset by Fresno State University Saturday evening at the Long Beach Regional with a 6-0 loss behind an outstanding pitching performance by FSU's Clayton Allison.

The Toreros will now return to action on Saturday in an elimination game against Long Beach State. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Blair field with the winner to play Fresno State at 5 p.m.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 42-16 overall and saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 39-27.

Allison (3-5) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as he finished the game allowing no runs on five hits in 9.0 innings of work. USD's Josh Romanski (9-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season as he allowed six runs on six hits in 8.0 innings of work.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first as they scored four runs on two hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, Steve Detwiler was hit by a pitch to push across the first run and the next three runs came on a three-run double by Tommy Mendonca to give FSU a 4-0 lead.

The Toreros finally broke up the no hitter in the top of the sixth inning. Victor Sanchez broke it up with a single through the left side, followed by a Kevin Muno bunt single, but USD could not push across a run to leave the score at 4-0.

In the top of the seventh inning, USD again put two runners on with back-to-back singles by Kevin Hansen and Jose Valerio, but were not bale to advance the runners beyond second base to preserve the shutout for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs then pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Steve Susdorf run-scoring double and a Mendonca RBI single to give FSU a 6-0 advantage.

Offensively for the Toreros, Muno, Sanchez, Valerio, Nicol and Hansen all recorded one hit a piece.