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NCAA Baseball Regionals Recaps

June 3, 2007

Long Beach Regional

Long Beach State - 6
Pepperdine - 3

Long Beach, Calif. - Sophomore shortstop Danny Espinosa broke a 3-3 tie with a bases loaded single that highlighted a three-run eighth inning and propelled Long Beach State to a 6-3 victory over Pepperdine in an elimination game of the Long Beach Regional Saturday afternoon at Blair Field.

The Waves concluded their 2007 campaign with a 35-22 record while the 49ers (38-19) remained alive and will play the loser of Saturday night's Illinois-Chicago-UCLA game Sunday at 2 p.m.

Saturday's game was a microcosm of Pepperdine's final 22 games as it put runners on base in each of the first eight innings and collected 11 hits but was only able to manage three runs. The Waves finished the game 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position against Long Beach State starter Andrew Liebel (9-3) who tossed a complete game.

Pepperdine got on the board first, scoring a run on a two-out single to right field by Chase d'Arnaud that scored Adrian Ortiz from second base. Ortiz reached on a wild pitch after striking out to open the frame and stole second base to get into scoring position.

The 49ers came back to take a 3-1 lead in the top half of the second inning as they sent eight batters to the plate. Long Beach State opened the inning with five straight hits against Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann.

After Dickmann allowed an RBI double to Taylor Krick that gave the 49ers a 3-1 lead, Adam Olbrychowski came on in relief and, after hitting the first batter he faced, retired the next two batters to keep it a two-run game.

The Waves let a scoring opportunity slip away in the bottom half of the inning. Denny Duron opened the frame with a triple to left-center, but was left stranded there after Ryan Heroy fouled out, Travis Tartamella struck out and Adrian Ortiz lined out to center field.

Pepperdine made it a one-run game in the bottom of the third on a two-out RBI single to center field by Luke Salas that scored Eric Thames, who singled to right field and moved to second on an infield hit by d'Arnaud.

The Waves were unable to take advantage of another scoring opportunity in the fifth when Danny Worth and Eric Thames singled to start the inning. However, Liebel induced Donald Brown to hit into a double play and d'Arnaud lined out to second to end the threat.

Pepperdine finally tied the game in eighth on a home run to left field by Duron, who went 3-for-4 on the afternoon.

The Waves were able to stay in the game due to some outstanding relief work by Olbrychowski (5-3). The junior right hander suffered a tough loss despite pitching 6.0 innings, allowing just two hits, one run, walking one and striking out two.

After retiring the leadoff batter in the eighth, Olbrychowski allowed a single to right field by pinch-hitter Brandon Godfrey. Sophomore left-hander Jordan Durrance relieved Olbrychowski and surrendered a single through the left side by Robert Perry.

Pepperdine closer Jason Dominguez came out of the bullpen and issued a walk to Travis Howell to load the bases ahead of Espinosa's run-scoring single. The 49ers scored two more runs on a sacrifice fly to right field by TJ Mittelstaedt that scored Perry and Howell.

Right fielder Brown made a strong throw to home plate that got to home just ahead of Mittelstaedt. However, Tartamella was unable to hold onto the throw as it went to backstop allowing Howell to score.

San Diego Regional

Minnesota - 6
San Diego - 5 (10)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior catcher Logan Gelbrich's three-run homerun capped a five-run ninth-inning comeback but Minnesota sophomore Derek McCallum's bases loaded single ended the fourth-ranked University of San Diego Torero's season with a 6-5 loss in front of 1,188 at Tony Gwynn stadium in San Diego, Calif.

For San Diego (43-18), it was just the third time all season that the Toreros had lost two straight games. The Toreros will finish the season with a program-best 43 wins while also reaching a school-high ranking of fourth in the national polls.

Minnesota (41-17) improves to 28-0 when leading after eight innings and will face the loser of Cal State Fullerton-Fresno State on Saturday in an elimination game.

Gopher senior Kyle Baran led off the bottom of the 10th with a single and senior Sean Kommerstad's sacrifice bunt advanced him to second. Torero freshman reliever A. J. Griffin (6-2) then intentionally walked junior Bryan Jost and senior Kevin Carlson also followed with a walk to load the bases, setting up McCallum and his walk-off single.

But it wouldn't had happened had the Toreros not rallied in the ninth to force the extra frame. Entering their final at bat in the top half of the ninth inning in a 5-0 hole, junior Justin Snyder started the rally with a double and the Toreros' all-time hits leader senior Jordan Abruzzo singled to put runners at first and third with nobody out.

For Abruzzo it was 305th hit of his collegiate career and second of the afternoon to end the night for Gopher senior starter Dustin Brabender, who did not factor in the decision despite departing with his shutout in tact, tossing eight innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.

Junior Kyle Carr came on in relief and yielded an RBI single to senior Shane Buschini to put San Diego on the board trailing 5-1. Junior Josh Romanski followed with a chopper to first that Jost fielded cleanly and tossed to second base, but senior shortstop Dan Lyons mishandled the throw, allowing Abruzzo to score, bringing the tally to 5-2.

After senior Daniel Magness grounded out to first for the first out of the inning, Gelbrich hit a 2-1 pitch over the fence in right-center field to knot the score at five. The opposite field shot was Gelbrich's fourth of the season and ended the day for Carr.

In came Kyle Oslin (1-2) who retired junior Kevin Hansen on a ground out to short and sophomore Sean Nicol on a fly to right to end the inning. Oslin earned the win, recording 1.2 innings of work without allowing a single base runner.

Gelbrich led San Diego offensively, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4 with a homerun and three RBIs. Snyder and Abruzzo also tallied two hits for the Toreros.

The Toreros trailed the entire game as the Golden Gophers went ahead with two runs in the first inning. Minnesota lead off man Matt Nohelty reached on an error by San Diego's Nicol, who charged the ball at short and got caught in between hops resulting in the E-6 and the leadoff man aboard. After two failed bunt attempts by Lyons, San Diego starter Brian Matusz coaxed Lyons to chase a pitch out of the strike zone for the first out of the inning.

After Nohelty swiped second, senior Mike Mee turned on a Matusz 2-1 offering and hammered it over the Aztec Baseball Wall of Fame in right for an early 2-0 advantage.

Mee knocked in the Gophers third run of the game in the third, plating Lyons who reached second after smashing a two-out double to right center field. The Gophers padded the lead in the fourth when Komerstad pulled a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left to make it 4-0. It was the second home run that Matusz had surrendered on the day, despite entering the game having surrendered just six homeruns all season in 115 innings pitched.

Matusz did not factor in the decision, going 7.2 innings, surrendering five runs - four earned - on seven hits, with seven strikeouts, exiting the game with the Toreros trailing 4-0.

Mee led Minnesota on the box score, finishing the afternoon going 2-for-4 with a homerun and three RBIs. Baran, who put Minnesota ahead 5-0 when scoring on a bases-loaded walk in the eighth and Kommerstad each finished with two hits as to pace the Gopher attack.