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NCAA Baseball Regional Recaps

June 3, 2006

Pepperdine - 6
UCLA - 0

Malibu, Calif. - Senior left-hander Paul Coleman pitched 7.2 scoreless innings and sophomore shortstop Danny Worth collected three hits to help move Pepperdine within one win of its first-ever Super Regional following a 6-0 victory over UCLA Saturday afternoon during second-day action in the Malibu Regional at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The Waves (42-19) will play the winner of Sunday morning's Missouri-UCLA game at 3 p.m.

Coleman (8-5) turned in his second straight solid outing as he limited the Bruins (33-24) to seven hits while walking one and striking out three as he out-dueled UCLA Left-hander Dave Huff (7-4).

The Waves got on the board in the third inning as it rallied for a pair of runs with two outs. Junior left fielder Luke Salas doubled to right center field to open the frame and scored a double off the left field wall by Worth. Junior catcher Chad Tracy followed with a single to center to drive in Worth and give Pepperdine a 2-0 lead.

The score remained 4-2 until the ninth inning when the Waves sent nine batters to the plate and scored four times to build a comfortable lead.

Freshman second baseman Denny Duron got the rally started with a single up the middle and, after Salas sacrificed Duron to second, junior designated hitter Justin Tellam followed with an RBI single to left field to drive in Duron.

A walk and a single by sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz and Worth, preceded an run-scoring infield out by Tracy and a two-run double down the right field line by senior second baseman Nick Kliebert that capped the scoring.

Sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez, who relieved Coleman with two out and nobody on in the eighth inning recorded the final four outs to pick up his second save of the season.

"I think the whole team feels really good about what we've accomplished so far," Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez said. "But at the same time we've done this the past two years. I think we've been tired of losing that last game and now we're in control of our destiny and if we play well then we're going to be ok. If we don't, it's like Paul (Coleman) said, anybody can beat you. As long as we go out and do what we're supposed to do I have a lot of confidence in our guys."

Coleman's pitching was backed up some solid defense by the Waves. The Bruins' best scoring chance came in the fourth inning when Cory Decker followed with a double down the left field line. Sean Smith followed with a single to center field where Ortiz fielded the ball and made a strong throw to plate to gun down Decker attempting to score from second base.

"I think Adrian throwing the guy out at home really fired me up," Coleman said.

San Diego - 19
St. Louis - 12

FULLERTON, Calif. - In what turned out to be the wildest game of the season, the University of San Diego baseball team (33-24) scored seven runs on one hit in the bottom of the eighth inning to hold on for a 19-12 win against Saint Louis University (32-29) to remain alive in the NCAA Fullerton Regional at Goodwin Field Saturday afternoon. The Toreros will now await the loser of the Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State University game this evening to see who they will square off against in an elimination game at 4 p.m. tomorrow evening at Goodwin Field

After Saint Louis was able to rally from a 10-0 deficit to knott the score at 12-12 after seven and a half innings, the Toreros once again dug in and were able to score seven runs on one hit. After Daniel Magness led off with a walk, Mike Lugo came in to pinch run for Magness and stole second. David Harris then walked and Shane Buschini laid down a sacrifice bunt down the third base line. Buschini reached first on a throwing error by the third baseman, which allowed him to move to second and brought Lugo in for the go-ahead run. Kevin Hansen drove in Harris on a sacrifice fly to center field for run No. 2. The Toreros would then load the bases with back-to-back walks by Justin Snyder and Josh Romanski. Steve Singleton then walked to bring in the third run of the inning. The next three runs came on Jordan Abruzzo's three-run double down the left field line. Lugo then brought Abruzzo across as he hit a ball to the shortstop, who inturn committed a throwing error allowing Lugo to safely reach first and capping the scoring for the day.

Abruzzo was the offensive hero for the Toreros as he went a perfect 5-for-5 with three home runs, one double, one single and eight RBI. Abruzzo just needed a triple to hit for the cycle. With the three home runs Abruzzo set a new USD single-game home run record and tied a single-game home runs hit record at Goodwin Field. Abruzzo's eight RBI is also a new USD single-game record.

USD's second big inning came in the second inning as they scored six runs on five hits. Daniel Magness got the ball rolling with a stand-up double to left field. After Shane Buschini moved Magness to third on a single through the right side, Kevin Hansen brought Mangess home with a suicide squeeze bunt down the first base line. USD's next three runs came on back-to-back home runs, a two-run shot by Justin Snyder and a solo shot by Josh Romanski, which was his second in as many days. Steve Singleton walked and Jordan Abruzzo launched the third home run of the inning over the right field fence to give USD a 7-0 lead.

After USD pushed the score to 10 runs, Saint Louis made a monstrous come back in the fifth inning as they scored eight runs on seven hits. SLU's runs came by way of a two-run double by Greg Rodgers, a two-run double by Ziggy Moore, a RBI single by Matt Mach and a two-run double by Jon Guyre, a RBI single by Ryan Crespi to pull within two at 10-8.

Saint Louis would add four more runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the score at 12-12, which set the stage for USD's seven-run eighth inning.

Romanski (5-4) picked up the win for the Toreros allowing four runs on three hits in 2.1 inninigs of relief work. Eric Mueller was saddled with the loss for the Bilikins as he allowed seven runs, five earned, on one hit in 0.2 innings of work.

San Francisco - 5
Nebraska - 1

Lincoln, NE - San Francisco's magical season continued Saturday with a 5-1 upset of national No. 6 seed Nebraska Saturday afternoon at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park. The Dons (39-22) got an outstanding start from sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda (8-5), timely hitting and capitalized on some defensive miscues by the host Huskers (42-17) in front of a crowd of 7,144.

USF faces Manhattan in an afternoon game set for a 1:05 PM (CT) first pitch, 11:05 AM on the West Coast. The winner of that contest will then face Miami Sunday at 4:05 Pacific.

A little more than 12 hours removed from an inauspicious NCAA debut, an 11-2 opening round loss to Miami, the Dons regrouped in impressive fashion behind a masterful performance by Poreda, who tossed 6.2 innings, allowing just one run off four hits with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings in USF's inaugural NCAA Regional win.

San Francisco scored three runs in the second inning. Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell reached on an error and advanced to third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by junior infielder Chris Bacigalupi giving the Dons runners at the corners with one out. Following a strikeout, Gartrell scored on a balk and a single and an error from sophomore infielder Joey Railey scored Baccigalupi from second base. Railey promptly advanced to third on the second balk of the inning by sophomore left-hander Tony Watson (10-2) and scored on an RBI single from junior outfielder Lucas DeLong.

"We played extremely hard today and we played well in contrast to yesterday's game against Miami," USF head coach Nino Giarratano said. "Aaron (Poreda) made pitches early, and our defense was flawless. We hadn't really had a break in four games, so we made the most of it with a good bunt. Those three runs really catapulted us to a good position."

Nebraska scored its lone run of the game on a solo home run by sophomore designated hitter Andy Gerch (5) with one out in the fourth. The Huskers mounted a major rally in the sixth, courtesy of back-to-back singles from sophomore shortstop Ryan Wehrle and senior infielder Brandon Buckman giving them runners at first and second with no outs. Poreda promptly struck out junior Andrew Brown and got a shallow fly ball to right off the bat of Gerch before walking junior outfielder Nick Jaros to load the bases. Poreda did not give in and retired sophomore infielder Jake Opitz on a flyout to end the threat.

"I thought I had a great shot (against Nebraska)," Poreda said. "I knew our defense and offense would take care of it, and I just kept making pitches. There was definitely a lot of pressure because we've never played against a crowd of this magnitude."

USF added a run in the sixth as Gartrell earned a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a passed ball and reached third on a groundout by junior designated hitter Blake Nelson. A Baccigalupi sacrifice fly made the score 4-1.

Railey capped off the Dons scoring with a solo homer - his second - to lead off the seventh inning. Railey finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored a pair of runs and moved past Scott Cousins for the team hits lead (81).

Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan came on in relief of Poreda with two outs in the seventh and closed it out for the Dons, collecting his team-leading fifth save of the season. McGuigan went 2.1 innings, allowing just one hit and struck out a batter in his 18th career save - extending his all-time career lead.

NOTES: The 39 wins are the most in school history for USF baseball... Poreda's five strikeouts helped him crack the century mark for his career (101) and his eighth victory on the season moves him into a share of third place on the single-season wins chart... Railey's first career home run came at Sunken Diamond in a 9-4 victory at Stanford (4/17)... USF improves to 31-0 when leading after eight innings.