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WCC Baseball Recaps

Jan. 26, 2007

Saint Mary's - 5
Nevada - 4

Moraga, CA - Trailing Nevada 3-0 after six innings the Saint Mary's baseball team plated four runs in the seventh and added another in the eight to grab a 5-4 victory on opening day from Louis Guisto Field. Junior backstop Ian Gordon knocked in the eventual winning run. With the win, the Gaels start the 2007 campaign 1-0 while Nevada falls to 0-1.

Newcomer Kyle Jensen got the Gaels on the board, driving in Gordon on a single on a single to center field. Gordon started the 1-out rally with a single to the third base side.

Senior Eric Cattoni then followed with a two-run double that plated freshman Anthony Alliotti. Fellow freshman Randy Wells delivered the big hit with a single down the right field line that scored pinch-runner Cory Miller and Cattoni.

Nevada evened the score at four when David Ciarlo singled to left and brought in Chris Siewart for an unearned run.

The Gaels quickly responded when Gordon hit a sac-fly to right that brought in pinch-runner Brian Hawkins. Freshman Michael Gonzales started the rally with a double off the left-center wall.

Freshman hurler Taylor Stanton (1) came in and promptly closed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth. Taylor got a ground out and recorded back-to-back strikeouts in his Saint Mary's debut.

Nevada started the scoring in the second inning. Daniel Eastham doubled down the left field line to bring in Terry Walsh. Ciarlo singled to left-center to plate Eastham.

Eastham again struck for the Wolf Pack, this time in the fourth. Eastham smacked another double to bring in Walsh for the 3-0 lead.

SMC starter Sean Gleason allowed three earned on five hits in five innings. The transfer struck out three in his first career start in a Gaels uniform. Freshman Scott Schneider (1-0) tossed three innings of solid relief. The newcomer scattered four hits and fanned two without a walk.

Nevada starter Ryan Rodriguez kept the Gaels at bay four six innings but ended up allowing four earned on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. Rodriguez struck out eight and walked one in his 2007 debut. Cody Fiero (0-1) allowed the fifth run for the Wolf Pack in a 1/3 of an inning pitched.

Gordon paced the Gaels with timely hitting at the plate, batting 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. The freshman tandem of Wells and Alliotti were impressive in their first collegiate start. Wells batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Alliotti finished 3-for-4 from the plate with a run scored.

Saint Mary's will face Nevada tomorrow for game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field. Saint Mary's Brandon Berl is slated to face Rod Scurry of Nevada on the hill in both hurlers first collegiate start.

San Diego - 9
Cal Poly - 6

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz put on a pitching clinic as he helped lead the University of San Diego baseball team (1-0) to a season-opening 9-6 win over visiting Cal Poly (0-1) Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. The win also gave USD head coach Rich Hill his 600th career victory.

Matusz (1-0) threw six scoreless innings only allowing two hits and one run, while fanning a career-high 13 batters. The 13 strikeouts is one shy of the USD single-game record held by Mike Saipe. AJ Griffin came in for two complete innings of relief work to pick up his first collegiate save, as he allowed no runs on one hit.

Cal Poly jumped out to the early lead as in the first inning, Grant Desme took a Matusz fastball and hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence, to give the Mustangs the early 1-0 lead.

The Toreros then answered back in the second inning as they scored two runs on three hits. Daniel Magness and James Meador led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Shane Buschini then doubled to centerfield, which drove in Magness and advanced Meador to third. Two batters later, Meador would score on a wild pitch to give USD a 2-1 lead.

USD then scored two more runs in the fourth inning before Jordan Abruzzo hit a three-run shot over the left field fence to give USD a comfortable 7-1 lead.

In the seventh inning, Cal Poly launched a come back as the scored five runs on five hits. The Mustangs runs came by way of Luke Yoder reaching on an fielders choice, a Wes Dorrell run-scoring double to left field, a Pat Pezet RBI single, a Kyle Smith RBI single and a Logan Schafer sacrifice fly to right field to cut the deficit to two.

But that is as close as the Mustangs would come, as USD dug in and scored an insurance run in the eighth inning when Kevin Hansen hit into a double play, scoring Mike Metzger, who had singled, to put the game at its final of 9-6.

Abruzzo went 1-for-3 with one home run and three RBI, Hansen went 2-for-4 with one RBI and Logan Gelbrich went 2-for-3 with two RBI to help lead USD's offense.

Cal Poly starter DJ Mauldin (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Mustangs as he allowed five earned runs on five hits in 4.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue their three-game stand with Cal Poly. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium.

Hawai'i - 8
Santa Clara - 1

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The 2007 season opener for the Santa Clara baseball team started off well enough, with a leadoff double and a one-run lead after the first inning. But not much went right the next eight innings for the Broncos, who dropped an 8-1 decision to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Friday night.

The series will continue Saturday afternoon with a 4:05 p.m. PT first pitch, as freshman Nate Garcia takes the mound for the Broncos (0-1), opposite Hawaii's Mark Rodrigues.

Along with his double to start the game, senior Kevin Drever went 3-for-4 and scored SCU's lone run of the contest after being driven in by Matt Long's double. Junior Gabe Alcantar was perfect with four singles on the day, while sophomore transfer Evan LeBlanc had a pair of hits in his Broncos debut.

Matt Wickswat took the loss for the Broncos, surrendering five runs on six hits and four walks in two and two-thirds innings. Chris Stansbury was a bright spot out of the bullpen, striking out a pair and allowing only one hit in an inning and two-thirds of work.

Hawaii evened the score in its half of the second on catcher Landon Hernandez' RBI single, which scored Kris Sanchez, who led the inning off with a double. The Rainbow Warriors then took a commanding 5-1 lead with a four-run third in which they sent 10 batters to the plate. A single sandwiched by a pair of walks loaded the bases for Sanchez, who walked to drive in the go-ahead run, followed by a sacrifice fly and two singles which all drove in a run.

Sanchez led Hawaii with a 3-for-4 effort which included a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two driven in. Evan Zimny had three singles while second baseman Jonathan Hee went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Two runs in the bottom of the sixth from Sanchez' second double of the game and Elijah Christianson's second sacrifice fly of the game helped the Rainbow Warriors secure the season-opening victory.