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WCC Baseball Recaps

Jan. 28, 2007

San Diego - 4
Cal Poly - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind solid pitching from Ricardo Pecina, Anthony Slama and AJ Griffin, the University of San Diego baseball team (3-0) completed a three-game sweep of Cal Poly (0-3), 4-1, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

Pecina (1-0) threw six scoreless innings allowing no runs on six hits, while striking out three in picking up his first win of the season. Slama came in for 2.0 innings of work, allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out two and Griffin pitched the ninth inning allowing one run on one hit.

San Diego broke into the scoring column first as they scored one run in the third inning on two hits. Josh Romanski got things rolling with a single down the right field line, then stole second. Jordan Abruzzo drove in Romanski on a double to center field to give USD the early edge.

The game remained a pitching dual, until USD gave themselves some more breathing room in the sixth inning as they scored three runs on one hit. USD began the inning with Abruzzo and Shane Buschini leading off with back-to-back walks. Cal Poly then switched pitchers, and James Meador laid down a bunt to the pitcher, who in turn threw Abruzzo out at third, but Buschini advanced to second and Meador reached first safely. Daniel Magness then struck out swinging, and both Buschini and Meador stole one base to give USD runners at both second and third with two outs.

USD's first run came on a balk by the Cal Poly pitcher, allowing Buschini to come across the plate and advance Meador to third. Logan Gelbrich then walked and stole second to again give USD runners at third and second with two outs. Kevin Hansen then drove in both Meador and Gelbrich with a two-run single to give USD a 4-0 advantage.

Cal Poly spoiled the shutout in the ninth inning as they scored one run on a Bryan Kepner sacrifice fly to center field.

Abruzzo led the USD offense as he went 2-for-3 with one double and one RBI.

Thomas Eager took the loss for the Mustangs as he allowed three runs on three hits, while striking out seven in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they travel to Round Rock, Texas to play a three-game series with the fourth-ranked Texas Longhorns at Dell Diamond.

Santa Clara - 3
Hawai'i - 2

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The timely hitting of Carl Bacon and the untouchable relief pitching of Jeff Lombard combined to wrap up Santa Clara's first win of the 2007 season Sunday afternoon, a 3-2 truimph over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. With the win, the Broncos averted a season-opening sweep and created some important momentum heading into next weekend's home opener.

That opener will take place Friday night at 6 p.m., as the Broncos (1-2) welcome the Utah Utes to Schott Stadium for the first homestand of the season. Saturday and Sunday's contests are each set for a 1 p.m. first pitch. Tickets are available by calling (408) 554 4660 or by clicking Justin Kuehn got a no-decision despite tossing six strong innings in which he allowed only one earned run and struck out a pair. Offensively, Evan LeBlanc went 2-for-2, scoring a pair of runs and walking twice, while Kevin Drever and Tommy Medica each had two hits as well.

Santa Clara took an early lead Sunday just as it had in the first two games of the series. LeBlanc's one-out walk in the second was followed by Bacon's single and then Ryan Conan's double plated LeBlanc with the game's first run.

Hawaii evened things up in the third, scoring an unearned run as a two-out error prolonged the half-inning, allowing Elijah Christiansen to drive in Brandon Haislet with a base hit. The Rainbow Warriors then tacked on a second run in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead on Kris Sanchez' two-out, RBI double.

But SCU answered right away. With one out, LeBlanc singled and advanced to second on a balk, and from there Bacon promptly drove him in with a base hit up the middle to tie it up at 2-2. After Lombard came on in the seventh and struck out Christiansen with runners on the corners to quell a Hawaii threat, Bacon delivered a one-out single with runners on the corners to score Nathan Faulkner with the go-ahead run.

Lombard struck out five more batters the rest of the way, ending the contest by once again getting Christiansen swinging with runners on the corners.

Nevada - 6
Saint Mary's - 1

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team fell in the series finale against Nevada by the score of 6-1 Sunday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. With the loss the Gaels drop the opening series of 2007 and fall to 1-2 on the season. Matt Bowman ripped two home runs and drove in three to pace the Wolf Pack.

Down 2-0 the Gaels pulled to within one when junior Kenny Fuglerud drove in Ian Gordon on a single up the middle. Gordon reached second on a throwing error by the shortstop and then was awarded third on a balk.

The one run is all SMC could muster as Nevada tacked on three in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Nevada right fielder Matt Bowman hit a two-out solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the Wolf Pack an early 1-0 advantage. A single unearned run in the top of the second inning made it 2-0 Pack. Left fielder Mike Hale singled with one down and moved around to third on second baseman David Ciarlo's hit through the right side on a hit and run.

The Wolf Pack scored three runs with two out in the top of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 5-1. Ciarlo singled to start the inning and later scored on first baseman Shaun Kort's two-out RBI single. Bowman then blasted his second home run of the game over the right field fence to score two more runs.

Mackedon's bases loaded sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning scored catcher Konrad Schmidt who was hit by a pitch to start the inning. With the run, the Wolf Pack were on top 6-1.

Making his first start for the Wolf Pack, right-hander Mario Rivera (1-0) allowed one unearned run and just three hits while striking out four and walking one to get the win in his 5.1 innings on the mound. Saint Mary's Michael Nisco (0-1) suffered the loss allowing six runs, four earned in 5.1 innings of action.

Fuglerud finished the game batting 2-for-4 with an RBI. Junior third baseman Gilbert Urbina ripped a double down the left field line in his only plate appearance while sophomore Cory Miller tallied the other hit for SMC.

Saint Mary's will continue its homestand on Tuesday, January 30 against Fresno Pacific. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.