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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 25, 2008

Saint Mary's - 4
Stanford - 2

PALO ALTO, CA - In a game featuring strong pitching it was, sophomore second baseman Randy Wells two run double in the sixth that makes the difference, as Saint Mary's(2-1) wins 4-2 over host Stanford (2-2) at the Sunken Diamond.

The Gaels saw yet another solid outing from its starting pitching as sophomore Scott Schneider (1-0) goes six strong, scattering five hits, surrendering one run, a walk, while striking out four. The lone blemish on the day was a homerun given up to junior catcher Jason Castro in the bottom of the second.

The story early in the game was the Gaels inability to get that clutch two out hit, as Saint Mary's twice left the bases loaded unable to bring a run in. That all changed in the top of the sixth inning when Wells hit a clutch two out double down the right field line scoring senior right fielder Kenny Fuglerud and sophomore catcher Ryan Mulligan.

The Cardinal made it interesting in the later innings however, repeatedly putting men in scoring position, the biggest threat coming in the bottom of the eighth inning when Stanford had runners on second and third with only one out. Back to back highlight reel catches by Mulligan and junior center fielder Cory Miller ended the Cardinal threat.

The ninth inning was shut down by junior Anthony Selden who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth striking out one recording his first save of the season. Also putting in a strong relief effort was senior Alex Jensen who threw two scoreless innings.

The Gaels go back on the road tomorrow playing at UC Davis at 2 PM at Bobbins Stadium.

San Diego State - 7
San Diego - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 12th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (1-3) was defeated by its cross-town rival No. 22 San Diego State University Monday afternoon in the final game of a four-game series, 7-1 at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

The Aztecs wasted no time in scoring as they were able to take advantage of two USD miscues in the first inning to push across two unearned runs. Brett Tanos led off the inning with a walk, then he moved all the way to third after a USD throwing error. Troy Hanzawa then hit an RBI single to left field to push across Tanos. The final SDSU run came on a Garrett Green RBI sacrifice fly to take a 2-0 lead.

After the Aztecs scored one run in the top of the fourth inning, the tacked on three runs in the top of the eighth inning to put the game out of reach for the Toreros.

USD did spoil the shutout in the bottom of the eighth inning as they scored their lone run of the game. Anthony Strazzara got things started with a single to left field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Two batters latter, Sean Nicol drove in Strazzara with a RBI single up the middle to cut the lead to five at 6-1.

San Diego State then added one more run in the top of the ninth inning on a Glover RBI ground out to put the game at its final of 7-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Josh Romanski and Logan Gelbrich each went 2-for-4 as the only Toreros to record multiple hits.

Kyle Blair (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out eight in 6.0 innings of work in his first collegiate start. Jon Berger (1-0) was credited with the win for the Aztecs as he allowed no runs on four hits in 7.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday with a trip to Long Beach State for a 6:30 p.m. game at Blair Field.

UC Irvine - 6
Loyola Marymount - 5

IRVINE, Calif. - No. 20 UC Irvine recorded its second come-from-behind victory in as many games to defeat Loyola Marymount, 6-5, Monday at Anteater Ballpark. The win lifted UCI to 3-0 on the season while LMU dropped to 1-2 overall.

The Anteaters were held hitless through the first six innings by six Lion hurlers, but managed to score twice on a bases loaded walk in the second and a balk that scored Brock Bardeen from third base in the fourth.

LMU led early in the game, scoring two runs in the first off starter Christian Bergman on a fielder's choice and a passed ball. The Lions took a 3-1 lead in the fourth as Andy Preston doubled and eventually scored from third on a wild pitch. LMU added to the lead with single runs in the fifth and one in the sixth for the 6-2 advantage.

UCI struck in the seventh inning, sending nine batters to the plate. Third baseman Eric Deragisch recorded UCI's first hit of the game with a single over his counterpart and reached second on an error by LMU second baseman Jonathan Johnson. Centerfielder Ollie Linton followed with a single up the middle to load the bases for shortstop Ben Orloff who reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Deragisch. Infielder Ryan Fisher laced a sharp RBI-single to right and designated hitter Francis Larson came up with is first hit of the night with a single through the left side to tie the game at 5-5. Outfielder Brock Bardeen's single through the right side drove in Fisher for the eventual game-winner.

UCI reliever Eric Pettis earned his first save, striking out one in two perfect innings. Reliever Kyle Necke was credited with the win (1-0) after striking out one and walking one in a hitless inning of relief. Bergman struck out two in 4.2 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits in the no-decision.

Lion starter Lee Roberts retired the Anteaters in order in the first before handing the ball off to the LMU bullpen. Chris Eusebio registered the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits in 1/3 innings to drop to 0-1. A.J. LaMonda, Ryan Wheeler and Preston each had a pair of hits to lead LMU.