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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 26, 2008

Pepperdine - 11
UC Riverside - 4

MALIBU, Calif. - Waves batters continued their hot streak to start the year on Tuesday afternoon, pounding out 15 hits en route to an 11-4 win over UC Riverside at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

With 11 runs on Tuesday, Pepperdine (3-1) has now scored 42 runs in its last three games, an average of 14 runs per game. The Highlanders (2-3) dropped their third consecutive game with the loss.

The Highlanders got on the board in the first inning, as three consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly added to an early 2-0 lead. The Waves responded in the second inning as a Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) RBI double plated Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep), and a Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) RBI groundout scored Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS), knotting the score at 2-2. Pepperdine added another run in the third inning on Chase d'Arnaud's (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) second home run of the season, a line drive blast over the left-center field fence, but the Highlanders tied the score again the top of the fourth with a home run off the bat of Ryan Goetz. The Waves then reclaimed the lead in the fifth inning, as a Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) sacrifice fly, a Thames run-scoring single and an RBI double from Diedrich pushed the margin to 6-3. Freshman Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) limited UC Riverside to just three runs through the first 5.2 innings before giving way to Jordan Durrance (Manteca, Calif./Sierra HS), who induced a fly ball with two runners on base in the sixth to keep the score at 6-3. The Highlanders again attempted to rally in the seventh, as they loaded the bases with one out, but senior Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) relieved Durrance with the bases loaded and allowed just one run to score to keep the Waves in front, 6-4. The Waves responded with three runs in their half of the seventh, as the first five batters reached base, pushing the margin to 9-4. They tacked on two more runs in the eighth to increase the lead to 11-4, and Gaudi pitched the last 2.2 scoreless innings to register the save.

"It was great to see Matt Bywater perform as well as he did today," Pepperdine Coach Steve Rodriguez said. "He threw his changeup for strikes and he kept them off balance. Offensively, we were able to steal some bases and we continued to swing the bats well."

The Waves offense was paced by d'Arnaud, who was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI, Thames, who notched three hits and three runs scored, and Diedrich, who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Additionally, Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) recorded his fourth consecutive multi-hit game to start the year with a 2-for-5 effort. Bywater earned his first collegiate victory by allowing just four hits and three runs in 5.2 innings of work, while Gaudi notched his second save of the season.

Drew Garcia was 2-for-4 for the Highlanders, and Eddie Orozco incurred the loss for UCR.

Up next, the Waves will compete in the Minnesota Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. from Friday, Feb. 29 through Sunday, Mar 2. at the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome, home of MLB's Minnesota Twins and the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. The Waves will face Tulane at 12:15 p.m. CT on Friday, TCU at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday and Minnesota on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Portland - 7
Concordia (Ore.) - 5

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland senior Danny Meier blasted a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pilots defeated the Concordia Cavaliers 7-5 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. Meier sent the first pitch he saw from CU's Ross Conway over the left field wall to win it.

Meier's home run came with two outs and junior Bryant Kraus on first base. Kraus kept the inning alive with a two-out single off of Conway (1-1), who retired Portland's first two hitters to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. It's the second home run this season for Meier.

Junior Matthew Lange (2-1) retired the only batter he faced in the top of the ninth to pick up his second win of the year. Portland (3-2) used nine pitchers on the day, while Concordia (3-4) countered with six.

The play of the game came with the score tied at 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Portland reliever Peter Beringhaus induced an inning-ending triple play to get out of the jam. The play began when Neil Barrett sent a fly ball to straight-away left field, where Kraus made an easy catch. Kraus then threw the ball to the infield as Sean Turner tagged up at third and appeared to score.

Kraus' throw was cut off by freshman third baseman Kevin Armijo, who threw it to shortstop C.J. Cullen at third base. Cullen then tagged out Ryan Sussenguth for the second out. Sussenguth had tagged at second on the play and tried to advance to third.

Just when it appeared the play was over, Portland sophomore catcher Rocky Gale alertly tossed the ball to third, claiming that Turner had left third base too early. The umpires agreed as the run was erased and Portland had a triple play.

Another key play came with one out in the top of the ninth. With Josh Mandin on second, Turner blooped a single just over Armijo's head at third. With Mandin rounding third, Cullen tracked down the ball, turned and fired home to catcher Eric Brown. Brown then tagged Mandin while blocking the plate. Lange then relieved freshman Scott Burris and got Sussenguth to fly out to center.

Both Kraus and freshman Riley Henricks finished with three hits each for Portland, which finished with 13 hits as a team. Henricks knocked in a pair of RBI's and scored once, while Kraus scored twice and knocked in a run.

Concordia totaled eight hits, led by Casey McLeod and Brad Himes with two each.

Twice Concordia took the lead, forcing the Pilots to play catch-up. Down 2-0 in the fifth, Portland finally got on the scoreboard on a sacrifice fly by Cullen, a sophomore, and an RBI single by senior Billy Krause.

The Cavaliers responded with three more in the top of the sixth inning to make it a 5-2 game. Henricks then picked up his two RBI's with a two-out, bases-loaded single to center field.

The Pilots then tied the game with a run in the seventh. With junior Paul Crowder on second, Kraus came up with a clutch, run-scoring double to left-center field.

Portland next heads to Arizona for four games at the Coca Cola Classic. On Thursday, the Pilots open against Northern Illinois in Surprise, Ariz. Portland follows the game with the Huskies with a game against Michigan on Friday before facing Hawaii on Saturday. The Pilots then face tournament host Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday.

Saint Mary's - 4
UC Davis - 1

DAVIS, CA. - Anthony Aliotti (1-0) allowed only two hits in seven innings of work, and Geoff Byrns went 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and two RBI's to lead Saint Mary's (3-1) to a 4-1 victory over UC Davis (2-3) in the Aggies' home opener at Dobbins Stadium Tuesday.

Aliotti makes the fourth Gael starter in a row this year to go at least six innings today, as he pitched seven, while giving up two hits four walks, and four strike outs in the win. The Saint Mary's bullpen had another strong outing from senior Alex Jensen and junior Anthony Selden who earned his second save of the season.

UC Davis junior Bryan Evans pitched six complete innings giving up six hits three runs while striking out nine Gaels. Two of the three runs he allowed came in the first inning. After retiring the first two batters and narrowly missing a strikeout on the third, the Gaels got a double from Kyle Jensen to score the first run and a triple from Byrns in the next at bat to jump ahead 2-0.

Saint Mary's saw some big hits tonight as senior Geoff Byrns hit his third and fourth extra base hits of the season hitting a triple in the first and the Gaels first homerun of the season in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Kyle Jensen continued his hot streak hitting his fifth double of the season.

Aggies senior infielder Evan Hudson drove in the Aggies' only run in the bottom half of the eighth inning off a deep single to right field that scored senior Matt Dempsey from second base. UC Davis managed to get the tying run up to bat in the eighth and ninth innings, but failed to score.

Along with Byrns, sophomore infielder Michael Cipolla and senior right fielder Kenny Fuglerud each had two hits for the Gaels. Fuglerud added the second Gaels homerun of the season in the top of the seventh.

The Gaels will end their short away trip this weekend when they host UW Milwaukee in a four game series starting Friday February 29 with the first pitch slated for 2 PM.

San Diego - 5
Long Beach State - 3

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Freshman third baseman Victor Sanchez goes yard twoce to help propel the 12th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team(2-3) to a 5-3 win over No. 10 Long Beach State University (2-2) Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Blair Field.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as in the top of the second inning, freshman third baseman Victor Sanchez led off the inning with his first collegiate home run, a solo shot over the left field fence to give USD a 1-0 lead.

Sanchez wasn't done yet as with his very next at bat in the top of the fourth inning, he launched a two-run shot over the left center field fence which also brought in Logan Gelbrich, who had doubled to lead off the inning. Ryan Davis then kept things rolling with a single to left center and he moved to second on an Anthony Strazzarra ground out to the first baseman. After a Kevin Hansen walk, the Toreros had a double steal that moved each runner up one base into scoring position with two outs. Kevin Muno then rocketed a two-run double to right field to push across the next two runs to move the score to 5-0 in favor of USD.

The Dirtbags then took back a run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Taylor Krick RBI single down the left field line to cut the deficit to four at 5-1.

LBSU then took back another run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Devin Lohman sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Kip Masuda, who led off the inning with a triple to left field.

Sanchez led the team's offense as he went a perfect 3-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI. Both Gelbrich and Nicol each went 2-for-5 as the other two USD players to record multiple hits on the day.

USD's starting pitcher Ricardo Pecina was impressive in his first appearance this season as he allowed two runs on three hits in 4.1 innings of work. Matt Couch (1-1) was credited with the win as he allowed no runs on no hits in 1.2 innings of work. AJ Griffin picks up his first save of the season as he allowed no runs on no hits in 2.0 innings of work. Manny McElroy was saddled with the loss for LBSU as he allowed five runs on six hits in 3.2 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they open the USD tournament with a double-header. The first game will be against Cal Poly with a 10 a.m. first pitch and the second game will be against Fresno State at 2 p.m.

San Francisco - 12
Sacramento State - 4

Sacramento, CA - San Francisco managed a season high in runs, defeating the Sacramento State Hornet 12-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Hornet Field. The victory is USF's (3-2) eighth consecutive win over Sac State (1-2), and third consecutive win this season.

Dons' pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts and limited the Hornets to just eight hits, while the offense exploded for 13 hits, including three doubles and two homeruns. USF's offense has scored 29 runs in the past three games.

Junior left-hander Evan Fredrickson (1-1) earned the win, allowing three runs off five hits and a season high nine strikeouts. Freshman LHP Garrett Luippold allowed the final run in the ninth off two hits. Sophomore RHP Alex Kalogrides pitched a scoreless inning of relief, striking out two, and freshman righty Sean Burns threw an inning with one strikeout.

Junior third baseman Dane Braunecker went 2-for-4 with two RBI, three runs scored, and a 2-run homerun. Sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Senior right fielder Kyle Morgan went 1-for-1 with a three-run homerun. Senior second baseman Joey Railey and sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel each had two hits with a double. Ethel is the Dons leading batter with a .500 average.

USF started the scoring with a run in the top of the second and then plated five in the third. Railey singled and advanced to second when Braunecker was hit by a pitch. Junior left-fielder Zach Kim laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over. Railey then scored when senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky reached base on an error. Braunecker scored on a balk before senior designated hitter Matt Lieb walked to put runners on first and second. Morgan then blasted a three-run bomb to right-center field.

Sacramento State put up two runs in the bottom of the frame, but was answered by the Dons with one in the fourth and four in the fifth. In that inning, Morgan and senior shortstop Tavo Hall walked and advanced an extra base on a wild pitch. Lipkin singled to left, scoring Morgan. Hall scored on a ground out by Ethel. An out later, Braunecker homered to left, scoring Lipkin.

The Dons added a final run in the seventh to solidify the win.

Hornets' freshman RHP Brandon Sandoval took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) off three hits and three walks in 2.1 innings.

USF travels to No. 20 UC Irvine this weekend for three. Friday's game is set for 6:00 PM.

Cal State Fullerton - 4
Loyola Marymount - 0

FULLERTON, Calif. - LMU (1-3) managed just four hits before being shutout, 4-0, by Cal State Fullerton (3-1) on Tuesday night in Fullerton, Calif. The game was Fullerton's Home Opener and was played in front of a large crowd of 2,189.

Jonathan Johnson, Sean Dovel, Andy Preston and Ryan Wheeler collected the only four Lion hits on the night. As it did in yesterday's game versus UC Irvine, LMU used a variety of arms to combat the opposing hitters. Sophomore Xavier Esquivel, who was tagged with his first loss of the season, got the start and tossed the first two innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks before giving way to freshman Chris Eusebio. Eusebio contributed a scoreless third inning while striking out two batters over the span. Junior Ernie Cho entered in the fourth inning and surrendered two runs on three hits in two innings of work. Left-hander Russell Lowell retired the only two batters he faced in the sixth before Jeremy Burrell needed only one pitch to end the frame and his night on the mound. Junior Steve Connolly started the seventh on the hill for the Lions, pitching a third of an inning and allowing two walks and striking out a batter. Senior Nate Keadle inherited both of Connolly's runners, stranding each and retiring the only two batters he faced in the game. For the second consecutive game, freshman Brett Williams finished the night on the mound for LMU, tossing the final inning and allowing an unearned run while walking one batter.

Joel Weeks led Fullerton offensively, finishing two-for-five in the game. Erik Komatsu also had a fine day at the plate for the Titans, finishing one-for-two with a run scored, three walks and two stolen bases. Shortstop Christian Colon also had two stolen bases on the night, while Fullerton as a team collected six in total. Jared Clark collected the only extra-base hit of the game, finishing one-for-three with a double, a run scored and a RBI.

Fullerton starter Daniel Renken lasted four innings and allowed one hit while striking out four batters en route to his first victory of the season. Jason Dovel, the brother of LMU's Sean, pitched the next two innings, allowing two hits and punching-out two in return. Michael Morrison continued the Fullerton shutout over the next two innings of play, giving up a hit and issuing a walk while striking out four hitters. Brian Wilson> entered in the top of the ninth and quickly shut the door on the Lions, retiring the side in order to complete the shutout and seal the 4-0 Fullerton victory.

Johnson led the game off with a single to left field, but the Lions managed just three more hits over the rest of the night in the loss. Neither team got on the board until the second inning, when Fullerton plated a single run in the bottom of the frame. Clark doubled to start the inning before moving to third on a wild pitch. After a groundout and the first of four hit batsmen on the night for LMU, Titan leadoff man Josh Fellhauer lifted a deep fly ball to Joe Vierra in right field that proved deep enough for the sacrifice fly.

Cal State Fullerton extended its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth, pushing two runs across in the frame. A Komatsu single and Khris Davis hit-by-pitch put runners at first and second with no outs in the inning. The Titans, who proved they were not afraid to play small-ball throughout the game, elected to lay down a sacrifice bunt that moved the runners to second and third. That decision paid off on the ensuing play when Clark hit a ground ball back to Cho on the mound. Cho initially looked Komatsu back to third, but as the right-hander turned to fire to first, Komatsu broke for the plate, scoring just under the tag from Dovel a few moments later. With a runner at second and two out in the inning, Dustin Garneau provided a clutch single to plate Davis and the final run of the frame.

Following two scoreless innings of play, the Titans added one more insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Colon provided all the offense the Titans would need in the inning, reaching on a hit-by-pitch to leadoff the frame before stealing second base just a few pitches later. After back-to-back fly balls for outs, Colon stole his second base of the night and the throw from Dovel to Wheeler at third sailed wide of the bag, allowing Colon to turn third and score easily.

The Lions return to action this Friday when they host a four-game series against UC Santa Barbara in the Opening Weekend at Page Stadium. Friday's game one is slated to begin at 2 p.m. and Saturday's double-header is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.