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WCC Baseball Recaps

Feb. 29, 2008

Gonzaga - 7
BYU - 6

Gonzaga - 12
BYU - 5

Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team swept a doubleheader over visiting Brigham Young University Saturday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The Zags opened the twinbill with a 7-6 victory before posted a 12-5 win in the second game.

CJ McClure (1-1) and Cory Powell (1-1) picked up victories for GU (3-4) in the games. McClure, who made two relief appearances on the day, earned the victory in game one after recording 2.0 innings of work. Matt Fields started opening game, earning allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work. Cody Martin pitched the final frame of the first game as he picked up his first collegiate save. Powell started the second game en route to his first victory of the season. The senior gave up three runs on seven hits during 7.0 innings on the mound. Brigham Young's (1-5) Blake Torgerson (1-1) and Nelson Castleberry (0-1) picked up the losses, respectively.

Offensively the Zags were led by Evan Wells and Tyson Van Winkle, each of which hit .500 on the day. Wells went 5-for-10 with three runs scored and two runs batted in, while Van Winkle recorded four hits, including a two-run double in game two, scoring one run while driving home four.

In game one, Fields held the Cougars scoreless until the third inning, when a lead off walk resulted in an 1-0 advantage. Gonzaga answered in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly by Ryan Wiegand to knot the score at 1-1.

BYU regained the lead in the sixth thanks to a one-run triple by Kent Walton. Walton would then score on a single through the left side by Kasey Ko to give the Cougars a 3-1 edge. The lead didn't last for long, as the Zags answered the runs with two of their own in the bottom of the frame thanks to a two-run double to right field by Van Winkle.

The lead changed once again in the top of seventh as BYU posted a pair of runs on the board. Gonzaga answered with four runs in its half of the eighth to regain the lead for good. The rally was highlighted by a three-run home run to left field by Marcus McKimmy - his first home run of the season.

BYU threatened in the top of the ninth but fell short, as the Cougars were only able to plate one run.

In game two, Gonzaga continued its offensive powers as every member of the starting line-up recorded at least one hit to contribute to the Zags 14 total hits.

Grant Kveder drove home four runs in the late game including a two-run single in the second to provide GU with a 3-0 advantage. BYU narrowed the score to 3-2 in its half of the third thanks to one-run hits by Dan Vargas and Walton.

The Zags' bats exploded in the fourth inning, as the Bulldogs sent 11 batters to the plate, resulting in six runs on five hits, including run-scoring doubles by Van Winkle and Brett Nicholas.

Gonzaga added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Drew Heid hit a long ball to left field for his first home run of the season.

The Cougars added a run in the seventh inning and two in the eighth, but the Zags continued their offensive output, recording two runs in the bottom of the eighth to seal the 12-5 victory.

During the past two days, Gonzaga has recorded 38 runs on 40 hits, including nine doubles and six home runs. Heading into the four-game home stand with Brigham Young, the Zags had only scored seven runs on 18 hits in the opening four games of the season.

The Zags will look to complete a sweep of BYU Saturday, as AJ Proszek is expected to get the start in the series finale. The game will begin at 11 a.m. Please note, previously published schedules may reflect a 1 p.m. game time but due to a travel conflict, the game will be played at 11 a.m.

Pepperdine - 4
Tulane - 2

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - #29 Pepperdine scored two runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and held on for a 4-2 win over #18 Tulane on Friday afternoon at the Minnesota Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.

Pepperdine (4-1) handed Tulane (5-1) its first loss of the year after plating two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) led the inning off with a single, was moved to second base on a sac bunt from Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) and scored on a single from Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS). Denny Duron (Shreveport, La. /Evangel Christian Academy) followed with an RBI groundout to push the margin to 4-2, and Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) struck out the side in the ninth inning to seal the win.

Tulane got on the board in the top of the first, as a two-out single gave them an early 1-0 lead, but Pepperdine responded in their half of the first, as Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) walked to leadoff the game, stole second and third base, and scored on Chase d'Arnaud's (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) RBI groundout. The Green Wave reclaimed the lead in the fourth inning, scoring one run on two hits to lead 2-1, but Pepperdine again tied the score in the sixth inning after Heroy's RBI fielder's choice scored Diedrich, setting the stage for the eighth inning.

Gaudi earned the win in relief, tossing two hitless innings while fanning three batters. Brett Hunter (Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS) started and received a no-decision despite not allowing a hit his last 4.2 innings pitched. Hunter's final line included seven innings pitched, four hits, two runs, two walks and seven strikeouts.

The Waves' offense was led by Diedrich, who notched a pair of hits, Heroy, who registered two RBI, and Mendonca, who extended his hitting streak to five games while also stealing a pair of bases.

The Waves continue play at the Minnesota Dairy Queen Classic tomorrow, as they will face TCU at 12:15 p.m. CT.

Portland - 4
Michigan - 3

SURPRISE, Ariz. - The Portland Pilots scored twice in the top of the 10th inning and held on to defeat the eighth-ranked Michigan Wolverines 4-3 on the second day of the Coca Classic at Nolan Ryan Field on Friday. UP freshman reliever Zach Varce got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth and struck out the game's final batter with the tying run on second in the 10th to pick up his first collegiate win.

With Portland up 4-2 in the bottom of the tenth, Michigan's Adam Abraham kept the game going with a triple to right-center field. Derek VanBuskirk followed Abraham with an RBI double to pull the Wolverines within a run. But Varce (1-0) gathered himself before striking out Chris Berset to nail down the upset win for the Pilots.

"That's a big win for us," head coach Chris Sperry said. "I'm really proud of our guys. We played right with a ranked team and we earned a really good win."

Portland scored twice in the top of the tenth to put the pressure on Michigan (3-2), which tied the New York Mets 4-4 earlier this week. After one-out singles from junior 1B Chase Powell and senior RF Danny Meier gave Portland runners on the corners, freshman 3B Kevin Armijo picked up the clutch RBI with a single up the middle.

Sophomore C Rocky Gale followed Armijo with a perfectly executed squeeze play that scored Meier, who had advanced to third on the previous play. The run proved to be the difference in the ballgame.

Varce went 3.0 innings for Portland (5-2), striking out four with only one walk. He surrendered the one run in the 10th, while scattering five hits. Varce followed Portland starter Mark Triolo, who kept the Michigan hitters at bay. Triolo, a junior, gave up just two runs on five hits, while striking out six in 7.0 innings of work.

"Our pitchers did a tremendous job," Sperry added. "Triolo was dominant at times and Varce was lights-out."

The Wolverines gave themselves an opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the ninth after a lead-off double by VanBuskirk. After Varce plunked the next batter, Berset laid down a sacrifice bunt to make it runners on first and second with one out. The Pilots then intentionally walked Ryan LaMarre to load the bases with Jason Christian coming to the plate.

But Varce sat down Christian on a backwards K before inducing an inning-ending fly out from Leif Mahler, sending the game into extra innings.

Michael Powers (1-1), who surrendered Portland's two runs in the tenth, was saddled with his first loss of the season. Powers threw two innings after starter Jeff DeCarlo lasted two frames and reliever Ben Jenzen worked six innings.

Michigan scored the game's first run in the bottom of the first inning when Christian scored on an error. But Portland answered right back with a run off of DeCarlo in the top of the second. Senior CF Billy Krause plated Gale with a sacrifice fly to center field.

The game remained tied 1-1 until the Pilots crossed home plate again in the top of the fifth. Meier followed a double from Powell with a run-scoring single off of Jenzen, making it 2-1.

Michigan's Zach Putnam then tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. But Triolo kept the damage to a minimum following Putnam's single. With one out and runners on first and second, Triolo struck out Abraham and got VanBuskirk to ground out to third to end the threat.

Michigan finished with 10 hits for the game, while Portland countered with nine. Meier, Powell and Gale each had two hits for the Pilots.

This marks the fourth time this season that Portland has gone to extra innings, with the Pilots winning three of those games.

The Pilots continue play at the Coca Cola Classic with a game against Hawaii on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Portland then faces tournament host and top-ranked Arizona State at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Saint Mary's - 9
UW Milwaukee - 4

Moraga, CA - Sophomore left fielder Kyle Jensen might not want February to end, Jensen went 3-for-5 today with a pair of homeruns, as Saint Mary's (4-1) defeated UW Milwaukee (1-3) 9-4. Jensen, who came into the game with five doubles already this season, hit his first homerun in the bottom of the third. It didn't take long for him to hit his second long ball of the season as he went to the opposite field in the bottom of the sixth in what ended up being a big inning for the Gaels.

Sophomore starting pitcher Brandon Berl (2-0) struggled a little with his command today, walking one, and hitting three Panther batters. Overall however, he still pitched well enough for the win, throwing 6.1 innings, giving up four earned runs, four hits, and striking out seven.

The Panthers took the lead in the top of the third after rallying for three runs, two of them coming off a single from senior shortstop Jesse Hart. The Panthers added a their third run when junior first baseman Shawn Wozniak hit into a fielders choice scoring freshman Cole Kraft.

The Gaels saw another strong performance from their bullpen as freshman pitcher Alex Schmarzo made his second appearance of the season, pitching 1.2 innings, giving up no hits and no walks, retiring all five batters he faced. Freshman Dorsey Ek made his Saint Mary's debut pitching a scoreless ninth inning to end the game. It was not a save opportunity but Ek showed good command of his fastball retiring all three of the batters he faced.

The Panthers bullpen on the other hand was not able to slow down the SMC bats, when starter Tim Hoy (0-2) left the game after 5.1 innings pitched. Senior Adam Ferrell came in and finished out the bottom of the sixth but not after giving up a double to senior right fielder Kenny Fuglerud which brought in two runs. As well as giving up the long homerun to Jensen.

The series continues Saturday March 1st at 11:00 AM as part of a double header at Louis Guisto Field. Brian Justice looks to continue the strong start by SMC starting pitchers, in all 5 games the starter has gone at least six innings. Justice will face junior RHP Craig Meier, who is 1-0 this year, with a 3.68 era.

San Diego - 3
Cal Poly - 2

San Diego - 5
Fresno State - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - In what was drawn up to be a good old fashion pitchers dual between the University of San Diego's Brian Matusz and Fresno State University's Tanner Sheppers, was just that with Matusz and the 12th-ranked Toreros coming out on top, 5-2.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 4-3 on the season, have won three consecutive games and complete a double-header sweep as they had beaten Cal Poly, 3-2, earlier in the day. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 2-4 overall.

After Matusz (1-1) had given up two runs in the first inning, he settled down and began to show why he was selected as a preseason All-American. For the game, Matusz allowed just two runs on six hits, while striking out a season-high 11 batters en route to picking up his first win of the season in 7.0 innings of work.

Sheppers (1-1) was also very impressive on the mound, as he kept the Torero batters off balance for the majority of his outing. He took a no-hitter into the fifth-inning, then USD's Ryan Davis broke it up with a single to right field to lead off the inning. Sheppers allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits in 6.0 innings of work, while being saddled with the loss for the Bulldogs.

Fresno State got their only two runs of the game in the first inning, on a Steve Susdorf two-run double down the right field line.

San Diego was finally able to get to Sheppers in the fifth inning. Davis got things rolling with his single to right field and he moved to second on a Kevin Hansen ground out. Sheppers then attempted to pick off Davis at second, but threw the ball into the outfield allowing Davis to reach third on the throwing error. Nick McCoy then hit a RBI infield single to move Davis across for the first Torero run of the game.

In the sixth inning, the Toreros took the lead with two runs on two hits. Josh Romanski got things started with a single through the right side, then Victor Sanchez hit his third home run of the week, a two-run blast over the left field fence to give USD a 3-2 lead.

In the eighth inning, San Diego added two insurance runs on a Logan Gelbrich sacrifice fly to left field and the second run cam en a strange turn of events. With runners at the corners and one out, Hansen struck out at the plate, but the ball bounced out of the catchers glove and in front of him, which allowed Sanchez, who was standing at third, to came charging to home plate and crossed safely for a stolen base to put the game at its final of 5-2.

Offensively for the Toreros, Sanchez led the way with his 2-for-4, one home run and two RBI performance.

AJ Griffin picked up his second save of the day and third on the year as the All-American closer allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out five batters in 2.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will continue play in the USD Tournament with a 1 p.m. Game against No. 5 Missouri on Saturday at Cunningham Stadium.

Loyola Marymount - 6
UC Santa Barbara - 6

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior right-hander Andy Beal recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts on Friday night before LMU's (1-3) Home Opener against UC Santa Barbara (3-1) was halted due to darkness after the eighth inning with the score tied at six runs apiece.

The native of Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. topped his previous career-high of six strikeouts set on three different occasions, most recently on April 8, 2006 versus Saint Mary's. Beal dealt five and a third innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk to go along with his 10 punch-outs. Right-hander Ernie Cho delivered one inning of relief, surrendering three runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk while striking out a batter. Lee Roberts followed with two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit and handing the ball over to Brett Williams. The freshman pitched a third of an inning and gave up one run on one hit and gave way to senior Nate Keadle. Keadle and left-hander Russell Lowell teamed to toss the final two-thirds of an inning on the hill for LMU.

Freshman Matt Koch led the Lion's offensively on the night, batting three-for-four with three RBI-doubles. Koch plated junior Ollie Enos with all three of his doubles after Enos finished the game batting two-for-four. Sophomore Angelo Songco, who was playing in his first game of the 2008 season, finished two-for-two with a double, a run scored and a walk.

First baseman Eric Oliver paced the Gaucho offense, finishing three-for-four with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. Mike Zuanich added two RBI for UCSB, including one on a double in the sixth inning to plate Oliver. John DeAlba and Shane Carlson each added two hits for the UCSB, with DeAlba also notching a double on the night.

LMU threatened in the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and second with one out in the frame. Junior Kyle Spraker connected on a one-out single to get the ball rolling before sophomore Songco walked to put runners at first and second. After a Ford strikeout for the second out of the inning, sophomore Ryan Wheeler hit a chopper to Carlson at second base that went for a hit. Carlson, who had no immediate play, bobbled the ball and Spraker tried to turn third and score. Upon seeing the runner headed to the plate, Carlson delivered a strike to Chris McMurray behind the dish where the third out of the inning was recorded.

The Gauchos got on the board first in the game, plating a run in the top of the second on two hits and one error. Designated hitter DeAlba led the inning off with a double into the left-centerfield gap before Beal retired McMurray via strikeout. On the ensuing play, Beal hurled an errant pickoff attempt into centerfield to push DeAlba to third with one out in the inning. Beal once again got a strikeout when he needed it, punching out Matt Valaika for the second out in the inning. With the runner at third and now two out, Carlson came up clutch for the Gauchos, connecting on a two-out single into left field to push DeAlba home.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third, the Lions once again threatened when they loaded the bases with one out. Jonathan Johnson led things off with a single before A.J. LaMonda flew out for the first out in the frame. Spraker followed with a walk to put runners at first and second. Songco connected on a line-drive single to right field on the ensuing play, loading the bases for Sean Dovel. The LMU designated hitter hit the ball hard in the at bat, but right at Valaika at shortstop, where it was quickly turned into an inning-ending double play.

After narrowly missing runs over the first three frames, LMU managed to break through in the bottom of the fourth with the game-tying run. A one-out single by Enos got the inning started for the Lions. Koch followed with his first booming double to centerfield that easily scored Enos from first and knotted the game at one run apiece.

The Gauchos regained the lead in the sixth inning, plating a single run in the frame. Back-to-back doubles by Oliver and Zuanich resulted in the quick tally, as Oliver found the right centerfield gap and Zuanich caught the chalk down the left field line. Following the run, Beal recorded his 10th strikeout of the game, inducing a swing and a miss by DeAlba.

The Lions answered right back in the bottom half of the frame on another RBI-double by Koch. A one-out single by Enos once again started the rally in the inning. Enos swiped second base for his first stolen base of the season on the ensuing play before Koch connected on a double down the left field line to even the score at two runs apiece.

The Gauchos put up three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the frame. Brian Gump reached on an error with one out before Patrick Rose singled to put runners at first and second. A Chris Fox walk loaded the bases before Oliver laced a two-RBI double off Mikos Monster in left field. Zuanich followed with his second RBI of the game, lifting a sacrifice fly to right field on the ensuing play.

LMU refused to let a lead stand as it responded for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the 6-5 advantage, highlighted by a third RBI-double off the bat of Koch. LaMonda got things going with a leadoff single before moving to second on a Songco hit-by-pitch. Dovel followed with a RBI-double to plate the first run of the frame, and Wheeler lifted a sacrifice fly to left to plate the second. On the ensuing play, Enos hit a ground ball to Valaika at shortstop. The sophomore fielded cleanly, but threw wide of the bag at first, allowing Dovel to turn third and slide in safely for the third run of the inning and set the table for Koch's heroics.

The lead did not last long, as the Gauchos knotted the game at six in the top of the eighth. McMurray led off with a single before Valaika put down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. Two batters later, Gump connected on a clutch double to right centerfield that allowed McMurray to scamper home easily.

The Lions were retired in order in the bottom of the eighth before the game was called due to darkness. LMU and UCSB will play a regularly-scheduled double-header on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. before resuming tonight's game at 12 p.m. on Sunday. The regularly-scheduled 1 p.m. game on Sunday will follow the conclusion of Friday's affair. LMU right-hander Mike Kenney is slated to oppose UCSB's lefty Mario Hollands in game one of the double-header on Saturday.

Santa Clara - 7
San Jose State - 6

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team extended its win streak to five games Friday night as the Broncos defeated the Spartans of San Jose State University, 7-6, in game one of the 2008 Rivalry Series. With the win, SCU improved to 5-0, while SJSU was dealt its first lost of the season, 4-1.

Shortstop Jon Karcich was 2-for-3 for the Broncos with a home run and three RBIs, while Geoff Klein also went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

San Jose State came out of the gates swinging and quickly got on the scoreboard with runs scored by Tyler Heil and Kyle Bellows. Ryan Conan then got things started for the Broncos in the second inning after doubling to center field and then reaching on a single by Gabe Alcantar. Karcich then homered to left field to give the Broncos a 4-2 lead allowing Alcantar and Klein to score.

After a 1-2-3 top of the third, the Broncos tacked on two more runs to make the score 6-2. After stealing second, Alcantar scored his second run of the night on a single by Klein. Following two plays later was Klein who reached on a Spartan error. Both Bronco runs were unearned.

San Jose State did not back down and made it a one-run game in the fourth inning as a double by Heil scored Anthony Aguilera and Michael Maehl. Heil then made it home on a Bellows' single to second base.

The Broncos did not score again until the sixth inning when junior Matt Long launched a solo home run over the right field wall.

Bellows had the last scoring effort of the contest, advancing on a pass ball late in the seventh inning.

Sophomore Nate Garcia (2-0) earned the win for Santa Clara after pitching 6.0 innings. He retired early in the seventh inning and sophomore Alex Rivers finished the pitching duties and earned his first save of the season.

Santa Clara and San Jose State continue Rivalry Series action Saturday afternoon at Municipal Stadium in San Jose. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

UC Irvine - 4
San Francisco - 0

Irvine, CA - San Francisco fell 4-0 to No. 20 UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark on Friday evening. The Dons (3-3) only managed one hit off UCI's (5-0) junior All-American Scott Gorgen.

Senior RHP Mitchell Bialosky threw well for the Dons, only allowing three runs (two earned) off six hits and striking out four while not allowing a free pass, but it wasn't enough as only two Dons reached base. The Anteaters final run came off sophomore righty Alex Kalogrides, who threw an inning of relief, allowing one earned run off two hits and two walks.

Sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin earned the Dons only hit in the contest, a single to left to start the third. Senior shortstop Tavo Hall sacrificed Lipkin to second, but that was as far as any Don would get. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel was the only other Don to reach base when he earned a walk in the ninth.

Gorgen (2-0) struck out five of the first six batters he faced before giving up the single to Lipkin, and then proceeded to retire the next 19 batters before Ethel's walk. Gorgen's complete game was the seventh of his career.

USF faces off against UC Irvine tomorrow in a 1:00 PM start.