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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 1, 2008

San Diego - 5
Missouri - 4

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 12th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team scored three runs in the sixth inning to claim a 5-4 come-from-behind win over No. 5 Missouri Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 5-3 overall and have strung together four consecutive wins, two of which are over top-10 teams. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 5-2 overall.

With the Toreros trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, USD went to work. Sean Nicol led off the inning with a walk and he moved to second on a Josh Romanski walk. Victor Sanchez drove in the first run with a double down the left field line, scoring Nicol and moving Romanski to third. Logan Gelbrich then drove in Romanski with a RBI single through the left side and the final USD run came on a Kevin Hansen RBI sacrifice bunt to give USD the 5-4 win.

The Toreros broke into the scoring column first as they scored two runs on one hit in the bottom of the second inning. Sanchez was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Gelbrich moved him to second on a walk. Hansen moved each runner up one base on a sacrifice bunt and James Meader hit a two-run single past the second baseman to give USD a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers answered right back scoring two unearned runs on two hits in the top of the third inning. The Tiger runs came on a throwing error by USD and a Ryan Lollis RBI single to right center.

Missouri then took a the lead with a two-run sixth inning on a Jacob Priday run-scoring double to left center and a Steve Gray RBI single up the middle to give the Tigers a brief 4-2 lead.

Offensively for the Toreros, Romanski led the way as he went 2-for-3 with one run scored.

Matt Couch (2-1) picked up his second win of the week as he was rock solid on the mound for the Toreros. Couch allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits, while striking out seven in 7.1 innings of work. Matt Thompson picked up his first save in a Torero uniform as he allowed no runs on one hit in 0.2 innings of work. Rick Zagone (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Tigers as he allowed five runs on four hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will conclude play in the USD Tournament in a 1 p.m. game at USD's Cunningham Stadium on Sunday.

Saint Mary's - 5
UW Milwaukee - 1

Saint Mary's - 5
UW Milwaukee - 4

Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's (6-1) keeps finding ways to win after taking both games of the double header over visiting UW Milwaukee (1-5). The Gaels took the opening game 5-1 on the arm of junior Brian Justice (1-0), and win the second game in a wild finish, with the winning run coming in off a wild pitch.

The Gaels took the first game in an almost boring way by comparison to the ending of the first game. The Gaels won by a score of 5-1 off the strength of Justice, who made it six in a row for Gaels starters going at least six innings. His line went six innings pitched, three hits, no runs, no walks, and six strike outs.

Senior pitcher and 2007 Saint Mary's pitcher of the year, Alex Jensen came in to pitch the final three innings giving up four hits, one unearned run, one walk and five strikeouts, and earned his first save of the season.

Offensively sophomore second baseman Randy Wells is starting to catch fire, as he went 3-for-4 in the first game, with a run scored. Senior designated hitter Geoff Byrns continues to hit the ball well, as he went 2-for-3, and scored a run.

The story all day for the Panthers was their inability to put together any sort of rally. The Panthers bats only managed three hits off Justice, and four off Jensen. Senior shortstop Jesse Hart was the only Panther to collect more then one hit and scored the only run for the Panthers when he scored on a fielder's choice in the top of the eighth.

Panther's starter Craig Meier (1-1) took the loss today pitching 6.1 innings, giving up 11 hits, four runs, three unearned, walking one and striking out three.

While the Gaels were in total control in game one, game two was the exact opposite. The Gaels needed a stunning rally in the bottom of the ninth to earn their fifth win in a row.

When SMC came to bat in the bottom of the ninth they were trailing 4-2, freshman pinch hitter Tim David lead off the inning drawing a four pitch walk. Wells then doubled on the first pitch he saw from Panther reliever Jordan Hebert (0-1), David advanced to third.

With no outs and both runners in scoring position sophomore first baseman Anthony Aliotti singled to the second baseman Cole Kraft. David scored, and Wells advanced to third and scored on an error by Kraft to tie the game. Aliotti advanced to second on a sac bunt from sophomore left fielder Kyle Jensen.

Junior utility man Ryan Young pinch ran for Aliotti, after Fazio was intentionally walked to put runners at first and second. Freshman short stop Daniel Alcaire then singled into right field, Young tried to score from third but was thrown out on a relay from the right fielder to the second baseman.

Fazio ended up on third thanks to heads up base running, and on the very next pitch Fazio scored on a wild pitch from Jordan Hebert (0-1) to win the game.

Freshman Taylor Reid made his Gaels debut starting the second game; he pitched very well, continuing the streak of SMC starting pitchers going at least six innings. Reid went six innings, surrendering four hits, one earned run, with four walks, and two strike outs.

Junior pitcher Nik Bandak (1-0) earned the win coming in relief in the ninth inning retiring all three batters he faced.

The Gaels and Panthers finish up the series tomorrow at noon at Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels are sending Scott Schneider to the mound who won is 1-0 with a 1.50 era.

Portland - 15
Hawaii - 8

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Portland freshman Riley Henricks had four hits and five RBI's as the Pilots clobbered the Hawaii Rainbows 15-8 on the third day of the Coca Cola Classic at George Brett Field on Saturday. The Pilots, who have won all three games at the classic and four in a row overall, next face No. 1 Arizona State on Sunday.

Henricks went four-for-five at the plate with a two-run home run, two doubles and four runs scored as Portland (6-2) had a season-high 21 hits.

Junior starter Brennan Thorpe (1-0) allowed three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out two with no walks. Junior Bryant Kraus finished with three hits and four RBI's.

The Pilots scored two in the first and three more in the second to chase Hawaii (5-6) starter Josh Slaats in the second inning. In the first, Kraus and junior Chase Powell each knocked in a run with a single. In the second, Henricks followed a double by C.J. Cullen with an RBI double to make it 3-0 Portland. Kraus then knocked in his second run of the game with a single before redshirt-freshman Kyle Haskin picked up his first collegiate RBI with a single.

After adding a run in the third inning to make a 6-0 game, the Pilots poured it on with six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Both Henricks and Kraus belted two-run doubles during the inning.

Down 12-0, the Rainbows finally got on the scoreboard with three runs in the sixth. But Portland responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning and one more in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Portland hit eight doubles on the day, while Hawaii finished with 12 hits. UP freshman Kevin Armijo added three hits and two RBI's. Jonathan Hee led Hawaii with four hits.

The Pilots and top-ranked Sun Devils are set to play at 12:00 p.m. at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., tomorrow.

Loyola Marymount - 6
UC Santa Barbara - 3

UC Santa Barbara - 6
Loyola Marymount - 2

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (2-4) split a doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara (4-2) on Saturday at Page Stadium, winning game-one on the day, 6-3, before falling 6-2 in game number two. Freshman Martin Viramontes, who was making his first official start of his collegiate career, recorded 13 strikeouts in a losing effort in game two, while junior Mike Kenney collected his second win of the season in the game-one victory.

Junior Kyle Spraker and senior Sean Dovel each collected two hits, including a double each, to guide the Lion offense in game one. Dovel finished with one RBI while Spraker scored two runs in the game. Senior A.J. LaMonda also doubled and scored two runs in the victory.

Kenney dealt the first five and two-thirds of the game, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out two batters. Left-hander Russell Lowell struck out the only batter he faced before giving way to Xavier Esquivel in the seventh. Esquivel retired the Gauchos in order in the frame, including one strikeout, to record his first save of the season.

Gaucho first baseman Eric Oliver collected two of UCSB's five hits in the game, while Shane Carlson contributed the only extra-base hit for the Gauchos with a double. Freshman left-hander Mario Hollands tossed the first five and a third innings for UCSB, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks while tallying four strikeouts.

LMU got on the board first in the game, pushing one run across in the bottom of the first. With one out and LaMonda at first, Hollands committed back-to-back balks to move LaMonda to third. Dovel took advantage of the opportunity, singling home the run on the ensuing play.

UCSB answered back in the top of the second, scoring three runs in the frame to take a 3-1 advantage. Carlson sparked a two-out rally with his double before a walk and a wild pitch put runners at the corners. Senior Matt McColgan contributed a RBI-single to plate Carlson and Brian Gump hit a deep fly ball to centerfield that was dropped by Angelo Songco to score the final two runs of the frame.

LMU did not trail for long, scoring three runs of its own in the bottom of the frame. Matt Koch doubled to leadoff the inning before Michael Glomb followed with a double of his own to score Koch. A Spraker bunt single put runners at the corners with no outs for Brett Mendoza. Mendoza delivered a sacrifice fly on the ensuing play to score Glomb and the second LMU run. Two batters later, and with LaMonda now at first and Spraker at second, the Lions successfully executed a double-steal. The throw down to second from Chris McMurray sailed into centerfield and allowed Spraker to scamper home to cap the scoring run.

LMU would not relinquish the lead, and plated two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, to run the score to 6-3. A one-out double by Spraker got the ball rolling for the Lions in the inning. On the ensuing play, Spraker swiped his second base on the day, and once again the ball got away from its intended target, this time Patrick Rose at third base, resulting in another Lion run. LaMonda followed with a two-out double to kick-start the rally once again before Dovel hit a groundball to shortstop that was thrown away and resulted in the second Lion unearned run in the frame.

Viramontes was impressive despite being saddled with his first loss of his collegiate career in game two. The right-hander tossed six and a third innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out 13 batters. Included in the 13 were four straight to start the game. Right-hander Ernie Cho tossed the next two-thirds of an inning, allowing one unearned run on one hit and a walk before giving way to Chris Eusebio. Eusebio dealt one inning and allowed a run on one hit and a walk before Greg Meyers retired the side in the ninth, including one strikeout. Spraker and Jonathan Johnson each had two hits in game two. Johnson, the Lion leadoff hitter, also collected a run in the loss.

The Gauchos got an impressive outing from their starter as well in game two, as senior Michael Martin pitched five and two-thirds innings and allowed only one run on four hits and three walks while striking out one to earn his first win on the season. Lefty Kyle Brown tossed an inning and two-thirds scoreless, collecting two strikeouts over the span. Gaucho Jason Roenicke followed with an inning and two-thirds of work, surrendering one run on two hits and a walk while punching out two batters.

Gump led the Gaucho offense in game two, finishing three-for-five with a run scored and a RBI. Carlson contributed one hit and three RBI in the victory, while Mike Zuanich and John DeAlba each collected a pair of hits.

Once again, the Lions got on the board first with a solo run in the bottom of the first inning. A Johnson single and LaMonda walk put runners at first and second with nobody out before Songco reached on a fielder's choice that put runners at the corners. Dovel loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch and Ryan Wheeler drove in the run with a groundout to shortstop.

The Gauchos knotted the game at one run apiece when they scored a single run in the top of the second. DeAlba, who was the first UCSB hitter to register anything other than a strikeout in the book, tripled with one out in the frame. Carlson followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in the first Gaucho run of the game.

UCSB took a lead it would not surrender in the fourth, plating a run on two hits. With two out and runners at first and second, Carlson once again came up clutch for the Gauchos, this time singling into left field to drive in Oliver.

The Gauchos added one run in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth to open up a 6-1 advantage headed into the bottom of the ninth. Carlson recorded another sacrifice fly in the sixth, while three straight LMU errors in the seventh resulted in the two runs in that frame. Gump highlighted the Gaucho eighth, doubling home Matt Valaika and the final UCSB run of the game.

The Lions threatened in the ninth inning, loading the bases with no outs before recording a sacrifice fly off the bat of LaMonda. Unfortunately for LMU, that would be all the run support it would get, as Roenicke settled down to strikeout Songco and induce a groundout off the bat of Dovel for the final out of the game.

LMU and UCSB will return to action tomorrow at 12 p.m. as they conclude Friday's game that was postponed due to darkness. That game is tied at 6-6 and will resume in the top of the ninth inning. Tomorrow's regularly-scheduled game will begin shortly after the conclusion of the continuation game, and will feature LMU's right-hander Lee Roberts and UCSB's southpaw, Chuck Huggins.

BYU - 13
Gonzaga - 9

Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team was unable to complete a four-game sweep of visiting Brigham Young University Saturday as the Zags fell 13-9 in the series finale at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

Gonzaga (3-5) reliever Chris Highmark (0-1), who transferred from BYU (2-5) to GU in 2007, suffered the loss after allowing five runs on six hits during 2.1 innings of relief. Jared Miller (1-0) came out of the Cougars' pen to earn the victory as he pitched only 0.2 innings.

The Zags jumped out to a fast start, taking a 3-0 lead in the second frame. Jason Chatwood, who hit at a .444 clip during the series, drove home all three runs on a bases clearing two out triple to right field.

BYU responded with four tallies in the third with solo home runs by Dan Vargas and Steve Parker. Bryce Ayoso drove in the final two runs of the frame with a double to right. Gonzaga tied the contest in the bottom of the frame thanks to a single by Grant Kveder that scored Ryan Wiegand, who had doubled to lead off the inning.

Nine batters stepped to the plate for GU in the bottom of the fifth, as the Zags posted four runs to take an 8-4 lead. All four runs in the frame were unearned as, with two outs, the Cougars' shortstop committed three errors. One error resulted in a run scored by Brett Nicholas, while Evan Wells and Chatwood each posted run scoring singles up the middle.

Brigham Young narrowed the lead with a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Kent Walton before taking the lead for good in the eighth inning. The Cougars' four-run eighth frame was highlighted by a three-run run home by Parker, his second long ball of the afternoon.

BYU extended its lead in the ninth inning with four additional runs. Once again, the inning was highlighted with three-run home run, this time by Kasey Ko.

Gonzaga tried to rally in the top of the ninth, but were only able to plate one run thanks to a Chatwood sacrifice fly that scored Bryan Winston.

Four Bulldogs hit over .400 in the series, including three players who hit .500 or better. Winston led GU for the weekend with a .538 average, going 7-for-13 with two doubles, a home run, seven runs scored and seven RBIs.

Gonzaga will return to the field Sunday as it travels to Lewiston, Idaho for an exhibition contest with NAIA defending national champion Lewis-Clark State College. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. The Zags then open a nine-game spring break road trip on March 7 with a three-game series at the University of the Pacific.

UC Irvine - 4
San Francisco - 0

Irvine, CA - Senior LHP Matt Baugh threw a complete game at Anteater Ballpark on Saturday afternoon, but San Francisco couldn't score against four UC Irvine pitchers. The 4-0 loss dropped the Dons to 3-4, while the No. 20 Anteaters improve to 6-0.

Baugh (1-1) threw an impressive 8.0 innings, only allowing four runs (three earned) off 10 hits. He struck out four Anteaters and did not walk a batter. UCI's sophomore right-hander Bryce Stowell (1-0) earned the win, giving up two hits and two walks, and striking out five Dons in 7.0 innings. UCI relievers Matt Dufour, Daniel Bibona and Kyle Necke combined for three scoreless innings, preserving the Anteaters' third shutout of the season.

Senior designated hitter Matt Lieb doubled for USF, with seniors Tavo Hall and Mitchell Bialosky and sophomore Connor Bernatz adding singles for the Dons.

UCI scored all they would need in the first and solidified the win with one in the fifth and two in the eighth.

USF concludes the series at Irvine on Sunday, with first pitch slated for 1:00 PM.

San Jose State - 10
Santa Clara - 9

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team faced its first lost of the season in a hard-fought nine inning battle against San Jose State Saturday afternoon at Municipal Stadium in San Jose. The Broncos and Spartans are now tied in the 2008 Rivalry Series and head into the final game with identical 5-1 records.

The Broncos jumped to a 5-3 lead in the second inning as a walk dealt to Matt Long with bases loaded allowed Geoff Klein to score. Outfielder Evan LeBlanc posted a grand slam with his home run to left field allowing Long, Brady Fuerst and Patrick Glenn to score as well.

However, the Spartans answered back with a three-run performance in the bottom of the third to take a one run lead, 6-5. Scoring for San Jose State was Michael Drake, Corey Valine and Sonny Garza. The latter two runs were unearned. SJSU then earned insurance in the fifth inning Garza hit a solo home run. The Spartans led the game 7-5.

The Broncos tied the score in the sixth inning, 7-7. Catcher Tommy Medica doubled down the left field line to send Long and Fuerst home. The game remained tied through the eighth inning as both teams tacked on two runs each. Once again Long and Fuerst scored for the Broncos on a Ryan Conan single to center field.

However, it was San Jose State who capitalized in the ninth as John Shaffer's two-out single up the middle sent Garza home from third to give SJSU the win.

Winning the pitching battle for the Spartans was Ryan Shopshire (2-0), while redshirt sophomore Mark Willinsky received his first lost of the season.

The Broncos and Spartans return to Stephen Schott Stadium Sunday afternoon for the final game of the 2008 Rivalry Series. The deciding game of the series is expected to feature a match-up of left-handed starters, with junior Donald Brandt making his second start of the season against sophomore transfer Max Peterson.