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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 2, 2008

Saint Mary's - 7
UW Milwaukee - 1

Moraga, CA - Once again pitching they key ingredient as Saint Mary's (7-1) defeats UW Milwaukee (1-6) by a score of 7-1. Sophomore starting pitcher Scott Schneider (2-0) got his second win in as many starts, becoming the eighth SMC starting pitcher to pitch at least six innings. Schneider's line went seven innings pitched, four hits, one earned run, one walk, and seven strike outs.

Schneider received three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Gaels bats put together a nice opening rally. Those runs came off a fielder's choice from sophomore left fielder Kyle Jensen and a two RBI single from sophomore Anthony Aliotti. Jensen had a huge weekend, going 6-for-13 with two homeruns, a triple, 7 runs batted in, and 8 runs scored.

The undoing for the Panthers was again their bullpen as starter Andy Hetebrueg (0-1) went five innings, surrendering six hits and four earned runs, leaving the game 4-1 and keeping the Panthers within reach. The Panthers bullpen however gave up two hits, and five walks in the final three innings, surrendering three additional runs that put the game away.

By contrast the Gaels bullpen was very effective yet again, as freshman relief pitcher Justin Kuks pitched a solid eighth inning giving up only one hit, and striking out one. Freshman Alex Schmarzo finished the game giving up two hits and a walk, while giving up no runs and striking out the final batter of the game.

Sophomore second baseman Randy Wells continues to heat up as well, going 2-for-3, with a run scored, as well making some extremely nice plays in the field. One in particular came off a shallow fly ball into right field. With the wind blowing furiously right fielder Kenny Fuglerud had a tough time tracking the ball. Wells tracked the ball down and made the catch, then quickly got the ball back into the infield holding the Panther runner at third and not allowing him to score.

The Gaels have some serious tests in their upcoming games next week, as they host Stanford on Wednesday March 5th for a 2 PM rematch at Louis Guisto Field. The last time the two teams faced the Gaels won in a thriller.

Saint Mary's then travels down south to Los Angeles to face pre-season #1 ranked UCLA for a four game series at Jackie Robinson Stadium, starting Friday March 7th at 2 PM.

Santa Clara - 5
San Jose State - 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team registered a 5-2 triumph over San Jose State Sunday afternoon to win the 2008 Rivalry Series with a record of 2-1. With the win, the Broncos improved to 6-1 on the year, while the Spartans dropped to 5-2 overall.

Brady Fuerst compiled another stellar performance for SCU in this weekend series, going 2-for-3 at bat with two runs and three RBIs. Fuerst also registered his first home run of the season. Matt Long and Jon Karcich both went 2-for-4 for the Broncos, while Long hit his second homer of the series and season.

After a scoreless first two innings, Fuerst launched a two-run homer to right centerfield putting the Broncos on the scoreboard, 2-0, as Karcich also scored. Santa Clara's defense held off San Jose State from registering any hits until the bottom of the third, when Jason Martin doubled to center field. Yet, the Spartans were unable to capitalize.

Both teams were scoreless through the fourth and fifth innings, and then the Broncos increased their lead to 3-0 with a Long solo home run over the right field fence in the sixth inning. Long provided similar insurance in the sixth inning for Santa Clara in Friday night's victory over the Spartans.

SCU added on two runs in the seventh inning to claim a 5-0 advantage. Fuerst started things off with an RBI double allowing Karcich to earn his second run of the afternoon. After advancing to third on a previous play, a single from Long brought home Fuerst for his second run of game.

After seven shutout innings allowing only three Spartan hits and striking out five batters, starting pitcher Donald Brandt retired for the game. He threw 110 pitches for the Broncos with 76 total strikes. SCU went through three additional pitchers as Daniel DeMarco, Matt Renner and Alex Rivers finished out the eighth inning.

The Spartans did score two runs to end the potential shutout for the Broncos. Corey Valine's single through the right side allowed John Shaffer and Michael Drake to score the San Jose State.

Brandt earned his second win of the season, while Rivers picked up his second save of the year as Santa Clara defeated San Jose State, 5-2, and one the Rivalry Series, 2-1.

The Broncos return to action on Tuesday, March 7 against the Bulldogs of Fresno State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Loyola Marymount - 7
UC Santa Barbara - 6

UC Santa Barbara - 3
Loyola Marymount - 2

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Junior Ollie Enos doubled off Mikos Monster in left field to plate Will Dugoni to lift LMU (3-5) to a 7-6 victory over UC Santa Barbara (5-3) in the continuation of Friday's game on Sunday at Page Stadium. The Lions fell in Sunday's regularly-scheduled contest, 3-2.

UCSB threatened in the top of the ninth inning in the continuation game, collecting a leadoff double by Eric Oliver. After a Mike Zuanich popup, John DeAlba hit a line drive that was caught by Enos in right field who quickly doubled-up Oliver at second base.

In the bottom half of the frame, Angelo Songco got things going with a single back up the middle before being replaced by Dugoni on the base paths. A groundout moved Dugoni to second before an error on Shane Carlson at second base put runners at the corners with one out. Enos followed with a towering shot off the wall in left to drive in the game-winner in walk-off fashion. Clayton Edwards was tagged with the loss, while Xavier Esquivel recorded his first victory of the season after pitching a scoreless top of the ninth.

Kyle Spraker led the Lion offense in Sunday's regularly-scheduled game, finishing two-for-four out of the leadoff spot. Sean Dovel contributed a double and a run scored, while Songco also crossed the plate in the game for LMU.

Esquivel started the game after tossing the final inning of the continuation, lasting three innings and allowing two runs on five hits and one walk. Lee Roberts followed with six quality innings of relief, surrendering one run on four hits before being tagged with his first loss of the season.

DeAlba led all hitters with three hits on the day, a double, a run scored and a RBI. Left-hander Chuck Huggins got the start for the Gauchos, tossing seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. Zach Samuels was first out of the pen, pitching one inning of scoreless relief before giving way to Edwards. The right-hander retired the side in order in the ninth to record his first save of the season.

The Gauchos got on the board first in the top of the third, plating two runs in the frame. Chris Fox tripled to lead off the inning before Esquivel retired the next two hitters in order to hold the runner at third and relieve some pressure. Zuanich followed with a walk to put runners on the corners before a wild pitch got away from Dovel behind the plate and allowed Fox to trot home. DeAlba made the walk hurt even more as he quickly doubled down the right field line to make it 2-0 in favor of UCSB.

The Lions scratched back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth, collecting two runs on three hits and one error in the frame. Dovel led the inning off with a double down the left field line. Songco followed with a ground ball hit down the first base line that was fielded by Huggins. The lefty turned and tried to fire over the top of the runner, and instead the ball ended up in right field, allowing Dovel to turn third and score. On the ensuing play, Enos singled to put runners at first and second. Following a Matt Koch sacrifice bunt, Ryan Wheeler lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Songco and the final run of the frame.

The Gauchos would take the final lead in the top of the sixth after a one-out single by DeAlba. With DeAlba now at second after a stolen base, Patrick Rose contributed a single into centerfield to score what proved to be the game-winning run.

The Lions will return to action on Tuesday when they visit No. 10 Long Beach State for a 6:30 game at Blair Field.

Minnesota - 5
Pepperdine - 2

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - The Pepperdine baseball team had its four-game winning streak ended on Sunday with a 5-2 loss to Minnesota in the final game of the Minnesota Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis.

Pepperdine (5-2) finished in second place at the tournament with a 2-1 record, while the Golden Gophers (2-4) claimed the crown after finishing 2-1 and earning the tiebreaker over the Waves.

Pepperdine gave starter Scott Alexander (Windsor, Calif./Cardinal Newman HS) a lead before he stepped on the mound, as Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) singled with one out and scored on Eric Thames' (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) RBI triple, staking the Waves to a 1-0 lead. Minnesota answered with two runs in their half of the first behind two hits to jump on top 2-1. The Waves tied the score at 2-2 in the third inning, as Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) led off the frame with a single and scored on d'Arnaud's sacrifice fly, but the Golden Gophers again responded, this time with a solo home run to reclaim the lead at 3-2.

The Waves were unable to generate any offense the rest of the game, as they were held hitless their final six times at bat. Minnesota tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning behind four hits to make the score 5-2, and the Waves were unable to mount a rally in the ninth, sealing the Golden Gophers' win.

Alexander incurred the loss despite pitching well in only his second collegiate start, tossing 7.1 innings while allowing eight hits and three earned runs while striking out four. The Waves offense was led by d'Arnaud, who went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI, and Thames and Duron, who each went 1-for-3.

Up next, the Waves will host USC on Tuesday, Mar. 4 at 2 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium before playing the Trojans on Wednesday, Mar. 5 at 6 p.m. at USC's Dedeaux Field.

Arizona State - 5
Portland - 2

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Portland Pilots gave top-ranked Arizona State all it could handle on Sunday, but the Sun Devils prevailed 5-2 at Packard Stadium. Senior Danny Meier and junior Chase Powell each hit a solo home run for Portland, which went 3-1 at the Coca Classic.

The Pilots, who upended eighth-ranked Michigan 4-3 on Friday, are now 6-3 on the season. Arizona State remains unbeaten at 7-0.

Portland again received a solid performance on the mound, but its three errors on the day proved costly. Senior starter Ari Ronick (0-1) went four innings to pick up the loss. He surrendered two earned runs on four hits, while striking out five.

Freshman reliever Owen Jones was touched for three runs, only one of which was earned. With Arizona State leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, ASU's lead-off hitter, Kiel Roling, reached on an error. Roling would eventually score on an RBI double by Ike Davis off of Jones. Matt Newman then knocked in run before Marcel Champagnie hit a two-out, RBI double to score the second unearned run of the inning, making it 5-1.

Jones lasted three innings, allowing just four hits with a strikeout. Freshman Scott Burris pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Pilots and struck out one.

ASU starter Set Blair (2-0) worked five innings to pick up the win. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out four. Reliever Reyes Dorado allowed one run on one hit in 3.2 innings, while Jason Jarvis struck out the only batter he faced in the top of the ninth to earn his second save of the season.

The Sun Devils scored the game's first run in the bottom of the first inning, courtesy a solo home run by Roling. ASU added another run in the fourth on another solo homer, this one belted by Mike Jones.

Portland got one of the runs back in the top of the fifth inning with a solo dinger of its own. On an 0-1 pitch, Meier sent one over the wall in right-center wall to lead off the inning. Meier's third home run of the season pulled UP within one. But the Sun Devils responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Still trailing 5-1 in the seventh, Powell inched Portland closer with the fourth solo home run of the game. He took a 2-0 pitch out of the yard in right field.

After a 1-2-3 eighth, the Pilots did get a runner on with two outs in the ninth, but Jarvis struck out the game's final batter to seal the win.

The Pilots committed three errors on the day, while ASU was errorless.

The Sun Devils out-hit Portland 9-4. Juniors Bryant Kraus and Paul Crowder had UP's other two hits. Crowder followed a Kraus single in the first inning with a double to give Portland runners on second and third with two outs. But Blair K'd Powell to end the early threat.

Portland next returns home to host the two-time defending national champion Oregon State Beavers on Tuesday. The battle between the state's only two current NCAA Division I baseball teams is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field.

UC Irvine - 6
San Francisco - 0

IRVINE, CA - San Francisco managed the most hits (7) it has had all weekend, but couldn't push across a run against No. 20 UC Irvine, falling 6-0 in the series finale on Sunday at Anteater Ballpark. The Anteaters improve to 7-0, and drop the Dons to 3-5.

USF managed seven hits in the contest, with senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky ( 2-for-4 with a double) and sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel (2-for-3) each smacking two base knocks. Freshman right fielder Connor Bernatz and juniors Zach Kim and Drew Johnson each added one base hit.

Senior right-hander Brian Anderson (1-1) took the loss, allowing five earned runs off six hits, two walk, and struck out a batter in 2.0 innings. The Anteaters final run came off freshman left-hander Matt Lujan who gave up two hits, five walks and struck out two batters in 3.1 innings of relief. Freshman right-hander Sean Burns (1.2 innings, one hit, and one strikeout) and freshman left-hander Garrett Luippold (1.0 inning, one walk, one strikeout) each pitched scoreless relief.

UCI's sophomore right-hander Christian Bergman (1-0) earned the victory, tossing 7.0 shutout innings and giving up just five hits, a walk and struck out three Dons.

Irvine scored five runs in the first two innings and one in the sixth to secure the win.

USF opens its 2008 home schedule on Tuesday against San Jose State. First pitch at Benedetti Diamond is set for 2:00 PM