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WCC Baseball Recaps - 3/5

March 5, 2006

Gonzaga - 7
Washington State - 0

PULLMAN, Wash. - Patrick Donovan faced one batter over the minimum in a complete game, three-hit shutout as Gonzaga University ended Washington State University's seven-game winning streak with a 7-0 victory in the final game of the Banana Belt Tournament Sunday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.

With the win the Bulldogs and Cougars shared the Banana Belt title, both teams finishing the weekend 3-1. Gonzaga (10-7) avenged an 18-10 loss to WSU (13-3) on Friday.

Donovan was strong throughout the game as he retired the first 13 Cougars he faced before giving up a one-out single to Zach McAngus in the fifth. McAngus was retired when Jim Murphy hit into an inning-ending double play as Donovan faced the minimum through five.

McAngus lined another single to left in the eighth, giving WSU just its second base runner. But another double play ended the inning as Donovan entered the ninth facing the minimum. Jeff Miller led of the final inning for WSU with an infield single but was stranded at second as the next three Cougars failed to bring him home.

While Donovan allowed just three hits in the complete-game victory, Gonzaga pounded out 10 in the game. The Bulldogs scored in the fourth inning as a two-out error by Matt Thomas resulted in an unearned run. In the fifth, the lead was pushed to 4-0 as back-to-back singles by Ryan Wiegand and Aaron McGuinness started the rally. Scott Campbell brought home Wiegand on an RBI single then Jackson Brennan drove in two more with a single through the left side. That was enough to end Cougar starter Mike Wagner's afternoon.

Matt Way came on in the fifth with the bases loaded to work out of the jam, but found trouble in the eighth. Three hits, an error and a balk resulted in three more runs, putting the game out of reach.

Gonzaga was led at the plate by Zach Woodward and McGuinness as each had a pair of hits.

Gonzaga will make its home debut Friday at Avista Stadium against Chicago State in a 2 p.m. contest.

LMU - 9
UCSB - 4

Los Angeles, Calif. - Trailing 4-0 in the fifth, LMU tallied eight runs on four extra base hits to secure the series win over UC Santa Barbara Sunday. The Lions (6-11) took two straight from the Gauchos (4-8), including today's 9-4 game three.

The Lions' posted four hits- all doubles- and received some help from a trio of UCSB walks and an error to push eight across in the bottom of the fifth. Catcher Sean Dovel started the rally with a leadoff double to left center. Nik Garcia followed with a double of his own to drive in Dovel to start the scoring for the Lions.

After an error and three walks brought in Garcia, Michael Glomb, and DeAndre Miller, Chris Pettit's sacrifice fly scored Brian Wilson. A.J. LaMonda then doubled to plate Eric Farris and Erik Johnson and Dovel ended the scoring the way he began it - with a double. Dovel's second double of the inning brought in LaMonda to put the Lions ahead 8-4.

The Lions' added a single run in the sixth when Miller drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a single to center by Farris.

UCSB had taken the early 4-0 lead, scoring two runs in the first and two in the fifth, each on three hits. Chris Valaika led the Gaucho charge, going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple.

LMU's Daniel Macias (1-4) earned the win after throwing five innings and striking out three. Macias gave way to Roberto Torres, who threw four scoreless innings to earn his first career save at LMU.

UCSB starter Bryan Fleming suffered the loss and fell to 1-3 after allowing the go-ahead run in the fifth.

LaMonda (2-for-3) and Dovel (2-for-4) led the way offensively for the Lions. They combined for three RBI and two runs scored. Farris added two RBI.

LMU remains at home on Tuesday to host 16th-ranked Long Beach State. The Lions and 49ers will play the mid-week game beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Page Stadium. Fans can follow all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 11
San Diego State - 7

San Diego, Calif. - Junior first baseman Justin Tellam went 2-for-4, including a home run and two-run single, to lead No. 12 Pepperdine to an 11-7 victory over San Diego State Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium to salvage the final game of a three-game series.

The Waves snapped a three-game losing streak and evened their record at 9-9 while the Aztecs slipped to 6-11.

Tellam hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning and had a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning that gave Pepperdine a 9-7 lead. Junior center fielder Luke Salas hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to complete the Waves' scoring.

Freshman right hander Brett Hunter (2-0) struck out six in 3.2 innings of relief to earn the victory.

Pepperdine fell behind 3-0 after four innings before finally getting on the board in the fifth on Tellam's home run and an RBI single by junior catcher Chad Tracy.

The Aztecs scored two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 5-2 lead before Pepperdine scored four times in the sixth to go ahead 6-5.

San Diego State scored two runs off sophomore reliever Jason Dominguez in the bottom half the inning to go ahead 7-6 before Hunter came in to shut down the Aztecs over the final 3.2 innings.

Senior second baseman David Uribes led a 14-hit Pepperdine attack with three hits, while Salas, Tracy and Tellam each had two hits apiece.

Pepperdine returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts UCLA at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 15
Georgetown - 2

Moraga, CA - While the conditions at Louis Guisto Field were cold and wet, the Saint Mary's bats were anything but. The Gaels pounded out 17 hits and amassed 15 runs in a 15-2 victory to sweep the series over Georgetown Sunday afternoon. Senior Ian Farmer earned his first victory on the year while SMC improves to 9-7 on the season.

The Gaels took an early 5-0 advantage in the second when sophomore catcher Ian Gordon drove in two on a single down the right field line. Senior Adam Hicks then reached first on an error that enabled Gordon to score.

Senior Orben Frederick followed with a sac-fly that brought in Hicks. Senior Delaney Gallagher then capped off the inning with a double down the right field line that scored Sam Carter. Carter reached on a double to left-center.

In the fourth, the Gaels tacked on three more. Gallagher drove in another run when he brought in Carter on a muffed double play attempt by the Hoyas. Gordon again added to his hot streak with another pair of RBIs. Gordon singled through the left side to bring in Gallagher and senior Mike Harris.

SMC continued to pour it on in the fifth with another run. Freshman Joel Staples singled to right-center to bring in senior Preston Young who was hit by a Kevin Lundquist pitch.

In the sixth, the Gaels would again tack on three more. Frederick pounded a double down the left field line that cleared the bases, bringing in Gordon and Hicks. Carter then followed suit with a single to left-center that brought in Frederick.

The Hoyas would finally put a run on the board in the seventh when they broke the silence with a two-spot. Kelly Muir nailed a single up the middle that brought in Joe Graziano and Mark McLaughlin.

SMC would answer back in the eighth with three more. Freshman Ryan Young brought home Hicks on an error by the third baseman. Gilbert Urbina then was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded that enabled Frederick to score. Greg Jones then capped off the day with a single through the right side that brought in Eric Cattoni.

Gordon finished the day 3-for-4 from the plate with four RBIs and two runs scored. Gallagher batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored while Carter added a 3-for-4, one RBI and two run performance. Frederick finished 1-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Farmer got back on track for the Gaels by scattering five hits and striking out two in six innings. Andy Ferich tallied the loss for the Hoyas after giving up six earned runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Tuesday, March 7 to host San Francisco State. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

San Diego - 5
Cal Poly - 4

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The 25th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (8-8) ended its seven-game losing streak with a 5-4 win against No. 30 Cal Poly (12-6) Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Baggett Stadium.

The Toreros got on the board first scoring three runs on four hits in the second inning. Jordan Abruzzo got things rolling for USD with a single to right-center and moved to second on a wild pitch. Keoni Ruth then hit a single through the right side and advanced to second on a throwing error by the right-fielder, which also scored Abruzzo. After Ruth stole third, Ryan Lilly then walked and stole second base to put runners at second and third. Cal Poly's starting pitcher then committed a balk, scoring Ruth from third and advancing Lilly to third. Logan Gelbrich then hit a RBI single to right-center to end the scoring for the inning.

Cal Poly would score one run in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth inning to even the score, but USD would respond in the top of the eighth inning scoring two runs on RBI singles by Justin Snyder and Steve Singleton to give the Toreros a two-run lead.

Cal Poly took one run back in the eighth inning, but could come no closer leaving the game at its final of 5-4.

Gelbrich led the offense for USD going 2-for-2 with one RBI.

Russell Holzhauer (2-1) was credited with the win for the Toreros allowing no runs on one hit in 2.1 innings of work. DJ Mauldin (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Mustangs allowing two runs on four hits in 2.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they head to Seattle, Wash. for a two-game series with the University of Washington. Tuesday's game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

Santa Clara - 6
San Jose State - 0

Santa Clara, Calif. - After splitting the first two games with South Bay rival San Jose State, the Santa Clara baseball team produced six runs and 13 hits on their way to a 6-0 victory, effectively earning three Rivalry Series points. The Rivalry Series is an annual competition between the schools 13 intercollegiate varsity teams and with today's win, the Broncos lead the Spartans by a margin of 19-4.

Leading the way for the Broncos was Matt Long, who went 3-4 at the plate, including a double in the fifth inning. Santa Clara had runners on base in every single inning, a testament to a potent offense this afternoon. In addition to Long, Gabe Alcantar, Kevin Drever, Daniel Nava, and Eric Newton each had two runs apiece. Kris Watts also tallied two RBIs to lead SCU in the winning effort.

Santa Clara started off hot right off the bat, as Drever opened up the bottom of the first inning with a single to center field. He advanced to third after Alcantar slammed a double down the left field line. However, Drever was out at home after Realini reached first base on a fielder's choice, though Alcantar was put into scoring position after running to third. With runners at second and third, Watts hit a single through the right field line, scoring both Alcantar and Realini.

The 2-0 advantage proved to be the only runs necessary to secure the win, but the Broncos did not let down on their offense, scoring one run apiece in the fifth and sixth innings. In the eighth, two more insurance runs were added to make the final margin 6-0 in favor of the home team.

Matt Wickswat (3-0) threw seven and one third innings to pick up the win, striking out five batters. Daniel DeMarco pitched the rest of the game and earned his first save of the year. Josh Amberson (2-1) gave up eight runs in four and two thirds innings for San Jose State to take the loss.

Santa Clara improves its record to 9-7 on the year and will return to action on Tuesday, March 7 when Sacramento State visits Schott Stadium for a non-conference showdown. Game time is set for 2 p.m.

Fresno State - 16
Portland - 5

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State scored early and often as the Bulldogs topped Portland 16-5 on Sunday to make it three straight wins against the Pilots. The Bulldogs also won both games of a doubleheader on Saturday. Portland's record drops to 2-9, while FSU improves to 11-8.

The Bulldogs scored five in the bottom of the first inning and three more in the second to put the Pilots in an early hole. With the bases loaded, Beau Mills hit a two-run double off Portland starter Josh Roberts (1-1) to get FSU on the board. Fresno State added three more runs on a sacrifice fly and an RBI bunt single, before Christian Vitters stole home to make it 5-0.

In the second inning, Mills drove in three more with a three-run home run off UP reliever Blaine Hardy, who had replaced Roberts with two on and one out.

Mills went 3 for 3 for the game with five RBI's. Vitters added three RBI's on two hits.

Portland got on the board with a pair of runs in the fourth. Sophomore third baseman Danny Meier brought home freshman second baseman Sean Nicol with a double to left-center field. After a single by junior shortstop Jesse Rodgers advanced Meier to third, senior outfielder Matthew Peters picked up an RBI on a ground out to first.

Fresno State responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the fifth to take a 14-2 lead.

The Pilots put up three runs in the seventh, with two of the runs scoring on a single to right field by senior infielder Gustaf Little. Sophomore outfielder Cory Wiltshire also scored on wild pitch.

The Bulldogs notched two more runs in the bottom half of the seventh.

The Pilots totaled six hits, while FSU had 14. Portland used six pitchers in the loss. The Pilots also committed four errors.

Brandon Burke (2-2) picked up the win on the hill for FSU. Burke gave up two runs on four hits and struck out four in six innings.

Portland next plays Oregon State on Tuesday in Corvallis, Ore., at 4 p.m. The Beavers are ranked in the top 15 in all four major collegiate baseball polls.