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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 6, 2007

LMU - 9 (11)
Cal State Northridge - 8

LOS ANGELES - Behind an impressive relief outing from freshman Xavier Esquivel, LMU baseball scored five unanswered runs to top Cal State Northridge (11-10) 9-8 in 11 innings. Sophomore Brett Mendoza posted the winning hit for the Lions (8-11-1), a shot to right field that plated Eric Farris in the bottom of the 11th inning. The Lions have now won their last four games.

Things looked rough for LMU when Cal State Northridge built an 8-4 lead by the third inning, thanks to four home runs from four different Matadors. Three of them were charged to LMU starter Lee Roberts, who threw two innings in his first career start.

Esquivel entered to runners on first and second and no one out in the third inning and gave up a single and a home run to make it the 8-4 Matador advantage. Following the home run, Esquivel turned it on and retired the next 19 of 20 batters he faced, giving up just one more single along the way. The outing shut down Cal State Northridge, who had just tallied hung eight runs in the second and third innings, for six innings.

Nate Keadle and Andy Beal followed out of the bullpen for the Lions, each tossing one scoreless inning. The Lions' bullpen of Esquivel, Keadle, and Beal did not issue a single walk, but combined to strike out five.

Beal earned the win and improved to 2-1 after throwing the ninth for the Lions. It was the junior's fifth appearance in five games, as he has tallied a win and three saves in his last four outings.

The Matadors went with rookie Brian Slover on the mound to start the game. He was charged with four early earned runs, before giving way to Mark Haderlein, Phillip Hann, and Edwin Quirarte. Quirarte (1-3), the Matadors' closer, suffered the loss after working the final 3.1 innings. He gave up one earned run on three hits and issued three walks.

The Lions were up 3-0 after Sean Dovel tripled with two runners on base in the first inning. Taylor Shoop's single scored Dovel from third in the next at bat.

But that's when the Matadors begun their tear, putting up back-to-back home runs to open the second inning. The third long ball came with one out in the frame.

Despite the offensive explosion, LMU never backed down, tying things again in the second inning when Farris drove in DeAndre Miller with a single up the middle.

Trailing 8-4 in the bottom of the third, the Lions cut the CSUN lead to three when Michael Glomb's groundout scored Shoop, who had put up his second hit of the game earlier in the frame.

The Lions went on to score single runs in the sixth and eighth innings, melting away the Matador lead.

But the Lions still trailed 8-7 in the ninth, needing a rally to extend their winning streak to four straight. Farris started the inning with a single and moved to second on a stolen base. He scored the tying run when CSUN first baseman Jorge Andrade Jr. watched an Angelo Songco ground ball go right through his legs into right field.

With another rally opportunity in the bottom of the 11th, Jeremy LaMell moved Farris to third base with a sacrifice bunt. The Matadors intentionally walked Sean Dovel, and Mendoza made them pay by sending the game-winner into right field on a 2-2 count.

Farris, Dovel, Shoop, and Mullins each had two hits for LMU.

Despite the error that cost the Matadors the game's tying run, Andrade Jr. went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored.

The Lions will take their four-game winning streak to the Big Easy to take on Tulane in a three-game series this weekend. As always, Lion fans can follow all of the action on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.

Pepperdine - 13
UC Santa Barbara - 12

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz equaled a career-high with four hits and shortstop Danny Worth totaled a career-best four RBI to lead No. 10 Pepperdine to a 13-12 victory over UC Santa Barbara Tuesday afternoon at Caesar Uyseka Stadium in Santa Barbara.

The win was the Waves' 13th in their last 15 games as they improved to 14-4 overall while the Gauchos fell to 4-8.

Pepperdine produced a four-run second inning, scored six times in the fifth and tacked on two more in the seventh to build a 12-5 lead. However, UC Santa Barbara battled back against the Waves' bullpen scoring two in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth to cut the deficit to 12-11.

Sophomore second baseman Denny Duron led off the ninth with a single to right, stole second, advanced to third on a single by Ortiz and scored what proved to be the winning run on fielder's choice that gave Pepperdine a 13-11 lead.

UC Santa Barbara's Steve Domecus hit a pinch-hit home run off junior reliever Jason Dominguez in the bottom of the ninth to once again pull the Gauchos to within a run.

The home run was the first run allowed by Dominguez since taking over as Pepperdine's closer the second week of the season. Despite the home run, Dominguez earned his sixth save in six opportunities on Tuesday.

For the second time this season, every batter in the Waves' starting line-up had at least one. Among Worth's three hits were a double and triple. His double was the 47th of his career, tying him with Woody Cliffords (1999-01) and Cory Brightwell (2001-04) for eighth place on the school's all-time list.

Pepperdine is next in action on Friday when it opens a three-game series against No. 16 Oklahoma State in Stillwater beginning at 4:30 p.m. (PST).

San Diego - 2
UC Irvine - 0

IRVINE, Calif. - Josh Romanski's two-hit eight inning gem helped lead the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (13-8) to a 2-0 win over UC Irvine (12-5-1) Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Anteater Ballpark.

Romanski (2-1) allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out seven batters. Romanski only allowed one runner to reach second base and never allowed more then one runner on in any of his eight innings. Irvine entered the game with a .329 batting average and Romanski shut down the high-powered Anteater offense. AJ Griffin came in to pick up his fifth save of the season allowing no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work.

USD wasted no time in scoring as they put up one run on one hit in the first inning. Sean Nicol got things going for the Toreros with a single up the middle. Nicol then moved up two bases on back-to-back wild pitches. After a Justin Snyder walk, Jordan Abruzzo drove in Nicol on a RBI fielder's choice to mark the fourth consecutive game the Toreros have scored in the first inning.

USD then added an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. Kevin Hansen reached first base on a fielders choice then moved to second when Romanski hit a hard shot single to first base. Nicol then delivered a RBI single to centerfield to give USD some breathing room at 2-0.

Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Romanski went 2-for-4 to lead the Toreros offense.

Cory Hamilton (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Irvine allowing one run on two hits in 3.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they return to Cunningham Stadium for the start of the San Diego State University Tournament against Michigan. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Santa Clara - 13
Stanford - 5

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It appeared to be a bad omen when Stanford's first four batters reached base Tuesday night, but the Santa Clara baseball team calmed down, got out of the inning, and answered back in force on the way to a 13-5 win over the Cardinal at Stephen Schott Stadium. SCU used 11 hits and 10 walks to score in double figures for the second game in a row.

The Broncos (11-10) will now hit the road until April 13, embarking on a 13-game trip that makes its first stop this weekend in Fresno. Santa Clara will battle the Fresno State Bulldogs in a three-game series beginning with Friday's 6 p.m. contest, with the two remaining games set for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and Sunday.

Carl Bacon and Matt Long led the Broncos Tuesday night with two hits apiece, while Bacon and David Hoffmire each drove in three runs. Long and Ryan Conan drove in two runs apiece. Nine different Broncos had a hit in the game.

"Anytime you can beat a program that has the stature of Stanford, its very good for us," said head coach Mark O'Brien. "You strive to get to the level that they've been at for 20-plus years, so getting the win tonight was a good confidence-booster for us."

The three-hour and fifty-minute game was marked, though, by a combined 20 walks, ten from each team, plus three free passes to the Broncos as three batters were hit by a pitch. Stanford also left 14 runners on base to Santa Clara's nine.

Stanford opened up the scoring with two runs in the first, as Ryan Seawell and Sean Ratliff opened the game with singles, followed by a walk to Michael Taylor and another single by Brent Milleville that drove in Seawell. Brian Juhl's sacrifice fly to center was all the Cardinal would get though, as SCU starter Donald Brandt settled down and got the final two outs of the frame.

Brandt earned his second win of the season after striking out two and allowing three runs in four innings of work.

The Broncos were not so kind to Cardinal starter Brandt Walker, though, using four walks, an error, and a single to bring three runs across in their first time up. Carl Bacon's single, which took a high hop over Stanford second baseman Austin Yount, brought in the first two runs of the inning.

SCU's scoring binge continued in the second, as Juan Parra led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Hoffmire, and scored on Long's infield single. Gabe Alcantar followed with a single of his own to chase Walker, and Conan welcomed reliever Erik Davis to the game by drilling a two-run double to left-center to make it a 6-2 Bronco lead.

"That's been a thing that we struggled with early on this season," O'Brien said in regard to hitting with men on base. "We could be looking at a different situation right now if we'd have gotten some hits earlier this year. But now we've learned what we need to do, and now it's good to see guys hitting the ball and taking good swings with runners in scoring position."

Walker suffered his first loss of the season after giving up six runs, five earned, and walking five in an inning and a third of work. Seven Cardinal relievers combined to give up seven runs on eight hits and five walks.

Bacon's RBI single in the fourth brought Long in for SCU's seventh run, and after Stanford got one back on Joey August's two-out double, the Broncos struck with two more of their own in their half. After Jon Karcich walked with one out and Parra reached on an error and stole second, Hoffmire singled through the left side to bring them both in and increase the lead to six at 9-3.

With a 9-4 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Broncos sealed the game with four runs in the frame. Leadoff singles from Evan LeBlanc and Kevin Drever and a walk to Jon Karcich were followed with a pair of hit batsmen that each brought in a run. Long and Conan each hit a sacrifice fly to bring in SCU's final runs of the night.

Four Bronco relievers combined to limit the Cardinal to only two runs on six hits.