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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 6, 2008

Portland - 4
Utah Valley State - 3

DAVIS, Calif. - Portland junior Chase Powell went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI's as the Pilots opened play at the River City Classic with a 4-3 win over Utah Valley on Thursday. The Pilots scored two in the first inning and two more in the fourth en route to the win.

UP starter Mark Triolo (2-0) pitched 5.2 solid innings to pick up his second win on the year. The junior allowed just two earned runs, while scattering six hits. He struck out five.

The bullpen took over where Triolo left off as freshman Scott Burris and Zach Varce combined to pitch 3.1 scoreless innings. Varce didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two in the final 1.2 innings to pick up his first collegiate save.

Utah Valley's Marcus Moore went 8.0 innings, but was saddled with the loss. He allowed all four Portland runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out six. Kyle Kasper pitched the final inning for the Wolverines, who fall to 1-8-1 on the season.

Portland, which improves to 7-4, scored twice in the top of the first to put early pressure on Utah Valley. With two outs, junior DH Paul Crowder switched places with senior OF Cory Wiltshire, who had previously doubled. Powell then followed Crowder's RBI double with a run-scoring single to give UP the early advantage.

Utah Valley got a run back in the bottom of the third, but the Pilots responded with two more in the top of the fourth. Powell led off the inning with a solo homer to right-center field. A few batters later, sophomore C Rocky Gale made it a 4-1 game with a sacrifice fly, scoring senior OF Danny Meier.

The Wolverines then scored one in the bottom of the fourth and one more in the fifth. But Portland, with solid pitching, was able to hold on for the win.

Wiltshire also had two hits for Portland, which had nine for the game. Aaron Brady led Utah Valley with two his and an RBI. The Wolverines finished with seven hits.

Portland - 11
UC Davis - 10

DAVIS, Calif. - Portland scored two in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth as the Pilots came back to defeat the UC Davis Aggies 11-10 at the River City Classic on Thursday afternoon. Senior OF Cory Wiltshire came through with a go-ahead, two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth to give Portland (8-4) the lead.

Freshman reliever Scotty Burris (1-0) then sealed the win with a 1-2-3 bottom half of the ninth. Burris pitched three innings of hitless relief, struck out three and didn't walk batter to pick up his first collegiate win.

Down 10-8 in the top of the ninth, senior OF Danny Meier lead off with his second home run of the game, a solo shot to left-center field to pull the Pilots within a run. After sophomore 3B Clayton Shaw reached on an error, freshman pinch-hitter Kevin Armijo smacked a single to center. Armijo and senior Brandon Howard, who pinch ran for Shaw, then advanced to second and third, respectively, on a throwing error. After freshman 2B Riley Henricks went down swinging, Wiltshire came through with the clutch hit.

Previously, Portland plated two in the eighth inning to set up the dramatic finish. Down 10-6 and Henricks on first, Wiltshire went yard over the left-field fence to make it 10-8.

Justin Fitzgerald (1-1) gave up the final two runs, both unearned after a pair of UC Davis (6-5) errors in the ninth, to pick up the loss.

The game was a pitchers' dual early on, with the Aggies taking a slim 2-1 lead into the fifth. That's when Portland scored five runs, four of which were unearned. Senior C Eric Brown had the inning's big hit, a two-run triple that gave Portland a 5-2 lead. He would later score on an error to make it 6-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Aggies responded with eight runs in their half of the sixth. Only two of the runs were earned. Grant Hirnneise had a two-run single during the inning and Jake Jeffries drilled a three-run home run to help UC Davis build the 10-6 lead.

The Pilots finished with 15 hits. Wiltshire led the way with four hits and six RBI's. Meier, Henricks and juniors Bryant Kraus and Paul Crowder each finished with two hits.

UC Davis finished with nine hits on the afternoon.

The Pilots, who beat Utah Valley 4-3 earlier Thursday, continue play at the River City Classic on Friday. Portland makes the short jaunt to Sacramento to play tournament co-host Sacramento State at 2:00 p.m. UP concludes the tourney against San Jose State on Saturday.

Santa Clara - 7
San Diego - 6

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team pushed its win streak to three games as it defeated No. 11 San Diego, 7-6, in non-conference action Thursday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. Since the facility does not have lights to permit night games, the contest was called at the end of the eighth inning and was ruled as a complete game.

With the win, the Broncos improved to 8-1 on the season while the Toreros dropped to 5-6 overall. Shortstop Jon Karcich batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while designated hitter Geoff Klein went 2-for-3 at bat, with two runs and one RBI.

The Toreros opened the game with a run from Sean Nicol, but the Broncos responded with a solo home run to left field from Klein in the top of the second to tie the game, 1-1. Santa Clara then compiled an impressive top of the third inning as five runs were scored to give SCU a 6-1 lead.

Junior Evan LeBlanc singled through the right side and was sent home as Tommy Medica homered to left centerfield. Gabe Alcantar then doubled to right field allowing Ryan Conan, who singled earlier, to advance to third. A single to right field Karcich brought in two runs for Santa Clara as Alcantar and Conan scored. Klein followed suit for Santa Clara's sixth run.

USD tacked on a run in the third inning as Kevin Muno scored for the Toreros after singling to leftfield and stealing second. San Diego then made it an even ballgame in the fifth inning. Scoring first for the Toreros was Nicol. He was followed by Muno in the same play, a Josh Romanski double to right field. Victor Sanchez then homered down the leftfield line to bring Romanski home and knot the score 6-6.

Both teams' defensive efforts held off any scoring attempts until the bottom of the seventh inning. Patrick Glenn scored on a throwing error by the Toreros to give the Broncos a 7-6 lead with two outs on the board.

It was a long eighth inning as seven batters made it to the plate. All that was needed was on run to take the lead. The Broncos received that insurance as Patrick Glenn scored late in the inning. Glenn, who was hit by a pitch made his way around the diamond as Matt Long walked and LeBlanc reached on a fielder's choice, which brought Glenn home.

Freshman Thain Simon earned his second win of the season after pitching 2.2 innings in relief of starting pitcher Alex Rivers. Simon was replaced by senior Jeff Lombard who made it a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth for the Broncos, earning his first save of the season.

Santa Clara returns to action on Friday, March 7 against tournament host San Diego State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Oklahoma State - 3
Loyola Marymount - 2

Game story to be posted at a later time.