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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 18, 2008

Loyola Marymount - 6
Cal State Northridge - 2

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Junior Lee Roberts tossed his first career complete game as LMU (9-10) defeated Cal State Northridge (9-8) by a score of 6-2 on Tuesday at Page Stadium in the first of four games being played this week between the two teams.

Roberts, a native of Hermosa Beach, Calif., tossed all nine innings and allowed two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out four batters, including the side in order in the fifth, to improve to 1-2 on the season. The complete game was the first for the Lions since Daniel Macias tossed all nine against then No. 9 Pepperdine on April 7, 2007. Roberts' previous career-high in innings pitched was 6.0, contributed earlier this season against UC Santa Barbara on March 2.

Junior Kyle Spraker and senior Andy Preston guided the Lion offense, with Spraker finishing 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. Preston batted 1-for-4 with two RBI, while Will Dugoni, who made his first start of the season, scored two of the LMU's six runs. Sophomore Angelo Songco continued his hot hitting, batting 1-for-2 with a RBI and a double.

Right-hander Billy Ott got the start and the loss for Northridge, lasting four and a third innings and allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four batters. Peter Mendez was the first Matador reliever in the game, pitching two and a third innings and surrendering three unearned runs on one hit and a walk. P.J. Rousey finished the game on the hill for CSUN, contributing an inning and a third and allowing an unearned run on one hit and striking out a batter. Ryan Pineda and Richard Cates each finished 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss for Northridge.

After three scoreless innings, Cal State Northridge got on the board first in the top of the fourth. Richard Cates connected on a one-out triple to set the table in the inning. John Parham, who entered the game as one of the Matadors' leading hitters, drove in the run with a groundout to shortstop on the ensuing play to give CSUN the 1-0 advantage.

After Roberts struck out the side in order in the top of the fifth, LMU answered for two runs in the bottom of the frame. Michael Glomb got things started with a one-out walk before Dugoni singled. Glomb took third on the play after the shortstop threw wide of the bag, leaving runners at the corners. Spraker came up with the RBI-single on the ensuing play, driving a pitch into the left centerfield gap to plate Glomb. After Mendez took over for Ott, senior A.J. LaMonda grounded out to the second baseman to plate the second run of the frame and give LMU the 2-1 lead.

LMU extended the lead to 5-1 in the seventh, scoring three runs in the frame. Dugoni got things going when he reached on a throwing error with one out. A second Matador error, this one charged to the centerfielder, followed to put runners at second and third. LaMonda proceeded to load the bases when he was hit by a pitch before Preston narrowly missed his second grand slam of the year, clubbing a pitch off the base of the right field wall for a long single to score two Lion runs. Songco followed with a sacrifice fly on the ensuing play to cap the three-run inning.

The Lions made it 6-1 in the bottom of the eighth when Glomb scored Ryan Wheeler with a RBI-single back up the middle. Northridge managed to push one run across in the ninth to run the score to its final at 6-2. Pineda singled to lead off the inning before Parham singled one batter later to put runners at the corners. Jowen-James Murray-Thornton grounded out to Wheeler on the next play to force in the final run of the game, and Roberts induced a pop-out by Justin DeMarco to seal the complete-game victory.

The Lions and Matadors will continue their four-game series throughout this week, meeting on Thursday at 3 p.m. at Page Stadium before playing a doubleheader on Saturday in Northridge, Calif. Senior right-hander Andy Beal is slated to be the starter for LMU on Thursday, while he will be opposed by right-hander Jimmy Jolicoeur.

Pepperdine - 13
Cal State Fullerton - 2

MALIBU, Calif. - #16 Pepperdine rode a nine-run first inning and seven shutout innings from Robert Dickmann to a 13-2 win over #22 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The Waves improved to 14-5, and moved to 2-1 against Top 25 teams. The Titans dropped to 9-8 with the loss.

Pepperdine knocked Cal State Fullerton starter Jason Dovel out of the game before he recorded an out, as eight consecutive batters reached base to start the game, giving the Waves a 5-0 lead. The Waves notched five hits, two walks and a hit by pitch to account for their five runs. Two outs later with the bases loaded, David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC) launched a grand slam to right field, his second homer of the season, to give the Waves a 9-0 lead after just one inning.

Pepperdine added four runs in the sixth inning, as Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) notched an RBI groundout, Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) recoded a two-run single and Travis Tartamella (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS) registered a run-scoring single to push the Waves' lead to 13-0.

Cal State Fullerton got on the board in the eighth inning with a pair of run-scoring singles to cut the deficit to 13-2, but Doug Konoske (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) slammed the door in the ninth by striking out the side to preserve Pepperdine's win.

Dickmann earned the win after pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out two. Dickmann also started on Sunday, taking the loss after only pitching 0.1 innings. Dovel incurred the loss for the Titans.

"Robert Dickmann did a great job for us today," Pepperdine Coach Steve Rodriguez. "He had a terrible outing on Sunday, but its great to see him rebound and it shows the competitive nature he has. It's great to see a kid have one of the worst starts he's ever had, and then come out and have one of the best starts he's ever had. Offensively it was great to be on the receiving end of a pitcher who struggled with his command. He gave us some opportunities, and our offense took great advantage of those opportunities, and it allowed our team to relax and have some fun.

Pepperdine was led on offense by Harris, who scored three runs and drove in four, and Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) and Tartamella, who each tallied a pair of hits. The Titans were led by Christian Colon, who went 2-for-4.

Up next, Pepperdine travels to face two-time defending national champion Oregon State from Mar. 20-22 in Corvallis, Ore.

San Diego - 6
Hawaii - 1

HONOLULU, HI - The 19th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team used a six-run first inning along with a solid pitching performance from All-American left-hander Josh Romanski to propel the team to a 6-1 win over the University of Hawaii Tuesday evening in a non-conference game.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 14-8 overall and have run their winning streak to six. With the loss, the Rainbows fall to 7-13 overall.

San Diego wasted no time in scoring as they put up six runs on four hits in the first inning. Kevin Muno led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Sean Nicol was hit by a pitch. Victor Sanchez loaded the bases with a single through the left side and USD's first run came when Josh Romanski reached on fielding error by the first baseman to give USD a 1-0 lead.

Anthony Strazzara drove in the next two runs with a single through the left side. After a James Meador sacrifice bunt moved Romanski to third and Strazzara to second, Kevin Hansen drove in Romanski with a RBI single through the left side. Logan Gelbrich then drove in the fifth run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and the final run of the game came on a Zach Walters RBI single up the middle to give USD a comfortable 6-0 lead.

The Rainbows spoiled the shutout for the Toreros in the bottom of the sixth inning as they pushed across one run on a bases-loaded fielder's choice with one out to cut the deficit to five at 6-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Gelbrich led the way with his 2-for-3 and one RBI performance. Both Hansen and Walters went 2-for-4 as the only other Toreros to record multiple hits on the day.

Romanski (3-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed one run on four hits, while striking out six in 7.0 innings of work. AJ Griffin came on in the eighth inning and closed out the game as he struck out four of the seven batters he faced allowing no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they play a double-header with Harvard at USD's Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

San Francisco - 13
Fresno State - 8

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - San Francisco earned an exciting 13-8 come from behind victory over Fresno State at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. The Dons (9-10) smashed a season high 19 hits, and the 13 runs are also a season best.

Fresno State (8-10) took advantage of a shaky Dons starter, junior left-hander Evan Fredrickson, and held a 5-2 advantage through four and a half. The Dons first two runs came off solo homeruns by freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz and sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin (his first as a Don). USF, however, would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky led off the inning with a solo homerun to right field. An out later, junior left fielder Zack Kim doubled to left center and advanced to third on Lipkin's infield single. Senior shortstop Tavo Hall doubled home both Kim and Lipkin. To cap the scoring, Hall crossed home after two consecutive singles by senior second baseman Joey Railey and Bernatz.

USF broke it open by plating six in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, sophomore third baseman Derek Poppert reached base on an error by Bulldogs senior shortstop Todd Sandell, scoring two. The bases were then quickly reloaded when senior right fielder Kyle Morgan was hit by a pitch. Bialosky singled to center, scoring two more. Junior designated hitter Drew Johnson doubled to center, scoring Morgan, followed by a Kim single that plated Bialosky.

Bernatz led the Dons at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double, a homerun, two RBI and two runs scored. Bialosky was 3-for-5 with a double, a homerun, three RBI and two runs scored. Kim was also 3-for-5, adding a double, an RBI and a run scored. Lipkin went 3-for-4 with a homerun, an RBI and three runs scored. Hall went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Railey, Poppert, Johnson (double), and senior pinch hitter Matt Lieb all had one hit in the contest.

Freshman left-hander Garrett Luippold (2-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two earned runs off two hits, no walks and three strikeouts in 4.0 innings. Fredrickson earned the no-decision after giving up five earned runs off four hits, six walks and eight strikeouts in 4.0 innings.

Bulldogs junior right-hander Holden Sprague (0-2) took the loss, allowing four earned runs off five hits, one walks and one strikeout in 2.0 innings. Senior right-hander Clayton Allison started for the Bulldogs, earning the no-decision, allowing four earned runs off six hits, no walks and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Junior second baseman Erik Wetzel went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored to lead Fresno State at the plate.

USF returns to action at Benedetti Diamond this Thursday in game one of a four-game non-conference match-up with Fairleigh Dickinson. First pitch is set for 2:30 PM.

Utah Valley - 5
Gonzaga - 3

Spokane, Wash. - Chris Highmark pitched four innings of shutout relief but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University baseball team fell behind early in a 5-3 loss to Utah Valley University Tuesday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

Highmark pitched 4.0 innings of relief for Gonzaga (11-8), as the junior allowed two hits while striking out three. Reedy Berg (1-1) earned the loss for the Zags as the freshman allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits over the opening 5.0 frames. Utah Valley (4-11-1) starter Marcus Moore (2-3) earned the victory after throwing a complete game. Moore allowed three runs on seven hits while fanning nine Bulldog batters.

The Wolverines opened the contest by taking an early lead, scoring three runs before an out could be recorded. Following a fielding error and a walk, Jace Brinkerhoff smashed a home run over the left field wall, providing Utah Valley with a 3-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs began to chip away at the Wolverines' lead in the first inning, as Ryan Wiegand recorded a run-scoring double to left center that scored Jason Chatwood.

The score remained unchanged until the third inning, when Utah Valley posted its two other runs of the evening. Scott Crowshaw scored the first run on a wild pitch before Ryan Jones was plated on a sacrifice fly by Adam Openshaw.

Gonzaga added a run in the bottom of the third when, with the bases loaded, Grant Kveder was hit-by-a-pitch that plated Chatwood.

Drew Heid scored GU's final run of the evening thanks to a one-run single through the right side by Wiegand.

Offensively, Wiegand paced the Zags' line-up, going 3-for-5 with two runs batted in. Chatwood was the only other Bulldog with multiple hits as the junior went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

The rubber game of the three-game series between Utah Valley and Gonzaga will be played Wednesday at 6 p.m. CJ McClure is expected to get the start for the Bulldogs in the series finale.

San Jose State - 10
Saint Mary's - 4

San Jose, CA - Playing their fifth game in three days surely took its toll as Saint Mary's (12-5-1) fell to the Spartans of San Jose State (12-5) 10-4, in a lackluster performance. The Spartans scored three in the bottom of the first, but put the game away scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Sophomore starter Anthony Aliotti (1-1) appeared to struggle with his command in the bottom of the first surrendering three runs. The Gaels were able to get out of the inning without further damage, and Aliotti kept the Spartans in check the next three innings.

Aliotti didn't have an answer for the Spartans in the bottom of the fifth however as the home team put up six runs to end his day. On the evening, Aliotti went 4.1 innings pitched, 10 hits, nine earned runs, one walk, and one strike out.

The Spartans used nine pitchers on the day, with freshman pitcher Luke Mazzanti (2-1) getting the win in his one inning of work, surrendering one hit, one walk and two strike outs.

The Gaels managed to get 12 hits on the day, but were never able to string the hits together and make a big inning. The Gaels made it interesting in the top of the ninth scoring two runs, but the game ended on a 6-4-3 ground ball double play off the bat of sophomore Connor Larkin.

The lone bright spot of the game would be the relief pitching performance of freshman Alex Schmarzo, who went 3.2 innings, giving up three hits, one earned run, one walk and three strike outs.

The Gaels will continue their four game road trip as they head down to Santa Barbara, to play the Gauchos of UCSB in a three game series at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, with the first game Friday March 21, with the first pitch slated for 2:00 PM.