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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 21, 2008

Gonzaga - 4
Sacramento State - 3

Sacramento, Calif. - Behind a strong pitching performance by starter Brandon Harmon, the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated Sacramento State University 4-3 at Hornet Field Friday afternoon in Sacramento, Calif. The game was the opening game of a two-day, three-game series.

Harmon (2-2) earned the victory for the Zags (13-8), throwing 7.0 innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out two batters. Cody Martin earned his third save of the season, as the freshman allowed one run on two hits over the last two frames of the contest. The freshman is now one save away from entering the single season top-10 list for saves. Sacramento State's (5-12) Jose Ramirez (2-2) suffered the loss as the starter allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over 6.0 innings.

Gonzaga jumped on the board early, thanks to a home run in the first inning by Marcus McKimmy. The first two batters of the inning, Evan Wells and Jason Chatwood, walked to put runners on first and second before McKimmy stepped to the plate and belted his third long ball of the season to give the Zags a 3-0 edge.

Sacramento State brought the score to 3-2 heading into the fifth, after scoring a run in the third and another in the fourth. In the third, Ryan Blair got the Hornets on the board with a one-run single up the middle before Tim Wheeler drove home David Flores with a sacrifice bunt in the fourth.

The Bulldogs added a run in the eighth as Tyson Van Winkle hit into a fielding error that plated Van Winkle.

The Hornets rallied in the bottom of ninth and were able to post a run but left the tying and go-ahead run stranded on base to end the game. The final run of the game was scored on a single to left field by Hunter Martinez.

Pacing the Bulldogs at the plate was Grant Kveder, who went 2-for-3 with two singles. McKimmy finished the afternoon going 1-for-3, scoring two runs and driving in three.

The Bulldogs and Hornets will wrap-up the three-game series Saturday with a doubleheader that is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. Matt Fields and Cory Powell are expected to earn the starts for GU in the twin bill.

Portland - 2
Utah Valley - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. - Portland senior left-hander Ari Ronick allowed just three hits in 7.0 scoreless innings of work as the Pilots blanked the Utah Valley Wolverines 2-0 in a non-conference baseball game at Husky Ballpark on Friday afternoon. Ronick struck out four and walked just one to pick up his second win this season.

Portland, which is 11-2 in games decided by three runs or less, improves to 14-9 on the season. The Wolverines fall to 4-14-1.

The Pilots scored a run in the bottom of the first to give Ronick (2-2) all the run support he would need. Portland scored when junior DH Cort Carpenter brought home senior OF Eric Brown with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Ronick took over from there, allowing just four base runners, one on a Portland error, during the next six innings.

Junior reliever Matthew Lange spelled Ronick to begin the seventh inning. After Utah Valley worked its way into a two-out, runners and second and third situation, UP freshman reliever Scott Burris came in to induce an inning-ending ground out to first base.

Burris then pitched a one-two-three top of the ninth and struck out the game's final batter for his second career save and second save in two days.

Utah Valley starter Andy Jangard (0-1) had to work out of jams all day long, despite giving up just three hits. He allowed seven walks in 5.0 innings of work and surrendered both Portland runs to pick up the loss. Reliever Peter Sundwall didn't allow a hit in three scoreless innings. He did issue a walk.

Portland's insurance run came in the bottom of the fifth, when Junior OF Paul Crowder knocked in Brown, who scored both of Portland's runs.

Hits were hard to come by on the day, as the Wolverines outhit Portland 4-3.

The Pilots next face the Washington Huskies at 2:30 p.m. in Seattle on Saturday.

Oregon State - 10
Pepperdine - 3

CORVALLIS, Ore. - #16 Pepperdine was unable to rally from a 3-0 deficit heading into Friday's continuation of Thursday's postponed game, as the Waves fell 10-3 to #25 Oregon State on Friday afternoon in the Beavers' home-opener at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.

Pepperdine fell to 14-6 with the loss, while Oregon State improved to 8-6. The game was postponed on Thursday due to rain with Oregon State leading 3-0 after four innings.

Before the game was postponed on Thursday, Pepperdine starter Nathan Newman (Houston, Texas/Grayson C.C.) and Oregon State starter Mike Stutes each tossed three scoreless innings, with Stutes pitching a perfect game through four, until Newman surrendered a two-run double and an RBI double to give the Beavers a 3-0 lead. The inning was plagued by steady rain, so the game was postponed prior to the start of the fifth inning.

When the game resumed on Friday, the Waves' bats awoke, scoring two runs in the fifth inning on a two-run double from Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) to cut the deficit to 3-2, but the Beavers answered with two runs of their own in the fifth on a two-run double to push their lead to 5-2.

Pepperdine scored a run in the seventh on an RBI single from Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) to cut the deficit to 5-3, but the Beavers got the run back in their half of the seventh on an RBI double to regain their three-run lead at 6-3.

The Beavers put the game out of reach in the eighth inning on a grand slam from Ryan Ortiz to push the Oregon State lead to 10-3, and the Waves were unable to muster any offense in the ninth, sealing the Beavers' win.

Newman fell to 3-2 with the loss, while Oregon State reliever Josh Zeller improved to 3-0 with the win.

Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) and Duron each tallied two hits for the Waves, and Heroy notched a pair of RBI. The Beavers were led by Ortiz, who went 3-for-4 with seven RBI.

The Waves and Beavers continue their series on Friday with game two, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 9
UC Santa Barbara - 3

San Francisco - 7
Farleigh Dickinson - 4

Stories to be posted at a later time.