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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 23, 2008

Pepperdine - 8
Oregon State - 5

CORVALLIS, Ore. - #16 Pepperdine used a seven-run seventh inning to top #25 Oregon State 8-5 on Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.

Pepperdine improved to 15-7 with the win, while Oregon State fell to 9-7. The win was the Waves first road victory this season.

The Beavers got on the board first in the third inning, as three singles contributed to a 1-0 lead for Oregon State, but Pepperdine responded in the top of the fourth, as Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) led off with a triple and scored on Trent Diedrich's (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) RBI groundout to tie the game at 1-1.

Oregon State reclaimed the lead in the fifth on an RBI double from Jason Ogata to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead.

The Waves exploded in the seventh, scoring seven runs with two outs, as Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI double to right field and Diedrich gave the Waves the lead with a two-run double with the bases loaded to put the Waves ahead 4-2. Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) then reached on an error that scored Thames, Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) notched a pinch-hit RBI single, and Denny Duron (Shreveport, La/Evangel Christian Academy) registered a two-run double to give the Waves an 8-2 lead. Oregon State responded with two runs in their half of the seventh on an RBI double and an RBI single to cut the deficit to 8-4, but Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) came into the game with two runners on base and induced a groundout to keep the Waves' lead at 8-4.

The Beavers attempted to rally in the ninth inning, scoring one run on an RBI single, but Gaudi struck out Jordan Lennerton with two runners on base to seal the 8-5 win.

Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) picked up his third win of the season after pitching six innings, allowing six hits and two runs while fanning four, and Gaudi notched his seventh save of the year after recording the last seven outs of the game. Blake Keitzman incurred the loss for the Beavers.

Thames went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) notched three hits, and Diedrich tallied three RBI. Garrett Nash led the Beavers with three hits, and Jason Ogata and Daniel Robertson each recorded a pair of hits.

Up next, the Waves host #6 Long Beach State on Tuesday, Mar. 25 at 3 p.m. at Eddy D Field Stadium.

San Diego - 18
Harvard - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 19th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (16-7) used a hit parade of 19 team hits to help propel them to an 18-2 win over Harvard University Saturday afternoon at USD's Cunningham Stadium to complete a double-header sweep over the Crimson.

Kevin Muno went 3-for-5 with one home run and three RBI, Kevin Hansen went 3-for-4 with one double and four RBI, and James Meador went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lead the Toreros' offense in the win.

The Toreros did most of their scoring damage in the third inning as they put up seven runs on three hits. Muno led off the inning by being hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a Sean Nicol walk. Muno then stole third and Nicol stole second to give USD runners at second and third with one out. After Josh Romanski was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Meador was hit by a pitch to push across the first run. Anthony Strazzara then drove in Nicol with a RBI single, Logan Gelbrich brought in the third run when he was hit by a pitch and the next two runs came on a Hansen two-run double to left field. A Zach Walters RBI ground out to the shortstop and a Muno RBI single capped the scoring for the inning to give USD an 8-1 lead.

USD scored its first run of the game in the second inning in a Hansen RBI single to the pitcher, and they added one run in each of the fourth and sixth innings on a Hansen RBI single and a throwing error by Harvard in the sixth inning.

The Toreros would score three runs in the fifth inning and five more in the eighth inning to round out the scoring for the day.

Kyle Blair (2-3) looked impressive on the mound for the Toreros as he picked up the win allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out nine in 7.0 innings of work. Brad Unger (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Crimson as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits in 2.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Monday as they conclude a three-game series with the Crimson at Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 9
Farleigh Dickinson - 2

San Francisco - 11
Farleigh Dickinson - 1

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco completed not only the double-header sweep, but also the four game series sweep over Fairleigh Dickinson with 9-2 and 11-1 victories at Benedetti Diamond on Saturday. USF (13-10) outscored FDU (2-14) 33-7 in the four contests and out hit the Knights 44-22. The Dons have had nine or more hits in their last nine games, going 7-2, including winning their last five consecutive games.

GAME 1:

Fairleigh Dickinson jumped to an early 2-0 lead, but USF scored four in the fourth to take a lead it would not relinquish. With two outs and a runner on second, senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky hit an RBI double to right. Junior designated hitter Drew Johnson and junior left fielder Zach Kim both walked to load the bases. Sophomore pinch hitter Bobby Ethel came off the bench and proceeded to smash a bases clearing double into left.

USF added a run in the sixth, three in the seventh and an extra insurance run in the eighth to secure the 9-2 victory.

Bialosky led the Dons at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore third baseman Derek Poppert was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz smashed his first triple of the season and freshman catcher Travis Higgs earned his first hit as a Don, a two RBI single in the seventh.

Senior LHP Matt Baugh (3-2) earned the victory. In 7.0 innings, Baugh allowed two runs (one earned) off just four hits and one walk, while striking out a season high seven batters.

GAME 2:

In game two, USF led the entire way and scored all they would really need in the second. With one out and two on, sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin smashed an RBI double to left and put runners on second and third. Ethel doubled down the right field line, scoring two. The Dons added one each in the third through fifth innings, three in the sixth and two in the seventh. In the sixth, junior third baseman Dane Braunecker earned his first triple as a Don, a one out shot to center.

Morgan had three hits on the day, with a double, a homerun, three RBI and a run scored. Ethel, Lipkin, and Poppert each had two hits, all including doubles. Bialosky and sophomore pinch hitter Sam Wiley also doubled for the Dons. Along with Braunecker, Poppert also smashed his first triple of the season.

Freshman left-hander Garret Luippold (3-0) took the win in game two. In 3.0 relief innings, Luippold allowed just one earned run off two hits, two walks, and struck out four batters. Sophomore righty Chase Tigert, in his first appearance of 2008 due to injury, started and threw 2.0 innings, not allowing a run, a hit, or a walk, and struck out five Knights. Tigert struck out five in a row including the last two batters in the first inning and the entire side in the second. Sophomore right-handers Alex Kalogrides and Joe Oropeza each threw 2.0 scoreless and hitless innings in relief.

USF returns to action next Wednesday at home versus UC Davis. First pitch against the Aggies is set for 2:00 PM.

Loyola Marymount - 9
Cal State Northridge - 4

Cal State Northridge - 10
Loyola Marymount - 3

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - LMU hit five home runs, including two by sophomore Angelo Songco, en route to splitting a Saturday doubleheader against Cal State Northridge in Northridge, Calif. at CSUN's Matador Field. LMU took game one by a count of 9-4 before falling in game two, 10-3. In the four-game series that was played over the past week, LMU defeated CSUN, 3-1.

Songco, Ryan Wheeler and T.J. Bernardy each collected two hits, including a home run apiece, to lead the Lion offense in game one. Seniors Michael Glomb and A.J. LaMonda, along with junior Brett Mendoza, also contributed two hits in the victory. With the two hits, Glomb extended his hitting streak to five straight games, while Will Dugoni and Andy Preston each collected one hit to extend their streaks to four and nine games, respectively.

Junior Mike Kenney got the start and the victory in game one, tossing six and two-thirds innings and allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out three batters to improve to 4-1. Fellow junior, Ernie Cho, was all the relief the Lions needed in the game, pitching the final two and a third scoreless frames and allowing only one hit and two walks while collecting three strikeouts.

Richard Cates and Jowen-James Murray-Thornton paced the Matador offense, finishing with two hits apiece. Murray-Thornton produced the first extra-base hits of his season, collecting a double and a triple in the game. John Parham, the CSUN cleanup hitter in game one, belted the first of his two home runs on the day in the loss. Right-hander Phil Hann was tagged with the loss after pitching five and two-thirds innings and allowing seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and one walk. Peter Mendez and Bryce Schoening each allowed a run over the next two and a third innings of relief before Paul Tremlin retired the side in the ninth.

LMU got on the board first, plating two runs in the top of the second. Wheeler got things started when he was hit by a pitch with one out. Two batters later, Bernardy blasted his first career home run over the wall in right field to put the Lions up 2-0.

CSUN answered back for a run of its own in the bottom of the frame, scoring a single run on two hits. A one-out single by Ryan Pineda set the table in the inning. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases before Justin DeMarco singled through the left side to drive in the run.

Parham erased the slim one-run LMU advantage with one swing of the bat in the third. With two out in the frame, the Matador backstop connected on a Kenney pitch and drove it over the wall in right centerfield to knot the game at two runs apiece.

LMU went on a scoring spree over the next five innings, plating three runs in the fourth and single runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth. Mendoza reached with a leadoff single in the fourth before Wheeler homered to right field to plate the first two runs in the inning. Glomb followed with a double to get things rolling once again, moving to third on a groundout to the right side of the infield. Dugoni did not try to do too much in the situation, grounding a ball to the shortstop and capping the three-run inning.

With two out in the fifth, Songco singled to right centerfield and moved to second when C.J. Belanger bobbled the ball in the alley. A hit-by-pitch later, Wheeler came up clutch once again for the Lions, singling home Songco. Bernardy scored the lone run in the sixth, coming around to score on a LaMonda single and an error on the shortstop, DeMarco.

Mendoza started the seventh inning with a single before Ollie Enos replaced him on the basepaths. A wild pitch and a groundout moved Enos to third before Glomb collected the RBI with a single into centerfield. Songco managed to the all the damage by himself in the eighth, blasting a two-out homer over the wall in right field to put the Lions ahead 9-4.

LMU got offense early in game one, with Preston collecting his third home run of the year in the top of the first to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games. Kyle Spraker, who had his five-game hitting streak snapped in game one, was back to his old ways in game two, finishing 3-for-5 with a RBI. LaMonda batted 2-for-4 in the loss, while Songco connected on his second home run of the day in the eighth. Glomb and Dugoni also extended their streaks to six and five games, respectively.

Freshman Martin Viramontes was saddled with the loss after pitching four and a third innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and one walk while striking out three batters to fall to 2-2. Senior right-hander Nate Keadle tossed the next two and a third innings, giving up a run on six hits and punching out three batters. Freshman Brett Williams was next out of the Lion bullpen, contributing two thirds of an inning and allowing two runs on four hits before Greg Meyers retired the final Matador hitter via strikeout.

Cates finished 4-for-5 with two runs scored to lead the Matador offense to the victory. Billy Swanson batted 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored, while Parham went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, his second home run of the day, and two RBI. Right-hander Davin Tate got the start, but lasted only one inning after being struck with a batted ball to end the first inning. P.J. Rousey got the victory and improved to 1-0 after pitching three scoreless innings and allowing only one hit. Edwin Quirarte tossed the next four innings of relief, allowing two runs and striking out a batter before Billy Ott, Tuesday's starter for CSUN, recorded the final scoreless frame to seal the victory.

Following the Preston home run in the top of the first, CSUN plated a run of its own in the bottom of the frame. Drew Muren tripled with one out in the frame before coming home on a Parham single just a few pitches later.

The Matadors scored one more run in the second to take a lead they would not relinquish. Swanson singled before moving to third on a sacrifice bunt and an error off the bat of DeMarco. TS Reed followed with a RBI groundout on the ensuing play to force in the run.

After a third Matador run scored in the fourth, LMU scored its second run of the game in the top of the fifth. A two-out single by Dugoni sparked the rally before LaMonda was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Spraker followed with a two-out RBI single to plate Dugoni and push the score to 3-2.

The Matadors refused to surrender momentum, scoring four times in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead. Parham homered to start the inning before Swanson collected a two-RBI single later in the frame. CSUN would add another run in the seventh, with Swanson once again collecting the RBI, this time via sacrifice fly.

Songco made it back-to-back games with a homer when he went opposite field in the eighth, sending a pitch over the wall in left centerfield to plate the final LMU run in the game. The Matadors would score twice more in the bottom of the eighth before Ott retired the side in the ninth to hand LMU the loss.

The Lions return to action on Monday when they host USC in the first of two games between the two teams on Monday and Tuesday. Monday's game is slated for a 3 p.m. start at Page Stadium, while Tuesday's game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at USC's Dedeaux Field.

UC Santa Barbara - 11
Saint Mary's - 4

UC Santa Barbara - 6
Saint Mary's - 0

Santa Barbara, CA - At the end of the day sophomore's Scott Schneider (4-1) and Brandon Berl (3-2) were unable to get out of the big inning, as Saint Mary's (13-7-1) lost both games of the double header, 11-4 and 6-0, to host UC Santa Barbara (14-7) on Saturday. The two losses gave the series to the Gauchos; making it only the second series the Gaels have lost this season.

Schneider had won his four previous starts going at least six innings in every game this season. Today however, Schneider fell victim to the big inning, something he had avoided all year, as the Gauchos tagged Schneider for eight hits, 10 runs, seven earned runs, while walking three and striking out five.

The bottom of the second proved to be the costly inning for Schneider as he gave up a three run homerun to senior Matt McColgan. Costly errors by the Gaels kept the inning alive as the Gauchos rallied for six runs in the inning, putting UCSB on top 7-0.

The Gaels knocked in a pair in the top of the fifth off a two run homerun from senior Ian Gordon. The homerun was Gordon's third of the year. The Gordon homerun was all the excitement the Gaels could muster as the offense could only manage four runs on five hits all day.

UCSB senior starting pitcher Chuck Huggins (4-1) was very sharp on the day going 5.2 innings, surrendering 4 hits, the four earned runs, while walking four and striking out four. However, the key to the Gauchos was the bullpen, as senior Mike Martin went 3.1 innings, giving up just one hit, and striking out three for his first save of the season.

Game two did not fair much better for the Gaels starting pitchers as Berl tagged for his second loss of the season. Berl threw six complete innings, surrendering eight hits, six runs, four of them earned, two walks and five strikeouts.

Again in the second game Saint Mary's could not get it going offensively, as the Gaels could only manage five hits on the day. Two of those hits came from sophomore first baseman Anthony Aliotti.

On the mound for the Gauchos was redshirt freshman Mario Hollands (3-1), who went six complete innings, scattering five hits, zero runs, no walks, and six strike outs.

The Gaels will return home for a long home stand starting Tuesday, as they host UC Davis on Tuesday March 25 at Louis Guisto Field. The game is slated for a 2:00 PM start, this will be the final tune-up for the Gaels before WCC play begins when SMC hosts USF for a three game series next weekend at the Guisto.