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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 9, 2008

Gonzaga - 11
Washington State - 8

Spokane, Wash. - Down 8-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Gonzaga University baseball team rallied for seven runs in the frame to capture an 11-8 victory over Washington State University Tuesday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. A grand slam by Ryan Wiegand highlighted the inning, as the junior finished the night going 4-for-5 with four runs drive in and two runs scored.

In the eighth, Gonzaga (17-14, 1-4 WCC) rallied behind four hits, an error, a walk and a hit-by-pitch to earn the win. Drew Heid, Tyson Van Winkle and Michael Rhodes, in addition to Wiegand, all recorded hits in the frame, while Heid, Evan Wells, Jason Chatwood, Wiegand, Van Winkle and Rhodes all scored in the inning. Wiegand's home run knotted the score 8-8, before Tyson Van Winkle, who reached on a double, scored the eventual game winning run on a triple by Rhodes. In addition to Wiegand and Rhodes, Mark Castellitto and Bryan Winston each earned RBIs during the frame.

GU reliever Jeremy Stumetz (2-0) earned the victory as the sophomore was the pitcher of record when the Bulldogs took the lead. Stumetz pitched 2.0 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one. Cody Martin earned his team-leading sixth save of the season as the freshman pitched a perfect ninth inning, including two strikeouts. In total, four Bulldog pitchers combined for seven strikeouts without walking one Cougar (18-13) batter. WSU reliever Michael Ratigan (3-2) suffered the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on two hits during 0.2 innings on the mound.

WSU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning thanks to a two-run home run by Scott Suttmeier. Gonzaga responded in the bottom of the inning with one run on a solo shot to right by Castellitto.

The Cougars extended their lead in the top of the third to 4-1 with a pair of unearned runs, before the Bulldogs narrowed their lead, once again, with a run in their half of the frame. Van Winkle drove in the inning run with a single to center, plating Wiegand who reached on a double.

Gonzaga posted a run in the bottom of the fifth to narrow its deficit to 4-3, as Grant Kveder hit into a groundout that scored Chatwood.

Washington State continued to widen its advantage in the top of the seventh with three runs to take a 7-3 edge. Murphy and Jared Prince each posted run-scoring hits in the inning as the Cougs sent eight batters to the plate. The Zags lessened the blow with a run in the bottom of the frame as Castellitto drove in Marcus McKimmy on a single down the left field line.

Prior to Gonzaga's seven run explosion in the bottom of the eighth, WSU posted its final run of the game in the top of the inning thanks to a solo home run over the right field wall by Travis Coulter.

The Bulldogs will resume West Coast Conference play Friday as the Zags welcome Santa Clara University to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field for a crucial three-game series. The set will open Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Loyola Marymount - 7
#16 Long Beach State - 3

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sophomore Angelo Songco contributed his first career grand slam and junior right-hander Ernie Cho tossed six innings to guide LMU (17-15, 3-3) to a 7-3 victory over No. 16 Long Beach State (18-12, 1-2) on Tuesday at LMU's Page Stadium. The victory snapped LMU's season-long four-game losing streak.

Songco finished 1-for-5 with the grand slam in the fifth inning. The four RBI were a career-high for the centerfielder, topping his previous mark of three set three times. Seniors A.J. LaMonda and Michael Glomb, along with sophomore Ryan Wheeler, collected two hits in the victory. LaMonda and Wheeler doubled, and the multiple-hit game was Wheeler's seventh in his last nine games overall. Senior Sean Dovel belted his second home run of the year, a solo-shot in the fourth inning.

Lee Roberts got the start and lasted two innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out one hitter. Cho followed with a career-long six innings, surrendering two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out a career-high six batters en route to his first victory of the season. Sophomore Xavier Esquivel pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out one batter to seal the victory.

Jason Corder led the Dirtbag offense, finishing a perfect 4-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and three RBI. The multi-home run game was the first of Long Beach State's season. Shane Peterson also collected a double in the loss. Brett Lorin tossed the first four and a third innings, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk before falling to 1-2 on the year.

Long Beach State got on the board first in the top of the first, collecting a run on three hits. Jonathan Jones singled to start the game before being erased on a double play. Peterson followed with a double to get the ball rolling again before Corder singled him home on the ensuing play.

The Lions answered for a run in the bottom of the third. Jonathan Johnson doubled to start the frame before moving to third on a LaMonda groundout. Junior Kyle Spraker followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Johnson on the next play.

LMU took a lead it would not relinquish in the fourth, plating a single run on Dovel's second home run of the season. The blast came with one out and sailed over Miko's Blue Monster in left field.

Songco extended the lead to 6-1 in the fifth, belting a grand slam over the wall in right field. LaMonda got the ball rolling with a one-out single before Spraker was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. An Andy Preston walk loaded the bases and set the table for Songco's heroics one batter later. The home run was Songco's team-leading sixth of the year.

The Dirtbags and Lions traded single runs in the sixth inning, running the score to 7-2. Corder single-handedly brought the run in for Long Beach, hitting a towering shot over the wall in left centerfield to lead off the frame. Johnson reached with a one-out single in the bottom of the frame before scoring on a Preston single two batters later.

Corder cut the advantage to 7-3 in the eighth, sending his second home run of the game over the wall in left field. Unfortunately for the Dirtbags, the solo-homer would be the last run of the game for Long Beach. Esquivel allowed a walk in the ninth before inducing a foul-fly off the bat of Devan Lohman to end the game.

The Lions will return to action on Friday when they host Saint Mary's at 3 p.m. to start a three-game conference series against the Gaels over the weekend. Game two is slated for Saturday at 1 p.m. before Sunday's finale at 1 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 16
CSU Monterey Bay - 7

Moraga, CA - Sophomore left fielder Kyle Jensen has been on a tear all season, and today was no different as he and the rest of the Saint Mary's (17-12-1) lineup tallied 16 runs in a big win over CSU Monterey Bay (8-30) by a score of 16-7 Tuesday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.

Jensen had a monster day going 3-for-4 with three runs, and three knocked in, as well as two opposite field big flies. Jensen's first homerun was a no-doubt opposite field shot over the right centerfield wall in the bottom of the fourth. That tied the game up for the Gaels after the Otters put up a three run inning in the top of the fourth. Jensen's second round tripper came in the bottom of the sixth as part of a five run rally, again going to the opposite way.

The Gaels bats were lighting up the scoreboard all afternoon as they scored in the second, the fourth, fifth, sixth and closed out the scoring by putting up five runs in the bottom of the seventh. The 16 runs and 20 hits were a season high for the Gaels.

Also having a big game for the Gaels was junior centerfield Cory Miller who went 4-for-6, with three runs, and four RBI's on the afternoon, two of Miller's four hits were doubles. Sophomore catcher Ryan Mulligan showed he can hit both righties and lefties as he went 2-for-4 with two runs, and three knocked in three.

Senior designated hitter Brian Hawkins has provided a real lift for the Gaels, hitting anywhere in the lineup. Against the Otters he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and two knocked in. Hawkins also stole his third base of the season.

On the mound for the Gaels to begin the day was freshman Taylor Reid, who pitched four very effect innings for the Gaels, giving up three hits, three runs, all earned, three walks, and two strike outs.

Getting the win for the Gaels today was sophomore Matt McCormick (1-0), who went two complete innings, surrendering four hits, three runs, all earned, no walks, and one strike out. Also getting in the action for the Gaels off the mound was senior Alex Jensen who had a very effective inning, going 1-2-3 after picking off Brent Sargenti.

Making his second appearance for the Gaels this season was freshman David Small, who went one complete, two hits, one run, one earned, no walks and two strike outs. Small continues to show how good his stuff is getting the first two outs very quickly before running into a little trouble with his command.

Taking the loss for the Otters was Justin Aguilara (1-5) as he went 2.1 innings, giving up 11 hits, 11 runs, all earned, one walk and no strike outs. The win capped the longest homestand of the season for the Gaels. Saint Mary's next plays on Friday as they head down south to take on Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, with a first pitch slated for 3:00 PM.

San Diego - 11
UC Riverside - 4

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A solid pitching performance from Ricardo Pecina along with 17 Toreros hits lifted the 13th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team to a 11-4 win over UC Riverside Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at the Riverside Sports Complex.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 23-11 overall, have won four consecutive games and snap a four-game losing skid to the Highlanders, dating back to the 2006 season. With the loss, the Highlanders fall to 9-17 overall.

Pecina (2-2) had a solid outing for the Toreros as he allowed three runs, while scattering nine hits, and striking out seven in 6.1 innings of work. After surrendering two runs and four straight hits in the second inning, he settled down and retired 10 of his next 11 batters. Rob Waite (1-3) was saddled with the loss for the Highlanders as he allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits in 4.0 innings of work.

The Toreros got on the scoreboard first as in the top of the third inning USD scored one run on two hits. Kevin Muno got things rolling when he reached on a fielder's choice and moved to third on a Josh Romanski single to left field. James Meador then drove in Muno with a single to the shortstop to give USD a 1-0 advantage.

Riverside answered back with two runs on four hits in their half of the inning. The two UCR runs came on back-to-back RBI singles to left field by Drew Garcia and Aaron Wible to give the Highlanders a 2-1 lead.

USD then regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning as they scored three runs on three hits. Sean Nicol led off the inning with a single to center field and moved to second on a Jose Valerio infield single. Kevin Hansen loaded the bases with another infield single and the first run came across on a wild pitch. Muno drove in Valerio with a groundout to the second baseman for the second run and the final USD run came across on another wild pitch to give USD a 4-2 lead.

San Diego added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning scoring one run on two hits. Logan Gelbrich got things rolling with a stand-up double to center field and moved to third on a pass ball. Victor Sanchez then hit a bloop single into shallow left field to give USD a three-run lead at 5-2.

USD scored another run in the top of the seventh inning as Gelbrich recorded his second double of the game, then stole third and on the same play the UCR catcher overthrew the third baseman allowing Gelbrich to come across for an unearned run to push the Torero lead to four at 6-2.

The Highlanders then took back two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-run homer by Wible to cut the deficit to two at 6-4.

USD didn't fade away as they took advantage of two UCR throwing errors in the eighth inning. Both Hansen and Valerio led off the inning with back-to-back singles and then two UCR throwing errors on sacrifice bunt attempts by Nick McCoy and Muno scored the first two runs. Romanski drove in McCoy for the third run with a RBI single up the middle and Meador drove in Muno with a RBI single to left field foe the fourth and final run to give USD a 10-4 lead.

San Diego would cap their scoring for the game in the ninth inning scoring one run on a Hansen RBI single.

Offensively for the Toreros, every hitter that went to the plate recorded at least one hit with Hansen leading the way going 4-for-5 with one double and one RBI and Nicol went 3-for-5 with one double.

The Toreros will return to action on Wednesday as they host the Highlanders in a 3 p.m. game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.

San Francisco - 4
San Jose State - 2

San Jose, CA - San Francisco came back from a 2-0 deficit to earn the 4-2 victory over San Jose State on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium. The win is USF's (21-11) sixth in a row, but first over the Spartan's (15-14) since a 7-3 win on March 15, 2005.

Junior left-hander Evan Fredrickson (4-2) overcame a shaky start in which he gave up four walks, two doubles, two runs and hit a batter, all in the first three innings. His defense saved him throughout the game, making three double plays. For the night, Fredrickson allowed just two hits and two runs and struck out six in 8.0 innings.

Senior Mitchell Bialosky earned the save (2), moving from first base to the mound to throw a perfect ninth with a strikeout.

Down 2-0 going into the fourth, USF struck back and scored two of its own to tie the ballgame. With two outs and sophomore third baseman Derek Poppert on second base, freshman designated hitter Stephen Yarrow walked. Bialosky singled up the middle, scoring Poppert. Yarrow then scored when senior shortstop Tavo Hall singled down the left field line.

USF added insurance runs in the fifth and seventh. In the fifth, freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz hit a screamer to the pitcher, Max Peterson, who literally threw his glove at the ball while trying to get out of its path. Senior right fielder Kyle Morgan hit another ball to Peterson, who was able to grab it this time, but threw it into center field when trying to force out Bernatz at second. Bernatz moved to third on the play, and scored on Poppert's sacrifice fly to left center.

In the seventh, sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin started off the inning with a single to left and moved to second on junior left fielder Zach Kim's single up the middle. An out later, Bialosky singled to right, scoring Lipkin.

Bernatz went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base. Lipkin went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Bialosky had two hits and two RBI and Hall also had two hits, an RBI and two stolen bases. Kim was 2-for-4 with a sacrifice bunt, while Poppert had a hit, an RBI and a run scored. Morgan rounded out the 13 hits for the Dons.

Peterson (2-4) took the loss for SJSU, giving up one run (unearned) in less than an inning of relief. Anthony Vega started for the Spartans, not allowing a run off two hits, a walk, and two strikeouts in 3.0 innings.

USF travels to Malibu for a three game West Coast Conference set with No. 9 Pepperdine this weekend. Friday's game is set to begin at 3:00 PM.

GAME NOTES: The win is the sixth in a row for the Dons and they have won 13 of their last 14.

Cal Poly - 10
Pepperdine - 5

MALIBU, Calif. - The #9 Pepperdine Baseball team was unable to hold a 5-3 lead, as they fell to Cal Poly 10-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine dropped to 20-11 (3-2 WCC) with the loss, while Cal Poly improved to 10-17.

The Mustangs jumped on top in the first inning on a two-run single and an RBI single to take a 3-0 lead. The Waves answered with a run of their own, as Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) scored on a throwing error to cut the deficit to 3-1 after the first inning.

Both offenses were quiet for the next three innings until the Waves took the lead in the fifth on a sac fly from Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) and a two-run double from Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) to give Pepperdine a 4-3 lead.

Pepperdine added onto its lead in the sixth inning on a sac fly from Mendonca to extend its lead to 5-3, but Cal Poly answered in the seventh. The Mustangs scored six runs in the frame, four of which were unearned, to take a 9-5 lead. Cal Poly's frame was highlighted by a two two-run doubles, and an RBI single.

Cal Poly pushed another run across the board in the eighth inning on an RBI single to make it a 10-5 game and Pepperdine was unable to mount a rally in its last two at bats, giving Cal Poly the come-from-behind win.

Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) took a no-decision despite tossing 5.2 innings and allowing three earned runs. Jordan Durrance (Manteca, Calif./Sierra HS) incurred the loss for the Waves, while D.J. Mauldin recorded the win for Cal Poly.

The Waves offense was led by Diedrich, who went 2-for-5 with two RBI, and Mendonca and David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara CC), who each registered a pair of hits. The Mustangs were led by Ryan Lee and Wes Dorrell, who each notched three RBI.

Up next, the Waves are home for the first weekend in a month, as they will host WCC foe San Francisco for three games beginning on Friday, Apr. 11 at 3 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Washington - 3
Portland - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington pinch hitter Kyle Conley belted a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand the Huskies a 3-0 victory over the Portland Pilots in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday evening at Husky Ballpark. The loss overshadows a brilliant outing by UP starter Brennan Thorpe, who gave up just three hits in eight scoreless innings.

Thorpe struck out seven and walked just one before giving way to sophomore reliever Ed Wakefield to start the ninth. Wakefield walked pinch hitter Doug Cherry to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved Cherry to second, freshman Owen Jones replaced Wakefield and struck out pinch hitter Joey Dunn.

Ty Rasmussen was then intentionally walked to put runners at first and second. Scott Burris (1-3) then came on to face Conley, who lofted his fifth homer of the year to win it.

Geoff Brown, Forrest Snow and Tyler Cheney combined on a three-hit shutout for Washington (21-9). Brown worked the first eight innings, allowing two hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Cheney (1-2) got a double-play groundout from the only batter he faced in the top of the ninth to pick up the win.

Senior C Eric Brown, freshman 2B Riley Henricks and junior OF Bryant Kraus accounted for Portland's (16-17) three hits, all singles. Brown's hit came in the third inning, Henricks reached in the sixth and Kraus picked up his base knock in the ninth.

Both Brown and Henricks were able to reach second base after getting on, but both times the Pilots where unable to advance them any further.

The Pilots committed the game's only error, which kept Thorpe from retiring 18 straight UW batters.

Portland next returns to Joe Etzel Field for a three-game, West Coast Conference series this weekend against the 13th-ranked San Diego Toreros. The Pilots and Toreros are scheduled to play at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.