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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 9, 2008

San Diego - 7
UC Riverside - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind another solid offensive output and a solid pitching performance from freshman left-hander Sammy Solis, the 13th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team cruised their way to a 7-2 win over visiting UC Riverside Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 24-11 overall and have now run their winning streak to five games. With the loss, the Highlanders fall to 9-18 overall.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they did most of their scoring damage in the first inning scoring four runs on three hits. Sean Nicol got things started with a walk and moved to second on a Josh Romanski single to right field. James Meador loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch and Logan Gelbrich drove in Nicol with a RBI single to left centerfield. Kevin Hansen drove in the second run with a bases-loaded walk and the final two runs came on a Jose Valerio two-run single up the middle to give USD a 4-0 lead.

The Highlanders then began to chip away at the lead as they scored one run in each of the next two innings on a Joey Gonzales RBI single in the second inning and a Drew Garcia run-scoring double in the third inning to cut the deficit in half.

The Toreros then began to put the game out of reach as in the sixth inning Valerio launched his second home run in as many weeks, a solo shot over the right centerfield fence, to give USD a 5-2 lead. The final two USD runs came on a Romanski RBI single through the left side in the seventh inning and a Romanski bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning to put the game at its final of 7-2.

Offensively for the Toreros, Valerio led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one home run and three RBI. Gelbrich, Nicol and Romanski all went 2-for-4 at the plate with Romanski recording two RBI.

Solis (2-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on eight hits, while striking out seven in 6.0 innings of work. Ryan Platt (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Highlanders as he allowed four runs on three hits in 3.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to the Pacific Northwest to play the University of Portland in a 3 p.m. West Coast Conference game.

California - 16
Santa Clara - 8

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball faced a hard-fought 16-8 loss to fifth-ranked California Wednesday afternoon at Evans Diamond in Berkeley. With the loss, the Broncos dropped to 17-12 on the season, while the Golden Bears improved to 22-7-5 overall. The 2008 series between the two programs was split, 1-1, with the Broncos winning the first meeting on March 25 at Schott Stadium.

Evan LeBlanc led the Broncos offensive, going 2-for-4 with three runs, while Nathan Faulkner went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run. On the mound, Matt Wickswat was handed the loss. He is now 1-1 on the season. The win was awarded to Cal's Todd Fitzgerald. He improves to 1-1 overall.

The Broncos opened with two runs in the first inning and successfully held off the Golden Bears in their half of the inning. With LeBlanc on base, Tommy Medica singled up the middle bringing in the first run of the game. LeBlanc got on base with a single through the right side and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Gabe Alcantar then produced an RBI single through the right side that brought home Medica.

Cal then produced a four run second inning. The Golden Bears gained a two-run lead, 4-2, as Brett Jackson, Dylan Tonneson, Blake Smith and Michael Brady all scored.

Santa Clara was only able to respond with one run in their half of the third inning to make the score, 4-3; however, Cal added two more runs to start widening the gap. In the third inning, LeBlanc scored his second run of the contest on a Ryan Conan groundout to Cal's shortstop Brady.

The Golden Bears went on to score for four consecutive innings to tale a 15-5 lead over the Broncos.

Santa Clara was unable to score anymore runs until the sixth inning when Faulkner launched a two-run home run to left centerfield to bring home Jon Karcich, who doubled to left field in the previous at bat, as well. It was Faulkner's second homer of the season.

In the seventh inning, LeBlanc scored his third run of the game on a Geoff Klein single through the right side. LeBlanc made his way around the bases by walking, advancing to second and third base on base-hits from Medica and Conan, respectively. SCU trailed 15-6.

It was relief pitcher Daniel DeMarco, who came in at the start of the bottom of the seventh, and the Broncos defense that was able to bring the Golden Bears' scoring tirade to a halt. DeMarco struck out one and allowed one hit, while plays at first and a fly out to left field finished out the inning.

However, Cal's Jeff Kobernus hit a solo homer to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the score 16-6. In Santa Clara's final opportunity to score, the Broncos added on two runs but could not catch the Bears. With bases loaded, Klein walked to bring home Medica. He reached in the lead-off spot on an error by Cal's shortstop. Conan then scored the Broncos final run of the game on a Karcich groundout.

The Golden Bears out-hit the Broncos 21-to-15, while SCU committed only one error to Cal's two errors.

The Broncos return to action on Friday, April 11 against the Bulldogs of Gonzaga. First pitch in the three-game West Coast Conference series is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Spokane, Wash.