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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 12, 2008

Pepperdine - 11
San Francisco - 2

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine starter Nathan Newman tossed seven strong innings and Pepperdine's bats came alive in an 11-2 win over WCC leader San Francisco on Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine improved to 21-11 on the year (4-2 WCC) while San Francisco dropped to 21-12 (5-2) WCC. The Waves moved to 15-3 at home with the victory.

San Francisco got on the board first in the second inning on a two-run homer from Stephen Yarrow to take a 2-0 lead, but Pepperdine cut into USF's lead in their half of the second on an RBI single from Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) to make it a 2-1 game.

Two innings later, the Waves took the lead, as Heroy notched a sac fly to tie the game at 2-2 and Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) notched an infield RBI single to give Pepperdine a 3-2 lead. Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) added onto Pepperdine's lead in the fifth inning on a solo home run to make it a 4-2 contest.

Pepperdine blew the game open in the sixth on an RBI single from Mendonca, a bases loaded walk to Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) and an RBI groundout from Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) to make it 7-4. David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara C.C.) came around to score on a passed ball, Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) notched an RBI single, and Heroy laced a two-run single to give Pepperdine an 11-2 lead.

Newman (Houston, Texas/Grayson C.C.) settled down after allowing the two-run homer in the first, as he did not allow any more runs to score after the first inning and ended his day in the seventh inning by inducing a double play with Pepperdine ahead 11-2. Jason Butler (Los Angeles, Calif./Palisades HS) relieved Newman in the eighth and tossed two hitless innings to seal the 11-2 win.

Newman improved to 5-2 with the win after allowing two runs over seven innings of work while notching four strikeouts. Mitchell Bialosky incurred the loss for the Dons.

Heroy led the Waves offensive attack with two hits and four RBI, Diedrich scored three runs, and Thames, d'Arnaud and Mendonca each tallied a pair of hits. The Dons were led by Connor Bernatz and Derek Poppert, who each went 2-for-4.

The Waves and the Dons continue their three-game series tomorrow with a 1 p.m. contest at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Saint Mary's - 14
Loyola Marymount - 9

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (17-16, 3-4) dropped a slugfest against Saint Mary's (18-12-1, 3-4), 14-9, on Friday in game one of a three-game West Coast Conference Series being played at LMU's Page Stadium. The Lions have now lost four straight conference games after sweeping Portland to start WCC play.

Sophomores Angelo Songco and Ryan Wheeler led the Lion offense on the day, each finishing with three hits. Songco batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, two RBI and a walk to extend his current hitting streak to four games. Wheeler, who has now hit safely in three straight games and 10 of his last 11, contributed a 3-for-5 day at the plate, collecting two doubles, a run scored and three RBI. The native of Torrance, Calif. has now collected multiple hits in nine of his last 11, and 11 of his last 14 games. Seniors Sean Dovel and Andy Preston rounded-out the top performers at the plate, finishing with two hits apiece. Dovel batted 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Preston finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a RBI and a walk.

Junior Mike Kenney got the Friday start, lasting three innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits and one walk en route to taking his third loss of the season. Junior Lee Roberts was first out of the Lion bullpen, contributing three innings and surrendering four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two batters before giving way to Nate Keadle. The senior right-hander took the ball for the next inning and gave up a run on three hits and struck out one batter. Freshman Chris Eusebio turned in an inning and two-thirds of work, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out three batters before Jeremy Burrell retired the final hitter in the top of the ninth to finish the game on the hill for LMU.

Left fielder Kyle Jensen led all hitters on the day, batting a perfect 4-for-4 with two home runs, two walks, five runs scored and five RBI. The home runs were his 10th and 11th of the season. Daniel Alcaire was also perfect at the plate, finishing 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Scott Schneider batted 3-for-5 with a triple and a run scored, while Cory Miller batted 3-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Anthony Aliotti also turned in a fantastic day at the plate, going 2-for-6 with two runs scored, a double and a RBI.

Right-hander Brian Justice got the start and the victory to improve to 3-1 after tossing six innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks while recording three strikeouts. Alex Schmarzo lasted one inning in relief, surrendering three runs on three hits before giving way to Jimmy Munill. Munill finished the game on the hill for Saint Mary's, tossing two frames and allowing only one hit and striking out four Lion batters.

Saint Mary's got on the board first in the game, plating two runs on one swing of the bat. Miller got the ball rolling with a leadoff bunt single on the first pitch of the game. A wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third before Miller was thrown out at the plate on the ensuing play, leaving a runner at first and two out in the inning. Jensen came up clutch in the very next at bat, blasting a mammoth home run to left centerfield to drive in the two runs for the Saint Mary's.

The Lions wasted no time answering back to take the lead, scoring three times in the bottom of the first to earn a 3-2 advantage. A leadoff walk to A.J. LaMonda got the inning started before Kyle Spraker reached on an error to put runners at first and second. Preston followed with a single to right field to load the bases before Songco doubled to left field to drive in two Lion runs. Dovel wasted no time giving LMU the lead, singling on the ensuing play to drive in Preston from third. Justice did a nice job of settling down after the three runs, recording a strikeout and a double play to retire the side.

LMU was back at it again in the bottom of the second, posting one run on one hit to extend the lead to 4-2. A one-out walk to LaMonda started the ball in the right direction, as he moved to second on a groundout off the bat of Spraker. Preston followed with his second hit of the day, a RBI-single to drive in LaMonda from second base.

The Gaels regained the lead in the top of the third after scoring four runs in the frame. Miller picked up his second hit of the day, tripling into the left centerfield gap, as LaMonda slid in an attempt to catch it on the fly, to start the inning. A walk put runners at the corners before Kenney recorded the strikeout for the first out of the inning. Back-to-back RBI-singles by Jensen and Aliotti drove in the first two runs of the frame before a throwing error on a bunt attempt by Kenney put runners at the corners and drove in the third Gael run. Justin Fazio drove in the final run of the frame with a RBI-groundout on the ensuing play to bring home Aliotti, running the score to 6-4.

Saint Mary's put two more runs on the board in the fifth to extend the lead to 8-4 before the Lions answered back for two of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Aliotti doubled to put runners at second and third for Saint Mary's before Alcaire contributed a two-RBI double to cap the scoring for the Gaels. Preston got the bottom of the inning started with a walk before moving to second on a Songco single to centerfield. Dovel bunted the runners to second and third on the ensuing play before Wheeler contributed the two-RBI single to run the tally to 8-6 in favor of Saint Mary's.

The Gaels quickly answered back after trading the two runs in the fifth, scoring two more in the top of the sixth and one in the seventh to open up a 11-6 lead headed into the bottom half of the seventh. Randy Wells and Alcaire contributed RBI-singles in the sixth before Schneider's triple and a Brian Hawkins single teamed to plate the run in the seventh.

The Lions responded well in the bottom of the frame, cutting the lead to 11-9 with three runs in the inning. Songco got the inning started with his third hit of the day before scoring on the ensuing play when Dovel drove a pitch into the right centerfield gap for a double. Wheeler followed suit with a double of his own, ripping a line drive down the right field line to push home Dovel. After a wild pitch moved Wheeler to third, Michael Glomb picked up the RBI with a groundout to shortstop to cap the frame.

The Gaels refused to surrender any momentum, plating a single run in the top of the eighth. Jensen singled to start the inning before stealing second an out later. Alcaire followed with a single to put runners at the corners before Fazio contributed the RBI-single to left field on a 0-2 pitch.

Saint Mary's added two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth, both coming on Jensen's second home run of the game. Miller was hit by a pitch before a sacrifice and a groundout moved him to third with two down to bring Jensen to the plate. The left fielder jumped on the first pitch he saw in the at bat, sending it deep over the wall in left centerfield.

The Lions and Gaels will continue this three-game West Coast Conference series tomorrow at 1 p.m. Senior Andy Beal will get the start for the Lions, opposed by right-hander Brandon Berl for the Gaels.

San Diego - 8
Portland - 4

PORTLAND, Ore. - The 13th-ranked San Diego Toreros were pushed hard by the Portland Pilots, but came away with an 8-4 win in the opener of a three-game West Coast Conference series Friday at Joe Etzel Field. Portland freshman Riley Henricks went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI's to pace the Pilots, but USD and All-American southpaw Brian Matusz held on for the win.

Matusz, who entered the game 6-1 with a 1.57 earned run average, didn't have an easy outing against the young Pilots' roster. Henricks led the way with a three-hit performance against the projected first round draft pick. Henricks' two-run blast to straight away center field in the seventh made it 6-4.

USD (25-11, 5-2 WCC) put two insurance runs on the board in the top of the ninth after James Meador led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly and Josh Romanski belted a solo homer.

Matusz (7-1) earned the win despite allowing seven hits and four earned runs. He walked three and struck out nine. In Portland's previous two outings against the left-hander, the Pilots managed a total of eight hits and no earned runs in 16 innings.

San Diego closer A.J. Griffin picked up his seventh save of the season after tossing two scoreless frames.

Senior lefty David Gruener (1-4) took the loss for the Pilots (16-17, 2-5). Gruener allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings of work.

The Pilots had plenty of opportunities throughout the game as the leadoff batter reached base in six of the nine innings. Both teams left eight runners on base and each squad had one error. The Toreros collected a 16-8 advantage in hits for the game.

USD went up 1-0 in the first after the first four batters reached base. With one run already in and the bases loaded, left fielder Bryant Kraus made a diving catch to save a run and Gruener induced an inning ending double play.

A three-run homer by Victor Sanchez in the fourth gave the Toreros a 4-0 lead, but the Pilots answered with a two-out, two-run double by freshman Tyler Thompson in the bottom of the frame. Thompson finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate.

The Toreros made it 6-2 with a run in both the fifth and seventh innings, but Henricks cut the margin in half with his sixth homer of the season in the seventh. After pinch hitter Paul Crowder doubled to left, Henricks took the first pitch he saw from Matusz and put it in the trees over the 390 sign in center field. Henricks is now batting a team-leading .338 on the season, including .452 in WCC games.

Sophomore DH Clayton Shaw and Thompson joined Henricks with multi-hit games.

The top six batters in the San Diego lineup each had at least two hits, while all nine starters had at least one hit on the day.

The teams will continue their three-game series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. start at Joe Etzel Field. The series concludes on Sunday with another 1 p.m. start.

NOTES: Toreros head coach Rich Hill was ejected in the top of the eighth inning.

Santa Clara - 12
Gonzaga - 4

Spokane, Wash. - Five Santa Clara University home runs proved to be the deciding factor Friday night as the Gonzaga University baseball team fell 12-4 to the Broncos at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. The five Bronco home runs accounted for 10 of Santa Clara's 12 runs. The game was the opening game of a crucial three-game West Coast Conference series.

Gonzaga (17-15, 1-5 WCC) starter Brandon Harmon (2-5) was charged with the loss as the senior allowed five runs on ten hits over 5.0 innings. Cory Powell, Chris Highmark and Brandon Blank all made appearances out of the Zags' bullpen in the game. Santa Clara (18-12, 4-3 WCC) starter Nate Garcia (3-2) earned the victory, allowing two runs on 10 hits over 7.0 innings while striking out six.

The only Santa Clara runs that did not come via a long ball were scored in the top of the first inning as Ryan Conan and Gabe Alcantar each recorded run-scoring singles to right to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead.

SCU added to its total in the top of the third as Nathan Faulkner hit a solo home run to left field. In his next at-bat, Faulkner posted the second long ball of the game, again, with a solo shot to left, giving Santa Clara a 4-0 edge.

Conan hit the Broncos' third home run of the night in the top of the fifth with a one-run long ball to left.

Gonzaga posted its first run of the game with a RBI ground-out by Ryan Wiegand in the top of the fifth inning. Evan Wells, who led off the frame with an infield hit, was brought home on the play.

The Broncos added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh, thanks to a three-run shot to left by Jon Karcich.

Marcus McKimmy posted the Zags' lone home run of the evening in the bottom of the seven as the senior hit his fifth long ball of the season - a solo shot to left.

In the top of the ninth inning, Santa Clara added another four runs on a grand slam to right by Brady Fuerst.

The Bulldogs rallied in the bottom of the ninth, falling short but adding two runs. McKimmy and Wiegand drove in the pair of inning runs on doubles to cap scoring at 12-4.

All nine batters in the Gonzaga starting line-up posted hits in the game, with Jason Chatwood, McKimmy and Wiegand each recording two hits apiece. Gonzaga posted 12 total hits in the game but fallied to drive in runs as the Zags stranded 11 runners on base.

The Bulldogs and Broncos will battle again Saturday in the second game of the series. Matt Fields is expected to earn the start for GU in the 1 p.m. game.