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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 13, 2008

Gonzaga - 5
Santa Clara - 4

Spokane, Wash. - Cody Martin threw 2.1 shutout innings Saturday as the freshman tied the Gonzaga University single season saves record as the Bulldogs downed Santa Clara University 5-4 at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The win evened the three-game West Coast Conference series between the two teams at one game apiece.

Martin's save was the seventh of the season, tying the 26-year old school record. He is now tied with Randy Bostic who posted seven saves during the 1982 season. Martin earned the save throwing 2.1 innings allowing no runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two. The save was the second of the week for the native of Dos Palos, Calif. as he earned a save Tuesday against Washington State University.

GU (18-15, 2-5 WCC) starter Matt Fields (5-2) earned the win as the junior allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out four. Jeremy Stumetz also saw time out of the pen, throwing 0.1 inning. Santa Clara (18-13, 4-4 WCC) starter Alex Rivers (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on 11 hits over 7.0 frames.

For the second game in a row, the Broncos jumped out to an early lead over the Zags by scoring in the opening frame. After a walk to the lead off batter Matt Long and a single up the middle by Tommy Medica to put runners on the corners, SCU plated one run on a single to center by Gabe Alcantar.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth, when Gonzaga rallied for four runs to take a 4-1 edge. Ryan Wiegand and Tyson Van Winkle each drove in two for the Zags during the frame. Evan Wells and Jason Chatwood each recorded singles before Marcus McKimmy drew a walk to load the bases for Wiegand. Wiegand then hit a double to left center to score Wells and Chatwood. McKimmy and Wiegand were then plated on Van Winkle's single to left center.

The Bulldogs added the eventual game winning run in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a run-scoring fielder's choice by pinch hitter Brett Nicholas. Bryan Winston, who led off the inning with a single, scored on the play.

Santa Clara posted a come-back in the top of the seventh, narrowing GU's lead to 5-4 with three runs. Jon Karcich scored the first run of the inning on a single through the left side by Brady Fuerst. Fuerst advanced to third on a single by Long, before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Evan LeBlanc. LeBlanc scored the final run of the game on a single to right by Medica.

The Broncos threatened again in the eighth and ninth innings as they stranded both the tying and go-ahead runs on base during each frame.

Wiegand and Van Winkle led GU at the plate as each posted two hits with two runs batted in. Drew Heid also posted two hits, extending his current hit streak to eight games.

Gonzaga and Santa Clara will play the rubber contest of the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. AJ Proszek is expected the get the starting nod for the Zags.

Loyola Marymount - 15
Saint Mary's - 9

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (18-16, 4-4) used a season-high 24 hits to plate a season-high 15 runs en route to pounding Saint Mary's (18-13-1, 3-5) by a count of 15-9 on Saturday in game two of a three-game conference series being played at LMU's Page Stadium over the weekend. The two teams have combined for 47 runs on 70 hits over the first two games of the series.

Seniors Andy Preston and A.J. LaMonda, along with sophomore Angelo Songco led the Lions offensively on the day. Preston finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored, four RBI, a home run and two doubles. LaMonda batted 4-for-6 out of the leadoff spot, collecting three runs scored along the way. Songco turned in a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate, with three runs scored, his team-leading seventh home run of the season, two RBI and a double. Sean Dovel and Ryan Wheeler each contributed three hits in the victory, with Dovel going 3-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Wheeler, who has been a tear as of late for LMU, batted 3-for-5 with three doubles, four RBI and two runs scored. The native of Torrance, Calif. has now collected multiple hits in 10 of his last 12, and 12 of his last 15 games. Songco and Wheeler have now hit safely in five and four straight games, respectively.

Senior Andy Beal got the start for LMU, tossing the first six and two-thirds innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks while striking out a batter to improve to 4-3 on the season. Left-hander Russell Lowell pitched the final two and a third innings on the hill, surrendering three runs on four hits and striking out two batters.

Designated hitter Justin Fazio and right fielder Brian Hawkins paced the Gael offense, finishing with three hits and two RBI apiece. Kyle Jensen and Cory Miller also drove in two for Saint Mary's. Randy Wells, who finished 2-for-4 in the loss, belted his third home run of the year.

Right-hander Brandon Berl got the start for Saint Mary's, contributing two and two-thirds innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks en route to being tagged with his third loss of the season. Alex Jensen gave up seven runs over the next two innings of work before Matt McCormick failed to record an out and surrendered a run as well. Dorsey Ek was the final reliever for Saint Mary's, tossing three and a third innings and allowing two runs on six hits to finish the game on the hill.

The Gaels got on the board in the top of the first with one swing of the bat. Second baseman Wells connected on a 1-0 pitch with two outs in the inning, sending it over the wall in centerfield for his third home run of the year.

The Lions answered right back in the bottom of the frame, posting two runs on three hits to take the lead and run the score to 2-1. LaMonda singled to start the inning before a groundout moved him to second. Back-to-back doubles by Preston and Songco knocked-in the two runs for the Lions on the ensuing plays.

Refusing to surrender momentum, Saint Mary's pushed three more runs across in the top of the second to take a 4-2 advantage into the bottom of the inning. Anthony Aliotti doubled to get the ball rolling before Fazio followed suit with a RBI-double of his own down the right field line. Fazio was retired on the ensuing play, as Beal came off the mound on a bunt attempt and quickly fired to third base where Michael Glomb applied the tag. Daniel Alcaire singled to get the rally started once again, leaving runners at second and third after an errant throw from Ollie Enos in right field on the play. Hawkins took advantage of the opportunity to hit with runners in scoring position, singling to shortstop to drive in the second run of the frame. Miller quickly capped the scoring run with a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home Alcaire.

LMU broke through for three runs in the bottom of the third, recording four hits in the frame. Singles by LaMonda and Glomb started the inning before Songco walked one batter later to load the bases. Dovel came up with the clutch base hit, singling home the first run on the ensuing play. Wheeler stayed hot just a few pitches later, sending a shot off Mikos Blue Monster in left field for a double to bring home Songco and Glomb to cap the frame.

The Lions extended the lead to 10-4 with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. For the second consecutive inning, back-to-back singles by LaMonda and Glomb got things rolling. Preston cleared the bases on the ensuing play, doubling into the left centerfield gap. A Songco bunt single down the third base line put runners at the corners before a balk brought home the next run and left a runner at second. After a groundout moved the runner to third, Wheeler collected his second double of the day to drive in Songco. Enos put runners at first and second with a single to shortstop before Kyle Spraker hit a ground ball that left runners at the corners with two out. Jonathan Johnson capped the frame on the very next play, recording a push bunt single to drive in Wheeler.

Saint Mary's answered for a run in the top of the fifth to cut the advantage to 10-5. Hawkins led things off with a single before Miller doubled down the left field line to drive in the run from first.

LMU broke the game open even further in the fifth, plating three runs on four hits. After two quick outs to start the frame, Songco connected on his seventh home run of the season, sending a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right field. Dovel kept the inning alive with a two-out single before Wheeler belted his third RBI-double into the left centerfield gap to score Dovel from first base. Enos contributed the final blow in the frame, singling home Wheeler on the very next play to put the Lions on top by a count of 13-5.

Saint Mary's posted a run in the top of the sixth inning, as Anthony Aliotti reached with a one-out walk. Scott Schneider singled following the second out in the frame before an Daniel Alcaire single loaded the bases for Hawkins. The right fielder was hit by the first pitch in the at bat, forcing in the run.

LMU plated its final runs of the game in the sixth, scoring twice to run the tally to 15-6. Johnson singled to lead off before a LaMonda single put runners at the corners. Glomb grounded into a double play on the ensuing play, resulting in the first run of the inning. Preston wasted no time scoring the final Lion run of the game, hitting a towering shot to right centerfield for his fourth round-tripper of the season.

Saint Mary's put up a fight in the ninth inning, scoring three times to run the score to its final of 15-9. Hawkins doubled before back-to-back hit-by-pitches loaded the bases. Jensen, who homered twice on Friday, followed with a two-RBI single into centerfield to leave runners at first and second. After a second strikeout in the inning, Fazio doubled to right field to bring home Ryan Mulligan and cap the scoring on the day.

The Lions and Gaels will conclude the three-game West Coast Conference series tomorrow at 1 p.m. LMU will send junior Ernie Cho to the hill in the rubber-match to oppose right-hander Scott Schneider for Saint Mary's.

Pepperdine - 11
San Francisco - 10

MALIBU, Calif. - Trent Diedrich notched a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning to cap a three-run rally, as the #9 Pepperdine baseball team recorded a 11-10 come-from-behind win on Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium

With the score tied at 10-10, Diedrich's (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) two-out single to left field scored Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian HS) to give Pepperdine (22-11, 5-2 WCC) the 11-10 win over the Dons (21-13, 5-3 WCC). The Waves trailed 10-8 entering the bottom of the ninth before their three-run rally.

USF took a 2-0 lead in the first on a fielding error with two runs, but Pepperdine answered in its half with an RBI groundout from Diedrich to make it a 2-1 contest.

Pepperdine tied things up in the second as Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) scored on a throwing error, and then the Waves took the lead on Bryce Mendonca's (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) RBI single to make it 3-2 in favor of Pepperdine. The Waves tacked on two more in the inning, Diedrich then notched a two-run double and Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) recorded a run-scoring single to give Pepperdine a 6-2 lead after just two innings.

The Waves extended their lead to 7-2 in the fourth inning, as Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) notched a sac fly, but the Dons would respond in their next at bat. USF scored six runs on only three hits to take an 8-7 lead.

The scored remained at 8-7 until the eighth inning, as the Dons recorded a sac fly to make it 9-7, but Pepperdine cut the deficit back to one run in their half of the eighth on an infield RBI single from Thames to make it 9-8.

The Dons got the run back in the ninth on an RBI double to make it 10-8, setting the stage for Pepperdine's heroics in the ninth. Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) walked to lead off the frame, and Torrey Jacoby (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep HS) was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, and a walk to Duron, David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara CC) notched a sac fly to cut the Waves' deficit to 10-9 and then Mendonca tied things up with his single through the right side. Thames was intentionally walked to load the bases, setting the stage for Diedrich's walk-off single.

The Waves made a winner out of Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS), who improved to 3-0. USF's Garrett Luippold incurred the loss for the Dons.

"It was great game, and I was really happy for Trent to deliver in that huge situation in the ninth," Pepperdine Coach Steve Rodriguez said. "This team has a lot of character. We may not be clicking on all cylinders right now, but if we can not play well and get wins, I'll take it. I'm very proud of this team for their competitive and the character they're showing."

Thames led the Waves with a perfect 4-for-4 day, Diedrich notched four RBI, Mendonca recorded a season-high four hits, and Harris and Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) each recorded a pair of hits Derek Poppert, Mitchell Bialosky and Kyle Morgan each posted two hits to lead the Dons.

Pepperdine will attempt to sweep the series tomorrow, as the teams conclude their three-game set with a 1 p.m. contest at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

San Diego - 5
Portland - 4

PORTLAND, Ore. - San Diego's A.J. Griffin struck out the final two batters of the game with the bases loaded as the Toreros held on for a 5-4 win over the Portland Pilots in a West Coast Conference baseball game Saturday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field.

Trailing 5-4 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, Portland (16-19, 2-6 WCC) sophomore C Rocky Gale reached with a one-out single to right-center field. Pinch hitter Paul Crowder followed Gale's single with a base knock to center, which advanced pinch runner Eric Brown to second.

With runners now on first and second, freshman RF Tyler Thompson drew a walk to load the bases. Griffin then struck out freshman SS Riley Henricks swinging and freshman 3B Kevin Armijo looking to pick up his seventh save of the year.

Starter Mark Triolo (4-3) is saddled with loss despite pitching an effective eight innings for Portland. The right-hander scattered nine hits in 8.0 innings of work, while allowing five runs. He struck out six and walked just one.

Relievers Matthew Lange and Zach Varce combined to work a scoreless ninth inning.

USD's (26-11, 6-2 WCC) Josh Romanski moves to 5-0 on the season after allowing four runs on seven hits in 8.0 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Henricks had a huge day at the plate for Portland, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI's. Through the first two games of the three-game series, the native of Mukilteo, Wash., has six hits in eight at-bats with two doubles, a home run and four RBI's.

All four or Portland's runs came in the bottom of the second inning. After USD's Logan Gelbrich gave the Toreros a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the top of the inning, senior OF Danny Meier led off the bottom half with a double to right field. After sophomore 2B Clayton Shaw grounded out to short, freshman RF Tyler Thompson switched places with Meier with an RBI double to left field, evening the score at 1-1. Gale then struck out for the second out.

Cort Carpenter kept the rally alive with a two-out, run-scoring single to right field. After freshman DH Owen Jones singled to give Portland runners on first and second, Henricks ripped a double to the gap in right-center field, bringing home both Carpenter and Jones to make it 4-1.

The Toreros immediately responded with two runs in the top of the third. James Meador and Gelbrich both picked up RBI's as USD pulled within 4-3.

USD then reclaimed the lead with another pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Meador brought home two with a single to left that gave San Diego a slim 5-4 lead.

The Toreros out-hit the Pilots on the afternoon 11-9. San Diego also played flawlessly in the field, while Portland was charged with one error.

Portland and San Diego next conclude their WCC series with a game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field.