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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 29, 2008

Pepperdine - 6
UCLA - 2

MALIBU, Calif. - Waves' pitchers allowed only four hits and the #13 Pepperdine baseball team recorded a 6-2 win over UCLA on Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif.

Pepperdine improved to 26-13 (8-3 WCC) with the win, while UCLA dropped to 22-18. The Waves moved to 18-3 at home with the victory.

The Bruins got on the board in the third inning on a Waves' fielding error to make it a 1-0 contest, but Pepperdine responded in their half of the third on Matt Aidem's (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) three-run homer, a shot to right field that went off the Waves' scoreboard, to give Pepperdine a 3-1 lead. The Waves then tacked on a pair on a wild pitch and a double play that scored Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) to make it a 5-1 game after three innings.

The Waves added a run in the sixth on an RBI single from Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) to extend Pepperdine's lead to 6-1.

The score remained at 6-1 until the Bruins loaded the bases in the ninth inning with no outs before Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) came in to get the Waves out of the jam. After a strikeout, Gaudi allowed a run to score on an RBI single to make it a 6-2 game, but he then notched another strikeout and induced a flyout to seal Pepperdine's 6-2 win and record his 10th save of the season.

Freshman Scott Alexander (Windsor, Calif./Cardinal Newman HS) improved to 5-2 with the win after tossing four innings in relief in his first appearance out of the bullpen this season. Bruins' starter Garrett Claypool incurred the loss for UCLA. Pepperdine starter Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) pitched well but did not factor in the decision after only tossing four innings. Bywater allowed one run on two hits while fanning two.

Aidem led the Waves with three RBI, and five others notched one hit each for the Waves. Four different Bruins each notched one hit for UCLA.

Up next, the Waves will face UC Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif. tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 10
Sonoma State - 3

Rohnert Park, CA - An offensive explosion in the top of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, combined with a beautiful pitching performance from Anthony Aliotti and Taylor Reid, paved the way as Saint Mary's (22-19-1) defeated Sonoma State (39-11) by a final score of 10-3 on Tuesday afternoon.

The Seawolves are currently ranked #5 in Division II, and took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first off starter Anthony Aliotti. Those would be the last runs the Seawolves would score off the lefty, as Aliotti was lights out, going five complete, scattering three hits, two runs, one earned, and one walk and struck out five. Twice Aliotti breezed through the inning 1-2-3.

Not to be outdone, Taylor Reid (1-2) was equally sharp, going four complete, surrendering just one hit, one earned run, two walks and two strike outs. Reid dominated the Seawolves lineup, tearing through three innings with little threat from Sonoma State. In the bottom of the ninth a hit batter, and back to back walks loaded the bases with no outs, but a double play, and a ground out to second ended the game with the Seawolves only tallying one run.

Offensively the Gaels tallied 12 hits and 10 runs on the afternoon, with eight of those runs coming in the final third of the game. Seawolves starter Rashad Tucker held the Gaels bats quiet through four innings, giving up only one hit, one run, and one walk. He gave way to Seawolves reliever Nick O'Brien (3-3) who made it through two innings giving up one earned run following a fielder's choice off the bat of Ryan Mulligan.

The seventh inning proved to be the difference as the Gaels tallied two runs to take the lead. Back to back to back singles from Brian Hawkins, Joel Staples and Kyle Jensen had the bases loaded with one out. A wild pitch scored Hawkins and advanced Staples and Jensen 90 feet. A sac bunt from Mulligan scored Staples and ended scoring for the Gaels as they lead for good 4-2.

Five Gaels collected multi-hit games, including Fuglerud who went 2-for-5, scoring two runs. Staples also went 2-for-5, added a run and knocked in two. Hawkins went 2-for-2, and Justin Fazio also went 2-for-2.

The Gaels will resume play on Friday as they head to Miami to take on the University of Miami in a three game series, with a first pitch slated for 7:00 PM Eastern.

Santa Clara - 7
Sacramento State - 6

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Led offensively by senior Gabe Alcantar and junior Matt Long, the Santa Clara baseball team pushed its win streak to six games Tuesday night as the Broncos defeated the Hornets of Sacramento State, 7-6. SCU is now 27-16 on the season.

Reliever Mark Willinsky (3-2) earned his third win of the season after one and a third inning of work, allowing just one hit, one walk and striking out one. The loss went to Mike Weiss (0-1).

Outfielder Long went 4-for-5 against the Hornets. He was just a double shy of hitting for the cycle twice this season. Long also drove in four of the Broncos seven runs. Third baseman Alcantar went 2-for-3, with two runs.

Long started things off for the Broncos once again with a lead-off home run in the first inning. It was his third home run of Santa Clara's five-game home stand and his ninth of the season. SCU then added on two additional runs to claim an early 3-0 lead.

Evan LeBlanc scored his first of two runs on a Tommy Medica RBI single down the right field line. The outfielder walked to get on base. LeBlanc was followed late in the bottom of the first by Medica, who scored on a Jon Karcich sacrifice.

Although the Hornets rallied for two runs in their half of the second inning, the Broncos widened the gap by scoring three more runs in the bottom of the inning.

Long, who seemed to be attempting a reverse cycle, followed up his homer with a two-run triple down the right field line. Alcantar and Nathan Faulkner, who both registered singles, scored on the blast. Santa Clara led 5-2.

The Broncos' Monday night hero Ryan Conan, who scored the game-winning run, a solo home run, over No. 3 Stanford, drove in the final run of the inning with an RBI single up the middle. LeBlanc scored on the play. SCU held a 6-2 advantage.

Both teams were then held scoreless for four straight innings before Sac State began to chip away at Santa Clara's lead.

In the seventh inning, Brent Hottman scored on a David Flores sacrifice fly to right field and was followed by Gabe Jacobo, who brought the Hornets within two runs, as he drove home Hunter Martinez. The score was 6-4.

In their half of the eighth inning, Sac State knotted the contest with a two run effort. Wes Oberlin registered an unearned run as he scored on a throwing error by shortstop Karcich. The score was then tied, 6-6, as Martinez singled through the right side to bring home Jay Jennings.

Yet, Long's RBI single to centerfield put the Broncos back on top of the scoreboard and he drove Alcantar. Alcantar walked to get on base.

However, the game was not over quite yet. After Jacobo struck out swinging, Sac State began to rally in the top of the ninth as the bases were loaded with two outs on the board. Although the tying run was just 90 feet way, Brett Tanigawa popped up to Karcich, who made the final out of the game.

The Broncos return to West Coast Conference action this week as they travel to Los Angeles to face the Lions of Loyola Marymount. The three game series begins on Friday, May 2 at 3 p.m. at George C. Page Stadium. The weekend continues with 1 p.m. starts on both Saturday and Sunday on the campus of LMU.

Gonzaga - 11
Oregon State - 6

Spokane, Wash. - A two-run game winning single by Evan Wells highlighted a six run eighth inning as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated No. 23 Oregon State University 11-6 Tuesday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

Bulldog (26-18) reliever CJ McClure (4-1) earned the victory for the Zags, as the junior pitched 3.1 innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out five. The two-time defending national champion Beavers (20-15) utilized nine pitchers in the contest, with Taylor Starr (2-1) suffering the loss as the reliever allowed two runs, both unearned, on one hit over 1.1 innings.

Down 6-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Gonzaga posted a two-out rally to earn the victory. Ryan Wiegand led off the inning reaching first on an error before advancing to second with a two-out walk to Grant Kveder. Following a double steal with Kveder and pinch runner Michael Rhodes, the Zags loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Drew Heid. Gonzaga knotted the score 6-6 during the next at-bat as pinch hitter Brett Nicholas was hit-by-a-pitch. Wells then stepped in, hitting a single to right to score Kveder and Heid, to give the Bulldogs an 8-6 lead. The next batter, Jason Chatwood, then slapped a single through the leftside, scoring Nicholas, before Marcus McKimmy smashed a double to left center. The double plated Wells and Chatwood, giving Gonzaga an 11-6 lead.

GU took an early lead in the contest, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second. The Zags sent nine batters to the plate in the frame, with Wells and Chatwood recording run-scoring hits. Wells hit a two-run triple that scored Kveder and Wells, before scoring on an infield single by Chatwood.

Oregon State responded with a run in the top of the third as Garrett Nash scored on a ground out by Joey Wong.

The Bulldogs extended their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third as Bryan Winston hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Kveder, who had reached on a fielding error.

The Beavers began to chip away at GU's lead in the top of the fourth, posting a pair of runs thanks to a two-run home run to left center by Daniel Robertson.

OSU overtook the lead, 5-4, in the top of the sixth with a two-run infield single by pinch hitter John Wallace. The Beavers added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, with a one-run double by Drew George.

In the bottom of the seventh, Gonzaga began to catch ground on Oregon State with a one-run single up the middle by Chatwood. Heid, who reached on an infield single, scored on the play.

Chatwood led the Zags at the plate during the contest, going 4-for-6 with three runs batted in and a run scored. Wells, Wiegand and Heid each posted two hits. With his pair of hits, Wells extended his current hit streak to 17 games.

The Bulldogs and Beavers will wrap-up the two-game series Wednesday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Loyola Marymount - 11
UC Irvine - 3

IRVINE, Calif. - LMU (21-23) scored 10 two-out runs en route to defeating No. 7 UC Irvine (28-11) by a score of 11-3 on Tuesday in mid-week action from Anteater Ballpark. The Lions' 17 hits were a season-high surrendered by UC Irvine.

Senior A.J. LaMonda and sophomore Angelo Songco paced the Lion offense, finishing with three hits apiece. LaMonda finished 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and a RBI. Songco batted 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. Sean Dovel and Matt Koch also had outstanding days at the plate, contributing two hits and two RBI, with Koch also scoring twice. Senior Michael Glomb hit the first pitch of the game into left field for a single to extend his hitting streak to 14 straight games, while Koch has now hit safely in seven. Sophomore Ryan Wheeler's two-hit performance, along with LaMonda's three, resulted in each claiming their team-leading 18th multiple-hit game this year.

Junior Lee Roberts was outstanding as the Lion starter, lasting seven innings and surrendering three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five batters en route to claiming his second victory of the season. Freshman Chris Eusebio dealt one inning of scoreless relief before left-hander Steve Connolly closed the door on the Anteaters in the ninth with a scoreless frame of his own.

Eight different Irvine hitters collected a hit in the loss, including doubles by Ollie Linton and Ben Orloff. Linton, Casey Stevenson and Ryan Fisher each contributed a RBI for UCI, while Francis Larson, Tony Asaro and Eric Deragisch scored a run.

Left-hander Tom Calahan lasted three and a third innings as the UCI starter, surrendering two unearned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out a batter. Matt Dufour, the game's losing pitcher, lasted an inning and two-thirds and gave up three runs on five hits before giving way to Crosby Slaught. Slaught pitched two innings of scoreless relief before Kyle Necke, who got the win in game one of the season series between UCI and LMU on February 25, allowed five runs over an inning of work. Eric Pettis, the Anteaters' closer, allowed one run on two hits in the ninth with striking out two to finish the game on the hill for UCI.

LMU got on the board first in first inning, scoring two unearned runs. Glomb singled to get the ball rolling before LaMonda doubled to put runners at second and third. After a groundout failed to move the runners at all, Sean Dovel lined out to Orloff at shortstop for the second out. Orloff tried to back-pick LaMonda at second base, but his throw sailed wide of the bag and allowed both Glomb and LaMonda to score on the play.

UCI tied the game at two runs apiece in the bottom of the third, executing the fundamentals in the inning. Larson singled and moved to third after taking a good read on an Asaro single on the ensuing play. The throw came into third, and Asaro alertly took second to put runners at second and third. Stevenson and Fisher followed with RBI-groundouts over the next two plays, and the two teams found themselves in a stalemate after two innings.

LMU broke through once again in the fifth, plating three runs in the inning to take a 5-2 advantage. With two out in the inning and a runner at first base, Songco came up with a single to put runners at first and second. Dovel followed suit with a single to drive in the first run before a wild pitch allowed the second to plate. Wheeler wasted no time picking up the third and final run in the inning, singling home Dovel from third base on the very next play.

UCI managed to push one run across in the fifth inning, as a leadoff walk proved costly. Deragisch drew the free pass to start the frame before a hit-and-run play ended in an out but moved him to second. Linton came up his only hit on the night on the next play, doubling home the run with a shot into left centerfield.

The Lions went on to plate five runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth for added insurance headed into the last half inning. Wheeler doubled to collect his team-high tying 18th multiple hit game of the year to start the frame. After a sacrifice bunt moved him to third, Andy Preston contributed a pinch-hit RBI-single to bring him home. Following a single, a strikeout for the second out, and an intentional walk to load the bases, Koch singled into left field to drive in two more Lion runs. Songco followed suit on the ensuing play, singling home LaMonda and moving Koch to third base. Not to be outdone, Dovel picked up a RBI-single to cap the frame just moments later. The final two-out run was recorded in the ninth inning when LaMonda shot his third hit of the day into centerfield to bring home Joe Vierra, who had single with one out earlier in the frame.

LMU will return to action tomorrow when it visits UCLA at 6 p.m. The Lions will then host Santa Clara in West Coast Conference play over the weekend. Game one is slated for 3 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton - 12
San Diego - 3

FULLERTON, Calif. - The seventh-ranked University of San Diego baseball team saw its nation's leading 16-game winning streak come to an end with a 12-3 loss to No. 12 Cal State Fullerton Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Goodwin Field.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 35-12 overall, drop the rubber game with the Titans and saw their program-best 16-winning streak come to an end. With the win, the Titans improve to 17-15 overall.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they put up two runs on one hit in the top of the first inning. Kevin Muno got things started with a walk, then moved to second on a James Meador fly out to centerfield. Logan Gelbrich then launched his seventh home run of the season over the scoreboard out in left field to give USD a 2-0 lead.

Fullerton then responded in their half of the inning scoring two runs on three hits. Erik Komatsu hit a run-scoring triple for the first run of the inning and Jared Clark drove in Komatsu with a RBI single through the right side to tie the game at 2-2.

USD then regained the lead in the top of the second inning as they scored one run on three hits. Kevin Hansen got things started with a stand-up double down the left field line and Jose Valerio drove in Hansen with a RBI single up the middle to give USD a 3-2 lead.

The Titans then score five runs on three hits in the bottom of the second inning to take a 7-3 lead. The Titans scored their runs on Josh Fellhauer RBI single, a Christian Colon RBI single, a USD fielding error, a Jared Clark sacrifice fly and a Gary Brown sacrifice fly.

CSF then added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run Komatsu home run over the right center field fence to push the Titans lead to six at 9-3.

The Titans the out the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Khris Davis three-run homer over the right field fence to put the game at its final of 12-3.

Offensively for the Toreros, Hansen led the way as he went 3-for-4 with one double as the only USD player to record multiple hits.

Ricardo Pecina (4-3) was saddled with the loss on the mound for USD as he allowed seven runs, two unearned, on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work. Ryan Ackland (1-1) picked up the win on the mound for Fullerton as he allowed no runs on one hit in 3.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they travel to play No. 13 Pepperdine University to begin a three-game West Coast Conference game.

Pacific - 10
San Francisco - 6

Stockton, CA - San Francisco fell to Pacific 10-6 in non-conference action at Klein Family Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Dons (25-20) out hit the Tigers (9-31) 14-8 in the contest, but couldn't convert on 12 men left on base.

Senior second baseman Joey Railey had three hits on the night, which move him into sole possession of sixth place on the Dons All Time Hits Chart with 218. Senior shortstop Tavo Hall smacked his team leading 14th double and batted in two runs. Freshman Connor Bernatz had two doubles and senior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky hit his 11th double on a 2-for-5 night with two runs scored. Sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin went 2-for-4 with two RBI and regained the team batting lead at .373. Freshman designated hitter Stephen Yarrow stroked his first career triple and senior right fielder Kyle Morgan smashed his 13th double and batted in a run. Sophomore third baseman Derek Poppert also doubled, his seventh, and scored a run.

Senior right-hander Brian Anderson (1-3) took the loss in relief, allowing five runs (one earned) off three hits, three walks, and struck out three Tigers in 2.1 innings. Freshman left-hander Garrett Luippold allowed Pacific's first four runs (all earned) off four hits in 1.1 innings of relief. Freshman right-hander Sean Burns allowed the final earned run off one hit, three walks, and one strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief. Junior left-hander Evan Fredrickson threw 2.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts as today's starter and freshman right-hander Jacob Abramson threw 0.2 innings of scoreless and hitless relief in closing out the game.

Pacific's junior right-hander Casey Neimeyer (1-1) earned the victory in relief, not allowing a run off three hits, one walk, and two strikeouts in 4.0 innings.

USF jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead after three innings. In the first, Morgan hit an RBI double down the right field line. In the second, after junior left fielder Zach Kim reached on an error and Poppert doubled, Hall singled to left, scoring both runners. In the third, Bialosky singled and scored on Yarrow's triple to left center. Yarrow then scored on Lipkin's single to center.

Scoring runners became a problem after that as the Dons left two on in the sixth, and left the bases loaded in both the seventh and ninth innings. USF was able to plate on in the ninth on a Lipkin RBI single, but that would be all they could get.

Down 5-1 going into the fourth, Pacific tied it with four of their own and took the lead with another four spot in the sixth. They added an insurance run in the eighth to secure the win.

USF returns home tomorrow for a 3:00 PM game with Fresno State.