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WCC Baseball Recaps

April 30, 2008

Gonzaga - 4
Oregon State - 2

Spokane, Wash. - Cody Martin set the Gonzaga University single season saves record Wednesday as the Bulldogs defeated two-time defending national champion Oregon State University 4-2 at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The victory completed the Bulldogs' two-game sweep of the No. 23 Beavers.

Martin allowed one hit in one inning of work to earn his eighth save of the season, as the setthe GU (27-18) single season record. Randy Bostic held the previous record of seven saves, set during the 1982 season. Martin had tied Bostic's record on April 12 against Santa Clara University.

Gonzaga reliever Brandon Harmon (2-6) earned the victory as the senior was the pitcher of record when the Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the victory. Oregon State's (20-16) Greg Peavey (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits over 4.1 innings of relief.

The Beavers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Chris Hopkins reached base with one out on a two-base error before scoring on Gonzaga's second error the inning.

The Zags took a 2-1 edge in the bottom of the fourth thanks to one-run singles by Ryan Wiegand and Mark Castellitto. Evan Wells led off the inning drawing a base after being hit-by-a-pitch, before advancing the second on a passed ball. Jason Chatwood then singled to put runners on the corners, before Wiegand's single through the left side plated Wells and placed Chatwood at third. Following the first out of the inning, Castelitto then singled to right field, scoring Chatwood.

Drew George scored in the top of the seventh for Oregon State, knotting the score 2-2. George reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a stolen base, before he scored on a GU error.

In the Bulldogs half of the seventh, Drew Heid led off the inning with a mighty at-bat. With a full count, Heid fouled off five straight pitches before smashing a double to left field. Following two at-bats that resulted in outs, Grant Kveder singled to score Heid. On the same play, Kveder came around to score on a three-base throwing error by the Beavers, giving the Zags a 4-2 advantage.

Wiegand was the lone Zag to record multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-4 with a run batted in. Wells extended his current hit-streak to 18 games in the top of the seven with an infield single. Weigand, Heid and Chatwood each hit .500 during the two-game set with OSU.

Gonzaga will return to West Coast Conference play Friday when it welcomes the University of San Francisco to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The three-game series will open Friday at 6 p.m. before games Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Pepperdine - 7
UC Santa Barbara - 3

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Eric Thames hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth inning to lift the #13 Pepperdine baseball team to a come-from-behind 7-3 win over UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Waves (27-13, 8-3 WCC) entered the ninth inning trailing 3-1, but scored six runs in the frame to cap the rally. The Gauchos dropped to 29-14 with the loss.

UCSB got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first on a home run by Eric Oliver but Pepperdine tied it up in their next at bat in the second on an RBI single from Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) to even the score at 1-1.

The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh, as Chris Fox dropped in a bloop two-run single that fell in shallow right field to give the Gauchos a 3-1 lead.

The Waves were down to their final at bat in the ninth, until Pepperdine's heroics began with a pinch-hit single from Matthew Frazee (Bainbridge, Island, Wash./) and a pinch-hit double from Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) to put runners on second and third. Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) then delivered a pinch-hit two-run double to right field to knot the score at 3-3. Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) followed with an infield single and Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) followed with a walk to load the bases. Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) then drove the first pitch of the at bat over the center field wall to clear the bases and give Pepperdine a 7-3 lead. Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) came into the game in the ninth inning and tossed a scoreless frame to seal the Waves' victory.

Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./UCLA/Notre Dame HS) took a no-decision after tossing 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits. Freshman Tyler Hess (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle HS) picked up the victory and improved to 2-0 on the season while Zach Samuels took the loss for UCSB.

Thames headlined the offense with his 13th homer of the season, while Mendonca, Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) and David Harris (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara C.C.) each notched two hits. Fox led UCSB with two hits and two RBI.

Up next, the Waves open a three-game set at home vs. #7 San Diego beginning on Friday, May 2 at 1 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The contests on Friday and Saturday, May 3 will be televised live on CBS College Sports.

San Francisco - 7
Fresno State - 6

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco took an exciting ninth inning walk-off win, 7-6 over Fresno State on Wednesday at Benedetti Diamond. The Dons (26-20) scored on a throwing error by Bulldogs (26-21) pitcher Justin Miller and earn the series win 2-1.

Tied 6-6 with one out in the bottom of the ninth, senior first baseman/RHP Mitchell Bialosky singled up the middle and moved to second when freshman first baseman Stephen Yarrow singled to left. Sophomore third baseman Derek Poppert hit a come-backer to Miller, who turned to throw out Yarrow at second. His throw sailed into center, allowing Bialosky to scamper home and give the Dons the 7-6 win.

Fresno State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after three, but the Dons tied it up by plating two in the third. With bases loaded, senior right fielder Kyle Morgan grounded into a double play. Senior shortstop Tavo Hall, who had singled to start the frame, was able to score on the play. Then Bialosky smacked an RBI single down the left field line, scoring senior second baseman Joey Railey, who had singled earlier.

Bulldogs' sophomore third baseman Tommy Mendonca homered to right field to give Fresno State the 3-2 lead in the fourth. USF tied the game again in the fifth when Hall was hit by a pitch, and scored on Railey's double down the right field line.

USF took a 6-3 lead with a three run seventh. With junior left fielder Zach Kim and Hall on base, Railey singled through the right side, plating Kim. Hall moved to second on the play and when trying to steal third on the next batter, confusion set in. In what many thought was a foul ball off the bat of freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz, Hall stopped short of third base and was tagged by Mendonca. Hall was called out and Railey advanced to second on the play. Fresno State's coaches were not happy with the call that Railey could stay at second base and proceeded to play the rest of the game under protest. Bernatz singled before Morgan scored Railey on a deep sacrifice fly to center. Bialosky then singled to right center, scoring Bernatz.

Fresno State got one back quickly in the eighth, before tying it in the ninth with help from a very questionable call. With runners on first and second and one out, Mendonca dribbled a ball to first and Yarrow threw to Hall at second base to get the runner on a force play. However, Bulldogs sophomore first baseman Alan Ahmady was called safe and he advanced to third on Hall's errant throw to first. Junior second baseman Eric Wetzel, who had doubled to start the frame, scored on the play. Ahmady then scored on a sacrifice bunt by senior catcher Ryan Overland to make it 6-6.

Bialosky (4-5), earned the win, allowing three runs (one earned) off five hits, a walk and three strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Sophomore right-hander Alex Kalogrides took the no decision after allowing three earned runs off seven hits, no walks, and striking out five Bulldogs in 5.0 innings. Freshman left-hander Matt Lujan and senior left-hander Matt Baugh each threw a scoreless inning.

USF had another great offensive output, smashing 16 hits in the contest. Railey led the Dons with three hits, including his 12th double, two RBI and two runs scored. Railey now has 221 hits as a Don and is just three hits away from passing Pat Walsh (1997-00/223) for fifth place all time.

Bialosky also had three hits in the contest with an RBI and a run scored. Bernatz, Kim, and Hall each had a two hit night. Sophomore catcher Sam Wiley doubled, while sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin, senior designated hitter Matt Lieb and Yarrow each singled.

Fresno State's Miller (6-1) earned his first loss of the season, allowing one unearned run off four hits and struck out one in 1.1 innings. Sophomore right-hander Sean Bonesteele started for the Bulldogs, allowing two earned runs off five hits, two walks, and two strikeouts in 4.0 innings. Ahmady led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

USF returns to action this weekend, traveling to Spokane, WA for a three game West Coast Conference set with Gonzaga. Friday's game will be a 6:30 PM first pitch, with Saturday's and Sunday's games beginning at 1:00 PM.

UCLA - 6
Loyola Marymount - 2

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (21-24) surrendered four runs in the first inning and two in the second en route to falling 6-2 to UCLA (23-18) on Wednesday in mid-week action from UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Senior Sean Dovel guided the Lion offense, finishing 3-for-4 with his third home run of the season. Michael Glomb and Matt Koch each collected a single in the loss, extending their hitting streaks to 15 and eight games, respectively. T.J. Bernardy batted 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.

Junior Ernie Cho got the start and took the loss for LMU, allowing six runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one batter over an inning and a third. Senior Nate Keadle dealt an inning and two-thirds scoreless before Andy Beal tossed the next three relief innings for the Lions, striking out two batters. Russell Lowell and Chris Eusebio teamed to pitch the final two innings on the hill, allowing only one runner over the span.

Brady Dolan guided the UCLA offense, collecting a bases-loaded triple to drive in three runs on the night. Senior Alden Carrithers chipped-in a hit and two RBI, while Brandon Crawford also belted a three-bagger in the win.

Left-hander Matt Grace pitched four and a third innings in his first collegiate start for the Bruins, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three hitters. Jason Novak, who improved to 1-0 after earning the victory, tossed the next three and two-thirds of scoreless relief, surrendering one hit and two walks while punching out three hitters. Rob Rasmussen finished the game on the hill for UCLA, contributing the final scoreless inning of work.

UCLA put four runs on the board in the first inning, highlighted by Dolan's three-RBI triple with the bases loaded. A single and two walks loaded the bases with two outs, setting the table for Dolan's shot down the left field line on the first pitch he saw in the at bat. Senior Mickey Weisser followed with a RBI-single on the ensuing play, quickly putting the Bruins ahead by a count of 4-0.

LMU answered for its first run of the game in the second inning. Dovel took it upon himself to put the Lions on the board, jumping on a 2-1 pitch and sending a leadoff solo-shot over the wall in left field for his third round-tripper of the 2008 campaign.

The Bruins refused to surrender momentum, plating their final two runs of the game in the bottom of the second. Brent Dean led things off with a single before moving to second on a walk. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Carrithers came up with the two-RBI single on the very next play.

The Lions scored one last run in the fifth inning before grounding into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the frame. A one-out single by Bernardy got things rolling before Jonathan Johnson singled to put runners at first and second. Glomb made it three straight hits with a RBI-single on the ensuing play, driving in the final Lion run of the game. After a stolen base and a walk loaded the bases, Novak entered and induced an inning-ending double play to shortstop off the bat of Koch to end the threat.

LMU out-hit the Bruins 7-6 in the game. The Lions are now 20-3 when out-hitting opponents this season.

LMU will return to action on Friday as it hosts Santa Clara in game one of a three-game West Coast Conference series over the weekend. Friday's game is slated to have a 3 p.m. first pitch, while Saturday and Sunday will start at 1 p.m.