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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 3, 2008

Gonzaga - 6
San Francisco - 5

Spokane, Wash. - Jason Chatwood hit a solo walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth for Gonzaga University Saturday as the Bulldogs defeated the University of San Francisco 6-5 at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane, Wash. The three-game West Coast Conference series between the Zags and Dons is now tied 1-1.

After surrendering a game tying run in the top of the ninth, Gonzaga (28-19, 8-8) entered its half of the ninth inning with the scored knotted at five. The leadoff batter in the inning flied out for the first out of the inning, before Chatwood stepped in. The junior then hit a one-run home run just over the leftfield wall to give the Bulldogs the 6-5 victory. The walk-off was the first of the season for GU and the first since Mark Castellitto's walk-off against Loyola Marymount University last season.

Reliever Cody Martin (4-0) earned the win for the Bulldogs, as the freshman pitched the final 1.2 innings of the game. AJ Proszek started the game for GU, pitching seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned. Proszek allowed four hits, but held the Dons (27-1, 9-8) hitless until the fifth inning. USF reliever Brian Anderson (1-4) suffered the loss, allowing one run on one hit over 1.2 frames.

Gonzaga jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning, as the Zags scored all four runs before recording an out. Ryan Wiegand led off the inning with a hard hit home run to right field. The shot cleared the right field wall before landing on the opposite side of Trent, the main street behind the outfield. The Bulldogs then used three consecutive singles before scoring on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch. The next two runs were plated on a single by Bryan Winston and a bases loaded walk to Evan Wells.

USF chipped away at GU's lead throughout the remainder of the game, scoring solo runs in the fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings. In the fifth, a two-base throwing error proved costly as Bobby Ethel was brought around to score on a single by Joey Railey. Ethel then went yard to left field in the seventh to narrow the Zags' lead to 4-2.

GU responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh, as Marcus McKimmy was driven in on a sacrifice fly to left by Drew Heid.

Kyle Morgan led off the eighth with a single for San Francisco, before scoring on a double to left center by Zach Kim. The Dons then tied the score 5-5 in the top of the ninth, as Morgan hit a single to center that drove in Stephen Yarrow, who walked to reach base.

Heid, Castellitto and Winston each posted two hits in the game to lead the Bulldogs. Wells extended his current hit streak to 20 games thanks to an infield single in the Zags' half of the first inning.

Gonzaga and San Francisco will play the rubber game of the three-game set Sunday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Prior to start of the game, the Zags will honor nine seniors as part of Senior Day. Brandon Blank, Ben Greenslitt, Brandon Harmon, Marcus McKimmy, Alex Parrott, Cory Powell, Michael Rhodes, Shawn Wayt and Bryan Winston will all be recognized before the 1 p.m. game.

#7 San Diego - 9
#13 Pepperdine - 1

MALIBU, Calif. - The #13 Pepperdine baseball team managed just six hits and dropped a 9-1 contest to #7 San Diego on Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine (28-14, 9-4 WCC) had its season-long five-game winning streak snapped with the loss. USD (36-13, 14-3 WCC) moved to three games ahead of the Waves in the WCC standings.

USD jumped on top in the second inning on an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead and tacked on another in the second, as a run scored on a passed ball to give the Toreros a 2-0 lead.

San Diego plated a pair more in the fourth on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-0 game, then broke the game open with five runs in the sixth inning to extend the USD lead to 9-0.

Pepperdine was able to get on the scoreboard in the seventh, as Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) scored on a double play to make it a 9-1 contest.

The Waves were unable to mount any offense the rest of the game, as USD starter Josh Romanski tossed his second complete game of the season for the Toreros, as they went on to claim the 9-1 win.

Romanski improved to 9-0 with the victory, while Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) fell to 6-2 with the loss.

Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS)( notched a pair of hits to lead the Waves, and four other players each tallied one hit. Kevin Muno, James Meador and Logan Gelbrich each drove in a pair of runs for USD.

The teams conclude their three-game set with a 1 p.m. contest tomorrow at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Santa Clara - 7
Loyola Marymount - 2

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (22-25, 6-11) managed only one run in the sixth and seventh innings en route to dropping a 7-2 decision to Santa Clara (28-17, 8-6) on Saturday in game two of a three-game West Coast Conference series being played at LMU's Page Stadium.

Senior Sean Dovel led the Lion offense on the day, finishing 2-for-4 with a triple to extend his hitting streak to four games. The three-bagger was Dovel's first of the season and third of his career. A.J. LaMonda, Ryan Wheeler and Andy Preston collected the other three Lion extra-base hits, each posting a double in the loss. Wheeler and Jonathan Johnson drove in the only to Lion runs in the game, while senior Michael Glomb extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a single and a run scored on the day.

Sophomore Xavier Esquivel got the start and claimed the loss after tossing six and two-thirds innings and allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks and striking out four batters. Junior Ernie Cho dealt the next inning and a third for LMU, surrendering a run on two hits and a walk before giving way to Jeremy Burrell. The sophomore right-hander finished the game on the hill, pitching a scoreless top of the ninth.

Freshman Thain Simon was impressive in the start for the Broncos, pitching seven and two-thirds innings and allowing two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out eight batters. Left-hander Matt Wickswat tossed the final scoreless inning and a third, facing the minimum and striking out two batters over the span.

Designated hitter Curtis Wagner finished 4-for-5 with a run scored to help lead Santa Clara to victory. Tommy Medica contributed a 2-for-4 day at the plate, including a home run, a triple, two runs scored and a RBI. Hitting out of the nine spot in the lineup, Brady Fuerst went 2-for-3 with a home run, a run scored and two RBI. Nate Faulkner rounded-out the top hitters for the Broncos, batting 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.

Santa Clara broke a three-inning stalemate with four two-out runs in the top of the fourth inning. Wagner got the inning going with a single before Gabe Alcantar singled and moved to second on the throw to third base. Faulkner contributed the two-RBI single on a 0-2 pitch, followed by a two-run home run off the bat of Fuerst. For Fuerst, the home run was his fifth of the year.

The Broncos extended the lead to 5-0 in the fifth as Medica tripled with one out. For Medica, it was his second triple in as many games against the Lions. Ryan Conan wasted no time driving in the run, lifting a sacrifice fly to deep right field on the ensuing play.

The Lions got on the board in the sixth inning as Glomb walked and stole second base with one out. Following a fly out to right field for out number two, Wheeler collected the clutch RBI-double off Mikos Blue Monster in left field.

Santa Clara got the run back with one swing of the bat in the seventh inning. Medica took a 1-0 pitch from Esquivel and blasted it over the wall in left field for his fourth home run of the season.

The Lions cut the lead to 6-2 in the bottom half of the inning, plating one run on two hits in the frame. Preston doubled to leadoff the inning, moving to third on a Kyle Spraker single that left runners at the corners. Johnson followed with run-scoring ground ball to third base on the ensuing play.

The Broncos pushed another two-out run, and the final run of the game, across in the top of the eighth inning, taking a 7-2 lead into the bottom of the frame. A leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt put a runner at second before a groundout moved him to third. Evan LeBlanc drove in the run, doubling down the left field line on the very next play.

The Lions and Broncos will conclude the three-game West Coast Conference series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior right-hander Nate Keadle will get the starting nod for LMU, while Santa Clara's starter is still undecided for the rubber-game.

Miami (FL) - 5
Saint Mary's - 0

Game story to be posted later.