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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 4, 2008

San Diego - 2
Pepperdine - 0

MALIBU, Calif. - The #13 Pepperdine Baseball team was held to a season-low two hits in a 2-0 loss to #7 San Diego on Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Pepperdine (28-15, 9-5 WCC) dropped two of three to the first place Toreros (37-13, 15-3 WCC) over the weekend.

The Toreros jumped on top in the first, as two bases loaded walks put USD on top 2-0. Toreros' starter Kyle Blair made the early lead stand up, as he allowed only two hits in his 7.2 innings of work, both to Bryce Mendonca (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC).

The USD bullpen tossed the remaining 1.2 innings without surrendering a hit, as the Waves fell 2-0.

Pepperdine starter Scott Alexander (Windsor, Calif./Cardinal Newman HS) incurred the loss after allowing both USD runs in the first inning. Jordan Durrance (Manteca, Calif./Sierra HS) and Tyler Hess (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle HS) combined on four shutout innings in relief.

Mendonca accounted for the only Pepperdine hits on the afternoon. James Meador and Josh Romanski each tallied a pair of hits for USD.

Up next, the Waves travel to #12 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Titans' Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif.

San Francisco - 9
Gonzaga- 6

Spokane, Wash. - Senior Bryan Winston went 3-for-5 with a run scored on Senior Day Sunday as the Gonzaga University baseball team fell 9-6 to the University of San Francisco at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The game was the rubber game of the three-game West Coast Conference series as the Dons earned the series win 2-1.

Reliever CJ McClure (4-2) suffered the loss for the Bulldogs (28-20, 8-9 WCC) after allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits over 1.0 inning pitched. Reedy Berg earned the start for Gonzaga, allowing two runs on six hits over the opening 5.1 frames. USF (28-21, 10-8) starter Matt Lujan (6-2) earned the victory, allowing three runs, four earned, on nine hits over 6.0 innings.

Gonzaga jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on one-run single by Drew Heid, scoring Evan Wells. Wells reached base on a walk to lead off the inning.

USF responded in the top of the second with a run of its own. Following a single through the right side by Ryan Lipkin, Drew Johnson hit a triple to center to plate Lipkin.

The Bulldogs regained the lead in their half of the third. Jason Chatwood and Marcus McKimmy opened the frame with back-to-back singles before Ryan Wiegand hit a single through the right side, scoring Chatwood. McKimmy scored during the next at-bat as Heid hit a deep sacrifice fly to center.

The score remained 3-1, until the top of the fifth, when USF scored a run. The Dons then went on to score in the two innings following to gain the lead. In the fifth, Joey Railey narrowed the Zags lead to one with a solo home run to center field.

Gonzaga took a two-run lead again in the bottom of the fifth as Heid scored on a Dons' fielding error.

In the sixth, San Francisco added two runs to its total, thanks to one-run singles by Connor Bernatz and Stephen Yarrow to tied the game 4-4.

The Dons took the lead for the first time in the seventh, 6-4, as Lipkin hit a single to center, resulting in a fielding error and the two runs to score.

The Bulldogs narrowed their deficit in the bottom of the eighth as Winston scored his one run of the contest. Winston led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a single by Wells, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chatwood.

San Francisco secured the victory in the top of the ninth with a three-run home run to left by Derek Poppert.

The Zags rallied in the bottom of the ninth, but fell short, scoring only one run. Heid led off the inning with a single to center before coming around to score on a double by Mark Castellitto, closing the score at 9-6.

Wiegand, Heid, and Wells all posted multiple hits in the game, in addition to Winston's trio of hits. Heid also drove in two while scoring two runs, while Wells extended his current hit streak to 21 games thanks to a single in the sixth inning.

Prior to the game Sunday, Gonzaga honored nine seniors as part of Senior Day activities. Brandon Blank, Ben Greenslitt, Brandon Harmon, McKimmy, Alex Parrot, Cory Powell, Michael Rhodes, Shawn Wayt and Winston were all honored prior to the first pitch.

The Zags will take a week off for finals and graduation, before resuming play Monday May 12, when they host Lewis-Clark State College at 6 p.m.

Santa Clara - 5
Loyola Marymount - 4

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (22-26, 6-12) made things exciting in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday, scoring three times before eventually dropping a 5-4 decision to Santa Clara (29-17, 9-6) in the rubber-game of a three-game West Coast Conference series at Page Stadium.

Sophomore Angelo Songco paced the Lion offense, finishing 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a run scored and two RBI. Freshman Jonathan Johnson also chipped-in two hits, batting 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double in the ninth. Senior A.J. LaMonda picked a good time to deliver his only hit of the afternoon, singling home two runs in the three-run final frame. Michael Glomb finished 1-for-5 with an infield single to extend his career-long hitting streak to 18 games. The streak is the longest since Erik Johnson hit in 24 straight games in 2006.

Senior Nate Keadle got the start and lasted four and a third innings, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out three batters before taking the loss and falling to 1-4 on the season. Senior Andy Beal tossed the next three and two-thirds of relief, giving up one run on five hits and striking out two batters. Freshman Chris Eusebio dealt the final frame for LMU, allowing a hit and a walk over the span.

Evan LeBlanc led the Bronco offense on the day, finishing 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and a RBI. Ryan Conan, along with four other Santa Clara hitters, finished with two hits on the afternoon, with Conan collecting a double, a run scored and a RBI. Right-hander Steve Kalush got the start and the victory for Santa Clara, dealing five and a third innings and allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four batters. Alex Rivers dealt the next inning and two-thirds, surrendering a hit and a walk and striking out two batters. Mark Willinsky pitched the final two innings, giving up three ninth-inning runs on three hits and a walk and striking out four batters. Willinsky, who entered the game with a three-run advantage in the eighth, was credited with his fifth save of the season.

LMU got on the board first on the day with one swing of the bat, as Songco blasted his team-leading 10th home run of the year in the bottom of the first. For Songco, the home run was his second in the series against the Broncos.

Santa Clara took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third inning, scoring three runs on four hits in the frame. A one-out single by LeBlanc got the inning started before a single and an error off the bat of Tommy Medica put runners at second and third. After a sacrifice fly pushed a run across and moved Medica to third, Jon Karcich doubled down the left field line to run the tally to 2-1. Curtis Wagner, who finished 4-for-5 yesterday, followed with the two-out RBI-single on the ensuing play, brining home Karcich to cap the frame.

The Broncos extended the lead to 4-1 headed into the bottom of the fifth inning. Conan reached with a one-double before Karcich was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. After Beal took over on the hill for LMU, Wagner collected another hit to load the bases. Gabe Alcantar drove in the run on the ensuing play, blooping a single into right centerfield to bring home Conan. Beal did a nice job of settling down on the very next play, inducing an inning-ending double play to Glomb at third base to retire the side.

LMU threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning, loading the bases with one out, before Rivers worked his way out of the jam for the Broncos. A leadoff infield single by Glomb got things going before Songco drew a walk to put runners at first and second. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners 90 feet, Ryan Wheeler walked to load the bases. Rivers entered and quickly struck out Sean Dovel for out number two, stranding the bases loaded with a lineout to the third baseman on the ensuing play.

Santa Clara took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth after LeBlanc collected his fifth home run of the season in the inning. The left fielder belted a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left centerfield before Beal hit Medica in the very next at bat. The right-hander was quickly ejected by home plate umpire Scott Letendere.

LMU made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring three runs in the inning to run the tally to its eventual final at 5-4. Joe Vierra, who pinch-hit for the Lions, reached with a leadoff walk before moving to third base with one out on Johnson's double to left centerfield. LaMonda followed with a two-RBI single back up the middle on a 3-2 pitch to cut the deficit to 5-3. After a groundout off the bat of Glomb that left a runner at second with two down, Songco came up clutch with a RBI-double to left centerfield to extend the game one more batter. Matt Koch came to the plate with the tying run at second base, but grounded out to first to end the Lion rally.

LMU will return to action on the road after finals week on Saturday, taking on No. 4 Arizona State in a three-game series being played in Tempe, Ariz. The Lions return home on May 14 when they host UC Irvine in the final mid-week game of the season.

Miami (FL) - 15
Saint Mary's - 3

Coral Gables, FL - The Hurricanes offense left any doubt how this series would finish as the University of Miami (39-5) scored 15 runs on 17 hits as they defeated Saint Mary's (22-22-1) by a final score of 15-3, sweeping the Gaels Sunday afternoon.

On the mound for the Gaels was freshman Justin Kuks (0-4) who struggled early, getting roughed up for seven runs in the first two innings. On the day Kuks went four complete, giving up nine hits, nine runs, six earned, three walks and four strike outs. A costly error in the bottom of the first extended the inning for Miami and allowed to effectively put the game out of reach for the Gaels when Hurricanes left fielder Adan Severino doubled down the left field line knocking in three RBI's, putting Miami ahead for good 4-0.

Offensively Saint Mary's could do little against the Hurricane pitching, senior Kenny Fuglerud remains hot and was the player of the series for the Gaels as he collected his third multi-hit game in the series. Fuglerud went 2-for-3 scoring two runs and hitting his seventh double of the season.

The Gaels first got on the board in the top of the third when Fuglerud lead off the inning with a bunt single, and advanced to second on his 10th stolen base of the season. A wild pitch on ball four to Kyle Jensen advanced Fuglerud to third. Fuglerud would go on to score off a groundball to the third baseman from Ryan Mulligan to make the score 7-1.

On the mound for the Hurricanes was senior Enrique Garcia (4-1) who earned his fourth win of the season after going five complete, while giving up eight hits, three runs, all earned, three walks and striking out four.

The Gaels had their chances against Garcia but could not manage to get the crucial two out hit as the Gaels went just 3-for-10 wit runners on and two outs.

The Gaels pulled with in six following a two run top of the fifth, following an RBI single from Jensen that scored Fuglerud, and a single up the middle from Mulligan that scored Cory Miller.

The Hurricanes ended all hopes of a late inning rally however, as they scored five insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh all off reliever Dorsey Ek.

The Gaels will return home to play their final home game of the season as they host San Jose State on Tuesday, May 6th. The game is scheduled to start at 3:00 PM.