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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 12, 2006

Gonzaga - 7
San Diego - 5

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Dustin Colclough's three-run homer over the left field fence lifted the Gonzaga University baseball team to a 7-5 come-from-behind West Coast Conference win against the University of San Diego Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 30-22 overall and 11-8 in the WCC, and with the University of San Francisco claiming a 11 inning win over Loyola Marymount University, the Toreros chances of making the WCC Championship Series have come to an end. USD will now look to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament with three games remaining on the regular-season schedule. With the win the Bulldogs improve to 28-22 overall and 9-10 in the WCC.

With the Toreros leading 5-1 heading into the top of the ninth inning, the Zags rallied to score six runs to claim the win. GU scored their runs by a Scott Campbell RBI single, which scored two runs, one Campbell drove in and the other if which came across on an error by USD. The next run came on a Darin Holcomb ground out to the shortstop before Colclough hit a three-run homer to put the game at its final of 7-5.

USD got on the scoreboard first as they scored two runs in the first inning. Justin Snyder led off with a walk and moved to second base on a balk by the Gonzaga starting pitcher Patrick Donovan. Steve Singleton then hit a single up the middle advancing Snyder to third, but a fielding error on the center fielder allowed Snyder to come across for the first run of the game. Jordan Abruzzo then moved Singleton to third on a single to left field, and a second fielding error by Gonzaga allowed Singleton to come across for the second run of the inning to give USD a 2-0 lead.

After the Bulldogs took one run back in the fifth inning, USD responded by putting up three runs in the sixth inning. Singleton led off with a single to left field and moved to third on Abruzzo's single to left field. Logan Gelbrich then drove in Singleton with a single to right field. Ryan Lilly drove in the final two runs on a two-run double to left center field to give USD a 5-1 lead.

Offensively for the Toreros, Singleton led the charge going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Abruzzo was the only other Torero to register multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-4.

Matt Couch (6-3) was saddled with the loss for USD allowing two runs, one earned on one hit in 0.2 innings of work. CJ McClure (3-0) was credited with the win for the Bulldogs allowing no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work.

USD and Gonzaga will return to action on Saturday as they play game two of a three-game series at Cunningham Stadium with a 1 p.m. start.

Pepperdine - 7
Saint Mary's - 4

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team matched Pepperdine run-for-run until the Waves tallied three in the sixth to take the series opener by the score of 7-4. Sophomore Ian Gordon drilled a home run and junior Eric Cattoni nailed a triple and two doubles in the loss, Friday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. After the day, the Gaels move to 26-23 overall and 9-10 in West Coast Conference play.

With the score knotted at four in the top of the sixth, the Waves plated three runs in the frame to take the victory. Donald Brown led off the inning with a double and was later brought home by Luke Salas on a sac-fly to left. Matt Aidem then singled to center to bring in Chase d'Aranud. Pepperdine finished its scoring on a David Uribes seeing-eye single to right that plated Aidem.

After trailing 2-0 in the third, the Gaels got on the board. Cattoni ripped a triple to left-center that brought in senior Mike Harris from first.

Down 3-1 Saint Mary's would even the score in the fourth. Senior Sam Carter started the inning with a leadoff single and senior Preston Young promptly scored Carter on a triple to left-center. Freshman Joel Staples was able to capitalize on the Young triple with a sac-fly to right that plated the senior.

Again the Waves would take the quick lead but the Gaels battled right back to tie the score. Gordon quickly picked up his teammates with a majestic leadoff home run over the left-centerfield wall to knot the score at five. For the backstop, it marks his fourth round-tripper on the year.

Offensively, the Gaels were led by Cattoni, Young and Harris. Cattoni batted 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple while Young batted 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Harris continued his hot play during conference with a 3-for-4 effort, adding a run scored.

On the mound, the Waves' Barry Enright (11-1) tallied the victory. The WCC wins leader was roughed up for four runs on nine hits but struck out six in 6.1 innings. Brett Hunter tallied his eighth save on the season, pitching a perfect ninth.

Saint Mary's Joel Fountain (7-3) was tagged with the loss. Fountain allowed five earned on nine hits and struck out two in seven innings. Senior Dan Lewis pitched two perfect innings of relief.

Saint Mary's will return to action tomorrow for game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

San Francisco - 5 (11)
LMU - 4

San Francisco, CA - In a crucial West Coast Conference series, USF took game one from Loyola Marymount 5-4 in an 11-inning four-hour marathon. The Dons (34-19, 13-6) remain in a first place tie with Pepperdine and drop the Lions (21-29, 8-8) to .500 in the WCC.

Junior pinch-hitter Blake Nelson was the hero of the day when he roped a ball down the right field line with the bases loaded in the 11th that scored sophomore third baseman Joey Railey from third. Railey had singled earlier in the inning and advanced to second on senior short stop Andrew Smith's single. Both runners advanced another base on junior pitcher Scott Cousins' sacrifice bunt. Senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell was intentionally walked to load the bases before Nelson pinch hit.

LMU started the scoring, plating one in the first inning off starter Cousins, but USF took the lead in the fifth after junior center fielder Lucas DeLong smashed a line drive over the left field fence for a lead-off homerun and Cousins doubled home freshman George Lujan who had singled and advanced on an error by LMU senior third baseman Kyle Mura. USF added their third run in the sixth.

The Lions tied the game at three with a two-run seventh and took the lead after senior center fielder Chris Pettit homered to right field in the eighth. The lead would be short-lived as USF would tie it in the bottom of the frame on junior Chris Bacigalupi's pinch-hit sacrifice fly.

Cousins threw a complete nine innings, but came away with the no-decision. The left-hander allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk and struck out a career high eight batters. Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan (10-2) earned the win in relief throwing two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two. McGuigan is now 20-7 in his career on the Hilltop and is now tied with Nick Pereira (2005) for second place in single-season victories. He needs only one more to tie Dana Hendershott (1971) who has 11.

With the homerun, DeLong now leads USF with seven. Sophomore left fielder Luke Sommer had four hits and a stolen base on the afternoon. Railey and Smith each added three hits apiece. Railey now has 73 hits on the season.

Senior right-hander Roberto Torres (0-7) took the loss in relief, throwing 0.2 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits and struck out one Don. Starting pitcher, sophomore right-hander Brad Meyers threw seven innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on nine hits, two walks and struck out five batters. Meyers threw an impressive 130 pitches in the game. Pettit had three hits in today's game, including his homerun. Sophomore second baseman Eric Farris also homered.

USF returns to action in game two of the three game West Coast Conference series with Loyola Marymount Saturday at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.

Santa Clara - 18
Portland - 6

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Like a sleeping bear that has been rudely awakened from its slumber, the Santa Clara University baseball team's bats lashed out of its hibernation, pounding out 18 hits in an 18-6 victory over the Portland Pilots Friday night at Stephen Schott Stadium. The victory snapped Santa Clara's five-game slide.

SCU will look to capture the series tomorrow afternoon as the teams take the field for a 1 p.m. meeting.

Seven Broncos turned in multi-hit performances Friday night, led by Jason Matteucci's three hits and five RBIs. Matteucci also hit his first home run since his freshman year with a shot over the right-field fence. Eric Newton and Donald Brandt blasted back-to-back homers in the second while Kris Watts added his team-leading 16th double of the season. Michael Lange also had a pair of this and three RBIs.

Matt Wickswat struck out nine, one short of his season-high, in six and a third innings while walking none in earning his ninth victory of the season.

Santa Clara (27-24, 8-11 WCC) settled things right away by posting 16 runs over the first three frames, highlighted by the seven-run first. The Broncos started the game with five-straight hits, and Watts' double chased Portland starter Sean Sargent.

Portland (14-32, 2-14 WCC) got three of those runs back in the second as Paul Crowder's double drove in a pair, but SCU would continue its scoring binge immediately following, posting five more in their half of the second.

An inning later, the Broncos pushed four more across, all with two outs in the inning. With two on, Matteucci drove a Blaine Hardy offering deep to right for his first homer of the season. Newton was driven in three batters later by Lange's single.

Right-hander Deke Dormer relieved Wickswat in the seventh and shut the pilots down the rest of the way.