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NCAA Baseball Regional Recaps

June 2, 2006

Pepperdine - 3
Missouri - 2

MALIBU, Calif. - With two outs and the tying run on third, Missouri's Trevor Helms and Pepperdine closer Brett Hunter locked up in a 13-pitch battle. The battle ended when Wave second baseman Denny Duron made a diving stab to his left and threw to first to close the door on the Tigers ninth-inning rally and preserve Pepperdine's 3-2 victory in the second game of the Malibu Regional at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif.

In the top of the ninth, Missouri lead-off batter Hunter Mense drew a walk and advanced to second when John McKee was hit by Hunter. Evan Frey advanced the two runners with a sacrifice bunt before Gary Arndt struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. J.C. Field's infield single scored Mense, closing the gap to one, 3-2 and setting up Helm's at-bat.

Missouri (31-26, 0-1) opened the scoring in the top of the sixth when Derek Chambers led off the inning with a solo homerun to right-center field off Barry Enright.

Pepperdine (41-19, 1-0) would answer in the home-half of the inning when Matt Aidem scored on a Chad Tracy sacrifice fly to center.

The Waves would record consecutive two-out doubles off Missouri starter Max Scherzer in the bottom of the seventh scoring Donald Brown and Duron to take a 3-1 lead.

Enright was relieved by Hunter with one out in the eighth after Chambers singled. After a Jacob Priday single off Hunter, Zane Taylor represented the go-ahead run at the plate but grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the Tiger threat.

Filling in at second for an injured David Uribes, Duron went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and scored the eventual game-winning run. Aidem finished the game 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

Chambers went 2-for-3 with a walk, while Field recorded two hits in four tries with an RBI to lead the Tigers offensively.

Missouri will face UC Irvine at 11 a.m. (PDT) tomorrow in an elimination game, while Pepperdine will host UCLA which defeated the Anteaters, 3-2, earlier in the day. The second game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch.

Fresno State - 9
San Diego - 8

FULLERTON, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team's (32-24) late rally fell short in a 9-8 loss to Fresno State University (44-16) Friday afternoon at Goodwin Field in the first game of the Fullerton NCAA Regional.

With the Toreros trailing 9-5 heading into the top of the ninth inning, USD dug in and began another late rally. Logan Gelbrich got things rolling with a single blooper to right field. Two batters later, Kevin Hansen hit a single down the right field line which moved Gelbrich to third. Justin Snyder then hit a single to right field which brought across the first run of the inning. Steve Singleton then brought in the second run with a double to left field which moved Snyder to third. David Harris then pinch hit for Daniel Magness and hit the ball to the second baseman. The Bulldogs' second baseman froze as Snyder came across for the third run, then tried to throw Harris out at first, but Harris slid head-first into the bag safely. After Jordan Abruzzo struck out swinging, Harris was picked off at first base to give FSU the win.

Fresno State broke into the scoring column first as they let the long ball fly scoring their first four runs on home runs off USD starting pitcher Josh Butler. Erik Wetzel got things started with a solo shot over the left field fence in the third inning. The Bulldogs then received a two-run homer from Nick Moresi in the fourth inning and capped the inning with a solo shot by Frank LoNigro to push the score to 4-0.

The Toreros answered back in the fifth inning putting up five runs. Gelbrich led off with a single up the middle. Josh Romanski then got the scoring going as he hit his third home run of the season, a two-run blast over the right center field fence to cut the lead in half. Kevin Hansen kept things rolling with a single through the right side and moved to second on Snyder's groundout to the second baseman. USD would then load the bases after Singleton was hit by a pitch and Keoni Ruth hit an infield single on a high chopper to the second baseman. Abruzzo knotted the score at 4-4 with a two-run single to left center field which allowed Ruth to move to third. USD would take the lead on Ryan Lilly's sacrifice fly to center field to put the score at 5-4.

The Bulldogs were able to knot the score at 5-5 on Sakamoto's solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning and would regain a 4-run lead in the seventh inning scoring one run on a Sakamoto RBI single and a three-run homer from Moresi to move the score to 9-4.

Gelbrich was the offensive leader for the Toreros as he went 3-for-4 and Singleton also had a good day at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with one double and one RBI.

Matt Couch (7-4) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing five runs on six hits in 2.0 innings of work. Fresno State starting pitcher Eddie Romero (13-2) was credited with the win allowing five runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action tomorrow at 4 p.m. against the loser of the Cal State Fullerton and Saint Louis University game played later tonight at Goodwin Field.

Miami - 11
San Francisco - 2

Lincoln, NE - USF baseball opened the first NCAA Regional in school history against a Miami team competing in its NCAA-record 34th consecutive postseason. Chalk on up for experience as the Hurricanes dispatched the Dons 11-2 on a beautiful Friday night at Hawks Stadium at Haymarket Park.

San Francisco (38-22) showed signs of nerves early playing on the biggest stage in front of an announced crowd of 3,457, while it was business as usual for Miami (37-21). The Hurricanes scored two in the first and three in the second to take an early lead they would not surrender en route to their eighth straight victory in regional action.

USF now plays regional host Nebraska at 11:05 AM (PT) Saturday in an elimination game. Manhattan, the No. 4 seed, shocked the Huskers 4-1 in the opener on Friday. The game will be broadcast live in the Bay Area on Comcast SportsNet West.

Miami came out swinging hot bats from the start, sending six to the plate in the first and eight in the second against junior left-hander Scott Cousins (4-3), who allowed nine runs (eight earned) off nine hits and struck out four in 5.1 innings.

Junior catcher Jonathan Norfolk became the answer to the trivia question with a two-out single in the second inning and added an RBI in the fourth as San Francisco scored its first-ever run in the NCAA Tournament in the frame. Cousins drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a second straight walk to senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell. After sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer popped out, Jonathan Norfolk reached on an error, allowing Cousins to come around to score.

Trailing 6-1 heading into the top of the sixth, USF loaded the bases as a leadoff single from senior infielder Andrew Smith, who reached second on an error on a fielder's choice from Cousins followed by a walk to Sommer. Pinch-hitter Blake Nelson drew a walk to make the score 6-2, but Miami got out of the inning and tacked on four in the bottom of the frame to put away the Dons.

"A lot of credit is due to Miami," USF head coach Nino Giarratano said. "They got a double on the first pitch of the game and we just never regained our feet. We had our opportunities, but we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to keep the game close. Give credit to them, they pitched well and their defense played outstanding."

USF could not solve Danny Gil (3-2), who in just his third start of the season allowed two unearned runs off three hits and struck out four in 5.1 innings.

"First, Miami has a great team," Cousins said. "I wasn't able to get my command and it turned out to be a tough day for me. I made mistakes and they made me pay. I didn't give my team a chance to compete like I should have."

Sophomore shortstop Tavo Hall collected the only extra-base hit for the Dons - a double in the seventh.

USF will send sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda (7-5) to the mound against Nebraska in Saturday's elimination game and he will square off against Nebraska sophomore left-hander Tony Watson (10-1).