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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 17, 2008

Gonzaga - 9
Utah Valley State - 3

Spokane, Wash. - AJ Proszek and Tyson Van Winkle led the Gonzaga University baseball team to a 9-3 victory over visiting Utah Valley University Monday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The game was the opening contest of a three-game series.

Proszek (1-0) earned his first victory of the season as the junior transfer held the Wolverines (3-11-1) to three runs on seven hits over 7.0 frames while striking out three. Brandon Harmon and Cody Martin each saw an inning out of the GU (11-7) bullpen, with Martin continuing a solid rookie campaign by striking out the side in the ninth. Utah Valley starter Aaron Brady (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned on 11 hits over 5.2 innings.

Van Winkle paced the Bulldogs' offense with three hits, including two doubles, to drive in two runs. The sophomore also added two runs scored. Evan Wells, Marcus McKimmy, Ryan Wiegand, Grant Kveder and Mark Castellitto all added two hits a piece.

Gonzaga opened scoring in the bottom of first to take a 2-0 lead. Wells, who led off the inning with a single, scored the first run thanks to a single down the right field line by Kveder. McKimmy, who also reached on a single, scored on the second tally on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs added an additional run in the bottom of the second as Wells hit a single up the middle by Wells to plate Michael Rhodes. The Zags' extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth, piecing together a walk, a single, a double and a throwing error to drive home two runs and take a 6-0 lead.

Proszek held the Wolverines scoreless until the fifth inning, when they narrowed GU's lead to three runs. Utah Valley's Josh Hinckley, Tyler Garretson and Ryan Jones each recorded run-scoring hits to plate three runs, brining the score to 6-3.

Kveder added another run for Gonzaga in the sixth on a single through the left side to plate Van Winkle. In the eighth, GU capped scoring as Van Winkle belted a two-run double to left field that scored McKimmy and Wiegand.

The Bulldogs and Wolverines will take the field again Tuesday as they compete in the second game of the three-game set. The Zags' Reedy Berg is expected to get the start in the 6 p.m. first pitch.

Saint Mary's - 13
Fairleigh Dickinson - 3

Saint Mary's - 11
Fairleigh Dickinson - 6

Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's (12-4-1) took the final two games from Fairleigh Dickinson (2-10), as they Gaels swept the Knights on the strength of their offense. The slugfest got started in the second inning off sophomore left fielder Kyle Jensen's fifth homerun of the year. Jensen's two run blast started a six run inning as the Gaels never looked back defeating the Knights 13-3.

Senior pitcher Alex Jensen (1-2) went four complete innings, surrendering three hits, no runs, no walks and two strike outs, to earn his first win of the season. Freshman pitcher Justin Kuks closed out the game pitching four complete innings surrendering six hits, three runs, two earned runs, four walks and five strike outs. It was the second save of the season for Kuks.

The first game was called after eight innings as the two head coaches agreed to end the game early if there was a ten run lead after seven innings. And following junior outfielder Ryan Young's two run homerun in the bottom of the eighth, that's exactly what happened as the Gaels won in a rare eighth inning walk-off. The homerun was the first of the year for Young his fourth as a Gael.

Also having a big game, was sophomore second baseman Randy Wells who went 2-for-4 with two doubles, also senior designated hitter Geoff Byrns went 2-for-3 with a double two runs scored and one knocked in.

The second game was much more of the same, with the Gaels putting up big numbers scoring 11 runs on 11 hits, as SMC cruised to an 11-6 win.

Freshman Taylor Reid got the start for the Gaels and pitched six complete innings giving up five hits, six earned runs, three walks and no strike outs. Reid started the seventh but hit two batters in a row and walked a third to load the bases to end his day.

Freshman pitcher Dorsey Ek (1-0) came into the game for the Gaels and went three innings, surrendering three hits, no runs, no walks and three strike outs to earn his first collegiate win.

Sophomore catcher Ryan Mulligan provided all the insurance runs the Gaels would need as he hit a three run homerun in the bottom of the seventh. Mulligan's homerun caped a six run seventh that put the Gaels back on top 11-6.

Saint Mary's plays again tomorrow playing their fifth game in three days, as they head down to San Jose to play host San Jose State at Municipal Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

San Diego - 9
Hawai'i-Hilo - 4

HILO, HI - The 19th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (13-7) completed a four-game sweep over the University of Hawaii - Hilo (7-11) with a 9-4 win in five innings Monday afternoon in a non-conference game at Wong Stadium.

There was a 40 minute rain delay, followed by a 30 minute lightning delay, then followed by another 20 minute rain delay that caused the game to start late, and because of travel plans for the Torero baseball team to get to Honolulu, the game had to be called after five innings, but does go down as a completed game.

USD wasted no time in scoring as they put up three runs on three hits in the first inning. Kevin Muno led off the game with a solo home run for the first run, then Sean Nicol hit a stand-up double down the left field line. Victor Sanchez hit a single through the left side, moving Nicol to third and two batters later, Josh Romanski reached on a fielding error by the Vulcans, which allowed Nicol to come across for the second run of the game. James Meador then drove in the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right field to give USD a 3-0 lead.

UHH then answered back in their half of the inning as they scored one run on two hits. The Vulcans run came on a Higa run-scoring double to left field, cutting the e deficit to two at 3-1.

San Diego then scored one run in each of the next three innings before putting the game out of reach with three runs on two hits in the fifth inning. Kevin Hansen led off the frame with a stand-up double and after a Nick McCoy walk, Nicol was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Sanchez then cleared the bases with a three-run triple to centerfield to give USD a 9-1 advantage.

The Vulcans then scored three runs in their half of the fifth inning to put the game at its final of 9-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Sanchez led the way as he went 3-for-4 with one triple and four RBI. The only other Torero to record multiple hits was Muno, who went 2-for-4 with one home run and one RBI.

Matt Thompson (2-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed one unearned run on three hits in 4.0 innings of work. Moon (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Vulcans as he allowed six runs, two earned, on five hits in 3.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will conclude their Hawaiian Islands spring break trip with a 3:35 p.m. game against the University of Hawaii Rainbows on Tuesday.