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Post by PilotNut on Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:22 pm

Congrats to the Pilots for beating the #16 Toreros today at Joe Etzel Field! Very Happy

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PORTLAND, Ore. --- Portland senior starter Kyle Kraus went the distance on the mound to become Portlandís new all-time leader in career wins as the Pilots defeated the No. 16 San Diego Toreros 5-4 in a West Coast Conference baseball game played on Friday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. Kraus surpasses Wes Smith with career win number 26.

It wasnít easy as the Toreros (32-10, 9-4 WCC) tried to rally against Kraus in the top of the ninth. Down 5-2, San Diego got its first two runners of the inning on base with back-to-back singles. Corey LeVier then blooped a single to shallow center field that dropped just out of the reach of Michael Lucarelli, Portlandís shortstop. Kris Bryant advanced to second base on the hit, while Jon Hotta came around to score, making it a two-run ballgame.

Portlandís (22-15, 9-7 WCC) defense then came through with a couple of clutch plays. First, Turner Gill was able to get a glove on a sinking line drive hit by A.J. Robinson. Gill then fired the ball to second base to force out the pinch runner Victor Rasor-Thompson, who had been tagging up.

Now with runners on the corners and one out, San Diegoís Andrew Daniel lined a single to left-center field, bringing Bryant home from third base to pull the Toreros within a run. But on the play, Daniel tried to advance to second base. Lucarelli alertly took the cut off throw and tossed the ball to second, where Cody Lenahan applied the tag for the second out of the inning. And with the tying run now on third, Kraus induced a game-ending ground-out to Lucarelli.

Only two of the four runs allowed by Kraus (6-3) were earned as the right-hander picks up his second complete game of the year. He fanned five, didnít walk a batter, and scattered eight hits, with four of those hits coming in the ninth.

The dramatic top of the ninth followed two huge Portland runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. First, with a runner on third base and two outs, Caleb Whalen drilled a high fly ball deep into the left field corner that bounced off the wall for a triple. Whalenís third triple of the year pushed the UP lead to 4-2. Chet Thompson then followed with what would prove to be the game-winning RBI. His hard-hit single to left field easily scored Whalen to give the Pilots a 5-2 advantage.

Portlandís first three runs came in bizarre fashion with the Pilots trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning. USD starter Dylan Covey unleashed three wild pitches with runners in scoring position that allowed the Pilots to score three runs and take a 3-2 lead. Covey would finally settle down to get out of the inning, but not until the damage had already been done.

Covey (6-3) takes the loss for San Diego after allowing the three runs in 7.0 innings of work. He struck out five, walked one and gave up eight hits. Relievers Jack Shannon and Drew Jacobs were each charged with one of Portlandís runs in the eighth.

The Toreros scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first inning to take early control of the scoreboard. Both runs were unearned following a Portland error, and both runs came in on a soft single off the end of the bat of Robinson.

Kraus was dialed in after that, facing the minimum amount of batters during the next five innings.

Portland out-hit San Diego 10-8, while both teams committed an error. Whalen, Thompson, Nick Armenta and Brian Fratalli each finished with two hits for the Pilots. Robinson led USD with three hits.

The second game of this three-game set will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. Travis Radke will start on the hill for the Pilots, while the Toreros will counter with Paul Sewald.

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Re: Pilots 5, #16 USD 4

Post by Guest on Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:16 pm

They have video of the games streaming online like with soccer and basketball. Hooray!

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Post by PilotNut on Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:57 pm

Thanks for the heads up! The production quality is pretty darn good for the price... Wink

Game #2: tied 1-1, top of the 7th.

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:40 pm

USD got a couple late runs and won 3-1. Rubber game tomorrow.

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Re: Pilots 5, #16 USD 4

Post by PilotNut on Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:51 pm

Pilots win the series over the 16th ranked Toreros with a game 3 victory, 4-1.

Congratulations, Pilots!

A well-deserved shout out to the Athletic Department, as well, for the awesome free video stream. Many cameras, great angles, great picture quality. Well done, and rumor has it the service will be available again (did I mention free!) for the SMC series in 2 weeks! Cool


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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:19 pm

Only got to see a couple of innings (live), but I loved the positive, aggressive style the Pilots played.

You can tell by their chatter the boys feel good about themselves and their teammates. It's been a while.

I like it!

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:08 pm

Good day today. What's great about this team is the strong pitching and defense. That'll give you a chance every time out.

Fun fact, I saw pitching coach Larry Casian pitch for Portland Beavers in the 90s. Hope that doesn't make him feel old.

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Re: Pilots 5, #16 USD 4

Post by PilotNut on Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:16 am

Oregonian recap

Portland 4, San Diego 1: Pilots get best of No. 16 Toreros

Senior Kris Kauppila had a two-run single and Portland got stellar pitching performances as the Pilots registered a 4-1 win over the No. 16 San Diego Toreros on Sunday afternoon to claim the three-game West Coast Conference series at Joe Etzel Field.

Starter Chris Johnson (3-2) had perhaps his most effective outing of the season for Portland (23-16, 10-Cool, holding the Toreros (33-11, 10-5) to one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The junior right-hander struck out four and didn't issue a walk.

Relievers Brandon Snyder and Owen Jones took over where Johnson left off, combining to hold San Diego scoreless during the final 2 1/3 innings.

Jones earned his 14th save of the year, which matches a UP single-season record.

Kauppila's clutch hit came in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Turner Gill and Caleb Whalen hit consecutive singles before advancing to second and third, respectively, on a wild pitch. And after fouling off two pitches, Kauppila delivered a single that scored Gill and Whalen.

Next up: Washington vs. Portland (Pasco, Wash.) 6 p.m May 8

-- From University of Portland reports

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