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05-29-2009, 09:38 AM
S-R on both GU & WSU:


Good Luck to both teams!

05-29-2009, 09:46 AM
Btw, Zags play at 3pm.


John Blanchette:

05-29-2009, 01:13 PM
AP Sports Story in Everett Herald

Gonzaga back in NCAA tourney after a 28-year absence

Lake Stevens grad Matt Fields starts on the mound today for the Bulldogs

By Tim Booth
AP Sports Writer

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are in the NCAA tournament -- and this time it has nothing to do with basketball.

The West Coast Conference champion Bulldogs play Georgia Southern today in their first appearance in the NCAA baseball tournament since 1981.

"I've always thought the Northwest has been underrated for years," Gonzaga coach Mark Machtolf said. "Oregon State has woke everybody up a little bit and now this year with Washington State and us getting in, it just shows there (are) great baseball players in the Northwest."

In fact, the Bulldogs will tell you they should have been in the tournament two years ago.

In 2007, it appeared Gonzaga was set to break its tourney drought when it won Game 1 of the WCC tournament. But San Diego rallied with 13-5 and 13-1 victories to capture the conference's automatic bid and leave the Bulldogs disappointed when they weren't selected as an at-large team despite a 33-25 record.

Gonzaga didn't leave anything to chance this year. The Bulldogs wrapped up the WCC regular-season title by beating Loyola Marymount in the next-to-last conference game of the regular season, then swept the Lions in the conference tournament.

"We have eight seniors this year and we thought had a pretty solid team," said WCC pitcher of the year Matt Fields, a Lake Stevens High School graduate. "We've had pretty good leadership this year, and a couple of the young guys stepped up."

Fields has made things easy for the Bulldogs' offense this season. In 13 starts, he's 8-1 with a 2.86 earned-run average and two complete games. In WCC play, Fields was even more dominant, going 5-0 with a 2.81 ERA....