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04-12-2012, 07:12 PM
Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Series:

Game 32: April 13 - Santa Clara - Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field - 6 p.m.

Game 33: April 14 - Santa Clara - Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field - 3 p.m.

Game 34: April 15 - Santa Clara - Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field - 1 p.m.

All times Pacific Time Zone and subject to change
Live stats available at GoZags.com and on the GoZags App
Radio: 1050 The Key (Games 32 & 33) - Tom Hudson, Play-by-Play; Steve Hertz, Analyst
Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Game 34)
TV: GUTV (Games 32 & 33) - Play-by-Play & Analyst TBA

Gonzaga University Bulldogs (22-9, 3-3 West Coast)

Probable Pitching Rotation
LHP - 13 Tyler Olson, R-L, 6-3, 190, Sr., Spokane, WA
(4-0, 2.03 ERA)
LHP - 7 Marco Gonzales, L-L, 6-1, 185, So., Fort Collins, CO
(4-0, 1.25 ERA)
RHP - 26 Andy Hunter, R-R, 6-6, 220, Sr., Tucson, WA
(2-2, 3.29 ERA)

Probable Position Starters
C - 18 Maxx Garrett, R-R, 6-1, 215, Sr., Kennewick, WA
(.231, 11 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 17 RBI)
1B - 26 Andy Hunter, R-R, 6-6, 220, Sr., Tucson, AZ
(.323, 13 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
2B - Alex Stanford, L-R, 5-10, 180, Sr., Bothell, WA
(.307, 18 R, 6 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 5 SB)
3B - 6 Eric Lane, R-R, 6-0, 190, Sr., Port Angeles, WA
(.307, 24 R, 6 2B, 13 RBI1, 1 SB)
SS - 4 Steven Halcomb, R-R, 5-10, 165, Jr., Poway, CA
(.258, 16 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 4 SB)
LF - 31 Brock Slavin, L-R, 6-0, 190, RS-So., Tenino, WA
(.400, 9 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI)
CF - 21 Royce Bolinger, R-R, 6-2, 200, Sr., Scottsdale, AZ
(.383, 28 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 2 SB)
RF - 3 Payden Cawley Lamb, L-R, 5-10, 185, So., Buckley, WA
(.279, 9 R, 2 2B, 9 RBI, 1 SB)
DH - 5 Clayton Eslick, L-R, 5-11, 170, Jr., Gilroy, CA
(.352, 20 R, 4 2B, 2 3B, 15 RBI)

Head Coach: 28 Mark Machtolf (Stanford University, 1987)
Gonzaga Record: 254-207-1 (9th year - 22nd at GU) Career Record: Same

Santa Clara University Broncos (18-12, 1-5 West Coast)
All-time series versus Gonzaga: Santa Clara leads 37-35

Probable Pitching Rotation
RHP - 34 Tommy Nance, R-R, 6-6, 210, Jr., Long Beach, CA
(3-2, 3.29 ERA)
LHP - 23 Powell Fansler, L-L, 6-6, 200, So., Orangevale, CA
(5-2, 3.54 ERA)
RHP - 18 Mike Couch, R-R, 6-1, 200, Jr., Menlo Park, CA
(1-4, 4.36 ERA)

Head Coach: 21 Dan O’Brien (UC San Diego, 1995)
Santa Clara Record: 18-12 (1st year) Career Record: 454-281-1 (15th year)

ZAGS IN THE WCC STANDINGS: Gonzaga University currently sits in a tie with Pepperdine University for fourth in the West Coast Conference standings with a 3-3 record. The Bulldogs resume West Coast Conference play after losing two of three games to first-place University of San Diego last weekend. The Toreros sit on top of the WCC standings with a 7-2 record followed by the University of Portland and BYU in a tie for second with 6-3 records. Gonzaga has played three fewer WCC games than most schools in the league, but it will be caught up this weekend against Santa Clara University.

SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara University 18-12 overall, but 1-5 in West Coast Conference play under its new head coach Dan O’Brien. The Broncos are coming off an 8-5 home win over their Bay Area rival University of California Wednesday, but were swept on the road by Cal State Bakersfield last weekend. Three position players have not missed a start this season. Outfielder Pat Stover leads that group with a .296 batting average with 21 RBI, second most behind the team’s leader and fellow outfielder Andrew Biancardi, who has 23. Outfielder Lucas Herbst is proven to be a dangerous hitter. He is hitting .388 with a 20 runs, six doubles, four threebaggers and 14 RBI. Friday’s starter Tommy Nance has been the team’s ace, going 3-2 with a 3.29 ERA and 29 strikeouts.

LAST TIME VS. BRONCOS: Gonzaga University swept Santa Clara University in the Bay Area last season. Former Zag Ryan Carpenter took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and went all the way to the end to shutout the Broncos 9-0. Senior left-hander Tyler Olson kept the Broncos scoreless by throwing a complete-game 9-0 shutout victory and although he allowed two earned runs and the combination of sophomore lefty Marco Gonzales and former Zag Cody Martin helped the Zags complete the sweep with an 8-3 win. Junior outfielder Billy Moon led the effort at the plate for the Bulldogs in the series, going 6-for-13 (.462) with a double and three RBI. Santa Clara
infielder Kyle DeMerritt went 4-for-10 (.400) to lead the team in that category and outfielders Matt Ozanne and Lucas Herbst scored the three runs for the Broncos...

ZAGS 25th IN RPI STANDINGS: Gonzaga University elevated to No. 25 in the NCAA’s second release of its Ratings Percentage Index this past Monday, the highest among West Coast Conference teams. The Bulldogs checked in at No. 27 in the first release of the RPI last week. The RPI rates
every baseball club on a weighted scale taking into factors such as a team’s winning percentage, its opponents’ winning percentage and the winning percentage of those opponents’ opponents. Six of the Bulldogs opponents currently sit in the top 40. The University of Arkansas and University of Oregon are above the Bulldogs at No. 18 and No. 21, respectively, while the University of Washington (No. 28), University of San Diego (No. 29), Pepperdine University (No. 31) and Arizona State University (No. 38) are the other four opponents sitting in the top 40.

ZAGS IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Gonzaga University is improving in the NCAA statistic rankings as of late. Entering Monday, the Bulldogs pitching staff’s 2.76 ERA is the 11th lowest in the country. Individually, two-way player Marco Gonzales’ 1.26 ERA is 15th-best and junior infielder
Clayton Eslick is the 24th toughest batter to strikeout. In 108 appearances at the plate this season, Eslick has only struck out six times for an average of 19.6...

WE’RE WATCHING YOU: Five Gonzaga University pitchers, along with their batterymate senior Maxx Garrett, have picked off 12 runners this season, which is second most behind Pepperdine University’s 13 for the most among West Coast Conference teams. Junior left-hander Billy Moon leads the Bulldogs with most pickoffs, picking off four in three consecutive appearances. Sophomore Marco Gonzales and senior Tyler Olson are right behind their fellow southpaw with two while right-handers senior Andy Hunter, freshman Derek Peterson and catcher Garrett each added picked off one runner...

04-13-2012, 06:58 PM
Through 7 innings, Gonzaga and Santa Clara are tied 2-2.

04-13-2012, 07:38 PM
This evening, Gonzaga takes the first game of the series 4-2 over Santa Clara.

In the eighth, Zags get back to back two out singles from Halcomb and Slavin to score two runs and take the lead.

Relief pitcher Abbruzza comes in to pitch in the 9th and gets Santa Clara's Harisis looking at a called 3rd strike to end the game.

04-13-2012, 09:19 PM
Steven Halcomb and the Bulldogs improved to 23-9, 4-3 in the WCC.

Halcomb Breaks Tie In Eighth; Zags Take Game One Over Broncos

SPOKANE, Wash. - Steven Halcomb's RBI single broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning and the Gonzaga University baseball team held Santa Clara University down in the ninth to win the West Coast Conference series opener 4-2 in front of 1,388 fans Friday evening.

While Halcomb and Andy Hunter each had a pair of hits, Alex Stanford and Clayton Eslick each hit a home run while Brock Slavin brought home an insurance run with his only base hit on the evening.

Starter Tyler Olson struck out two batters in 6 1/3 innings, and of the nine hits the Broncos (18-13, 1-6 WCC) recorded off him, a two-run home run was their only extra base hit on the evening.

Derek Peterson (3-0) struck out two batters in 1 2/3 innings of work and Zach Abbruzza earned his fifth save on the year after only punching out two in one inning...

Friday night's attendance was the third highest in the history of the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field, which opened in 2007.

The Bulldogs and Broncos will return to the field for game two of the three-game series Saturday at 3 p.m.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=205413623)

Gonzaga Box Score (http://www.gozags.com//ViewContent.dbml?ATCLID=205413623&SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=26400&CONTENT_ID=191646)

Zag 77
04-14-2012, 06:49 PM
The radio guys said that Andy Hunter had to miss game 2 due to a national engineering exam. Gonzales throws 82 pitches in 6 innings in his first stint following a knee injury to get the win, 8-3.

04-15-2012, 06:44 AM
Marco Gonzales improved his record to 5-0.

Zags Beat Broncos In Gonzales' Return To Take WCC Series

SPOKANE, Wash. - Royce Bolinger hit a three-run home run to erase an early two-run deficit and a three-run fourth inning helped the Gonzaga University baseball team take down Santa Clara University 8-3 to clinch the three-game West Coast Conference series Saturday.

After having surgery to repair a torn meniscus on his right leg nearly three weeks ago, Marco Gonzales (5-0) was given the starting nod by head coach Mark Machtolf for the first time since March 25. The sophomore threw 82 pitches in five innings and although he struck out four batters, he allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks.

Machtolf was pleased with Gonzales performance.

"He didn't have the stuff he normally has, but he gave us five good innings and I'm happy about that," Machtolf said.

David Bigelow took over for Gonzales in the sixth inning and threw three shutout innings before handing the ball to Sean-Luke Brija, who got the save after the Broncos threatened to do serious damage with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

Along with his two-run shot, Bolinger added two base hits and a walk on the afternoon. Maxx Garrett also hit a home run and Eric Lane had two hits and a successful suicide squeeze play to drive in a run. Clayton Eslick, Alex Bonczyk and Brock Slavin stretched their only base hit in the game into a double. ...

The Bulldogs will look to sweep the WCC series Sunday at 1 p.m.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205414139&DB_OEM_ID=26400)

Gonzaga Box Score (http://www.gozags.com//ViewContent.dbml?ATCLID=205414139&SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=26400&CONTENT_ID=191676)

04-15-2012, 02:25 PM
This afternoon, Gonzaga beats Santa Clara 4-1. The Zags sweep the three game series with the Broncos.

Gonzaga improves to 25-9 overall and 6-3 in the WCC.

Zag 77
04-15-2012, 02:47 PM
Hunter pitches complete game. Slavin hits 3-run Home Run. Gonzales plays 9innings at 1B and goes 2-4 in first plate appearances since coming back from knee surgery.

04-15-2012, 07:34 PM
Brock Slavin's first collegiate home run helped the Bulldogs sweep the Broncos.

Slavin, Hunter Lead Zags To WCC Series Sweep Over Santa Clara

SPOKANE, Wash. - Brock Slavin hit his first three-run home run in the fifth inning and Andy Hunter went the distance for the second time this season as the two helped the Gonzaga University baseball team rally and beat Santa Clara University 4-1 to complete the West Coast Conference series sweep Sunday afternoon.

Slavin, Marco Gonzales and Eric Lane led the effort at the plate with two hits each. The Bulldogs also got a base hit from Steven Halcomb and a RBI from Gonzales.

Hunter (3-2), who had to miss Saturday's game to write an exam, struggled on the mound early in the game. The first batter doubled to right field to start the game and after a sacrifice bunt, the Broncos (18-15, 1-8 WCC) got on board after a groundout to second baseman Alex Stanford brought in the first run of the day.

Although he wouldn't allow a run after the first inning, Hunter would get himself into trouble in the next four innings as he would allow a runner to reach at least third base in each inning. But he would have help from good defensive performances by his teammates to escape the threats.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (25-9, 6-3 WCC) bats had a hard time breaking through Bronco starting pitcher Mike Couch (1-5). Gonzales would record the Bulldogs first two hits off of Couch in the first and fourth innings.

It wasn't until the fifth inning when the rest of the Bulldogs figured out Couch. With one out, Stanford got on base after he was hit by the pitch and Halcomb followed with a base hit to left center field but was forced out on Billy Moon's grounder to second base. With two strikes in his at-bat, the left-handed hitting Slavin sent a pitch just over the fence in left field for his first homer to give the Bulldogs a 3-1. Slavin received a loud celebration from his teammates in the dugout as he circled around the bases....

The Bulldogs will have Monday to rest as Washington State University will make a second visit to the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Tuesday for a 6 p.m. start. The Bulldogs won the first meeting in Spokane 9-3 back on April 3.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=205414500)

Gonzaga Box Score (http://www.gozags.com//ViewContent.dbml?ATCLID=205414500&SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=26400&CONTENT_ID=191776)