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05-21-2012, 07:42 PM
Zags Head To Washington State For Season Series Finale

Game 53: May 22 - at Washington State - Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, WA - 5:30 p.m.

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Gonzaga University Bulldogs (32-20, 12-9 West Coast)

Probable Starting Pitcher
RHP - 24 Zach Abbruzza, R-R, 6-2, 205, Fr., Redmond, WA
(2-4, 4.06 ERA)

Probable Position Starters
C - 18 Maxx Garrett, R-R, 6-1, 215, Sr., Kennewick, WA
(.218, 14 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 2 SB)
1B - 7 Marco Gonzales, L-L, 6-1, 185, So., Fort Collins, CO
(.321, 19 R, 8 2B, 2 HR, 23 RBI)
2B - 20 Alex Stanford, L-R, 5-10, 180, Sr., Bothell, WA
(.314, 26 R, 10 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 26 RBI, 8 SB)
3B - 5 Clayton Eslick, L-R, 5-11, 170, Jr., Gilroy, CA
(.335, 36 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 23 RBI)
SS - 4 Steven Halcomb, R-R, 5-10, 165, Jr., Poway, CA
(.266, 25 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 4 SB)
LF - 11 Billy Moon, L-L, 6-0, 185, Jr., Spokane, WA
(.235, 13 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 2 SB)
CF - 32 Alex Bonczyk, R-R, 6-3, 190, Jr., Las Vegas, NV
(.220, 14 R, 2 2B, 10 RBI, 7 SB)
RF - 21 Royce Bolinger, R-R, 6-2, 200, Sr., Scottsdale, AZ
(.401, 43 R, 12 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 44 RBI, 3 SB)
DH - 26 Andy Hunter, R-R, 6-6, 220, Sr., Tucson, AZ
(.295, 19 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI)

Head Coach: 28 Mark Machtolf (Stanford University, 1987)
Gonzaga Record: 264-218-1 (9th year - 22nd at GU) Career Record: Same


Washington State University Cougars (26-26, 11-16 Pacific-12)
All-time series versus Gonzaga: Washington State leads 120-73

Probable Starting Pitcher
LHP - 31 Joe Pistorese, L-L, 6-2, 174, Fr., Kalispell, MT
(3-3, 2.89 ERA)

Head Coach: 7 Donnie Marbut (Portland State University, 1997)
Washington State Record: 236-213 (8th year) Career Record: Same...

...RECAPING LAST SERIES: Gonzaga University closed out its home schedule sweeping the University of Portland in a three-game West Coast Conference series last weekend. The Bulldogs bats exploded in game one to beat the Pilots 12-4, and although the Bulldogs made a few mistakes, they held on to win game two 5-3, and game three 7-6. Senior infielder Alex Stanford led the effort at the plate in the series for the Bulldogs, going 7-for-11 (.636) with three doubles and four RBI. Junior infielder Clayton Eslick also had a busy weekend, recording five hits and scoring six runs in the series. All three of the Bulldogs starting pitchers, seniors Tyler Olson, Andy Hunter and sophomore Marco Gonzales, threw at least eight innings to pick up a win. Olson and Gonzales allowed one run across during their respective outings while Hunter surrendered six. The Bulldogs bullpen combined for 2 2/3 innings of work in the three games and allowed five runs on five hits and a walk.

ZAGS IN THE WCC STANDINGS: After sweeping the University of Portland last weekend, Gonzaga University improved its West Coast Conference record to 12-9 and is now in a three-way tie for third place in the league standings with Loyola Marymount University and the University of San Francisco. The University of San Diego and Pepperdine University entered the week tied for first with 14-7 records and will battle each other for the conference crown in Malibu, Calif. Also on the schedule this weekend, the Bulldogs will play the final weekend at seventh-place BYU (9-12), the Dons will cross the Bay Bridge to play seventh-place Saint Mary's College (7-14) and the Lions head to the Bay Area as well to face last-place Santa Clara University (4-17). The Pilots finished the WCC season with a 12-12 record and will finish the regular-season in non-conference play. The Bulldogs can finish as high as second place in the standings. But they will need help. The Bulldogs can secure second place by sweeping BYU and the Toreros sweep the Waves.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS: Washington State University is coming having lost two of three Pacific-12 Conference games to No. 23 Oregon State University in Pullman last weekend. After the Beavers won game one 10-2, the Cougars used a walk-off grand slam by catcher P.J. Jones in the ninth inning to win the middle game of the series 9-5. The Beavers won the rubber game of the series by a score of 7-5. First baseman Taylor Ard paces the Cougars at the plate in batting average (.349), home runs (12) and RBI (49). Derek Jones is also proven to be a dangerous hitter, averaging .344 with 14 two-baggers, three triples, nine home runs and 42 RBI. Tuesday's projected starting pitcher, left-hander Joe Pistorese, is considered to be the team's ace, going 3-3 with a team-best 2.89 ERA. In 53 innings of work, he's struck out 32 and walked 25. Following Tuesday's contest, the Cougars head to Seattle to finish the regular-season at arch-rival University of Washington for a three-game Pac-12 series.

LAST TIME VS. THE COUGARS: Gonzaga University scored three runs in the fifth inning and two runs each in the sixth and seventh to complete a 7-4 come-from-behind win over in-state rival Washington State University in front of 1,054 fans in their last meeting April 17. Senior outfielder Royce Bolinger and junior shortstop Steven Halcomb both delivered a key two-run base hit to help the Bulldogs take down the Cougars. Bolinger and senior third baseman Eric Lane led the hitting column with three hits each, Halcomb and sophomore first baseman Marco Gonzales added two while senior catcher Maxx Garrett had a single. Starter Kenny Smith received a no-decision after allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. Despite walking and striking out three batters each, Derek Callahan received the win after holding the Cougars scoreless in 1 2/3 innings of work. Derek Peterson threw two shutout frames before handing the ball to Zach Abbruzza in the ninth inning to shut the door.

ON DECK: Following the non-conference game at Washington State University, Gonzaga University finishes the regular-season at BYU in their inaugural West Coast Conference series. The series begins Thursday at 5 p.m. PDT. Gonzaga and BYU have met the last few seasons for non-conference counters. The two teams split the two meetings in Provo, Utah, a year ago. Gonzaga won game one 12-5, BYU game two 4-3.

OLSON WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK AGAIN: Gonzaga University baseball senior left-hander Tyler Olson has been named the Rawlings West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday. This is Olson's second weekly honor and Gonzaga's fourth honor this season. The lefty earned the Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week honor after firing eight solid innings last Friday to help Gonzaga beat the University of Portland 12-4. He fanned five and allowed one run on five hits and a walk. After allowing the only run in his outing in the third, he went on to retire 15 of the remaining 17 batters he faced before handing the ball to the bullpen in the ninth. A native of Spokane, Olson is 5-3 with a 2.46 ERA this season. He has thrown three complete-games this year and leads the ballclub with 82 strikeouts and 102 1/3 innings pitched. Olson earned his first WCC weekly pitching honor March 5. He was followed by senior outfielder Royce Bolinger, who was tabbed Rawlings WCC Player of the Week March 26, and sophomore left-hander Marco Gonzales, who received the WCC's weekly pitching honor April 30.

GREAT CROWD: The 2012 season will be one to remember for Gonzaga University baseball when it comes to attendance. This season, the Bulldogs drew more than 1,000 fans a game seven times, capped by a program record of 2,011 against Loyola Marymount University on ESPNU April 28...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=205429696)

05-22-2012, 08:00 PM
Tonight, through 9 complete innings, Gonzaga and WSU are tied 0-0.

The Zags had the based loaded with two outs in the top of the 9th but failed to score.

05-22-2012, 08:12 PM
2 Outs, bottom of 10; Zags go down 1-0. Ouch.

05-22-2012, 08:30 PM
2 Outs, bottom of 10; Zags go down 1-0. Ouch.

Kinda the story of the Zags season. Close but no cigar in too many games.

05-22-2012, 09:38 PM
Bulldogs Lose Pitcher's Duel To Cougars In 10th Inning

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team dropped a pitcher's duel Tuesday night as Washington State University used a RBI single in the 10th to beat the Bulldogs 1-0 to avoid the thee-game season series sweep.

Starter Zach Abbruzza received a no-decision after throwing seven shutout innings. He allowed only four hits and walks each. Starter Kenny Smith (2-2) suffered the loss after throwing 2 2/3 innings of relief.

The Zags had an opportunity to put a run on the board in the fourth. Marco Gonzales led off with a walk and advanced to second on Steven Halcomb's sacrifice bunt. Royce Bolinger was intentionally walked but was forced out at second on a grounder hit by Clayton Eslick. Andy Hunter loaded the bases after he was hit by the pitch, but the Cougars got out of the threat when Alex Stanford flew out to center field to end the inning.

In the home half of the fifth, left fielder Jason Monda hit a two-out single up the middle and tried to score from first when Tommy Richards hit a double to the left field wall, but Moon's relay to the shortstop Halcomb to the catcher Maxx Garrett was in time for the third out.

After Halcomb flew out to left field to start the sixth, Bolinger followed with a double down the left field line. He advanced to third after Eslick grounded out to first but was stranded when Hunter struck out swinging.

Abbruzza ran into trouble in the seventh inning when he loaded the bases on a base hit, an error by Stanford and an intentional walk with one out, but he escaped the jam when a ground ball to him set up a double play from home to first to end the inning.

The Bulldogs had another opportunity to bring a run across when three base hits by Hunter, Garrett and Moon loaded the bases, but pinch hitter Payden Cawley Lamb hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

The Cougars broke through in the 10th when Richards led off with a single and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and groundout to third. With two out, Collin Slaybaugh sent a pitch to left center out of Billy Moon's reach to bring across the only run in the game.

The Bulldogs will close the regular-season at West Coast Conference newcomer BYU for a three-game series. The series begins Friday at 5 p.m. PDT...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=205430073)

Coug Tracks
05-23-2012, 12:33 PM
Disappointing season for WSU as well to follow up an incredibly disappointing season last year. WSU is young but will spend another year at home. I know GU had a shot to get to Regional play. What's the potential to get there at this point?

05-23-2012, 03:45 PM
Disappointing season for WSU as well to follow up an incredibly disappointing season last year. WSU is young but will spend another year at home. I know GU had a shot to get to Regional play. What's the potential to get there at this point?

After the Zags loss to WSU last night, Gonzaga will need a 3 game sweep of BYU and then pray for a miracle.

If the Zags get an NCAA invite, it will be by the skin of their teeth...

Coug Tracks
05-23-2012, 07:36 PM
After the Zags loss to WSU last night, Gonzaga will need a 3 game sweep of BYU and then pray for a miracle.

If the Zags get an NCAA invite, it will be by the skin of their teeth...WSU needed to sweep the rest of the year and dropped 2 to OSU so they are toast. I hope you get the sweep and an invite.