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03-20-2013, 06:07 PM

Gonzaga Baseball Set To Host 25th-Ranked San Diego This Weekend

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University baseball (12-6-1) has won eight of its last 11 games including a 6-6 tie with Arizona State University. The Bulldogs will try to carry its momentum into its second home series of the weekend as West Coast Conference member and 25th-ranked University of San Diego (14-6) visits for a three game series beginning Friday. The series will feature two Golden Spikes Awards Watch List players in GU’s pitcher/first baseman Marco Gonzales and USD’s third baseman Kris Bryant. Gonzales (3-1) will get the starting nod Friday night at 6:02 p.m. and he will square off against Michael Wagner (1-1).

Baseball Game Notes

Spokane, WA

GAME 20 | Mar. 22 | vs. #25 San Diego | Patterson Baseball | 6:02 p.m.

GAME 21 | Mar. 23 | vs. #25 San Diego | Complex & Washington | 6:00 p.m.

GAME 22 | Mar. 24 | vs. #25 San Diego | Trust Field | 12:00 p.m.

All times Pacific Time Zone and subject to change

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Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-6-1, 2-1 West Coast)

Probable Pitching Rotation

LHP - 7 Marco Gonzales, L-L, 6-1, 185, Jr., Fort Collins, CO

(3-1, 2.13 ERA)

LHP - 13 Tyler Olson, R-L, 6-3, 190, Sr., Spokane, WA

(3-1, 2.52 ERA)


Head Coach - Mark Machtolf (Stanford 1987, 10th Year - 23rd at Gonzaga)

Gonzaga Record - 278-226 Career Record - Same

#25 San Diego Toreros (14-6, 3-0 West Coast)

Probable Pitching Rotation

RHP - 30 Michael Wagner, R-R, 6-4, 185, Jr., Las Vegas, NV

(1-1, 2.59 ERA)

RHP - 24 Dylan Covey, R-R, 6-2, 200, Jr., Pasadena, CA

(1-1, 3.38 ERA)


Head Coach – Rich Hill (Cal Lutheran 1984, 14th Year)...

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: The University of San Diego has one of the best players in college baseball in third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant, preseason All-American, leads the nation in homeruns with 12. He is also second in the nation in walks (26) and runs scored (33). He his hitting .386 and has 24 RBI. The Torero pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.00, paced by starter Michael Wagner (1-1, 2.59 ERA). San Diego opened West Coast Conference play with a three game sweep of BYU at USD. Coaching the team is Rich Hill in his 14th season at the helm.

HUGE WCC SERIES: Gonzaga baseball will host San Diego for a very important series this weekend. The Zags (12-6-1) and Toreros (14-6) are atop the West Coast Conference standings and also own the two best records. In the 2013 preseason coaches poll, San Diego was picked to finished first and Gonzaga was slated for third. Last season the Toreros took the series two games to one in San Diego.

MITCHELL THE MAN: Sophomore Mitchell Gunsolus has had a terrific start to the 2013 season for Gonzaga University baseball. The third baseman has started every game and been the leadoff hitter for GU. Gunsolus is hitting .333 and has three triples to his name. He has also proven to be a patient batter with a team-best 12 walks and a .429 on-base percentage.

CONSISTENT SQUAD: Heading into the weekend series against the University of San Diego, Gonzaga baseball has found consistency in its starters and lineup. The Zags have seven players who have started 15 of the 19 games this season (Mitchell Gunsolus 19, Clayton Eslick 19, Cabe Reiten 19, Marco Gonzales 18, Steven Halcomb 18, Travis Forbes 17 and Zach Abbruzza 15)...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=206842060)

Gonzaga Baseball Release Link (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/1712829.pdf)

03-22-2013, 07:56 PM
After 6 complete innings Friday evening, Gonzaga leads San Diego 6-1.

Zags scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 1st...

Marco Gonzales is on the mound for the Zags tonight...

03-22-2013, 08:27 PM
At the top of the 8th inning, David Bigelow is now pitching in relief of Marco Gonzales for the Zags.

Gonzaga still leads San Diego 6-1...

03-22-2013, 08:56 PM
Gonzaga defeats San Diego 6-2 this evening...

In the top of the 9th, the Toreros had the bases loaded with 2 outs before the Zags relief pitcher Arturo Reyes got San Diego batter Connor Joe out on a swinging third strike.

03-22-2013, 11:04 PM

Zags Drop #25 San Diego 6-2 Behind A Gonzales Gem

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University baseball team posted six runs in the first inning giving starting pitcher Marco Gonzales more than enough breathing room as the Zags prevailed over 25th-ranked University of San Diego 6-2 Friday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Gonzales (4-1) hurled seven strong innings allowing just one run while striking out nine batters from a very potent Toreros lineup.

With win, Gonzaga improves to 13-6-1 overall and 3-1 in West Coast Conference play. The defeat is the first WCC loss for San Diego as they fall to 14-7 overall and 3-1 WCC.

San Diego scored the first run of the game in its first at bat with a Connor Joe RBI single up the middle but the Gonzaga attack would quickly respond in the bottom half of the inning.

Torero starter Michael Wagner (1-2) walked Mitchell Gunsolus to start what would be a six run inning for the Zags. After the walk, Cory LeBrun connected for a double to right field to put runners on second and third base. The next batter Clayton Eslick hit what appeared to a fly out to center field but the fielder misjudged the ball as it hit the outside of his glove allowing Eslick to reach on the error and a run to score.

Billy Moon would next reach base after being hit by a pitch opening the door for a Brock Slavin RBI single to left center. With no outs and bases loaded the Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead.

San Diego would record its first out but Caleb Wood got the Zags bats going again with a single to right field to bring home another run. Cabe Reiten followed with a 2 RBI double to the third base side putting GU up 5-0.

Travis Forbes brought in the last run with a sacrifice fly to center. When the first inning was done, Gonzaga led 6-1 on four hits.

The lead was enough for Gonzales who has pitched past the sixth inning in five consecutive starts.

The Toreros would threaten in the top of the ninth with another run and bases loaded and two outs but Arturo Reyes struck out Joe to bring home the win.

Game two of the Gonzaga and San Diego series is Saturday at 6 p.m.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=206881361&DB_OEM_ID=26400)

Gonzaga vs. San Diego Box Score (http://www.gozags.com//ViewContent.dbml?ATCLID=206881361&SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=26400&CONTENT_ID=537246)

03-23-2013, 11:04 PM

Bulldogs Baseball Wins Second Straight Over #25 San Diego

SPOKANE, Wash. – Behind seven strong innings of one-run ball, Gonzaga University baseball starting pitcher Tyler Olson (4-1) led the Zags to a 8-1 victory over 25th-ranked University of San Diego Saturday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Six Bulldogs had a RBI against the Toreros with Brock Slavin’s two to lead the team.

The win propels the Zags to 14-6-1 overall mark and 4-1 West Coast Conference record. The loss gives San Diego its second WCC loss and puts the team at 14-8, 3-2 WCC.

Unlike Friday’s game, Gonzaga was the first team on the board Saturday night.

Mitchell Gunsolus, reaching base safely for the 18th consecutive game, singled up the middle to get the Zags offense going in the bottom of the first. GU would load the bases for Billy Moon who hit into a fielder’s choice but brought a run in.

Gunsolus’ hit also extended his team-best hitting streak to 13.

The early 1-0 lead would hold until the fifth inning where GU added two more runs.

Caleb Wood reached on a base hit to start the 5th and USD starter Dylan Covey would start to unravel. A wild pitch from Covey moved Wood two bases to third. Gunsolus would walk to put runners on the corners. Cory Lebrun then singled to the left side bringing home Wood.

Not to be outdone, Clayton Eslick followed LeBrun’s hit with a single to right field bringing home GU’s third run. San Diego escaped the inning with no further damage but the Bulldogs had given Olson more than enough to pick the victory.

USD got one in the sixth with a triple and double to open the inning but the Toreros would not come any closer in the game.

Gonzaga pulled away in the seventh with five more runs to push its lead to 8-1. Marco Gonzales and Alex Bonczyk each hit a RBI single in the inning but it was Slavin reaching on an error by the first baseman that brought two runs in.

Olson was relieved in the eighth inning by Kenny Smith who finished the game. Olson finished his night allowing just eight hits, one run, striking out six and only walking one Torero.

Gonzaga scored its eight runs on nine hits with two San Diego errors.

The Bulldogs have won two consecutive series against WCC teams and will go for the sweep over San Diego Sunday at noon.

Gonzaga Article Link includes a video link to the Gonzaga pitching, hitting and fielding highlights (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=206898360)

Gonzaga vs. San Diego Box Score (http://www.gozags.com//ViewContent.dbml?ATCLID=206898360&SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=26400&CONTENT_ID=545147)

03-24-2013, 01:25 PM
After 4 complete innings in the Sunday afternoon game, Gonzaga leads San Diego 3-1...

Zags scored 3 runs in their half of the 3rd inning to take the lead...

Derek Callahan pitching for the Zags this afternoon.

03-24-2013, 01:53 PM
In the top of the 5th inning, Gonzaga committed two errors that extended the inning and led to the Toreros scoring 3 unearned runs to take a 4-3 lead...

In the bottom of the 5th inning, Gonzaga took advantage of 2 errors by San Diego to score 2 runs to take back the lead 5-4. The Zags had the bases loaded with 2 outs until a fly out to right field ended the inning.

Zags lead 5-4 after 5 complete innings...

03-24-2013, 02:31 PM
In the top of the 6th inning, San Diego had two outs and a runner on second...
then an error by Gonzaga extended the inning and SanDiego scored 4 unearned runs to take an 8-5 lead.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Zags came back quickly and scored a run...then the Zags loaded the bases with no outs...Gonzaga then had a strike out, a sacrifice fly out that scored a run and then on a base hit up the middle the lead Zag runner attempted to score from second and was thrown out at the plate. So after 6 complete innings, San Diego leads Gonzaga 8-7...

03-24-2013, 02:43 PM
In the 7th inning, neither team scored...San Diego leads Gonzaga 8-7...the Zags left 2 runners on base that inning.

03-24-2013, 03:12 PM
In the top of the 8th, San Diego did not score...

In their half of the 8th inning, Gonzaga scored 2 runs on 2 base hits and another San Diego error. Zags left 2 runners on base...San Diego has committed 5 errors this afternoon.

After 8 complete innings, Gonzaga leads San Diego 9-8...Arturo Reyes continues to pitch in relief for the Zags.

03-24-2013, 03:48 PM
In the top of the 9th inning, the Zags could not hold their 1 run lead...

After 1 out, San Diego got a walk. A pinch runner then on an error by the Zag catcher advanced to third. A strike out and a walk then followed. So with runners on first and third and 2 outs, the San Diego batter singled which scored a run and left runners on first and second.

Another San Diego walk loaded the bases with 2 outs. Another San Diego walk scored a second run and left the bases still loaded.

The Zags finally got the 3rd out with a fly out to center field.

San Diego scored 2 runs on 1 hit, 1 error and left 3 runners on base. San Diego now led 10-9.

In their half of the 9th inning, the Zags went down in order.

San Diego comes from behind to defeat Gonzaga this afternoon 10-9 to prevent a series sweep by the Zags.

03-24-2013, 10:18 PM

Baseball Drops Series Finale To #25 San Diego

SPOKANE, Wash. – In a back-and-forth affair, Gonzaga University baseball dropped 10-9 to 25th-ranked University of San Diego Sunday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The game featured six lead changes and nine combined errors but it was the Toreros who scored twice in the ninth to take the late lead.

Gonzaga did however win the series 2-1. The Bulldogs are 14-7-1 overall and 4-2 in West Coast Conference play. San Diego improved to 15-8 and 4-2 WCC.

The Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead after the third inning. Marco Gonzales, who finished the day 4-for-6, hit an RBI double to bring home a run and Nicholas Minteer was hit by a pitch to bring in another.

But it would be the fifth and sixth inning that would decide the game. USD outscored GU 7-4 in the two innings.

With two outs, the Zags would have back-to-back fielding errors that began the three run USD fifth inning. Dillon Haupt hit a bases loaded double bringing in a pair of Toreros and another base knock gave San Diego a 4-3 edge.

Gonzaga countered with two runs of its own in its half of the inning. Minteer hit a RBI double and Alex Bonczyk singled in a run to give GU a 5-4 advantage.

However, San Diego responded with four runs in the top of the sixth. The Toreros took advantage of a Bulldog fielding error, two walks and a wild pitch to gain an 8-5 lead.

The first four Gonzaga batters reached base to open the bottom of the sixth and Caleb Wood hit a sacrifice fly to center field but the Zags still trailed after the 7th inning 8-7.

The Bulldogs took its final lead of the game in the eighth when Cabe Reiten hit a bunt single to bring home the go-ahead run. Heading into the ninth inning, GU led 9-8.

San Diego scored the tying and go ahead run on a two out RBI base hit and a bases loaded walk.

Starting for the Bulldogs was Derek Callahan (1-1) who worked through 5.2 innings giving up six hits, seven runs but only one of them earned. Arturo Reyes (2-1) picks up his first loss of the season.

Gonzaga has Monday off before hosting Brown University Tuesday for a doubleheader at Patterson Complex. First pitch for game one is set for 3 p.m. with the second game starting 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=206909068)

Gonzaga vs. San Diego Box Score (http://www.gozags.com//ViewContent.dbml?ATCLID=206909068&SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=26400&CONTENT_ID=548446)