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05-13-2013, 11:06 PM

Bulldogs And Ducks Open Two-Game Set Tuesday

SPOKANE, Wash. – With only three games remaining until the West Coast Conference Championships in Stockton, Calif., the Gonzaga University baseball team (32-16-1) will open a two-game set Tuesday at sixth-ranked University of Oregon (40-11). After Oregon, the Zags will face another Pac-12 team in University of California Monday. The Bulldogs concludes its 2013 home slate this past weekend with Appalachian State University who took the series two games to one. Starting for Gonzaga Tuesday will be Zach Abbruzza and he will square off against Jordan Spencer for the Ducks. Both games will be played at PK Park on the Oregon campus.

SCOUTING THE DUCKS: The Ducks have proved to be one of the top teams in college baseball all season. Oregon stands at 40-11 overall and 19-5 in Pac-12 contests. Only Oregon State stands above the Ducks in the Pac-12 standings and the two programs are set to battle this weekend in Eugene. Oregon is ranked in five of the major polls highlighted by a No. 6 ranking from Collegiate Baseball, the USA Today Coaches Poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association. Ryon Healy and Brett Thomas lead the Ducks in batting. Healy is hitting .333 with 10 homeruns and 47 RBI while Thomas has a .326 batting average with two homeruns and 27 RBI. Cole Irvin leads the Oregon pitching staff with a 10-2 record and a 2.64 ERA. George Hortin, who is in his fifth season with the program, coaches the club.

WCC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPS: The quest to stand atop the West Coast Conference was fulfilled last Saturday as Gonzaga University baseball clinched the WCC regular-season title with a 6-1 victory over Santa Clara University at Stephen Schott Stadium. The landmark moment marks the second WCC regular-season title in program history with the last coming in 2009...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=207657060)

05-14-2013, 07:27 PM
Through 4 complete innings, Gonzaga and Oregon are tied 0-0.

Zags are threatening in the top of the 5th...

05-14-2013, 07:45 PM
After 5 complete innings, the Zags lead the Ducks 1-0.

Billy Moon pitching for Gonzaga tonight.

05-14-2013, 07:54 PM
Thanks for the updates.

05-14-2013, 08:09 PM
The Zags and the Ducks are tied 2-2 after 6 complete innings.

Gonzaga scored their second run on a home run by Marco Gonzales...

Moon seemed to allow himself to be distracted by an Oregon runner on 1st base
as he kept throwing the ball over to first base...Oregon later scored their runs on a wild pitch and a fielders choice.

05-14-2013, 08:33 PM
In the bottom of the 7th, Taylor Jones comes in in relief of Billy Moon after Moon has given up two walks with only 1 out...

After 7 complete innings, Oregon leads Gonzaga 3-2.

05-14-2013, 09:03 PM
in the 8th, the Zags score a run and leave runners on 1st and 3rd...Zags and the Ducks are ties 3-3 after 8 complete innings.

05-14-2013, 09:07 PM
LIZF, there is a Live Stream and Live Stats available through the Oregon website...I did not see your earlier post.

05-14-2013, 09:08 PM
Zags have a runner on second with only 1 out in the top of the 9th...

05-14-2013, 09:13 PM
First Reiten and then Gunsolus go down on strikes looking for the Zags...

05-14-2013, 09:17 PM
Oregon now with a runner on second with only 1 out...

Taylor Jones still pitching for the Zags.

05-14-2013, 09:29 PM
With Oregon runners on 1st and 2nd and only 1 out, the Zags boot a possible double play ball at 2nd for fortunately catch the lead runner after he rounds to far off 3rd base in a run down for the 2nd out...

05-14-2013, 09:32 PM
Bases are now loaded for the Ducks...

A single to right center scores the winning run for Oregon...

Oregon defeats Gonzaga 4-3.

05-15-2013, 07:41 PM
Gonzaga Bulldogs Suffer 4-3 Walk-Off Defeat To #10 Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. – After tying the game in the eighth inning, the Gonzaga University baseball team suffered a 4-3 defeat as No. 10 University of Oregon walked-off in the ninth inning at PK Park Tuesday. Oregon loaded the bases in the final frame and Ryan Hambright singled to right center to close the door on a tight ballgame.

The Zags (32-17-1) have dropped three consecutive games and the Ducks improve to 5-0 against GU over the past three seasons.

GU had the opportunity to take the lead in the top half of the ninth inning but back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning giving Oregon momentum entering the final at bats.

Taylor Jones (1-2) was in his second inning of relief work when Oregon took advantage of three walks to load the bases. Jones battled but Hambright connected for the game winner ending the Bulldogs day.

Zags right-hander Zach Abbruzza was slotted to start the game however senior lefty Billy Moon took the mound in the top of the first inning. Abbruzza was pulled from the start after an injury was suffered during warm ups.

Moon however embraced the opportunity and gave the Zags a gutsy performance against Ducks starter Jordan Spencer. It was Moon’s fifth start and he provided 6.1 quality innings allowing three hits and three runs. He also recorded a season-high eight strikeouts including ending four of his six innings with a punch out.

A Mitchell Gunsolus leadoff single in the first was the only base hit in the first three innings for either team. Oregon’s first hit was a two-out double that was just outside the reach of a lunging Cory LeBrun.

Caleb Wood came up with the second base-hit of the game on a slow chopper that Spencer was unable to field to leadoff the fifth inning. The next batter Clayton Eslick walked giving the Zags the first real scoring opportunity of the game.

Oregon quickly pulled Spencer for Darrell Hunter to face senior Steven Halcomb. A well placed sacrifice bunt from Halcomb advanced the batters for senior Travis Forbes. On the third pitch he saw, Forbes connected for an RBI single past the Ducks third baseman to give GU a 1-0 edge.

GU added another run in the sixth on a Marco Gonzales second homerun of the year to deep right field. Gonzales is the first Zag to homer in back-to-back games, the left-handed hitter went yard this past Sunday against Appalachian State University.

The Ducks loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out. A wild pitch from Moon advanced the runners and brought home the UO run. Oregon would tie the game on a fielder’s choice before Moon escaped the inning on a foul pop up.

Oregon brought in its third pitcher of the game in the seventh as Christian Jones relieved Hunter. The Bulldogs also made a pitching change in the bottom half of the inning. Freshman Jones replaced Moon after the Ducks put runners on first and second with one out.

Jones struck out the first Duck but gave up a two out single up the middle to give Oregon its first lead of the game, 3-2. The inning ended on a weak fly out to Wood in left field.

The Bulldogs mounted a comeback in their next at bat in the eighth inning. Gunsolus reached on an error and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. LeBrun then poked one down the right field line bringing home Gunsolus to tie the game.

The Ducks and Bulldogs wrap up the two-game set Wednesday evening at PK Park. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=207666783)

Gonzaga vs. Oregon Box Score Link (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2178400.pdf)

05-15-2013, 07:44 PM
Through 6 complete innings tonight, Gonzaga and Oregon are tied 1-1.

Marco Gonzales started for the Zags tonight and went 3 innings and did not give up a hit and struck out 3 batters.

Zach Abbruzza is now pitching for the Zags...

05-15-2013, 08:01 PM
In the bottom of the 7th inning, Oregon has loaded the bases with only 1 out...
Tyler Olson has come in in relief for the Zags...

05-15-2013, 08:04 PM
Oregon scores 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to take the lead.

Oregon now leads Gonzaga 4-1 after 7 complete innings...

05-15-2013, 08:18 PM
After 8 complete innings, Oregon leads Gonzaga 4-1...

05-15-2013, 08:29 PM
Oregon defeats Gonzaga 4-1.

05-15-2013, 11:32 PM
Gonzaga Bulldogs Baseball Swept By 10th-Ranked Ducks

EUGENE, Ore. – The Gonzaga University baseball team continued its struggle with the University Oregon by suffering a 4-1 defeat to the 10th-ranked Ducks Wednesday at PK Park. The Zags are 0-6 against Oregon since the university began fielding a team in 2009.

Like Tuesday night, the Bulldogs (32-18-1) were the first team to get on the board.

Alex Bonczyk hit a triple in the second at bat of the game and scored on a Cory LeBrun fielder’s choice.

Gonzaga lefty Marco Gonzales got the start for the Bulldogs. Throwing with a limited pitch count, Gonzales no hit the Ducks in his three innings. Fort Collins, Colo., native also notched three strikeouts that all occurred in the first inning.

Oregon (42-11) tied the game in the fourth inning off Zach Abbruzza (0-3) who relieved Gonzales. Scott Heineman hit an RBI single to right field but the UO offense was held to just the one run.

The Ducks took the lead in the seventh inning. Abbruzza issued a walk to intentionally load the bases with one out for hopes of turning a double play. Abbruzza’s day then ended for Tyler Olson, making his second relief appearance of the season. J.J. Altobelli laid a successful safety squeeze bringing home the first run and the runner who started on second scored on the throw to first for the out giving UO a 3-1 lead.

Oregon increased its lead with a single to left field for the 4-1 inning before GU picked up the third and final out.

Gonzaga was retired in order in both the eighth and ninth inning giving Oregon the two-game sweep.

GU totaled five hits in the game including Bonczyk’s triple. Each of the other hits were singles and they came from Taylor Jones, Clayton Eslick, LeBrun and Gonzales.

The Bulldogs have one remaining game in the regular season before the club heads to Stockton, Calif., for the West Coast Conference Championships. Monday the Zags will battle at Cal for a 6 p.m. first pitch.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=207679060&DB_OEM_ID=26400)

Gonzaga vs. Oregon Box Score Link (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2181085.pdf)