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05-19-2013, 09:49 PM

Baseball With One More Test Before WCC Championships

SPOKANE, Wash. – Only one game remains for the Gonzaga University baseball team before the club opens the West Coast Conference Championships in Stockton, Calif., Thursday. First however, the Bulldogs (32-18-1) are set to face the University of California, Berkeley (22-31), Monday at Evans Diamond. The Zags and Golden Bears will battle at 6 p.m. to conclude both teams regular season schedule.

SCOUTING CAL: The Golden Bears of University of California, Berkeley, have had tough go in 2013. Cal sits ninth in the Pac-12 standings with a league record of 10-20 and an overall mark of 22-31. The Golden Bears opened the year by sweeping University of Michigan and also had an eight-game winning streak but the club hit hard times in conference play. An eight-game Pac-12 losing streak doomed the team and entering Monday the squad is on a five-game losing stretch. Andrew Knapp has had a productive season at the plate with a team-best .356 batting average, eight homeruns and 41 RBI. As a team the Bears hit .268. The pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.71 with Scott Logan (2.82) having the lowest mark. The team is coached by David Esquer.

MACHTOLF NEARING 300TH VICTORY: Gonzaga University baseball head coach Mark Machtolf is nearing the 300th career victory mark. Machtolf is just two games away from the milestone and carries a 298-235 record. Machtolf could reach the feat as soon as Thursday which also happens to be the opening game of the 2013 West Coast Conference Championships.

GETTING TO KNOW THE PAC-12: When the Bulldogs and Golden Bears meet on Monday, the game will mark the teams 10th game against a Pac-12 conference member. Gonzaga has already faced Oregon State University, Arizona State University, Washington State University, University of Oregon and University of Washington. The Zags hold a 3-5-1 record in those contests.

THE FIELD IS SET: Only the top four teams in the West Coast Conference standings were invited to the WCC Championships which kick off Thursday at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. Gonzaga University baseball enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will face No. 4 University of San Francisco in the opener. The other opening contest matches No.2 University of San Diego and No. 3 BYU. The Zags are guaranteed to play at least two games with the winner of the tournament receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

WCC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPIONS: The journey to stand atop the West Coast Conference was fulfilled May 4 as Gonzaga University baseball clinched the WCC-regular season title with a 6-1 smashing of Santa Clara University at Stephen Schott Stadium. The landmark moment marks the second WCC regular-season title for the program with the first coming in 2009. The Zags finished WCC play with an 18-6 league record.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON: While other West Coast Conference schools continue league play this weekend, the Gonzaga University already wrapped up its championship regular season. The Bulldogs went 18-6 in WCC action and lost only one series. The Zags swept the University of Portland, Saint Mary’s College and most recently Santa Clara University...

WCC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT: 2013 will mark the first time the West Coast Conference will use a four-team, neutral-site championship tournament to be held at Banner Island Ballpark May 23-25. Banner Island Ballpark is located in Stockton, Calif., and is home to the Stockton Ports. The top four teams from the league standings will participate in the three-day, double elimination bracket with no “if necessary” Championship game. The winner of the championship will earn an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The championship game will also be televised on ESPNU May 25 at 7 p.m.

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05-20-2013, 07:29 PM
Gonzaga and California are tied 1-1 through 8 complete innings.

05-20-2013, 07:32 PM
Arturo Reyes pitching for the Zags...Reyes is the 5th Gonzaga pitcher in the game.

05-20-2013, 07:34 PM
Game still tied 1-1 after 9 complete innings.

05-20-2013, 07:51 PM
Zags scored in the top of the 10th, LeBrun doubled to left center to score Gunsolus from second.

Zags lead 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 10th...

05-20-2013, 07:52 PM
Zags scored in the top of the 10th, Lebrun doubled to left center to score Gunsolus from second.

Zags lead 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 10th...

05-20-2013, 07:54 PM
Taylor Jones now pitching for Zags to begin the bottom of the 10th...

With 1 out, California has runners on 1st and 2nd...

05-20-2013, 07:56 PM
Now with 2 outs, California has runners on 1st and 3rd...Cal runner advanced on the fly out...

05-20-2013, 07:59 PM
Derek Callahan now in pitching for the Zags...

Lead runner for Cal scores on a wild pitch to tie the game...

05-20-2013, 08:04 PM
After intentionally walking the Cal batter, Callahan finally gets the 3rd out on a ground out to second.

Game tied now 2-2 entering the 11th inning...

05-20-2013, 08:11 PM
In the top of the 11th, Zags have a runner on second with 1 out...

05-20-2013, 08:15 PM
Next two Zag batters strike out stranding the runner at second...

Cal now up in the bottom of the 11th...

Karl Myers now pitching for the Zags...

05-20-2013, 08:29 PM
Cal finally goes down in the bottom of the 11th and they left 2 runners on base...

05-20-2013, 08:45 PM
Zags go down in the top of the 12th but not before loading the bases and leaving 3 runners on base all without a base hit...

05-20-2013, 08:47 PM
In the bottom of the 12th, after giving up a double and an intentional walk, Myers is replaced by Derek Peterson for the Zags...

05-20-2013, 08:51 PM
Cal now has runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out in the 12th...

05-20-2013, 09:02 PM
Cal wins 3-2...Cal scores the winning run on a base hit to left.

This is Gonzaga's 5th straight defeat...

05-20-2013, 10:28 PM
Bulldogs Suffer 3-2 Defeat In 12-Innings At Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. – In the final tune up before the West Coast Conference Championships later in the week, the Gonzaga University baseball team dropped an extra inning nail-biter in the 12th to the University of California at Berkeley 3-2 Monday at Evans Diamond.

The Bulldogs (32-19-1), with the opportunity to take the lead, loaded the bases in the top half of the 12th-inning with two outs. However in his only at bat of the game, Jimmy Sinatro grounded out making way for the Golden Bears walk-off in the bottom half of the frame.

Reliever Karl Myers (0-1), in his second appearance of the year, began the inning for GU. A leadoff double and a walk to open the inning for Cal prompted head coach Mark Machtolf to go to the bullpen for Derek Peterson.

A sacrifice bunt moved the Cal runners to second and third for the first out. The next batter, Mitchell Kranson, singled to left field for the game winner.

The move for Peterson was the ninth pitcher used by the Bulldogs, a season-high.

The game was tight from the start with Cal taking an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. Reliever Andrew Sopko surrendered the run on a sacrifice fly to left field. GU tied the game in the sixth inning on a wild pitch. Steven Halcomb singled to open the frame and advanced on an error and a sac bunt before rounding home.

Gonzaga took its only lead of the game in the 10th inning on a Cory LeBrun double to left centerfield. Mitchell Gunsolus led off the inning with a single through the left side and scored two batters later on the LeBrun two-base knock.

With seemingly the game in hand for the Bulldogs, Cal rallied in the bottom half of the 10th to tie it all up. With two outs and runners on second and third, a wild pitch from Derek Callahan brought in the tying run. Callahan recorded the final out on a grounder to Caleb Wood at second base but the Golden Bears did enough to extend the game until the eventual walk-off.

Lefty Marco Gonzales made the start and worked just an inning. Also seeing action for the Zags was Sopko (1.1 innings), Billy Moon (3.0), Zach Abbruzza (1.2), Arturo Reyes (2.0), Taylor Jones (0.2), Callahan (0.1), Myers (1.0) and Peterson (0.1).

The Golden Bears out-hit the Bulldogs 10 to eight. Halcomb was the lone Zag with two hits.

In total the Zags left 14 men on base.

Up next for Gonzaga is the WCC Championships where the top seeded Zags will face the University of San Francisco. The contest opens the four-team tournament Thursday at 3 p.m. at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif.

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