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02-19-2014, 03:18 PM

Irish Baseball Classic Awaits Bulldogs In San Antonio

SPOKANE, Wash. Gonzaga University baseball moves into its second weekend of play Thursday as the club heads to Nelson Wolff Stadium (San Antonio, Texas), for the University of Notre Dame hosted Irish Baseball Classic.

Gonzaga opens the tournament with University of the Incarnate Word Thursday at 1 p.m. followed by Notre Dame (Friday at 10:30 a.m.), Santa Clara University (Saturday at 10:30 a.m.) and one of those three teams Sunday. After round-robin play, the best two records will play and the worst two records will play on Sunday.

GU will look to rebound as it opened the season 1-3 last weekend in Arizona.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=209411007)

Gonzaga Game Notes Link (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2643802.pdf)

02-20-2014, 01:40 PM
Through 4 complete innings, Gonzaga leads Incarnate Word 3-1...

02-20-2014, 02:19 PM
Through 6 complete, Zags lead 6-1...

02-20-2014, 03:02 PM
Gonzaga defeats Incarnate Word 6-1...

02-20-2014, 05:22 PM
Machtolf Hits 300th Win Milestone; Zags Down Incarnate Word 6-1

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Gonzaga University baseball head coach Mark Machtolf reached the 300th career win milestone Thursday when the Bulldogs defeated University of the Incarnate Word, 6-1, in the opening game of the Irish Baseball Classic in Nelson Wolff Stadium.

Gonzaga improves to 2-3 on the year while Incarnate Word falls to 1-3.

Junior Payden Cawley Lamb went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and Sam Brown had a game-high three hits to pace the Bulldogs. As a team, GU out-hit the Cardinals 8-6.

Incarnate Word was the first team to get on the board in the top of the opening inning. Sophomore Taylor Jones (1-0), making his first career start, gave up an RBI double to Jesse Hoover to give the Cardinals their lone lead of the day.

However GU got on the Cardinal starter Dylan Boss in the bottom of the frame. Boss walked junior Cory LeBrun to load the bases and then proceeded to hit Lamb to tie the game. Beau Bozett would then walk to bring in the go ahead run. Cabe Reiten flied out to right field to end the inning but GU took a 2-1 lead it would not relinquish.

Boss was pulled after the first in favor of Alex Shaffer. In total, Incarnate Word would use five pitchers in the game.

GU added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. Lamb singled through the right side with runners on the corners for a run. The next run came on a Reiten fielder’s choice to the second baseman.

Zag starter Jones pitched into the sixth inning before being pulled for senior Karl Myers. The Cardinals threatened by getting two runners on with one out when Myers entered. Incarnate Word would load the bases with two outs but Myers struck out Jonathan Armijo to end the inning.

Myers was credited with the save after working 3.2 scoreless innings in relief.

The Bulldogs final run came in the bottom half of the sixth. LeBrun singled to left field bringing home Mitchell Gunsolus giving GU the 6-1 cushion.

Next for the Zags in the Irish Classic is a contest with tournament host University Notre Dame. The two will face Friday at 10:30 a.m. (PT) at Nelson Wolff Stadium.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=209412804)

Gonzaga vs. Incarnate Word Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2644597.pdf)

02-21-2014, 10:30 AM
Terp, what do you know about the team they beat?

02-21-2014, 02:44 PM
Terp, what do you know about the team they beat?

sittingon50, absolutely nothing!

I had to do a Google search yesterday during the game just to find out that it was a small Catholic college
in San Antonio, Texas originally founded by the Sisters of Charity.

I listened for a few minutes to the Incarnate Word radio broadcast of the Gonzaga game and the young
man doing the broadcast was just pitiful. He kept apologizing to his audience and mentioned several
times that he did not know anything about baseball and had never played the game. It was obvious
that he was telling the truth.

He botched the ball and strike counts over and over again. He did not even know the player's names
on the Incarnate Word team much less the Gonzaga players and his pronunciation of the Zag player's
names was just awful. When I first listened in I had no idea who was leading and what inning it was.

This young fellow was geographically challenged as well, did you know that University of Notre Dame is located
on the East Coast?

I really felt sorry for him...

This young man would make Greg Heister seem like Vin Scully!

02-21-2014, 02:54 PM
Ninth Inning Rally Comes Up Short To Notre Dame

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Irish Baseball Classic host University of Notre Dame got the best of the Gonzaga University baseball team 3-2 Friday, despite the dramatic ninth inning comeback by the Bulldogs at Nelson Wolff Stadium.

Trailing 3-0 entering the final frame, the Zags attempted a late two-out rally to shock the Irish.

On a full count, Caleb Wood singled to center to score Jeffrey Bohling (who reached on a walk) to keep the Gonzaga hopes alive. Mitchell Gunsolus followed with a single to left field to bring home Wood. However Notre Dame reliever Cristian Torres got Cory LeBrun to ground out to the shortstop to end the game.

The defeat moves the Bulldogs to 2-4 on the year. Notre Dame improves to 2-3.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey (0-1) delivered another phenomenal performance to keep the Bulldogs in the game. Going the distance for Gonzaga, the Broomfield, Colo., native allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out five and walking four.

The Zags did have its chances in the game. The Bulldogs out-hit Notre Dame 10-6 but three Irish double plays stalled the Gonzaga offense. In total, Gonzaga would strand 11 on base.

GU had a great opportunity to score in its first at bat. Notre Dame’s starter Robert Youngdahl (1-0) walked three Bulldogs to load the bases. However Youngdahl got freshman Nick Brooks to hit into an inning ending double play to shut down the GU threat.

The top of the Bulldogs lineup gave Youngdahl another stressful inning in the third. Much like the first inning, Brooks stepped up to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. Unfortunately, also like the first inning, Brooks hit into the inning ending double play on a 0-2 count.

Youngdahl’s day ended in the top of the sixth inning after giving up a one out single to Payden Cawley Lamb.

The Gonzaga woes continued in the top of the seventh inning where GU left its ninth and 10th runners on base. With two outs, Irish reliever Ryan Smoyer gave up back-to-back base hits to Wood and Gunsolus. Notre Dame then went to its bullpen and brought in Michael Hearne who was able to get LeBrun to fly out to center field for the final out of the frame.

The Irish extended its lead to 3-0 after scoring a pair in the bottom of the eighth. The Irish had runners on the corners with two outs when Kyle Richardson singled to right field to drive in one. The other came home on a Joey Harris throwing error to first base.

The Irish Baseball Classic continues Saturday when Gonzaga faces WCC foe Santa Clara University in a 10:30 a.m. tilt.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=209413607)

Gonzaga vs. Notre Dame Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2645487.pdf)

02-21-2014, 08:05 PM
Thanks Terp. Too lazy to look it up, was just wondering if they were even D-1?

02-22-2014, 11:10 AM
Gonzaga leads Santa Clara 2-1 after 5 complete innings...

Andrew Sopko pitching for the Zags...

02-22-2014, 11:14 AM
Thanks Terp. Too lazy to look it up, was just wondering if they were even D-1?

sittingon50, here you go...

Info on Incarnate Word:

In August 2012, UIW accepted an invitation to move up to Division I as a member of the Southland Conference.[10] UIW entered the NCAA Division I Southland Conference on July 1, 2013. The football team is a Division I FCS independent in 2013, beginning conference play in 2014 due to schedule commitments. UIW will be fully eligible for Division I championships starting in the 2017-18 season. Prior to moving up to Division I, UIW was a member of Division II's Lone Star Conference.

02-22-2014, 12:47 PM
Santa Clara comes back to score 1 run in both the 7th and 8th innings
to defeat Gonzaga 3-2...

Zags could only get 5 hits on the day...

02-22-2014, 09:11 PM
Baseball Falls 3-2 After Late Santa Clara Rally

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University baseball had its nine-game winning streak against West Coast Conference foe Santa Clara University snapped Saturday, as the Zags fell 3-2 at Nelson Wolff Stadium in the Irish Baseball Classic.

Gonzaga drops to 2-5 overall while the Broncos improve to an even 4-4.

Santa Clara took the late lead by loading the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning off reliever Kenny Smith (0-2). The go ahead run scored on a Casey Munoz pinch-hit single to left field. Even with the bases jammed, Smith limited the damage in the inning and recorded the final three outs to leave three Broncos on base.

GU gave one last push in the top of the ninth by getting the tying run on second with one out. However Bronco reliever Reece Karalus closed the game on a ground out and a Caleb Wood fly out.

Reigning WCC Rawling Pitcher of the Week Andrew Sopko (1-0) made the start for GU and left with a no decision. The right-hander allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out four in six innings.

Santa Clara scored the first run of the game in the opening at bat. Greg Harisis led off with a double to left field and advanced to third on a Sopko balk. Harisis scored on a Czaplak groundout to shortstop Mitchell Gunsolus.

Gonzaga tied the game in the fourth inning. With two outs, Payden Cawley Lamb had an RBI single to left field to knot the game at one.

An inning later, GU took its only lead of the game. Brock Slavin (walked) and Joey Harris (error) reached to open the frame. Sam Brown grounded out to first to bring home Slavin for the 2-1 edge. The Zags would load the bases with two outs but SCU starter Steven Wilson escaped on a Cory LeBrun ground out.

Wood nearly drove in an insurance run in the top of the seventh. With Jeffrey Bohling on second with two outs, Wood singled to right field but unfortunately Bohling was thrown out at home by C.J. Jacobe.

Sopko left in the seventh inning for Smith after allowing a leadoff single. Two batters later, Harisis doubled to right field to bring in the tying run. Later in the inning Santa Clara loaded the bases with two outs but Smith stopped the bleeding by forcing Rory Graf-Brennen to ground out.

The Zags had another opportunity to take the lead in the eighth. With two outs and two on, Beau Bozett pinch hit for Slavin against SCU reliever Chris Heckert. A back-and-forth at bat went Heckert’s way as Bozett grounded out to end the threat.

GU closes out the weekend Sunday. The Zags will face the winner of University of Notre Dame and University of the Incarnate Word game which will be played Saturday afternoon. The game with be played at 9:30 a.m. (PT).

NOTE: Even though Gonzaga was facing a fellow West Coast Conference school, this game will not count towards GU’s conference record since the contest was part of the Irish Baseball Classic. The schools will meet for a three-game WCC series in Spokane in April.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=209414359)

Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/pdf9/2646221.pdf)

02-23-2014, 12:01 PM
Gonzaga loses to Incarnate Word this morning 11-8...

Zags gave up 8 runs in the 6th inning...

Gonzaga led earlier in the game both 5-0 and 8-3...

Going to be a long season...

02-23-2014, 03:59 PM

Baseball Squanders Five-Run Lead To Incarnate Word

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Gonzaga University baseball dropped its third consecutive game Sunday as the Zags fell 11-8 to University of the Incarnate Word in the Irish Baseball Classic.

GU finishes the tournament 1-3 and sits at 2-6 overall.

The Bulldogs held a five run advantage, 8-3, heading into the sixth inning but Incarnate Word stormed back to take a three run lead.

The eight-run inning was manufactured with two outs. Bryce Shepherd and Mark Whitehead each connected for a two RBI base hit which chased Gonzaga starter Derek Callahan (0-2) from the game.

The troublesome inning continued for Zag reliever David Bigelow. The right-hander was touched for four runs (two charged to Callahan) on a hit batter and a bases clearing double to Slade Brown. The frustrating inning ended when Bigelow induced a fielder’s choice groundout to third base.

Prior to the inning Callahan was in firm control. Unfortunately the lefty was responsible for nine earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings.

GU had a nice start to the game as it was the first team to score.

Cardinal start Jacob Potts recorded the first two outs in the top of the first inning but then allowed three consecutive hits to Mitchell Gunsolus, Cory LeBrun and Payden Cawley Lamb. The RBI was a team-high sixth for Lamb.

Gonzaga extended its early lead to 5-0 in the top of the third. The first three runners reached for the Bulldogs followed by a LeBrun bases clearing double. Beau Bozett brought LeBrun home later in the frame with an RBI through the left side.

Incarnate Word pushed across its first runs of the game in the third on one swing of the bat. Jesse Hoover connected for a three-run homer cutting the Gonzaga lead 5-3.

The Zags appeared to add three insurance runs in the fifth inning. Nick Brooks, Sam Brown and Gunsolus all recorded an RBI. The 8-3 lead was short lived however as the Cardinals had its eight run rally an inning later.

Gonzaga out-hit the Cardinals 13-7 in the game. Gunsolus paced the club with four hits while Bozett, Brown and LeBrun each had two hits. Freshman Wyatt Mills made his second appearance of the year by reliving Bigelow for two outs in the eighth.

Gonzaga is back on the diamond Feb. 27 in Surprise, Ariz. The Bulldogs will play in the Spring Training Classic hosted by Arizona State University and open the weekend with Oklahoma State University Thursday at 3 p.m.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=209415321)