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02-13-2015, 01:12 PM
GU beats UVU 3-2 at Northridge.

02-13-2015, 02:23 PM
An LMU guy @ the game last night told me he had called home & was told it was 84 in L.A. yesterday.

Hydrate, boys!!

02-13-2015, 04:10 PM
David Bigelow pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless ball in relief, capturing the save for Gonzaga.

Zags Create, Preserve Momentum in Opening Day Victory

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—Opening Day 2015 proved to be a success for the Gonzaga University baseball team as the Zags began the season with a resilient 3-2 victory over Utah Valley during game one of the 2015 CSUN Invitational at Matador Park in Northridge, Calif.

After starter Brandon Bailey retired the Wolverines in order to begin the game, Gonzaga’s offense gave him a lead in the bottom half of the first. Senior infielder Mitchell Gunsolus smacked a leadoff double to give GU a runner in scoring position early, and two batters later Cory LeBrun sent the first pitch he saw from UVU starter Danny Beddes down the left field line for a double of his own. Gunsolus scampered home with the drive to give the Zags an early 1-0 lead.

Gonzaga threatened to increase that lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. After the first two Zags to the plate made outs, designated hitter Jeffrey Bohling notched his first hit of the year with a single up the middle. Two pitches later, freshman Tyler Frost reached base with a fielder’s choice, advancing Bohling to second on the play. Junior catcher Joey Harris then stepped up to the plate, working a full count before striking out on eight pitches to end the Bulldog threat.

Utah Valley tied the game up in the next half-inning when Tate Harding drove the first pitch of the frame over the left field wall. The Wolverines tallied an additional hit in the fifth, but Bailey got Gonzaga out of the inning with a sacrifice bunt to Harris and groundout to Gunsolus.

The Zags struck back immediately, re-taking the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Gunsolus ripped his second double of the day to right field and took third on a throwing error by Utah Valley second baseman Greyson Bogden. He was brought home a short time later when right fielder Sam Brown sent the first pitch he saw back up the middle for an RBI single.

Another homer from Utah Valley – a solo shot from Jake Atkinson – evened the game once more, but the Bulldogs again struck back immediately. With two outs in the bottom of the frame, shortstop Dustin Breshears singled through the left side, chasing Beddes from the game. Logan Hold came on in relief for the Wolverines, and Gunsolus immediately greeted him with a triple to right field, plating Breshears for the go-ahead run.

After Bailey allowed the first two Utah Valley hitters to reach base in the eighth inning, senior right hander David Bigelow came on in relief. Two batters later, he found himself in a bases-loaded situation with one out but got Craig Brinkerhoff to hit a grounder to Gunsolus at third base. The senior picked up the ground ball and threw to Harris for the force play at home to keep the Zags up. Bigelow then got UVU’s Jordan Schlehuber to ground out to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth, the Wolverines got two more men on base with one out, but Bigelow got the final two batters to ground out and end the game.

Bulldog Bites

• Seniors factored heavily into the game as Gunsolus was involved with all three GU runs (scored two, drove in the other), LeBrun tallied the first RBI of the game, and Bigelow picked up the save with 2.0 innings of shutout ball.

• Gunsolus’ three extra-base hits (two doubles, one triple) are the most in his career. His only other game with multiple extra-base hits was Feb. 17, 2013, also against Utah Valley (one double and one triple).

• Bigelow picked up the seventh save of his career. Four of those saves have been in appearances of 2.0 innings or more, including both of his saves last season (2.0 on April 26 at Saint Mary’s; 3.2 on May 10 vs. UC Davis).

• Bailey struck out eight batters, matching his career high set last season on May 22 against Loyola Marymount.

• With the opening day victory, the Zags are now 5-7 in their first game of the season under head coach Mark Machtolf. This is their first opening day victory since 2012 Gonzaga beat Nebraska 7-4 to begin the year.

• Four players made their Gonzaga debut today as Frost, Breshears, Justin Jacobs, and Branson Trube all saw their first appearances in a GU uniform. Frost, Breshears, and Jacobs all earned spots in the starting lineup while Trube came entered as a defensive replacement. Both Frost and Trube made their collegiate debuts as well.

Mac Talk – Thoughts from Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf

“Our senior leadership did a great job today. Gunsolus and LeBrun were great offensively, and Bigelow came and did exactly what we expected from him. He kept the ball down, got his ground balls, and kept them right there.”

“Bailey had a good outing today. He made quality pitches when he needed to make them.”

“The offense did a great job of responding after they [Utah Valley] scored and keeping the momentum on our side. There are lots of positives to take out of today. It was nice to get out and play someone else.”

Up Next

The Bulldogs (1-0) will continue their opening weekend Saturday, Feb. 14, by taking on Cal State Northridge, again at Matador Park.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=209888482)