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03-07-2015, 09:24 PM

Bailey, Jacobs Lead Zags over Ranked Tulane

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NEW ORLEANS, La.—Gonzaga right hander Brandon Bailey once again took a no-hitter into the sixth inning en route to a dominant three-hit performance as the GU baseball squad prevailed by a 2-0 score over #25/30 Tulane Friday night on Greer Field at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans.

Gonzaga’s bats broke through the tough Tulane pitching in the ninth inning. With one out, Dustin Breshears extended his on-base streak by getting hit by a pitch from Tulane starter Corey Merrill. In the next at bat, Sam Brown singled to first base, advancing the go-ahead run to second. Brown’s base knock chased Merrill from the game, and the Zags continued their strong play against relief pitchers a key ground out and two consecutive singles off Tulane’s Ian Gibaut. Jimmy Sinatro moved both Breshears and Brown over with a ground out to second base, and Justin Jacobs picked up the go-ahead RBIs with a single up the middle that plated both Breshears and Brown.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Green Wave put the tying run on base, but closer David Bigelow shut down Tulane’s hopes of a rally. Hunter Hope led off the bottom of the ninth with a single for Tulane, but Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf brought on Bigelow to close the game out. Lex Kaplan next reached base on a Gonzaga error, but Bigelow got Jake Willsey to ground out for out No. 2, and he ended the game by striking out Jake Rogers on a 2-2 count.

The game started as a pitcher’s duel with neither team getting a runner past second base through the first three innings. Jacobs collected the first hit of the game with one down in the second. He singled to left center field and then took second on a passed ball. The next two Zags made outs, however, and Jacobs was left in scoring position.

Joey Harris picked up a single in the third inning for another Gonzaga runner. He was caught attempting to steal second base to end the third, however.

The Green Wave got their first base runners in the fourth as Stephen Alemais reached on a GU fielding error and made his way to third base with a sacrifice and a stolen base. The home squad got another man on with a walk, but Bailey struck out Hunter Williams swinging to initiate a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play to end the inning. Harris caught Hope trying to steal second base to end the frame.

Bailey lost the no hitter with one down in the seventh inning. Kaplan reached on an infield single with two away in the frame, but Bailey fanned Willsey to end the inning. The sophomore also got out of a jam in the eighth inning with a strike out, retiring Garrett Deschamp with runners on first and second to keep the game scoreless.

Bulldog Bites

Bailey, a sophomore, pitched a second-straight gem tonight, going 8.1 innings and striking out 10 batters while allowing just three hits and zero runs. Last Thursday against Purdue, he went 8.0 innings and allowed just four hits and one run, striking out nine. Both strikeout totals were career highs, and he set a career best with only three hits allowed tonight.
Tonight’s three hits allowed are the fewest the Bulldogs have allowed in a game since March 3, 2012, when Tyler Olson gave up just three hits at UTSA. It’s also the Zags’ first shutout of the year and first since April 19, 2014 versus Portland.
Jacobs picked up both RBIs with his ninth-inning single. He leads the team with 11 RBIs on the year, but tonight’s game-winning RBI was his first of the year. Eight of those RBIs, including tonight’s, have come with two outs.
Tulane entered the game ranked #25 by D1baseball.com and #30 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The win is the Zags’ first win over a ranked opponent of the season (second game against ranked competition; also #9/18 Arizona State Feb. 28). They ended last season with three consecutive victories over 23rd-ranked Pepperdine.
Gonzaga’s batters continued pounding relief pitching, going 2x4 with two hits and 2 RBIs against Tulane’s bullpen tonight. Through 13 games, the Zags have hit .383 with 62 hits and 28 runs against opposing relievers.
Breshears extended his on-base streak to 13 games after getting tagged by a pitch in the ninth inning. With the HBP, however, he lost the chance to extend his hit streak to 13 games as well. He’s the only Zag to have reached base in every game this season and had been the only one to hit safely in each game entering tonight as well.
Tonight’s game was the first ever between Gonzaga’s and Tulane’ baseball programs. It is also thought to be the first NCAA competition between the schools in any team sport.

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Next Up

The Zags (6-7) will play the second of their three-game series at Tulane Saturday, March 7. First pitch for that contest is slated for 12:00 p.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Central), again on Greer Field at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans. RHP Andrew Sopko is scheduled to take the mound for Gonzaga while Alex Massey will get the nod for the Green Wave.

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