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03-08-2015, 08:22 PM
Despite falling 3-0 in the series finale, Gonzaga won a road series over the #25/30 Green Wave two games to one. They now travel for two games at Arkansas.

Zags Win Tulane Series but Fall in Finale

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NEW ORLEANS, La.—The Gonzaga University baseball team wrapped up its weekend in the Big Easy Sunday with a 3-0 loss to Tulane. Despite the shutout, Gonzaga took the series against the #25/30 Green Wave two games to one.

Gonzaga saw the first scoring chance of the finale, getting the first two batters on base in the second inning. Designated hitter Jimmy Sinatro drew a leadoff walk and moved up 90 feet on a single from Justin Jacobs. With a fielders’ choice from Caleb Wood, the Zags kept men on with one out, but the next two batters made outs to end the threat.

In the bottom of the second, the Green Wave also got their first two batters on, but GU starter Gage Burland got a ground ball for a fielders’ choice and then fanned Jake Willsey and Cameron Burns to get out of the frame.

Burland couldn’t pull off the same magic in the third inning. The freshman right hander issued four walks in the third, loading the bases and bringing in a run after getting two outs in the frame. After Lex Kaplan walked to bring in the run, Eli Morgan came onto pitch for the Zags and the freshman got Hunter Williams to strikeout with the bases loaded, ending the inning.

The Bulldogs saw another scoring opportunity in the fifth, loading the bases with one out. Cory LeBrun led the frame off with a walk, and Joey Harris and Mitchell Gunsolus added a one-out single and walk, respectively. In the next at bat, however, Dustin Breshears couldn’t hold back a swing and hit a two-bouncer back to the pitching mound. Tulane starter Tim Yandel fielded the ball and initiated a 1-2-3 double play to get out of the jam.

Tulane added to its lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with a pair of two-out hits. Hunter Hope hit a single into right field and Tyler Wilson brought him home with a home run to left center that just cleared the outfield fence.

After the home run, Morgan allowed just two more hits through the end of the game –a pair of singles in the sixth inning that didn’t amount to anything – while striking out five batters, including one to end the fifth and two in the eighth inning. Tulane’s pitchers also settled down after the fifth inning as the Zags sent just 12 batters to the plate in the final four frames. The Bulldogs couldn’t force a run and Tulane held on to win the series finale 3-0.

Bulldog Bites

Gonzaga has been involved in two shutouts on the year, both of them coming at Tulane. On March 6, the Zags posted their first shutout of the season, a 2-0 win over the Green Wave. Previously, the last Gonzaga shutout came April 19 against Portland. Today, Tulane returned the favor, shutting the Zags out for the first time since March 29, 2014.
Burland made his first start on the mound after making five appearances out of the bullpen this year. Two other Zag pitchers have earned their first career start this season: Sean-Luke Brija and Calvin LeBrun both started earned a start Feb. 15 against Utah Valley and at CSUN, respectively. Burland went 2.2 innings in his first career start, allowing one run on one hit while issuing five walks and striking out five. He set season- (and career) best marks in innings pitched and strikeouts.
After equaling a career high with two hits today, Harris became the 11th Zag to post a multi-hit game this season. Through 15 games, 11 different Bulldogs have combined for 43 multi-hit games and are on pace for 151 in the 53-game slate. Last year, 13 different players saw more than one hit in a game, and that happened 120 times.

Season Tickets Now Available

The home opener is rapidly approaching (Friday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m.), and it is time to start ordering season tickets! For just $50, you can guarantee yourself a seat at every home baseball game, or for $100 you may purchase a Family Pass, which allows up to two adults and four children to attend every game. To order tickets and for more information, please visit the GoZags.com/tickets, call 509.313.6000, or stop by the Gonzaga Ticket Office inside the McCarthey Athletic Center Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m...

Next Up

Gonzaga (7-8) will wrap up their 17-game road trip to begin the year with two games at Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. The Zags and Razorbacks will begin the two-game series at 4:35 p.m. Pacific (6:35 central) on Tuesday, March 10. Both games will be streamed nationwide on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app.

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