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03-10-2015, 09:40 PM
The Gonzaga baseball team picked up its first win at an SEC school in program history Tuesday, beating Arkansas 6-2 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Zags Battle to 6-2 Win at Arkansas

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—Clutch hitting, solid defense, and effective pitching; the Gonzaga University baseball team used all three for a full-team victory over Arkansas Tuesday night at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. The 6-2 win over the Razorbacks was Gonzaga’s first-ever win at a Southeast Conference school.

The hosts opened scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Carson Shaddy led the frame off with a single up the middle, and Rick Nomura followed up with a double down the right field line, moving Shaddy to third. The lead runner scored two batters later when Luke Bonfield hit a grounder to second base, trading an out for a run. Nomura came across during the next at bat after a wild pitch from Gonzaga starter Calvin LeBrun.

LeBrun proved to be adept at getting out of trouble after the first inning, getting the Razorbacks to strand eight runners in his six innings of work. The Razorbacks got baserunners off LeBrun in each of the first five innings, but the pitcher stranded baserunners in each of those innings as well. The freshman worked his magic particularly well in the third, stranding two Arkansas runners. After walking the first two batters in the frame, he got the first out after Bobby Wernes hit a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up to second and third. With only one out, LeBrun got the next two batters to strike out swinging, preventing any more damage.

In the fourth inning, the Bulldogs took advantage of their opportunities, taking the lead with just one hit in the frame. Both Dustin Breshears and Sam Brown drew walks to lead off the frame, giving the Zags two runners without having to swing a bat. The consecutive walks also chased Arkansas starter James Teague from the game, and Josh Alberius came on in relief. Alberius got Jimmy Sinatro to strike out, but not before throwing the junior six pitches. Then, Justin Jacobs got a hold of a 1-2 pitch from the redshirt sophomore and smashed it to right field, bringing in Breshears and Brown. The bomb was Jacobs’ third home run of the season, the most on the team.

Gonzaga added to its lead in the seventh inning. Cory LeBrun started the rally by reaching base on a hit by pitch. Beau Bozett came on to run for the senior first baseman, but was replaced by Tyler Frost, who reached first on a fielder’s choice. The speedy freshman turned on the jets for the next at bat, scoring from first thanks to a Joey Harris double down the right field line. The RBI two-bagger was Harris’ first hit for extra bases of the season.

Arkansas went to the bullpen once again to begin the eighth inning, and again the Zags took advantage of the new pitcher. Brown led the frame off with a walk and moved over on a groundout from Sinatro. Jacob Stone, the new Razorback hurler, intentionally walked Jacobs for a double-play opportunity. The Bulldog runners both moved up 90 feet on a perfectly-executed double steal, and then Brown touched home on a sacrifice fly from Caleb Wood. In the next at bat, Taylor Jones picked up an RBI as well, swing-bunting an infield single to plate Branson Trube, who went in as a pinch-runner for Jacobs.

After LeBrun left the game with the lead after the sixth, Gonzaga’s bullpen shut down the Razorbacks further. Brandon Bailey and David Bigelow combined for 3.0 innings of shutout ball, not allowing a baserunner while striking out one batter each to hold on for the 6-2 win.

Bulldog Bites

Gonzaga’s win at Arkansas is the program’s first win on the road against a Southeastern Conference team. They do have one win each at Missouri and Texas A&M, but those wins came in the 2011 season and before the two schools joined the SEC. It also evened the all-time record between Arkansas and Gonzaga at 3-3.
Jacobs ripped two extra-base hits, including the three-run homer that put Gonzaga ahead in the 4th inning. The homer was his third of the season, and he extended his hit streak to 12 games. The sophomore is hitting .378 during that stretch with 17 hits, 14 RBIs, three home runs, and seven runs scored. His 17 RBIs on the year leads the team, and he entered the day tied for fifth in the West Coast Conference in the stat.
Gonzaga’s batters continued to hit relief pitchers hard, scoring four runs on seven hits off of Arkansas’ bullpen tonight. On the year, the Zags have hit .341 against opposing bullpens, scoring 33 runs on 72 hits in 52.0 innings of work, good for a 4.85 ERA.
Calvin LeBrun posted his second career quality start tonight, going 6.0 innings while allowing just 2 runs, matching his season low from Feb. 21. His five strikeouts are a clear season high (previous: three strikeouts each in the last two starts), but so were the southpaw’s six walks issued.
Bailey’s relief effort tonight was his first career appearance out of the bullpen. He pitched in 15 games last season as a sophomore, starting all 15 of them. He also had pitched in four games previously this season, starting each of those as well.

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

The Bulldogs (8-8) will close out the brief two-game set at Arkansas with a day game against the Razorbacks Wednesday, March 11. First pitch in the series finale is slated for 1:05 p.m. Pacific (3:05 Central). RHP Tyler Frost will start the rubber match for Gonzaga, and the Razorbacks will take a starter-by-committee approach for the game. After Wednesday’s contest, the Zags will begin both their home slate and their conference slate with a contest on Friday, March 13th against San Francisco in Spokane.

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03-11-2015, 02:22 PM
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