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03-16-2015, 06:12 PM
Zags Fall in Series Finale to San Francisco

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Despite another game of solid pitching, the Gonzaga University baseball squad 4-3 in the series finale against San Francisco, losing the series two games to one.

Highlights - Gonzaga Baseball vs USF - Game 3 (March 16, 2015)


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Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/fls/26400/BASEBALL/HTMLs/2015/gon20.htm?SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_OEM_ID=26400)

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Gonzaga University baseball squad had its chances during Monday’s series finale against San Francisco, but the Bulldogs couldn’t close the deal as the they fell 4-3 to the Dons at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field, losing the conference-opening series two games to one.

The Zags were the first team on the scoresheet Monday as they got to San Francisco Jeider Rincon in the second inning, chasing him after 11 total batters. GU forced Rincon to throw 32 pitches in the frame, and Jeff Bohling started the two-out rally with a walk. Nick Minteer also walked with the next at bat, and Joey Harris brought around Bohling with a single to right field. Mitchell Gunsolus drew a walk to load the bases, and Dustin Breshears picked up one more base on balls to bring home Minteer for the Zags’ final run of the inning.

San Francisco took the lead in the next half-inning. Matt Sinatro led off the frame with a single up the middle, and Connor Hofmann followed up by drawing a walk. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners over, Derek Atkinson brought them home and more with a home run over the right field wall.

The Zags tied the game in their half of the fifth. In the first at-bat of the frame, Sam Brown blasted a 0-1 pitch off Brock Larson over the outfield wall in right center. They got another baserunner in scoring position during the frame when Justin Jacobs drew a one-out walk, chasing Larson from the game, and advanced on a groundout from Cory LeBrun. In the next at bat, however, Bohling lined out to short to end the threat.

In the top of the sixth inning, David Bigelow took over pitching duties from fellow reliever Eli Morgan. The senior right hander continued his dominance during his first three innings, retiring the side in order during the sixth, seventh and eighth innings and striking out the side in the seventh. His long stretch without a base hit was snapped in the top of the ninth when Atkinson hit a leadoff single down the right field line. Three batters later, the Dons’ Ross Puskarich tagged Bigelow for another hit, this one to center field. The two-out base knock allowed Atkinson to score the go-ahead run from second base.

Gonzaga had a chance at tying the game in the ninth when Gunsolus drew a leadoff walk. He couldn’t advance any further, however, and the Zags dropped the series finale 4-3.

Bulldog Bites

Bigelow had entered today’s game having not allowed a base hit in his last 6.2 innings, and he had not allowed a run all season. The redshirt senior ran that no-hit streak to 9.2 innings with his first three innings today, but Atkinson snapped it in the ninth. Also, the run Atkinson scored later in the frame was the first any opponent had scored off Bigelow. His 4.0 innings pitched today, however, are a season high.
As a whole, the Gonzaga pitching staff has been throwing well in the last eight games (since March 6 at Tulane). They’ve combined for a 2.03 record, allowing just 16 earned runs (18 total) during the stretch. Twice they’ve shutout their opponents during the run, and they’ve held other teams to two runs or less in half. In fact, San Francisco’s four runs today is the second highest run total by a Zag opponent in the last eight games. Today’s five hits allowed, meanwhile, are tied for the third lowest during that stretch.
Brown’s home run to lead off the fifth inning was his first of the year and second of his career. The redshirt sophomore hit one as a freshman last season, that coming on May 13 versus Washington State. As a team, the Zags have seven home runs on the season, already just one away from last year’s mark. Jacobs leads the team with three while four others – including Brown – have one four-bagger this season.
The Zags had their scoring chances Monday, leaving 10 runners on base. They stranded at least one runner in seven of nine innings, and left the bases juiced in the second inning...


Next Up

The Bulldogs (10-10) continue their first homestand of the season on Thursday, March 19, when they host WCC foe BYU. The game between the Zags and the Cougars will begin at 6:00 p.m., again at Patterson Baseball Complex in Spokane.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=627525&SPID=90843&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209964976&DB_OEM_ID=26400)