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03-09-2016, 09:34 PM
Zags Storm Back to Down #14 Arkansas

Nine unanswered runs in final three innings for a 15-10 win


March 9, 2016

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2015-2016/gon12.html)


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.--Down 10-6 after just surrendering a grand slam, the Gonzaga University baseball squad fought back to score nine unanswered runs, including five alone in the top of the seventh, taking down No. 14 Arkansas Wednesday night at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Razorbacks loaded the bases for second baseman Rick Nomura, who sent a pitch from GU reliever Sam Hellinger over the wall in right field for a four-run Arkansas lead. The sudden deficit didn't faze the Bulldogs, however, as they roared back with five in next frame to re-take the lead. Left fielder Tyler Frost led the frame off by reaching on a hard-hit ball to third base, and pinch hitter Jarod Gonzales gave the Zags another base runner with a single to center field. Those two then took advantage of erratic Arkansas pitching as both of them advanced and scored on three consecutive wild pitches. A walk and two consecutive hit batters loaded the bases for right fielder Sam Brown, who also drew a walk to drive in a run. One more -- Joey Harris -- scored on a double play ball, and Taylor Jones capped off the frame with a drive into left field, plating Branson Trube.

In the eighth, the Zags added to their lead when Gonzales doubled to right center and moved to third on a single from Dustin Breshears. Harris then drove in the redshirt junior with an RBI single of his own.

The Zags plated three more in the top of the ninth, once again getting the first two runners on base with back-to-back singles. They loaded the bases when Frost got plunked by a pitch, and Nick Brooks picked up an RBI by getting hit by another pitch to bring in Jeff Bohling. Breshears then ripped an RBI single to right to plate Jones, and Harris picked up another RBI hit by pitch to drive in the Zags' 15th run of the game.

In all, the Arkansas bullpen issued four wild pitches and hit five GU batters, and the Razorbacks used 12 pitchers in all, eight alone in the final three innings. Junior Justin Vernia, meanwhile, was the only Zag pitcher from the seventh to the ninth. He retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, including the first seven. Vernia earned the save as Hellinger picked up the victory.

Before the sixth inning, the lead had changed hands a couple of times. Arkansas began the game with two runs in the first inning, but the Bulldogs took the lead for the first time after two runs in the second and two in the third. Nomura's homer in the sixth inning gave Arkansas their second lead of the night...


Next Up:

Gonzaga (6-6) will finish off its season-opening road trip back in San Antonio, Texas, with three games at UTSA. The first game against the Roadrunners is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. Pacific (5:00 p.m. Central) on Friday, March 11 at Roadrunner Field.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/030916aab.html)