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05-25-2016, 05:43 PM
Zags Ready for WCC Championships

Tournament begins Thursday against BYU

May 24, 2016

Tournament Central[/B (http://www.wccsports.com/page/2016-wcc-baseball-championship-central)

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2015-16/release/release_20160525aaa.pdf) | BYU Notes (http://byucougars.com/files/byu_in_wcc_tournament.pdf) | Pepperdine Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/pepp/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2015-16/release/release_20160524aaa.pdf) | Saint Mary's Notes

[B]Gonzaga at WCC Championships
May 26-28 | Stockton, Calif. | Banner Island Ballpark

Thursday, May 26 vs. No. 2 BYU 7:00 p.m. Live Stats (http://www.wccsports.com/page/2016-wcc-baseball-championship-central) Live Video (http://www.wccsports.com/game-center/574077fae4b00ab54ffc854a/) Radio: 1510 AM KGA


•The Zags enter the WCC Championships as one of the three regular season champions, but they’re the No. 3 seed due to series losses to Saint Mary’s and BYU, both of which were on the road. Overall, the Zags have the second-best record in the league at 33-17, and their RPI of 30 tops the conference. Last weekend, they took two of three games at San Diego to clinch a share of the title, and they ended the regular season Monday at UCSB with a 6-5 walk-off loss, their fifth such loss of the season...


•The Zags are well-accustomed to flying these days as 40 of their 50 regular season games were away from Spokane, and 36 of those were true road games. They finished the year with a 23-13 away record, sweeping three-game series at UTSA, Pacific, and LMU and two-gamers at Oregon and Washington State, and they also won a single-game series at Arkansas. Their 23 road wins are tied with Wright State for second-most in the nation (Bryant leads D1 with 24), and they are the program’s most since at least 2003.
•The Zags have only played four neutral site games, going 2-2 at the Alamo Irish Classic in San Antonio during the second week of the season. Their neutral wins came over Texas Southern and Incarnate Word while both losses – one to Bradley and one to Notre Dame –came via a walk-off.
•After returning from the WCC Championships, the Zags will have travelled 28,828 miles and made four trips out of the Pacific time zone this season. They’ve had two road trips of at least 13 games: a 15-game stretch to begin the year and a 13-game trip that ended the regular season. Gonzaga went 8-2 in their abbreviated home schedule, and their final home game took place April 24.


•Gonzaga now has three WCC regular season titles after winning the league pennant outright in both 2009 and 2013. This is also their third berth to the WCC Championships, the four-team tournament to decide which club gets the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the fourth year of the WCC Championships as the Zags were the top seed in its first year (2013) and were the three-seed one year later; they were the only team to make the conference tournament during its first two years.
•The Zags have played five games at the WCC Championships, going 0-2 in 2013 and 1-2 a year later. Steven Halcomb (‘10-’13) has the top batting average at Banner Island Ballpark, going 4-for-7 (.571) with a run and an RBI in 2013. Payden Cawley Lamb (‘11-14) played in all five games, starting four of them, with seven hits and 4 RBIs, both program highs. On the mound, Kenny Smith (‘11-’14) has the best qualifying ERA at the WCC Championships, allowing two earned runs over 8.0 innings and two outings, including one start. He and David Bigelow (‘12-’15) are the only two GU pitchers to make multiple appearances at the tournament.
•Of current Zags, Sam Brown, Joey Harris, and Jimmy Sinatro have played in three games; Brown and Sinatro both started all three in 2014 and Harris played twice that year and once as a freshman in ‘13. Brown is the only one with multiple hits, going 3-for-12 (.250) as a redshirt freshman, adding one RBI as well. Harris, Sinatro, Jeff Bohling, and Taylor Jones each have one hit, while Nick Brooks saw one at bat in 2014. RHP Brandon Bailey started the club’s first game in 2014, tossing all 8.0 innings and allowing five runs during a 5-1 loss to Loyola Marymount. Bailey and Jones are the only two current Zags that have pitched at Banner Island as Jones started the final game in 2014.


•3B Jeff Bohling was named WCC Player of the Year Tuesday after a breakout 2016 season. It’s the fifth time a Bulldog has won Player of the Year honors, although he’s the first to take it outright since 2004. Three more Zags joined him as First Team All-WCC: RHPs Brandon Bailey and Eli Morgan, and Tyler Frost. 1B Taylor Jones was named to the Second Team All-Conference squad, and 2B Justin Jacobs received Honorable Mention accolades. Redshirt freshman and RF Jace VanDeBrake also was named to the All-Freshman team...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/052416aad.html)

05-26-2016, 08:06 PM
The Gonzaga vs. BYU game got off to a late start this evening.
The earlier St. Mary's - Pepperdine went 11 innings...

Through 3 compete innings, the Zags lead BYU 2-0.
Gonzaga's Brandon Bailey has 8 strike outs and has given up only 1 hit...

05-26-2016, 09:47 PM
Tremendous performance!!

Terp will be along with the details.

05-27-2016, 04:47 AM
Bailey's 17 Strikeouts Powers Zags to 5-3 Win over BYU

Gonzaga advances to winner's bracket game against Saint Mary's tomorrow

STOCKTON, Calif.--Gonzaga starter Brandon Bailey pitched a 17-strikeout masterpiece to power GU to a 5-3 win to open the WCC Baseball Championship in Stockton, Calif.

GU starter Brandon Bailey began the game by throwing heat, striking out eight of his first 10 batters faced, allowing just one hit through the third. The junior fanned the first two Cougar batters of the game and all three in the second inning to set the tone for the night. BYU managed to do some late damage via the home run with three solo shots, but Bailey continued work through the Cougar lineup on the way to a complete-game six-hitter. He walked just one and threw 138 pitches.

The Zags' batters gave Bailey a lead in the third, scoring twice in the frame. Catcher Joey Harris hit a leadoff double to left for an immediate runner in scoring position. Two batters later, Sam Brown drove in the senior with a single to left field, and scored in the next at-bat when Jeff Bohling found the gap in left center for a double.

Gonzaga added three more runs in the fifth with Brown and Bohling again doing the damage. Nick Brooks drove a base knock up the middle for a one-out base runner, and Jace VanDeBrake reached on a BYU error. Brown then lined a shot to center field, allowing Brown to score, and Bohling found the gap in right center for another double, clearing the bases and putting Gonzaga up 5-0...

Tournament Update:

During game one of the WCC Championships, No. 1 seed Saint Mary's downed No. 4 Pepperdine in 11 innings by an 8-7 scoreline. The Gaels scored five in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at five-all, and they again came back with two in the bottom of the 10th to tie the game as well. They won the game with a walk-off RBI single from Zach Kirtley. Saint Mary's will face Gonzaga in the top half of the bracket at 3:30 p.m. while the Waves will play a loser-out contest against BYU at noon. The two teams with one loss will then play a loser-out game at 7:30 p.m...

Next Up:

Gonzaga (34-17) and Saint Mary's will square off on Friday, May 27, at 3:30 p.m. with a chance to advance to the WCC title game. That will again take place in Stockton's Banner Island Ballpark.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/052716aab.html)

05-27-2016, 01:33 PM
4th place PEP smokes Co-Champs BYU 7-2. Will be curious to see if BYU get's an at large bid.

05-27-2016, 04:02 PM
The Zags and the Gaels are tied 2-2 after 4 complete innings...

05-27-2016, 04:49 PM
St. Mary's now leads Gonzaga 8-3 in the 6th inning...

05-27-2016, 05:18 PM
Zags now trail the Gaels 12-3 after 7 complete innings...

05-27-2016, 05:58 PM
St. Mary's defeats Gonzaga this evening 13-4...

The Zags will play later this evening against Pepperdine...


In better news (at least for me), the Lady Terps are leading Syracuse
16-6 with less than 13 minutes left and the clock now running in the
NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four...Go Terps!

05-27-2016, 08:32 PM
After 5 complete innings, Gonzaga and Pepperdine are tied 2-2...

05-27-2016, 09:19 PM
Now after 7 complete innings, Gonzaga leads Pepperdine 4-2...

Sam Hellinger pitching for the Zags...

05-27-2016, 09:39 PM
Top of the 9th now coming up, Zags still lead the Waves 4-2...

Sam Hellinger still pitching for Gonzaga...

05-27-2016, 09:44 PM
Wyatt Mills now comes in to pitch for the Zags...

Pepperdine has 1 on and 1 out...

05-27-2016, 09:53 PM
Pepperdine scores 2 runs to tie the game on a 2 run home run...

Game tied 4-4 heading into the bottom of the 9th...

05-27-2016, 10:03 PM
Zags fail to score after having runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs...

Game goes into extra innings tiead at 4-4...

05-27-2016, 11:21 PM
After 5 complete innings, Gonzaga and Pepperdine are tied 2-2...

Top of the 9th now coming up, Zags still lead the Waves 4-2...

Sam Hellinger still pitching for Gonzaga...

Wyatt Mills now comes in to pitch for the Zags...

Pepperdine has 1 on and 1 out...

Pepperdine scores 2 runs to tie the game on a 2 run home run...

Game tied 4-4 heading into the bottom of the 9th...

Zags fail to score after having runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs...

Game goes into extra innings tiead at 4-4...

Was curious what happened. Looks like a GU victory!


05-28-2016, 05:50 AM
Sorry, my cold medicine finally kicked in and it was lights out before the end of the game...thanks KStyles for updating the Gonzaga winning score.

Frost’s 10th-Inning Walk-Off HR Fuels 5-4 Win

Gonzaga advances to face Saint Mary’s in WCC final

STOCKTON, Calif.—Sophomore Tyler Frost hit two homers including a walk-off blast in the 10th inning to help Gonzaga get past Pepperdine 5-4 on Friday and advance to the West Coast Conference final against Saint Mary’s.

Game One: Saint Mary’s 13, Gonzaga 4

Gonzaga entered Friday in the winner’s bracket before falling to Saint Mary’s in the afternoon. The Gaels used an Anthony Villa home run to take an early 2-0 lead, but the Zags countered immediately with a run in the bottom of the first when Jeff Bohling drew a one out walk and moved to second on a single from Taylor Jones. He scored on the next play with a Saint Mary’s error.

The next two innings went scoreless, but the Zags took the lead in the middle innings. In the fourth, Dustin Breshears blasted a triple to right center, allowing Frost to score. One inning later, GU placed its first two runners on base and then pulled off a hit-and-run to perfection as Jace VanDeBrake took off from second and Jones slid a liner into shallow left field to drive the redshirt freshman home.

In the sixth inning, the Gaels blew the game open with six runs. The first seven batters reached base in the frame, and the seventh did most of the damage with a grand slam out to right field. Nate Nolan and Brett Rasso added RBI hits in the frame. One inning later, Saint Mary’s scored four more for a 12-3 advantage.

Gonzaga scored one in the bottom of the eighth via a sacrifice fly from Jake Roberts, but Saint Mary’s got that back in the ninth for a 13-4 final score.

Game Two: Gonzaga 5, Pepperdine 4 (10)

Gonzaga hit three homers in a game for the first time this season in an elimination game against Pepperdine Friday night, including the first walk-off homer since 2008 from Tyler Frost. The 10th-inning solo blast from Frost was his second of the game and gave Gonzaga the 5-4 victory.

Both Pepperdine and Gonzaga saw scoring opportunities in the second inning, but neither managed a run. In the top of the frame, the Waves had bases loaded with two out, but GU starter Hunter Wells got Chris Fornaci to ground out to end the threat. The same exact situation occurred in the fourth, and Wells again retired the Waves’ third baseman, this time with a fly ball to right.

Gonzaga too saw a bases-loaded situation in the fourth, but the Zags did pick up a run from it for a 1-0 lead. The Waves countered with two runs in the fifth for a brief lead, but Sam Brown drew the game level in the bottom of the fifth with a home run to right field, his second of the year.

Just an inning later, the Bulldogs re-took a lead with a pair of runs in the sixth. Frost put the team ahead with a home run to right field, chasing Lucas from the game. Reliever Max Gamboa then came into the game and walked Justin Jacobs for another GU base runner. Jacobs then moved over to third base on two wild pitches, and he came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Breshears for a 4-2 Gonzaga advantage.

Junior righty Sam Hellinger took over for Wells before the seventh inning, tossing a pair of scoreless innings to preserve the two-run advantage before exiting the game with one out in the ninth. Wyatt Mills entered but gave up a two-run, game-tying homer to Brad Anderson before getting out of the frame.

Gonzaga then got a two-out triple from Branson Trube, but Bohling lined out to end the threat. Mills came out for the 10th and got the Waves three-up, three-down to set the table for Frost in the bottom half.

Tournament Update:

Pepperdine opened the second day of the WCC Championships with a 7-2 win over BYU, eliminating the Cougars from title contention and earning a spot in Friday night’s elimination game, which the Zags had to play after dropping the winner’s bracket game to Saint Mary’s.

With the win in that elimination game, Gonzaga moves onto Saturday’s championship game against the Gaels, which begins at 3:00 p.m. If Saint Mary’s wins that contest, the Gaels are the WCC champions and earn the conference’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. If GU wins, the two clubs will play an additional game, and the winner of that ‘if necessary’ contest will take the berth...

Next Up:

The Zags (35-18) and Gaels (32-23) will settle the conference tournament on Saturday, May 28, with the championship game starting at 3:00 p.m., again at Banner Island Ballpark. If the Zags win, the two teams will play again at 7:00 p.m.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/052816aab.html)

05-28-2016, 09:57 AM
Live stream from WCC site 3:00 pm


05-28-2016, 05:22 PM
St. Mary's defeats Gonzaga 13-4 to win the WCC Tournament Championship...


05-28-2016, 08:10 PM
Baseball Falls 13-4 to SMC in WCC Final

Gaels take automatic qualifier to NCAA Tournament; Zags hope for at-large bid

STOCKTON, Calif.—Gonzaga baseball’s WCC Tournament run came to an end in the final in a 13-4 loss to Saint Mary’s on Saturday at Banner Island Ballpark.

Saint Mary’s scored eight runs in the first two innings and Gonzaga was unable to mount a substantial comeback...

All-Tournament Team:

Three Zags earned All-WCC Championship Team honors: Frost, Brown, and Brandon Bailey. Frost was one of two Bulldogs to hit .333 at the tournament while leading the club with four runs scored and two home runs, including the walk-off winner against Pepperdine May 27 in an elimination game. Brown collected four hits, two of which were extra bases, and drove in two runs while scoring one himself in the tournament-opening win over BYU May 26. Bailey meanwhile fanned 17 batters, the most by a Bulldog in at least 20 years and a WCC Championships single game record, in that same game against the Cougars...

Next Up:

With the end of the WCC Championships, the Zags (35-19) now await word to see if they will continue postseason play. The entire NCAA Tournament field will be announced Monday, May 30 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific on ESPNU. Gonzaga entered Saturday with an NCAA RPI of 29.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/052816aac.html)