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03-01-2017, 03:00 PM
California Dreamin': Zags Head to Berkeley for Four

Gonzaga and California will play four games in three days this weekend

March 1, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170301aaa.pdf) | California Notes...


Gonzaga played three of its 13 games against Pac-12 foes last weekend, winning Friday night's contest from UCLA before falling in the next two...on Feb. 24, the Zags scored once in the ninth and once in the 10th to snag an extra-innings victory...UCLA evened the series the next day, and the rubber match came down to the final innings as the Zags saw a game-tying home run stolen in the top of the eighth.

With the 1-2 weekend, Gonzaga is now 8-4 against Pac-12 opponents over the last two seasons...the Zags will play Oregon State once, Washington twice, and Washington State three times over the remaining 2017 slate...both games against the Huskies and two against the Cougars will take place at Patterson Baseball Complex.


The Zags and Golden Bears are 4-4 all-time against each other, but this will be the first series between the two since 2002...in May 2013, they played one game in Berkeley before the WCC Championships began in Stockton, Calif....that regular season finale was a 12-inning affair that saw nine different GU pitchers...Cal won it 3-2 on a walk-off single...no current players for either team played in that contest.

California is 2-5 on the year, most recently dropping four games at No. 11 Texas Tech...OF Jeffrey Mitchel, Jr., leads the team with nine hits, while INF Anthony Walters' .350 average is best on the squad...five different pitchers have started a game, with LHP Mat Ladrech posting the best ERA at 1.23 with a run allowed in 7.1 innings...three have made three relief appearances with RHP Erik Martinez registering a save and a 2.70 ERA.


Saturday's doubleheader at Cal will be the Zags' second of the season...they opened 2017 by splitting games against Duke (W, 6-1) and Indiana (L, 12-3) on Feb. 17 in Surprise, Ariz....the Zags played four doubleheaders last season, splitting three of those two-for-ones and beating UTSA twice in San Antonio for a 5-3 overall record...since 2000, they're 65-46-1 when playing two games in one day, and they've won at least one game in 18 of 19 double-headers since 2012.

The Bulldogs saw their first extra-innings game of the year Feb. 24 when they downed UCLA in 10 innings 2-1...Troy Johnston's first career hit drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 10th...Gonzaga was 6-1 in extra-inning games during 2016...their longest game was 12 innings last year...they only played extras once in 2015 (0-1) and twice in 2014 (1-1).


Gonzaga's lineup features plenty of upperclassmen: all eight Zags with at least five starts in the field are either a junior or a senior...14 different players have started at least once in the field, and eight of them are upperclassmen...five sophomores have made one or more starts, as has just one freshman.

All four everyday seniors (Jeff Bohling, Sam Brown, Justin Jacobs, and Jake Roberts) have started all seven games this year...there have been at least seven upperclassmen in the lineup for all seven games...on Feb. 19 versus Indiana, all nine starting fielders were either a junior or a senior.

GU's everyday seniors have accounted for 31 of the team's 59 hits, 11 of 21 runs scored, and six of 10 doubles...juniors, meanwhile, have provided 24 hits, nine runs scored, and nine RBIs.

Senior pitchers (Justin Vernia, Sam Hellinger, and Wyatt Mills) have combined for eight appearances, thrown 19.2 innings, and allowed just 16 hits and four runs, three of which were earned for a 1.37 ERA...Hellinger and Mills makeup the back end of the bullpen with Hellinger serving as the team's setup man and Mills closing games out...they've pitched in two saved games this season.


Eight Zags have made their Gonzaga debuts already this season...juniors Jake Vieth and Gunnar Schubert made their first D1 appearance in the season opener after transferring from junior colleges...Daniel Fredrickson saw his first GU appearance Feb. 24 at UCLA...he transferred from Washington State and redshirted in 2016.

Freshmen Parker Price, Troy Johnston, Mac Lardner, Casey Legumina, and Keaton Knueppel have each made their collegiate debuts this year....Price, Johnston, Lardner, and Knueppel all saw playing time during the first weekend of competition while Legumina debuted last week at UCLA.


As is tradition, Gonzaga begins the year on a 16-game road trip...they also began last year with 16 games on the road...in 2015, their season-opening swing lasted 17 games, and it was 24 the year before that.

The Zags play 52 games this season, 23 of which will take place in Spokane...they host six WCC teams after making six conference trips last year...the Zags open the home slate March 17 against Pacific, the first of an eight-game homestand...they close the home slate with 10 straight from April 28 to May 20...season tickets are available at http://www.gozags.com/tickets.


RHP Eli Morgan saw a bounce-back effort at UCLA, tossing 6.0 innings while allowing just one run on five hits...he also struck out seven batters for the second time this season...his lone run allowed came on a solo home run...the Zags' late-innings comeback gave the Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., native a no-decision...last year, Morgan went 10-3 with a 3.73 ERA, including an 8-0 mark and 1.14 ERA in WCC play.

LHP Mac Lardner will make his second career start in game one Saturday...in his first, his first collegiate appearance Feb. 18, he pitched 6.0 innings of one-run ball in a win over Duke...the freshman fanned eight Blue Devils in that game, the most by a Zag rookie since 2014...Lardner also made an appearance out of the bullpen at UCLA Feb. 25, allowing two runs in 3.2 innings...the Templeton, Calif., native earned Max Preps First Team All-American honors as a senior in high school.

RHP Justin Vernia evened his record at 1-1 Feb. 25 at UCLA, taking the loss after allowing three runs in 3.1 innings...to begin the year, the Issaquah, Wash., native went a career-high 8.0 innings and allowed just one unearned run Feb. 17 versus Duke...last year, his first as a Zag, he made 15 appearances, six of them starts...over the summer, he posted a 0.58 ERA over seven starts and 46.1 innings in Alaska.

RHP Casey Legumina made his collegiate debut in a start Feb. 26 at UCLA...the Chandler, Ariz., native pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five runs in the first three frames...he faced the minimum in his final 3.2 innings, including retiring eight straight batters at one point...at Basha HS, he earned First Team All-Section and Team MVP honors during his senior season...as a junior, he tallied a school-record 72 strikeouts...

Gonzaga Article Link including Gonzaga vs. California game schedule details (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/030117aaa.html)

03-04-2017, 02:05 PM
Morgan Fans 12 as GU Downs Cal 5-2

The junior ace sets career high with 12 Ks in win

March 3, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon08.html)

BERKELEY, Calif.—Gonzaga ace Eli Morgan pitched a gem Friday night, striking out a career high 12 batters in the Bulldogs’ 5-2 win over California at Evans Diamond in Berkeley, Calif.

Morgan was electric in his best start of the year, striking out 12 batters – six looking – and allowing just one run on three hits for the win. He fanned eight alone in the first three innings, striking out the side in the first and the third and sitting down two in the second. The Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., native also stranded five runners in seven innings of work, and he retired the final seven batters he faced.

The Gonzaga offense, meanwhile, gave Morgan a lead in the third and again in the fifth. Left fielder Sam Brown brought in the first two runs, ripping a third-inning single into left field to plate Patrick Chung and hitting an RBI grounder in the fifth that allowed Jake Roberts to score. The senior leadoff hitter reached base four times Friday night, collecting three singles and getting hit by a pitch.

Gonzaga added three runs in the final two innings. Pinch hitter Parker Price drove in the first of those in the eighth with a single up the middle. The base knock was his first collegiate hit. The Bulldogs added two more in the ninth when the first two batters – Brown and Jeff Bohling – both reached base. They advanced 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Frost, and Justin Jacobs drove them both home with a double to right center.

Cal got its first run of the game in the fourth. Right fielder Jeffrey Mitchell, Jr., led the bottom half of the frame off with a solo home run, but Morgan retired the next three batters to end the inning. The home team added an unearned run in the ninth off reliever Sam Hellinger. The tally came on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, but closer Wyatt Mills struck out center fielder Jonah Davis to clinch the game.

With the win, Morgan advanced to 1-1 on the year for the Bulldogs (4-4), and Mills picked up his third save. Dodson took the loss and fell to 0-3 for California (2-6)...

Next Up:

The Bulldogs and Golden Bears resume the four-game series with a double-header Saturday, March 4. First pitch in game one will now be at 12:05 p.m., two hours earlier than previously scheduled due to anticipated rain in the area. LHP Mac Lardner and Cal RHP Jared Horn will square off in game one, while RHP Justin Vernia takes the mound for the Zags in game two. California has yet to announce a second starter.

Gonzaga Article Link

03-04-2017, 05:07 PM
In the 1st game of Saturday's doubleheader, California defeated Gonzaga 8-7 by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 13th.

The Zags led California 7-6 heading into the bottom of the 9th before the Bears scored the tieing run with 2 outs...

Gonzaga vs. California Game Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=163824

03-05-2017, 06:46 AM
Zags Fall in Extras During Only Full Game of Day

Cal wins game one of planned doubleheader 8-7 in 13; game two halted in seventh

March 4, 2017

Game One Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon09.html) | Game Two Live Stats (http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=163825)

BERKELEY, Calif.—The Gonzaga baseball team played 19 innings Saturday, but that counted for little more than a game and a half as game two of Saturday’s planned doubleheader against California was halted in the seventh inning due to rain. The Golden Bears won a tense game one 8-7 in 13 innings, and the home team led game two 3-2 at the time play was postponed.

Game One: California 8, Gonzaga 7 (13 innings)

The Zags were up 7-6 entering the bottom of the ninth in game one, but California scratched across a run on three hits to force extra innings. In both the top of the 10th and 11th frames, Gonzaga loaded up the bases on five walks and a hit by pitch, but Cal relief pitcher Erik Martinez got out of each two-out jam with a strikeout.

In the bottom of the 13th inning, Cal’s Andrew Vaughn hit a leadoff single off GU reliever Calvin LeBrun, who pitched a scoreless 11th and 12th. Bear third baseman Denis Karas followed up with a double that found the gap between right field and center field. Vaughn rushed home from first base, slid to the back of the plate, and just beat the tag from GU catcher Jake Roberts for the winning run.

Gonzaga opened up a 6-0 lead in the game with three runs in both the second and third innings. In the second, Jake Vieth hit a two-run home run – his first in a Gonzaga uniform – and Sam Brown also drove in a run with a single. One inning later, Roberts hit an RBI grounder, Daniel Fredrickson knocked in a run with a single, and Brown hit a sacrifice fly to plate Patrick Chung.

California answered with two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, and three in the sixth, and the Bulldogs picked up one more in the top of the fifth to round out game one’s scoring summary.

After moving to the mound from first base and pitching a scoreless 13th inning, Vaughn was tabbed with the win, his first of the year. LeBrun suffered the loss, his first of the season. Both teams’ starting pitchers – Mac Lardner for Gonzaga and Jared Horn for California – did not figure into the decision.

Game Two: California 3, Gonzaga 2 (postponed in 7th inning – will resume Sunday, March 5)

Unlike the first contest of the day, game two started scoreless through the first three innings. California starter Joey Matulovich allowed only Zag two base runners in the first three frames; Tyler Frost drew a first-inning walk and Haydan Hastings was hit by a pitch in the third, but neither were able to score. GU pitcher Justin Vernia, meanwhile, eliminated one Bear on the base paths and stranded two more in his first three trips on the mound.

The home team then took a 2-0 lead after single runs scored in the fourth and the fifth, but Brown sparked a two-run rally in the top of the sixth to tie the game. A redshirt senior, Brown led the frame off with a triple to right field, and Jeff Bohling drove him home with a single up the middle. The Zag third baseman moved to second on a groundout, and Vieth brought him home with an infield single.

California countered with another tally in the bottom of the sixth, getting a run on two hits. After Vernia retired the side on a grounder to second base, the tarp came out due to rain that had picked up in intensity during the sixth inning. The two sides waited for about 25 minutes to see if it would let up before play was halted for the night...

Next Up:

Play will resume on Sunday, March 5, with the seventh inning of game three of the four-game series. Right fielder Jace VanDeBrake is scheduled to lead off the frame. After the conclusion of the game already in progress, the Zags (4-5) and Bears (3-6) will meet once more. RHP Casey Legumina is scheduled to take the mound for the Zags in the series finale, while the Bears will counter with RHP Rogelio Reyes.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/030417aaa.html)

03-05-2017, 06:37 PM
Zags Split Day, Series at Cal

GU wins resumed game 8-3 but falls in finale

March 5, 2017

Game One Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon10.html) | Game Two Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon11.html)

BERKELEY, Calif.--The Gonzaga baseball team finished a four-game series against Cal with both a win and a loss Sunday, winning a contest that was halted mid-game March 4 while falling in the nine-inning finale at Evans Diamond in Berkeley.

Game One: Gonzaga 8, California 3 (Resumed from March 4)

The Zags entered the resumption of March 4's incomplete game trailing by a run entering the top of the seventh inning, but that quickly changed. Parker Price drew an inning-opening pinch-hit walk off new Bears' reliever and southpaw Arman Sabouri to give the Zags an early base runner. The freshman quickly moved to third on a passed ball and a groundout, and then he scored on a wild pitch. After Tyler Frost drew a walk, Aaron Shortridge took the mound for Cal and was promptly greeted with a first-pitch single up the middle from Justin Jacobs. Right fielder Sam Brown scored from second base on the play.

In the eighth, the Bulldogs scored four more runs on three hits and a Cal error. Brown drove in the first run with a single to left field, plating Jake Roberts, and then Jeff Bohling and Frost hit back-to-back doubles for the next three runs. Frost's double was his first of the season.

Defensively, junior Calvin LeBrun replaced starter Justin Vernia on the mound in the bottom of the seventh. The Zag southpaw scattered three hits in his three innings of work, stranding four base runners to keep California off the scoresheet. He earned the save, his first of the season, while Vernia took the win after tossing all six innings yesterday. Sabouri suffered the loss for California.

Game Two: California 9, Gonzaga 5

Gonzaga took early leads in both the second and the fourth innings, but Cal plated seven in the middle of the series finale to pull ahead for the win. In the second, Jacobs led the frame off with a home run to right field. The Bears countered with one in the third, but the Zags got that one right back when Jacobs ripped a single to center, plating Frost, who had reached with a double.

In the fifth, however, Cal took the advantage with a pair of runs off GU starter Casey Legumina. The Bears then loaded the bases, but Legumina forced a double-play ball to get out of the inning. There was no such luck for the freshman in the sixth, however, as the home team plated five runs on four hits, getting two on a single from Jonah Davis, one from a sacrifice fly from Jeffery Mitchell, Jr., and two more with a home run off the bat of Andrew Vaughn.

Both teams scored once in the seventh to put the score at 9-3 in favor of the home side, and Gonzaga added one more in each the eighth and the ninth for the 9-5 final. In the eighth, Daniel Fredrickson led off with a single and moved to second on a walk. He came home when Cal reliever Andrew Buckley threw a grounder from Haydan Hastings into center field. In the ninth, the Zags picked up their final run when Frost blasted a 1-1 pitch from Vaughn over the wall in right center field.

Legumina suffered the loss after allowing eight runs in six innings of work. He struck out two. Cal starter Rogelio Reyes took the win, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings Sunday afternoon...

Next Up:

The Zags (5-6) will play the remaining five games of a season-opening game road swing next weekend, starting with a series at No. 12 Cal State Fullerton Friday, March 10. After three games in three days against the Titans, Gonzaga will play single games at Cal Poly Monday, March 13 and UC Riverside Tuesday, March 14 during Spring Break. Those five games precede the Bulldogs' home opener on March 17.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/030517aab.html)