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03-09-2017, 05:57 PM
Road Trip Ends with Five in SoCal

The Zags will play games vs. CSU Fullerton, Cal Poly, and UC Riverside

March 9, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170309aaa.pdf) | Cal State Fullerton Notes | Cal Poly Notes (http://www.gopoly.com/sports/bsb/2016-17/files/WeeklyRelease6.pdf) | UC Riverside Weekend Preview (http://gohighlanders.com/news/2017/3/9/baseball-travels-to-kansas-state-for-three-game-weekend-series-vs-the-wildcats.aspx?path=baseball)...


The Zags split a four-game series at Cal last weekend, alternating wins and losses with the Bears...Eli Morgan struck out a career-high 12 batters to open the series...after falling in 13 innings in game two, the Zags trailed Cal 3-2 in the third game, but rain postponed the final three innings until Sunday...GU scored six runs in the seventh and eighth for the win...Cal took the finale with a five-run sixth.
GU's offense took a step forward in Berkeley...as a team, the Zags hit .270, slugged .372, and reached base at a .420 clip versus Cal...their 25 runs over the weekend more than doubled their yearly total, and the team's season batting average raised seven points, slugging percentage 25 points, and on base percentage 38 points.


The Zags have played Cal State Fullerton 11 times, but this is the two clubs' first series with Mark Machtolf at the helm for Gonzaga...the only meeting under Machtolf came in the 2009 NCAA Regionals, which was hosted by the Titans...CSUF won that contest 7-4.
Gonzaga and Cal Poly have only met once, and that was an 8-8 tie in Fresno, Calif., in 2003.
The Bulldogs and the Highlanders have matched up six times under Machtolf with UCR leading the series 4-2...they last met for a single game in 2014, which the Highlanders won 11-6.
More information about the Zags' history against Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, and UC Riverside may be found in the sidebar on page five.


All four everyday seniors (Jeff Bohling, Sam Brown, Justin Jacobs, and Jake Roberts) have played in all 11 games this year, and Bohling, Brown, and Jacobs have started every one...there have been at least six upperclassmen in the starting lineup for all 11 games...on Feb. 19 versus Indiana, all nine starting fielders were either a junior or a senior.
GU's everyday seniors have accounted for 54 of the team's 99 hits, 22 of 46 runs scored, and eight of 14 doubles...Brown, Jacobs, and Bohling are the team's leaders in batting average and hits, and they're all among the top four of qualified hitters in slugging percentage and on base percentage...juniors, meanwhile, have combined for 34 hits, 16 runs, and 15 RBIs.
Senior pitchers (Justin Vernia, Sam Hellinger, and Wyatt Mills) have combined for eight appearances, thrown 30.2 innings, and nine runs allowed, seven of which were earned for a 2.08 ERA...Hellinger and Mills make up the back end of the bullpen with Hellinger serving as the team's setup man and Mills closing games out...they've pitched in three saved games this season.


You know Gonzaga reached base at a .420 clip at Cal last weekend, but did you know that Gonzaga's batters drew 32 walks in those four games to double their season total?...the Zags now have 57 walks on the season, the second-most in the WCC and one of the top 60 marks in the country.
Fourteen of those walks came during game one March 4, the program's most since team game-by-game records are available...junior Jake Vieth drew four walks himself, matching Gonzaga's individual high since 2008 and falling one shy of the Division I high this season.
The Bulldogs have also been adept in leadoff opportunities as the leadoff batter has reached base at a .417 clip...ten Zags have posted a .400 on-base percentage or better when batting first, topped by senior Jeff Bohling's .800 (4x5; 3 Hs, BB)...redshirt senior Sam Brown, who's batted atop the lineup for the last two seasons, is .409 (9x22; 6 Hs, 2B, 3B, 2 BBs) in such opportunities.


These next five road games will end the Zags' 16-game road swing to begin the season...the Bulldogs 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 23 home games this year...they host six WCC teams after making six conference trips last year...they open the home schedule March 17 against Pacific, which begins an eight-game homestand...the Zags also play 10 of their final 11 regular season games at home and don't need to leave Spokane from April 28 to May 20...season tickets are available at http://www.gozags.com/tickets...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/030917aaa.html)

03-10-2017, 09:19 PM
On Friday evening, Gonzaga defeated CSU Fullerton 1-0...

Gonzaga's Eli Morgan threw a complete game 2 hitter for the win...while striking out 15...


03-10-2017, 09:44 PM
Morgan is really having a nice start to the season.

03-11-2017, 08:16 AM
Morgan Shuts Down #7/11 Cal State Fullerton

15 strikeouts, two hits allowed for the junior as Gonzaga wins 1-0

March 10, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon12.html)

FULLERTON, Calif.--With a flawless performance on the mound, junior Eli Morgan shut down the Cal State Fullerton offense Friday night, holding the Titans to just two hits while fanning 15 as the Bulldogs beat Cal State Fullerton 1-0 at Goodwin Field in Fullerton.

Morgan was masterful, notching career highs in both strikeouts and hits allowed in a start. Only three Titan batters reached base, and no one made it as far as second. The Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., native only faced one three-ball count all night, which turned into a walk issued to JT McLellan in the third for CSUF's first baserunner. Morgan kept the Titans hitless until the fifth but stranded that runner by fanning McLellan to end the frame.

The crafty righty tossed all nine innings and was just as effective in the ninth as he was in the first. In that final frame, he got Dillon Persinger to fly out to left before striking out the final two batters on consecutive 0-2 counts. It's the first complete game this season by a Bulldog pitcher and Morgan's fifth in his three years as a Zag.

Gonzaga's offense gave Morgan all the support he'd need in the fourth. Tyler Frost led the frame off with a single to right field. After a flyout, the centerfielder stole second, giving Daniel Fredrickson a runner in scoring position. Fredrickson then hit a double to right field, allowing Frost to score for the game's only run. Fredrickson was then stranded on second after a strikeout and a groundout ended the inning.

Only two other Bulldogs saw a hit Friday night: Jeff Bohling hit a single in the first inning and Sam Brown knocked a single with two down in the third. The top of the fourth inning was the only frame of the contest to feature multiple base hits due to Morgan's - and his counterpart Connor Seabold of Cal State Fullerton - dominance on the mound.

Seabold too went the distance for the Titans, allowing just four hits. He struck out 11 batters and walked two Zags in the loss, his third of the year. Morgan, however, out-dueled his fellow junior for his second victory of 2017.

Bulldog Bites:

Morgan's 15 strikeouts are tied for second-most in a single game since 2008, when game-by-game records are first available. Morgan now has five games with 10 or more strikeouts in his career, but he saw the second of his initial back-to-back 10 K outings Friday in Fullerton. He struck out 12 in a win March 3 at California, at the time a career high.

Morgan's two hits allowed are also a career high in games he's started. He allowed just three hits twice during the 2016 campaign.

Fredrickson's RBI double was his first extra-base hit of the season and his first extra-base hit as a Bulldog. He transferred in from Washington State and was forced to redshirt in 2016. In his first year in Spokane, the sophomore is hitting .318 with seven hits, two RBIs, and a .444 on base percentage.

Cal State Fullerton, ranked No. 7 in the nation by D1Baseball.com and No. 11 by Baseball America, entered the game hitting .259 on the season and averaging 5.5 runs a game. The Titans had not been shut out since April 29 of last season. This is the Zags' first win over a ranked team since March 9, 2016, a 15-10 win at then-No. 14 Arkansas...

Next Up:

The Zags (6-6) and Titans (7-5) continue the three-game series Saturday, March 11 with a 6:00 p.m. contest. Senior RHP Justin Vernia will toe the rubber for Gonzaga, while the Titans will counter with fellow righty Gavin Velasquez.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/031017aaa.html)

03-11-2017, 10:14 PM
On Saturday, CSU Fullerton comes from behind to defeat Gonzaga 4-3...


03-12-2017, 12:22 PM
Eighth Inning Rally Downs Gonzaga in Fullerton

Zags lose 4-3 after CSUF scores three in the eighth

March 11, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon13.html)

FULLERTON, Calif.--The Gonzaga baseball team was just four outs from a win and series clinch at No. 7/11 Cal State Fullerton, but an eighth inning rally from the home team handed the Bulldogs a 4-3 loss and evened the series Saturday night at Goodwin Field.

Gonzaga took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Cal State Fullerton stormed ahead with a trio of runs. Titan first baseman Taylor Bryant led the frame off with a single to right field, but GU reliever Sam Hellinger got the next two batters to fly out. Then, the senior righty hit Tristan Hildebrandt with a 3-2 pitch to give the Titans a pair of baserunners. Timmy Richards cut the deficit to one with an RBI single up the middle, and right fielder Hunter Cullen hit a triple down the right field line to put the home team on top. Hellinger got the next batter to ground out, but the Zags were unable to rally in the top of the ninth, and the series was evened at one game apiece.

Gonzaga had taken the lead in the fifth inning after tying the game in the fourth. In the fifth, the Bulldogs grabbed the lead by scoring two runs on four hits. Gunnar Schubert led the frame off with a single, and he moved to second with a base knock from Jake Roberts. Schubert scored when Jeff Bohling sliced a 2-2 pitch into left field, and Roberts came home on the next play as Tyler Frost ripped a single up the middle.

Frost led the fourth off with a solo blast to right field, leveling the score at one. Two more Zags reached base in the inning, but the Titan defense used a pickoff and a double play to keep Gonzaga from scoring any more. Frost's homerun was the first run of the season allowed by Cal State Fullerton starter Gavin Velasquez.

The Titans opened the scoring account early with a first-inning run. Niko Pacheco hit a two-out single through the right side past the glove of Jacobs at second base. The base knock allowed Scott Hurst to score from second. Gonzaga starter Justin Vernia then held the Titans scoreless through the rest of his six-inning outing. He was in line for the win until the eighth-inning rally. Instead, the win went to CSUF reliever Erik Cha, and Hellinger took his first loss of the year. Brett Conine got the save after making the final two outs in the ninth inning.

Bulldog Bites:

Vernia pitched six innings Saturday night, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out six and walking two. The six strikeouts are a career high for the Issaquah, Wash., native, and he posted his third quality start of the season.

As a team, the Zags collected 10 hits on the night, their fourth double-digit hit performance of the season. Schubert and Jacobs both had three apiece, Schubert collecting three singles and Jacobs hitting a double and two singles. It was Schubert's first career three-hit night, and Jacobs matched his career best as well.

Frost drove in two runs on two hits Saturday night, getting one of both with his fourth-inning blast. That home run was his third of the season, and it was his second multi-hit and multi-RBI game of the year as well.

Hellinger's three runs allowed in the eighth were the first earned runs he had allowed all season. The reliever entered the game in the seventh inning, inheriting a two-on, no-out jam. He needed just five pitches to get a double play and a lineout to end the frame, however. He still has not allowed an inherited runner to score this season...

Next Up:

Gonzaga and Cal State Fullerton will play one more to determine the series winner Sunday, March 12. The rubber match will begin at 1:00 p.m., again on Goodwin Field. Freshman southpaw Mac Lardner will take the mound for the Zags, and the Titans will send fellow lefty John Gavin to the rubber. Links to live stats and video for that game may be found at www.GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/031117aaa.html)

03-12-2017, 04:38 PM
On Sunday afternoon, Gonzaga falls to CSU Fullerton 3-2...


03-12-2017, 07:06 PM
Zags Fall by One in Finale at Fullerton

#7/11 Cal State Fullerton takes series finale 3-2

March 12, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon14.html)

FULLERTON, Calif.--It was once again a tight game between Gonzaga and No. 7/11 Cal State Fullerton Sunday, and the Zags once again came one run short, falling 3-2 to the Titans at Goodwin Field in Fullerton.

Both teams wasted little time in opening the scoring account. The Bulldogs got a run in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly from Justin Jacobs. The ball in the air scored Jeff Bohling, who reached with a one-out single and took third on another base knock from Tyler Frost. Cal State Fullerton countered in the bottom of the frame, getting an RBI double from Niko Pacheco with two runners on base. Facing two in scoring position with two outs, GU starter Mac Lardner then tallied a strikeout to end the inning.

The Titans took the lead with two runs on two hits and a costly Gonzaga error in the third. Facing a runner on second base with one out, Lardner got Sahid Valenzuela to hit a grounder to Jacobs on the right side of the infield, but the ball bounced off Jacobs' glove and into the outfield, allowing Dillon Persinger to score on the mistake. Two batters later, Pacheco plated Valenzuela with an RBI single to center field. Both runs in that frame were unearned.

Gonzaga got one of those tallies back in the sixth thanks to a leadoff single by Bohling. The senior third baseman then moved from first to third on another Frost single, and he came home on another productive out from Jacobs. The next two batters made outs, however, to strand Jacobs.

Cal State Fullerton, meanwhile, didn't see any more scoring opportunities. After Lardner walked the first batter he faced in the fourth inning, junior southpaw Calvin LeBrun came on in relief. LeBrun ended the frame with a sacrifice bunt, a strikeout, and a groundout, and he shut down the CSUF offense through the eighth. The Phoenix, Ariz., native didn't allow a hit in his five innings of work, but he did strike out six batters and issued just one base on balls.

Despite allowing one earned run - three total - Lardner took the loss for Gonzaga, the first of his career. Starter Blake Workman got the win for the Titans after pitching four innings and allowing just the first-inning run. Closer Brett Conine made his second consecutive save by a perfect ninth inning.

Bulldog Bites:

All three games of the weekend series were decided by just one run apiece. Gonzaga won the first 1-0 on the back of a dominant performance from starting pitcher Eli Morgan, and Cal State Fullerton took the middle game 4-3 with an eighth-inning rally. The Bulldogs are now 2-4 in one-run games this season, but they've been the away team for all six.

LeBrun's five-run outing is his longest of the season. His previous best was three innings, which he had gone twice. His six strikeouts Sunday were also a season high and only one off his career best. The junior has not allowed an inherited runner to score yet this season.

Frost once again tallied two hits on the day, bumping his batting average to .455 (5x11) over the series. Both that and his five hits led the squad. Also a native of Phoenix, Frost drove in two RBIs against the Titans, a number equaled by Jacobs Sunday despite the senior infielder not registering a hit.

Lardner went three innings in his third career start, allowing three hits and issuing four bases on balls. The Templeton, Calif., native allowed three runs as well, but only the first inning tally was earned. Gonzaga's three starting pitchers at Cal State Fullerton - Lardner, Morgan, and Justin Vernia - combined to throw 18.0 innings and allow just two earned runs for a 1.00 ERA. The three combined for 23 strikeouts, more than half of them coming from Morgan on March 10...

Next Up:

The Zags (6-8) will now head up the coast to San Luis Obispo, Calif., for a single game at Cal Poly. That contest will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Baggett Stadium. RHP Casey Legumina will get the nod for the Bulldogs. Links to live stats and video for that game may be found at www.GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/031217aaa.html)

03-14-2017, 03:03 PM
BASE Falls in Single Game at Cal Poly

Zags lose 6-1 after Mustangs bat around in fifth

March 13, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon15.html)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Gonzaga University baseball team squared off against Cal Poly for just the second time in its history Monday night, falling 6-1 to the Mustangs at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly opened the scoring account in the second inning, getting a one-out runner when Michael Sanderson singled to left center. After advancing on a groundout, he came home when Colby Barrick hit a triple into the right field corner. Gonzaga starter Casey Legumina, however, limited the damage by ending the frame with a groundout.

Gonzaga got its first base runner in the third inning. Catcher Jake Roberts was hit in the foot by the first pitch he saw from Mustang starter Kyle Smith. The Bulldogs looked to have a rally going when left fielder Sam Brown drew a walk for a pair of baserunners, but Smith too got out of the jam with a strikeout.

The Mustangs broke the game open in the fifth inning, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring five runs. With one on and one out, the home team saw four consecutive base knocks to score three runs. After a groundout and another walk to load the bases, Elijah Skipps hit a single to center field, scoring two more. Legumina then ended the frame with a strikeout, leaving runners on first and second.

In the eighth, the Bulldogs scratched across a run of their own with a pair of hits, their second and third of the game. After the first two batters of the frame made outs, right fielder Daniel Fredrickson sent the first pitch he saw up the middle for a single. First baseman Jake Vieth then doubled to the gap in right center, allowing Fredrickson to score from first. That was all the Bulldogs got, however, as the Mustangs escaped the eighth without further damage and worked around a Troy Johnston pinch-hit single in the ninth.

Reliever Cam Schneider got the win, his first of the season, after pitching two scoreless innings. He entered the game in the fifth inning and got the Mustangs out of a two-on, no-out jam. Legumina took the loss, his third of the year, while allowing six runs in six innings.

Bulldog Bites:

Brown collected the team’s first hit with one down in the seventh inning, his 19th base knock of the season. Before that, the Bulldogs had earned five base runners via a base on balls and three more via a hit by pitch. Four bulldogs reached base twice in the game: Brown, Roberts, Vieth and Fredrickson.

Vieth’s eighth-inning RBI was his first since March 4 during the second game of a doubleheader at California. He has six on the season, the squad’s third-highest total. The RBI double was also Vieth’s first extra-base hit since March 4 as well.

Roberts caught Alex McKenna attempting to steal second base in the sixth inning. That’s the redshirt senior’s second caught stealing of the year. His other came Feb. 17 against Indiana.

Cal Poly’s win gives the Mustangs an all-time series lead. These two clubs have only met once previously: an 8-8 tie in Fresno, Calif., during the 2003 season...

Next Up:

The Bulldogs (6-9) wrap up their tour of Southern California on Tuesday, March 14, with a single game at UC Riverside in Riverside, Calif. That contest will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Riverside Sports Complex. Links for live stats and audio may be found at www.GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/031317aaa.html)

03-14-2017, 07:58 PM
Tuesday evening, Gonzaga defeats UC Riverside 10-3...


03-15-2017, 01:17 PM
Bats Erupt for Trip's Finale in Riverside

The Zags scored 10 runs on 13 hits to beat UC Riverside 10-3

March 14, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon16.html)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team celebrated the end of its season-opening road trip in style Tuesday night, breaking out the bats for a 10-3 win at UC Riverside.

The Bulldogs scored a season-high 10 runs at the Riverside Sports Complex, doing all their damage in the first six innings. They wasted no time in taking a lead, scoring twice in the first inning. With two on and one out, Justin Jacobs bounced a single up the middle to bring in Jeff Bohling, and Jake Vieth plated Tyler Frost with a two-out single to center.

Gonzaga added another score in the second when Bohling doubled home Jake Roberts, but the Highlanders cut the lead to one with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. UC Riverside then loaded the bases in the bottom of the third, but Gonzaga starter Daniel Bies escaped the jam with a flyout to Frost in center.

The Highlanders couldn't take advantage of the opportunity in the third, and the Zags made them pay in the fourth. Gonzaga scored four runs in the frame for a 7-2 lead, three of them coming on a three-run home run from Frost. Bohling also hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Gunnar Schubert.

Gonzaga tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning, one on a throwing error from UCR's Cody Sporrer and one on a sacrifice fly from Roberts. Jacobs closed out the Zags' scoring account in the sixth with a solo home run to right field.

UC Riverside scored its last run in the fifth with an RBI single from Yeager Taylor. Starting in the sixth inning, the Zags' bullpen - Calvin LeBrun, Wyatt Mills, and Sam Hellinger - closed out the game without allowing another run. Bies picked up the win, his first of the year and his first as a starter, while UCR starter Angel Landazuri was saddled with the loss, his second of the season.

Bulldog Bites

Gonzaga's 10 runs scored are the most of the season and most since also reaching that mark April 16, 2016, at San Francisco. The Zags' previous season high was eight when they beat California 8-3 during game two of a doubleheader March 4.

Their 13 hits equaled a season high they first set during March 4's first game against the Golden Bears. Bohling and Roberts led the team with three hits apiece Tuesday night; Roberts' trio of hits equaled his career high and represented a season best for the senior from Plainfield, Ill. Seven of the Zags' starters tallied at least one hit on the night and nine different batters reached base.

Frost and Jacobs combined for the Bulldogs' second multi-home run game of the year. They both homered March 5 at California as well. Frost hit his fourth of the year against the Highlanders, moving into a tie for fourth-most in the West Coast Conference. Jacobs' blast in the sixth inning was his second of the season.

Bies equaled a pair of season and career highs in his start, pitching five innings and striking out five batters. He also hit those marks in the only other start of his career: against Indiana on Feb. 19 of this season. The redshirt sophomore retired the side in order in both the first and fourth innings, and he tallied two timely strikeouts apiece in the second and the fifth...

Next Up:

After a 16-game road swing to begin the 2017 season, the Bulldogs (7-9) return to Spokane for their home debut on Friday, March 17. They'll face Pacific in a 6:00 p.m. contest at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field. That game will also be both team's first WCC matchup of the season.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/031417aaa.html)