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TerpZag
03-16-2017, 01:28 PM
Home Opener Moved to 3 p.m.

Gonzaga baseball’s game against Pacific March 17 will begin three hours earlier


March 16, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash.—Due to forecasted weather Friday evening, Gonzaga baseball’s home opener has been moved to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17.

Originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m., the contest between the Bulldogs and Pacific will start three hours earlier in an attempt to avoid the rain forecasted for the evening. Start times for the final two games of the series will remain unchanged.

Tickets for the home opener may be found at www.GoZags.com/tickets or at the Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field box office starting one hour before first pitch.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/031617aaa.html)

TerpZag
03-16-2017, 08:34 PM
Baseball Opens WCC and Home Slate vs. Pacific

GU will play its first of 23 home games Friday at 3 p.m.


March 16, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170316aaa.pdf) | Pacific Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170316aaa_paci.pdf)


Friday, March 17 vs. Pacific Spokane, Wash. 3:00 p.m. Live Stats (http://www.gozags.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbasebl.html?event=1523969&school=gonz&sport=mbasebl&camefrom=&startschool=&) Live Video (http://www.wccsports.com/game-center/584f37f0e4b0621d9f7a1924/)
RHP Eli Morgan (2-1, 2.57) vs. RHP Shelby Lackey (1-2, 6.00)

Saturday, March 18 vs. Pacific Spokane, Wash. 3:00 p.m. Live Stats (http://www.wccsports.com/game-center/584f37f0e4b0621d9f7a1924/) Live Video (http://www.wccsports.com/game-center/584f3821e4b0c72746f68e0f/)
RHP Justin Vernia (2-1, 2.70) vs. RHP Will Lydon (2-1, 3.16)

Sunday, March 19 vs. Pacific Spokane, Wash. 12:00 p.m. Live Stats Live Video (http://www.wccsports.com/game-center/584f3849e4b0c72746f68e10/)
TBD vs. vs. LHP Ricky Reynoso (2-2, 6.35)


SO LONG, SOCAL...:

The Bulldogs went 2-3 over a five game stretch in Southern California last weekend and earlier this week...GU won games at then-No. 7/11 Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside while falling to the Titans twice and Cal Poly once...the win in Fullerton was the Zags' first win over a ranked foe in 2017, and their 10 runs against the Highlanders is a season high...all three games against CSUF were decided by one run.

During the five-game trip, Gonzaga hit .224 and scored 17 runs, besting the marks put up by their opponents...senior Jeff Bohling topped the team with a .368 average and seven hits while junior Tyler Frost brought in five runs and scored four himself...the pitching staff posted a 3.00 ERA, the same as GU's opponents...senior Sam Hellinger made three appearances out of the pen while senior Wyatt Mills and junior Calvin LeBrun both pitched in two games.


HELLO SPOKANE!:

Gonzaga begins its 23-game home schedule this weekend, the first three of an eight-game home stretch...23 of their final 36 regular season games will take place in Spokane...since opening Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field in 2007, the Bulldogs have gone 115-73 (.611) overall at home.

GU has posted a winning record in each of their 10 seasons at Patterson...last year's 8-2 record (.800) was the best in the stadium's history...they won 17 home games in the 2012 season, the most inside their new home.

The Bulldogs host six WCC teams after making six trips last year...the home slate ends with 10 straight games from April 28 to May 20...season tickets are available at http://www.gozags.com/tickets.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC:

Gonzaga leads the overall series with UoP 20-7, and GU head coach Mark Machtolf was at the helm for all but one of those...last year, the Zags swept the Tigers in Stockton by scores of 6-0, 5-1 in 11 innings, and 10-5 despite missing several players due to illness...GU has not lost a home series to Pacific.

The Tigers are 8-7 on the year, most recently taking three of four at home against Seattle U last weekend...Gonzaga and Pacific share just one common opponent so far: Pacific swept a three-game home series against Cal Poly in Stockton while the Zags lost Monday in San Luis Obispo.

C/INF James Free leads Pacific with a .350/.447/.475 slash in 11 starts...INF Matt Tarantino tops the squad with 13 RBIs while INF/RHP Ryan Schalch has scored 13 runs...RHP Miles Haddad and RHP Jordan Gonzales have each made six appearances out of the bullpen, and RHP Vince Arobio is the pen ace with three games saved and a 1.08 ERA through 9.0 innings of work.


BUSTING OUT THE BATS:

The Zags scored a season-high 10 runs at UC Riverside Tuesday, reaching double digits for the first time since last April...they also equaled a season best with 13 hits...Gonzaga has reached the 10-hit mark five times this season and did so twice during the five games in Southern California.

Also in SoCal, GU hit three of their seven home runs on the year...Frost homered once at Cal State Fullerton and once at UCR, and Justin Jacobs also went yard against the Highlanders...those two combined for a pair of home runs March 5 at California as well, the Zags' only other multi-home run game of the year.


ON CONFERENCE PLAY:

The Zags begin the WCC slate this season...last year, they went 18-9 and claimed a share of their third regular season title...they've posted winning records in five of the last six conference seasons, claiming two titles, two second-place finishes, and one third-place tally...they've qualified for the WCC Baseball Championships, a four-team tournament to decide the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament, in three of its four years of existence.

Seven Bulldogs earned All-WCC honors last season, headlined by Player of the Year Jeff Bohling...the Bellevue, Wash., native tallied a .319/.382/.647 slash in WCC play last year with 27 RBIs and 24 extra-base hits...of this year's returners, Tyler Frost and Eli Morgan earned First Team All-WCC, Justin Jacobs was All-WCC Honorable Mention, and Jace VanDeBrake was voted to the All-Freshman team.

Jacobs tops all current qualifying Bulldogs with a .307 career batting average against WCC foes...he hit .341 and reached base at a .438 clip in 21 games in WCC play last season...redshirt senior Sam Brown has started 78 conference games, already the fourth-most by a Bulldog since 2008...he's on pace to finish as the program leader in numerous categories since game-by-game information is first available (since 2008).

On the mound, RHP Eli Morgan has dominated batters during conference play...last season, he went a perfect 8-0 with a 1.14 ERA and 71 strikeouts...Morgan also pitched four complete games, three of them being shutouts...over his career, Morgan is 9-0 with a 1.02 ERA against the WCC during the regular season...senior RHP Wyatt Mills has made 19 appearances in WCC games, tallying a 3.45 ERA and five saves, all of which came last year.


PITCHING LINES:

RHP Eli Morgan is coming off his best start as a Bulldog, striking out 15 batters and allowing just two hits while going the distance in a 1-0 win at #7/11 Cal State Fullerton last Friday...he faced just one three-ball count the entire game...the junior from Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., leads the WCC and is sixth in the nation with 41 strikeouts this year after posting two career highs: his 15 Ks at CSUF and 12 one week earlier at California...Morgan is also tied with Seton Hall's Shane McCarthy as the active Division I leader with four career shutouts...the pair are tied for sixth overall in the NCAA.

After his performance at CSUF, Morgan was named National Pitcher of the Week by the NCBWA, Perfect Game/Rawlings, Collegiate Baseball, and was a finalist for USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Standard Performance of the Week...he also earned his second consecutive WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week award.

RHP Justin Vernia is coming off a solid performance last Saturday at #7/11 Cal State Fullerton as he posted his third quality start of the season...he pitched 6.0 innings of one-run ball and struck out a career-high six batters...his outings versus Duke and at California were also quality starts...the Issaquah, Wash., native is 2-1 on the year, beginning the season with a win against the Blue Devils...in that season opener, Vernia pitched a career-high 8.0 innings.

Gonzaga has yet to announce a starter for Sunday, but there are plenty of options available...RHP Daniel Bies, LHP Mac Lardner, and RHP Casey Legumina all have started at least two games this season...Bies and Lardner are 1-1 this year while Legumina is still searching for his first win...also, LHP Justin Blatner and LHP Calvin LeBrun have made starts for the Bulldogs in their careers...


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/031617aac.html)

TerpZag
03-17-2017, 06:09 PM
This afternoon, Gonzaga defeated Pacific 4-0...

Winning pitcher Eli Morgan threw a 1 hitter and struck out 13 batters...

TerpZag
03-17-2017, 08:27 PM
Morgan, Zags Begin WCC Play with One-Hitter

Morgan shuts out Pacific as the Zags win 4-0 in first home game of 2017


March 17, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon17.html)


SPOKANE, Wash.--The Gonzaga University baseball team opened the 2017 home schedule with yet another pitching gem from junior Eli Morgan as the Zags downed Pacific 4-0 at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field Friday afternoon.

Morgan, the reigning National Pitcher of the Week according to numerous collegiate baseball outlets, threw his second consecutive complete game shutout, allowing just one hit and striking out 13 batters. The Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., native flirted with a perfect game, retiring the first 23 batters he faced. Pacific left fielder Blake Barry broke up that bid with a single up the middle with two down in the eighth inning, but he was the only Tiger to reach base all day. Blake was stranded on first with a fly out to centerfield to end the inning.

The Gonzaga righty needed just 85 pitches to record all 27 outs Friday. He faced only one three-ball count all game - that coming in the second inning - and he tallied at least one strikeout in every frame. Morgan struck out the side in the third and added two each in the fourth and the seventh.

Offensively, the Bulldogs manufactured a run in the second to give Morgan a lead. Daniel Fredrickson and Jake Vieth drew inning-opening walks, and Fredrickson took third with a stolen base; Vieth advanced on the play when Pacific catcher James Free bobbled the ball in an attempt to throw down to third base. Gunnar Schubert then hit a grounder to short, allowing Fredrickson to score but putting Vieth out on the play.

Fredrickson tallied Gonzaga's first hit in the fourth, and the Bulldogs struck for two runs on three hits in the sixth. With one down, Jeff Bohling reached on a base knock, and Tyler Frost brought him home with a home run over the scoreboard in right field. Justin Jacobs followed up with a single, but he was put out during an inning-ending double play.

Gonzaga tacked one on in the seventh. Vieth led the frame with a double near the foul line in left, and he moved up 90 feet on a single from Jake Roberts. The first baseman then came home on an RBI grounder from Sam Brown to put the score at 4-0 GU, the game's final.

Morgan collected the win, his third in a row and third of the season, while Pacific starter Ryan Shreve picked up his first loss. Shreve tossed 6.0 innings in the spot start. He gave up three runs on four hits while walking two Bulldogs and hitting one with a pitch.

Bulldog Bites:

With five career shutouts, Morgan is now Division I's sole active leader in the category. He's also tied for fifth in the entire NCAA. This is his second consecutive shutout after blanking Cal State Fullerton March 10, and he's pitched back-to-back shutouts twice already in his three years as a Zag. Morgan also moved into a tie for fifth in Gonzaga history in career shutouts.

Morgan is currently on a 22.2-inning shutout streak dating back to March 3. At UCLA, he allowed a run with one down in the second inning, but got out of the frame and pitched four more scoreless innings against the Bruins before his back-to-back shutouts. He's allowed just six hits during that stretch.

In addition to being the Zags' home opener, Friday's contest was the first West Coast Conference contest of 2017 for both teams. The Bulldogs have now won the last six games against Pacific, taking the final two in 2015 and sweeping the series last year in Stockton.

This is Gonzaga's first one-hitter since Tyler Olson stifled these same Pacific Tigers on March 6, 2011. Olson struck out 10 and walked two during that contest.

Frost's home run was his fifth of the season, moving the junior into a tie for first in the WCC. He's homered in back-to-back games after a four-bagger March 14 at UC Riverside...


Next Up:

Gonzaga (8-9, 1-0 WCC) and Pacific (8-8, 0-1 WCC) resume the three-game conference series on Saturday March 18, again at Patterson Baseball Complex. RHP Justin Vernia is slated to get the start for Gonzaga, while Pacific will turn to RHP Will Lydon. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/031717aab.html)

TerpZag
03-17-2017, 08:30 PM
Saturday’s Baseball Game Moved to 6 p.m.

First pitch between Gonzaga and Pacific delayed three hours


March 17, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Saturday, March 18 game between Gonzaga and Pacific has been moved to 6:00 p.m. due to forecasted weather tomorrow afternoon.

Tickets for the contest may be found at www.GoZags.com/tickets or at the Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field box office starting one hour before first pitch.

Gonzaga won Friday’s West Coast Conference season opener between the two teams 4-0, and senior RHP Justin Vernia is slated to start Saturday’s contest for the Bulldogs.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/031717aaa.html)

sittingon50
03-17-2017, 08:32 PM
This afternoon, Gonzaga defeated Pacific 4-0...

Winning pitcher Eli Morgan threw a 1 hitter and struck out 13 batters...

Eli really pitching well this year.

Thanks Terp.

TerpZag
03-18-2017, 07:43 PM
Saturday evening, Gonzaga defeats Pacific 9-0...

The Zags scored all 9 runs in the 2nd inning...

Justin Vernia was the winning pitcher for Gonzaga...

http://www.gozags.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbasebl.html?event=1523970&school=gonz&sport=mbasebl&camefrom=&startschool=&

TerpZag
03-18-2017, 09:44 PM
Zags Blank Pacific for Second Straight Game

Gonzaga scores nine in the second for 9-0 win


March 18, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon18.html)


SPOKANE, Wash.--With an offensive outburst in the second inning and eight strong frames from starter Justin Vernia, the Gonzaga baseball team shut out Pacific for the second straight night, winning 9-0 Saturday night at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field in Spokane.

The Zags got all their offense in the second inning, scoring nine times on eight hits while sending 12 batters to the plate. Daniel Fredrickson led the inning off with a double, and Jake Vieth brought him home with a single up the middle. Then, designated hitter Jace VanDeBrake blasted a 2-2 pitch out to right center, putting the Zags up 3-0. Jeff Bohling and Tyler Frost posted back-to-back RBI singles a few batters later for a 5-0 tally.

Justin Jacobs then singled to load the bases, and Fredrickson, in his second plate appearance of the frame, hit a sacrifice fly to plate Bohling. With two outs, Vieth stepped up to bat again, and he sent an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left center for his second hit and the Zags' seventh, eighth, and ninth runs of the inning.

On the mound, Vernia was strong all game. He pitched eight innings of shutout ball, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out a career-best nine batters. He allowed just one Tiger to reach second base, and he retired the side in order three times, including in the top of the third to hold Pacific down after the Zags' big frame in the second. The Issaquah, Wash., native got the win, his third of the year, and lowered his ERA to below 2.00.

The Zags' defense was also effective. They turned one double play, a 3-6-1 effort to eliminate a leadoff single in the sixth, and Vieth and Nick Nyquist each made strong snags. Vieth made a running attempt in foul territory to put out Preston Moebius in the eighth, and Nyquist made a diving stop at third and then threw out Matt Tarantino for the second out of the ninth inning.

Gonzaga continued to rack up the hits, seeing at least one base knock in seven of their eight times at bat, but they didn't add onto the score past the second inning. Pacific starter Will Lydon pitched 6.0 innings, allowing 12 hits and all nine runs in the loss.

Bulldog Bites:

The Zags shut out Pacific for the second straight game; they won 4-0 on March 17. This is the squad's first set of consecutive shutouts since blanking Santa Clara twice in a row during the 2011 season. So far in the series, Gonzaga's pitchers - Vernia, Casey Legumina, and Eli Morgan - have combined to hold Pacific to just four hits and six total baserunners. The Tigers have managed just a 0.70 batting average in the series.

Gonzaga's second inning was the first time GU has batted around this season. They last sent 10 men to the plate May 19, 2016, at San Diego. Their nine runs scored Saturday night were the team's second-highest total this season, and their 14 hits were a yearly high.

Vieth went 3-for-4, adding another single in the seventh inning. He also tallied four RBIs, the most by a Bulldog so far in 2017. His second-inning home run was the junior's second of the season, and he's tied for second on the team in both home runs and RBIs (11).

With the win, the Zags clinched the series win against Pacific. This is the sixth time in the last seven years that Gonzaga has begun the West Coast Conference season with a series win...


Next Up:

The Bulldogs (9-9, 2-0 WCC) will end the series with Pacific Sunday, March 19, with a 12:00 p.m. contest. LHP Calvin LeBrun will start the finale for Gonzaga, and the Tigers will turn to fellow lefty Ricky Reynoso.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/031817aaa.html)

TerpZag
03-19-2017, 03:23 PM
Sunday afternoon, Gonzaga completes the 3 game sweep of Pacific with a 9-4 victory...

Zags' Sam Hellinger gets the win in relief...


http://www.gozags.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbasebl.html?event=1523972&school=gonz&sport=mbasebl&camefrom=&startschool=&

TerpZag
03-19-2017, 04:23 PM
Bulldogs Come Alive Late to Sweep Pacific

Gonzaga scores seven runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth for 9-4 win


March 19, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon19.html)


SPOKANE, Wash.—Gonzaga used a late offensive surge to power past Pacific 9-4 Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs clinched their first series sweep of 2017.

The visiting Tigers scored the game’s first two runs with one each in the second and third innings. In the second, the Tigers loaded the bases with three inning-opening singles, but Gonzaga starter Calvin LeBrun limited the damage to just one run on a sacrifice fly to Keaton Glover. In the third, James Free led off with a solo blast to left field, but LeBrun got the next three Tigers to ground out to Gunnar Schubert at short, ending the frame.

Gonzaga tied the game in the bottom of the third, getting a pair of unearned runs off the bat of Tyler Frost. With the bases loaded, Frost sent the first pitch he saw from Pacific starter Ricky Reynoso up the middle, allowing Nick Brooks and Sam Brown to score.

Pacific added one more in the fifth off reliever Sam Hellinger, but the Zags took the lead in the bottom of the sixth with two more scores. Justin Jacobs slid a one-out double down the right-field line to plate Frost, and Jake Vieth knocked in the Zag second baseman in with a single up the middle.

The Zags tacked one on in the seventh with a sacrifice fly from Brown, and they broke the game open in the eighth with four runs on three hits. With runners on the corners, Schubert hit a single past the glove of Pacific second baseman Nick Iwasa, allowing Jacobs to score for a 6-3 lead. Two batters later, Jake Roberts hit a tough ball to right field, and the Tigers’ Danny Mayer could not make the diving catch. Two more came in on the double. Finally, Brown closed the Zags’ scoring summary with a single through the right side of the infield for Gonzaga’s ninth tally of the game.

In the ninth, Pacific got one back off Wyatt Mills, but that was all as the Gonzaga closer fanned Iwasa to end the game. Hellinger got the win after entering in the fifth inning, and Mills picked up the save – his fourth of the year – by striking out six batters during the contest’s final two frames.

Pacific reliever Jordan Gonzales took the loss. He took over in the sixth for Reynoso, who allowed two unearned runs in five innings of work while striking out six.

Bulldog Bites:

Gonzaga completed the sweep of Pacific Sunday for the Zags’ first sweep of the season. They’ve now won their last four games, GU’s longest win streak of the season. The Bulldogs have also won their last eight contests against Pacific after sweeping the Tigers in Stockton, Calif., last season and winning the final two games of 2015’s series between the two clubs.

Eight different Bulldogs collected hits Sunday, and six tallied at least one RBI. Brown and Jacobs each led the way with two base knocks, while Brown Frost, and Roberts each drove in two scores.

With his single in the third inning, Brown tallied his 200th career hit. He’s the first Zag since 2015 to reach the milestone. Ending the game at 201, he’s 28 hits away from a spot in the program’s top 10 list.
In his first start of the season, LeBrun pitched 4.0 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.

Those are the first two runs GU starters allowed to Pacific after posting back-to-back shutouts to begin the series. In all, LeBrun, Eli Morgan, and Justin Vernia combined for a 0.86 ERA with two earned runs in 21.0 innings of work. The Tigers managed just a .155 batting average off Gonzaga starters in Spokane...


Next Up:

The Zags (10-9, 3-0 WCC) take a break from conference play by welcoming No. 23 Washington to Spokane for a pair of games. That intrastate series will begin Tuesday, March 21, at 6:00 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/031917aaa.html)

TerpZag
03-19-2017, 04:30 PM
WarrenNolan.com ~ West Coast Conference (http://warrennolan.com/baseball/2017/conference/West-Coast)

sittingon50
03-19-2017, 07:06 PM
Thanks Terp. Impressive opening weekend to the league.