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03-20-2017, 07:32 PM
Zags Host Washington in Midweek Series

22nd-ranked Huskies in town for two games.

March 20, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170321aaa.pdf)...


The Zags are riding a four-game win streak, including a series sweep to open both the home and the West Coast Conference slate against Pacific last weekend...the Zags shut out the Tigers in the first two games and held them to four runs all series...meanwhile, they tallied 22 runs, scoring nine on both Saturday and Sunday.

Eli Morgan tossed his second consecutive shutout Friday night, retiring the first 23 batters he faced...he lost the no-hitter with a two-out single in the eighth, but the junior struck out 13 batters on the night...offensively, Jake Vieth led the Bulldogs with a .556/.636/1.000 slash line, driving in five runs and scoring four himself on five hits...he went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored during Saturday's 9-0 win.


Six Zag home games will be broadcast on SWX season, including Wednesday's series finale against the Huskies...Dave Cotton and Bob Castle will call the game Wednesday...last year the Zags finished 8-3 in televised games, with a 3-1 record at home.

Remaining games that will be broadcast on SWX include: San Diego (April 7), Washington State (April 17 and May 16), Saint Mary's (April 28), and the final conference series opener against BYU (May 18)...upcoming televised opponents are currently 3-5 in televised games this season.

The WCC finale against BYU on May 20 will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
Additionally, the Zags will appear on the WCC's Friday Night Baseball schedule...those games are at Pepperdine (March 31), at Santa Clara April 14, and versus BYU (May 19)...all three games will feature enhanced broadcasts on theW.tv.


Gonzaga is in the midst of an eight-game homestand, their first of 2017...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 118-73 (.618) overall at home, including their weekend sweep of Pacific.

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


Gonzaga is no stranger to their foes from the western part of the state, having faced Washington 135 times since the 1960 season...the Huskies are GU's second-most common non-conference foe, although the pair were both in the Pac-10 North until 1995...Washington State, also a former Pac-10 North member, is Gonzaga's most frequent foe with 205 contests between the local rivals.

The Huskies lead the overall series 59-76, but the teams split last year's two-game series in Seattle...Gonzaga won game one 8-6 in 11 innings after erasing three Husky leads throughout the game...UW won game two 2-0, scoring once off starter Eli Thornquist and once off reliever Sam Hellinger...Justin Blatner tossed one shutout inning in relief.

Washington is 12-6 on the year (3-0 in Pac-12 Conference play) and ranked #22 in the Baseball America poll...the Huskies are coming off a three-game sweep over Utah in their opening series of conference play.

Washington is 4-3 against WCC opponents this season...the Huskies opened the year with a 2-1 series victory at Santa Clara and a 2-2 split at Saint Mary's...the Zags are 3-4 against Pac-12 opponents after going 1-2 at UCLA and 2-2 at California.

The UW offense is led by junior C Joey Morgan, currently batting .327 on the year with 12 RBIs...outfielder MJ Hubbs has gotten off to a hot start in his senior campaign, reaching base in the last 16 games and coming around to score in five of the last six...senior outfielder Jack Meggs leads the team in slugging at .508 with nine extra-base hits, including two home runs, on the year.

Junior pitcher Noah Bremer leads the Huskies in strikeouts with 35 Ks in 32.0 innings of work, while giving up 14 walks...sophomore Joe DeMers has tossed the only complete game for Washington thus far in an 8-0 victory over Indiana State on March 11...boasting a 0.93 ERA and a 5-0 record in six appearances out of the bullpen, junior pitcher Alex Hardy has held opponents to a .147 batting average.


Gonzaga's pitching staff combined for a 1.33 ERA against Pacific over the weekend, including shutouts in the first two games...they allowed just 19 hits - four in the first two contests - and four earned runs while striking out 30 batters.
The starters - Eli Morgan, Justin Vernia, and Calvin LeBrun - allowed two of those runs and combined for 24 strikeouts in 21.0 innings.

Gonzaga's team ERA fell from 4.15 to 3.70 during the weekend, and their batting average against dropped 10 points to .256...they had not allowed just four runs in a weekend series since sweeping Saint Mary's 7-0, 5-3, and 1-0 April 10-12, 2015...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/032017aad.html)

03-21-2017, 10:11 PM
On Tuesday evening, Washington defeated Gonzaga 5-4...

The Huskies scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th to defeat the Zags...


03-22-2017, 06:47 AM
Baseball Falls in Ninth to UW, 5-4

Justin Jacobs knocked in two runs for GU

March 21, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon20.html)

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga baseball team fell 5-4 to No. 22 Washington on Tuesday night after giving up three runs in the top of the final frame.

The Huskies stormed ahead in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs on four hits off reliever Sam Hellinger. Jack Meggs tied the game with a two-RBI double to centerfield, and John Naff doubled to left two batters later for the go-ahead score.

Gonzaga had taken a 4-2 lead into the top of the ninth after posting single tallies in the first, third, fourth, and seventh innings. Second baseman Justin Jacobs drove in two of those runs, one on a first-inning double and the other on a sacrifice fly in the third. Gonzaga got its third run with a solo blast from Jake Roberts in the fourth, and a seventh-inning single from Sam Brown.

After the third inning, the game was halted for more than 90 minutes due to heavy rain that had progressed during the first three frames. The Zags led 2-1 heading into the delay.

The stoppage of play forced both starters – Daniel Bies for Gonzaga, Chris Micheles for UW – from the game, but reliever Mac Lardner pitched 4.1 solid innings of work allowing just one run on four hits.

Gonzaga entered the delay with a 2-1 lead with Jacobs’ two RBI, plating the first in the first inning with a double down the right field line. Third baseman Jeff Bohling gave the Zags a one-out baserunner in the frame with a single up the middle, and he advanced to second on another base knock from Tyler Frost.

In the third, Bohling drew a leadoff walk from UW starter Chris Micheles, and he sped to third base on a single from Frost, beating out a throw from centerfield. Jacobs then lifted a 1-1 pitch out to Meggs in center, allowing the redshirt senior to score from third.

Washington scored on an RBI double from Willie MacIver in the second inning, and the Huskies missed an opportunity to add more runs in the third. They loaded the bases with one out in the frame, but Bies got out of the jam with a strikeout and a ground ball to Bohling at third.

Once play resumed, both teams replaced their starting pitchers. Lardner retired the side in the top of the fourth inning, but UW reliever Leo Nierenberg surrendered a solo home run to Roberts in the Zags’ half of the frame.

The Huskies added a run in the seventh, but the Bulldogs got that back in the bottom of the frame. Shortstop Gunnar Schubert led off with a single, and he moved to third on a wild pitch and a fly ball to centerfield. Left fielder Sam Brown then bounced an 0-1 pitch through the left side of a drawn-in infield, letting the transfer from Auburn, Wash., scamper home for a 4-2 Zag lead.

Lardner got the first out of the eighth inning, but Hellinger came in to register the final two outs. In the ninth, however, the senior from Seattle gave up three runs on four hits before striking out Josh Cushing to end the inning.

Bulldog Bites:

Roberts' fourth-inning blast was his first home run of the season and first since May 10, 2016, against Oregon. He's the fifth Zag to hit a home run this season.

The game was delayed for 1:48 after the third inning due to rain. The rain began to fall in the second inning but picked up in intensity during the third to cause the delay.

Jacobs tallied his fifth multi-RBI game of the season tying Frost for the team lead. He's now driven in four runs in four games against Washington during his Gonzaga career...

Next Up:

The Zags and Washington will wrap up the brief intrastate series on Wednesday, March 22. First pitch for the series finale will come at 6:05 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field. That contest will be the first of six games this season shown locally on SWX.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/032117aaa.html)

03-22-2017, 09:07 PM
Zags rally with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th as Troy Johnston hits a bases loaded single
to score 2 runs and defeat the Washington Huskies 8-7...

Gonzaga led Washington 6-1 heading into the top of the 7th...The Huskies scored 4 runs in their 7th and then scored 2 more runs in their 8th to take a 7-6 lead heading into the 9th...


03-23-2017, 09:45 AM
Zags Walkoff No. 22 Huskies for 8-7 win

Troy Johnston hits game-winning 2-RBI single in the bottom of the ninth

March 22, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon21.html)

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Gonzaga University baseball team split a series against Washington in thrilling fashion Wednesday night as Troy Johnston hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 victory at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.

With the bases loaded, Johnston, a pinch hitter entered the game to face Washington reliever Alex Hardy. After a ball and two straight strikes, Johnston sliced a pitch into left center, allowing lead runners Brendan McClary and Jake Roberts to score for the 8-7 win. McClary replaced first baseman Jake Vieth, who led the frame off with a single, and Roberts reached on a walk. Both moved up on a one-out grounder.

At one point, the Zags led the game 6-1, but Washington started a rally once Gonzaga starter Casey Legumina left. The freshman righty allowed just one run in his six innings of work, but he was replaced before the seventh by junior Calvin LeBrun. Washington scored six runs off the lefty over an inning and two-thirds, five of which were earned. Four of those scores came in the seventh, and Willie MacIver plated two more with an RBI single up the middle.

Early in the game, Gonzaga jumped out to a 4-0 lead. In the second, the first three Bulldogs at bat singled to load the bases. Designated hitter Jace VanDeBrake grounded into a double play, but lead runner Justin Jacobs scored on the play. Shortstop Gunnar Schubert followed up with another base knock, allowing Vieth to come home for a 2-0 lead.

In the next frame, Vieth and Roberts both drew two-out walks, and they both advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch from Washington starter Josh Burgmann. VanDeBrake then hit a single into right allowing both runners to score.

The Huskies scored their first run in the sixth on a wild pitch from Legumina, but the freshman righty again escaped a jam with a pair of strikeouts, his fifth and sixth of the night. In the bottom of the frame, Gonzaga got that run back and more with a two-RBI single from Tyler Frost, putting the score at 6-1.

Bulldog Bites:

Legumina made his fourth career start Wednesday night, pitching his best yet. He scattered seven hits but allowed just one to score – in the sixth. The Phoenix, Ariz., native struck out a career-best six batters, fanning two each in the third, fifth, and sixth innings.

This was Gonzaga’s first walk-off victory of the season and first since Frost hit a walk-off homer against Pepperdine May 27, 2016, in the WCC Championships. It’s Johnston’s second game-winning RBI, however, as the freshman also knocked in the winning tally Feb. 24 at UCLA.

Washington was the Zags’ third Pac-12 opponent of the season. Gonzaga went 1-2 at UCLA and 2-2 at California earlier in year. The Bulldogs also have three games scheduled against local foe Washington State and one game at Oregon State, meaning they’ll play five of the 11 Pac-12 teams in 2017.

This is the second consecutive season the Zags and Huskies have split a two-game series. They also did so last year with Gonzaga winning game one and Washington taking the second at Husky Ballpark in Seattle.

Three different Zags drove in two runs Wednesday night: Johnston, Frost, and VanDeBrake. Both Frost and VanDeBrake had tallied at least one previously, but it’s Johnston’s first multi-RBI night of his career...

Next Up:

Gonzaga (11-10, 3-0 WCC) returns to West Coast Conference play this weekend with three games against San Francisco. Game one of the series will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24, again at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field. RHP Eli Morgan is the scheduled starter for the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/032217aab.html)