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03-23-2017, 09:09 PM
Zags to Host San Francisco in Homestand Finale

Bulldogs host Dons for three West Coast Conference games Friday-Sunday

March 23, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170323aaa.pdf)


Gonzaga went 1-1 during a two-game mid-week series against in-state foe and No. 22 Washington this week...in game one the Zags led for most of the game, scoring a run apiece in four different innings...Washington rallied at the top of the ninth for the win, however...the game was delayed for 1:48 by rain before the top of the fourth.

In game two, the Zags again took an early lead, leading 4-0 after three and 6-1 after six...Washington again rallied late with six runs in the seventh and eighth...the Zags loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, and pinch-hitter Troy Johnston hit a walk-off single to score two runs and lead the Zags to victory.

C Jake Roberts led the Zags with a .429 batting average...the senior from Plainfield, Ill., scored three runs during the series, including the winning run March 22...Justin Jacobs and Tyler Frost each posted an average of .375 and drove in two RBIs against the Huskies.


Six Zag home games will be broadcast on SWX season, which included Wednesday's series finale against the Huskies...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 119-74 (.622) 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.


San Francisco holds the all-time series edge over GU, 43-39...Gonzaga is 20-21 against USF under head coach Mark Machtolf...the Zags and Dons have alternated series wins every two years since 2005, with the no team winning more than two series in a row...the Dons have taken two games from the Zags in each of the last two seasons...last season, Gonzaga saw a seven-game win streak snapped during the 2016 series opener in San Francisco.

San Francisco is 12-9 this season, 1-2 in WCC play, and is coming off a 7-1 win over Nevada...The Dons' win over the Wolfpack came in freshman Grant Young's first collegiate start on the mound...San Francisco opened conference play dropping a home series against Loyola Marymount 2-1...Brady Bate's walk-off grand slam against LMU gave San Francisco their first WCC win on March 18.

The Dons bring a balanced offense to Spokane with seven players having scored 10 or more runs so far this season, and five players boasting double-digit RBIs...Redshirt junior catcher Dominic Miroglio leads the Dons in long balls with four home runs on the year...San Francisco is led on the mound by sophomore pitcher Daniel Slominski, who has struck out 26 batters in 30.1 innings of work, while holding opponents to a .208 batting average.


Head coach Mark Machtolf is just five wins away from his 400th career win...he's at 395 after Wednesday's win over Washington...Mac claimed his 300th career win Feb. 21, 2014, versus Incarnate Word.

Machtolf would be the second head coach in the Bulldogs' Division I history with 400 wins...Steve Hertz is the program's all-time leader with 637...Machtolf has the second-most wins and third-best win percentage (.545) during the Division I era (since 1960).

Machtolf also has the third-highest win total among active coaches in the WCC...San Diego's Rich Hill is the winningest coach in WCC history, and San Francisco's Nino Giarratano is second with 514 victories...Machtolf is already seventh all-time in conference history in coaching wins.


Friday night starter Eli Morgan is coming off his second consecutive shutout after tossing a one-hitter March 17 against Pacific...he held then-No. 7/11 Cal State Fullerton to just two hits and no runs a week earlier...the junior from Rancho Palos Verdes has struck out at least 12 batters in his last three starts, including a career high 15 against the Titans...Morgan is also undefeated in WCC play during his career, going 10-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 106.1 innings, allowing 16 total runs (10 last season), 11 of which are earned...he's struck out 105 conference foes during regular season, tallying 71 in 2016.

Morgan has been named Rawlings/WCC Pitcher of the Week for the last three weeks and was one of Collegiate Baseball's National Players of the Week the last two...he's also the active Division I leader in shutouts with five.

RHP Justin Vernia is also coming off his best start as a Bulldog, pitching a scoreless 8.0 innings while allowing just three hits and two walks against Pacific March 18...his nine strikeouts that game were a career high, and he posted his fourth quality start in five outings...at No. 7/11 Cal State Fullerton March 11, he held the Titans to one run in six innings, he limited California to three in six innings March 4, and he opened the Bulldogs' 2017 season with a 8.0-inning, 1-run gem against Duke in Surprise, Ariz....the Issaquah, Wash., native played in the Alaska Baseball League during summer ball in 2016, posting a 0.58 ERA over 46.1 innings...he led the Mat-Su Miners to the ABL championship, earning the start in the final game of the Top of the World Series.

Sunday's starter hasn't been announced yet, but there are plenty of candidates...four other pitchers have started at least one game this season: RHP Casey Legumina (4), RHP Daniel Bies (3), LHP Mac Lardner (3), and LHP Calvin LeBrun...LeBrun started the series finale against Pacific, while both Bies and Legumina saw starts during the mid-week series against Washington...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/032317aaa.html)

03-24-2017, 07:09 PM

Friday’s Baseball Game Rained Out

The Zags and San Francisco will play a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Saturday

March 24, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash.—Friday’s West Coast Conference baseball game between Gonzaga and San Francisco has been rained out. The teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 25 at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.

The doubleheader will be the first two games of a three-game series between the two WCC foes. The first game will begin at 2:00 p.m., and the second game will begin approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

Gonzaga enters the series with an 11-10 record and a 3-0 in WCC play. The Dons are 12-9 overall but 1-2 in conference action. For the latest information on Gonzaga baseball, follow the team on twitter at @GonzagaBaseball.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/032417aac.html)

03-25-2017, 06:37 PM
In the 1st game of the doubleheader, Gonzaga scores the winning run in the
bottom of the 16th inning to defeat San Francisco 4-3...

With Zag runners on 1st and 3rd and 2 outs, Justin Jacobs singled through the right side to score Sam brown with the winning run...


03-25-2017, 09:24 PM
Zags complete the doubleheader sweep of USF, Zags defeat the Dons 8-1...

Gonzaga breaks open the game by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th...


03-26-2017, 07:49 AM
Zags Sweep Long Doubleheader, Remain Perfect in WCC

Gonzaga downs San Francisco in two games, 25 innings Saturday

March 25, 2017

Box Score

Game One Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon22.html) | Game Two Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon23.html)

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Gonzaga baseball team played 25 innings in one of the longest doubleheaders in program history Saturday, downing San Francisco twice at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field in Spokane.

Game One: Gonzaga 4, San Francisco 3 (16 innings)

In one of the two longest games according to available records, the Bulldogs outlasted San Francisco in game one of the doubleheader.

Justin Jacobs notched the walkoff hit with two down in the bottom of the 16th. With runners on the corners, Jacobs sent a 2-2 pitch from Riley Ornido through the right side of the infield, allowing Sam Brown to score from third. He reached via a fielder’s choice, replacing Brendan McClary on the basepath. The senior left fielder moved to second on a wild pitch and took third with a sacrifice bunt from Branson Trube.

Gonzaga tied the game way back in the bottom of the seventh when Daniel Fredrickson looped a two-out single to left center, allowing two runs to score. Jace VanDeBrake and Gunnar Schubert, who began the inning with back-to-back hits, both came home on the play. Those two runs countered San Francisco’s two-run home run in the top of the sixth from Ross Puskarich.

Both teams scored once in the fifth inning, the Dons getting an RBI single from Harrison Bruce and Gonzaga seeing an RBI grounder from Nick Nyquist.

Both teams also saw scoring opportunities in extra frames before the Zags got the 16th-inning winner. Gonzaga left the bases loaded in the 12th inning and stranded two in the 14th, while the Dons saw runners gunned down at home in both the 14th and the 15th innings.

Mac Lardner got the win for two innings of scoreless relief while Ornido took the loss. Ornido also pitched two innings after entering the game in the 14th.

Game Two: Gonzaga 8, San Francisco 1

The Zags finished off the doubleheader with a strong 8-1 showing in game two. Gonzaga took an early lead in the nightcap with one run in the first inning. With one down, Fredrickson drove the first pitch he saw from USF starter Daniel Slominski over the fence in left field for his first career home run at any level.

In the fourth, Jacobs drove in another RBI with a sacrifice fly. Fredrickson opened the frame with a double down the right field line, and he moved over to third on a ground ball before scoring on Jacobs’ productive out.

San Francisco cut Gonzaga’s lead in half on an RBI single from Matt Sinatro in the fifth. Two innings later, Gonzaga got that back when Nyquist scored on a throwing error from the Dons’ centerfielder Tyler Villaroman. Brown singled up the middle on the play, and Nyquist went from first to third, drawing the throw to third. The errant attempt got by Don third baseman Allen Smoot and allowed Nyquist to score.

Gonzaga broke the game open in the eighth, scoring five runs on five hits. Frost led the frame off with a single to centerfield. Back-to-back doubles from Jake Vieth and VanDeBrake then chased Slominski from the game, and incoming pitcher Joey Steele gave up two more hits, including a two-run home run off the bat of Jake Roberts.

Bulldog starter Justin Vernia was strong on the mound, pitching all nine innings while scattering just five hits and not walking anyone. The senior from Issaquah, Wash., struck out seven batters in the victory, his third in as many decisions. Slominski took the loss, his second of the year.

Bulldog Bites:

The 16-inning game one was the third-longest game in Division I this season. It’s also the Zags’ longest game since also playing 16 on April 6, 2003 at Portland – also the first of a two-game doubleheader – and it’s the longest game in Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field history. Three of Gonzaga’s five longest games since 2000 have come against San Francisco.

Fredrickson went 4-for-7 with three RBIs, two runs, and two extra-base hits on the day. He drove in two runs on two hits in the first game, and his game-two four-bagger was his first home run at any level. The redshirt sophomore has tallied hits in each of the last three games, his longest hit streak as a Bulldog.

Vernia went the distance for the first time in his Zag career, pitching all nine innings of game two and sparing the bullpen additional work. He’s allowed just one run and eight hits in 17.0 innings of work during West Coast Conference action this season.

San Francisco’s run in the fifth inning of game one snapped starter Eli Morgan’s scoreless inning streak at 27.0. It began in the second inning of Feb. 24’s win at UCLA.

Brown saw eight at-bats during the extra-innings contest, the most by a Zag in a game since at least 2008 when game-by-game records are first available. The team’s 56 at bats during the game were also a high, as were the Gonzaga’s 64 batters faced and Roberts’ 19 putouts behind the plate.

With the two wins, Gonzaga remained unbeaten in conference play on the year. They swept a three-game series with Pacific last weekend before adding on two games today. Although he didn’t get the win, Morgan didn’t suffer the loss in game one, and he remained unbeaten at 10-0 against WCC foes during the regular season as well...

Next Up:

The Bulldogs (13-10, 5-0 WCC) and Dons (12-11, 1-4 WCC) wrap up the series Sunday, March 26 with one final game at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field. First pitch for that game is slated for 12:00 p.m.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/032517aaa.html)

03-26-2017, 01:51 PM
In the last game of the weekend series, USF defeats Gonzaga 7-2...

Zags take 2 of 3 games from the Dons...


03-26-2017, 01:55 PM
WarrenNolan.com ~ West Coast Conference (http://warrennolan.com/baseball/2017/conference/West-Coast)

03-26-2017, 08:03 PM
Frost Homers as Zags Fall 7-2 to San Francisco

Gonzaga won the series and is 5-1 in WCC play in 2017

March 26, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon24.html)

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Gonzaga baseball team wrapped up its West Coast Conference series against San Francisco Sunday, falling 7-2 at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field in Spokane.

San Francisco used a big second inning to take early control of the game. The Dons scored four runs in the frame on four hits, a walk, a hit by pitch, and a GU throwing error. Four straight Don batters posted an RBI, all coming after Mac Lardner entered the game in place of GU starter Daniel Bies. Bies still was responsible for three of those runs, and Lardner took on one.

In the top of the fourth, San Francisco added two more with a two-run double from Dominic Miroglio, but the Zags got those two back from the bat of Tyler Frost. With one out, Frost launched a 1-0 pitch from Dons starter Benji Post over the fence in right field for a two-run home run. He brought home Daniel Fredrickson, who had reached base with a single the play before.

Freshman righty Casey Legumina entered the game to begin the fifth inning, replacing Lardner. The Chandler, Ariz., native accounted for all three outs in the frame himself, striking out three and allowing just a single up the middle. He also pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings before allowing a solo home run in the eighth to Allen Smoot.

Legumina’s solid pitching kept the Zags within striking distance. The offense saw a chance in the seventh to change the game with a bases-loaded opportunity. Justin Jacobs singled and Jake Vieth drew a walk off Post, and the USF starter was chased one batter later when Jake Roberts hit into a fielder’s choice at second. Pinch hitter Nick Brooks then walked to load the bases with two outs, but pinch hitter Jeff Bohling struck out swinging to end the threat.

Gonzaga then went down in order in both the eighth and the ninth innings, ending the game at 7-2 in favor of the visitors.

Post picked up the win after pitching 6.2 innings of two-run ball. Brendan Jenkins, who struck Bohling out in the seventh, earned the save, his first of the year, and Bies drew the loss after allowing three runs, two of which were earned.

Bulldog Bites:

Frost’s blast in the fourth inning was his sixth of the season. He entered the weekend tied for third in the conference with five home runs. The junior is now just one four-bagger shy of tying his career-best of seven from last season.

In all, Legumina pitched 4.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out three batters. In his last three appearances (since March 18 versus Pacific) he’s scattered 10 hits over 11.0 innings, allowing just two runs while striking out nine batters. The freshman has issued just one free pass during that stretch.

The loss is Gonzaga’s first in conference play this season after sweeping Pacific last weekend and winning both games of a doubleheader against the Dons March 25. Despite the loss, the Zags won the series against USF for their fourth consecutive WCC series win, dating back to last season. They’ve started WCC play 5-1 three times since 2011.

Next Up:

The Bulldogs (13-11, 5-1 WCC) will return to the road for a four-game series next weekend. They’ll begin the trip in Malibu, Calif., with a three-game WCC series at Pepperdine March 31-April 2. Gonzaga also makes a stop in Santa Barbara for a single contest at UC Santa Barbara on Monday, April 3.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/032617aaa.html)