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03-30-2017, 02:01 PM
BASE Returns to the Road for Four Games in Four Days

Zags will play three-game series at Pepperdine, one at UCSB

March 30, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170330aaa.pdf) | Pepperdine Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/pepp/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170327aaa.pdf) | UC Santa Barbara Notes (http://www.ucsbgauchos.com/sports/m-basebl/2016-17/files/3-29-17.pdf)...


The Zags won a compressed weekend series against San Francisco last weekend, beating the Dons twice on March 25 before falling in the finale on Sunday...the first game, which was postponed from March 24, began at 2:00 p.m. and went 16 innings before Justin Jacobs drove in the winning run...game two took 2:26 for a regulation-nine...Sunday’s series finale began at Noon, and the Dons needed 2:45 to avoid the sweep.

16 INNINGS = 26.2 MILES:

The Zags and Dons played a lot of baseball March 25, fitting in two games and 25 innings during 7:31 of playing time...the 16-inning game one is tied for the longest Zag game since at least 2000, and it’s the third-longest game in Division I this year...it was also the longest game in the 10-year history of Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field...it took over five hours to play.

The Bulldogs used five different pitchers, and seven Dons toed the rubber at one point during game one.

In game two, meanwhile, senior Justin Vernia went the distance in his first complete game at the Division I level...USF used two pitchers.


Friday’s contest is the first of three Zag games featured on TheW.tv’s enhanced broadcasts...Steve Quis will call play-by-play and Hugh Quattlebottom will provide color commentary for the game broadcast on TheW.tv.

Also, April 14th’s game at Santa Clara and May 19th’s game versus BYU are part of Friday Night Baseball.


Pepperdine enters the series 11-12 on the year (1-2 in WCC play) following a 10-3 loss at UCSB...the Waves are batting .232 on the year with 52 extra-base hits while allowing opponents to hit .270 with 51 knocks for extra bases.

The last matchup between the Zags and Waves came in the 2016 West Coast Conference Championships...Gonzaga won 5-4 with a solo home run from Tyler Frost in the 10th inning to earn a spot in the tournament’s championship game...the Zags also won last year’s regular-season series 2-1 in Spokane.

The Waves are led at the plate by redshirt junior first baseman Ben Rodriguez, currently hitting .274 on the year...Rodriguez leads the team in runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage...close behind is freshman infielder Quincy McAfee, batting .267 and leading Pepperdine in at bats, home runs and sacrifice hits.

On the mound, Pepperdine is led by sophomore Jonathan Pendergast, who holds a 3.12 era while holding opponents to a .192 batting average...freshman Wil Jensen and juniors Ryan Wilson and Max Gamboa have shouldered much of the pitching load for the Waves, accounting for 110 innings of work...junior Kiko Garcia has struck out 15 batters in 19.2 innings of relief work while giving up only three walks.


The Gauchos head into the first weekend of Big West play with a 10-12 record but have won their last three games...UCSB has played four WCC opponents in 2017, including a 10-3 win over Pepperdine Tuesday...the Gauchos have also played BYU (0-3), Saint Mary’s (0-1), and Loyola Marymount (1-2).

UCSB is hitting .269 on the year but has averaged .293 over the last 14 games...junior Colton Burns bolsters the Gaucho offense and leads the team in batting average, on-base percentage, hits, runs, home runs, walks and stolen bases...junior first baseman Austin Bush leads the Gauchos in doubles, RBIs and home runs...on the mound, freshman southpaw AJ Woodall has seen action in 13 games, surrendering four runs while striking out seven batters and walking three.


Head coach Mark Machtolf is just three wins away from his 400th career win...he’s at 397 after two versus San Francisco Saturday...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 (.546) 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 515 victories...Machtolf is already seventh all-time in conference history in coaching wins.


Friday night starter Eli Morgan saw his 27.0 scoreless inning streak snapped March 25, but he still posted his fifth straight quality start...the junior from Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings of work, striking out eight...he’s second in the nation with 62 Ks on the year, and his 4.91 hits allowed per nine innings rate is 20th in D1...he’s also the active career D1 leader with five shutouts in his 2.5 years as a Zag...four of those have come during WCC play, and he’s unbeaten at 10-0 with a 1.11 ERA against conference foes...he’s made 19 conference appearances, 13 of those being starts.

RHP Justin Vernia gave the Zags exactly what they needed last Saturday night, going the distance in game two of a doubleheader after a 16.0-inning game one...the senior from Issaquah, Wash., allowed just one unearned run on five hits while striking out seven and walking no one...Vernia has logged a 1.24 ERA and 3-0 record his last four starts (since March 4 at California), twice setting a career high in strikeouts...overall, his 1.56 ERA tops the WCC, and he’s second in the conference with just 1.34 walks issued per nine innings...in WCC play, Vernia is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing eight hits while posting a 16/2 strikeout/walk ratio.

Neither Sunday nor Monday’s starter has 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 (4), LHP Mac Lardner (3), and LHP Calvin LeBrun (1) ...LeBrun started the series finale against Pacific, while both Bies and Legumina saw starts during the mid-week series against Washington...Bies also stared the finale versus San Francisco...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/033017aaa.html)

03-31-2017, 05:39 PM
Friday’s Baseball Game Postponed

Zags and Pepperdine will play two Saturday, April 1

March 31, 2017

MALIBU, Calif.—Gonzaga's Friday West Coast Conference baseball game at Pepperdine has been postponed until Saturday, April 1, due to a flight cancellation en route to Malibu.

Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Waves’ Eddy D. Field Stadium. The series finale scheduled for Sunday, April 2, will go as planned.

This will be Gonzaga’s fourth doubleheader of the season, and the Bulldogs are 4-2 when playing two games in one day. On March 25, they took two off San Francisco at home in Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.

Links to live stats and video for all three games at Pepperdine may be found at www.GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/033117aaa.html)

04-01-2017, 02:28 PM
Gonzaga defeats Pepperdine in the 1st game of the doubleheader 2-1...

Jake Vieth hit a 2 run home run for the Zags...

Eli Morgan pitched a complete game 3 hitter for the win...


04-01-2017, 04:02 PM
In the 2nd game, Pepperdine defeats Gonzaga 5-3...

A 4 run fifth inning wins it for the Waves...


04-01-2017, 07:31 PM
Zags Split Doubleheader at Pepperdine

Morgan throws complete game for 2-1 win in game one

April 1, 2017

Game One Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon25.html) | Game Two Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon26.html)

MALIBU, Calif.—The Gonzaga baseball team split a series-opening doubleheader against Pepperdine Saturday, winning the first game 2-1 and falling in game two 5-3 at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu.

Game One: Gonzaga 2, Pepperdine 1

The Bulldogs got another strong start from junior right-hander Eli Morgan and a timely blast from Jake Vieth as they rallied in the eighth inning to open the day with a victory.

Down 1-0 entering the eighth inning, GU needed just two hits to take a lead. Jeff Bohling gave the Bulldogs a leadoff runner with a single up the middle. After Branson Trube pinch-ran for the redshirt senior, Vieth stepped up to the plate and slammed a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right center, putting the Zags up 2-1. They got another runner in scoring position when Nick Brooks was hit by a pitch and pinch runner Jace VanDeBrake stole second, but the next two batters made outs.

After the offense gave him the lead, Morgan closed out the game for the win, his fourth of the year. He allowed just a one-out single in the eighth, and the Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., native retired the side in the ninth for the complete game, his third of the year.

Morgan, a junior righty, was effective once again, allowing just one run on three hits during game one, striking out five batters. That lone run allowed came in the seventh when Aaron Barnett drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a single from Jordan Qsar. Morgan didn’t allow anything else, however, getting a strikeout and a ground ball to end the frame.

Pepperdine starter Ryan Wilson took the hard-luck loss, his third of the year, despite also pitching all nine innings and allowing three hits. He struck out nine GU batters while hitting two more.

Game Two: Pepperdine 5, Gonzaga 3

During the nightcap, the Waves jumped out to a 5-0 lead and withstood a Gonzaga rally over the last four innings for a split on the day. In the first, the home team loaded the bases on the first three batters, but Bulldog starter Justin Vernia allowed just one run, a ground ball from Qsar. He then got Brandon Caruso to foul out to catcher Jake Roberts before an inning-ending fly ball to Sam Brown in left.

The Waves once again loaded the bases in the fifth, but Vernia couldn’t escape the situation a second time. After intentionally walking Barnett to load the bags, Ben Rodriguez cleared them with a home run over the fence in left field, plating Pepperdine’s last four runs of the game.

Gonzaga chipped away at that deficit over the remaining innings. In the sixth, Tyler Frost hit a solo blast for the Zags’ first run of the game, and they got a second an inning later after Daniel Fredrickson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, driving in a score. Frost then grounded out to second base, ending that threat.

In the ninth, the Bulldogs notched one more on an RBI groundout from Brown that allowed Roberts to score, but that was all as the game ended with a flyout to center field.

Vernia drew the loss, allowing five runs – four earned – in seven innings of work. Jonathan Pendergast got the win after allowing two runs in 6.1 innings, and Kiko Garcia picked up the save for 2.2 innings in relief, allowing just the ninth-inning tally.

Bulldog Bites:

Not only did Morgan throw his third complete game of the season, but it was the seventh of his career. He’s now tied for fourth in Division I with seven career complete games. Morgan also remained undefeated in conference play throughout his career, advancing to 11-0 against West Coast Conference foes in the regular season.

Frost’s home run was his seventh of the year, tying the career high he set last season. The junior entered the weekend tied for second in the conference and just one behind leader Danny Mayer of Pacific.

Vernia saw his three-game win streak snapped by taking the loss. Also, he allowed his first earned run of the WCC season in the first inning after shutting out Pacific March 18 and allowing just an unearned tally March 25 versus San Francisco.

The doubleheader was Gonzaga’s fourth of the year. They’ve gone 5-3 during those eight games, half of which have come in WCC play. They also played two on March 25 against San Francisco after a rainout the day before. Gonzaga and Pepperdine were set to play one game on Friday, March 31, but GU’s flight out of Spokane was cancelled, and the Bulldogs were unable to get to southern California until Friday...

Next Up:

The Bulldogs (14-12, 6-2 WCC) and Waves (12-13, 2-3 WCC) will finish the series Sunday, April 2, at 1:00 p.m. Gonzaga has not yet named a starter for the rubber match, but The Waves will turn to RHP Will Jensen.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/040117aaa.html)

04-02-2017, 02:57 PM
In the final game of the weekend series, Pepperdine defeats Gonzaga 2-1...

The Waves score the winning run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th...

The Zags left 12 runners on base...



04-02-2017, 06:27 PM
Zags Suffer Walkoff Loss in Series Finale

Pepperdine wins 2-1 despite Casey Legumina's strong start

April 2, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon27.html)

MALIBU, Calif.—The Gonzaga baseball team suffered its first series loss of the West Coast Conference season Sunday, falling 2-1 to Pepperdine at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif.

Pepperdine won with a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Gonzaga reliever Wyatt Mills struck out the first batter in the frame, but Pepperdine pitcher Jordan Qsar found the gap in right center for a double, giving the Waves a runner in scoring position. Mills then fanned Josh Davis for the second out, but Wave catcher Joe Caparis blooped a ball into right field, allowing Qsar to score the winning run.

Both teams saw scoring opportunities during the game, but both pitching staffs kept the offenses in check. Bulldog starter Casey Legumina scattered five hits across seven innings, allowing just one run in the third. Despite allowing an RBI single to Jeremy Goldenetz in the third inning, Legumina left the bases loaded to limit the damage. The freshman faced the minimum in five frames, and he didn’t allow a run in the sixth despite a leadoff single by Goldenetz.

Gonzaga, meanwhile, scored one run on six hits, but the Zags also saw baserunners in six of their nine trips to the plate. In the third, Daniel Fredrickson and Tyler Frost combined for their lone tally. Fredrickson smashed a one-out double down the left field line, and Frost drove him home with a knock through the right side of the infield.

However, Wave pitchers were able to leave the bases loaded in the second inning and strand two in each of the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings. Qsar earned the win after taking over on the mound in the eighth inning, and Mills suffered the loss, his first of the season. Both starters drew no-decisions.

Bulldog Bites:

Legumina saw the best start of his young career Sunday, tallying career highs with 7.0+ innings and eight strikeouts. The Chandler, Ariz., native struck out the side in the fifth, and he added two more in the seventh. Since WCC play started March 17, Legumina has tallied a 1.50 ERA, allowing just three earned runs in 18.0 innings of work. He’s struck out 17 batters and walked only two during that stretch.

The series loss is the Zags’ first of the WCC season after sweeping Pacific and taking two of three from San Francisco. Despite the two losses this weekend, the Bulldogs are still tied for third in the conference standings with a 6-3 record.

Bulldog batters drew nine walks Sunday, their second-highest total of the season. Sam Brown, Jake Vieth, and Jake Roberts each drew two bases on balls, and six total Zags earned free passes. Gonzaga pitchers, meanwhile, walked just one Pepperdine batter...

Next Up:

The Bulldogs (14-13, 6-3 WCC) take a break from conference play and head up the coast for a single game against UC Santa Barbara on Monday, April 3. That contest will begin at 12:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif. LHP Mac Lardner will start for Gonzaga while the Gauchos counter with LHP Ben Brecht.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/040217aaa.html)

04-02-2017, 06:29 PM
WarrenNolan.com ~ West Coast Conference (http://warrennolan.com/baseball/2017/conference/West-Coast)