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TerpZag
04-10-2017, 07:01 PM
Bulldogs Face Tough Midweek Test

Zags will play No. 1 Oregon State Tuesday in Corvallis


April 10, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170411aaa.pdf) | Oregon State Notes (http://www.osubeavers.com/documents/2017/4/10//170411_OSU_Notes_vs_Gonzaga.pdf)


BULLDOGS = BULLFIGHTERS:

The Zags claimed a big series win against No. 19/20 San Diego last weekend, winning the first two games and out-hitting the Toreros in the finale but falling 4-1...USD was picked to win the West Coast Conference while Gonzaga was slotted to finish second...the series win was the Zags' first against a ranked squad in two years.

Gonzaga's pitching staff was once again excellent, posting a 1.67 ERA and allowing six runs in 27.0 innings against San Diego...OF Daniel Fredrickson led the offensive attack with seven hits and a .538 average while INF Justin Jacobs drove in three runs, including the game-winning RBIs on Friday and Saturday.

SO WE MEET AT LAST...:

Gonzaga and Oregon State were originally scheduled to play each other during the season-opening Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz., but weather forced that tournament's schedule to change and the elimination of the game between the Zags and Beavers.

The two clubs have met 92 times in program history, with Oregon State leading the series all-time 60-32...Oregon State and Gonzaga were conference foes from 1982 to 1995 in the Pacific-10 North...Gonzaga was 23-40 against the Beavers in conference play.

The Beavers have gotten off to an incredible start this season, boasting a 28-1 record and are on a 23-game win streak, tied for the longest by a Pac-12 team, and a 12-0 start to conference play...The Beavers have faced two West Coast Conference opponents, claiming victories at Saint Mary's (4-3) and Portland (4-3).

Junior southpaw Luke Heimlich has been dominant on the mound for the Beavers, boasting an ERA of just 0.77 in 58.2 innings of work...Heimlich has allowed just four extra base hits while holding opponents to a .157 batting average on his way to a 5-0 record...freshman relief pitcher Jake Mulholland leads the Beavers with 13 appearances and a 0.59 ERA in 30.2 innings.

The Beavers bring a balanced attack to the plate with seven different batters earning double-digit RBIs...sophomore infielder Nick Madrigal leads Oregon State in total bases (69), at bats (120), hits (47), runs (28), stolen bases (8) and batting average (.392)...Madrigal is one of five Beavers batting above .300 with 50 or more plate appearances, and one of eight Beavers with double-digit runs scored.

FOUR WEEKS OF STRONG PITCHING:

The Zags' pitching staff has posted a 2.18 ERA since WCC play started four weeks ago on March 17...in those 15 games, the Bulldogs have allowed 34 earned runs - 42 total - while posting three shutouts and keeping their opponents to three or fewer runs nine times...the staff has held opposing hitters to just a .229 batting average during that time while registering well over three strikeouts for every walk issued.

Two starters - Eli Morgan and Justin Vernia - have posted ERAs of 1.50 or lower during this period, and Casey Legumina, Mac Lardner and Wyatt Mills have ERAs well under 3.00 as well.

Morgan has struck out 31 batters since WCC play started, Legumina 23, Vernia 22, and Mills 17...Mills' 17 strikeouts have come in just 9.2 innings, meaning more than half of his last 29 recorded outs have come via the strikeout.

BACK IN THE PAC:

Oregon State will be the Bulldogs' fourth Pac-12 opponent of the year...they went 1-2 at UCLA in February, 2-2 at California to begin March, and split a two-game midweek series versus Washington last month as well...they're 4-5 versus Pac-12 foes this year.

The Bulldogs also have three games scheduled against local rival Washington State, two of which will take place on Spokane and one in Pullman...the first game against the Cougars is coming up on Monday, April 17.

FACING THE BEST:

Gonzaga has already played eight games against ranked clubs, going 4-4...two of the Zags' four wins and all four of their losses have come in one-run games...they're coming off the program's first three-game series win against a ranked team in two years, having beaten then-No. 19 San Diego twice last weekend.

The Zags are 16-20 against ranked foes over the last four years...they're 8-9 on the road against the top teams in the nation during that stretch.

They haven't played a team ranked No. 1 in at least eight years, but they've played plenty of top 10 teams...they've gone 7-11 against Top 10 foes since 2009 with wins coming against Missouri (twice in 2009), Texas A&M (2012), Arkansas (2013), UCLA (2015), and Cal State Fullerton (2017).

400 IS GOOD, BUT 401 IS BETTER:

Head coach Mark Machtolf earned his 400th career win last Friday in a 9-2 win over San Diego...he's the second Bulldog head coach to reach the milestone after Steve Hertz, the program's all-time leader at 637.

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...Machtolf is already seventh all-time in conference history in coaching wins.

PITCHING LINES:

The Zags haven't announced their starter, and there are two prime candidates to get the nod...RHP Daniel Bies has started four games this year, going 1-2 with a 5.60 ERA...his last start came March 26 when he allowed three runs - two earned - against San Francisco, and the game before that, he allowed just one run in three innings against Washington...the redshirt sophomore from Woodinville, Wash., picked up his first win of the season March 14 at UC Riverside, allowing three runs and striking out five in five innings of work...last season, Bies made seven appearances out of the pen, earning his first career save at No. 7 TCU.

LHP Mac Lardner is coming off a solid start at UCSB April 3, going 5.0 innings and allowing just one unearned run while striking out five batters...he earned the win as Gonzaga went on to beat the Gauchos 4-1...his three previous outings were all out of the pen, but Lardner did make starts earlier in the year versus Duke (W, 6.0 IP, 1 R, 8 Ks) at California (ND, 5.1 IP, 5 Rs, 2 Ks), and at Cal State Fullerton (L, 3.0 IP, 3 Rs, 2 Ks)...his eight strikeouts versus Duke were the most by a Gonzaga freshman since the 2014 season...the Templeton, Calif., native was a Max Preps First Team All-American at Templeton HS, posting a 27-12 record and striking out 282 batters in 272.2 innings of work over his high school career.

Wyatt Mills, Sam Hellinger, and Calvin LeBrun have been mainstays out of the bullpen this season...Mills is the team's closer and has saved five games, third0most in the conference...LeBrun and Hellinger both lead the squad with 14 appearances...all of those have been relief spots for Hellinger while LeBrun did start one game against Pacific...64.2 innings of the Zags' 90.2 in relief have come from these three upperclassmen...


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/041017aaa.html)

TerpZag
04-11-2017, 07:48 PM
Baseball Game at No. 1 Oregon State Rained Out

Zags, Beavers cancelled due to rain; no makeup scheduled


April 11, 2017

CORVALLIS, Ore.—Tuesday’s non-conference game against Oregon State has been cancelled due to continuous rain in the Corvallis area. There has been no makeup date announced.

This is the second time the former Pac-10 North rivals had a game cancelled due to rain this season. They were originally scheduled to play a neutral-site contest at the season-opening Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic, but rain forced that tournament’s schedule to change. As a result, the Bulldogs and Beavers did not play against each other.

Gonzaga will now continue south to Santa Clara for a three-game West Coast Conference series against the Broncos. That series will begin with a 6:00 p.m. game on Thursday, April 13, at Stephen Schott Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/041117aaa.html)