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04-16-2017, 08:04 PM
Zags Home for Two In-State Games

Gonzaga hosts Washington State Monday, Seattle U Tuesday

April 16, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170417aaa.pdf)...


Gonzaga is coming off a three-game sweep of Santa Clara despite falling behind early in all three games...they allowed two, five, and six runs in the first innings while in Santa Clara but came back for a pair of one-run wins and a six-run victory on Friday...it was their second sweep of the conference season (also Pacific, March 17-19).

As a team, the Zags hit .339 and reached base at a .436 clip versus the Broncos...their 13 runs and 16 hits in Friday’s game were season highs.

The bottom third of the lineup - Jace VanDeBrake, Gunnar Schubert, and Jake Roberts - led the team offensively...all three posted batting averages of at least .500 in the series...combined, they hit .542 (19x35) and reached base at a .643 clip with 13 runs scored, 12 RBIs, five walks, four sacrifice hits, and a hit by pitch.


Monday’s game versus Washington State will be televised regionally on SWX...it’ll be the Zags’ third televisied game of the year...they’re 2-0 on SWX with a 7-6 walkoff win over #22 Washington March 22 and a 9-2 victory over #19 San Diego April 7.

Gonzaga went 6-1 in televised games last season, including a 3-1 mark on SWX.
Sam Adams and Michael Jackson will be on the call for SWX Monday.


Naturally, Washington State is Gonzaga’s most frequent opponent as the local rivals have played each other 205 times since 1970...the Cougars lead the series 123-82, but that lead shrinks to 34-30 since the 2000 season...the clubs have played at least two games against each other every year since 2000, and the Bulldogs have either won or tied every series since 2013.

Last year, the Zags swept WSU, winning one game in Spokane, one game in Pullman, and one game in Pasco...LHP Justin Blatner started the home and away legs of the series, earning the win in Spokane...offensively, Justin Jacobs hit .444 with four hits, six walks, and a pair of runs scored, while Jake Roberts drove in three batters and scored two himself with three hits and two walks versus the Cougars.

The Cougars are 15-17 overall, most recently getting swept by Arizona State in Tempe...WSU and GU have four games against common opponents: Pacific and California...the Cougars have lost all four of their games against those two clubs while the Zags swept a three-game series against the Tigers and split a four-game weekend set with the Golden Bears in Berkeley.

As a team, WSU is hitting .274 and averaging over five and a half runs a game...OF Justin Harrer leads the team with a .324 average and 24 RBIs...three Cougars are reaching base at a clip greater than .400, topped by INF Dillon Plew’s .454...the pitching staff has posted a 5.43 ERA while allowing opposing batters to hit .278...LHP Scotty Sunitsch leads the pen with 17 appearances and seven saves, while RHP Colby Nealy has posted a 4-2 mark in 16 appearances out of the pen.


Tuesday’s game against Seattle U will be the first meeting between Washington’s two Jesuit universities on the diamond since Seattle U re-established its baseball program in 2010...before the team was dropped in 1980, the two clubs had met in 23 games with Gonzaga winning 21 of them.

The Redhawks (they were the Chieftains the last time these two teams met) are 12-21-1 on the year but are one season removed from their first WAC regular season title...last weekend they lost two of three games at the UTRGV (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)...SU and GU share two common opponents as well: the Redhawks lost a four-game series at Pacific 1-3 in March, and they downed Washington 4-2 in Husky Ballpark April 4.

Seattle U’s hitters have combined for a .278 average and 5.85 runs per game...INF Austin Lively leads the starters with a .380 average, while UTL Aaron Stroosma tops all Redhawks with 46 hits and 29 RBIs this season...the staff, meanwhile, has a 5.54 ERA on the season, allowing opponents to hit .284...RHP Zach Wolf has made 16 appearances, all but one coming in relief...he’s posted a 5.86 ERA and 0-6 record while saving two games...nine different pitchers have earned a starting nod this season.


Gonzaga is 4-5 against Pac-12 foes this season...they’ve played three different Pac-12 teams (UCLA, California, and Washington)...they were twice slated to play Oregon State, but both games were lost due to rain.

The Bulldogs batted around in three separate innings at Santa Clara...they did so twice Friday, April 14, and once Saturday, April 15...entering the series, they had only batted around once all season.

Troy Johnston’s pinch-hit go-ahead home run Saturday was Gonzaga’s first pinch-hit home run since 2010...a freshman, Johnston has already tallied three game-winning hits this season.

Catcher Jake Roberts has thrown out six of the last eight opposing runners to attempt a stolen base...he was 2-for-3 in throwing out runners in Santa Clara.

Gonzaga has gone 11-3 in night games this year...this isn’t a new development as they were 20-5 at night in 2016 as well.


Junior Calvin LeBrun will make his second start of the year on Monday against Washington State...he’s made 15 total appearances this season, most recently earning the win after two innings Saturday at Santa Clara...he’s been on a good run as of late, posting a 0.82 ERA and allowing two runs - only one earned - in his last seven appearances and 11.0 innings pitched...LeBrun has pitched at least 2.0 innings in nine outings, and he hasn’t allowed a run in eight.

The junior from Phoenix has pitched against the Cougars three times in his career, but those three were bullpen appearances...last year against WSU, he pitched 7.2 scoreless innings over two games, striking out 13 batters and walking just one...he earned the win May 17 in Pasco after 4.2 innings of hitless relief.

Redshirt sophomore Daniel Bies will get the nod against Seattle U on Tuesday...the big right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.60 ERA this season in six appearances, four of which are starts...he made his first career start during opening weekend with a 5.0-inning outing versus Indiana, and he’s also made starts at UC Riverside, versus Washington, and versus San Francisco...he earned his lone win on the year March 14 in a 5.0-inning, three-run outing at UC Riverside, tying career bests in innings pitched and strikeouts (five)...his last appearance came March 26 against San Francisco, when he allowed three runs in 1.1 innings...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/041617aaa.html)

04-17-2017, 09:12 PM
After jumping ahead 2-0 after the 1st inning, Gonzaga never looked back and defeated WSU 9-4 this evening...

Daniel Bies, started for the Zags tonight and pitched 6 inning and giving up 4 hits, was the winning pitcher...



04-18-2017, 05:04 PM
Zags Down Local Rival Washington State

RHP Daniel Bies goes six innings, strikes out five in win

April 17, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon35.html)

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Gonzaga baseball team played the first of three games against local foe Washington State Monday night, beating the Cougars 9-4 at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.

Gonzaga wasted no time in taking the lead, plating a pair of runs in the first inning. Left fielder Sam Brown began the frame with a single, and Tyler Frost added a double two batters later. Second baseman Justin Jacobs allowed Brown to score with a rip to right field, and Jeff Bohling followed up with an RBI grounder to plate Frost.

Two frames later, the Bulldogs sent all nine batters to the plate and scored four more runs. WSU relief pitcher Joe Rosenstein walked the bases loaded to begin the frame and then issued another to Jake Vieth for the first run. The Cougars then went back to the bullpen, and Jace VanDeBrake greeted the newly-minted Caleb McAlister with a single to center field, allowing the leading two runners to score. Gonzaga got another tally on a WSU throwing error for a 6-0 lead.

Washington State got its first run with its first hit – a double down the right-field line from James Rudkin in the fourth – but Gonzaga countered in the bottom of the frame with a sacrifice fly from Vieth.

Gonzaga starter Daniel Bies, meanwhile, kept the Cougar offense down into the seventh inning. The redshirt sophomore allowed just that fourth-inning run and four hits total on the night. He also benefited from a trio of nice defensive plays, seeing a home run pulled back by Daniel Fredrickson, getting a nice diving grab in foul territory from Bohling, and having a Cougar runner thrown out at home by Frost.

The Bulldog offense wasn’t done, adding runs in the sixth and seventh for a 9-1 lead. Southpaw Calvin LeBrun came on in relief of Bies in the seventh, inheriting a pair of runners but stranding them on base. He also pitched a shutout eighth inning before Washington State scored three in the ninth to put the game at its 9-4 final.

Bies got the win, his second of 2017, and LeBrun earned his third save in the effective three-inning outing. Cougar starter Isaac Mullins took the loss, his first of the season.

Bulldog Bites:

Bies saw the best start of his career, pitching into the seventh inning for the first time and tying a career best with five strikeouts. He retired the side in order in the first, second, and sixth innings, and didn’t allow a hit until the fourth.

Gonzaga has now won four straight games against their local rival after sweeping the three-game series last season. The Bulldogs are also 11-3 against the Cougars since 2012, and they’ve either won or tied the Inland Northwest series in each of the last five seasons. The Zags and Cougars will play two more games against each other this year: Tuesday, April 25 in Pullman, and Tuesday, May 16 back at Patterson Baseball Complex.

Gonzaga’s bats once again came alive Tuesday night, scoring nine runs and posting 13 hits. They’ve scored at least seven runs in each of their last four games, a feat they did only eight times in the first 31 games of the season. Brown led all players with three hits Monday night, while Frost and Jacobs added two apiece. In all, nine Bulldogs collected a hit against the Cougars...

Next Up:

Gonzaga (21-14, 11-4 WCC) returns to conference action with three games at Portland this weekend. The stint against the Pilots will be GU’s final road conference series of the year. That Pacific Northwest showdown will begin on Friday, April 21, at 6:00 p.m. at Portland’s Joe Etzel Field.

The Zags were originally slated to host Seattle U on Tuesday, April 18, but that game was cancelled due to forecasted weather in the Spokane area. There has been no make-up date announced.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/041717aaa.html)

04-18-2017, 05:12 PM
Tuesday Baseball vs. Seattle U Cancelled

Game versus the Redhawks cancelled due to weather

April 17, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. – Tuesday, April 18’s non-conference baseball game between Gonzaga and Seattle U has been cancelled due to forecasted weather in the Spokane area all day Tuesday.

It was to be the first game between Gonzaga and Seattle U since the Redhawks reinstated their program in 2010. There is no make-up date announced.

Gonzaga, coming off a 9-4 win over Washington State April 17, will now travel to Portland for a West Coast Conference series, their last WCC set on the road this year. That Pacific Northwest showdown will begin Friday, April 21, at 6:00 p.m. on Joe Etzel Field.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/041717aab.html)