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04-20-2017, 04:33 PM
Zags in Portland for Final WCC Road Series

The Pacific Northwest showdown begins Friday at 6:00 p.m.

April 20, 2017

Gonzaga Notes (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170420aaa.pdf) | Portland Notes (http://portlandpilots.com/news/2017/4/20/bsb-pilots-welcome-gonzaga-to-the-bluff-for-three-game-set.aspx)...


Gonzaga is on a four-game win streak, sweeping Santa Clara last Thursday-Saturday and beating Washington State at home on Monday...it’s the Zags’ second four-game win streak of the season.

The Bulldogs tallied three comeback wins at Santa Clara...they allowed two, five, and six runs in the first innings 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).

Against WSU, the Zags scored two runs in the first en route to leads of 6-0 and 9-1 before claiming a 9-4 win...RHP Daniel Bies allowed one run in six innings while INF Jake Vieth drove home three RBIs and scored two runs.


Gonzaga and Portland have met 183 times with the Zags holding a 116-67 all-time record over the Pilots...the Zags are 32-9 against Portland under head coach Mark Machtolf (since 2004) and have won 16 of the last 18 games between the two clubs...Gonzaga has taken 10 of the 13 season series against the Pilots under Machtolf with nine of those 10 series wins being sweeps.

Last year’s series was one of those sweeps as the Bulldogs unleashed their bats against the Pilots...Gonzaga scored 35 runs in three games against Portland in Spokane early last April, getting wins of 18-1, 3-0, and 14-5...INF Jeff Bohling led the way with eight hits, six of which went for extra bases (2 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR), eight RBIs, and six runs scored...five Zags hit above .400 in that series...RHP Eli Morgan posted his first career shutout in the middle game, striking out 11 batters...LHP Calvin LeBrun added five shutout innings of relief in the finale.

This year, Matt Kelly has swung a hot bat for the Pilots since entering WCC play...In 64 at-bats, the sophomore infielder is hitting .344 with a team-best 22 hits and 13 runs scored...senior INF Kevin Wade leads the Pilots in conference play with 11 RBIs and three home runs while slugging .509.

Sophomore RHP Kevin Baker leads Portland with 55 strikeouts in 43.1 innings on the mound and has a team-best three wins in 11 appearances...Baker also leads the Pilots’ starting rotation in ERA (3.53) and extra base hits allowed (9)...closer Marty Luckenbach has provided late-game stability for the Pilots, allowing just six earned runs in 15 appearances while picking up four saves...opposing batters are hitting .211 against the right-handed senior and have collected only five extra-base hits in 76 at bats.


The Bulldogs have scored at least seven runs during all four games of their current win streak...they had reached that total only eight times in the first 30 games of the year...they are 11-1 when scoring at least seven times in 2017.

The Zags have scored 38 runs and hit .344 during this hot stretch...C Jake Roberts leads the team with a .500 average and .643 slugging (7x14, 5 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI)...OF Sam Brown has nine hits, and fellow OF Jace VanDeBrake leads the way with seven RBIs...in all, eight different Zags have scored at least three runs and nine have driven in multiple RBIs.

The bottom three starters in the batting order - VanDeBrake/Nick Brooks (DH), Gunnar Schubert (SS), and Roberts - have combined to hit .478 and reach base at a .579 clip during the four games with 14 runs scored, 14 RBIs, five walks, and two hit by pitches.


The Zags’ bullpen is a three-headed monster comprised of RHP Sam Hellinger, LHP Calvin LeBrun, and RHP Wyatt Mills...those three have combined to pitch 79.1 of the Zags’ 105.1 innings out of the pen with a 2.38 ERA, lower than the bullpen average of 2.99...these three also have made all 12 of the team’s saves.

Mills has seven of those saves and has already tied his season total from last year...he’s also tied for the fourth-most saves in a single season since 1980, two behind Cody Martin for third (9; 2008) and five behind Martin for first (12; 2011)...throughout his career, Mills has notched 16 saves, tying David Bigelow for second, although career records only date back through 2008...Martin is the leader with 27.


Incredibly, this is the Bulldogs’ last road trip of the WCC season...they play their final three conference series at home, hosting Saint Mary’s April 28-30, Loyola Marymount May 12-14, and BYU May 18-20...six of the Zags’ nine conference series this year take place in Spokane.

After this series, the Zags only have two more road games in the regular season: April 25 at Washington State and May 22 at Fresno State...10 of their final 12 games will take place at Patterson Baseball Complex.

Last year, the Zags were playing their final home series around this time as they played their last three conference series on the road.


Morgan is coming off a rough start at Santa Clara after allowing six runs on 13 hits, both of which set or tied season highs...he did strike out eight batters, however, keeping hold of the top spot in the WCC and a top 10 position in Division I...the junior from Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., however, still is among the conference’s top 10 in most categories with 6.65 hits allowed per nine (third), 5.00 strikeout/walk ratio (third), 0.98 WHIP (third), and 2.63 ERA (seventh)...Morgan is also the active Division I leader with five career shutouts, and he’s among the top 10 with seven complete games...earlier this year, Morgan posted a 26.1-inning scoreless streak (from March 3 at California to March 25 vs. San Francisco)...also, Morgan is undefeated throughout his career in WCC play with a 13-0 record, 1.47 ERA (22 ER in 134.1 IP), and a 131/28 strikeout/walk ratio.

Vernia is also coming off a shaky first inning in Santa Clara last Friday, allowing five runs in just one out, but the senior from Issaquah, Wash., still lasted 5.0 innings and allowed just one more run...Vernia has served as a second ace for the Zags, going 5-2 with a 2.39 ERA, good for sixth in the WCC...he’s also among the top five in walks allowed per nine (1.64, fourth) and WHIP (1.09, fifth)...from March 11 at CSU Fullerton to April 1 at Pepperdine, Vernia posted a stretch of 23.0 innings without an earned run...he hasn’t walked more than two batters in any start this season, and he’s set career highs with nine strikeouts (March 18 vs. Pacific) and nine innings pitched (March 25 vs. San Francisco).

Sunday’s starter hasn’t been announced yet, but there are plenty of options...four other Zags have started a game this season for GU: RHP Casey Legumina (6), RHP Daniel Bies (5), LHP Mac Lardner (5), and LHP Calvin LeBrun (1)...Lardner saw his first WCC start last week at Santa Clara…Bies through six innings of one-run ball last Monday against Washington State...Legumina has started in two WCC games this year...

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/042017aaa.html)

04-21-2017, 09:11 PM
On Friday evening in Portland, Gonzaga defeats Portland 13-0...

Offensively, the Zags had 15 hits on the night...

Bohling led the Zags hit parade with 3 hits...Frederickson, Jacobs, Schubert and Roberts all
had 2 hits apiece...

Gonzaga's Eli Morgan was the winner and improved to 7-1 on the season...

Morgan gave up only 3 hits and struck out 15 Pilots in his 8 innings of pitching...

With the win, Gonzaga improves to 22-14 overall and 12-4 in the WCC...



04-22-2017, 07:32 AM
Morgan Fans 15 as Zags Win Fifth Straight

Zags score 13 runs on 15 hits in shutout at Portland

April 21, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon36.html)

PORTLAND, Ore.--The Gonzaga baseball team collected its fifth straight win Friday night with a 13-0 shutout of Portland at Joe Etzel Field in Portland, Ore.

Starting pitcher Eli Morgan was sterling once again, matching his career high with 15 strikeouts while allowing just three hits. Two of those came in the second inning as the junior from Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., allowed a single and a double for runners at second and third with no outs. That quickly changed as he got Jason Rosen to hit a soft fly out to left field and then struck out Ryan Hoogerwerf for two quick outs. After a walk to load the bases, Morgan again got a lazy fly ball to right field to end the threat.

After the second, he then retired seven in a row and allowed just one more hit through the eighth inning. Morgan struck out 15 Pilots to match his career high, notching at least one in all eight innings on the mound. He ended his night by striking out the side in the eighth.

The Gonzaga offense, meanwhile, broke through in the fourth inning and kept repeating the feat. Gonzaga scored four runs in the fourth, two of them coming on a double to the gap in right center from shortstop Gunnar Schubert. Catcher Jake Roberts added another on a sacrifice fly, and Schubert later scored on a wild pitch, jumping over Portland backstop Dutton Elske for the tally.

The Bulldogs struck again for two in the fifth inning, taking a 6-0 lead on RBIs from Justin Jacobs and Jeff Bohling. In the eighth, they broke the game open with four more runs on four hits. Bohling led off the frame with a solo blast, his first of the year. Sam Brown also drew an RBI walk in the frame, and both Schubert and Roberts scored on wild pitches.

In the ninth, the Zags added the final three runs to their tally, two of which came off the bat of Branson Trube. The pinch-hitter fought off numerous 3-2 counts before smashing a double into right field, allowing Roberts and Nick Brooks to score.

In the bottom of the ninth, Nate Odahl took the mound in relief. He retired all three batters he faced to confirm the win for Morgan, who advanced to 7-1 on the year.

Bulldog Bites:

With the win, Gonzaga has won its last five games for its longest streak of the season. Furthermore, the Bulldogs have won eight of their last nine games and are 15-5 since conference play started March 17. During that five-game win streak, the Zags have averaged 10.2 runs per game and have scored at least seven times every game. They've twice reached their season-high of 13 runs, including Friday's contest.

Morgan's outing was again fantastic as he held the Pilots scoreless through 8.0 innings and allowed just three hits while striking out 15. This is the fifth time this year the junior's allowed three hits or fewer (all outings of at least 7.0 innings), and he's fanned at least 12 batters four times. Morgan is just the second player in Division I with multiple 15-K outings this season (also: JP Sears, The Citadel, three times).

Odahl, a freshman right-hander, made his collegiate debut, relieving Morgan in the bottom of the ninth. The Los Angeles native struck out the first batter he faced and got the next two batters to ground out.

The shutout was Gonzaga's fifth of the season and fourth in West Coast Conference play. They previously held Cal State Fullerton, San Diego, and Pacific (twice) scoreless on the year. The Zags have not been shutout themselves...

Next Up:

The Zags (22-14, 12-4 WCC) and Pilots (8-28-1, 4-12 WCC) will resume the series on Saturday, April 22, with another 6:00 p.m. contest. RHP Justin Vernia will take the mound for Gonzaga, and the Pilots are scheduled to send LHP Grady Miller to the rubber.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/042117aaa.html)

04-22-2017, 04:54 PM
San Diego has lost 2 straight to BYU...

Zags have a chance with a win this evening against the Pilots to move into a first place tie in the WCC with LMU...


04-22-2017, 09:31 PM
Gonzaga squandered a 4-1 against Portland...

The Zags came back to score 3 runs in the top of the 10th to take a 7-4 victory over the Pilots...

Wyatt Mills gets the victory in relief for the Zags...

Gonzaga has won 6 in a row and are 9-1 in their last 10 games...



04-22-2017, 10:45 PM
Zags Down Pilots in Ten, Move into First Place

Three runs on four hits in the top of the 10th push GU over Portland

April 22, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon37.html)

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Gonzaga baseball team went to extra innings Saturday night at Portland, and their patience was rewarded with a 7-4 win over the Pilots and a share of first place in the West Coast Conference.

Gonzaga scored three times in the top of the 10th inning Saturday night at Joe Etzel Field, getting those runs on four hits and a walk. Jake Roberts led the frame off with a single to right field, moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt, and came around to score when Daniel Fredrickson sent a 1-0 pitch up the middle for a base knock. After Tyler Frost drew a five-pitch walk, both he and Fredrickson scored on a drive to center from Jeff Bohling.

In the bottom of the frame, GU reliever Wyatt Mills earned the win after pitching around a one-out single. Mills struck out the final two batters, his fifth and sixth strikeouts of the night. The senior from Spokane entered the game in the seventh, allowed one run in the eighth to tie it up, but shut out the Pilots in the ninth and 10th for the win, his second of the year.

Portland took an early lead, getting a second-inning solo home run from Cody Hawken. That 1-0 scoreline held until the sixth inning when the Bulldogs tied the game without a base hit. Roberts led the Zags’ half of the frame off with a walk, and he moved over to third on a grounder from Sam Brown and a Portland throwing error. Fredrickson then drove him in with a short chopper to the left side of the infield.

The Bulldogs took a lead with a three-run seventh inning. They tallied three hits in the seventh, two of which were doubles, and benefitted from a Portland error which would have ended the frame. Justin Jacobs led off with a single, and he scored on a double from Jake Vieth two outs later. GU shortstop Gunnar Shubert then reached on a throwing error from the Portland shortstop Matt Kelly, and Roberts made the Pilots pay for the miscue with a two-RBI double down the left field line.

Portland responded immediately, getting two runs in the bottom of the inning on a single from Kelly. The home team tied the game at 4-all one inning later with a base hit up the middle from Jason Rosen.

Bulldog Bites:

With the win, the Bulldogs advanced to 13-4 in WCC play. They’re now tied atop the conference ladder with Loyola Marymount. Both teams are a half-game ahead of San Diego and a full game ahead of BYU. Gonzaga hosts both the Lions and the Cougars later on in the season.

Roberts extended his hit streak to eight games, a career best. During the streak, the senior from Plainfield, Ill., is hitting .519 (14x27) with four doubles, 10 RBIs, and nine runs scored. With the go-ahead single in the ninth, Fredrickson also extended a long hit streak Saturday night. He’s now hit safely in the last 11 games, the longest such streak by a Bulldog this season.

Right-hander Justin Vernia started the night on the mound for Gonzaga, throwing 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits. The Issaquah, Wash., native used his six strikeouts to great effect, stranding six Pilot runners on base, five in scoring position. Through the first six innings, he allowed just the solo home run and didn’t even give up the RBI hit in the sixth; that came on a pitch from Mills.

Gonzaga hitters combined for just eight hits on the night, their lowest total during the recent six-game win streak. Half of those base knocks came in the 10th inning, and three more came in the seventh. Frost tallied the other hit – a single to center field – in the first...

Next Up:

Gonzaga (23-14 overall) will wrap up the series Sunday, April 23, with a 1:00 p.m. contest, their final road conference game of the year. The Zags will send RHP Casey Legumina to the mound while Portland will counter with RHP Kevin Baker.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/042217aaa.html)

04-23-2017, 04:11 PM
Gonzaga sweeps Portland this weekend...

Zags defeat the Pilots 3-2...

Zags trailed early 2-0 but came back to score single runs in the 4th, 7th and the 8th...

Gonzaga's Sam Hellinger gets the win and improves his record to 4-2...

Zags have improved their record to 24-14 overall and 14-4 in the WCC...



04-23-2017, 08:18 PM
Very favorable schedule remains to finish off the season.

04-23-2017, 09:39 PM
Zags Complete Sweep with 3-2 win at Portland

Bullpen pitches 6.1 scoreless innings as Zags rally from two-run deficit

April 23, 2017

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/gon38.html)

PORTLAND, Ore.—Thanks to a strong performance by the bullpen, the Gonzaga baseball team rallied for a 3-2 win at Portland Sunday afternoon, completing the three-game sweep of the Pilots at Joe Etzel Field in Portland.

The Bulldogs went to the pen early, bringing on Calvin LeBrun to face a two-on, two-out jam in the third inning. The junior southpaw struck out Beau Brundage to end the frame, but not before the Pilots scored twice off Gonzaga starter Casey Legumina. LeBrun continued to work through the sixth, scattering three singles and using his four strikeouts to leave four runners stranded on base.

While LeBrun was on the mound, the Bulldog offense rallied to score in the top of the fourth. Right fielder Daniel Fredrickson led the frame off with a single, and he moved up 90 feet on a two-out base knock from Jeff Bohling. Designated hitter Troy Johnston then ripped a one-bagger to center field, allowing Fredrickson to score.

Right-hander Sam Hellinger came on in relief of LeBrun in the seventh, and he too held the Pilots scoreless through the end of the game. The senior from Seattle allowed back-to-back singles with one down in the seventh inning, but he then picked off the lead runner Matt Kelly at second base. Kevin Wade then stole second and advanced to third on a GU throwing error, but Hellinger got Cody Hawken to end the inning with a ground ball to short.

Hellinger earned the win Sunday as the Zags scored once in the seventh and another in the eighth for the 3-2 lead. In the seventh, Johnston doubled down the right-field line for a one-out runner in scoring position, and he came around two batters later when pinch hitter Jace VanDeBrake singled up the middle.

In the eighth, Jake Roberts led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a walk and a strikeout, Roberts was nearly picked off when he tripped attempting to return to second base, but the throw from Portland catcher Tate Budnick hit the bag at second and rolled into the outfield. Roberts recovered well enough to score on the play, giving the Zags the lead.

Bulldog Bites:

In all, LeBrun and Hellinger combined to throw 6.1 scoreless innings in relief Sunday night, striking out four batters apiece while not walking anybody. In total, GU relievers pitched 10.2 innings at Portland with Nate Odahl tossing a scoreless inning Friday and Wyatt Mills allowing just one run in 3.1 innings Saturday. The four of them combined for a 0.84 ERA and struck out 15 batters while allowing zero free passes. Two GU relievers earned wins this series. The Pilots’ bullpen, meanwhile, posted a 9.64 ERA, allowing 11 total runs and walking seven Zags in 9.1 innings of work.

This was the second consecutive sweep for the Bulldogs and their third of the WCC season. The Zags have also now swept the Pilots 10 times under head coach Mark Machtolf (since 2004), with six of those sweeps coming in the last seven seasons.

Gonzaga extended its season-long win streak to seven games with the victory, six of which have come on the road. The Zags are now done with road conference games for the year; their final three WCC series will all come at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field in Spokane, beginning with Saint Mary’s April 28-30. Gonzaga has just two more road games left on the schedule: at Washington State in two days and at Fresno State to end the regular season in late May...

Next Up:

The Bulldogs (24-14, 14-4 WCC) will now head to Washington State for a single mid-week game on Tuesday, April 25. First pitch for that contest is set for 5:00 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash. That game, the second of the season against the Cougars, will be aired on the Pac-12 Network.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/042317aaa.html)