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TerpZag
03-29-2018, 08:50 PM
Baseball Heads to Saint Mary's for Three-Game Set

GU is tied with SMC for third in the WCC at 3-3


March 28, 2018

Gonzaga (12-10, 3-3 WCC) vs. Saint Maryís (13-9, 3-3 WCC)
Moraga, Calif. | Louis Guisto Field

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Mar. 29 @ 3 p.m. PT | Daniel Bies (3-2, 2.79) vs. Nick Frank (1-4, 4.93)
Mar. 30 @ 1 p.m. PT | TBA vs. Kevin Milam (4-0, 2.34)
Mar. 31 @ 1 p.m. PT | Mac Lardner (2-1, 2.17) vs. Ken Waldichuk (4-1, 0.90)


LIVE COVERAGE
Game 1: Live Video (http://www.wccsports.com/gamecenter/m-basebl/gc-032918-stma.html) | Live Stats (http://www.smcgaels.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbasebl.html?event=1581089&school=stma&sport=mbasebl&camefrom=&startschool=&)
Game 2: Live Video (http://www.wccsports.com/gamecenter/m-basebl/gc-033018-stma.html) | Live Stats
Game 3: Live Video (http://www.wccsports.com/gamecenter/m-basebl/gc-033118-stma.html) | Live Stats (http://www.smcgaels.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbasebl.html?event=1581091&school=stma&sport=mbasebl&camefrom=&startschool=&)

WEEKLY RECAP

- Gonzaga took the series finale in a 1-2 weekend at BYU behind a solid performance on the mound from Mac Lardner and Casey Legumina.
- The Zags left 28 runners on base in the three-game series, including 12 in a 6-2 loss in Game 2.
- GU was opportunistic in winning Game 3 of the series, scoring runs on a groundout, infield single, bases loaded walk and bases loaded hit by pitch. Two of those runs were unearned due to a BYU error early in a three-run eighth for the Zags.
- Austin Pinorini reached bases six times - three hits, three walks - in his first game back after missing the previous three at home against Pepperdine.
- Branson Trube had a team-high four hits in the series with one double.
- Brendan McClary got both his first start and first plate appearances of the season in GUís Game 3 win, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. He led off both run-scoring innings with hits for the Zags.

OFFENSE:

- Two Zags with enough qualifying at-bats are hitting over .300 this season, led by Gunnar Schurbert at .361 and Branson Trube at .337.
- Schubert leads the team in hits with 30 on the year, and has the fewest strikeouts (8) of any regular starters with enough qualifying at-bats.
- Schubert has reached base in all 22 games this season, along with a current 16-game hitting streak.
Heís only had two games out of GUís 22 without a hit, but reached via a walk or hit-by pitch in each.
- 1B Jake Vieth is second on the team with a .436 on-base percentage and is the most-patient Zag, leading the team with 18 walks, six more than any teammate.
- Trube has posted a team high 16 runs scored, 16 RBI and four home runs. Of Trubeís 16 RBI, eight have come with two outs, a team high.
- Trube also has a current streak of reaching base in 16 consecutive games.
- Schubert leads the team with 10 multi-hit games this year, followed by nine for Trube, seven for Vieth and six each for Ernie Yake, Austin Pinorini and Jace VanDeBrake.
- Redshirt freshman Yake broke out in a huge way to start the season, going 4-for-6 in his collegiate debut against Cal Poly on Feb. 16. Thatís one of Gonzagaís two four-hit games on the season, and one of six games in which Yake has multiple hits. He went 7-for-18 last weekend vs. Rice with four RBI.
- Gonzaga pinch-hitters are also getting the job done, hitting .435 on the season, going 10-for-23.

PITCHING:

- Gonzaga pitching has been stout in West Coast Conference action, allowing WCC hitters just a .205 batting average.
- RHP Daniel Bies broke a career-high for strikeouts for the second straight game and collected his first-career complete game in a 4-1 win over Milwaukee.
- Bies has only gotten better since his CG against Milwaukee, pushing his career-high for strikeouts to 13 in a 1-0 win over Pepperdine.
- Mac Lardner posted three of the best starts in his career in his last three times on the mound, throwing a total of 20.0 innings, allowing just one run on 13 hits with 14 strikeouts.
- Justin Blatner posted one of the best starts of his career against Oregon with his 6.0 inning effort in which he allowed just one run on two hits while striking out five and walking just two.
- Calvin LeBrun pitched 5.0 solid innings of relief in the four-game Rice series, striking out eight with zero walks, giving up just two runs and holding the Owls to a .211 batting average in his time on the mound.
- In the three-game sweep in Sacramento against Milwaukee and Sac State, the GU staff combined for a 2.00 ERA and struck out 29 batters against just three walks. They held opponents to just a .211 average.
- Freshman RHP Alek Jacob struck out a career-high 11 over 7.0 innings against Sac State in the second half of a doubleheader following Biesí complete-game performance.
- GU pitchers have held opponents to just a .235 batting average with two outs, including a .156 mark (5-for-32) from Lardner.
- The Gonzaga bullpen has collected five victories and six saves on the season. Casey Legumina has five of those saves, which ranks him first in the WCC and 18th in the nation.
- The GU staff has a 3.62 ERA on the year and has combined for 158 strikeouts in 164.0 innings against just 62 walks...


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/032818aaa.html)

TerpZag
03-29-2018, 08:56 PM
Baseball Out-Dueled at Saint Mary’s, 3-2

GU mounted ninth inning rally but fell short


March 29, 2018

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2017-2018/gon23.html)

MORAGA, Calif. — Gonzaga baseball nearly clawed back from a late 3-1 deficit with the winning run on base in the ninth, but ultimately fell short in a 3-2 loss in Game 1 of a three-game series at Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif.

The Zags took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, but Saint Mary’s took advantage of a GU error and four hits in the inning to score three runs. The Zags put the first three batters of the ninth inning on base to load them up with nobody out. A double-play ball scored one, but left GU down one with a runner on third and two outs before a groundout ended the game.

“That’s a game that we need to finish off and win,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “[Daniel] Bies gave us a great start, but we need to have a short memory and get back out there tomorrow and even the series.”

GU starter Daniel Bies allowed just one hit through his first seven innings, but put the leadoff man on in the eighth before giving way to Casey Legumina, who went the rest of the way. Bies had seven strikeouts in his 7.0-plus innings of work.

On offense, Jake Vieth had two hits in the game, including a single to begin the ninth in which pinch runner Isaac Barrera scored in his place. Gunnar Schubert followed Vieth with a single of his own after going hitless in his three previous at-bats. Schubert’s hit pushed his season-long on-base streak to 23 games and his hit streak to 17 games.

The Zags pushed across the first run of the game in the sixth inning. Branson Trube got on base with a two-out double and scored after a Gael throwing error that came during the play on a Vieth single.

GU will be back on the field at Saint Mary’s in Game 2 on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Live coverage links are available on the baseball schedule page at GoZags.com.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/032918aaa.html)

TerpZag
03-30-2018, 07:07 PM
Baseball Shuts Out Saint Mary’s, 3-0

Alek Jacob threw 7.2 innings of shutout ball to propel GU


March 30, 2018

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2017-2018/gon24.html)

MORAGA, Calif. — Gonzaga baseball got a combined shutout from starter Alek Jacob and closer Casey Legumina along with just enough offense to take a 3-0 win in Game 2 of the series at Saint Mary’s on Friday afternoon.

The teams were scoreless through the sixth, but a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double by freshman leadoff hitter Ernie Yake broke the game open. From there, Jacob continued to dominate in his start and Legumina came on with two outs in the eighth to shut the door.

“That was a huge team response today,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “Alek [Jacob] gave us an outstanding effort on the mound, and Ernie [Yake] was able to get the big hit for us. We are excited for the opportunity in front of us tomorrow.”

Jacob went 7.2 innings allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out five and walking three. Legumina pitched the last 1.1 innings allowing just one hit and striking out one to get his sixth save of the season.

Yake was the lone Zag with two hits, leading off the game with a single in addition to his 3-RBI double. Gunnar Schubert saw his 17-game hit streak snapped, but did reach base on an error to push his on-base streak to 24 games.

The Zags threatened in the fifth inning with a pair of hits from Fredrickson and Breshears, but Fredrickson was caught trying to steal third and Yake grounded out to end the inning.

GU’s seventh, in which they got three runs on Yake’s double, came via two walks and a hit-by-pitch which loaded the bases.

GU will wrap the series at Saint Mary’s in Game 3 on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Live coverage links are available on the baseball schedule page at GoZags.com.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/033018aaa.html)

TerpZag
03-31-2018, 05:59 PM
Baseball Falls in 12 Inn., 2-1, at Saint Mary’s

GU starter Mac Lardner went 7.1 innings of one-run ball


March 31, 2018

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2017-2018/gon25.html)

MORAGA, Calif. — Gonzaga baseball wasn’t able to find enough offense late in the game in a 2-1, 12-inning loss in the series finale at Saint Mary’s on Saturday in Moraga, Calif.

The Zags scored a run in the first and then were shut out for the final 11 innings offensively as their pitching kept the score tied until SMC got a run with two outs in the 12th.

“Tough weekend for us, but a good battle as our pitching and defense were excellent all weekend and gave us a chance to win all three games,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “We are looking forward to the opportunity ahead of us at Stanford on Monday.”

Mac Lardner turned in another great start on the mound for the Zags, going 7.1 innings and allowing just one run on four hits, while walking three and striking out three. Closer Casey Legumina entered in the eighth with two on and one out, but got out of the jam when GU catcher Austin Pinorini. Legumina allowed zero runs and just two hits with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings before giving way to Calvin LeBrun. The lefty then got through the 11th in order, but a two-out walk in the 12th preceded a Saint Mary’s double that scored the deciding run.

On offense, Ernie Yake and Gunnar Schubert had two hits each, but the Zags managed just five hits total. Schubert’s first hit pushed his on-base streak to all 25 games this season.

Gonzaga got on the board in the first inning, taking advantage of a Gael error. Yake led off the game with a single before stealing second and advancing to third on a wild throw during the steal attempt. He late scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Vieth.

Saint Mary’s tied it in the fourth when Eddie Haus scored from third as GU was catching another Gael attempting to steal second base.

Neither team scored a run from the fifth on until Saint Mary’s broke through in the 12th.

GU will be back on the road for a pair of non-conference games, first at Stanford on Monday, followed by a Tuesday game at Washington State.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/033118aaa.html)