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04-06-2018, 07:05 PM
Baseball Hosts WCC Series with Portland

The Zags will look to bounce back after three straight one-run losses

April 5, 2018

Gonzaga Game Notes

Portland (10-16, 4-5) vs. Gonzaga (13-14, 4-5)
Friday-Sunday, April 6-8 | Spokane, Wash.
Washington Trust Field at Patterson Baseball Complex

Friday - 6 p.m. PT
RHP Daniel Bies (3-2, 2.57) vs. RHP Eli Morse (2-3, 3.43)
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Saturday - 6 p.m. PT
RHP Alek Jacob (2-3, 3.98) vs. LHP Corbin Powers (3-3, 5.05)
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Sunday - Noon PT
LHP Mac Lardner (2-1, 2.01) vs. RHP Camden Muller (1-1, 4.46)
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- GU then suffered back-to-back 4-3 losses to No. 2 Stanford and Washington State, both on the road.
- Branson Trube led the offense with a 4-for-9 (.444) in the two games, while Jake Vieth was 3-for-7 with two HBPs, two home runs and three RBI.
- Gonzaga went 1-2 on the weekend at Saint Mary’s, taking the middle game of a three game series, while dropping the first and third games by one run each. The series finale went 12 innings, a 2-1 Gael win.
- At Saint Mary’s, Ernie Yake was the bright spot offensively for the Zags in the series, going 5-for-11 (.455) with five RBI and two runs scored. His bases-loaded, bases-clearing double in the seventh inning of Game 2 was all the production the GU offense needed in a 3-0 win.
- GU pitching combined for a 1.57 ERA in the Saint Mary’s series, while the three starters (Bies, Jacob, Lardner) each went at least 7.0 innings and allowed only a combined two runs (both earned).


- Alek Jacob rejoined the rotation and got the Game 2 win against Saint Mary’s which resulted in earning Rawlings/WCC Player of the Week honors. He went 7.2 innings of three-hit ball and combined for the shutout with Casey Legumina, who finished the final 1.1 for his sixth save. Jacob allowed just three hits and struck out five, while walking three.


- Two Zags hitting over .300 this season, led by Gunnar Schubert at .320, Branson Trube at .318.
- Trube leads the team in hits with 34 on the year, just one head of the Schubert and Ernie Yake. Yake has the fewest strikeouts (11) of any regular starters with enough qualifying at-bats.
- Schubert had his 25-game on-base streak snapped vs. Stanford, two games after his 17-game hit streak was snapped at Saint Mary’s.
- 1B Jake Vieth leads the team with five homers and a .431 on-base percentage and is the most-patient Zag, leading the team with 20 walks, seven more than any teammate. He also has seven HBPs.
- Trube has posted a team high 19 runs scored, and 16 RBI. Of Trube’s 16 RBI, eight have come with two outs, a team high. He’s also second on the team with four home runs.
- Trube leads GU with 12 multi-hit games, followed by 10 for Schubert, nine for Vieth and eight for Yake. - Along with Yake’s three-RBI, bases-loaded double against Saint Mary’s, he’s now 3-for-4 (.750) with the bases loaded this season.
- Yake and Trube have the only four-hit games by a Zag this year.
- 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.
- Along with Nick Brooks’ 3-for-8 (.375) mark with runners in scoring position, Yake has the highest mark for a regular starter in that category, going 7-for-25 (.280).
- Schubert has also been fantastic with runners on any base when he comes to bat, going 19-for-48 (.396) when there’s a Zag aboard.
- Gonzaga pinch-hitters are also getting the job done, hitting .379 on the season, going 11-for-29.


- Gonzaga pitching has been stout in West Coast Conference action, allowing WCC hitters just a .201 batting average with a 3.01 ERA.
- The staff has three combined shutouts this season with one each by Daniel Bies, Alek Jacob and Mac Lardner that were all finished off by closer Casey Legumina.
- The Zag staff held Saint Mary’s to a .193 average and 1.57 ERA over three games.
- Against Saint Mary’s, GU starters went 7.0 (Bies, Thursday), 7.2 (Jacob, Friday) and 7.1 (Lardner, Saturday) and allowed just two runs (both earned over the total of 25.0 innings pitched.
- RHP Daniel Bies broke a then-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 four of the best starts in his career in his last four times on the mound, throwing a total of 27.1 innings, allowing just two runs on 17 hits with 17 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 Bies’ complete-game performance.
- GU pitchers have held opponents to just a .215 batting average with two outs on the season, including a .111 mark (5-for-45) from Lardner.
- The Gonzaga bullpen has collected five victories and seven saves on the season. Casey Legumina has six of those saves, which ranks him second in the WCC and 18th in the nation.
- The GU staff has a 3.43 ERA on the year and has combined for 209 strikeouts in 233.2 innings against just 92 walks.

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04-06-2018, 08:30 PM
Gonzaga defeats Portland this evening 6-4 Stats Link (http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=215075)

04-06-2018, 09:41 PM
Baseball Hangs on to 6-4 Win Over Portland

VanDeBrake and Trube each knock in two runs

April 6, 2018

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2017-2018/gon28.html)

SPOKANE, Wash.-- Gonzaga baseball came through in the clutch on offense and rode the bullpen to the 6-4 win over Portland on Friday night.

Gonzaga (14-14, 5-5) erased a 4-3 deficit in the sixth inning and got 3.1 innings of shutout ball from its bullpen on the way to the win over the Pilots (10-17, 4-6).

"I thought our guys played hard all night and battled with two strikes," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We were a lot more efficient tonight than we have been. We have to a good job of putting the ball in play, and I thought we did that tonight."

Branson Trube and Jace VanDeBrake paced the offense with identical lines of 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored each. Jake Vieth scored twice for the Zags, and Carson Breshears was hit by a pitch three times in a game the Zags were hit five times total.

On the mound, starter Daniel Bies went 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and two walks. The GU bullpen combo of Calvin LeBrun and Casey Legumina finished off the final 3.1 innings, giving up no runs on three hits with six combined strikeouts. LeBrun got the win to move to 3-3 on the year with 0.2 innings, while Legumina picked up his seventh save of the year, going 2.2 innings with four strikeouts.

After the Zags spotted Portland a run in the opening frame, GU responded with a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the second. GU went up 3-1 on a two-out, two-RBI single by Trube.

Portland put two more up in the third and another in the sixth to take the lead back, but GU again answered right away. In the bottom of the sixth, VanDeBrake got things going with a one-out single that brought home two Zags for a 5-4 lead. GU added another in the seventh on a wild pitch.

Gonzaga is back on its home field Saturday for the second game of a three-game set with Portland at 6 p.m. Live video and stats will be available on the baseball schedule page at GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/040618aaa.html)

04-07-2018, 06:45 PM
Gonzaga vs. Portland game this evening halted temporarily due to rain and lightning in the area...

Zags at bat in the bottom of the 6th inning...Game currently tied 0-0...

04-07-2018, 08:32 PM
Zags score 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and defeat the Pilots tonight 3-0...

Gonzaga 3 - Portland 0 Final Game Stats Link (http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=215076)

04-07-2018, 09:36 PM
Trube’s Blast, Jacob’s Gem Give Baseball 3-0 Win

GU broke scoreless tie in eighth with 2-run homer

April 7, 2018

Box Score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2017-2018/gon29.html)

SPOKANE, Wash. — Starter Alek Jacob was dealing on the mound and Branson Trube hit an eighth-inning home run to propel Gonzaga baseball to a 3-0 win on Saturday night in Spokane, Wash.

The went scoreless into the bottom of the eighth inning when Trube got ahold of one to left as a part of a three-run inning. That was all the Zags (15-14, 6-5) needed as the bullpen kept Portland (10-18, 4-7) off the board.

Jacob, the reigning Rawlings/WCC Pitcher of the Week, had another spectacular outing, going 7.2 innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits and striking out eight while walking two. He left with two runners aboard and two outs in the eighth, but Calvin LeBrun entered and got the strikeout to end the threat. After getting the first batter of the ninth, he gave way to closer Casey Legumina, who came on to get the final two outs and earn his eighth save. LeBrun earned the victory for the second straight night.

The shutout was Gonzaga’s fourth combined shutout of the season, and the second time Jacob and Legumina have both been involved. Legumina has been the closing end of all four this season.

Jacob was cruising into the seventh when a thunderstorm rolled into the area with a quick downpour and lightning, causing the game to go into a delay for 39 minutes. When play resumed, both starting pitchers returned to the game.

Trube’s blast in the eighth was a towering shot over the left field wall with Gunnar Schubert aboard and none out. The homer was his fifth of the year, which ties him for the team lead with Jake Vieth. Trube went 2-for-4 on the night, and Ernie Yake reached twice on a single and walk, scoring once.

The Zags added one more in the eighth with one out and runners on first and second. Nyquist hit a shallow infield fly behind first base that was dropped allowing the runners to advance. As Yake broke for third, the attempted throw got away and Yake trotted home.

Gonzaga and Portland will wrap up the series on Sunday at Noon at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Live scoring and video will be available on the baseball schedule page at GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/040718aaa.html)

04-08-2018, 02:28 PM
Gonzaga holds on and defeats Portland this afternoon 9-8...Zags sweep the 3 game series...

The Pilots had runners on 1st and 3rd when their final batter grounded out to end the game...

Portland had 17 hits today and left 14 runners on base...

Gonzaga 9 - Portland 8 Final Game Stats Link (http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=215077)

04-08-2018, 04:41 PM
Baseball Finishes Sweep of Portland with 9-8 Win

Schubert and Brooks each had three hits in the win

April 8, 2018

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball grabbed a 9-8 win on Sunday afternoon to finish the sweep of Portland at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

Gonzaga did just enough offensively and took advantage of 10 hits, seven hit batsmen and two walks to outlast Portland. The Pilots collected 17 hits in the game but stranded 14 runners.

The offense was led by seniors Gunnar Schubert and Nick Brooks, who picked up three hits and two RBI each. Brooks scored three times and hit a solo homer, his first of the year, in the bottom of the eighth, which proved to be the difference.

GU starter Mac Lardner battled through five innings to get the win, giving up 11 hits and six runs (five earned) with two strikeouts and a walk. Taylor Davis entered in the sixth and went 2.2 innings without giving up a run. Calvin LeBrun picked up the save with 1.1 innings of relief, allowing two runs on three hits with three Ks.

Gonzaga answered a first-inning Portland run with a six-run second by taking advantage of UP control problems on the mound. The Zags only had two hits in the inning, an RBI single from Nick Brooks and a two-RBI single from Schubert. GU put three runners on via hit-by pitch, one with a walk and one with an error in the inning, and they scored two runs on wild pitches.

Two two-run home runs by Portland, one each in the third and fourth, closed the score to 6-5 before GU could respond again. The Zags got one on an RBI single from Carson Breshears in the bottom of the fifth.

Portland got one back in the top of the sixth, but the bullpen with Davis and LeBrun kept them off the board in the seventh and eighth.

Nick Brooks then came to the plate in the eighth and hit a towering home run over the left-centerfield wall. GU added one more on a wild pitch to push the lead to 9-6 heading to the ninth.

Gonzaga is back on the road for its next five games, starting with two at Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday in Seattle, Wash. Live scoring and video will be available on the baseball schedule page at GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/040818aaa.html#)