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04-18-2019, 10:52 AM
Baseball Back on Road at Santa Clara

GU sits at 10-5, T2nd in WCC entering series

Gonzaga (17-15, 10-5) at Santa Clara (6-27, 1-11)
April 18-19-20 | Santa Clara, Calif. | Stephen Schott Stadium
Live Video (https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=167915) | Live Stats (http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=sacl)

Thursday April 18 6 PM
Gonzaga LHP Mason Wells vs. Santa Clara LHP Russell Grant II

Friday April 19 6 PM
Gonzaga TBA vs. Santa Clara LHP Holden Bernhardt

Saturday April 20 1 PM
Gonzaga LHP Mac Lardner vs. Santa Clara TBA

Gonzaga Sweeps Portland, Drops Oregon Game
- GU took an important WCC road sweep at Portland last weekend, allowing three runs or less to the Pilots in each of the three games.
- On Monday, Gonzaga lost a 7-6 game to Oregon after taking a 6-2 lead into the eighth inning. The Ducks got a two-run homer in the eighth and a three-run homer in the ninth to win.
- Against Portland, Gonzaga had its biggest game of the year offensively, posting 19 runs in the Saturday game to win 9-3.
- On Sunday, GU earned a 4-3 extra-inning victory to defeat the three-time WCC Pitcher of the Week Chris Clements.
- The Zags got a huge week out of Troy Johnston, who went 9-for-14 (.643) in the Portland series and earned the WCC Player of the Week honors.

Johnston Named WCC Player of the Week
- Junior outfielder Troy Johnston hit .643 (9-for-14) in three games, collecting at least two hits in each game. He had four doubles, scored four times and knocked in two runs.
- On Friday, Johnston went 2-for-5 with a double and scored a run in GU's 4-2 series-opening win. Then on Saturday, he helped GU to a 19-3 win with three hits, including two doubles, three runs and an RBI. Then on Sunday in an 11-inning, 4-3 GU win, he went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
- For the week, he also had seven putouts in right field without an error and notched a slugging percentage of .929.
- Johnston's huge week moved him into the No. 1 spot nationally in doubles per game at 0.56, and third in total doubles with 18.

Jacob Has Done it All
- Gonzaga relief pitcher Alek Jacob has been the jack of all trades for Gonzaga this season.
- Starting out the year as a starter, but converting to the closer due to need, he has racked up eight saves, leads the team with four wins, and has 53 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched.
- Jacob is holding opposing hitters to a .183 batting average and has a 1.81 ERA on the year.

Harris Breaks Out
- JuCo transfer 3B Brett Harris had eight hits (.444) across four games two weeks ago and then added a three-run homer -- his first as a Zag -- against Pacific on Friday.
- Harris' biggest game came in the series finale against San Diego with two doubles, four RBI and two walks. He got the Gonzaga rally started in the ninth inning with the team down by three when he ripped a two-run double to left, and GU went on to win in walk-off fashion.
- He also had a 3-for-4 day in GU's midweek win over Washington with a double, RBI and run scored.
- Harris had one hit against San Diego on Friday, then had two and a run scored in a 15-3 win on Saturday.

Team Notes
- Gonzaga has played in five extra-inning games this season and is 4-1 overall.
- Gonzaga has won four of the last five games, and seven of the last 10
- GU is 5-3 at home and 11-9 in true road games.
- Gonzaga has 77 doubles to just 38 for opponents, but has 18 total homers compared to 37 for opponents.
- GU is seventh nationally in doubles per game at 2.41 with Troy Johnston's nation-leading 0.56 per game.
- Gonzaga is also good at taking pitches, getting HBPs 45 times on the year.
- GU has also struck out 43 less times than their opponents in total on the year - 230-187.

Offense Coming
- Gonzaga has at least seven hits in 22 of its last 25 games, including at least 10 in 13 of those games. GU had at least 12 hits in all four games in the past week.
- Nick Nyquist, Ernie Yake and Brett Harris have been the most clutch hitters for GU, with Nyquist going 14-for-35 (.400), Yake going 13-for-37 (.351) and Harris going 11-for-31 (.355) with runners in scoring position.
- Nyquist leads the way with 23 RBI on the season, while Troy Johnston has 21 and five others have at least 15.

- Guthrie Morrison has reached base in each of the last 16 games, while Brett Harris has been on base in 11 in a row and Nick Nyquist in nine in a row.
- Nyquist also has the team's best hit streak of the season at a current run of nine games.

Freshman Wells into Starting Role
- Mason Wells was moved into the Friday starting role as a freshman and has responded nicely.
- Wells has started five games and compiled a 3.89 earned-run average, while holding hitters to a .184 batting average.
- Wells went 7.0 innings at Portland last weekend, allowing just two runs on four hits with four strikeouts, to earn his first collegiate win.

Spellacy Rising
- Michael Spellacy earned his first-career save with a perfect ninth inning against Washington in a 5-4 win.
- This past week, he was moved into a Saturday starting role at Portland and gave the Zags 6.0 innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and striking out four with no walks.
- He pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless relief against Pacific, allowing just one base runner.
- Spellacy also went 5.0 innings of relief at Pepperdine on Saturday of that series, allowing just one run on four hits.
- Spellacy had a solid outing in his time on the mound at Texas A&M. In the second game of the series, he worked 3.2 shutout innings in relief.

Zags Walk Off to Series Win
- Gonzaga went 2-1 in a home series with San Diego, grabbing the finale with a three-run walk-off homer by Daniel Fredrickson with two outs in the ninth inning.
- On Friday, Gonzaga scored two in the eighth to tie the score, but USD won with two runs in the 12th inning.
- The Zag offense broke out with a 15-3 victory on Saturday, led by four hits and five RBI from Guthrie Morrison.
- Then on Sunday, Fredrickson's homer propelled GU to a win after USD had hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth to take a 9-6 lead. In the home half, GU scored two runs to put it at 9-8 with two outs and a pair of runners aboard for Fredrickson, who deposited his first homer since 2017 over the right field fence.
- Six Zags hit .300 or better in the series, led by Fredrickson's .444 (4-for-9) and Morrison's .429 (6-for-14) and both players had five RBI in three games.

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/4/17/baseball-back-on-road-at-santa-clara.aspx)

04-18-2019, 09:35 PM
Baseball Suffers 4-0 Loss at Santa Clara

Late SCU homer sinks Zags chances

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Gonzaga baseball wasn't able to get its bats going in a 4-0 loss at Santa Clara on Thursday night at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Freshman starter Mason Wells pitched well until late in the eighth inning for Gonzaga (17-16, 10-6). After going the first 7.2 and allowing just one run, the Broncos (7-27, 2-11) got to him with a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth. For the game, Wells went 8.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and four walks. It was his second complete game of the year.

Offensively, Gonzaga managed just four hits in the game with Josh Bristyan leading the way in reaching base three times. He had a single, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Troy Johnston and Ryan Sullivan each had doubles in the game.

The Zags put two runners on in the third, fifth and seventh innings, but each time it was with two outs and any rally was halted with the next batter by the Santa Clara pitching staff.

Santa Clara put its first run on the board in the third with an RBI single, and then had the home run in the eighth to round out the scoring.

Gonzaga and Santa Clara will play the second game of a three-game series on Friday at 6 p.m. Links to live coverage are available at GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/4/18/baseball-suffers-4-0-loss-at-santa-clara.aspx)

04-19-2019, 08:08 AM

That is, in the parlance, a "bad loss."

04-19-2019, 09:06 PM
Gonzaga defeats Santa Clara 10-2...


04-19-2019, 09:11 PM
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Zags ride 13 hits and a career night from Nick Nyquist (3H, 2b, 3b, HR, 5RBI) to the big win. #UnitedWeZag


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04-19-2019, 09:56 PM
Nyquist Leads Baseball to 10-2 Win at Santa Clara

Senior Nick Nyquist had three extra-base hits and five RBI

Gonzaga 10 - Santa Clara 2 Final Box Score Link (https://gozags.com/boxscore.aspx?path=baseball&id=6994)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Gonzaga baseball's Nick Nyquist knocked in five runs and was just a single short of a cycle to propel the Zags to a 10-2 win at Santa Clara on Friday night.

Nyquist had a double, triple and a home run as part of a 3-for-5, five-RBI night that included 13 total hits at the plate for GU. His three hits came as part of a stretch where Gonzaga (18-15, 11-6) got to the Santa Clara (7-28, 2-12) pitching staff for at least one run in five straight innings.

"This was a good response from a disappointing Game 1," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "Offensively, we strung together a lot of good at-bats and Nick Nyquist provided three big hits. Alek [Jacob] wasn't as sharp as he's been, but he did what elite pitchers do and put up zeroes when he didn't have his best stuff. We are excited to come out and win a series tomorrow."

Starter Alek Jacob and relievers Nick Trogrlic-Iverson and Taylor Davis kept the Broncos off the scoreboard until Davis allowed a pair of inconsequential runs with two outs in the ninth. Jacob went 5.0 innings, allowing no runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and five walks. Trogrlic-Iverson threw 2.0 perfect innings with three strikeouts.

The Zags put the first runs on the board in the third inning with a three-hit frame that yielded a pair of runs. Ernie Yake and Guthrie Morrison each knocked in runs with singles, scoring Daniel Fredrickson and Josh Bristyan.

GU added two more in the fifth on an RBI triple from Nyquist and a subsequent sacrifice fly off the bat of Fredrickson. Nyquist then kept it rolling the fifth with a two-out, bases loaded double to push the lead to 7-0 for Gonzaga, before adding a solo home run in the seventh.

Gonzaga and Santa Clara wrap up the three-game series on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. Links to live coverage are available at GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/4/19/nyquist-leads-baseball-to-10-2-win-at-santa-clara.aspx)

04-20-2019, 04:25 PM
Zags win 6 to 5.


Saturday, April 20, 2019 01:00 PM

Santa Clara vs. Gonzaga
Current Score: Gonzaga 6, Santa Clara 5 - FINAL

Stephen Schott Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)

04-20-2019, 07:00 PM
Baseball Hangs On to Beat Santa Clara, 6-5

Gonzaga held off a late Bronco charge to win the series

Gonzaga 6 - Santa Clara 5 Final Box Score Link (http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/archived.php?id=245703)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Gonzaga baseball jumped out to a 6-2 lead after four innings and held on as Santa Clara scored three runs in the ninth on Saturday afternoon in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Zags (19-16, 12-6) scored four runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth to build just enough of a lead to take down the Broncos (8-29, 2-13) and win the series.

"This was a good series win on the road behind a good pitching performance by Mac Lardner and some timely hitting to grab an early lead," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "Nick Trogrlic-Iverson did a great job of coming in to finish the game in a big situation in the ninth. We are looking forward to squaring up with Stanford on Monday."

Lardner went 8.1 innings, allowing just three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and only one walk. After Michael Spellacy gave up a pair of hits and two GU errors allowed runs to score, Trogrlic-Iverson entered and shut the door for his first-career save.

Eight different Zags had a hit in the game with Brett Harris and Ernie Yake collecting two apiece. Harris also hit a solo homer in the game and scored twice. Mason Marenco notched two RBI on his first-career triple, and both Nick Nyquist and Josh Bristyan each knocked home a run.

Gonzaga's four-run second got started with an RBI single by Nyquist, and then Marenco came to the plate with two aboard and knocked them both home with his triple. Bristyan capped the scoring when he brought home Marenco on a groundout.

After Santa Clara put up two runs in the third inning, GU bounced back with two of its own in the fourth. Harris hit a solo shot to lead off the inning and Bristyan again pushed home Marenco when the Santa Clara defense made an error at shortstop.

Gonzaga will be on the road at No. 3 Stanford on Monday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Links to live coverage will be available at GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/4/20/baseball-hangs-on-to-beat-santa-clara-6-5.aspx)