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04-30-2019, 05:56 AM
Baseball Faces Tuesday Test at No. 2 Oregon State

Gonzaga takes a four-game win streak to Corvallis

Gonzaga (23-17) at No. 2 Oregon State (31-10-1)
April 30, 2019 | 5:35 p.m. PT | Corvallis, Ore. | Goss Stadium at Coleman Field
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Zags Dominate San Francisco
- Gonzaga put together three 12-plus run games in a weekend sweep of San Francisco, who entered the series tied with GU for second in the league standings.
- Troy Johnston had four home runs and 10 RBI in the series to lead a powerful Gonzaga offense that racked up 51 hits in three games. Guthrie Morrison ahd nine hits in the game.
- On Friday, GU had 15 runs and 19 hits, including Johnston's two homers, and then on Saturday GU hit four two-run homers with two from Johnston and one each from Mason Marenco and Nick Nyquist.
- Sunday, Marenco hit a grand slam and Nyquist had three hits, three RBI and two runs scored to power the Zags.

Pac-12 Foes Aplenty
- Gonzaga is now 3-4 against the Pac-12 this season after falling 11-10 against No. 3 Stanford last Monday and defeating Washington State 8-5 last Tuesday.
- Against WSU, the Zags got a two-run homer from Troy Johnston and 2.2 hitless innings from Trent Schulte to close out the game.
- Earlier this season, Gonzaga won 5-3 on the road at Utah. In that game, the Zags got 4.1 innings from lefty starter Matthew Henckel (2 R, 7 H) and 4.2 innings from the bullpen (combined 1 R, 6 H), and Nick Nyquist hit a three-run homer with the Zags down 2-1 in the sixth to put them ahead for good.
- In March, Gonzaga took down last year's College World Series participant Washington in a single-game midweek contest, 5-4. The Zags got out to leads of 3-0 and 4-3, before breaking a four-all tie in the bottom of the eighth. Ernie Yake knocked home Brett Harris with a hard-hit ball to the first baseman's left for the deciding run. Michael Spellacy came out in the ninth and went 1-2-3 for his first career save.

Johnston, Nyquist, Morrison on a Tear in April
- The bulk of the GU offense has come from Troy Johnston and Nick Nyquist over the past month - 16 games in April heading into USF series.
- Johnston is tied for first in the NCAA in doubles with 22, 13 of which have come in the month of April.
- Johnston has raised his batting average 57 points since April 1st (.286 to .343) by hitting .426 in April.
- Nyquist raised his batting average 74 points (.237 to .311) by hitting .383 in the month.
- Nyquist has slugged .783 and reached base at a .479 clip for an April OPS of 1.262.
- Nyquist has hit six homers, four doubles, a triple, scored 19 runs and knocked in 26 RBI -- courtesy of two five-RBI games -- in April.
- Morrison raised his batting average 60 points (.281 to .341) by hitting .416 in April.
- Morrison has a team-best 32 hits in the month with eight doubles, eight RBI and 18 runs scored.

Freshman Wells into Starting Role
- Mason Wells was moved into the Friday starting role as a freshman and has responded nicely.
- Wells has started seven games and compiled a 4.10 earned-run average, while holding hitters to a .197 batting average.
- He has two 8.0-inning complete games in his seven starts, the only two complete games on the GU staff.
- Wells has gone less than 5.0 innings just once in the span -- a 4.2-inning outing against Pacific that GU won.
- 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.

Jacob on NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List
- Alek Jacob was one of 45 players nationally named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List.
- 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 six wins, and has 64 strikeouts in 60.1 innings pitched.
- Jacob is holding opposing hitters to a .185 batting average and has a 1.79 ERA on the year.

Zags Take Two of Three at Santa Clara
- Gonzaga dropped the opener 4-0 at Santa Clara, but bounced back to take the next two games and win the road series.
- Nick Nyquist had a huge second game, going 3-for-5 with a double, triple, home run and five RBI.
- Alek Jacob went 5.0 innings to get the win in that second game.
- On Sunday, Mac Lardner got the victory, going 8.1 innings, while Nick Trogrlic-Iverson got his first-career save.

Johnston Named WCC Player of the Week (4/14 and 4/28)
- Junior outfielder Troy Johnston collected his second player of the week award in the last three weeks.
- This past week, he hit five homers, drove in 12 runs and scored nine times as Gonzaga went 4-0 with a win over WSU and a sweep of San Francisco.
- Two weeks ago, he 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...

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/4/29/baseball-faces-tuesday-test-at-no-2-oregon-state.aspx)

04-30-2019, 09:21 PM
Gonzaga defeats #3 Oregon State 6-3...


04-30-2019, 09:27 PM
Baseball Gets Big Win at No. 3 Oregon State, 6-3

Yake had two hits, reached four times and scored twice

Gonzaga 6 - Oregon State 3 Final Box Score Link (https://gozags.com/boxscore.aspx?id=7001&path=baseball)

CORVALLIS Gonzaga baseball hung on late to take down the nation's No. 3-ranked team Oregon State by a score of 6-3 on Tuesday night in Corvallis, Ore.

GU (24-17) took the lead in the fourth with a three-run inning and never relinquished it to the Beavers (31-11-1). Oregon State, the defending national champion, made it interesting in the ninth, putting the tying run on first with the bases loaded, but Daniel Naughton got the strikeout to end it.
"This was a great all-around effort to beat a really quality team on the road," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We had tough and productive at-bats up and down the lineup, and we got a great start from [Nick] Trogrlic-Iverson. We are proud of Daniel Naughton to come in and slam the door in the ninth."

GU starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson turned in a standout performance on the mound, going 5.0 innings and allowing just one run on two hits with one strikeout and one walk. Michael Spellacy worked the mound next for Gonzaga and was equally as good, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing four hits and striking out three. Trent Schulte finished out the eighth, but was replaced by Naughton after the first two batters reached in the ninth. The freshman had three strikeouts sandwiched around a walk and a pair of hits to get his first-career save.

On offense, Mason Marenco and Ernie Yake had two hits apiece, while Troy Johnston supplied the power with a two-run homer. Yake reached four times in the game with two walks and scored two times.

After three scoreless innings by both teams, GU got on the board in a big way in the fourth with three runs. Guthrie Morrison knocked home Yake on a full-count single, and then Johnston hit his sixth home run in the last seven days. This one was a two-run shot, his seventh overall on the year.

OSU scored one run in the bottom of the fourth, but GU answered again in the sixth inning. Austin Pinorini walked to open the inning and then moved to third on a double by Fredrickson. A passed ball resulted in two runs after the Beavers threw away the ball trying to get Pinorini, which allowed Fredrickson to scamper home and make it 5-1 Zags.

Spellacy entered on the mound to start the sixth and found himself in a jam with two outs and runners on the corners, but he struck out the next batter looking to end the threat. He got out of another two-on, two-out jam in the seventh, and then Schulte did the same in the eighth to keep the GU lead at 6-1.

Oregon State put together a rally in the ninth, getting the first two runners aboard via walks. The Beavers got a double to score two, and then loaded the bases with two outs before Naughton's game-ending strikeout.

Gonzaga returns home for the weekend, hosting Saint Mary's in a three-game set beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. on SWX. Links to live coverage will be available at GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/4/30/baseball-gets-big-win-at-no-3-oregon-state-6-3.aspx)

04-30-2019, 11:57 PM

05-01-2019, 08:09 AM
Big-time victory.