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05-02-2019, 08:13 PM
Baseball at Home With Four Games in Four Days

GU hosts Saint Mary's for three, WSU on Monday

Gonzaga (24-17, 15-6) vs. Saint Mary's (25-17, 10-8)
May 3-5 | Spokane, Wash. | Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field
Live Video (https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=169344) | Live Stats (https://gozags.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary)

Friday, May 3 | 6 p.m.
Gonzaga LHP Mason Wells vs. Saint Mary's RHP Tyler Thornton

Saturday, May 4 | 6 p.m.
Gonzaga LHP Mac Lardner vs. Saint Mary's LHP Ken Waldichuk

Sunday, May 5 | 12 p.m.
Gonzaga TBA vs. Saint Mary's RHP Carlos Lomeli

Gonzaga (24-17) vs. Washington State (8-31-1)
May 6 | 6 p.m. | Spokane, Wash. | Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field
Live Video (https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=169344) | Live Stats (https://gozags.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary)

GU Takes Down No. 3 Oregon State
- Gonzaga took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning and never looked back, dropping the third-ranked Beavers, 6-3.
- Starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson was fantastic, going 5.0 innings and allowing just one run on two hits.
- Michael Spellacy threw 2.1 scoreless innings and freshman Daniel Naughton struck out the side in the ninth.
- Troy Johnston continued his torried month, launching a two-run homer to pace the offense.

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.
- In April, Jacob was even better, compiling a 0.83 ERA with three saves and a 3-0 record across seven appearances with one start. He struck out 24 in 21.2 innings and held hitters to a .162 batting average for the month.

Lardner Coming on Strong
- Gonzaga left-hander Mac Lardner has been impressive over his six starts since returning from injury. He's hasn't allowed more than three runs in any outing and has gone 4-0 in that span.
- Lardner has pitched through the sixth in each of his last four starts and struck out at least eight in each of his last three times on the mound.

Pac-12 Foes Aplenty
- Gonzaga is now 3-4 against the Pac-12 this season after defeating then-No. 3 Oregon State.
- Last time out against Washington State, 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 Tore Up April
- Gonzaga hit .318 as a team in 17 April games, bolstered by the combined batting averag of .402 from the trio of Troy Johnston, Nick Nyquist and Guthrie Morrison.
- Johnston is tied for first in the NCAA in doubles with 22, 13 of which came in the month of April.
- Johnston has raised his batting average 55 points since April 1st (.286 to .341) by hitting .417 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 56 points (.281 to .337) by hitting .402 in April.
- Morrison has a team-best 33 hits in the month with eight doubles, eight RBI and 19 runs scored.

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.

Freshman Wells into Starting Role
- Mason Wells was moved into the Friday starting role as a freshman and been consisten.
- 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.

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.

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 that 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.

Team Notes
- Gonzaga has played in five extra-inning games this season and is 4-1 overall.
- Gonzaga has won seven of its last eight games.
- GU is 9-3 at home and 14-11 in true road games.
- Gonzaga has 93 doubles to just 50 for opponents, but has 30 total homers compared to 46 for opponents.
- GU is 13th nationally in doubles per game at 2.27 with Troy Johnston's nation-leading 0.54 doubles per game.
- Gonzaga is also good at taking pitches, getting HBPs 56 times on the year.
- GU has also struck out 66 less times than their opponents in total on the year.

Offense Rolling
- Gonzaga has at least 10 hits in 14 of the last 19 games and scored six runs or more in 10 of the last 12 games.
- In 17 April games, GU hit .318 as a team, compared to hitting just .259 in the month of March.
- Nick Nyquist has been on fire when it comes to driving in runs, going 22-for-48 (.458) with runners in scoring position. Josh Bristyan is 9-for-21 (.429) and Troy Johnston is 18-for-48 (.375) with RISP.
- Nyquist leads the way with 40 RBI on the season, while nine others have at least 12, including Johnston's 36, Pinorini's 27 and Yake and Morrison's 21 each.

- Troy Johnston and Austin Pinorini each have current 13-game hitting streaks, while Guthrie Morrison and Ernie Yake have each hit safely in eight straight.
- Ernie Yake has reached base in each of the last 13 games, and Mason Marenco in five in a row.

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/5/2/baseball-at-home-with-four-games-in-four-days.aspx)

05-02-2019, 08:50 PM
Big chance to eliminate one of the contenders for WCC title.

Edit: Home standing LMU (14-8) knocked off BYU (13-6) Thurs. nite.

05-03-2019, 07:51 PM
Uh, this is going quite poorly.

05-03-2019, 09:34 PM
Zags pull a Seattle Mariners...Gonzaga loses to SMC 12-0...Zags held to only 3 hits...


05-03-2019, 09:40 PM
Baseball Falls to Saint Mary’s

Game 2 of the weekend set is Saturday at 6 p.m.

Saint Mary's 12 - Gonzaga 0 Final Box Score Link (https://gozags.com/boxscore.aspx?id=7002&path=baseball)

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball dropped the first game of a three-game series against Saint Mary's, 12-0, on Friday night in Spokane, Wash.

Gonzaga (24-18, 15-7) managed just three hits in the game, and Saint Mary's (26-17, 11-8) had the benefit of 10 walks and three hit batters on the way to the win.

GU starter Mason Wells wasn't able to get on track, giving up eight runs in four innings on three hits and five walks with one strikeout.

Mason Marenco reached base twice with a single and a walk, while Ernie Yake and Brett Harris collected the only other two singles.

A five-run third inning blew the game open for the Gaels with the first of two grand slams, before collecting another two innings later to make it 12-0. SMC starter Tyler Thornton went 7.1 innings with nine strikeouts.

Gonzaga and Saint Mary's will be back at it on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field. Check GoZags.com for links to live coverage.

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/5/3/baseball-falls-to-saint-mary-s.aspx)

05-04-2019, 08:54 PM
Gonzaga's bats finally come alive...Zags score 3 in the 7th and 7 in the 8th on their way to defeating SMC 12-3 this evening...


05-04-2019, 09:37 PM

Gonzaga Uses Late Rally to Take Game Two 12-3

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gaels had a hot start on Saturday with three home runs in the first six innings, but Gonzaga came alive late and ended up winning game two 12-3.


Senior Conor Thane got the Gaels on the board first in the top of the third inning with his first home run of the season to left field.

The Zags hit two leadoff doubles in the bottom of the fourth to right center and right field respectively to drive in their first run of the day and tie the game 1-1. The next batter hit a sacrifice grounder to the shortstop that advanced the runner to third base for the second out, but Gonzaga couldn't bring the runner across and the inning was over.

The Gaels kept the home runs coming as senior Eddie Haus hit a solo shot over the left field wall to put the Gaels back on top 2-1 in the top of the fifth.

Saint Mary's continued to apply the pressure in the sixth inning as junior Joe Vranesh hit a solo home run to left field to increase the Gael lead to two runs.

Gonzaga responded in the bottom of the sixth by hitting three consecutive singles to score their second run of the day and pull back within one run of the Gaels. SMC was able to shut down their momentum and the teams went into the seventh inning with Saint Mary's in the lead 3-2.

The Bulldogs laid down a successful bunt to leadoff the bottom of the seventh inning before a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to second base. The following batter then hit a double up the left field line and drove in the runner to tie the game at three apiece. The Zags then hit a two-run home run over the left field wall and took the 5-3 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Gonzaga extended their lead to 7-3 after a walk, a single, a stolen base, another single, and a bunt brought across two more runs for the Zags. A double down the left field line drove in another two runs to give the Bulldogs a six-run advantage over the Gaels. After a walk loaded the bases, a double to left field drove in three runs to put the Zags up 12-3...


The Gaels will complete the series against Gonzaga on Sunday with first pitch taking place at noon.

St. Mary's Article Link (https://smcgaels.com/news/2019/5/4/baseball-base-gonzaga-uses-late-rally-to-take-game-two-12-3.aspx)

05-04-2019, 09:55 PM
Baseball Uses Late Surge to Beat Saint Mary’s, 12-3

Nyquist went 4-for-4 with four RBI to lead the offense

Gonzaga 12 - Saint Mary's 3 Final Box Score Link (https://gozags.com/boxscore.aspx?path=baseball&id=7003)

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball scored 10 combined runs in the seventh and eighth innings to erase 3-2 deficit and roll to a 12-3 win over Saint Mary's on Saturday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field.

Gonzaga (25-18, 16-7) got a two-run homer by Troy Johnston in the seventh to go ahead 5-3 and then added seven runs in the eighth to break the game open and tie the series with Saint Mary's (26-18, 11-9). Nick Nyquist had a huge night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three doubles and four RBI, and Alek Jacob completed a shutdown, 2.0-inning save with three strikeouts to end it. Ernie Yake, Austin Pinorini and Daniel Fredrickson each had two hits in the game, while Pinorini scored three times as well.

"We knew we had a challenge and a game that we were going to have to stay with it," associate head coach Danny Evans said. "It was a testament to our guys just doing what we do and rolling up quality at-bats until we were able to break it open. We talk to our guys about how resilient we can be, and how we can contribute each time up to the plate by making it tough. Ernie's [Yake] double and Troy's [Johnston] homer really ignited us tonight."

GU starter Mac Lardner pitched well, going 6.0-plus innings and allowing three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson came in for Lardner with a runner on in the seventh and threw a perfect inning with one strikeout before giving the ball to Jacob for the final two frames.

Saint Mary's got on the board first in the third inning with the first of three solo home runs, but GU tied it up in the fourth after Pinorini reached on a double and then was doubled home by Nyquist.

A Gael solo homer in both the fifth and sixth put them up 3-1 before GU got on the board again in the bottom of the sixth. Pinorini singled and then later scored from second on a single by Mason Marenco to make it 3-2.

In the seventh, Yake drove home the first run of the inning to make it 3-3 and set the table for Johnston's big fly.

GU added seven more runs in the eighth with an RBI single by Fredrickson and a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt by Carson Breshears. Morrison then came to the plate and ripped a bases-loaded double down the line to make it 9-3 Zags. Nyquist then hit a bases-loaded, bases- clearing double for the final total.

Gonzaga and Saint Mary's will wrap up the series on Sunday at Noon at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field. Check GoZags.com for links to live coverage.

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/5/4/baseball-uses-late-surge-to-beat-saint-marys-12-3.aspx)

05-05-2019, 03:06 PM
SMC takes the 3 game series 2 games to 1...

St. Mary's defeats Gonzaga 17-3...The Gaels outhit the Zags 17 to 7...


05-05-2019, 05:00 PM
Baseball Drops Sunday Game to Saint Mary’s

GU hosts WSU Monday at home at 6 p.m.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball fell in the series finale 13(17)-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field.

The Zags (25-19, 16-8) went behind early after Saint Mary's (27-18, 12-9) scored four runs in the first two innings. GU got one in the third, but got no closer the rest of the way as the Gaels hit five homers in the game.

Brett Harris and Josh Bristyan collected two hits apiece for the Zags with Bristyan adding a walk and Harris getting an RBI.

On the mound, Saint Mary's chased GU starter Justin Blatner early in the first inning, but Alek Jacob came in and kept SMC off balance until the fifth when they got four more runs.

Facing a 13-1 deficit, GU added a pair of runs in the eighth inning on a double by Austin Pinorini to score Troy Johnston, and a single by Harris to score Pinorini.

Gonzaga will play its fourth game in four days on Monday, hosting Washington State at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on SWX locally and available online at TheW.tv.

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/5/5/baseball-drops-sunday-game-to-saint-mary-s.aspx)

05-05-2019, 05:39 PM
Wow, 32 runs in 3 games is just nuts, bad defense, bad pitching, what gives?

05-05-2019, 07:48 PM
Wow, 32 runs in 3 games is just nuts, bad defense, bad pitching, what gives?

Zag's lost their #1 starter (last years all league closer IIRC) in the preseason (apparently to injury). Though they've been doing well in league, they're still a little short.

05-06-2019, 09:18 PM
Gonzaga drops the Monday evening game with WSU 9-5...


05-07-2019, 05:56 AM
Baseball Loses 9-5 to WSU

Daniel Fredrickson collected two hits for GU

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball went down 9-5 to Washington State on Monday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field.

The Zags (25-20) momentarily took the lead 2-1 in the second inning, but weren't able to keep pace with the Cougars (10-33-1) over the middle innings.

Daniel Fredrickson led the offense with two hits in the game, and Mason Marenco reached twice and knocked in a run.

GU got 3.0 innings out of three pitchers on the night. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson had the strongest outing, finishing the final three innings of the game, allowing just one unearned run on three hits with two strikeouts.

Washington State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but GU got two in the inning to take a 2-1 lead. The first came on a single by Brett Harris that was compounded with an outfield error, and then Mason Marenco ripped a triple into the game to score Harris.

WSU scored then scored seven runs over the next four innings to build an 8-4 lead. GU got a run in the third on an RBI single from Nyquist and then one more in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Harris.

Pinorini added a run for GU with an RBI single on a ground ball to first.

Gonzaga will play its final home series of the weekend against Lamar, starting on Friday at 6 p.m. Links to live coverage will be available at GoZags.com.

Gonzaga Article Link (https://gozags.com/news/2019/5/7/baseball-loses-9-5-to-wsu.aspx)

05-07-2019, 01:37 PM
Losing to the Cougs does not help the resume with the Selection Committee.