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    Baseball Concludes 2013 Home Slate With Appalachian State


    SPOKANE, Wash.With West Coast Conference completed, the regular-season champion Gonzaga University baseball closes out its home 2013 slate with a non-conference series against Appalachian State University. Starting with a Saturday doubleheader at 3 p.m., the Zags and Mountaineers will battle in a rare WCC versus Southern Conference series. All-American Marco Gonzales will take the hill in game one with Tyler Olson to battle in the night cap. Sunday the Zags recognize the senior class of 2013 with a special Senior Day presentation before the 3 p.m. game.

    GAME 47 | May 11 | vs Appalachian St | Patterson Baseball | 3:00 p.m.
    RADIO: 1510 KGA

    GAME 48 | May 11 | vs Appalachian St | Complex And | 6:00 p.m.
    RADIO: 1510 KGA

    GAME 49 | May 12 | vs Appalachian St | Washington Trust Field | 3:00 p.m.

    RADIO: 1510 KGA TV: SWX TV TALENT: Sam Adams & Bob Castle...

    Gonzaga Bulldogs (31-14-1, 18-6 West Coast)

    PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION

    Sat. | #7 LHP Marco Gonzales (6-2, 2.93 ERA)
    Sat. | #13 LHP Tyler Olson (9-2, 2.17 ERA)
    Sun. | TBD

    Head Coach - Mark Machtolf (Stanford 1987, 10th Year - 23rd at Gonzaga)

    Gonzaga Record - 297-231 Career Record - Same


    Appalachian St. Mountaineers (25-18, 12-12 SoCon)

    PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION

    Fri. | #40 RHP Jamie Nunn (9-3, 3.12 ERA)
    Sat. | #14 RHP Sam Agnew-Wieland (5-5, 5.64 ERA)
    Sun. | #16 LHP Chad Farmer (2-0, 4.41 ERA)

    Head Coach - Dan O’Brien (UC San Diego 1995)...


    WCC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPS: The quest to stand atop the West Coast Conference was fulfilled last Saturday as Gonzaga University baseball clinched the WCC regular-season title with a 6-1 victory over Santa Clara University at Stephen Schott Stadium. The landmark moment marks the second WCC regular-season title in program history with the last coming in 2009.

    MACHTOLF NEARING 300: After the Gonzaga University baseball team swept Santa Clara University on the road last weekend, head coach Mark Machtolf took a giant leap towards his 300th career victory. Machtolf is just three games from his 300th win. He could reach the milestone as soon as the series finale against Appalachian State University Sunday.

    REACH FOR THE SKY: Freshman Caleb Wood has not been toying around ever since he made it into the Gonzaga University baseball lineup. Wood, who has made starts in both the outfield and infield, has provided head coach Mark Machtolf flexibility. At the plate Wood is hitting .316 in 38 games. He has 12 extra base hits including a team-best three homeruns. Wood has 26 RBI and has been perfect on the base path with nine stolen bases in nine attempts.

    RAWLINGS WCC PITCHER OF THE MONTH: Senior pitcher Tyler Olson was named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Month for April announced the league this week. Olson had a spectacular month for the Gonzaga University baseball team. The Spokane, Wash., native won each of his starts and compiled a 4-0 record with a 0.52 ERA. Of those four starts, three were complete games and one was a complete game shutout. In 34.1 innings the lefty allowed just 21 hits, four runs, two earned runs while striking out 28 and walking eight.

    HOW THE WEST WAS WON: While other West Coast Conference schools continue league play this weekend, the Gonzaga University already wrapped up its championship regular season. The Bulldogs went 18-6 in WCC action and lost only one series. The Zags swept the University of Portland, Saint Mary’s College and most recently Santa Clara University.

    In WCC games, Cory LeBrun and Marco Gonzales was an offensive machine. LeBrun hit .337 with 16 RBI while Gonzales hit .325 with 9 RBI. Caleb Wood had a team-best 18 RBI and Alex Bonczyk stole 6 bases in league play.

    Leading GU on the mound was Tyler Olson and Gonzales. Olson has been lights-out with a 7-1 record and 2.35 ERA in 57 innings. Gonzales went 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 56 innings.

    As a team GU hit .264 in WCC games and had a 3.10 ERA.

    WCC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT: 2013 will mark the first time the West Coast Conference will use a four-team, neutral-site championship tournament to be held at Banner Island Ballpark May 23-25. Banner Island Ballpark is located in Stockton, Calif., and is home to the Stockton Ports. The top four teams from the league standings will participate in the three-day, double elimination bracket with no “if necessary” Championship game. The winner of the championship will earn an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The championship game will also be televised on ESPNU May 25 at 7 p.m....

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    SATURDAY: The last Bulldog Bundle of 2012 Fans can purchase a t-shirt and game ticket for just $10.

    SUNDAY: Lots going on the last home game of the year! Join us as we honor our senior class, show appreciation to all mom’s for Mother’s Day and wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness!

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    Gonzaga leads Appalachian State 1-0 after 4 complete innings.

    Mitchell Gunsolus singled in Travis Forbes from 3rd base in the bottom of the 3rd inning for the Zags only run.

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    Gonzaga Bulldogs And Mountaineers Split Saturday Doubleheader

    SPOKANE, Wash.In a rare West Coast Conference versus Southern Conference match up, the Gonzaga University baseball team split its doubleheader with Appalachian State University at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Saturday. In game one the Zags won 4-0 and the Mountaineers rallied for a 6-2 victory in the nightcap.

    With the split, the Zags move to 32-15-1 overall and Appalachian State goes to 26-19.

    In the opener it was All-American Marco Gonzales (7-2) putting on an All-American performance. Gonzales delivered a complete game shutout and scattered six hits while striking out 10 Mountaineers.

    After an ASU single in the first inning, Gonzales would retire the next 12 batters until the fifth. With two outs, Preston Troutman and Brandon Burris hit back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. However, Gonzales escaped the threat by getting a fly out to left field to end the inning.

    Early on the game appeared to be a pitchers duel between Gonzales and Mountaineer Jaime Nunn. However GU was on the board first with by scoring in the third inning.

    Travis Forbes led off the GU half of the inning with a hard hit double over the left fielders head. Forbes then advanced on a well placed Taylor Jones sacrifice bunt and scored on a Mitchell Gunsolus single to right field.

    The Zags struck again with two outs in the sixth inning. Steven Halcomb and Alex Bonczyk hit back-to-back singles and advanced to second and third on a Nunn wild pitch. Billy Moon then hit a grounder that the Mountaineer first baseman botched allowing Moon to reach and Halcomb to score.

    Gonzaga added another insurance run on a perfectly executed safety squeeze by Bonczyk and a homerun crushed by Moon. With a 4-0 lead, Gonzales finished what he started for his second complete game shutout of the season.

    Game two started in a similar manner as the first with a tight contest between the starting pitchers.

    Appalachian State was the first team on the board when the visitors took advantage of the third Bulldog error of the game. A throwing error put Mountaineers on the corners and the first run was pushed across on a Brandon Burris single up the middle.

    The Bulldogs tied the game in almost identical fashion. Caleb Wood reached on a base hit and advanced to second on a wild throw to first base from the Mountaineers. Wood advanced to third on a Cory LeBrun groundout and scored on a Halcomb sacrifice bunt.

    The game drastically shifted in seventh inning. GU start Tyler Olson (9-3) was pulled after a leadoff single for reliever Kenny Smith. Appalachian State would load the bases with one out when Michael Pierson hit a grand slam to right field giving ASU a 5-1 edge.

    Smith’s next pitch was behind the Mountaineers batter and as a result the home plate umpire ejected him from the game.

    Andrew Sopko replaced Smith and pitched the last 2.2 inning for the Zags allowing a homerun in the eighth.

    GU also scored in the seventh on a Gunsolus triple to right field but Appalachian State would take a 6-2 victory.

    Gonzaga concludes its fifth and final doubleheader of the regular season. The Zags and Mountaineers conclude the series Sunday with a 3:05 p.m. first pitch.

    Gonzaga Article Link

    Gonzaga vs. ASU Game 1 Box Score

    Gonzaga vs. ASU Game 2 Box Score

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    In the Sunday afternoon game, after 3 complete innings, ASU leads Gonzaga 6-2.

    The Mountaineers scored 5 runs in the top of the 2nd...

    Marco Gonzales hit a 2 run homerun in the bottom of the 3rd for the Zags only runs so far...

    Arturo Reyes started today for Gonzaga. Reyes gave up 9 hits in his 3 innings of work.

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    ASU leads Gonzaga 6-3 after 5 complete innings...

    The Zags have had their chances to score...Gonzaga ended each of their 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th innings with 2 runners on base...they left 3 runners on base in the 2nd inning...Gonzaga has left 11 runners on base through 5 complete innings...ASU has left 2 runners on base through 5 innings.

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    Through 8 complete innings, Gonzaga trails ASU 10-3...

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    Appalachian State defeats Gonzaga 13-3. Gonzaga's pitching gets pounded for 19 hits...

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    Zags Baseball Drops Series Finale 13-3 On Senior Day

    SPOKANE, Wash.Six Gonzaga University baseball players spent the morning at the Spokane Arena receiving their diplomas at the university’s graduation ceremony only to battle in the series finale against Appalachian State University in the afternoon. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Appalachian State offense gained early momentum which carried the Mountaineers to a 13-3 decision.

    Playing in their last game at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust field was shortstop Steven Halcomb, pitcher Tyler Olson, catcher Travis Forbes and outfielders Clayton Eslick, Billy Moon and Alex Bonczyk.

    An aggressive Appalachian State (27-19) club jumped on the Bulldogs (32-16-1) starter Arturo Reyes (6-3) in the second. The Mountaineers connected for six hits and two runs came in on a Noah Holmes two out double.

    Reyes’ day ended after the third inning after ASU pushed across its sixth run in third on a Michael Pierson single.

    The Bulldogs slowly started cutting the 6-0 deficit in the bottom half of the third. After Cory LeBrun walked to open the inning, Marco Gonzales connected for his first homerun of the season off Appalachian State starter Chad Farmer.

    Gonzales, a two-way player who threw a complete shutout in the first game of the series, now has 25 RBI on the season.

    Gonzaga threatened again in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and one out but was only able to score a run. The run came around on a one out Mitchell Gunsolus sacrifice fly to deep center but the Mountaineers limited the damage with an inning ending grounder.

    Appalachian State put the game away with six #more runs in the final three frames.

    Offensively the Zags finished with 10 hits with Gonzales (2) and Bonczyk (3) having multiple hits. The Mountaineers had a season-high 19 hits.

    Making relief appearances for the Bulldogs after Reyes exited was Taylor Jones, Andrew Sopko, Derek Peterson and Derek Callahan. Freshman Jones recorded strikeouts for five of his eight outs and Sopko was the lone Bulldog to make his second appearance in the series.

    With only road games remaining, Gonzaga closes the 2013 home slate with a 12-8 record.

    The Zags have three remaining games before the West Coast Conference Championships in Stockton, Calif., starting May 23. GU has a short turnaround with games against 10th-ranked University of Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. before facing Cal May 20.

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