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    Bulldogs Begin 2017 in Arizona

    Four games at the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic


    SEASON'S GREETINGS:

    Gonzaga will begin the 2017 season with four games in Surprise, Ariz....this is the 16th consecutive season of starting the year in a warm-weather climate (since 2002)...the Bulldogs have played eight season openers in Arizona since 2003, including three in the last four years (2014: Tucson, 2016: Phoenix, 2017: Surprise)...they've also spent plenty of time inside Surprise Stadium, playing there seven times between 2003 and 2014.
    Gonzaga is 3-4 in season openers since 2010...last year, the Zags fell to Grand Canyon 7-1 in game one, but they beat Utah Valley 3-2 to begin 2015...they're 12-13 in the first weekend of competition during that time.

    ROSTER BREAKDOWN:

    The Bulldogs return 19 letter winners from last season, including six starters in the lineup and one weekend starter on the mound...INF Justin Jacobs, OF Tyler Frost, INF Jeff Bohling, INF/C Nick Brooks, OF Sam Brown, and OF Jace VanDeBrake all return, as does RHP Eli Morgan...INF Patrick Chung, C Jake Roberts, OF Branson Trube and pitchers Calvin LeBrun and Justin Vernia also saw numerous starts throughout the year.
    The Zags also welcome 14 newcomers: 11 freshmen and three transfers.
    Two players - Daniel Fredrickson and Nick Nyquist - are coming off redshirt years in 2016.

    PLAYING THE (TOURNAMENT) FIELD:

    Indiana's 32-24 record in 2016 earned the Hoosiers the third seed in the Big 10 tournament...the squad from Bloomington, Ind., returns 18 letter-winners from last year's campaign, including Third Team All-Big 10 selection OF Criag Dedelow.
    Gonzaga is 1-1 against Indiana all-time, most recently winning a neutral-site affair in Fresno, Calif., in 2008.
    After going 33-24 in 2016, the Blue Devils earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid in 55 years...23 players, and all nine starting fielders, return to Durham, N.C., this season, including OF Jimmy Herron, who earned Second Team All-ACC, First Team Freshman All-ACC, and Freshman All-American honors last year.
    This is the first-ever matchup between Duke and Gonzaga.
    The Beavers' 35-19 record in 2016 was the program's eighth straight 30-win season...Oregon State returns seven starting fielders and two starting pitchers from last year...Junior C Logan Ice, last year's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, is back behind the plate, as is 2016's Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, 2B Nick Madrigal.
    Former Pac-10 North rivals, the Beavers and Bulldogs are no stranger to each other...OSU leads the all-time series 60-32, although GU head coach Mark Machtolf is 6-8 against the team from Corvallis, Ore....Oregon State has won the last four games between the two clubs, the most recent being a 4-3 loss in 2014.
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    Schedule Changed for Opening Weekend

    Forecasted rain creates Opening Day doubleheader


    SURPRISE, Ariz.- Due to heavy forecasted rain over the weekend, Gonzaga baseball's season will begin a bit earlier than expected.

    The Bulldogs will now play a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 17. The season will begin at 9:00 a.m. Pacific (10:00 a.m. Mountain) when the Zags face Duke on the Royals Auxiliary 6 Field at the Surprise Baseball Complex. After that game, Gonzaga will face Indiana on the same field. First pitch for that contest is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Mountain).

    On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Bulldogs and Blue Devils will brave forecasted heavy rain in an attempt to get a game in. That contest will take place at Surprise Stadium but does not yet have start time.

    Opening weekend will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 19, with the Zags and Hoosiers playing their originally-scheduled contest at 12:30 p.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Mountain). That too will take place at Surprise Stadium.

    Due to the schedule changes, Gonzaga and Oregon State will not face each other this weekend. Stay tuned to www.GoZags.com or follow the team on Twitter at @GonzagaBaseball for the latest information, including a game time for Saturday's contest...

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    Bulldogs Split Opening Day Double-header

    GU beats Duke, falls to Indiana to begin 2017


    SURPRISE, Ariz.—The Gonzaga University baseball team began its West Coast Conference title defense Friday, splitting a pair of games against Duke and Indiana at the Surprise Baseball Complex in Surprise, Ariz.

    Game One: Gonzaga 6, Duke 1

    The Bulldogs opened the season in the win column thanks to a stellar outing from starting pitcher Justin Vernia. The senior right-hander allowed just one unearned run on three hits, but not until retiring the first 20 batters he faced. Vernia shutdown the Duke offense until the seventh inning, where a pair of two-out hits and a Gonzaga fielding error allowed the Blue Devils to score their lone run of the game. He again shut out Duke in the eighth for his longest career outing.

    Gonzaga’s offense, meanwhile, got started in the very first inning. The Bulldogs scored three runs on four hits in the top of the first as Jeff Bohling started the rally with a one-out double. Tyler Frost reached base after getting hit by Duke starter James Ziemba, and Justin Jacobs drove in the year’s first run with a double down the left field line. Frost later scored on a wild pitch, and Jacobs touched home after a Nick Brooks single.

    Bohling picked up his first RBI of the year in the fourth by driving in Jake Vieth to make the score 4-0, and Gonzaga tacked on two more in the eighth with another pair of hits and another Blue Devil error.

    The reigning WCC Player of the Year, Bohling led the Zags with three hits during the morning contest. Six different Bulldogs scored against Duke, and four drove in one run apiece.

    Game Two: Indiana 12, Gonzaga 3

    The afternoon matchup between the Zags and Indiana started off as a pitchers’ duel, but the Hoosiers got to Eli Morgan beginning in the fourth inning. They scored two runs each in fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to open up a 6-0 lead.

    Gonzaga got on the board in the bottom of the sixth after Bohling led the frame off with a double. The senior third baseman reached third on a passed ball, and Frost was hit by another pitch to give the Zags runners on first and third. A double play plated Bohling for the run.

    Indiana broke the game wide open in the seventh, scoring four runs off freshman reliever Keaton Knueppel. The Hoosiers added two more in the top of the ninth inning, but the Zags got those back in the bottom half of the frame. Nick Nyquist hit an RBI grounder, plating Jacobs and allowing Brooks to score on an Indiana throwing error.

    Bulldog Bites:

    Vernia’s stellar outing was one of the best Opening Day pitching performances in recent program history. He’s the first Opening Day starter since 2009 to not allow an earned run, and he’s the first Zag since at least 2008 to throw 8.0 innings to open the season. With the season-opening win over Duke, the Zags are 4-4 in season openers since 2010.

    The Bulldog bats combined for 20 hits on the day, 11 coming against Duke and nine versus the Hoosiers. Both Bohling and Schubert racked up four apiece, with two of Bohling’s going for extra bases. Of those 20 GU hits, 16 came from a returning Zag.

    Four Zags made their Gonzaga debuts Friday: Schubert, Vieth, Knueppel and Troy Johnston. Both Schubert and Vieth started both games, Schubert at short stop and Vieth manning first base. Against Indiana, Knueppel and Johnston each made appearances off the bench. Schubert, a junior transfer from Pierce College, led the debutants with four hits and scored a run on the day...


    Next Up:

    The Zags (1-1) and Blue Devils (0-2) will renew acquaintances tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 18. That contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. inside Surprise’s Surprise Stadium, and LHP Mac Lardner will take the mound for the Zags.

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    Thanks Terp.
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    On Saturday, Gonzaga defeats Duke 4-1...

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    Zags Down Duke Again as Lardner Wins Debut

    Freshman LHP fans eight batters in six innings


    Feb. 18, 2017

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    SURPRISE, Ariz.—With a solid debut from Mac Lardner, strong defense, and timely hitting Saturday, the Gonzaga baseball team picked up its second win against Duke in as many days, downing the Blue Devils 4-1 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.

    In a battle of freshman starting pitchers, Lardner prevailed, posting a quality start with 6.0 innings pitched and just one run allowed. The Templeton, Calif., native fanned eight batters, including three straight in the second inning to strand runners on second and third. He scattered eight hits through those six innings, but only one of them – a solo home run in the fourth inning from Zach Kone – did any damage.

    Gonzaga’s bats, however, got to Duke freshman Adam Laskey in a hurry. The Zags scored twice in the bottom of the first inning, tallying three hits and getting help from a Duke throwing error. With runners on the corners and only one out, Justin Jacobs drove a pitch up the middle, allowing Sam Brown to advance home. In the next at bat, Gunnar Schubert tallied his first RBI as a Zag, singling to plate Jeff Bohling. Laskey then fanned the next two batters to end the frame.

    In the second, the Bulldogs added to their lead. Brown ripped a one-out single through the left side and then stole second to give Tyler Frost a runner in scoring position. Frost then drove one through the right side to allow the speedy redshirt senior to cross the plate.

    Kone’s homer in the fourth cut Gonzaga’s lead to 3-1, but the Bulldogs got that run back in the fifth. They loaded the bases in the first three batters for Schubert. The shortstop did hit into a double play, but the grounder allowed Frost to come home for the score.

    In the seventh inning, Lardner allowed hits to first two Blue Devi batters before making way for Sam Hellinger in relief. Hellinger then got a fly out and a double-play ball to end the inning. After the senior also got out of the eighth with a double play, Wyatt Mills came in and closed out Duke in the ninth for Gonzaga’s second win of the year.

    Laskey took the loss as the Blue Devils fell to 0-3 on the year. The Zags advanced to 2-1.


    Bulldog Bites:

    Brown led the Zags offensively Saturday, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. He’s successfully reached base in 34 straight games, a stretch that dates back to April 5, 2016. It’s the longest active streak on the team, and his eight-game hit streak is also tied for the team lead.

    Lardner’s eight strikeouts are the most by a Gonzaga freshman since Brandon Bailey also struck out eight on May 22, 2014. He fanned at least one batter in five of his six innings pitched.

    This weekend’s games against Duke were the first between the two clubs. The Blue Devils are the only new foe on Gonzaga’s 2017 slate.

    Mac Talk: Thoughts from Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf

    “Lardner had a great outing today. Maybe there were some freshman jitters early, but he really made some pitches when he had to. He showed great composure.”

    “Defensively we had another solid effort. We made the routine play, and we really supported Lardner, Hellinger, and Mills.”

    Next Up:

    Gonzaga will wrap up the season-opening Sanderson Ford Collegiate Baseball Classic on Sunday, Feb. 19, against Indiana. First pitch for that contest is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Mountain). RHP Daniel Bies is scheduled to get his first collegiate start, and the Hoosiers will turn to LHP Andrew Saalfrank.

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    On Sunday, Indiana defeats Gonzaga 5-1...

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    Zags Wrap up Opening Weekend with Loss

    Gonzaga falls 5-1 to Indiana; Vieth, Bohling tally two hits apiece


    Feb. 19, 2017

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    SURPRISE, Ariz.--The Gonzaga baseball team closed out the first weekend of the 2017 season Sunday, falling 5-1 to Indiana at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.

    Making his first collegiate start, Gonzaga right hander Daniel Bies was a bit wild to begin the game. The Woodinville, Wash., native walked the first three batters he faced to load the bases, but he then fanned the next two for the game's first two outs. Another walk issued to the Hoosiers' Scotty Bradley forced in a run, and a base hit from Tony Butler allowed another to score. On that same play, left fielder Sam Brown gunned down Logan Sowers, who was attempting to score from second base, at the plate to end the inning.

    Indiana added another run in the bottom of the fourth to go up 3-0, but the Zags countered with one of their own in the fifth. First baseman Jake Vieth led the frame off with a double - his second hit of the day - and he came around immediately when Jake Roberts ripped a drive into right field. Two batters later, Brown singled down the right field line, giving the Zags runners on the corners with one out, but the next two batters made outs to halt the rally. The Hoosiers then added runs in both the fifth and the sixth innings for a 5-1 advantage.

    Even though the game ended with that 5-1 scoreline, the Bulldogs had other chances to score. They left 10 men on base during the day and saw a potential rally in the third halted by a strong double play turned by the Hoosier defense. In the eighth inning, GU got another rally going when Jeff Bohling singled and Justin Jacobs drew a walk for a pair of runners with just one out. Nick Brooks then flied out to center field, however, as did Gunnar Schubert to end the frame.

    Indiana (2-1) starter Andrew Saalfrank went 4.0 innings on the day, allowing just the one run, while reliever Kade Kryzsko picked up the win after 1.2 innings pitched. Bies drew the loss for Gonzaga.

    Bulldog Bites:

    Vieth's two hits on the day were the first two of his Gonzaga career. The junior transfer from Tacoma CC got his first during the third inning before adding the fifth-inning double. He's already the fifth Zag to post multi-hit games this season; Brown, Jacobs, Schubert, and Bohling each saw two over the weekend, including Bohling's two-hit performance Sunday.

    After his four first-inning walks, Bies settled down a bit and didn't issue another free pass. He pitched 5.0 innings and fanned five batters, both career highs.
    Brown threw two runners out from his spot in left field, his first career two-assist day. He threw out Sowers at home to end the first inning, and he later gunned down Sowers again in the third following a fly out. He's the first GU player with multiple outfield assists since the 2012 season.

    Branson Trube earned the start in right field, his first of the year and first since getting injured last March. The junior from Meridian, Idaho, went 1-for-3 with a single and made three putouts on the day.

    With a pair of wins over Duke and pair of losses to Indiana, the Zags went 2-2 at the season-opening Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic. The program has gone 14-15 in opening weekend games since 2010.

    Mac Talk: Thoughts from Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf:

    "This was a disappointing way to finish the weekend. I don't think we gave Indiana our best punch."

    "Offensively we weren't able to capitalize on some opportunities, and Indiana made some big pitches when they needed to."

    Next Up:

    The Bulldogs will continue their season-opening road trip with a three-game series at UCLA next weekend, Feb. 24-26. First pitch in that series will come on Friday, Feb. 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Los Angeles.

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