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    Baseball Faces UW, Pacific This Week

    GU has five road games in next six days


    April 9, 2018

    Gonzaga at Washington
    Tuesday-Wednesday, April 10-11 | Seattle, Wash.
    Husky Ballpark
    Live video

    Gonzaga at Pacific
    Friday-Sunday, April 13-15 | Stockton, Calif.
    Klein Family Field


    PROBABLES
    April 10 - 6:05 p.m. PT LHP Justin Blatner (0-0, 4.34) vs. RHP Josh Bugmann (0-1, 1.80)
    April 11 - 5:05 p.m. PT TBA vs. LHP Chris Micheles (0-2, 10.35)
    April 13 - 6 p.m. TBA vs. TBA
    April 14 - 6 p.m. TBA vs. TBA
    April 15 - 1 p.m. TBA vs. TBA


    WEEKLY RECAP

    - Gonzaga battled its way to a sweep over Portland over the weekend with timely hitting and a combination of starting pitching and bullpen relief.
    - The Zags got two RBI each from Jace VanDeBrake and Branson Trube on Friday night, along with 3.1 shutout innings from the bullpen with Calvin LeBrun and Casey Legumina.
    - Saturday, Alek Jacob threw 7.2 innings of scoreless ball and Trube broke a scoreless tie in the eighth with a two-run homer to left. LeBrun got the win for the second straight night.
    - On Sunday, GU battled through with three hits each from Nick Brooks and Gunnar Schubert to win 9-8.

    OFFENSE:

    - Two Zags hitting over .300 this season, led by Branson Trube at 3.22 and Gunnar Schubert at .313. - Trube leads the team in hits with 38 on the year, just two head of the Schubert.
    - Schubert had his 25-game on-base streak snapped vs. Stanford, two games after his 17-game hit streak was snapped at Saint Mary’s.
    - 1B Jake Vieth is tied for the team lead with Trube with five homers and leads with a .416 on-base percentage. Vieth is the most-patient Zag, leading the team with 21 walks, five more than any teammate. He also has nine HBPs, second behind Carson Breshears’ 11.
    - Trube has posted a team high 22 runs scored, and 18 RBI. Of Trube’s 18 RBI, eight have come with two outs, a team high.
    - Trube leads GU with 14 multi-hit games, followed by 11 for Schubert, nine for Vieth and eight for Yake and VanDeBrake. - Along with Yake’s three-RBI, bases-loaded double against Saint Mary’s, he’s now 3-for-4 (.750) with the bases loaded this season.
    - Yake and Trube have the only four-hit games by a Zag this year.
    - Redshirt freshman Yake broke out in a huge way to start the season, going 4-for-6 in his collegiate debut against Cal Poly on Feb. 16.
    - Along with Nick Brooks’ 4-for-9 (.444) mark with runners in scoring position, Trube has the highest mark for a regular starter in that category, going 9-for-31 (.290).
    - Schubert has also been fantastic with runners on any base when he comes to bat, going 20-for-54 (.370) when there’s a Zag aboard.
    - Gonzaga pinch-hitters are also getting the job done, hitting .379 on the season, going 11-for-29.

    PITCHING:

    - Gonzaga pitching has been stout in West Coast Conference action, allowing WCC hitters just a .231 batting average with a 3.18 ERA.
    - The staff has four combined shutouts this season with two by Alek Jacob and one each by Daniel Bies and Mac Lardner that were all finished off by closer Casey Legumina.
    - Jacob had his second consecutive outing going 7.2 innings of shutout ball, earning the win against Saint Mary’s and keeping the game scoreless into the top of the eighth against Portland
    - Two weeks ago, the Zag staff held Saint Mary’s to a .193 average and 1.57 ERA over three games.
    - Against Saint Mary’s, GU starters went 7.0 (Bies, Thursday), 7.2 (Jacob, Friday) and 7.1 (Lardner, Saturday) and allowed just two runs (both earned over the total of 25.0 innings pitched.
    - RHP Daniel Bies broke a then-career-high for strikeouts for the second straight game and collected his first-career complete game in a 4-1 win over Milwaukee.
    - Bies has only gotten better since his CG against Milwaukee, pushing his career-high for strikeouts to 13 in a 1-0 win over Pepperdine.
    - Mac Lardner posted four of the best starts in his career in his previous four times on the mound before his start against Portland, throwing a total of 27.1 innings, allowing two runs on 17 hits with 17 strikeouts.
    - Justin Blatner posted one of the best starts of his career against Oregon with his 6.0 inning effort in which he allowed just one run on two hits while striking out five and walking just two.
    - Calvin LeBrun pitched 5.0 solid innings of relief in the four-game Rice series, striking out eight with zero walks, giving up just two runs and holding the Owls to a .211 batting average in his time on the mound.
    - In the three-game sweep in Sacramento against Milwaukee and Sac State, the GU staff combined for a 2.00 ERA and struck out 29 batters against just three walks. They held opponents to just a .211 average.
    - Freshman RHP Alek Jacob struck out a career-high 11 over 7.0 innings against Sac State in the second half of a doubleheader following Bies’ complete-game performance.
    - GU pitchers have held opponents to just a .216 batting average with two outs on the season, including a .154 mark (8-for-52) from Lardner.
    - The Gonzaga bullpen has collected seven victories and eight saves on the season. Casey Legumina has eight of those saves, which ranks him first in the WCC and 11th in the nation.
    - The GU staff has a 3.45 ERA on the year and has combined for 237 strikeouts in 260.2 innings against just 92 walks.

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    Baseball Falls Short at Washington, 5-3

    Four Zags had two hits each, but GU left 13 on base


    April 10, 2018

    Box Score

    SEATTLE — Gonzaga baseball collected 11 hits, but scored just three times in a 5-3 loss at Washington on Tuesday night in Seattle, Wash.

    Four Zags had two hits each, but they stranded 13 runners on base and weren’t able to rally in the ninth after Washington’s tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth. After going down 3-2, the evened the score with an RBI single in the top of the eighth before the Huskies got their final runs.

    “It was a good battle from our guys tonight, that’s a winnable game that didn’t go our way,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “We are ready to get another chance at them tomorrow.”

    GU starter Justin Blatner cruised through the first five innings, allowing just two hits in the span, but ran into trouble to start the sixth and ended up with three earned runs to his ledger with five hits, four strikeouts, and one walk. Trent Schulte entered and got out of a bases loaded jam, but not before allowing one inherited run to score. He pitched the final 3.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

    Gunnar Schubert, Ernie Yake, Nick Brooks and Carson Breshears each collected two hits on the night, while Jake Vieth reached three times with a hit and two walks.

    The Zags got on the board first in the fourth inning with a solo home run from Nick Brooks, his second of the year, and a sacrifice fly from Schubert.

    Gonzaga wraps its two-game series with Washington on Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. in Seattle. Live scoring and video will be available on the baseball schedule page at GoZags.com.

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    It looks like the Gonzaga vs. Washington game this evening has been cancelled...

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    Baseball vs. UW Wednesday Cancelled

    No makeup date will be scheduled


    April 11, 2018

    SEATTLE - Gonzaga Baseball's game Wednesday evening vs. Washington in Seattle has been cancelled due to weather in the area.

    No makeup date will be scheduled.

    Gonzaga will be back on the road on Friday at 6:05 p.m. for the first of a three-game series at Pacific. Check GoZags.com for links to live scoring and video.

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    Zags score 3 runs in the top of the 8th and then score 2 more runs in the top of the 9th to defeat the Pacific Tigers
    tonight 5-2...

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    Bats Heat Up Late in Baseball’s 5-2 Win

    Zags scored all five in last two innings


    April 14, 2018

    Box Score

    STOCKTON, Calif. — Austin Pinorini hit a two-run, eighth-inning homer to put Gonzaga baseball in the lead for good in a 5-2 win at Pacific on Saturday evening.

    Gonzaga’s offense had been kept scoreless through the first seven innings, but the Zags (17-16, 8-6) got three in the eighth and two more in the ninth for the come-from-behind win over Pacific (14-19, 5-9).

    “That was a great job by the offense to stay with it, and Pinorini came through with the big hit we’ve been looking for,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “Alek Jacob gave us another really competitive start and Casey Legumina was great the last two innings. Tomorrow is a huge opportunity for us to try to win a series on the road.”

    GU’s freshman starter Alek Jacob pitched another fantastic game, going 7.0 innings and giving up just two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. He earned the win and moved his season record to 3-3. Casey Legumina picked up a two-inning save, his ninth save of the year, allowing no runs and one hit to go along with five strikeouts and one walk.

    Jacob cruised through the first three innings, giving up just one hit and striking out five in the span. But, Pacific got on the board in the fourth with a two-out, bases-loaded single that brought home a pair of runs. GU catcher Slade Heggen threw out a runner trying to advance to third on the play to end the threat.

    After going scoreless into the eighth, GU’s offense heated up for the first time in the series. The Zags put two on with one out and Isaac Barrera pushed the first run across with a sacrifice fly to bring GU within one. Pinorini then followed with his two-run, opposite-field homer, his third of the year, for the Zags first lead.

    Gunnar Schubert knocked home a pair in the top of the ninth for two insurance runs before Legumina kept Pacific off the scoreboard for the second straight inning to close the game out.

    The Zags and Tigers will wrap the series on Sunday in Stockton, Calif., with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Live coverage will be available on the baseball schedule page at GoZags.com.


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    Gonzaga scores 1 run in the 8th and 4 more in the 9th to break open a close game and
    defeat Pacfic this afternoon 7-1...

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    Baseball Wins Series, Beats Pacific 7-1 Sunday

    For second straight game, GU scored five runs in 8th and 9th


    April 15, 2018

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    STOCKTON, Calif. — Gonzaga baseball rode a strong start by Mac Lardner until the bats got going late on the way to a 7-1 win over Pacific on Sunday to take an important West Coast Conference road series.

    Lardner’s solid day on the mound was rewarded when the GU offense got hot for the second straight day in the final two innings. After scoring five runs between the eighth and ninth on Saturday, the Zags post five more on Sunday with one in the eighth and four in the ninth to pad the lead. All four ninth-inning runs came with two outs on three RBI singles and a wild pitch.

    “We played a very complete game today with another great start from [Mac] Lardner and close from [Casey] Legumina,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “Our offense was able to string together quality at-bats when we needed them and extend the lead for a series win on the road.”

    Lardner got the win and moved to 4-1 on the year with 7.0 innings of work, giving up just one run on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Casey Legumina, who entered in the eighth with a 3-1 lead, closed out the final two innings to get his 10th save of the year. He gave up just one hit and struck out three.

    Carson Breshears had two hits and knocked home a pair of runs, while Austin Pinorini and Gunnar Schubert each scored twice to go along with their two hits each. Jake Vieth reached three times on two walks and single, and Isaac Barrera had two hits and an RBI.

    Gonzaga answered a Pacific run in the bottom of the third inning with a pair of their own in the top of the fourth. GU put the first two on with a hit batter and a single, and then Breshears hit an RBI single to tie the score. The next batter, Barrera, put GU in the lead with an RBI double to right-center.

    The Zags got one in the eighth on a two-out RBI single from Breshears, and then did more damage with two outs in the ninth. Pacific got the first two batters of the ninth, but a double, three singles and two hit batters resulted in four runs. Schubert, Pinorini and Vieth each picked up RBI singles, while Nick Brooks sprinted home on a wild pitch.

    Gonzaga returns home to step out of conference for a single game Tuesday against Washington State at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The Zags will look to avenge a 4-3 loss early this season to WSU.

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