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    Baseball Hosts WSU, Travels to USF This Week

    GU has won five of its last seven games


    April 16, 2018

    Gonzaga Game Notes


    Gonzaga vs. Washington State
    6:05 p.m. | Tuesday, April 17 | Spokane, Wash.
    Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field

    Probable Starting Pitchers:
    RHP Taylor Davis (1-3, 4.91) vs. LHP Michael Newstrom (1-1, 3.52)
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    Gonzaga at San Francisco
    Friday-Sunday, April 20-22 | San Francisco, Calif.
    Benedetti Diamond

    Probable Starting Pitchers:
    RHP Daniel Bies (3-3, 2.87) vs. RHP Thomas Ponticelli (5-1, 2.29)
    RHP Alek Jacob (3-3, 3.25) vs. RHP Riley Ornido (7-1, 1.78)
    LHP Mac Lardner (4-1, 2.54) vs. RHP Landen Bourassa (4-3, 3.21)
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    WEEKLY RECAP

    - Gonzaga has now won five of its last seven games after taking two of three over the weekend in a key road series at WCC foe Pacific. GU lost the opener 2-1, but battled back with late-inning firepower to take down the Tigers.
    - GU scored five runs between the eighth and ninth in both of the game final two games. GU was down 2-0 heading to the eighth on Saturday and was up 2-1 heading to the eighth on Sunday, winning 5-2 and 7-1 in those two games.
    - GU pitching combined for a 1.73 ERA in the Pacific series, with each starter going at least 7.0 innings. Bies pitched an 8.0 inning complete game in the loss Friday, while both Jacob and Lardner got wins, pitching seven innings. Casey Legumina picked up the two-inning save in each, allowing no runs in his outings.
    - Five Zags collected three hits each in the series, including Austin Pinorini’s 3-for-7 which included the go-ahead, two-run home in the eighth on Saturday.

    OFFENSE:

    - Nick Brooks and Carson Breshears have a team-best active streak of reaching base in last eight games.
    - Isaac Barrera provided a spark off the bench against Pacific, getting just his third start of the season and going 2-for-4 with an RBI in the series finale. He also knocked home a run with a pinch-hit sac fly earlier in the series.
    - SS Gunnar Schubert leads the team in batting average at .308 and hits with 41 on the year.
    - 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 CF Branson Trube with five homers and leads with a .422 on-base percentage. Vieth is the most-patient Zag, leading the team with 25 walks, nine more than any teammate. He also has nine HBPs, second behind Breshears’ 12.
    - Trube has posted a team high 24 runs scored, and 22 RBI. Of Trube’s 22 RBI, 11 have come with two outs, tied with Vieth for the team high.
    - Trube leads GU with 14 multi-hit games, followed by 13 for Schubert, and 10 for Ernie Yake and Vieth - Schubert and Yake are each 3-for-6 (.500) with the bases loaded this season, best mark on the team.
    - Yake and Trube have the only four-hit games by a Zag this year, and they are also tied for the team lead with a .350 batting average with two outs - both are 14-for-40.
    - 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 10-for-36 (.278).
    - Schubert has also been fantastic with runners on any base when he comes to bat, going 23-for-61 (.377) when there’s a Zag aboard.
    - Gonzaga pinch-hitters are also getting the job done, hitting .344 on the season, going 11-for-32.

    PITCHING:

    - Gonzaga pitching has been stout in West Coast Conference action, allowing WCC hitters just a .222 batting average with a 2.90 ERA.
    - Against Pacific, the staff combined for a 1.73 ERA, and allowed Tiger hitters just a .184 batting average.
    - All three starters went at least 7.0 innings against Pacific, and Casey Legumina was the only reliever to get work, going 2.0 innings in each of the final two games of the series and collecting two saves.
    - Legumina enters the week with 10 saves on the season, the best mark in the West Coast Conference and the ninth most in the nation.
    - Daniel Bies pitched his second complete game of the season in a 2-1 loss at Pacific on Friday night. His other complete game came in a 4-1 win over Milwaukee earlier this year.
    - 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 third consecutive outing going at least 7.0 innings, earning wins against Pacific and Saint Mary’s and keeping the game scoreless into the top of the eighth against Portland.
    - Three 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.
    - 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 fantastic starts in five of the last six times he’s been on the mound. Most recently he kept Pacific to one run over 7.0 innings in a 7-1 win.
    - 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.
    - 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.
    - 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 .217 batting average with two outs on the season, including a .164 mark (10-for-61) from Lardner.
    - The Gonzaga bullpen has collected seven victories and 11 saves on the season.
    - The GU staff has a 3.36 ERA on the year and has combined for 268 strikeouts against 111 walks. The ERA mark ranks the staff No. 31 in the nation.

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    Gonzaga defeats WSU this evening 7-4 Final Game Stats Link

    2 home runs, a triple and 2 doubles lead the Zags hitting attack versus WSU...

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    Baseball Beats WSU With Early Offense

    Gonzaga scored all seven runs in first three [four] innings


    April 17, 2018

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    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga baseball scored seven runs in the first three [four] innings on the way to a 7-4 victory over Washington State at home on Tuesday evening.

    Gonzaga's three-run second inning gave the offense a lead they wouldn't relinquish and Justin Blatner pitched 5.2 innings of relief to get his first win of the season. The Zags (19-16) managed 12 hits against nine for the Cougars (10-20).

    "These last two games we are trending the right way offensively," associate head coach Danny Evans said. "Our pitchers have been doing a great job, and I think if our offense can keep getting better, we can be a championship-caliber team. We are looking forward to a good series with USF this weekend. They have been pitching well, that will be a big series for us."

    Blatner allowed just one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in his 5.1 innings of relief work in place of starter Taylor Davis. Calvin LeBrun came on in the middle of the eighth and pitched a perfect 1.1 innings to get his second save of the year.

    On offense, Branson Trube reached base four times with a pair of hits and two walks, while Isaac Barrera had two hits, scored once and knocked in a run. Gunnar Schubert picked up two RBI in the game and both Jake Vieth and Ernie Yake had two hits each.

    GU got the scoring started right away, posting at least one run in each of the first four innings. The biggest inning came in the second when the Zags posted three with a solo homer from Nick Brooks, an RBI single by Barrera and an RBI double by Trube to put GU up 4-1.

    Vieth added a solo home run in the third and then Schubert notched an RBI single as part of a two-run bottom of the fourth to answer two by WSU in the top half of the inning.

    Blatner then continued his strong outing through the top of the eighth before giving way to LeBrun, who closed the game out.

    Gonzaga will be back on the road this weekend at West Coast Conference-leading San Francisco for a three-game series. The Zags enter just one game behind the Dons for first place in the league. Check GoZags.com for links to live coverage.

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    Baseball Takes Down WCC Leader USF, 6-0

    Daniel Bies threw complete game with 11 strikeouts


    April 20, 2018

    Box Score

    SAN FRANCISCO — Gonzaga starter Daniel Bies went the distance for the third time this year, shutting out league-leading San Francisco on the way to a 6-0 win on the road in San Francisco, Calif.

    Bies fittingly struck out the game’s final two batters to tally 11 strikeouts for Gonzaga (20-16, 10-6) in his complete game shutout, allowing just six hits and with zero walks against the Dons (21-17, 10-6). The complete game was Bies’ third of the season, and the shutout was GU’s fifth in 2018. It was also the first complete-game shutout for a Zag since Eli Morgan kept Pacific scoreless on March 17, 2017.

    The win moves Gonzaga to within a half-game of the West Coast Conference’s top spot, and could put them in a tie depending on the outcome Friday night’s Loyola Marymount-Portland game. The Lions head into the game at 10-5, while both Gonzaga and USF are now 10-6.

    “That was our most complete game of the year,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “Daniel Bies set the tone with great defense behind him. Offensively, we had a lot of great team at-bats. Isaac Barrera really provided a spark in the bottom half of the order.”

    The GU offense came through to provide Bies a cushion to work with in the latter innings. The Zags got a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth, before adding insurance runs in the eighth and ninth.

    Barrera got only his fifth start of the season and made the most of it at the plate with a 3-for-4 day, including a double and two runs batted in. Branson Trube added two hits and a run scored, and Jake Vieth reached three times, all on walks.

    An RBI groundout by Austin Pinorini got the scoring started in the fourth, and then GU broke the game open with an RBI single by Gunnar Schubert and a two-RBI single by Barrera to push the lead to 4-0 in the fifth.

    A bunt single in the eighth by Ernie Yake brought home Pinorini from third, and then pinch hitter Daniel Fredrickson brought Nick Brooks home in the ninth with an RBI double.

    Gonzaga will meet San Francisco on Saturday at 1 p.m. for the second game of a three-game series. Check GoZags.com for links to live coverage.

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    Four way tie for first place in WCC: Gonzaga , San Francisco, Pepperdine and LMU

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    Baseball Suffers 1-0 Loss at USF

    Alek Jacob threw a complete game for GU


    April 21, 2018

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    SPOKANE, Wash. — Freshman starter Alek Jacob went the distance on the mound for Gonzaga baseball, but the Zags weren’t able to find their offense in a 1-0 loss at San Francisco on Saturday afternoon.

    “That was a great pitching duel between two of the better young arms in our conference,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “They got the big hit, that was the difference today. We have a great opportunity to come out and compete for a series win tomorrow.”

    Gonzaga threatened with two outs in the ninth putting runners on first and third after a single by Austin Pinorini, but Nick Brooks grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game with USF taking the force out at second base.

    Jacob pitched all 8.0 innings for GU, his third complete game of the season, allowing just one run on five hits with six strikeouts and just one walk.

    Offensively, the Zags managed just four hits in the game and put three runners on with walks, but USF starting pitcher Riley Ornido was able to pitch around any trouble. Brooks and Pinorini each had a single in the game, along with singles by Ernie Yake and Daniel Fredrickson.

    Gonzaga and San Francisco will decide the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

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    Baseball Falls 3-0 at San Francisco

    Austin Pinorini led GU with two hits in the game


    April 22, 2018

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Gonzaga baseball was kept scoreless for the second straight day against league leader San Francisco, falling 3-0 on Sunday afternoon in the road series finale.

    The Zags (20-18, 10-8) managed just six hits in the game, but weren’t able to get to USF starter Landen Bourassa and the USF (23-17, 12-6) bullpen. The Dons’ offense did just enough posting single runs in the third, fourth and eighth.

    "That was a disappointing result for us today," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We swung the bats better today than yesterday, but just didn't have any results to show for it. It's time to shift focus to LMU next weekend. We have a lot of important games left down the stretch."

    Catcher Austin Pinorini was the lone Zag with two hits, a pair of singles, while adding a stolen base. Ernie Yake and Nick Nyquist each reached twice, both collecting a hit and a walk.

    GU starter Mac Lardner kept the USF damage to a minimum throughout his five-plus innings of work. He allowed six hits, but just two runs with a pair of strikeouts and two walks. Casey Legumina came in when the leadoff runner reached in the sixth, but pitched around any threat. Legumina went the final 3.0 innings, allowing one run on two hits.

    Gonzaga put two on with a pair of walks in the fifth with two out, but bounced out to end the inning. Then in the seventh GU got to the USF bullpen with two on and one out, but reliever Daniel Slominski came on and induced an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

    Already with a 2-0 lead, USF tacked on one more in the seventh with a leadoff single, sacrifice bunt and then an RBI single to score the run. GU’s Yake then hit a two-out double in the eighth, but a strikeout ending the chance at any rally.

    Gonzaga will continue WCC action with a home series against Loyola Marymount, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

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