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    Baseball Hosts LMU for Three

    GU is looking to bounce back from USF series


    April 26, 2018

    Gonzaga vs. Loyola Marymount
    Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 | Spokane, Wash.
    Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field


    PROBABLES
    April 27 - 6 p.m. | RHP Daniel Bies (4-3, 2.51) vs. RHP Codie Paiva (4-4, 3.98)
    Game 1: Live video | Live scoring

    April 28 - 6 p.m. | RHP Alek Jacob (3-4, 2.98) vs. RHP Tyler Cohen (1-1, 1.50)
    Game 2: Live video | Live scoring

    April 29 - 12 p.m. | LHP Mac Lardner (4-2, 2.63) vs. TBA
    Game 3: Live video | Live scoring

    Gonzaga Game Notes

    WEEKLY RECAP

    - Gonzaga traveled to face league leader San Francisco, and despite giving up just four runs in three games, the Zags dropped two out of three to fall to 10-8 in league play and into a tie for fourth.
    - GU took the opener on a fantastic performance from starter Daniel Bies, who threw his first-career complete game shutout in a 6-0 win. Bies went the distance and struck out 11 batters on the day.
    - Gonzaga’s pitching staff combined for a 1.44 ERA in the series, but the USF staff shut out the Zags offense in a 1-0 game on Saturday, and 3-0 game on Sunday.
    - In GU’s win Isaac Barrera sparked the offense with a 3-for-4 day, collecting two RBI. Branson Trube also had two hits and four other Zags collected one RBI each.
    - Alek Jacob pitched an 8.0 inning complete game on Saturday in a 1-0 loss, giving up just one run on five hits with six strikeouts. Mac Lardner put together a solid outing on Sunday as well, going 5.0 innings of two-run ball with two strikeouts.
    - Casey Legumina was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List. He’s got 10 saves and a 2-2 record with a 2.32 ERA in 18 appearances out of the bullpen this season.

    Daniel Bies NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME
    - Bies dominated league leader San Francisco in a 6-0 complete game shutout win for Gonzaga on Friday night. The redshirt junior right-hander pitched his third complete game of the season, but recorded his first career shutout against the Dons. He struck out 11, walked none and allowed just six hits, with only one for extra bases. The shutout lowered Bies’ WCC era to 2.27 in six starts and his season ERA to 2.51. He has 51 strikeouts against just 11 walks in 43.2 innings in league play this season. The award is the second of the season for Bies, as he was named Pitcher of the Week on March 19 as well.

    DEFENSE:

    - Gonzaga’s defense has been one of the best in the nation all season, and currently rank at the top of the West Coast Conference and sixth nationally with a .982 fielding percentage.
    - GU is also in the top 100 in double plays and double plays per game defensively.

    OFFENSE:

    - Nick Brooks has a team-best active streak of reaching base in last 12 games. Ernie Yake has reached safely in each of the last eight games.
    - After providing a park off the bench against Pacific with a 2-for-4, RBI day against Pacific, Isaac Barrera had a career-game in the opener against San Francisco, going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
    - CF Branson Trube leads the team with a .304 batting average and 45 hits on the year. Yake and Gunnar Schubert have 44 and 43 hits on the year as the next two highest totals.
    - 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 .419 on-base percentage. Vieth is the most-patient Zag, leading the team with 28 walks, 11 more than any teammate. He also has nine HBPs, second behind Carson Breshears’ 13.
    - Trube has posted a team high 26 runs scored, and 23 RBI. Of Trube’s 23 RBI, 12 have come with two outs, one ahead of Vieth for the team high.
    - Trube leads GU with 16 multi-hit games, followed by 13 for Schubert, and 11 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.
    - Yake leads the team with a .370 batting average with two outs (17-for-46).
    - Schubert has also been fantastic with runners on any base when he comes to bat, going 25-for-11 (.352) when there’s a Zag aboard.
    - Gonzaga pinch-hitters are also getting the job done, hitting .333 on the season, going 11-for-33.
    - Carson Breshears, who has batted in the nine-spot in the lineup, has made the most of being a second leadoff man. He’s had 25 opportunities to lead off an inning and has reached base 12 times or 48 percent of the time.

    PITCHING:

    - Gonzaga pitching has been one of the best staffs in the nation this season, ranking 15th in shutouts, 19th in ERA, 20th in WHIP, 27th in walks allowed, and 39th in strikeout-to-walk ratio. The staff is No. 1 in the WCC in ERA, and second in shutouts, WHIP, walks allowed and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
    - Gonzaga pitching has been stout in West Coast Conference action, allowing WCC hitters just a .221 batting average with a 2.67 ERA.
    - Against USF, the staff combined for a 1.44 ERA, and allowed Don hitters just a .223 batting average.
    - Daniel Bies has been now thrown three complete games this year, his most recent this past weekend in a shutout of San Franciso that earned him WCC Pitcher of the Week Honors.
    - 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 10th-most in the nation.
    - 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 also 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 fourth 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 six of the last seven times he’s been on the mound. He kept Pacific to one run over 7.0 innings in a 7-1 win, and USF to two runs over 5.0 innings in his last two.
    - GU pitchers have held opponents to just a .205 batting average with two outs on the season, including a .164 mark (11-for-67) from Lardner.
    - The Gonzaga bullpen has collected nine victories and 13 saves on the season.

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    Baseball Drops Series Opener vs. LMU, 5-2

    Ernie Yake led GU with two hits


    April 27, 2018

    Box Score


    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga baseball couldn't find the offense in a 5-2 series-opening loss to Loyola Marymount on Friday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust.

    GU managed just five hits in the game to 10 for the Lions, while LMU hit three homers and the Zags got a run on a homer and a sac fly.

    Gonzaga starter Daniel Bies battled through 5.2 innings of work, allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

    The Lions started the scoring with the first two runs of the game, both on solo homers by Niko Pacheco to take a 2-0 lead. The home runs came in the second and the fifth innings, but GU was able to get one back in the bottom of the fifth.

    Jake Vieth stepped to the plate and deposited his seventh home run of the year over the fence in the power alley in right-center to bring GU within one at 2-1.

    An LMU RBI triple in the sixth put the score at 3-1, but GU gained one back in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Austin Pinorini that score Branson Trube from third.

    LMU then added their third solo home run of the day in the top of the ninth.

    The Zags and Lions will pick the series back up on Saturday in the second of a three-gamer at 6 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

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    Saturday evening, Gonzaga knocks off LMU 5-3 Final Game Stats Link

    Alex Jacob gets the win for the Zags, his 4th. Casey Legumina gets the save, his 11th on the season.

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    Baseball Grabs 5-3 Win Over LMU

    Yake had three hits, Legumina went 3.0 innings for save


    April 28, 2018

    Box Score


    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga baseball came through with clutch at-bats on offense and then turned it over to closer Casey Legumina for a 3.0-inning save to win 5-3 over Loyola Marymount on Saturday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

    After giving up three in the third inning to fall behind by a run, GU (21-19, 11-9) battled back on offense and shut out LMU (20-23, 12-8) over the last six innings. Gonzaga scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth on the way to the win.


    GU starter Alek Jacob pitched the Zags into a lead, working his way through 6.0 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking one. He gave way to Legumina, who blew away the LMU hitters with six strikeouts in his three innings of work for his league-leading 11th save the year.

    Freshman Ernie Yake led the way on offense with a 3-for-4 night that included two runs scored and a stolen base. Austin Pinorini had two hits and reached four times, adding an RBI and a run scored, and Branson Trube knocked home a pair of runs.

    "We had a lot of quality at-bats tonight, and did a good job being ready to go right away," associate head coach Danny Evans said. "I thought a really understated performance was Alek Jacob, he really leaned on what he's been doing all year and battled through some things tonight. He did a really good job getting it to Casey [Legumina]. And he's one of the best guys in the country in the end of the game. Casey's got electric stuff, and he's just been ready when his name is called. Some nights it's a one-inning save, sometimes its two or three like tonight."

    The Zags got on the board right away posting a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to give Jacob an early cushion. Trube brought home one with an RBI groundout and then Pinorini got his big day started with an RBI single on a line drive to centerfield.

    LMU took the lead with a three-spot in the top of the third, but GU answered with single runs in the fourth and fifth to go ahead 4-3. Designated hitter Slade Heggen tied it with his first RBI as a Zag on a single past the diving LMU shortstop. Then in the fifth, Yake trotted home on a wild pitch to regain the lead.

    GU added another run in the eighth to push the lead to 5-3 on a bases loaded fielder's choice from Trube before turning the ball over to Legumina for the ninth. The righty closer nearly had the perfect inning, striking out the first two batters on three pitches and then working an 0-2 count before a foul ball prolonged the third strikeout by two pitches.

    The Zags and Lions will play the series finale at 12 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com, while the game will also be broadcast locally on SWX.

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    Gonzaga's bats come alive and the Zags pound the Lions 11-1 Final Game Stats Link

    Zags take the weekend series 2 to 1...Gonzaga finish with 15 hits including 3 doubles and 4 home runs...

    Mac Lardner is the winning putcher and improves to 5-2 on the season...Lardner goes 6 innings and gives up 1 run and finishes with 7 strike outs...

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    Four Homers Power Baseball to Rainy Win, 11-1

    GU posted (15) 14 hits in the game, battled through two rain delays


    April 29, 2018

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    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga baseball endured two early rain delays, but that didn't slow down an offense that posted four home runs in an 11-1 series-clinching win over Loyola Marymount at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

    Gonzaga got on the board early and often in the rain-soaked day at the park. The two teams endured a 46-minute rain delay early in the third, and then a 59-minute rain delay at the start of the fourth.


    GU starter Mac Lardner pitched through a challenging day with the two rain delays, coming out after each one on the way to 6.0-inning start. He gave up just one run on six hits and posted seven strikeouts with no walks. Trent Schulte came on in relief and went 2.0 perfect innings with one strikeout. Matthew Henckel got his first career appearance and pitched 1.0 inning allowing no runs and two walks with a strikeout.

    "The most impressive thing of the day was Mac Lardner going out and having to stop, start, stop, start with the rain. He looked strong each time he went out there," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "Our guys have done a good job of putting at-bats behind them and just staying the course. We pride ourselves on winning each series and we were able to get that done today."

    Five Zags had at least two hits on the day, and GU's offense posted four home runs in the offensive outburst. Carson Breshears and Nick Brooks had the two biggest days, going a combined 5-for-10. Breshears went 3-for-5 with a grand slam, two doubles and two runs scored, while Brooks hit two home runs and scored three times with three RBI. Isaac Barrera, Gunnar Schubert and Austin Pinorini each posted two hits as well.

    Breshears huge day came in the first of four consecutive innings that the Zags posted a run and it was the biggest of the four. After three straight runners reached, the GU second baseman came to bat and hit his first home run as a Zag, which was also the first grand slam of the season for the team.

    The home runs kept coming for the Zags after that with a pair from Brooks. The designated hitter crushed a two-run homer to straightaway centerfield as part of a three-run third, and then hit a solo shot to left field in the fifth to push the lead to 9-1.

    Jace VanDeBrake added a pinch-hit solo home run to right field in the eight to cap the scoring for the day.

    Gonzaga will head back out on the road for its final road series of the season at San Diego, starting on Friday. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

    Gonzaga Article Link incuding a Zag video highlight Link

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