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    Baseball Travels To San Diego for WCC Series

    GU is tied for third in the race to finish in the top four and make the WCC Tournament


    May 3, 2018

    Gonzaga Game Notes

    Gonzaga (22-19, 12-9) at San Diego (20-25, 9-12)
    Friday-Sunday | San Diego, Calif.
    Fowler Park and Cunningham Field


    Friday, May 4 - 6 p.m: RHP Paul Richan (3-5, 4.04 ERA) vs. RHP Daniel Bies (4-4, 2.68 ERA)
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    Saturday, May 5 - 5 p.m.: LHP Chris Murphy (5-4, 5.21 ERA) vs. RHP Alek Jacob (4-4, 3.12 ERA)
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    Sunday, May 6 - 1 p.m.: TBD vs. LHP Mac Lardner (5-2, 2.53 ERA)
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    WEEKLY RECAP

    - Gonzaga dropped the series opener to Loyola Marymount at home but battled back to take the final two games of the series, 5-3 and 11-1.
    - The GU pitching staff compiled a 3.00 ERA and got better as the series went along, allowing five runs in the first game, three in the second and one in the finale. Casey Legumina was dominant in his 3.0-inning save on Saturday, striking out six batters of the nine outs he recorded without allowing a run.
    - The Gonzaga offense got better as the series went along as well, combining for a .303 average in the three games, while posting four homers and 11 runs in the series finale.
    - Nick Brooks had two homers in GU’s four-homer game, along with solo shots by Jace VanDeBrake as a pinch hitter and Carson Breshears, who recorded his first homer as a Zag and the first grand slam of the season for any GU player.
    - Mac Lardner posted the best start of the weekend by a Zag, going 6.0 innings on Sunday and allowing just one run and striking out seven while coming back out to pitch after two separate rain delays of 46 and 59 minutes.

    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:

    - Freshman Ernie Yake became GU’s leading hitter on the season over the weekend, pushing his average to a team-high .301 on the season. He’s currently on a hit streak of seven games and has a team-best 50 total hits on the year.
    - Nick Brooks has a team-best active streak of reaching base in last 15 games, he kept that streak alive on Sunday against LMU with the first two-homer game by a Zag in two years.
    - Isaac Barrera, who’s made just 10 starts this season, has been productive out of the leadoff spot for the Zags over the last three series. He’s had a multi-hit game in each series, including a 2-for-3 RBI day in the series finale against LMU.
    - Seniors Branson Trube and Gunnar Schubert have been two of the most productive Zags this season, ranking first and second on the team in RBIs with 25 and 22, and second and third in total hits.
    - Schubert had his GU season-high 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 leads the team in home runs with seven and is the most-patient Zag, leading the team with 30 walks, 12 more than any teammate. He also has 10 HBPs, second behind Carson Breshears’ 13.
    - Fourth on the team in batting average, Vieth’s 40 free passes (walks + HBPs) have given him the highest OBP on the team at .422, 34 points higher than any teammate.
    - Trube has posted a team high 28 runs scored, and 25 RBI. Of Trube’s 25 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 14 for Schubert, and 13 for Ernie Yake.
    - 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.
    - Brooks leads the team with a .400 batting average with two outs (10-for-25). Yake has the most two-out hits at 17 (17-for-48, .354).
    - Schubert has also been fantastic with runners on any base when he comes to bat, going 26-for-79 (.329) when there’s a Zag aboard.
    - Gonzaga pinch-hitters are also getting the job done, hitting .333 on the season, going 13-for-39. Jace VanDeBrake provided the first pinch-hit home run of the season against LMU as well.
    - Carson Breshears, who has batted in the nine-spot in the lineup the majority of the season, has made the most of being a second leadoff man. He’s had 27 opportunities to lead off an inning and has reached base 14 times or 52 percent of the time.

    PITCHING:

    - Gonzaga pitching has been one of the best staffs in the nation this season, ranking 18th in shutouts, 17th in ERA, 22nd in walks allowed, and 38th 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 .226 batting average with a 2.71 ERA, the best marks in the league.
    - Counting only league games, Bies leads the WCC in strikeouts with 56 and Lardner is tied for second with four wins.
    - In WCC games, three GU pitches rank among the top 10 in ERA on the year with Legumina at 1.48, Lardner at 2.08 and Bies at 2.55.
    - After throwing a 3.0-inning save against LMU, Casey Legumina enters the week with 11 saves on the season, the best mark in the West Coast Conference and the 10th-most in the nation.
    - 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 Francisco 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.
    - 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 fifth consecutive outing going at least 6.0 innings, earning wins against LMU, Pacific and Saint Mary’s and keeping the game scoreless into the top of the eighth against Portland.
    - 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.
    - Mac Lardner posted quality starts in seven of the last eight times he’s been on the mound. He kept LMU to one run over 6.0 innings in an 11-1 win, Pacific to one run over 7.0 innings in a 7-1 win, and USF to two runs over 5.0 innings.
    - GU pitchers have held opponents to just a .210 batting average with two outs on the season, including a .162 mark (12-for-74) from Lardner.
    - The Gonzaga bullpen has collected nine victories and 14 saves on the season.

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    Zags take the first game of the 3 game series with the Toreros 13-3...

    Gonzaga's Daniel Bies goes 7 innings and gets the win...Zags finish with 17 hits this evening...


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    Yake's Five Hits Power Baseball to 13-3 Win at USD

    Gonzaga posted a season-high 17 hits


    May 4, 2018

    Box Score

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Gonzaga's freshman third baseman Ernie Yake posted a five-hit day and led GU to a 13-3 win on the road at San Diego on Friday night.

    The Zags (23-19, 13-9) put the game out of reach early against the Toreros (20-26, 9-13), posting five runs in the second inning, and then piling on eight more to tie their highest-scoring output of the year. GU also posted a season-high 17 hits in the game, led by huge days from Ernie Yake and Nick Brooks.

    "Tonight was a big-time effort all around, we were clicking on all cylinders," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "That was a special five-hit night for Ernie Yake. We are looking forward to the opportunity to win a series on the road tomorrow."

    Yake had the first five-hit game for a Zag since Sam Brown on April 30, 2017, going 5-for-5 while reaching base six times with three runs and four RBI. Brooks was 3-for-5 with a homer and two doubles along with two RBI and a run scored.

    Three more Zags had two hits each in Isaac Barrera, Branson Trube and Jake Vieth. Trube's pair of hits included a two-run homer and a team-high four RBI on the day.

    The Zags also got another solid start out of ace Daniel Bies, who went 7.0 innings and scattered 10 hits while giving up just two runs and striking out six with three walks. He forced the Toreros to strand 11 runners during his seven innings. Taylor Davis came on to finish the final two innings for GU, allowing one run and just two hits while striking out one.

    The five-run second included Brooks' two-run homer, an RBI double by Barrera and a two-RBI single from Yake. After USD came to within 5-2, the Zags added two runs each in the fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings.

    In the fourth, Gunnar Schubert had an RBI single, and Yake scored from second after a USD throwing error on a ball put in play by Trube. Trube then posted the next four with a two-RBI single in the sixth and a two-run homer in the eighth.

    Yake finished his day in the top of the ninth when he knocked home a pair with a double down the right field line.

    The Zags and Toreros will play the second of a three-game series on Saturday at 5 p.m. at San Diego. Links to live coverage are available on GoZags.com.

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    Gonzaga defeats San Diego 5-3 Final Game Stats Link

    Zags had only 5 hits this evening but were aided by 4 Toreros infield errors...

    Gonzaga improves to 14-9 in the WCC...

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    Baseball Comes Back for 5-3 Win at USD

    Schubert’s 3-RBI double put GU in the lead


    May 5, 2018

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Gonzaga baseball rode solid pitching and timely hitting to a 5-3 win at San Diego on Saturday evening in San Diego, Calif.

    Freshman starter Alek Jacob overcame two early runs to turn in 5.1 solid innings and Gunnar Schubert put the Zags (24-19, 14-9) in the lead with his bases-loaded, bases-clearing double in the fifth inning to help GU beat the Toreros (20-27, 9-14).

    “Today was a great job by the guys of grinding out a win on the road on a day that we didn’t play extremely well,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “We got a clutch hit from Schubert, and were able to get the ball to [Casey] Legumina with a lead. We are ready to get back out on the diamond tomorrow.”

    Gonzaga was outhit 10-5, but two hits apiece from Schubert and Austin Pinorini and four Torero error made all five Zag runs unearned.

    On the mound, GU’s bullpen entered in the sixth and didn’t allow a run over the last 3.2 innings. Trent Schulte earned two outs to get out of the sixth, Calvin LeBrun faced one batter in the seventh and Casey Legumina earned his league-leading 12th save of the year by pitching the final 3.0 innings. He struck out five and allowed just two hits.

    San Diego took the lead with two runs off Jacob in the opening inning and kept the Zags off the board until the fourth when a throwing error allowed Schubert to scamper home. The GU shortstop then had his big hit to give the Zags a 4-2 lead in the sixth.

    After a USD run pulled the score to 4-3, Gonzaga got another in the top of the sixth when Pinorini came in from third on a wild pitch.

    The Zags and Toreros will play the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. at San Diego. Links to live coverage are available on GoZags.com.

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    Gonzaga squanders a 4-1 lead with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th...Game now tied at 4-4 and headed
    into extra innings...

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    San Diego defeats Gonzaga 5-4 with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th...

    Zags take 2 of 3 from the Toreros in the weekend series...Zags drop to 14-10 in the WCC...

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    Baseball Takes Extra-Inning Loss at USD, 5-4

    GU’s four-run seventh erased with two late USD HRs


    May 6, 2018

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    SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Gonzaga baseball took a 4-1 lead into the ninth, but San Diego found its power with the tying and winning runs coming off homers in the series final on Sunday in San Diego, Calif.

    GU (24-20, 14-10) posted a four-run seventh inning to erase a 1-0 deficit and headed to the ninth inning where a three-run pinch hit homer by the Toreros tied it. USD (21-27, 10-14) then added a solo shot in the bottom of the 11th to take the win.

    “We gave ourselves every chance to sweep this weekend and just couldn’t finish today,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “We needed a big series win on the road and we accomplished that. We are proud of our effort this weekend and now get to head home to finish up finals and our last two homestands.”

    Lefty starter Mac Lardner pitched well for the Zags, going 6.0 innings and allowing just one run on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

    On offense, Isaac Barrera and Ernie Yake had two hits, an RBI and a run scored each, while Gunnar Schubert had two RBI, a hit and reached two more times on walks.

    The starting pitchers traded zeroes in the scoring column through the first 5.5 innings before USD got on the board with a solo homer off Lardner in the sixth. But, the Zags answered right back in the top of the seventh with a big inning.

    Barrera and Yake hit back-to-back RBI singles to grab the lead 2-1, and then Schubert knocked home a pair with a single through the left side. GU had five hits in the inning on the way to a 4-1 lead.

    After the GU bullpen worked through jams in the seventh and eighth, the Toreros got to Legumina in the ninth with a pinch-hit three-run homer to force extra innings.

    Gonzaga will play its final non-conference games of the season next weekend at home against New Mexico State in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Live coverage will be available at GoZags.com.

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