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    Baseball Hosts New Mexico State in Non-Conference Series

    Gonzaga has won eight of its last 11 games


    May 10, 2018

    Gonzaga (24-20) vs. New Mexico State (33-16)
    Friday-Sunday | Spokane, Wash.
    Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field



    PROBABLES

    Friday, May 11: RHP Kyle Bradish (6-3, 3.41 ERA) vs. RHP Daniel Bies (5-4, 2.67 ERA)
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    Saturday, May 12: LHP Jonathan Groff (8-2, 2.66 ERA) vs. RHP Alek Jacob (5-4, 3.25 ERA)
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    Sunday, May 13: LHP Alex Pinedo (5-3, 4.11 ERA) vs. LHP Mac Lardner (5-2, 2.44 ERA)
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    FIELD DEDICATION TO HONOR COACH Steve Hertz

    - Gonzaga Baseball will dedicate its field to longtime head coach and athletic department development officer Steve Hertz on Friday. The ballpark will be renamed Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field Presented by Washington Trust. The ceremony will take place on the field prior to Friday’s game at approximately 5:30 p.m. ahead of the 6:05 p.m. game time.
    - Hertz, who is retiring from Gonzaga Athletics in July, served as the head baseball coach for 24 seasons, beginning in 1978. He retired from his head coaching position in 2003 and has spent the last 15 years in Athletic Development, rising to Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Major Gifts.

    WEEKLY RECAP

    - Gonzaga took the first two games of its series at San Diego last weekend and led 4-1 heading to the ninth in the finale, but a three-run USD homer and run in extra innings spoiled the sweep.
    - Ernie Yake had a great week at the plate, including the first five-hit game of his career and first for a Zag this season. For the week, he went 7-for-15 (.467) with five RBI and five runs scored and posted a .529 on-base percentage.
    - Yake led an offensive barrage on Friday night at USD, going 5-for-5 and reaching base six times in a 13-3 win. He knocked home four runs and scored three times in the 13-3 win, notching two doubles, three singles and a hit by pitch.
    - In a 5-3 win on Saturday, Gunnar Schubert went 2-for-4 with three RBI on a bases-loaded double and GU took advantage of four USD errors to score all five runs unearned.
    - On Sunday, the Zags ninth-inning lead vanished on a three-run homer, and the Toreros posted a solo home run in the 11th to win 5-4. Schubert was 2-for-3 with two more RBI.

    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 second nationally with a .984 fielding percentage.
    - The Zags have committed just 25 errors all year, second in the nation behind only Yale’s 21 (.985). - GU is also in the top 100 in double plays and double plays per game defensively.

    OFFENSE:

    - Freshman Ernie Yake has been on a tear over the last seven games. In that span he’s raised his batting average 32 points from .283 to a team-leading .315, going 14-for-29 (.483) with a .559 on-base percentage, team-high seven runs scored and five RBI.
    - Nick Brooks found his power stroke over the last seven games, posting three home runs and two doubles in that stretch. He’s second on the team with six home runs on the year, despite playing in just 32 games and starting just 20 of 44.
    - 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 29 and 28, and tied for second in total hits.
    - Last weekend at San Diego, Schubert had a pair of multi-RBI games and notched at least one in all three games, totaling six for the series.
    - Of Schubert’s 28 RBI this season, 15 have come with two outs, the most on the team.
    - 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 31 walks, 12 more than any teammate. He also has 11 HBPs, second behind Carson Breshears’ 14. - Fourth on the team in batting average, Vieth’s 42 free passes (walks + HBPs) have given him the highest OBP on the team at .423, 34 points higher than any teammate.
    - Trube has a team high 29 runs scored, and 29 RBI. Of Trube’s 29 RBI, 12 have come with two outs. - Trube leads GU with 17 multi-hit games, followed by 15 for Schubert and Yake.
    - Schubert is 4-for-7 (.571) with the bases loaded this season, while Yake is 3-for-6 (.500), the two highest marks on the team.
    - Brooks leads the team with a .400 batting average with two outs (12-for-30). Yake has the most two-out hits at 20 (20-for-52, .385).
    - Schubert has also been fantastic with runners on any base when he comes to bat, going 29-for-87 (.333) when there’s a Zag aboard.
    - Gonzaga pinch-hitters are also getting the job done, hitting .317 on the season, going 13-for-41. 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 30 opportunities to lead off an inning and has reached base 15 times, 50 percent of the time.

    PITCHING:

    - Gonzaga pitching has been one of the best staffs in the nation this season, ranking 23rd in shutouts, 16th in ERA, 21st in walks allowed, 22nd in WHIP and 32nd in strikeout-to-walk ratio. The staff is No. 2 in the WCC in ERA, shutouts, WHIP, walks allowed and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
    - Gonzaga pitching has been stout in West Coast Conference action, allowing WCC hitters just a .236 batting average with a 2.82 ERA, the best marks in the league.
    - Counting only league games, Bies leads the WCC in strikeouts with 62 and Lardner and Jacob are tied for second with four wins each.
    - In WCC games, three GU pitches rank among the top 10 in ERA on the year with Lardner at 2.01, Legumina at 2.10, and Bies at 2.56.
    - After throwing a 3.0-inning save against LMU and USD each of the last two weekends, Casey Legumina enters the week with 12 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.

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    Gonzaga defeats New Mexico State 2-1...Calvin LeBrun gets the win for the Zags...

    Jake Vieth hits a 2 run home run in the bottom of the 7th to account for all the Zag scoring...


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    Vieth HR Lifts Baseball to 2-1 Win over NMSU

    Casey Legumina picked up his school-record 13th save





    May 11, 2018

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    SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball got a seventh-inning home run from Jake Vieth and a great staff pitching performance on the way to a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on Friday night. The Zags also honored longtime head coach Steve Hertz in the rededication of the field as Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field.

    Down 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Jake Vieth ripped a two-run homer over the left field fence to put the Zags in the lead for good. Closer Casey Legumina came on and dominated in a two-out save that gave him the single-season school record at 13. He passed Wyatt Mills (2017) and Cody Martin (2011) who each had 12.

    Facing an Aggie lineup that featured seven players hitting over .300 and a team batting average of .327 on the season, GU starter Daniel Bies put together a gem, but exited before the Zags took the lead. He went 6.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits with six strikeouts and zero walks. Calvin LeBrun faced a minimum three batters in working through the seventh, and Legumina allowed just one hit with a pair of strikeouts in 2.0 innings.

    On offense, Ernie Yake and Gunnar Schubert found themselves on base the most often, but it was Vieth who put the Zags in the lead. Yake and Isaac Barrera each had two hits, while Schubert reached three times with a single and a pair of walks.

    The Zags threatened early, putting Yake and Schubert on with singles in the third, but NMSU starter Kyle Bradish got out of that jam with a groundout.

    Vieth’s blast put the Zags in the lead in the bottom of the seventh with an opposite field shot for his team-leading eighth home run of the year. He brought home Nick Brooks who had reached on a strikeout-wild pitch.

    The Zags and Aggies will play the second of a three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

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    New Mexico State 2 - Gonzaga 1 Final Game Stats Link

    Zags DH Slade Heggen 2 for 3 on the evening...

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    Baseball Falls 2-1 to New Mexico State

    Spokane native Alek Jacob pitched 7.0 strong innings


    May 12, 2018

    SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball wasn’t able to come through on offense late in a 2-1 loss to New Mexico State at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field on Saturday night.

    The Zags fell to 25-21 on the year, and New Mexico State improved to 34-17.

    On offense, GU got a pair of hits from Branson Trube and Slade Heggen, and Austin Pinorini reached three times with a single and a pair of walks.

    After the Aggies posted single runs in the first and second innings, GU starter Alek Jacob kept the potent NMSU offense off the board over the next five innings. He went 7.0 in total, giving up just the two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. Reliever Justin Blatner entered to start the eighth and put up two more zeroes, going 2.0 innings and giving up just one hit with one strikeout and one walk.

    Gonzaga got one run back in the bottom of the second with an RBI single from Jake Vieth, but went scoreless over the next seven innings.

    GU threatened in the seventh with a leadoff double from Nick Brooks and a sacrifice bunt from Heggen to put a runner on third with one out. But, groundouts by Vieth and Isaac Barrera ended the threat. The Zags put two more runners on in the eighth, but weren’t able to push the tying run across.

    The Zags and Aggies will play the finale of a three-game series on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

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    Baseball Takes Series with 10-2 Win Over NMSU

    Mac Lardner pitched first complete game


    May 13, 2018

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    SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball exploded late on offense and got a complete game from Mac Lardner on the way to a 10-2 win over New Mexico State to take the series on Sunday afternoon.

    Lardner set the tone on the mound for the Zags, pitching his first complete game of the season, giving up just two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. On offense, Gonzaga got on the board first with a pair of runs in the fourth inning and then piled on late with four in the seventh and three in the eighth.

    “The guys did a good job of coming together and put together some good contact with some good at-bats,” associate head coach Danny Evans said. “These guys are good teammates and hard workers, and they’ve been able to bounce back when maybe they don’t have a great night. We have our goals ahead of us and we are stringing some wins together with pitching and defense.”


    Branson Trube went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and scored three times, while Ernie Yake added a two hits and two runs scored. Isaac Barrera and Gunnar Schubert each reached three times with a hit and two walks apiece.

    In the fourth, Nick Brooks hit a bases-loaded chopper to third and a throwing error on the NMSU third baseman allowed two runs to score for a 2-0 lead.

    The Aggies answered with one in the fifth inning, but GU that one right back in the sixth plus four more in the seventh. The Zags started the inning with back-to-back base hits by Barrera and Yake. After a pair of walks sandwiched around two run-scoring wild pitches, Austin Pinorini roped an RBI single into centerfield. Carson Breshears then capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field.

    GU then added a three runs in the eighth on the strength of a three-run homer by Trube, his seventh of the season.

    Gonzaga will play its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday at Washington State at 5 p.m. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Network.

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