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    Baseball Closes Non-Conference Play at WSU

    GU is 1-1 against the Cougars this season


    May 14, 2018

    Gonzaga Game Notes

    Gonzaga (26-21) at Washington State (15-27-1)
    Tuesday | Pullman, Wash. | Bailey-Brayton Field

    TV: Pac-12 Networks | Live Stats
    RHP Collin Maier (1-0, 5.52) vs. RHP Michael Spellacy (0-0, 6.00)

    Gonzaga (26-21, 14-10) vs. Santa Clara (25-24, 11-13)
    Friday-Sunday | Spokane, Wash. | Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field

    Game 1: Live video | Live Stats
    Game 2: Live video | Live Stats
    Game 3: Live video | Live Stats

    WEEKLY RECAP

    - Gonzaga won the bookends of a non-conference series with New Mexico State in Spokane, taking a 2-1 win on Friday and 10-2 win on Sunday, while losing 2-1 on Saturday.
    - New Mexico State entered the series hitting .327 as a team, and the GU pitching staff held them to a .192 batting average over three games, along with a 1.67 ERA.
    - Down 1-0 heading to the seventh, Jake Vieth hit a two-run opposite field homer to put the Zags in the lead for good.
    - Daniel Bies went six innings of one-run ball and Casey Legumina got a two-inning save, his school-record 13th of the year. He’s ranked first in the WCC and fourth in the nation with 13 saves.
    - Alek Jacob went 7.0 innings of two-run ball and Justin Blatner pitched two scoreless innings in the loss.
    - On Sunday, GU’s offense came alive late and Mac Lardner threw his first-career complete game, allowing just two runs. Branson Trube hit a three-run homer and scored three times. The top four spots in the order (Barrera 2, Yake 2, Schubert 3, and Trube 3) combined to score all 10 runs.

    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 27 errors all year, second in the nation behind only Yale’s 24 (.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 10 games. In that span, he’s raised his batting average 37 points from .283 to a team-leading .320, going 19-for-42 (.452) with a .511 on-base percentage, team-high nine runs scored and five RBI.
    - Nick Brooks found his power stroke over the last 10 games, posting three home runs and three doubles in that stretch. He’s second on the team with six home runs on the year, despite playing in just 35 games and starting just 23 of 47.
    - 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 32 and 28, and are second and third in total hits with 53 and 51.
    - Of Trube’s 32 Schubert’s RBI, 15 have come with two outs, tied with Schubert for 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 eight and is the most-patient Zag, leading the team with 31 walks, eight 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 .415, 31 points higher than any teammate.
    - Trube has a team high 32 runs scored, and 32 RBI, with three coming in the NMSU series finale.
    - Trube leads GU with 19 multi-hit games, followed by 17 for Yake, each had two in the NMSU series.
    - 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.
    - Yake leads the team with a .382 batting average with two outs (21-for-55).
    - Schubert has also been fantastic with runners on any base when he comes to bat, going 31-for-91 (.341) when there’s a Zag aboard.
    - Gonzaga pinch-hitters are also getting the job done, hitting .310 on the season, going 13-for-42. 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 31 opportunities to lead off an inning and has reached base 15 times, 48 percent of the time.

    PITCHING:

    - Gonzaga pitching has been one of the best staffs in the nation this season, ranking 10th in ERA, 14th in walks allowed, 15th in WHIP and 22nd 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 is the only starter with two complete games and leads the WCC in strikeouts with 62. 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 2.0 inning save against New Mexico State, Casey Legumina enters the week with 13 saves on the season, the best mark in the West Coast Conference and the fourth-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 thrown three complete games this year, his most recent coming 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 Santa Clara this evening 5-3 Final Game Stats Link

    Daniel Bies goes 7 innings and gives up 6 hits and 2 runs while striking out 10 gets the win for the Zags...

    Gunnar Schubert leads the Zags in hitting with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs...Nick Brooks and Jack Machtolf also hit home runs for Gonzaga tonight...

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    Baseball Wins 5-3, Clinches WCC Tourney Spot

    GU’s victory puts them in the WCC Tournament and shot at regular season title


    May 18, 2018

    Box Score

    SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball took care of business with a solid start from Daniel Bies and four home runs in a 5-3 win over Santa Clara Friday night that clinched a berth in next week’s four-team WCC Tournament.

    The win moved Gonzaga to 28-21 overall and 15-10 in the WCC, which leaves them just one game behind Pepperdine with two remaining in the regular season league race. Santa Clara dropped to 25-25 and 11-14 in the WCC, eliminating the Broncos from contention for a spot in the league tournament.

    “It’s great to get the win tonight and clinch that spot in Stockton,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “We’ve got a bunch of guys who are just ready to go. How about Calvin LeBrun? He was really good for us tonight. It was a good program statement for us. It’s a good feeling, our older guys are leading the way and our younger guys are chomping at the bit.”

    GU starter Daniel Bies cruised through the first six innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh, giving up his only two runs of the day. For the game, he struck out 10 over 7.0 innings and gave up just six hits. Calvin LeBrun picked up his third save of the game with a great performance in relief, going 2.0 innings, allowing just one baserunner via a walk and striking out two.

    On offense, Gonzaga did most of its damage with solo home runs, collecting a season-high-tying four in the game.

    Redshirt freshman Jack Machtolf hit the first of the GU homers in the second inning, which was also his first-career hit in his first-career start. The Machtolf homer also came with two outs and was the first of three consecutive innings the Zags hit a two-out solo homer.

    Gunnar Schubert then hit the first of his two on the day in the third with two outs and Nick Brooks did the damage with his own two-out shot in the fourth.

    Schubert’s second homer of the day – and year – went to the opposite field in the sixth and pushed the lead 5-0.

    Santa Clara didn’t go down without getting itself back in the game, scoring two in the seventh and one in the eighth. But, LeBrun entered in the eighth and promptly shut the door.

    Gonzaga and Santa Clara will play the second of a three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

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    Gonzaga wins again...Zags defeat the Broncos 9-0...Final Game Stats Link

    Jake Vieth led the Zags offensively with 3 hits and 4 RBIs...3 other Zags had 2 hits apiece...

    Alex Jacob started for Gonzaga and went 7 innings giving up only 3 hits while striking out 12...

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    Baseball Runs Away Early in 9-0 Win

    Alek Jacob struck out 12 Broncos in the win


    May 19, 2018

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    SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball posted nine runs in the first two innings and Alek Jacob struck out 12 on the way to a 9-0 shutout win over Santa Clara on Saturday night.

    The win moved Gonzaga to 29-21 overall and 16-10 in the West Coast Conference, and kept them within one game of Pepperdine for the league lead. The Waves beat Portland 6-2 to hold on to the top spot. On Sunday, a Gonzaga win and Pepperdine loss would clinch the No. 1 seed for GU in the WCC Tournament.

    On the mound, Jacob continued his fantastic freshman season, going 7.0 innings with a career-high 12 strikeouts and giving up just three hits while walking three. Matthew Henckel gave up just one hit in the eighth, and Taylor Davis held the shutout in the ninth.

    “That’s one that you can feel good about, getting a cushion like that early,” assistant coach Brandon Harmon said. “If you get up that big, you have to just stick with your plan. Alek [Jacob] did a great job of just mixing his pitches and keeping them off balance. He’s a guy that hitters just don’t see his ball well. He’s pretty fun to call pitches for, that’s for sure.”

    On offense, four Zags picked up multiple hits in the game, led by Jake Vieth’s 3-for-5, four-RBI day. Branson Trube picked up two hits, scored twice and knocked in a run, while Carson Breshears and Daniel Fredrickson each had two hits and reached base three times apiece.

    The Zags blew the game open in the first two innings, getting five runs in the first and four more in the second inning. GU had four hits in the first inning and took advantage of a Bronco error, putting its first six batters on base. Schubert started the scoring barrage with an RBI single and Vieth knocked home the first two of his four RBI on the day in the frame.

    In the second, Vieth knocked home two more with a single and Trube and Fredrickson each picked up RBIs to push the score to 9-0.

    Jacob continued to attack the strike zone on the mound for the Zags and picked up inning-ending strikeouts in six of his seven innings pitched, including stretch where he retired 10 straight. Jacob struck out the side in order in the third and fourth innings.

    Gonzaga and Santa Clara will wrap the three-game series on Sunday at noon. The last home game of the season will also feature Senior Day recognition for Gonzaga’s six seniors before first pitch. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

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    Baseball Falls 4-3 against Santa Clara Sunday

    GU's bullpen pitched five scoreless innings of relief





    May 20, 2018

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    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga baseball suffered a 4-3 loss in the series finale against Santa Clara on Sunday at the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.

    The loss drops GU to 29-22 on the year and 16-11 overall, ensuring them off the No. 2 seed at this week's West Coast Conference Baseball Championship.
    Santa Clara moved to 26-26, 12-15 on the year.

    Gonzaga honored its six seniors in a pregame ceremony: Branson Trube, Brendan McClary, Gunnar Schubert, Calvin LeBrun, Jake Vieth and Nick Brooks.

    GU starter Mac Lardner went 4.0 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. He gave way to Casey Legumina, who came in and kept Santa Clara scoreless over 3.0 innings of work, striking out two and giving up four hits. Calvin LeBrun entered to start the eighth and pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

    The Lions got on the board early and often on Lardner, posting two in the first and one each in the second and fourth innings. Three straight doubles to begin the game put the Zags in an early hole.

    Down 3-0 heading to the bottom of the third, the Zags got their first run of the game on a bases-loaded fielder's choice off the bat of Trube. And after going down 4-1, Trube came through again in the fifth with a two-out double to pull back within 4-2.

    The Zags got another one back in the eighth on a passed ball that allowed Jake Vieth to score. Daniel Fredrickson walked to load the bases back up, but a groundout by Carson Breshears ended the threat.

    Gonzaga will be back in action on Thursday at the WCC Tournament at a time to be determined. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

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    With a win today against Santa Clara, Gonzaga could have tied Pepperdine for 1st place in the WCC final regular season standings ...

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    Throughout the season it has struck me that the Zags have been on the losing end of a lot of 1 run games. A quick check shows that they were in 18 games decided by 1 run winning 7 and losing 11. I'm not sure what that means or if it is out of the ordinary but it looks to me like they were just a little short on offense, most of those 1 run games were low scoring. Good season so far anyway, maybe they can light it up in the post season.
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