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    Baseball Opens WCC vs. LMU Thursday

    Gonzaga took two of three in this season's series against the Lions


    May 23, 2018

    Gonzaga Game Notes

    No. 2 Gonzaga (29-22, 16-11) vs. No. 3 Loyola Marymount (24-28, 15-12)
    Thursday | Stockton, Calif.
    Banner Island Ballpark


    PROBABLES
    Thursday, May 24: RHP Codie Paiva (6-5, 3.54) vs. RHP Daniel Bies (6-4, 2.59)
    Watch Live | Live Stats


    WEEKLY RECAP

    - Gonzaga entered the weekend needing one win to clinch a spot in the WCC Tournament and took care of that on Friday with a 5-3 win. GU followed that up with a 9-0 win on Saturday before falling on Sunday 4-3.
    - On Friday, Gonzaga hit four solo home runs, including the first two of the year from Gunnar Schubert. The right-handed shortstop hit one to left field and one to right field. Nick Brooks and Jack Machtolf each hit home runs as well.
    - On Saturday, Alek Jacob spun 7.0 innings with 12 strikeouts and the Zags scored all nine runs in the first two innings. Jake Vieth went 3-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored to lead the way on offense.
    - On Sunday, GU had the bases loaded in the eighth inning after scoring a run to pull within one, but a Carson Breshears groundout ended the threat. Casey Legumina and Calvin LeBrun combined for 5.0 innings of shutout relief. Branson Trube had two RBIs, and Vieth and Schubert each collected two more hits.

    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 29 errors all year, second in the nation behind only Yale’s 25 (.985).
    - GU is also in the top 75 in double plays and double plays per game defensively.
    - Catcher Austin Pinorini has been one of the best in the nation at throwing out baserunners, catching 18 of 39 would-be base stealers (46 percent).

    OFFENSE:

    - Gonzaga’s offense had one of its better series of the year against LMU the first time the two teams met in Spokane. GU hit .303 for the series, led by Ernie Yake’s 6-for-11 and Carson Breshears’ 5-for-11.
    - GU had 30 hits in the LMU series, with 10 going for extra bases (five doubles, five homers).
    - Freshman Ernie Yake has been on a tear over the last 14 games. In that span, he’s raised his batting average 38 points from .283 to a team-leading .321, going 25-for-60 (.417) with a .483 on-base percentage, team-high 11 runs scored and five RBI.
    - Nick Brooks found his power stroke over the last 14 games, posting four home runs and three doubles in that stretch. He’s second on the team with seven home runs on the year, despite playing in just 39 games and starting just 27 of 51.
    - 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 35 and 32, and are second and third in total hits with 58 and 57.
    - Of Trube’s 35 RBI, 16 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 32 walks, five more than any teammate. He also has 11 HBPs, second behind Carson Breshears’ 16.
    - Second on the team in batting average, Vieth’s 43 free passes (walks + HBPs) have given him the highest OBP on the team at .424, 32 points higher than any teammate.
    - Trube has a team high 34 runs scored, and 35 RBI, with three coming in the NMSU series finale. - Trube leads GU with 20 multi-hit games, followed by 19 for Yake.
    - Schubert is 4-for-8 (.500) with the bases loaded this season, while Yake is 3-for-8 (.375), the two highest marks on the team.
    - Yake leads the team with a .400 batting average with two outs (24-for-60), while Brooks is next at .395, going 15-for-38.
    - Schubert has also been fantastic with runners on any base when he comes to bat, going 33-for-99 (.333) when there’s a Zag aboard.
    - GU left fielder Isaac Barrera has a small sample size, but leads the team in batting average with runners in scoring position at .375 (6-for-16).
    - 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 38 opportunities to lead off an inning and has reached base 18 times, 47 percent of the time.

    PITCHING:

    - Gonzaga pitching has been one of the best staffs in the nation this season, ranking 7th in ERA, 12th in shutouts, 14th in WHIP and 28th in strikeout-to-walk ratio. The staff is No. 1 in the WCC in ERA and WHIP, and second in walks allowed and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
    - Gonzaga pitching has been stout in West Coast Conference action, allowing WCC hitters just a .242 batting average with a 2.76 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 72. Alek Jacob is tied for second with five league wins.
    - In WCC games, three GU pitchers rank among the top 10 in ERA on the year with Lardner at 2.53, Legumina at 1.91, 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 13th-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 dominates LMU tonight 13-1 Final Game Stats Link

    Gonzaga will next play Pepperdine tomorrow afternoon...

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    Baseball Blasts LMU 13-1 in WCC First Round

    Austin Pinorini went 4-for-5 with three RBI, Bies had 11 Ks


    May 24, 2018

    STOCKTON, Calif. — Second-seeded Gonzaga baseball rolled in every aspect on Thursday night in a 13-1 win over No. 3 seed Loyola Marymount at the WCC Tournament in Stockton, Calif.

    Gonzaga had a 4-0 lead through five innings, but broke the game open with a seven-run sixth inning. Altogether the Zags pounded out 15 hits on the day and scored a season-high-tying 13 runs.

    “We talked about getting our offense going and to come out and be ready to go,” associate head coach Danny Evans said. “[In the first inning] Gunnar Schubert has a great at bat and really got some momentum rolling with that homer. And Daniel Bies was really good tonight, hitting his spots and making good pitches. The guys were ready to go, we just said ‘let’s go have fun’ and the guys did exactly that.”

    GU starter Daniel Bies took advantage of a monstrous night by his offense and attacked the strike zone from the start. He racked up nine strikeouts through the first five innings on his way to a 11-strikeout performance, allowing just one run on four hits. Taylor Davis came on for the eighth and pitched the final 2.0 innings and had six strikeouts, while allowing just one batter to reach via hit by pitch.

    On offense, Austin Pinorini caught fire, going 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. Gunnar Schubert and Branson Trube each hit solo home runs and had two hits apiece, while Jake Vieth added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI of his own. Ernie Yake added two hits and three RBI.

    Schubert got the offense rolling with two outs in the first on his third home run of the season, which have all come in the last three games. GU added two more in the second inning with an RBI double from Vieth and a bases-loaded, double-play grounder off the bat of Carson Breshears.

    Pinorini then got his day rolling in the fourth with a solo home run, his fourth on the year, before capping off a seven-run sixth inning with a two-RBI double. In that big sixth inning, GU sent 12 batters to the plate. Trube got it started with his eighth homer of the season, followed by Nick Brooks’ RBI double, a bases loaded walk by Nick Nyquist, and a two-RBI single by Yake.

    On Pinorini’s at-bat in the sixth, he came to the plate needing a triple to complete the cycle and roped a ball down the right field line, but it caromed out to the LMU right fielder in time to hold him to a double. GU hasn’t had a player hit for the cycle since March 11, 2011, when Tyler Chism accomplished the feat.

    GU added two in the eighth, getting an RBI single from Yake and a run on a wild pitch.

    Gonzaga will be back in action on Friday at the WCC Baseball Championship and take on top-seeded Pepperdine, who defeated No. 4 San Francisco on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the winner will advance unbeaten to the championship round. Live coverage can be found on GoZags.com.

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    Gonzaga defeats Pepperdine 4-2 this evening Final Game Stats Link

    Zags score 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to pull out the victory...

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    Gonzaga will play the winner of tonight's Pepperdine vs. LMU game tomorrow at 3pm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerpZag View Post
    Gonzaga defeats Pepperdine 4-2 this evening Final Game Stats Link

    Zags score 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to pull out the victory...

    Thanks Terp.

    Anyone know why Zags @ #2 seed were the home team vs #1 PEP?
    "I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in..."

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    Baseball Advances to WCC Finals with 4-2 Win over Pepperdine

    Gonzaga will play in its third straight WCC Final


    May 25, 2018

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    STOCKTON, Calif. -- No. 2 seed Gonzaga baseball broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth and closed out a 4-2 win over top-seeded Pepperdine to advance to the West Coast Conference Championship final.

    The win puts Gonzaga (31-22) into the championship round for the third straight year, and GU will face the winner of Friday night's elimination game between Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. The team who advances would have to beat GU twice to take home the title, while one win for GU would clinch the championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

    Pepperdine (30-23) tied the score at 2-2 in the seventh, but a pair of GU runs on a single by Austin Pinorini and a bases-loaded strikeout that got away from the catcher to allow Pinorini to score from third.

    "That eighth inning was a great response after they tied the game, and getting two made it tough on Pepperdine," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "Alek Jacob has been throwing the ball well the last three weeks, and [Casey] Legumina did what he does. His fastball was sharp, his slider was sharp and you feel good about having him out there to close it. Our infield defense was exceptional today, too, it's a real strength for our club."

    GU starter Alek Jacob gave the Zags a solid start, going 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Casey Legumina got the win after entering for Jacob in the seventh and pitching 2.2 innings of shutout ball with a pair of strikeouts.

    On offense, Nick Brooks went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, and both Isaac Barrera and Jack Machtolf posted two hits apiece.

    After Pepperdine's Jordan Qsar roped a solo home run off Jacob in the top of the second, Brooks came to the plate after a Jake Vieth walk and deposited a 3-2 curveball onto the top of the porch in right field for his eighth homer of the year.

    Jacob cruised through the middle innings, retiring 13 in a row at one point, but a leadoff double in the seventh, followed by a sacrifice bunt chased the freshman with one out. Legumina entered and after a walk to his first batter, a sacrifice fly off the bat of Pepperdine pinch hitter Billy Cook tied it a 2-2.

    Gonzaga got back on the bats in the eighth to retake the lead, however. Schubert led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third after an errant throw on the stolen base. After Trube walked to put runners on the corners, Pinorini came through with another clutch at-bat with a single to right that brought home Schubert. GU loaded the bases with two outs, and after two more walks, a wild pitch on a strikeout kept the inning alive and allowed Pinorini to sprint home to make it 4-2.

    Legumina then came out for the ninth and went 1-2-3 to close it out.

    Gonzaga will take on the winner of Friday night's elimination game between LMU and Pepperdine at 3 p.m on (Saturday). Live coverage can be found on GoZags.com.

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    Pepperdine defeats LMU 7-6 with a walk off 3 run home run in the bottom of the 9th...

    The Zags will play the Wave tomorrow for the WCC Tournament Championship...

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    After 2 complete innings, Zags lead 2-0...

    Jake Vieth with a 2 run home run...

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    Zags add on, now lead 3-0 after 3 complete innings...

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    After 4 complete innings, Zags lead 3-2...

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    In the top of the 6th, Jake Vieth hits another home run...This time a 3 run HR...I liked the reaction of the Pepperdine pitcher after the pitch was hit...

    Zags lead 6-2 after the top of the 6th inning...

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    Heading into the 7th, Zags lead 6-2...

    Gonzaga's Mac Lardner has gone 6 innings so far...Giving up 5 hits and 0 runs with 0 walks and 5 strike outs...

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    In the middle of the 7th inning, Zags now lead 9-2...

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    Zags Lardner sets down the Waves...1...2...3...in the bottom of the 7th...

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    In the top of the 8th inning, Gonzaga continues to pound Pepperdine pitching...

    Zags score 4 more runs and now lead 13-2...

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    Mac Lardner goes 7.2 innings before being relieved...

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    After 8 complete innings, Gonzaga leads Pepperdine 13-2...

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    After the top of the 9th, Gonzaga leads 17-2...

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    Gonzaga uses impressive pitching and hitting to defeat Pepperdine 17-2 and claim the WCC Baseball Tournament Championship...

    Gonzaga 17 - Pepperdine 2 Final game Stats Link

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    Baseball Rolls to WCC Championship, 17-2

    Jake Vieth hit 2 HRs and drove in six runs





    May 26, 2018

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    STOCKTON, Calif. — Senior Jake Vieth hit two homers and Gonzaga baseball rolled on offense to a WCC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament berth with a 17-2 win over top-seeded Pepperdine on Saturday in Stockton, Calif.

    “You can’t beat that, our pitchers have carried us all year and I loved the way our offense was dialed in this weekend,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “The way the guys responded again this weekend was phenomenal.”

    The win gives Gonzaga the conference’s automatic qualifying spot in next weekend’s NCAA Tournament Regional rounds. It will mark the second time in the last three years that GU has earned a berth into the NCAAs, third time under Machtolf and 10th overall appearance.

    Jake Vieth put the Zags out in front early with a two-run homer in the second and broke the game open with a three-run blast in the sixth. That was all starting pitcher Mac Lardner needed, going 7.2 innings and allowing just two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. GU’s offense just kept going, putting up three more in the seventh and four in the eighth and ninth. GU’s 17 runs and 18 hits were both season-highs.

    The Zags huge offensive numbers were led by Vieth’s two-homer, six-RBI game. Carson Breshears posted four hits, Austin Pinorini knocked in a pair and scored twice on two hits, and Ernie Yake had three doubles, an RBI and a run scored.

    Gonzaga struck first with Vieth’s two-run homer in the second inning. Pinorini continued his hot streak at the plate with a leadoff single to put a man on for Vieth, who cleared the fence easily in the deepest part of the ballpark in left centerfield.

    The Zags added one more on a sacrifice fly by Schubert in the third, but Pepperdine answered in the bottom of the fourth with a two-RBI double down the left field line.

    GU posted zeroes in the fourth and fifth on offense, but Vieth came to bat again in the sixth with two runners on and promptly rocketed a shot well over the right field fence for a three-run blast for a 6-2 lead.

    The Zags piled on three more runs in the seventh with a one-out RBI double by Yake and a two-out two-RBI double off the bat of Austin Pinorini that brought home a pair and the rout was on.

    The Zags will learn their NCAA Tournament Regional location during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday morning at 9 a.m. PT. The national seeds will be released by the NCAA on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PT.

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    2018 WCC Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team

    Name School Class POS

    Daniel Bies Gonzaga Jr. RHP
    Cooper Chandler Pepperdine Fr. RHP
    Tyler Cohen Loyola Marymount Sr. RHP
    Riley Helland San Francisco Jr. IF/C
    Matthew Kanfer Pepperdine Jr. OF
    Mac Lardner Gonzaga So. LHP
    Austin Pinorini Gonzaga Jr. C
    Jordan Qsar Pepperdine Jr. OF
    **Jake Vieth Gonzaga Sr. IF
    Billy Wilson Loyola Marymount Sr. OF

    **Most Outstanding Player

    2018 WCC Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team Link

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