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    Baseball Hosts USF, League Lead on the Line

    Friday opener to be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m.

    Gonzaga (20-17, 12-6) vs. San Francisco (24-17, 12-6)
    April 26-28 | Spokane, Wash. | Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field
    Live Video | Live Stats

    Friday, April 26 | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
    USF RHP Riley Ornido vs. GU LHP Mason Wells

    Saturday, April 27 | 6 p.m. |
    USF LHP Scott Parker vs. GU LHP Mason Wells

    Sunday, April 28 | 12 p.m. | SWX/
    TBA vs. TBA

    Johnston, Nyquist, Morrison on a Tear in April
    - The bulk of the GU offense has come from Troy Johnston and Nick Nyquist over the past month - 13 games in April heading into USF series.
    - Johnston is third in the NCAA in doubles with 20 (behind two others that have 21), 11 of which have come in the month of April.
    - Johnston has raised his batting average 43 points since April 1st (.286 to .320) by hitting .382 in April.
    - Nyquist raised his batting average 59 points (.237 to .296) by hitting .367 in the month.
    - Nyquist has slugged .796 and reached base at a .448 clip for an April OPS of 1.244.
    - Nyquist has hit five homers, four doubles, a triple, 13 runs and knocked in 21 RBI -- courtesy of two five-RBI games -- in April.
    - Morrison raised his batting average 35 points (.281 to .316) by hitting .371 in April.
    - Morrison has a team-best 23 hits in the month with seven doubles, six RBI and 12 runs scored.

    Freshman Wells into Starting Role
    - Mason Wells was moved into the Friday starting role as a freshman and has responded nicely.
    - Wells has started six games and compiled a 3.99 earned-run average, while holding hitters to a .196 batting average.
    - He has two 8.0-inning complete games in his six starts, the only two complete games on the GU staff this season.
    - Wells has gone less than 5.0 innings just once in the span -- a 4.2-inning outing against Pacific that GU won.
    - Wells went 7.0 innings at Portland last weekend, allowing just two runs on four hits with four strikeouts, to earn his first collegiate win.

    Jacob on NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List
    - Alek Jacob was one of 45 players nationally named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List.
    - Starting out the year as a starter, but converting to the closer due to need, he has racked up eight saves, leads the team with five wins, and has 60 strikeouts in 54.2 innings pitched.
    - The sophomore stepped back into the starting role against Santa Clara over the weekend and went 5.0 innings, earning a win.
    - Jacob is holding opposing hitters to a .188 batting average and has a 1.65 ERA on the year.

    Zags Take Two of Three at Santa Clara
    - Gonzaga dropped the opener 4-0 at Santa Clara, but bounced back to take the next two games and win the road series.
    - Nick Nyquist had a huge second game, going 3-for-5 with a double, triple, home run and five RBI.
    - Alek Jacob went 5.0 innings to get the win in that second game.
    - On Sunday, Mac Lardner got the victory, going 8.1 innings, while Nick Trogrlic-Iverson got his first-career save.

    Pac-12 Foes Aplenty
    - Gonzaga is now 3-4 against the Pac-12 this season after falling 11-10 against No. 3 Stanford on Monday and defeating Washington State 8-5 on Tuesday.
    - Against WSU, the Zags got a two-run homer from Troy Johnston and 2.2 hitless innings from Trent Schulte to close out the game.
    - Earlier this season, Gonzaga won 5-3 on the road at Utah. In that game, the Zags got 4.1 innings from lefty starter Matthew Henckel (2 R, 7 H) and 4.2 innings from the bullpen (combined 1 R, 6 H), and Nick Nyquist hit a three-run homer with the Zags down 2-1 in the sixth to put them ahead for good.
    - In March, Gonzaga took down last year's College World Series participant Washington in a single-game midweek contest, 5-4. The Zags got out to leads of 3-0 and 4-3, before breaking a four-all tie in the bottom of the eighth. Ernie Yake knocked home Brett Harris with a hard-hit ball to the first baseman's left for the deciding run. Michael Spellacy came out in the ninth and went 1-2-3 for his first career save.

    Johnston Named WCC Player of the Week (4/14)
    - Junior outfielder Troy Johnston hit .643 (9-for-14) in three games, collecting at least two hits in each game. He had four doubles, scored four times and knocked in two runs.
    - On Friday, Johnston went 2-for-5 with a double and scored a run in GU's 4-2 series-opening win. Then on Saturday, he helped GU to a 19-3 win with three hits, including two doubles, three runs and an RBI. Then on Sunday in an 11-inning, 4-3 GU win, he went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
    - For the week, he also had seven putouts in right field without an error and notched a slugging percentage of .929.
    - Johnston's huge week moved him into the No. 1 spot nationally in doubles per game at 0.56, and third in total doubles with 18.

    Harris Breaks Out
    - JuCo transfer 3B Brett Harris had eight hits (.444) across four games two weeks ago and then added a three-run homer -- his first as a Zag -- against Pacific on that Friday.
    - Harris' biggest game came in the series finale against San Diego with two doubles, four RBI and two walks. He got the Gonzaga rally started in the ninth inning with the team down by three when he ripped a two-run double to left, and GU went on to win in walk-off fashion.
    - He also had a 3-for-4 day in GU's midweek win over Washington with a double, RBI and run scored.

    Team Notes
    - Gonzaga has played in five extra-inning games this season and is 4-1 overall.
    - Gonzaga has won seven of its last 10 games.
    - GU is 6-3 at home and 13-11 in true road games.
    - Gonzaga has 87 doubles to just 45 for opponents, but has 22 total homers compared to 42 for opponents.
    - GU is sixth nationally in doubles per game at 2.35 with Troy Johnston's second-ranked 0.54 doubles per game.
    - Gonzaga is also good at taking pitches, getting HBPs 51 times on the year.
    - GU has also struck out 45 less times than their opponents in total on the year - 259-213.

    Offense Rolling
    - Gonzaga has at least 10 hits in 11 of the last 15 games and scored six runs or more in six of the last eight games.
    - In 13 April games, GU is hitting .294 as a team, compared to hitting just .259 in the month of March.
    - Nick Nyquist has been on fire when it comes to driving in runs, going 19-for-44 (.432) with runners in scoring position. Josh Bristyan is 7-for-18 (.389) and Troy Johnston is 15-for-41 (.366) with RISP.
    - Nyquist leads the way with 35 RBI on the season, while eight others have at least 10, including Johnston's 24, Pinorini's 22 and Yake's 21.

    - Troy Johnston and Austin Pinorini each have current nine-game hitting streaks.
    - Ernie Yake has reached base in each of the last nine games as well.

    Spellacy Rising
    - Michael Spellacy earned his first-career save with a perfect ninth inning against Washington in a 5-4 win.
    - This past week, he was moved into a Saturday starting role at Portland and gave the Zags 6.0 innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and striking out four with no walks.
    - He pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless relief against Pacific, allowing just one base runner.
    - Spellacy also went 5.0 innings of relief at Pepperdine on Saturday of that series, allowing just one run on four hits.
    - Spellacy had a solid outing in his time on the mound at Texas A&M. In the second game of the series, he worked 3.2 shutout innings in relief.

    Gonzaga Article Link

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    Gonzaga defeats San Francisco 15-8...Zags finish with 17 hits...

    Troy Johnston leads the Zags with 4 hits on 5 at bats...Johnston finishes with a double, 2 home runs and 5 RBIs...

    Guthrie Morrison was also 4 for 5 for the Zags this evening...

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    Baseball Powers Way Past USF, 15-8

    Troy Johnston hit two homers and knocked in five runs

    Gonzaga 15 - USF 8 Final Box Score Link

    SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball got two home runs from Troy Johnston and 17 total hits from the offense in a 15-8 win over San Francisco on Friday night in Spokane, Wash.

    Gonzaga (21-17, 13-6) got the offense going early and often, taking a 6-2 lead into a sixth inning where they added six more runs to break the game open against the Dons (24-18, 12-7). Johnston had four hits and five RBI to go along with his two homers, while Guthrie Morrison also had five hits, two RBI and two runs scored, and Daniel Fredrickson had three hits and three runs scored.

    "Friday night with the top two teams in the league, we knew they might punch first, but I'm proud of the way the guys responded and swung the bats tonight," associate head coach Danny Evans said. "We strung together a bunch of good at-bats and really put the pressure on USF."

    On the mound, Mason Wells got the win, going 5.1 innings and allowing three runs on four hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson and Trent Schulte each threw a scoreless inning in the victory.

    Johnston got his huge day started with a solo home run in the first, and Isaac Barrera added an RBI single in the second to tie the score at 2-2. After a scoreless third, GU got three in the fourth on an RBI triple from Fredrickson and a two-RBI single from Morrison for a 5-2 lead.

    Then in the sixth, Johnston doubled two more home as part of a five-hit, six-run inning that was capped by a two-RBI single from Josh Bristyan.

    GU's 12-3 lead turned into a 14-3 when Johnston hit his second homer of the day in the seventh inning and put the Zags comfortably ahead. USF mounted a rally with five runs in the eighth, but GU scored one more on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Slade Heggen for the final score.

    The Zags and Dons will play the second of a three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. Links to live coverage will be available at

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    On Saturday evening, Gonzaga defeats USF 14-3...Zags improve to 14-6 in the WCC...

    Gonzaga collects 19 hits including 4 home runs...

    Mac Lardner goes 8 innings and gets the win for the Zags...

    Troy Johnston goes 3 for 4 including 1 double and 2 HRs and has 5 RBIs...

    Brett Harris goes 4 for 5 including 2 doubles and drives in 1 run...

    Nick Nyquist went 1 for 3 including a HR and 2 RBIs...

    Mason Marenco goes 3 for 4 including a HR and has 4 RBIs...

    Gutherie Morrison goes 3 for 5 for the Zags...

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    Baseball Rolls to 14-3 Win Over USF

    Johnston had two-HR, five-RBI in second straight game

    Gonzaga 14 - USF 3 Final Box Score Link

    SPOKANE, Wash. — The Gonzaga offense picked up right where it left off last night's game, racking up 20 hits, including four homers, in a 14-3 rout of San Francisco on Saturday night in Spokane, Wash.

    All four of Gonzaga's homers were of the two-run variety, with Troy Johnston hitting two, Mason Marenco hitting the first homer of his career and Nick Nyquist hitting his team-leading ninth of the year. The GU (22-17, 14-6) onslaught started with six runs in the first inning after opening the game with five straight hits against the Dons (24-19, 12-8).

    "We did a good job against both of their starters, and that's the key," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We really put them behind the eight-ball with that six-spot in the first inning. Our guys are starting to learn that every inning is important in a three-game series, and we gave ourselves the opportunity to save some of our pitching by continuing to put up runs."

    On the mound, Mac Lardner was effective, going 8.0 innings and allowing seven hits and three runs with eight strikeouts and two walks. Daniel Naughton finished a perfect final inning with two strikeouts.

    Johnston's two-homer, five-RBI day was his second in a row. He had three hits in the game and scored three times. Brett Harris had four hits with two doubles, two runs and an RBI, and both Guthrie Morrison and Marenco each had three hits. Marenco totaled four RBI with a run scored.

    In the first inning, GU posted six hits and scored six runs, getting a RBI doubles from Johnston and Harris, and a two-RBI single from Marenco.

    After a scoreless second and third, the string of two-run homers started with Johnston's first of the day in the fourth. Marenco hit one in the fifth, and then Johnston and Nyquist capped the scoring with one each in the sixth.

    Gonzaga and San Francisco will wrap up the series on Sunday at Noon in Spokane, Wash. Links to live coverage will be available at

    Gonzaga Article Link

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    Zags sweep the Dons 12-3 this weekend...Gonzaga improves to 15 -6 in the WCC...

    Mason Marenco with the grand slam HR in the 8th inning...

    Zags Alek Jacob with 5 innings of relief work gets the win...

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    Sweep Complete! Baseball Beats USF 12-3 in Series Finale

    GU scored 12 or more runs in all 3 games of sweep

    Gonzaga 12 - San Francisco 3 Final Box Score Link

    SPOKANE, Wash. — For the third straight day, Gonzaga baseball's offense came through with a monster day in a 12-3 win and series sweep over San Francisco on Sunday afternoon.

    Gonzaga (23-17, 15-6) posted 12 or more runs in each of the three games and at least 15 hits in all three to knock the Dons (24-20, 12-9) out of the top spot in the WCC standings.

    "It's a huge statement weekend, and for us to set ourselves up to play some meaningful games in May, it's really excited," assistant coach Brandon Harmon said. "It's contagious right now, and I think they are really celebrating each other's successes. We have guys that are maybe not doing things that show up in the box score, but they are really impacting what this team is doing. That's really the fabric of who we are."

    Gonzaga starter Justin Blatner pitched well in his 4.0-plus innings, allowing just one run on three hits with four strikeouts and zero walks. Reliever Alek Jacob entered with one on in the fifth inning and went the distance to get his team-leading sixth win. He threw 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with a strikeout and a walk.

    On offense, Austin Pinorini and Nick Nyquist each had three RBI, while Mason Marenco drove in four on a grand slam. Nyquist had three hits in the game, while Pinorini, Marenco and Josh Bristyan each had two.

    For the third straight day, Gonzaga jumped on the board early with three runs in first inning. Pinorini got his big day started with an RBI single for the first run and Nyquist then followed with a single of his own to score two more for a 3-0 lead.

    USF got on in the second inning, but the game went scoreless until GU came to the plate in the fifth and posted five runs on six hits. Pinorini and Nyquist did more damage with the former knocking home two on a triple and the later knocking home one on a single. Josh Bristyan capped the inning with an RBI single up the middle.

    Marenco then came to the plate with the bases loaded in the eighth and smashed his second home run of the weekend and first-career grand slam to left field to make it 12-3.

    Gonzaga will hit the road for a midweek game on Tuesday at No. 2 Oregon State at 5:35 p.m. Links to live coverage will be available at

    Gonzaga Article Link

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    3 butt-kickings in a row of a contender.

    This post is for March Madness seeding purposes only.

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