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GU hosts Saint Mary's for three, WSU on Monday

Gonzaga (24-17, 15-6) vs. Saint Mary's (25-17, 10-8)
May 3-5 | Spokane, Wash. | Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field
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Friday, May 3 | 6 p.m.
Gonzaga LHP Mason Wells vs. Saint Mary's RHP Tyler Thornton

Saturday, May 4 | 6 p.m.
Gonzaga LHP Mac Lardner vs. Saint Mary's LHP Ken Waldichuk

Sunday, May 5 | 12 p.m.
Gonzaga TBA vs. Saint Mary's RHP Carlos Lomeli

Gonzaga (24-17) vs. Washington State (8-31-1)
May 6 | 6 p.m. | Spokane, Wash. | Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field
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GU Takes Down No. 3 Oregon State
- Gonzaga took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning and never looked back, dropping the third-ranked Beavers, 6-3.
- Starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson was fantastic, going 5.0 innings and allowing just one run on two hits.
- Michael Spellacy threw 2.1 scoreless innings and freshman Daniel Naughton struck out the side in the ninth.
- Troy Johnston continued his torried month, launching a two-run homer to pace the offense.

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 six wins, and has 64 strikeouts in 60.1 innings pitched.
- Jacob is holding opposing hitters to a .185 batting average and has a 1.79 ERA on the year.
- In April, Jacob was even better, compiling a 0.83 ERA with three saves and a 3-0 record across seven appearances with one start. He struck out 24 in 21.2 innings and held hitters to a .162 batting average for the month.

Lardner Coming on Strong
- Gonzaga left-hander Mac Lardner has been impressive over his six starts since returning from injury. He's hasn't allowed more than three runs in any outing and has gone 4-0 in that span.
- Lardner has pitched through the sixth in each of his last four starts and struck out at least eight in each of his last three times on the mound.

Pac-12 Foes Aplenty
- Gonzaga is now 3-4 against the Pac-12 this season after defeating then-No. 3 Oregon State.
- Last time out against Washington State, 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, Nyquist, Morrison Tore Up April
- Gonzaga hit .318 as a team in 17 April games, bolstered by the combined batting averag of .402 from the trio of Troy Johnston, Nick Nyquist and Guthrie Morrison.
- Johnston is tied for first in the NCAA in doubles with 22, 13 of which came in the month of April.
- Johnston has raised his batting average 55 points since April 1st (.286 to .341) by hitting .417 in April.
- Nyquist raised his batting average 74 points (.237 to .311) by hitting .383 in the month.
- Nyquist has slugged .783 and reached base at a .479 clip for an April OPS of 1.262.
- Nyquist has hit six homers, four doubles, a triple, scored 19 runs and knocked in 26 RBI -- courtesy of two five-RBI games -- in April.
- Morrison raised his batting average 56 points (.281 to .337) by hitting .402 in April.
- Morrison has a team-best 33 hits in the month with eight doubles, eight RBI and 19 runs scored.

Zags Dominate San Francisco
- Gonzaga put together three 12-plus run games in a weekend sweep of San Francisco, who entered the series tied with GU for second in the league standings.
- Troy Johnston had four home runs and 10 RBI in the series to lead a powerful Gonzaga offense that racked up 51 hits in three games. Guthrie Morrison ahd nine hits in the game.
- On Friday, GU had 15 runs and 19 hits, including Johnston's two homers, and then on Saturday GU hit four two-run homers with two from Johnston and one each from Mason Marenco and Nick Nyquist.
- Sunday, Marenco hit a grand slam and Nyquist had three hits, three RBI and two runs scored to power the Zags.

Freshman Wells into Starting Role
- Mason Wells was moved into the Friday starting role as a freshman and been consisten.
- Wells has started seven games and compiled a 4.10 earned-run average, while holding hitters to a .197 batting average.
- He has two 8.0-inning complete games in his seven starts, the only two complete games on the GU staff.
- 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.

Johnston Named WCC Player of the Week (4/14 and 4/28)
- Junior outfielder Troy Johnston collected his second player of the week award in the last three weeks.
- This past week, he hit five homers, drove in 12 runs and scored nine times as Gonzaga went 4-0 with a win over WSU and a sweep of San Francisco.
- Two weeks ago, he 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.

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 eight games.
- GU is 9-3 at home and 14-11 in true road games.
- Gonzaga has 93 doubles to just 50 for opponents, but has 30 total homers compared to 46 for opponents.
- GU is 13th nationally in doubles per game at 2.27 with Troy Johnston's nation-leading 0.54 doubles per game.
- Gonzaga is also good at taking pitches, getting HBPs 56 times on the year.
- GU has also struck out 66 less times than their opponents in total on the year.

Offense Rolling
- Gonzaga has at least 10 hits in 14 of the last 19 games and scored six runs or more in 10 of the last 12 games.
- In 17 April games, GU hit .318 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 22-for-48 (.458) with runners in scoring position. Josh Bristyan is 9-for-21 (.429) and Troy Johnston is 18-for-48 (.375) with RISP.
- Nyquist leads the way with 40 RBI on the season, while nine others have at least 12, including Johnston's 36, Pinorini's 27 and Yake and Morrison's 21 each.

- Troy Johnston and Austin Pinorini each have current 13-game hitting streaks, while Guthrie Morrison and Ernie Yake have each hit safely in eight straight.
- Ernie Yake has reached base in each of the last 13 games, and Mason Marenco in five in a row.

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