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    Baseball Wraps Reg. Season at LMU

    GU looking to gain on BYU for league regular season title


    Gonzaga (28-21, 16-8) at Loyola Marymount (28-21, 14-10)
    May 17-19 | Los Angeles, Calif. | Page Stadium
    Live Video | Live Stats


    Friday, May 17 | 6 p.m.
    Gonzaga RHP Nick Trogrlic-Iverson vs. LMU TBA

    Saturday, May 18 | 6 p.m.
    Gonzaga LHP Mac Lardner vs. LMU TBA

    Sunday, May 19 | 1 p.m.
    Gonzaga LHP Justin Blatner vs. LMU TBA

    Zags Roll Lamar in Non-Conference Series
    - Gonzaga got on the bats to the tune of 41 runs in three games against visiting Lamar during its non-conference series and home finale last weekend.
    - Josh Bristyan homered twice, including a Sunday grand slam, in just five total at-bats in the series, Ernie Yake had eight hits and six RBI, and Troy Johnston reached base nine times with five hits.
    - Yake hit a solo home run in the 8th inning of Game 1 to break a 6-6 tie.
    - Mac Lardner (7.0 innings) and Matthew Henckel (2.0 innings) combined on the Game 2 shutout.
    - GU had two five-run innings in game three and eight of 22 hits were for extra bases. Jack Krauel added four RBI alongside Bristyan's grand slam.

    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 nine saves, leads the team with seven wins, and has 74 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched.
    - Jacob is holding opposing hitters to a .202 batting average and has a 2.34 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 Leading the Pitching Staff
    - Gonzaga left-hander Mac Lardner has been impressive over his seven WCC starts. He's hasn't allowed more than three runs in any outing and has gone 4-0 with a 3.05 ERA across 44.1 innings.
    - Lardner has pitched through the sixth in each of his last five starts and struck out at least eight in three of his last four outings.
    - Against the WCC, he has 40 strikeouts against just six walks.

    Iverson Finding the Right Stuff
    - After a tough start to the season out of the bullpen, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson has been solid down the stretch of the season, starting three times and coming out of the pen seven times in his last 10 outings.
    - In that stretch, he has kept opponents scoreless in five of seven outings in relief and gone at least 5.0 innings in each of his starts, while compiling a 4.30 ERA in 29.1 innings with 20 strikeouts.
    - Most recently, he had a perfect game through the fifth inning against Lamar, with seven strikeouts, before the Cardinals got to him in the sixth.

    .300
    - Gonzaga has four everyday players hitting over the magical .300 mark on the year.
    - Troy Johnston leads the way at .338 with a team-high 26 doubles -- one shy of the school record.
    - Nick Nyquist is next at .327 and has a team-high 50 RBI and 23 walks.
    - Guthrie Morrison is at .320 in his first year in a Zag uniform with a team-best 43 runs scored.
    - Ernie Yake is at .304 and has struck out just 13 times in 204 at-bats.
    - Austin Pinorini (.296), Daniel Fredrickson (.295) and Mason Marenco (.294) are all one great game away from crossing the .300 mark as well...


    Team Notes
    - Gonzaga has played in five extra-inning games this season and is 4-1 overall.
    - GU is 13-6 at home and 14-12 in true road games.
    - Gonzaga has 112 doubles to just 58 for opponents, but has 38 total homers compared to 59 for opponents.
    - GU is 10th nationally in doubles per game at 2.29 with Troy Johnston's 0.53 doubles per game, 2nd in the nation.
    - Gonzaga is also good at taking pitches, getting HBPs 70 times on the year.
    - GU has also struck out 72 less times than their opponents in total on the year.

    Offense Rolling
    - Gonzaga has scored six runs or more in 12 of the last 16 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 28-60 (.467) with runners in scoring position. Josh Bristyan is 10-for-25 (.400) and Troy Johnston is 22-for-57 (.386) with RISP.
    - Nyquist leads the way with 50 RBI on the season, while nine others have at least 16, including Johnston's 43, Pinorini's 33 and Yake's 28

    Streaks
    - Troy Johnston and Austin Pinorini each have current 21-game on base streaks.
    - Each also have a seven-game hit streak heading to the weekend.

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    After winning 2 of 3 @ home last week vs USF scoring 20 in game #1 & 17 in game #3, BYU loses to last place SCU 4-2. Zags now 1/2 game back, tied in loss column.

    Really have their work cut out for them vs LMU this weekend.
    We didn't want the guy anyway.

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    Zags take 1st game of the series, Gonzaga defeats LMU 1-0...

    Nick Nyquist hits a home run in the top of the 7th for the only run of the game...

    Nick Trogrlic-Iverson, goes 7 complete innings giving up only 2 hits and collecting 7 strike outs, gets the win for the Zags...

    Gonzaga improves to 17-8 in the WCC...

    http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=231894

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    Iverson Gem, Nyquist Homer Earn 1-0 Win at LMU

    Nick Nyquist hit a seventh-inning homer for the game’s only run


    Gonzaga 1 - LMU 0 Final Box Score Link


    LOS ANGELES – Gonzaga starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson dazzled on the mound and Nick Nyquist hit a solo homer for the only run of the game in a 1-0 Gonzaga win at Loyola Marymount on Friday night in Los Angeles.

    Trogrlic-Iverson combined with closer Alek Jacob to help Gonzaga (29-21, 17-8) move into a tie for first in the West Coast Conference, while LMU (28-22, 14-11) is left battling for one of the two remaining spots in the WCC Tournament.

    "It was just an all-around well-played baseball game," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We are really happy with Iverson tonight, he really set the tone on a Friday night. Nick Nyquist got the huge hit, and Alek Jacob came in and did his thing. We are ready to get back out there tomorrow."

    Trogrlic-Iverson and LMU starter Codie Paiva put up zeroes through the sixth, until Nyquist broke up the shutout with a solo home run to left center in the top half of the seventh inning.

    On the night, Trogrlic-Iverson turned in a fantastic performance, going 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out seven and retiring the last 15 batters he faced. Jacob came on and completed the shutout for his 10th save, allowing just two hits and striking out three in 2.0 innings of work.

    With a 1-0 lead, Jacob worked around a leadoff double in the eighth inning, getting a strikeout and groundout to end the frame. He got the first two in the ninth, and then closed the game with a strikeout after an LMU single.

    GU and LMU will play the second of a three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Page Stadium in Los Angeles. Links to live coverage will be available at GoZags.com.

    Gonzaga Article Link

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    Gonzaga drops an 8-1 decision to LMU...

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    Baseball Falls at LMU, Finale Sunday

    Davis threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief


    LMU 8 - Gonzaga 1 Final Box Score Link


    LOS ANGELES – Gonzaga baseball managed just one run in an 8-1 loss on Saturday at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Calif.

    The Lions (29-22, 15-11) scored all eight runs in the first five innings to take a commanding lead over the Gonzaga (29-22, 17-9). The loss assures GU of no higher than the No. 2 seed in the West Coast Conference Tournament.

    "We got outplayed tonight, and we have to tip our hat to their starter [Josh Agnew]," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We are looking forward to a better effort tomorrow and getting some momentum heading into Stockton [WCC Tournament]."

    GU got two hits each from Isaac Barrera and Daniel Fredrickson, along with a double and RBI from Ernie Yake to lead the offense. Starter Mac Lardner lasted 4.2 innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits with four strikeouts. Reliever Taylor Davis turned in a dominant outing, finishing the final 3.1 innings with eight strikeouts and just two hits allowed.

    The Lions jumped on the board right from the start, getting two in the first and one more in the second before GU could score. The Zags got one back in the third when Ernie Yake doubled home Isaac Barrera, but LMU came right back with one in the fourth for a 4-1 lead.

    The Lions added four more runs in the fifth inning to take a big lead into the final innings.

    GU got a two-out double by Fredrickson in the ninth, but the Zags weren't able to convert.

    Gonzaga and LMU will wrap up their three-game series and GU's regular season schedule on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Los Angeles. Links to live coverage will be available at GoZags.com.

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    Baseball Claims 4-1 Win to Take LMU Series

    GU will enter WCCs as No. 2 seed Thursday


    Gonzaga 4 - LMU 1 Final Box Score Link


    LOS ANGELES – Gonzaga baseball got a great performance by a quartet of pitchers on the way to a 4-1 win to take the series at Loyola Marymount on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    Gonzaga (30-22, 18-9) spot starter Michael Spellacy pitched well in his 3.1 innings of work to set the tone against the Lions (29-23, 15-12). He kept the Lions scoreless and allowed just three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. He gave way to freshman Daniel Naughton who got the win with 2.2 innings of work allowing just one run. Mason Wells got two outs in the seventh and Alek Jacob cleaned up the final 2.1 for his 11th save.

    Brett Harris went 3-for-5 for the Zags, Guthrie Morrison added two hits, and Ernie Yake reached base three times on a hit and two walks to lead the offense.

    Gonzaga got on the bats right from the start, getting two in the first inning. Troy Johnston knocked home the first run with a single, and then Pinorini followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

    GU's Spellacy was relieved by Naughton with one on and one out in the fourth, and he was able to strike out the next two batters to get out of the inning and protect the lead.

    Naughton was cruising until an LMU solo homer in the sixth brought the score to 2-1. The offense picked him up in the 7th with two more runs to make it 4-1. Josh Bristyan brought home the first run on a pinch-hit single, and then Yake put the pressure on with a squeeze bunt to score Bristyan from third after a single by Jack Krauel had moved him over.

    Jacob then came on to close out the game and allowed just one hit over the final 2.1 innings.

    Gonzaga advances to the West Coast Conference Tournament and will play on Thursday in the four-team, double-elimination bid for a league title and automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals. Links to live coverage will be available at GoZags.com.

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