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    Baseball Faces Tough Test at No. 7 Arkansas

    GU plays four in Fayetteville starting Thursday

    Gonzaga (2-2) at No. 7 Arkansas (3-0)
    Feb. 20-23 | Fayetteville, Ark. | Baum-Walker Stadium'
    Live Stats | Live Video: Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday


    Probables
    Thursday, Feb. 20 | 12 p.m. PT/2 p.m. CT

    LHP Keaton Knueppel (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Kole Ramage (0-0, 0.00)

    Friday, Feb. 21 | 1 p.m. PT/3 p.m. CT
    LHP Mac Lardner (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Connor Noland (1-0, 0.00)

    Saturday, Feb. 22 | 12 p.m. PT/2 p.m. CT
    RHP Alek Jacob (0-0, 6.75) vs. LHP Patrick Wicklander (1-0, 0.00)

    Sunday, Feb. 23 | 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT
    RHP Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (0-1, 4.50) vs. TBA

    All-time vs. the Razorbacks
    - After going 1-3 in the first four all-time meetings against Arkansas, GU has won the last four in the series.
    - The last three GU wins have come in Fayetteville with a mid-week single game in 2016 and a pair in 2015.
    - Gonzaga has scored 36 total runs against the Razorbacks in the last three meetings at Baum-Walker Stadium.
    - The two teams have not met since 2016.

    Surprise Opening Weekend
    - The Zags went 2-2 in an up-and-down opening weekend that featured a lot of new faces.
    - Ten total players, including seven pitchers made their Gonzaga debuts over the four games in Surprise.
    - GU defeated No. 25 Oregon State once (in two meetings) and took their single game against New Mexico, while dropping the opener to BYU.
    - The end to GU's win over New Mexico came in wild walk-off fashion: after losing a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth to face a 4-2 deficit, GU loaded the bases in the bottom half, scored one with a sacrifice fly and then scored two after a chopper to shortstop was thrown wide of first base. Ernie Yake was hustling all the way from second to score on the play in which the ball never left the infield.

    Quick hits: Offense
    - Jack Machtolf reached base eight times in 15 plate appearances with four hits and four walks on the week.
    - Newcomers Tyler Rando and Gabriel Hughes, along with Ryan Sullivan, each collected five hits in four games to lead the offense.
    - Sullivan knocked in five runs, including a three-run homer to seal the game against No. 25 Oregon State.
    - Sullivan hit for the cycle over the course of the weekend, collecting a double and a triple, and he also stole a team-high two bases on the weekend.
    - Sullivan and Hughes each had a four-hit game in the win over Oregon State on Saturday.

    Quick hits: Defense
    - Ryan Sullivan made his first start as a Zag in the outfield - after playing only first base last season - and showed his range with a highlight reel diving catch.
    - Redshirt freshman Stephen Lund started behind the plate in three of the four games and came in the late stages of the fourth to put the ball in play that eventually scored the two runs for the walk-off win.
    - Josh Bristyan started in centerfield - after playing only middle infield last season - due to injury to last season's everyday centerfielder Guthrie Morrison.
    - Freshman Gabriel Hughes played first base in the first three games and then started on the mound in the fourth game. He also batted in the middle of the lineup in the game he pitched.
    - As a team, Gonzaga made just two errors in four games for a .987 fielding percentage.

    Quick hits: Pitching
    - The Gonzaga staff had 39 strikeouts, but walked 21, in 35.0 innings, holding hitters to a .262 batting average.
    - Gonzaga's upperclassman trio of seniors Mac Lardner and Nick Trogrlic-Iverson and junior Alek Jacob is line to serve as the weekend rotation.
    - Lardner turned in a fantastic outing against BYU on Friday, going 6.0 innings with 0 ER, 1 H, 9 K and 2 BB.
    - Freshman Gabriel Hughes started his first career game and went 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
    - With Hughes start against New Mexico, GU was one strike away from an all-freshman shutout with Reagan Haas and William Kempner out of the bullpen. New Mexico got to Kempner for four runs with two outs in the ninth before GU came back to win.
    - Out of the pen, freshman Reagan Haas and Jacob Rutherford each turned in scoreless appearances, facing two batters each. Alec Gomez also was solid, going 4.0 innings in relief and allowing just one run on three hits with four strikeouts.

    Season Opening Surprise
    - Gonzaga opened in Surprise, Arizona, for the fourth straight season.
    - This was the 19th consecutive season the Zags have started the year in a warm-weather climate (since 2002)...they've now played 11 season openers in Arizona since 2003, including six of the last seven (2014: Tucson, 2016: Phoenix, 2017-18-19: Surprise).
    - Head coach Mark Machtolf is entering his 17th season at the helm of the program, and his 30th season on the Gonzaga coaching staff overall. He has a career record of 483-389-2 after the first weekend of play....

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    Arkansas defeated Gonzaga this afternoon 7-5...
    Zags out hit the Razorbacks 11 to 8 but left 11 runners on base...

    http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=292070

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    Baseball Drops Game 7-5 at No. 7 Arkansas

    GU outhit the Razorbacks 11-8, but had 11 LOB

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Gonzaga baseball outhit No. 7 Arkansas 11-8, but left 11 runners on base in a 7-5 loss to open the four-game series in Fayetteville, Ark.

    Gonzaga (2-3) twice came back from deficits to tie the score, but the Razorbacks (4-0) had the final answer with two runs in the seventh inning to take the win.

    "We did a good job of battling, but didn't play a clean enough game to win," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We gave too many free passes and didn't turn a couple plays into outs, which you need to do against a team of that caliber. We are ready to get back out there tomorrow."

    Stephen Lund went 3-for-4, while Brett Harris, Tyler Rando and Ryan Sullivan each had two hits. Rando pushed his hit streak to all five games on the year.

    Gonzaga starter Keaton Knueppel threw for the first time in nearly two years and went 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout. Daniel Naughton was solid in relief with 4.0 innings of work, allowing just two runs on two hits with five strikeouts.

    Gonzaga answered a pair of second-inning Razorback runs with two of their own on Harris' first home run of the season. Harris went opposite field on the windy day and scored Ernie Yake, who had reached on a walk.

    A bit of bad luck followed the Zags in the bottom of the third when Arkansas scored two on a pop fly to centerfield that Josh Bristyan lost in the sun. That was part of a three-run inning, but GU was there to answer once again.

    Bristyan knocked home one with a groundout in the fourth, and then Sullivan and Gabriel Hughes hit back-to-back doubles in the fifth to bring the Zags within one. Later in the inning, Jack Machtolf knocked home the tying run with a groundout to make it 5-5.

    On the mound, GU's Daniel Naughton faced just one over them minimum in the fourth, fifth and sixth to slow down the Razorbacks. After retiring the first batter of the seventh, Naughton's day was done and Arkansas put a pair of runners aboard against GU's Jacob Rutherford. Those runners came on to score after Rutherford was relieved by Trystan Vrieling. Vrieling settled in and pitched the final 1.2 innings.

    Gonzaga and Arkansas will play the second of a four-game series in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday at 1 p.m. PT/3 p.m. CT. Check GoZags.com for links to live coverage.

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    Gonzaga falls to Arkansas 9 to 3 this afternoon...

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    Baseball Falls at No. 7 Arkansas

    Hughes hit his first-career homer in the loss

    Arkansas 9 - Gonzaga 3 Final Box Score Link

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Gonzaga baseball mounted a rally in the middle innings, but wasn't able to keep up with No. 7 Arkansas in a 9-3 loss on Friday afternoon in Fayetteville, Ark.

    Gonzaga (2-4) drew five walks and had five hits, but Arkansas' nine hits turned into nine runs against the Zags' pitching staff. Gabriel Hughes hit his first collegiate home run for Gonzaga and Ernie Yake had two hits and a run scored to pace the GU offense.

    "Mac [Lardner] gave us a good start today, but need to buckle down when we got in a jam in the middle innings," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "Today was a good learning experience in minimizing those situations to allow our offense to answer back. We look forward to another good test and opportunity to play a complete game tomorrow."

    On the mound, Mac Lardner had a solid start, going 5.0 innings and allowing five runs (four earned) with six strikeouts and two walks. After Reagan Haas allowed four runs in his 2.0 innings, Michael Spellacy pitched a hitless inning with two strikeouts.

    After the Razorbacks posted a run in the fourth inning, Gonzaga tied it in the top of the fifth with an RBI single by Brett Harris. But that tie was short-lived as Arkansas scored four off Lardner in the fifth.

    Hughes hit his deep home run in the sixth with a runner on base to bring the score to 5-3 heading to the bottom of the inning. Arkansas had the answer with two more runs in the sixth and then two in the seventh to take the 9-3 lead.

    Gonzaga and Arkansas will play Game 3 of the four-game set on Saturday at 12 p.m. PT/2 p.m. CT in Fayetteville, Ark. Check GoZags.com for links to live coverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerpZag View Post
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    "Gonzaga starter Keaton Knueppel threw for the first time in nearly two years and went 2.1 innings"
    Knueppel's glove got some traction on twitter. IMO, Mike Roth handled it well.




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    Well, that was kinda' D...U...M...
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    Arkansas defeats Gonzaga this afternoon 5-0...Zags held to 2 hits and commit 3 errors...

    Alex Jacob takes the loss for Gonzaga...

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    Baseball Downed at No. 7 Arkansas

    Zags-Razorbacks wrap four-game series Sunday

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Gonzaga baseball wasn't able to get its offense going against No. 7 Arkansas on Saturday in a 5-0 loss in Fayetteville, Ark.

    GU (2-5) managed just one hit against Arkansas (6-0) starter Patrick Wicklander over his 6.0 innings, and the Razorbacks posted five runs to keep enough distance.

    For the Zags, starter Alek Jacob was solid in his outing, allowing just three earned runs as an error cost GU two more during hits 5.2 innings. Reliever Alec Gomez was solid in his 2.0 innings of relief, keeping Arkansas scoreless with just three hits and three strikeouts.

    On offense, GU's Ernie Yake and Josh Bristyan collected the lone hits, both singles. Bristyan reached base three times with a walk and a hit by pitch.

    Arkansas scored a run on an RBI single in the second and the score stayed that way until the Razorbacks got two in the fifth and then a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 5-0.

    Gonzaga and Arkansas will wrap up the four-game set on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT in Fayetteville, Ark. Check GoZags.com for links to live coverage.

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    Arkansas defeats Gonzaga 9-5 on Sunday afternoon...

    The Razorbacks sweep the 4 game series with the Zags...

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    Long flight home.
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    Baseball Comes Up Short at No. 7 Arkansas

    GU looks to bounce back at South Alabama in next series

    Arkansas 9 - Gonzaga 5 Final Box Score Link


    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Gonzaga baseball battled all game long, but fell short in a 9-5 loss on Sunday to wrap the series at No. 7 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

    Gonzaga (2-6) scored in three consecutive innings from the fifth to the seventh, but it wasn't enough to keep pace with the Razorbacks (7-0). GU had 11 hits in the game, including five different players with two hits each, while Arkansas had 14 total hits.

    "This series was not the outcomes we were looking for, and we just weren't able to play a complete game in all three areas," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We are definitely disappointed, but we believe playing a team of this caliber is going to make us better moving forward."

    Catcher Tyler Rando added three RBIs with his two hits in the game, while Ernie Yake also had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Jack Machtolf and Mason Marenco each scored once on two hits, while Brett Harris had a pair of hits of his own.

    Arkansas built a 5-0 lead through four innings off of GU starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson and reliever William Kempner, but Gonzaga answered with three runs of its own in the top of the fifth. Machtolf singled and Marenco walked to open the inning, followed by a one-out RBI double from Yake and a two-out, two-RBI single from Rando to make it 5-3.

    As would become the theme, the Razorbacks answered in the bottom half of the inning with a run. GU matched that run in its next at-bat when Gabriel Hughes scampered home on a wild pitch to make it 6-4.

    Arkansas got three more in the bottom of the sixth before GU added its final run of the day on a sacrifice fly from Rando in the seventh.

    Trystan Vrieling and Hughes kept the Razorbacks off the board for the final 2.1 innings, but the GU offense was unable to come up with a late rally.

    Gonzaga will be back on the road for a three-game series at South Alabama on Feb. 28-March 1 in Mobile, Ala. Check GoZags.com for links to live coverage.

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