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'
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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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