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    Baseball Hosts CSUN in First Home Series Friday

    GU will play four against the Matadors over the weekend

    Gonzaga (3-8) vs. CSUN (8-3)
    Friday-Sunday, March 6-8 | Spokane, Wash. | Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field
    Live Stats | Game Notes (PDF)


    Probable Starting Pitchers
    Fri., March 6 | 3 p.m. | Live Video

    CSUN - RHP Blake Sodersten (2-1, 4.76 ERA) vs. GU - LHP Mac Lardner (0-2, 2.41 ERA)

    Sat., March 7 | 1 p.m. | Live Video
    CSUN - RHP Blaine Traxel (2-0, 3.32 ERA) vs. GU - RHP Alek Jacob (1-1, 3.38 ERA)

    Sat., March 7 | 4 p.m. - Doubleheader | Live Video
    CSUN - RHP Gavin Lizik (1-0, 3.97 ERA) vs. GU - RHP Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (0-2, 6.08 ERA)

    Sun., March 8 | 12 p.m. | Live Video
    CSUN - TBA vs. GU - TBA

    Home Opening Notes
    - Gonzaga is 14-2 all-time under Mark Machtolf in home openers, including 14 wins in a row after dropping the
    first two of his head coaching career.
    - Last season, GU took a 5-4 win over Washington in its home opener.
    - GU is 7-1 when starting the home schedule with a non-conference matchup under Machtolf.

    Last Time Out
    - Gonzaga went 1-2 in a three-game set in Mobile, Ala., winning the middle game against South Alabama.
    - In the win, GU scored 13 runs, including nine in the final two innings, after erasing a 3-1 deficit for a 13-3 win.
    - Eight Zags had multiple hits in the win, led by a 3-for-5, 3-run, 2-RBI performance from Ernie Yake.

    Designated Hitter
    - Gonzaga DH Tyler Rando has impressed in his first month in a Zag uniform, reaching base safely in all 11 games thus far and leading the team in hitting with 13 hits and a .333 batting average.
    - The Mission College transfer also has drawn a team-best six walks and has a team-leading .417 on-base pct.
    - Rando, a right-handed batter, is hitting .419 off right-handed pitchers so far this season.

    Heating Up
    - As a team, Gonzaga .296 in its three-game series at South Alabama with five players hitting . 333 or better.
    - 1B/OF Ryan Sullivan hit .417 for the series (5-for-12) with three doubles, four runs scored and three RBI.
    - Ernie Yake and Stephen Lund each hit their first home runs of the year. For Yake, it came off the first pitch of the game in GU's win, and for Lund, the homer was the first of the redshirt freshman's career.
    - Tyler Rando hit .400 and drew four walks for the series, while Brett Harris, Josh Bristyan and Yake all hit .333.

    Clutch Hitters
    - Gonzaga's Ernie Yake has been the team's best with runners in scoring position, hitting .500 (4-for-8) on the year.
    - Brett Harris is 4-for-11 (.364) and Ryan Sullivan has been solid at 5-for-15 (.333) with RISP.
    - Redshirt freshman Alex Shanks has also taken advantage of his opportunities, going 2-for-5 (.400) with RISP.

    K-Rates
    - For the series at South Alabama, GU's pitching staff had 32 strikeouts in 25.1 innings, putting them at 102 Ks in 92.1 IP for the season, a ratio of 10 Ks per nine innings.
    - Redshirt junior Alek Jacob had 11 strikeouts in 6.1 innings against USA, while senior Mac Lardner had 10 Ks in 7.2 innings in his start over the weekend. Lardner leads the team with 25 Ks, while Jacob has 23.

    Youth in the 'Pen
    - Freshman phenom Gabriel Hughes has also been impressive on the mound with 10 Ks in his 9.2 innings of relief, including a save with three K's in 2.2 innings of GU's win at South Alabama.
    - Hughes is holding opposing hitters to 3-for-29 (.103) on the season and has yet to allow a run.
    - Freshman Trystan Vrieling has pitched 5.2 innings out of the pen and allowed just one run on the season while holding opposing hitters to a .158 batting average.
    - Newcomer Alec Gomez has thrown 7.2 innings out of the pen with a 3.52 ERA and 8 Ks on the year, while holding opposing hitters to a .233 batting average...

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    Gonzaga scores 1 run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th
    to tie up the game with CSUN 3-3...Game now headed to extra innings...

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    CSUN scores a run in the top of the 10th and defeats Gonzaga
    4-3...

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    Baseball Falls in Extras to CSUN, 4-3

    Machtolf homers, knocks home three in loss

    CSUN 4 - Gonzaga 3 Final Box Score Link

    SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga baseball tied the game in the ninth to force extras, but CSUN had the answer in the 10th to win 4-3 on Friday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field.

    After leading 2-0 early, Gonzaga (3-9) found itself down 3-2 heading into the ninth and came back to tie the score on a single from Jack Machtolf before the Matadors (9-3) scratched out a run in the 10th.

    Gonzaga starter Mac Lardner was solid in his outing, going 6.0 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. Michael Spellacy pitched three innings of scoreless relief, and Gabriel Hughes struck out three in the 10th before CSUN got their final run.

    On offense, Machtolf led the way with two hits and three RBI, including a homer. Stephen Lund had two hits and scored once, while Tyler Rando reached twice on a hit and a walk to move his on-base streak to 12 games.

    Gonzaga got on the board first with Machtolf's first home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field to score Lund for a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

    CSUN came right back with single runs in the third and fourth to tie the score, and then the Matadors added another in the fifth on a solo homer to take a 3-2 lead.

    Gonzaga got more offense from Machtolf to tie it in the ninth inning. With runners on first and second, Machtolf hit a shallow single down the left field line to score pinch runner Alex Brenner from second. GU loaded the bases after a walk from Bristyan, but a hard line drive off the bat of Grayson Sterling was caught in centerfield.

    CSUN answered right back in the 10th with a leadoff triple and then a two-out single to go ahead 4-3. Gonzaga put the leadoff runner aboard on an error, but went down in order after that.

    Gonzaga and CSUN will play a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field. Check GoZags.com for links to live coverage.

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    In the 1st game of a doubleheader, Gonzaga scores 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to
    defeat CSUN 4-3...

    https://gozags.com/sports/baseball/s.../boxscore/7428

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    In the 2nd game of the doubleheader, CSUN scores 1 run the the top of the 9th
    to defeat Gonzaga 4-3...

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    Baseball Splits Doubleheader with CSUN

    GU took a walk-off win in Game 1, fell late in Game 2


    Gonzaga 4 - CSUN 3 Final Box Score Game #1

    CSUN 4 - Gonzaga 3 Final Box Score Game #2

    SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga baseball earned a 4-3 walk-off win in the opener of a doubleheader against CSUN, but fell to the Matadors 4-3 in the nightcap on Saturday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field.

    Gonzaga (4-10) came from down a run in the ninth in the first game, but CSUN (10-4) erased a two-run deficit late in the second game to win.

    Game 1 – Gonzaga 4, CSUN 3
    Gonzaga got a walk-off single by Jack Machtolf with two outs in the ninth inning to complete a come-from-behind win over the Matadors.

    Gonzaga trailed 3-2 entering its final at-bat and put together three hits and a walk to set up Machtolf's game-winner. Ernie Yake singled to start the inning and then scored on a double by Brett Harris. Harris moved to third on a fielder's choice and then Machtolf deposited his game-winning hit.

    Starter Alek Jacob went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with six strikeouts, before giving way to Alec Gomez in the sixth. Gomez was nearly unhittable, pitching a scoreless final 4.0 innings with two strikeouts, a walk and just one hit allowed.

    On offense, Yake and Harris led the way with three-hit games, while Anthony Garrett had two in his first-career start.

    The Zags put two on in the first inning and Ryan Sullivan knocked home the first with a sacrifice fly. One batter later, Stephen Lund ripped a single to make it 2-0 Zags.

    CSUN answered right away in the second with a three-run inning, but Jacob settled in after that and combined with Gomez to keep the Matadors off the board the rest of the way.

    Game 2 – CSUN 4, Gonzaga 3
    CSUN took advantage of three Gonzaga errors in the game to score four unearned runs, including two in the final two innings to get the win.

    GU took a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning, but a two-out, two-run homer after a GU error tied the game. The Matadors then scored their final unearned run in the ninth after Mason Le reached on an error.

    GU starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson had a fantastic outing, going 8.0 innings and allowing three runs (zero earned) on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks. On offense, Ernie Yake went 2-for-3 with a homer, while reaching base three times.

    Gonzaga scored first, getting a solo homer from Stephen Lund to make it 1-0. Meanwhile, Iverson was cruising through four before giving up an unearned run in the fifth.

    GU answered to go up 3-1 with another solo homer, this time off the bat of Yake.

    Later, Iverson appeared to be out of the inning in the eighth, but an error put a runner on with two outs and CSUN's Denzel Clarke hit a two-run homer to tie it at 3-3.

    Gonzaga and CSUN will wrap the four-game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Check GoZags.com for links to live coverage.

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    Baseball Scores Late for 4-2 Win over CSUN

    GU’s bullpen pitched 5.0 scoreless innings of relief

    Gonzaga 4 - CSUN 2 Final Box Score Link

    SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga baseball scored three runs in its final two at-bats and got 5.0 scoreless innings from its bullpen in a 4-2 win over CSUN on Sunday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field.

    The win gave the Zags (5-10) a split in the four-game series with the Matadors (10-5), with both wins in come-from-behind fashion.

    Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Gonzaga scored one in that inning and then two in the eighth while the bullpen continued to keep CSUN off the board. Daniel Naughton came on with one out in the ninth to get the save. His outing, combined with 2.2 scoreless innings from Trystan Vrieling and 1.2 scoreless innings from William Kempner backed up a nice start from Mason Wells.

    Wells kept the CSUN bats from getting going in his first start of the season. Wells allowed just two earned runs on two hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

    Tyler Rando led the offense with three hits, including a single to start an eighth inning in which pinch runner Alex Brenner scored to tie the game. Jack Machtolf reached base twice and knocked in a run.

    Gonzaga got on the board first for the fourth straight game against the Matadors with Ryan Sullivan bringing in a run on a fielder's choice.

    After CSUN hit a solo homer in the top of the third, GU put runners on second and third with one out in the bottom half, but didn't come up with a hit.

    On the mound, Vrieling entered for Wells in the fifth and threw 2.2 innings of shutout work, allowing four hits with one strikeout.

    Gonzaga tied it up in the seventh, manufacturing a run with a sacrifice fly from Brett Harris to score Josh Bristyan from third.

    Kempner then came on in the seventh and worked out of an inherited runner and put the Matadors down in order in the eighth.

    GU then plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth, starting with a bases loaded walk from Jack Machtolf to take the lead. With the bases still loaded two batters later, a fly ball by Bristyan led to Lund getting in a rundown between second and third. That allowed Sullivan to score from third to make it 4-2.

    Gonzaga travels to Washington State on Tuesday for the first matchup with the Cougars this season. First pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m. PT. Links to live coverage will be available at GoZags.com.

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