(Courtesy of Gonzaga Media Relations)
STOCKTON, Calif.— Sophomore Tyler Frost hit two homers including a walk-off blast in the 10th inning to help Gonzaga get past Pepperdine 5-4 on Friday and advance to the West Coast Conference final against Saint Mary’s.
Gonzaga hit three homers in a game for the first time this season in an elimination game against Pepperdine Friday night, including the first walk-off homer since 2008 from Tyler Frost. The 10th-inning solo blast from Frost was his second of the game and gave Gonzaga the 5-4 victory.
Both Pepperdine and Gonzaga saw scoring opportunities in the second inning, but neither managed a run. In the top of the frame, the Waves had bases loaded with two out, but GU starter Hunter Wells got Chris Fornaci to ground out to end the threat. The same exact situation occurred in the fourth, and Wells again retired the Waves’ third baseman, this time with a fly ball to right.
Gonzaga too saw a bases-loaded situation in the fourth, but the Zags did pick up a run from it for a 1-0 lead. The Waves countered with two runs in the fifth for a brief lead, but Sam Brown drew the game level in the bottom of the fifth with a home run to right field, his second of the year.
Just an inning later, the Bulldogs re-took a lead with a pair of runs in the sixth. Frost put the team ahead with a home run to right field, chasing Lucas from the game. Reliever Max Gamboa then came into the game and walked Justin Jacobs for another GU base runner. Jacobs then moved over to third base on two wild pitches, and he came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Breshears for a 4-2 Gonzaga advantage.
Junior righty Sam Hellinger took over for Wells before the seventh inning, tossing a pair of scoreless innings to preserve the two-run advantage before exiting the game with one out in the ninth. Wyatt Mills entered but gave up a two-run, game-tying homer to Brad Anderson before getting out of the frame.
Gonzaga then got a two-out triple from Branson Trube, but Bohling lined out to end the threat. Mills came out for the 10th and got the Waves three-up, three-down to set the table for Frost in the bottom half.