Feb. 3, 2007
TUCSON, Ariz. - Aaron McGuinness and Evan Wells each recorded multiple hits Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University baseball team fell to No. 27 University of Arizona 10-3 at Kindall Field in Tucson, Ariz.
The loss was the second in as many days for the Bulldogs, who fall to 0-2 for season. With the win, Arizona improved to 2-0 overall.
Gonzaga starter Chris Highmark (0-1) took the loss in his first outing of the season. Highmark pitched 5.2 innings allowing seven runs, five earned, on nine hits while striking out six and walking three. CJ McClure came out of the pen for the Bulldogs, throwing 2.1 innings, allowing three runs, one earned on three hits. Arizona's Mike Colla (1-0) went 4.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out three to earn his first win of the season.
McGuinness led the Bulldogs' offense, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. The senior, who was a home run short of hitting for the cycle, led Gonzaga with two extra-base hits. Wells, who recorded the lone GU hit on Friday evening, finished the game going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base.
Arizona jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a run scoring fielders choice and two a two-run single to center field by Dwight Childs.
The Wildcats' extended their one run lead in the bottom of the third, adding four more runs on three singles, a double and a sacrifice bunt.
The Bulldogs posted another run in the top of the eighth with a single by Tyson Van Winkle to score McGuinness. Arizona answered with three more tallies in the bottom of the frame to finalize the score at 10-3.
Gonzaga had plenty of opportunities to narrow the score, leaving 11 runners stranded on base, including six in scoring position.
The Bulldogs will look to avoid the sweep Sunday, when they play Arizona in the final game of the three-game series. Game time is set for 11 a.m., PST.