Feb. 9, 2007
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first innings, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell to UC Riverside 9-3 Friday afternoon at the Sports Complex in Riverside, Calif.
The loss drops Gonzaga to 0-4 for the season, while the Highlanders improve to 4-0 in 2007.
Brandon Harmon (0-2) started the game for the Bulldogs, but earned the loss after allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk during 6.2 innings on the mound. Chris Griffith, Josh Monroe and Jeremy Stumetz all saw time out of the pen for the Zags. Earning the win for UC Riverside was Marc Rzepczynski (2-0). The starter allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out six in 6.0 innings.
Three Bulldogs posted multiple hits to combine for eight of Gonzaga's nine hits on the day. Evan Wells and Tyson Van Winkle reach recorded three hits, while Aaron McGuinness went 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch.
The Zags scored their only runs in the first inning to get out to an early 3-0 lead. After walking Wells and McGuinness to start the game, Rzepczynski then hit Darin Holcomb with a pitch to load the bases. The next batter, Ryan Wiegand hit a single to left field to score Wells and McGuinness. Holcomb advanced to third on the single and later would score on a sacrifice fly by Mark Castellitto.
The Highlanders knotted the score 3-3 in the bottom of the second on a three home run to left center field by Aaron Wible. UC Riverside added an additional run in the bottom of the third frame when Jaime Pedroza scored on a ground out to shortstop.
UC Riverside added a pair of runs in the seventh inning on a sacrifice by Mike Vass and a double to left center by Mark Samuelson. UCR wrapped up scoring in the eighth frame, scoring on a double, fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly to left field.
Chris Highmark is expected to get the start for the Gonzaga Saturday when the Zags and Highlanders will play the second game of the three-game series. The game Saturday was originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch, but due to the threat of rain in the Riverside area, the start time has been change to Noon.