Feb. 10, 2007
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Ryan Wiegand of the Gonzaga University baseball team drove home three runs Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs were unable to overcome an early deficit falling to UC Riverside, 11-4 at the Sports Complex in Riverside, Calif.
Gonzaga falls to 0-5 overall with the loss, while UC Riverside improves 5-0 for the season.
Bulldog pitcher Chris Highmark (0-2) took the loss allowing five runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. CJ McClure, Chris Griffith, Bobby McEwen and Shawn Wayt all saw time out of the pen for Gonzaga. Earning the win was UC Riverside starter James Simmons (2-0). Simmons threw 6.0 innings allowing one run on one hit, while striking out five.
Wiegand led the Gonzaga offense, going 2-for-4 including hitting a bases-clearing three-run double in the top of the eighth inning. The other Gonzaga run of the afternoon was scored in the third inning when Ben Greenslitt was plated on a sacrifice by Tyson Van Winkle.
The Highlanders used jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning. UC Riverside added a pair of the runs over the next two frames before breaking out for a four run fourth inning. UCR capped its scoring in the sixth inning, posting an additional two runs.
The Zags will look to avoid the sweep Sunday, when they face off in the final game of the three-game series. Clayton Mortensen is expected to get the start for Gonzaga with the game scheduled for 1 p.m.