Feb. 17, 2007
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Darin Holcomb scored two runs Saturday but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University baseball team fell to the University of Missouri 10-3 during the second day of the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic.
Gonzaga slips to 2-6 with the loss, while Missouri, who are receiving votes in the national polls, improves to 5-1.
Gonzaga starter Chris Highmark (0-3) took the loss, throwing 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out three. Matt Fields and Bobby McEwen both saw time out of the Bulldog bullpen. Earning the win for the Tigers was Aaron Crow (1-0), who allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits.
The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning, when Mizzou posted three runs on singles by Ryan Lollis, Jacob Priday and a double by Trevor Coleman.
Gonzaga answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to bring the score to 3-2. Aaron McGuinness scored the first run of the game for the Zags on an error by the Tigers' right fielder. Holcomb, who singled to reach base, scored on the next play when Dustin Colclough grounded out to second base.
The Tigers added four more runs in the top of the sixth to secure the victory. Missouri would scored another three runs in the top of the eighth to finish its scoring for the afternoon.
The Zags scored their final run of the game in the bottom frame of the ninth when Holcomb scored his second run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Colclough.
Gonzaga will play in the final game of the 2007 Coca-Cola Classic Sunday, when they face No. 11 Arizona State University. Clayton Mortensen is expected to throw the first pitch for the Bulldogs at 1 p.m., PST.