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Wiegand Homers In Loss To No. 11 Arizona State

Feb. 18, 2007

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Ryan Wiegand hit his first home fun of the season Sunday as the Gonzaga University baseball team fell to No. 11 Arizona State University 9-2 during the final day of the Coca-Cola Spring Training Tournament in Surprise, Ariz.

The loss drops the Bulldogs to 2-7 on the season, while the Sun Devils improve to 7-3 overall.

Starting pitcher Clayton Mortensen (1-2) suffered the loss for Gonzaga, allowing five runs on nine hits, four walks in six innings of work. Mortensen also struck out four Arizona State batters. CJ McClure saw time out of the pen, throwing the final two innings of the game. Mike Leake (3-0) earned the win for the Sun Devils, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three over six innings.

Arizona State used run-scoring singles in both the first and second innings to take an early 2-0 lead before adding an additional three runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Gonzaga was held scoreless until the seventh inning, when Wiegand took the first pitch of his at bat and homered over the right field wall. The home run marked the first of the season for any Bulldog batter.

The Sun Devils added another four runs in the bottom of the eighth before Gonzaga's Darin Holcomb, who reached base on a double, was scored on a single to left field by Mark Ellis.

The Bulldogs finished the Coca-Cola Spring Training Tournament with a 1-2 record. Gonzaga upset defending national champion and No. 9 Oregon State University 6-5 on Friday, before falling to the University of Missouri 10-3 Saturday.

Aaron McGuinness and Shawn Wayt were each named to the all-tournament team for their performances this weekend. McGuinness, who had a seven game hit-streak snapped Sunday, earned the honor after posting two hits, two runs batted in and scoring one run, including a run-scoring single Friday against Oregon State. Wayt recorded three hits on the weekend, including two hits against the Beavers. Wayt also drove home three of Gonzaga's six runs on Friday.

The Zags will return to the playing field Thursday, when they travel to Arlington, Texas to partake in the Dallas Baptist University Tournament. Also while in Arlington, the Bulldogs will play Missouri State University in a non-conference match-up that is not affiliated with the tournament.