Feb. 23, 2007
FRISCO, Texas - - The Gonzaga University baseball team rallied in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell to the University of Texas San Antonio 4-3 Friday in the second day of the Southwest Baseball Classic in Frisco, Texas.
With the loss, Gonzaga falls to 3-8 overall. The win marks the first of the season for the Road Runners, who improve to 1-6 overall.
Down 4-2 heading into the ninth inning, the Bulldogs rallied to threaten to take the lead, but left the tying run at third base and the go-ahead run stranded at second to end the game. The Zags did post one run in the inning. Dustin Colclough singled to center field to score Ryan Wiegand before an out could be recorded.
Brandon Harmon (0-3) threw a complete game for the Zags in the loss. Harmon pitched 8.0 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. UTSA's Josh Ruffun (1-0) earned the win, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out nine in eight innings. Earning his first save of the season was Zach Calhoon.
UTSA took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with run-scoring singles by Trent Lockwood and Tim Palincsar.
Gonzaga answered with a runs in the top of the second and third innings to knot the score 2-2. In the second frame, Mark Castellitto continued his hot hitting with a one-run single to center to score Wiegand, who led off the inning with a double. Michael Rhodes singled in the third inning, and then stole both second and third, before scoring on a fielder's choice by Evan Wells.
Castellitto, who set a Gonzaga record with three doubles Thursday, continued his hot streak Friday, going 2-for-4 with a run batted in.
The Bulldogs will continue play at the Southwest Diamond Classic Saturday when they face host Dallas Baptist University at 5 p.m., PST.