March 4, 2006
LEWISTON, Ida. - Darin Holcomb hit two grand slams and set a school record with 10 runs driven in on Saturday afternoon as the Gonzaga University Bulldogs (9-7) pounded Chicago State University (1-4) at the Banana Belt Classic in Lewiston, Ida. Gonzaga won 22-4 to improve to 2-1 in tournament play.
Chicago State drew first blood in the game scoring two runs in the top of the first against Gonzaga starter Josh Monroe (2-1). John Torres hit a two-run homer to center staking the Cougars to an early lead. Monroe would settle down and pitch six innings in his first start of the year allowing only five CSU hits. Matt Fields tossed the final three innings to pick up his second three inning save of the year.
The Darin Holcomb show started in the bottom of the first as he hit a solo home run off CSU starter Chris Freshour (0-1). Holcomb added four more RBI during his next at-bat in the third as he cleared the bases with a grand slam against Freshour. Shawn Wayt, Nick Merriman and Scott Campbell all scored on the blast. Holcomb's third at-bat against Freshour was also hit hard with a long fly out to right. Holcomb produced five of the nine runs the CSU starter allowed.
Holcomb picked up RBI number six in the seventh inning with a bases loaded walk that scored Will Ayala. The sophomore third baseman capped his memorable day in the eighth clearing the bases against William Lawrence. Holcomb finished the game 3-for-4 with 10 RBI and 5 runs scored. The last Gonzaga player to hit three home runs in a game was Nate Gold in 2002. Jackson Brennan also finished with 3 hits for GU.
Chicago State was led by Torres with two hits and three RBI. Torres added a solo home run for CSU in the sixth.
Gonzaga plays at Washington State University on Sunday night at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs will then host Chicago State for a two-game series next Friday and Saturday afternoon at Avista Stadium. Friday's home opener is a 2 p.m. start. Saturday's game is at 1 p.m.