March 5, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Patrick Donovan faced one batter over the minimum in a complete game, three-hit shutout as Gonzaga University ended Washington State University's seven-game winning streak with a 7-0 victory in the final game of the Banana Belt Tournament Sunday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.
With the win the Bulldogs and Cougars shared the Banana Belt title, both teams finishing the weekend 3-1. Gonzaga (10-7) avenged an 18-10 loss to WSU (13-3) on Friday.
Donovan was strong throughout the game as he retired the first 13 Cougars he faced before giving up a one-out single to Zach McAngus in the fifth. McAngus was retired when Jim Murphy hit into an inning-ending double play as Donovan faced the minimum through five.
McAngus lined another single to left in the eighth, giving WSU just its second base runner. But another double play ended the inning as Donovan entered the ninth facing the minimum. Jeff Miller led of the final inning for WSU with an infield single but was stranded at second as the next three Cougars failed to bring him home.
While Donovan allowed just three hits in the complete-game victory, Gonzaga pounded out 10 in the game. The Bulldogs scored in the fourth inning as a two-out error by Matt Thomas resulted in an unearned run. In the fifth, the lead was pushed to 4-0 as back-to-back singles by Ryan Wiegand and Aaron McGuinness started the rally. Scott Campbell brought home Wiegand on an RBI single then Jackson Brennan drove in two more with a single through the left side. That was enough to end Cougar starter Mike Wagner's afternoon.
Matt Way came on in the fifth with the bases loaded to work out of the jam, but found trouble in the eighth. Three hits, an error and a balk resulted in three more runs, putting the game out of reach.
Gonzaga was led at the plate by Zach Woodward and McGuinness as each had a pair of hits.
Gonzaga will make its home debut Friday at Avista Stadium against Chicago State in a 2 p.m. contest.