March 8, 2007
PROVO, Utah - The Gonzaga University capitalized on four Brigham Young University errors as the Bulldogs came back from an early deficit to defeat the Cougars 11-5 Thursday evening at Larry H. Miller Field in Provo, Utah.
The win marks the seventh straight for the Zags as they improve to 10-8 overall. With the loss, BYU falls to 8-6 for the year.
After allowing four early runs in the first two innings, Gonzaga starter Josh Monroe (2-0) settled down to retire 17 of the next 19 batters he faced and earn the win. The senior finished the game allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four over 7.0 innings pitched. Jesse Craig (2-2) took the loss for BYU, allowing nine runs, three earned, on 11 hits and one walk.
Evan Wells, Dustin Colclough, Bryan Winston and Michael Rhodes all posted multiple hits for Gonzaga. Colclough led the Zags with four hits while Rhodes went a perfect 3-for-3 for the evening. Wells and Winston each posted a pair of singles to contribute to Gonzaga's 15 total hits.
Brigham Young jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Leon Johnson walked to lead off the inning, was advanced to third on a single by Collin Fanning and would eventually steal home for the first run. The next batter, Apana Nakayama, tripled down the left field line to score Fanning. Nakayama scored the third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Kent Walton.
Gonzaga answered with three runs in the top of the second inning to tie the game 3-3. Tyson Van Winkle drove home the first run when the catcher singled to left center to score Mark Castellitto, who reached base on a fielder's choice. Van Winkle and Winston, who singled earlier in the inning, were then plated on a triple to left center by Rhodes.
The Cougars then combined three singles in their half of the inning to take the lead 4-3.
The score remained unchanged until the fifth inning, when the Bulldogs exploded for six runs. The Zags took advantage of four singles, including a two-run single by Castellitto, and two BYU errors en route to jumping out to the 9-4 lead.
Gonzaga added additional runs in the top of the seventh and eighth innings to take an 11-4 lead. Colclough posted his second run of the game in the seventh when he scored on a fielding error. Rhodes scored his second run of the evening in the eighth when he was plated on a throwing error.
BYU posted a lone run in the bottom of the eighth with a single by Steve Parker to finalize the score at 11-5.
The Bulldogs and Cougars will return to the field Friday for the second game of the three-game series. Brandon Harmon (0-3) is expected to get the start for Gonzaga when the game starts at 4 p.m., PST.
SCHEDULE NOTE, TIME CHANGES: Due the a delay in the installation of the lights at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field, the game time of six home games on the Gonzaga University baseball team's schedule have been changed. The games on March 20, March 21, March 23, March 27, March 30 and April 17 have been changed to a 3 p.m. first pitch. All six games were originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The games on April 20 and May 4, also scheduled for 6:30 p.m., will remain at the originally scheduled time. April 20 against Saint Mary's College will mark the first night game held at the new facility, as well as serve as the Dedication Game for Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field, with the dedication ceremonies occurring prior to first pitch.