March 9, 2007
Provo, Utah - - Bryan Winston posted his third consecutive game with multiple hits, but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University baseball team fell to Brigham Young University 10-3 Friday evening at Larry H. Miller Field in Provo, Utah.
The loss drops Gonzaga to 1-1 in the three-game series and 10-9 overall for the season. The Cougars improve to 9-6 overall.
Brandon Harmon (0-4) suffered the loss for the Zags, allowing nine runs, five earned, on 11 hits and two walks while striking out three during his 6.0 innings of work. Jordan Muir (4-0) remained perfect on the season for BYU with the win, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six over 5.2 innings.
Winston continued his hot hitting ways Friday, going 4-for-5 with three singles and a double, while also driving home two runs. Over the past three games, the junior has hit .615 (8-for-13) with two runs scored and two runs batted in.
BYU scored early and often in the game, posting two runs in the second inning and three in the third to take a 5-0 lead. The Cougars pieced together a Bulldog throwing error and an infield ground-out for their pair of runs in the second frame. The three runs in the third came thanks to a two-run triple by Jonathan Cluff and a Kasey Ko sacrifice fly.
Gonzaga answered with two runs in the top of the fourth to narrow BYU's lead to 5-2. Darin Holcomb, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to lead off the inning, scored the first run of the inning on a ground out by Dustin Colclough. Winston then used his first hit of the evening, a single to right center, to score Ryan Wiegand.
The Cougars scored another run in the bottom of the fourth on an infield single to extend their lead to 6-3. BYU would add an addition three runs in the sixth and a run in the seventh for a 9-2 advantage.
The Zags' final run of the evening came in the top of the seventh frame on a single by Winston, to score Wiegand, who singled to lead off the inning. Wiegand was the only Bulldog, besides Winston, to post multiple hits for the game, going 2-for-3.
Gonzaga poised plenty of scoring opportunities in the game, stranding 15 batters on base, including at least one base runner each inning. For the evening, BYU stranded only five men on base.
The Bulldogs and Cougars will battle it out for the series Saturday in the rubber game of the three-game series. Chris Highmark (2-3) will start the game for Gonzaga when the game gets underway at Noon, 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.