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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 10, 2008

Gonzaga - 7
Indiana - 4

FRESNO, Calif. - Junior first baseman Ryan Wiegand homered for the third straight game and Gonzaga University won its fourth straight and its seventh in the last eight outings with a 7-4 win over Indiana University Monday in the opener of the Pepsi/Johnny Quick baseball tournament at Beiden Field.

With the scored tied 4-4 in the eighth, Wiegand hit a two-out 0-1 pitch to left-center to put the Bulldogs (7-5) up 6-4. Evan Wells had opened the inning with a walk off Anthony Agnew, on in relief of Hoosiers (3-6) starter Tyler Tufts. Chris Squires relieved Agnew and the Bulldogs got a sacrifice bunt and a groundout to third to set the stage for Wiegand, who tied Jason Chatwood for the team home run lead.

Gonzaga added an insurance run in the ninth when Shawn Wayt led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Bryan Winston, stole third and scored on an infield single by Michael Rhodes.

The Bulldogs got on the board first by manufacturing a run in the top of the first. Wells started the game with a single through the box, but he was erased on a fielder's choice hit into by Chatwood. On the play, though, Tyler Cox' relay throw to first sailed high and Chatwood moved up to second. Marcus McKimmy then bounded a ball up the middle and Chatwood came around to score and give the Zags a 1-0 lead.

The Hoosiers responded in the bottom of the frame with Andrew Means leading off with a single. Crawford followed with a single to put runners at the corners and nobody out, and then Josh Phegley ripped his team-leading third double of the season to knot the game 1-1. Michael Earley flied to right and Crawford was gunned down at the plate by McKimmy.

In the third, the Hoosiers took the lead. Tyler Cox led off the inning with a double down the left-field line and advanced to third on a Means groundout. Crawford struck out for the second out of the inning, and Phegley worked a 3-1 count, and then saw ball four sail low and away. The ball squirted away from the catcher, and Cox raced home to score on a passed ball and give IU a 2-1 lead.

The Hoosiers scored another run in the bottom of the fourth. Earley got things started with a one-out single, and Jerrud Sabourin followed with his first career extra-base hit, slashing a double down the left-field line to score Earley and put the Hoosiers up by a pair of runs.

In the fifth, though, the Zags scored a trio of runs thanks in part to some sloppy defense by the Hoosiers. Gonzaga got a one-out single from McKimmy who moved to second on a groundout. Brett Nicholas hit a slicing double that fell just out of the reach of Earley in left and Tyson Van Winkle reached on a fielding error by Cox at short. Winston drew a walk and then Grant Kvader hit a two-run single through the right side to put the Zags up 4-3.

Indiana tied the game again in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of two-out base hits. Means started things with a single to shortstop and stole his fourth base of the year. Crawford followed with a single through the left side that brought Means home and tied the score at 4-4.

That set the stage for Wiegand's eight-inning blast.

Jeremy Stumetz picked up the pitching victory for the Bulldogs, going the final three innings while allowing one run and striking out two. Starter AJ Proszek went five innings, surrendering seven hits and three earned runs while walking three and fanning three. Brandon Harmon pitched a flawless sixth for the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga will return to action at 10 a.m. Tuesday against the University of Utah, which was to meet the University of Portland Monday.

Utah - 18
Portland - 1

FRESNO, Calif. --- The Portland Pilots dropped its opening game at the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic 18-1 to the Utah Utes on Monday afternoon. The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for Portland, which claimed the River City Classic title last week.

The Utes (4-7) built a 6-1 lead during the first two innings en route to the win. The Utes also outhit the Pilots (10-5) 18-7 on the afternoon.

Utah touched UP starter Brian Yoakum (0-1) for two runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the second. Austin Jones opened the scoring with a bases-loaded single the scored two in the first. In the second, Utah scored four runs, all with two outs. Corey Shimada, Cody Guymon and Jesse Shriner each came up with run-scoring hits during the rally to chase Yoakum after just 1.2 innings.

Portland scored its only run of the game when senior OF Danny Meier led off the bottom of the second with his fifth home run of the season to make it a 6-1 game.

But Utah would score two runs in the fifth, two in the seventh, four in the eighth and four more in the ninth. The Utes' four runs in the eighth came on a grand slam home run by Dustin Hennis.

Utah's Andrew Wilding (1-0) went five innings to pick up the win. He scattered five hits, struck out three and gave up just one run, Meier's solo home run. Stephen Streich and Geoff Wolfgramm followed Welding on the hill and combined to pitch four scoreless innings, allowing just three base runners on two hits and a walk.

Portland used six pitchers on the day, while sophomore C Rocky Gale and freshman 2B Riley each had two hits on the afternoon.

The Pilots next face tournament host Fresno State on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. Portland is scheduled to play six games in six days at the 30th annual Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic.