March 13, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Miami University of Ohio scored the final four runs of a tightly contested ball game on Monday afternoon as the RedHawks (4-6) slipped past the Gonzaga University Bulldogs, 4-1, in the opening round of the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, Calif. The loss snapped a four-game win streak by the Bulldogs (11-8) who received a strong pitching performance from Clayton Mortensen (3-4) in the loss.
Gonzaga struck first in the game with a single run in the third as Jackson Brennan drew a bases loaded walk against Miami starter Sam Shorts (1-0). Ryan Wiegand and Shawn Wayt opened the inning with singles and Scott Campbell juiced the bases with a walk. After the walk to Brennan, Shorts was able to work out of the jam and scatter just six hits the remainder of his 7.2 innings on the mound. Matt Long picked up the save.
Mortensen was strong on the mound for Gonzaga allowing three runs in seven innings of work with five strike outs. Eric Radley drove home the first Miami run with a single through the infield that scored the first of two batters Mortensen had hit to open the inning. Miami scored the go ahead run in the fifth on an infield ground out after Geoff Orr had placed runners at second and third with a double.
The RedHawks scored a third run on a wild pitch and Will Reynolds had an RBI single in the ninth for an insurance run. Orr led Miami with three hits.
Seven Gonzaga players had hits a single hit on the afternoon with Brennan going 1-for-3 with the Bulldogs lone RBI. Gonzaga will face host Fresno State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. All games from the Pepsi/Johnny Quik are available on Game Tracker through the www.GoZags.com website