March 16, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Dustin Colclough and Aaron McGuinness hit home runs to lead a strong offensive effort for the Bulldogs Friday as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated Rider University 13-3 at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane.
With the win Gonzaga improves to 13-10, while Rider falls to 2-9 overall.
Bulldog starter Brandon Harmon (1-4) earned the win throwing 6.0 innings, including holding the Broncs to no runs and two hits over the first five innings. For the game, Harmon allowed two runs on two walks while striking out four. Jeremy Stumetz earned his first save of the season, throwing three innings while allowing one run on no hits and striking out three. Mike Petrowski (2-1) suffered the loss for the Broncs, allowing nine runs, six earned on 10 hits in 3.2 innings.
Gonzaga scored early and often in the game, posting 11 of its 10 runs over the first four innings. In the first inning, the Zags posted an early 1-0 lead thanks to a run-scoring double to right center by Bryan Winston.
A two-run home run to left center by McGuinness in the second inning lifted Gonzaga to a 3-0 advantage.
The Zags added two more runs in the third on a sacrifice fly by Darin Holcomb and a run-scoring single to left field by Colclough.
A three-run shot to left center by Colclough highlighted a fourth inning in which Gonzaga erupted for six runs. The Zags, who sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, pieced together back-to-back run-scoring sacrifice bunts by Michael Rhodes and Evan Wells, and an infield single by Holcomb to score the remaining three runs of the inning.
Rider posted its first two runs of the game in the top of the sixth on singles by Sean Olson and Jeff Reynolds.
McGuinness led off the seventh inning with the first triple at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. McGuinness scored two batters latter when Alex Parrott hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring the score to 12-2.
The Broncs added a run in the top of the ninth frame when Darron Lattomus hit into a groundout that scored Reynolds.
In total, Gonzaga recorded 17 hits, including multiple hit performances by Wells, Winston, Colclough and McGuinness.
The Bulldogs and Rider will wrap up the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Clayton Mortensen (2-2) is expected to get the start for the Zags.