March 23, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Relief pitcher Chris Highmark of the Gonzaga University baseball team held Utah Valley State College to two hits over six innings but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell to the Wolverines 5-3 Friday afternoon at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. The game marked the first of a three-game series between the two schools.
With the loss, Gonzaga drops to 15-12, including 4-2 at their new home. Utah Valley State improves to 6-14 overall.
Josh Monroe (3-1) started the game for the Zags and took the loss, after allowing all five UVSC runs in the third inning. The senior allowed seven hits and two walks, while posting one strikeout during his three innings of work, before Highmark took the mound in the top of the fourth inning. Highmark held Utah Valley State hitless over five innings, before allowing two singles in the top of the ninth. Jace Brinkerhoff (2-4) earned the win for the Wolverines with a five-hit complete game performance.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening frame. Evan Wells led the inning off with a single up the middle, before advancing to second on a walk to Darin Holcomb. Wells scored the first run of the inning during the next at bat when the UVSC first baseman committed a throwing error that allowed the run to come home, Holcomb to advance to second, and found the batter, Ryan Wiegand, safe at first. The next batter, Dustin Colclough then singled to left to drive home Holcomb.
All five of Utah Valley State's runs were scored in the third inning thanks to a run-scoring ground out by Adam Openshaw, a one-run single through the right side by Derrick Thomas and a three-run home run to left by Dan Bulow.
Gonzaga capped scoring with a run in the fifth inning. Bryan Winston, who was hit by a pitch to get one base, was scored on a singled to left by Colclough.
Colclough led the Zags at the plate with two singles and a pair of runs batted in. Also recording hits for Gonzaga was Wells, Wiegand, and Mark Ellis. Winston, who entered the game with an 11 game hit-streak on the line, failed to extend his streak, going 0-for-3 with a run scored.
The Bulldogs and Wolverines will play the second game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Clayton Mortensen (2-2) is expected to get the start when the game begins at 1 p.m.