March 24, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University cranked out a 14-7 victory over visiting Dartmouth in the Bulldogs long awaited 2006 home debut. Despite trailing early, Gonzaga rallied back from a 7-3 deficit by scoring 11 unanswered runs to secure the win.
The Bulldogs power surge was led by freshman designated hitter Ryan Wiegand's 5 RBI. Wiegand went 3-5, including two, two-run doubles. Senior Bobby Carlson added a two-run double of his own in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 7 apiece. Carlson was 2-3 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Gonzaga was able to blow the game open with a four-run 7th inning. After a Will Ayala single and Jackson Brennan double, third baseman Darin Holcomb stepped in and powered a bases clearing double. Three batters later, Wiegand smashed his 2nd two-run double of the game.
Holcomb finished with three hits and two runs scored.
Junior second baseman Scott Campbell continued his torrid hitting with another three-hit performance. Campbell also had 3 runs scored.
Freshman RHP C.J. McClure came on in relief to pick up his first win of the season, after spelling starter Josh Monroe. Gonzaga relievers, McClure, Brandon Harmon, and Matt Fields held Dartmouth to only 1 run in 5.2 innings of work.
Game two of the three game series with Dartmouth is scheduled to start at noon, Saturday, March 25th. The final game of the series is set for an 11am opening pitch. All games are played at Spokane's Avista Stadium.