March 27, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team fell to Lewis-Clark State College 11-6 in 13 innings Tuesday, after ralling in the eighth and ninth innings to force extra innings. The game marked the first extra-inning game played at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane.
The loss drops Gonzaga to 16-14, including 2-1 in extra-inning games. The NAIA defending national champion Warriors improve to 23-2 with the win.
The Bulldogs used eight pitchers through out the game, with Shawn Wayt (1-1) suffering the loss after allowing five runs on four hits during 0.1 innings of work. Highlighting Gonzaga's pitching efforts was relief pitcher Chris Highmark, who pitching 4.0 innings allowing one run on one hit while striking out three. Will Morgan (2-1) took the loss for LCSC, allowing two runs, none of which were earned, on one hit while striking out six.
Bryan Winston led Bulldog batters, going 3-for-5 with a double and one runs scored. Darin Holcomb and Aaron McGuinness each posted a pair of hits for Gonzaga, including a two-home run in the fourth inning by McGuinness. Dustin Colclough also went yard for the Zags, with a two-run shot to left field in the eighth. Evan Wells was 0-for-1 at the plate, but reached base four times thanks to two walks and being hit-by-a-pitch three times. It was the first time since 2002 that a Gonzaga batter had been hit-by-a-pitch three or more times in a game.
The Warriors jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first three innings. Lewis-Clark State scored a run in each of the three frames thanks to a run-scoring groundout by Jessie Mier in the first, a single up the middle by Zach Evangelho in the second and a one-run double by Kyle Greene in the third.
Gonzaga responded with a pair of runs in the fourth to narrow the score to 3-2 thanks to McGuinness' two-run homer to left field.
Lewis-Clark State scattered five hits over the next two innings to take a 6-2 lead into the seventh.
The score would remain unchanged until the eighth inning when Colclough's two-run home run, his fourth long ball of the season.
Gonzaga rallied in the ninth inning to force extra innings, knotting the score 6-6. With one out Wells reached base on a hit-by-a-pitch and advanced to second when Winston was awarded first base on a catchers interference. The next batter, Holcomb then smacked a single to left to score Wells and advance Winston to third. Ryan Wiegand then hit a sacrifice fly to center to force extra innings.
In the top of the 13th, the Warriors sent 11 batters to the plate and pieced together four hits, three hit-by-pitches and two walks to score the tie-breaking five runs.
The Zags will open West Coast Conference play Friday when they host No. 21 University of San Diego in a three-game series. Friday's first pitch is slated for 3 p.m., with Saturday's and Sunday's match-ups scheduled for 1 p.m.