March 28, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Starting right-hander Bobby McEwen led the way for the Bulldogs, pitching five innings en route to a 6-1 win over the visiting Whitworth Pirates. With the victory, Gonzaga improves their record to 17-10, and 3-0 at home.
McEwen picked up his third win of the season, facing only 17 batters in his five innings of work. The junior from Mill Creek, Wash., surrendered only two hits, while notching four strikeouts.
Despite a masterful pitching performance by the Bulldogs staff, Gonzaga fell behind early as Whitworth third baseman Nick Froman hit his 2nd homerun of the season over the fence in left.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom half of the 4th when Gonzaga brought 12 batters to the plate, scoring all six of their runs. Following a Zach Woodward single with one out, catcher Dustin Colclough picked up an RBI with his second double of the season. An Aaron McGuiness walk and Shawn Wayt single loaded the bases for senior centerfield Jackson Brennan. Whitworth pitcher Travis Stark balked, scoring Colclough. Brennan later walked, loading the bases again for sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb, who knocked in two runs with a single to left field. With runners on first and second, Gonzaga scored its final two runs on a bases clearing double by freshmen designated hitter Ryan Wiegand.
Wiegand went 3-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
The Bulldog bullpen continued to shine, pitching four more scoreless innings against the Pirates. Relievers Nate Williams, Brandon Harmon, and Cory Powell added to Gonzaga's streak of scoreless innings pitched in relief. Following the home series against Dartmouth last weekend, the bullpen for Gonzaga has now contributed 12 consecutive scoreless innings of relief.
Lead-off hitter Jackson Brennan added to his team leading doubles total against Whitworth, with his 12th two-bagger of the season. In the past two games, the senior from Castle Rock, Colo., is 6-6 with three doubles, three walks, two homeruns, and six runs scored.
Froman, who transferred to Whitworth from Gonzaga after playing briefly in 2003, also added a double.
Gonzaga will open West Coast Conference play against Portland with a three game series starting on Friday. Game time for Friday is set for 2pm at Avista Stadium. Saturday and Sunday start times are scheduled for 1pm.