March 30, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - - Starting pitcher Josh Monroe posted a solid outing Friday as the Gonzaga University baseball team opened West Coast Conference play with a 6-3 victory over No. 20 University of San Diego at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.
A record crowd of 822 watched the Zags improve to 17-14, 1-0 in conference play, while the Toreros dropped to 22-11 with a 0-1 record in WCC play. The crowd marked the highest to date at the Bulldogs' new home and set a school record for attendance during a regular season game.
Monroe (4-1) earned the win for the Zags, scattering six hits over 6.0 innings. The senior allowed three runs while striking out six. Earning the save for Gonzaga was Brandon Harmon. The save marks the first of the season for Harmon and the ninth of his career. With one more save, the junior will move into a three-way tie for third place on the Gonzaga all-time career save list.
Brian Matusz (5-2) took the loss for San Diego allowing six runs on ten hits while striking out four during 6.2 innings on the mound.
In the top of the fourth, a two-run home run to right field by San Diego's Jordan Abruzzo narrowed the Zags' lead to 4-2. Abruzzo's homer, which landed in the middle of Trent Ave. past the right field wall, was the 14th home run at Patterson Baseball Complex but only the first the exit the ballpark in right.
The Toreros' posted a run in the fifth in a single by Sean Nicol to bring the score to 4-3.
Run-scoring singles by Gonzaga's Aaron McGuinness and Terry secured the win for the Zags in the seventh inning, finalizing the score at 6-3.
Gonzaga and San Diego will continue the three-game WCC series Saturday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field at 1 p.m.