April 1, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga survived a late rally by Portland and secured a 4-3 victory thanks to clutch pitching by reliever Cory Powell.
Starting left-handed pitcher Patrick Donovan pitched 8 innings to pick up his 5th win of the season. Donovan was spelled in the ninth inning by senior reliever Nate Williams, who had a rough outing, giving up a run and three hits before Powell came in and slammed the door shut.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Powell, a sophomore from Boise, Id., struck out a batter, then got Pilot shortstop Jesse Rodgers to bounce into a double play to pick up his 2nd save of the season.
The Bulldogs had taken an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when senior first baseman Bobby Carlson singled in right fielder Zach Woodward from second. Gonzaga added two more in the fourth inning when Carlson doubled in catcher Dustin Colclough for his 2nd RBI of the game. Carlson later scored on a Will Ayala bloop single down the left field line.
In the eighth inning, the Bulldogs picked up what proved to be an important insurance run as Colclough doubled to left center knocking in sophomore Darin Holcomb from third base.
Gonzaga improved their WCC record to 2-0, adding to their overall record which now stands at 19-10. The Bulldogs have won their last six games.
The three game series with Portland will conclude Sunday afternoon at 1pm, at Avista Stadium.