April 1, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash - - Junior pitcher Brandon Harmon threw his second consecutive complete game Sunday as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated No. 20 University of San Diego 6-1. With the win, the Bulldogs earned the 2-1 series win to open West Coast Conference play.
With the win, Gonzaga improves to 18-15 overall with a 2-1 record against WCC opponents. San Diego falls to 23-12, including going 1-2 in conference play.
Harmon (4-4), who held the Toreros to just two hits over the opening eight frames, earned his fourth win of the season. The junior allowed one run on four hits while striking out five during his nine innings on the mound. Harmon threw the first set of back-to-back complete games of his career, after tossing a complete-game shutout against Utah Valley State College last Sunday. Taking the loss for San Diego was starter Matt Couch (4-2). Couch allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits over 4.2 innings of work.
The Zags took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Ryan Wiegand led off the inning with a single to right center before advancing to third on a single through the right side by Dustin Colclough. The next batter, Aaron McGuinness then hit into a run-scoring double play that plated Wiegand.
San Diego posted its lone run of the game in the fourth frame to narrow the Zags' lead to 2-1. Jordan Abruzzo led the inning off with a walk before advancing to third on a double by the next batter, Shane Buschini. With runners on second and third, Harmon struck out Sean Nicol for the first out of the inning before the next batter, Daniel Magness hit a deep fly to centerfield that scored Abruzzo.
Gonzaga broke open its lead in the fifth frame, scoring a pair of runs. The Bulldogs combined three singles, a fielding error and two walks, including one with the bases loaded, to take the 4-2 lead.
Following a single by McGuinness, Shawn Wayt contributed to the Zags' lead with a double down the left field line in the sixth inning that plated McGuinness to extend Gonzaga's lead to 5-1.
The Bulldogs capped scoring in the seventh when, with two outs and no runners on, Wiegand hit a ball solidly to dead center field for his third home run of the season.
Wiegand, McGuinness and Wayt finished the afternoon with a pair of hits a piece. Wayt hit .455 for the three-game conference series, going 5-for-11 with a double, a triple, one run scored and one run batted in.
Gonzaga continues conference play Thursday, when they travel to take on the University of Portland in Portland. Due to Good Friday and Easter, the three-game series will open on Thursday at 3 p.m., with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday. First pitch of the twin bill is scheduled for 11 a.m.