April 2, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Despite another late inning rally by Portland, Gonzaga hung on and swept the three-game series with the Pilots, 5-4, Sunday afternoon.
Clayton Mortensen got the win for the Bulldogs, his fifth of the season, which helped Gonzaga jump to a 3-0 start in conference play, and 20-10 overall. The junior from Rexburg, Id., pitched 7 innings and surrendered only two runs. Cory Powell came on in the ninth to pick up his 3rd save of the season.
Gonzaga snagged three runs in the first inning, courtesy of a leadoff walk by center fielder Jackson Brennan and consecutive hits by Darin Holcomb and Scott Campbell, scoring Brennan. Catcher Dustin Colclough, who recently moved into the clean-up hitter role, knocked in Holcomb with a sacrifice fly to center. Freshman designated hitter Ryan Wiegand then grabbed his only RBI of the game, knocking in Campbell with a single.
The Pilots cut into the Bulldogs lead with two runs in the fourth inning. The score remained 3-2 until the sixth inning when senior Bobby Carlson ripped a single to left field and scored on right fielder Zach Woodward's 8th double of the season. Gonzaga added a fifth run on a solo shot to right field by Scott Campbell in the bottom of the 7th.
Portland continued to keep it interesting, with its third ninth inning rally in as many days. After cutting the margin to 5-3 heading into the ninth, Powell yielded one run before picking up the save. With one out, Powell struck out Pilot third baseman Danny Meier, however, Meier was able to reach on a passed ball and later came around to score. Portland continued to threaten, but with two on and two down, Powell got Adam Kerr to bounce out to second base to end the game.
Junior second baseman Scott Campbell improved his average to .418 with a 3-3 performance on Sunday. The Auckland, New Zealand native had a homerun, two RBI and two runs scored. First baseman Bobby Carlson also added three hits.
Gonzaga travels to Washington State on Tuesday for a game against the Cougars, and will return home to face Santa Clara next weekend in a three-game West Coast Conference series. Game time for Friday is scheduled for 3pm, with a 1pm start on Saturday and Sunday. All home games are played at Avista Stadium.