April 7, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga pitchers allowed only one run on five hits as the Bulldogs beat Santa Clara, 5-1, in the opening game of a three-game West Coast Conference series on Friday.
Starting pitcher Josh Monroe pitched three scoreless innings before leaving with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Gonzaga relievers CJ McClure, Jay Bryner, and Brandon Harmon each came one and pitched one and two thirds innings of scoreless relief.
Gonzaga manufactured an early run in the second inning, courtesy of a Dustin Colclough lead off double. After two infield groundouts, Colclough was able to score from third to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
Colclough finished 3-4 with an RBI and one run scored.
The Bulldogs struck again in the fifth following another lead off double, this time by designated hitter Ryan Wiegand. After advancing to third on a groundout, junior shortstop Aaron McGuiness singled Wiegand in with a two outs.
The Bulldogs added a third run in the sixth on Scott Campbell's fourth homerun of the year.
Gonzaga was poised to blow the game wide open in the eighth but managed to snag only two runs, despite having the bases loaded with one out.
Santa Clara's only run came in the ninth inning with two down after Bulldog relievers had retired 13 consecutive batters. Gonzaga reliever Cory Powell surrendered his first earned run of the season as Bronco second baseman Eric Newton walked and was doubled in by Daniel Nava.
Gonzaga and Santa Clara will continue their three-game series Saturday and Sunday at Avista Stadium. Start times for both games are scheduled for 1pm.