April 10, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - A late, ninth inning rally by Gonzaga wasn't enough to overcome a six-run deficit, as the Bulldogs fell to Santa Clara in the rain-soaked finale of three game series, 8-7, Monday afternoon.
Trailing 8-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Bulldogs rallied to score five runs on six singles to cut the lead to one. With two down and runners on first and second, pinch-hitter Will Ayala blooped out to the second baseman to end the game.
Gonzaga continued to hit the ball well as a team, collecting 16 hits. Every starter tallied a hit, including three more for second baseman Scott Campbell. The junior from New Zealand is now hitting .414 through 34 games.
Santa Clara did all their damage in the fourth inning as eight runs crossed the plate. Bulldog pitchers helped the Broncos by allowing four walks and five hits.
The Bulldogs had put together an early lead in the first inning when catcher Dustin Colclough doubled, plating Campbell from second. Gonzaga added a second run in the seventh inning following lead off double by Zach Woodward, who came around to score after a single by centerfielder Jackson Brennan.
Former Bulldog pitcher Matt Wickswat, who transferred to Santa Clara after last season, picked up the win, his sixth of the season.
The game was played at Spokane Falls Community College due to unplayable conditions at Gonzaga's current home field of Avista Stadium. Heavy rains over the weekend weakened the playing surface.
Gonzaga will hit the road next week to take on Saint Mary's in a three game series April 14-16, before returning home to face San Francisco the following weekend.