April 13, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sophomore Mike Terry's three-run home run lifted the Gonzaga University baseball team over Santa Clara University 3-2 Friday at Schott Stadium. The match-up marked the opening game of a three-game West Coast Conference series between the two schools.
The win improves the Bulldogs to 22-16, 5-2 in conference play, for the season with the win, while the Broncos slip to 17-18 and 4-3 against WCC opponents.
Senior Josh Monroe (5-2) earned the win in his eighth start of the season. Monroe threw 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out two. Freshman Jeremy Stumetz earned his second save of the season, after allowing one hit over 3.0 innings on the mound. Santa Clara's Nate Garcia (3-4) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits over 7.0 innings.
Terry's three-run shot in the seventh inning was all the Zags needed to down the Broncos. Ryan Wiegand opened the frame by drawing a walk. With two outs, Shawn Wayt singled through the left side to advance Wiegand to second. Wayt and Wiegand then scored when Terry went yard during the next at-bat.
The Broncos posted the first run of the game on the board in the fifth inning thanks to a pair of doubles down the left field line by Evan LeBlanc and Jon Karcich.
Santa Clara added its second run in the sixth frame on a lead-off home run to center by Ryan Conan.
Gonzaga recorded six hits on the evening, with Terry and Darin Holcomb each posting two apiece. The game marked a team-high 15th time this season Holcomb has recorded multiple hits in a game. The remaining two hits of the evening belonged to Wayt and Bryan Winston, who recorded a single up the middle in the first inning.
The Zags and Broncos will take the field against Saturday in the second game of the WCC three-game series. Brandon Harmon (5-4) is expected to get the start for Gonzaga when the game begins at 1 p.m.