April 15, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - - Senior catcher Dustin Colclough hit a two-run home run Sunday as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated Santa Clara University 6-3 at Schott Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The win in the rubber game of the three-game series gives the Zags their third straight West Coast Conference series victory of the season.
The win improves Gonzaga to 23-17 overall and 6-3 against WCC opponents. Santa Clara fell to 18-19, including 5-4 in conference play, with the loss.
Bulldog starting pitcher Clayton Mortensen (4-2) threw seven innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out five en route to his fourth win of the season. All three of the runs off Mortensen came in the first inning, before the senior settled down to throw six shutout innings. Freshman Jeremy Stumetz earned his team-leading third save of the season, including his second of the series, throwing 2.0 innings of no-hit ball. Santa Clara's Donald Brandt (3-1) suffered the loss allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits over 3.2 innings of work.
The Bulldogs put up two runs in the top of the first to take the early 2-0 lead. Evan Wells led the inning off with a single through the left side before advancing to second on a fielding error, which also put Bryan Winston on first base. Two batters later, Shawn Wayt singled to right to score Wells and Winston.
The Broncos took a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the first, thanks to a three-run home run to center field by Ryan Conan. Tommy Medica and Gabe Alcantar, both who reached base via singles, were plated on the long ball.
Gonzaga tied the score 3-3 in the top of the second with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left by Winston. The sacrifice fly scored Mike Terry who had singled to lead off the inning and had advanced to third on singles by Brandon Blank and Wells.
Aaron McGuinness gave the Zags a 4-3 lead by scoring the eventual game-winning run in the top of the third frame. McGuiness doubled to center field but advanced to third on the throw, before scoring on a groundout by Colclough in the next at-bat.
In the fifth inning, Colclough hit a shot to left field to give the Bulldogs two more insurance runs and finalize scoring 6-3.
For the afternoon, Gonzaga posted 13 hits, including multiple-hit performances by Wells, Darin Holcomb and McGuinness. Wells led all Bulldog batters on the afternoon, going 3-for-6 with one run scored, while McGuinness posted two hits, including a double, and two runs scored. Wayt led the Zags for the three-game series, batting .500 (4-for-8) with a double, two runs scored, three runs batted in and five base on balls.
The Bulldogs will return home this week to play four games at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. The four game homestand will feature the first night game played at the facility, as well as the dedication game for the new home of Gonzaga baseball. Tuesday, the Zags will welcome Washington State University to Spokane for a 6:30 p.m. game. The game will mark the first game played under lights at the stadium.
Friday is the dedication game for Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field and will mark the opening game of a three-game WCC series with Saint Mary's College. Friday's festivities will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. The first 1,000 fans at the ballpark Friday will receive a commemorative Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field pennant.