April 17, 2006
MORAGA, Calif. - Gonzaga University salvaged the final game of its weather-delayed series at Saint Mary's College on Monday, the Bulldogs taking a 3-2 West Coast Conference baseball victory behind some solid pitching as Clayton Mortensen and Brandon Harmon combined on a 4-hitter.
The win kept the Bulldogs (23-14, 5-4) very much in the hunt of the log-jammed WCC race. The University of San Diego and University of San Francisco share the top spot at 6-3, with Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and Pepperdine University just a game back at 5-4. USF visits the Bulldogs this weekend for a three-game series at Avista Stadium.
Mortensen retired the first 10 Gaels (18-16, 5-4) he faced until Orben Frederick broke up the perfect game with a one-out single through the left side in the fourth inning. Mortensen went into the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead but walked the first two batters. That brought on Harmon. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base and Sam Carter pulled the Gaels to within 3-2 with his two-run single to center.
But that's all the Gaels would get off Harmon as he would allow just a one-out walk in the eighth that was erased in an inning-ending double play and a leadoff single in the ninth. After the runner was bunted to second, Harmon got a strikeout and a fly ball to center to end the game and earn his first save of the season. Mortensen improved his record to 6-5 with the win.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard in the second inning when Jackson Brennan got an infield single to third, Bobby Carlson singled to center to advance Brennan to third and Will Ayala plated Brennan with a sacrifice fly to left.
Gonzaga scored twice more in the fifth for the 3-0 lead. Aaron McGuinness began the rally with a one-out walk. Darin Holcomb drew a two-out walk to put runners on first and second and Dustin Colclough loaded the bases with a single through the left side. Ryan Wiegand, who had his 15-game hitting streak snapped in Saturday's second game, singled up the middle to score McGuinness and Holcomb.
Holcomb extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a one-out double in the first inning, but was left stranded at third.
Gonzaga out-hit the Gaels 7-4 but the Bulldogs had just one hit over the final four innings, a two-out single by Scott Campbell in the ninth.
SMC starter Ian Farmer (1-8) took the loss despite a solid seven innings of work in which he gave up six hits, three earned runs, walked two and struck out five.
The Bulldogs jump right back into action Tuesday when they travel to Washington State University for a 6 p.m. non-conference contest.