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Bulldogs Ride Home Runs, Donovan's Arm To Victory

April 21, 2006

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga used another solid pitching performance by Patrick Donovan to win the first game of a three-game series with San Francisco, 3-1, Friday at Avista Stadium.

Donovan picked up his sixth win of the season and allowed only one run on four hits. The Spokane native pitched 7.2 innings and fanned two batters. Sophomore Brandon Harmon, who recently stepped into the closer role, picked up his second save in the past week. Harmon improved his ERA to 0.92 in 17 appearances.

The Bulldogs grabbed an early lead as third baseman Darin Holcomb extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a one-out, solo home run in the first inning. Holcomb now has 46 RBI's, good for first place in the West Coast Conference.

The Dons tied the game in the top of the third with a sacrifice fly by Joey Railey, but Gonzaga came back in the bottom half of the inning and took back the lead for good with a home run by catcher Dustin Colclough. The solo blast was the junior's first home run of the season.

The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the seventh inning when right fielder Zach Woodward reached on a single to right center, and one batter later advanced to third on an error by San Francisco shortstop Andrew Smith. Woodward then scored on a Jackson Brennan sacrifice fly to give the Bulldogs the 3-1 advantage. Smith had a rough day in the field for the Dons, committing three errors.

With the win, Gonzaga improved their WCC record to 6-4 and now share second place with San Francisco. The Bulldogs currently sit one game back of the first place San Diego Toreros (7-3).

Gonzaga and San Francisco will continue their three-game series on Saturday with a 1pm start time at Avista Stadium.