April 20, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Starting pitcher Brandon Harmon threw a complete game as the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's College 6-3 in front of 1,514 fans at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane, Wash. The game served as the Dedication Game for the new home of Bulldog baseball.
With the win, the Zags improve to 24-18 overall and 7-3 against conference opponents. Saint Mary's falls to 16-21-1 and 0-10 in conference play.
Harmon (6-5) earned the win allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out seven en route to his fifth complete game of the season. Sean Gleason (4-5) suffered the loss allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 8.0 innings on the mound.
The Gaels jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage in the first inning. Erica Cattoni drew a walk to open the game before advancing to second on a stolen base. Following a groundout by Mulligan to advance the base runner to third, Cattoni scored on a ground out by Randy Wells.
Gonzaga scored all six of its run in the third inning. The Zags send nine batters to the plate, recording five hits for the inning. A run-scoring ground out by Bryan Winston and run-scoring hits from Darin Holcomb and Ryan Wiegand scored the first three inning runs, before Aaron McGuinness added three more on a homerun to left field.
Saint Mary's posted a run in the seventh inning thanks to a home run to left by J.P. Musgrove. The Gaels capped their scoring in ninth frame on single through the right side by Anthony Aliotti.
Prior to the game, former Gonzaga head coach Steve Hertz emceed the dedication ceremonies that featured words from university president Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, athletic director Mike Roth and Mike Patterson, a major contributor to the project. Hertz was also honored with the unveiling of his bronze bust prior to the dedication ceremony.
The three-game WCC series will continue Saturday when Clayton Mortensen (4-2) takes the mound for the Bulldogs. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.