April 21, 2007
Spokane, WA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped its West Coast Conference series to Gonzaga after falling by the score of 7-2 Saturday afternoon from Washington Trust Field. The Bulldogs earned the win on the strength of three home runs to drop the Gaels to 16-22-1 overall and 0-11 in WCC play.
Clayton Mortensen (5-2) started the game for Gonzaga, earning his fifth win. The senior allowed two runs, one earned on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over 8.0 innings of work. Jeremy Stumetz finished the game on the mound for the Zags, allowing one hit in the final inning of the game. The Gaels' starter Brandon Berl (2-5) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits and two walks over 5.2 frames.
Saint Mary's drew first blood in the second innning. With two outs, the Gaels combined back-to-back hits and a base on balls to load the bases, before a walk would force in Kenny Fuglerud for the opening run.
Gonzaga posted three runs in its half of the third to take the lead to 3-1. The first two runs came thanks to Wells' first home run of the season, his two run shot to right center. The Bulldogs then pieced together a walk and a single before Ryan Wiegand hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Bryan Winston, who had reached on the walk.
In the next inning, the Zags' Mike Terry drilled the second two-run homer of the afternoon to extend Gonzaga's lead to 5-1. With one out in the frame, Dustin Colclough singled to right before Terry smacked the home run to right center, scoring Colclough.
Terry scored again on a Wells single in the sixth inning to add insurance runs for the Bulldogs and move the score to 6-1.
The final Zag run of the game came in the bottom of the seventh on a solo home run by Wiegand to right field.
Wells finished the afternoon going 4-for-5 with three singles and a home run, with three runs batted in and a run scored. Wiegand and Terry were the only other Bulldogs with multiple hits, recording two a single and home run a piece.
The three-game conference series between Saint Mary's and Gonzaga will conclude on Sunday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Josh Monroe (5-2) is expected to throw the first pitch for Gonzaga at 1 p.m. against Taylor Stanton (1-2).