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Zags Fall To Dons, 8-1

April 22, 2006

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga dropped the second game of a three-game series with San Francisco as the Dons jumped on Bulldog pitchers for eight unanswered runs to win, 8-1.

Junior right-hander Clayton Mortensen (6-6) took the loss for the Zags. The Rexburg, Ida., native had been nothing short of masterful through five innings, at one point retiring 13 consecutive batters and facing only two batters over the minimum. But it all unraveled in the sixth inning when the Dons plated four runs on five hits and never looked back.

The Bulldogs manufactured their only run in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead. With one out, Bobby Carlson and Ryan Wiegand both reached on back-to-back hit by pitches. San Francisco pitcher Aaron Poreda (4-4) then walked shortstop Aaron McGuinness to load the bases for senior Zach Woodward. The rightfielder from Woodinville, Wash., drove in the only run for the Zags as he reached on a fielder's choice, knocking in Carlson from third. Poreda was able to get out of the jam and cruised through to the seventh before being relieved by Cole Stipovich.

Sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb went 0-4, snapping his 17 game hitting streak. Second baseman Scott Campbell, who is leading the WCC in both hits and batting average, is now 0-8 in the past two games.

Poreda gave up only one run on six hits, including five strikeouts in his seven innings of work.

Gonzaga now sits at 6-5 in the WCC baseball standings behind San Diego, San Francisco and St. Mary's in the hunt for the a birth in the WCC tournament.

The Bulldogs will conclude their series with San Francisco on Sunday with a 1pm game against the Dons. Gonzaga will host Washington State at Avista Stadium in Spokane on Tuesday evening at 6:30, in the first home night game of the season.