April 23, 2006
(Spokane, WA) - USF dropped a tough one to West Coast Conference foe Gonzaga 9-8 on Sunday at Avista Stadium. With the loss, the Dons (25-18, 7-5 WCC) failed to win their first series since defeating Georgetown two games to one on March 10-12. The Bulldogs (26-15, 7-5 WCC) remain in a first place tie with USF in WCC action.
USF started the scoring in the third inning when senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell roped a three-run homerun to right center. They added two in both the fourth and seventh innings, and one in the eighth. In the top of the ninth, USF had a runner on with two outs and junior center fielder Lucas DeLong at the plate. DeLong hammered the ball, but strong 25 mile-per-hour winds kept the ball in the park to end the game.
The Dons managed 13 hits, compared to the Zags 12, but left 10 runners on base. Gartrell was 1-for-3 with his homerun and added his seventh stolen base of the year. Junior left-fielder Scott Cousins had a good day, going 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI, two runs scored and tallied his 17th stolen base of the season. Junior designated hitter Blake Nelson had three hits, including a double. Senior shortstop Andrew Smith added two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Freshman second baseman George Lujan was 2-for-3 on the day, and freshman Zach Kim added a pinch-hit single. Junior Chris Bacigalupi and sophomore Mitchell Bialosky each added a hit apiece.
Sophomore right-hander John Quine (2-3) took the loss for the Dons, pitching in relief of starter, senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan. Quine threw 0.1 innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on two hits. McGuigan threw seven innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits while striking out two and walking two. Sophomore left-hander Cole Stipovich finished the game, throwing the final 0.2 innings, allowing only one hit and no runs.
Senior outfielder Jackson Brennan, senior outfielder Zach Woodward, senior outfielder Will Ayala, and sophomore third-baseman Darin Holcomb all had two hits for the Bulldogs on Sunday. Sophomore right-hander Brandon Harmon (2-0) earned the win in relief of starter, senior left-hander Jay Bryner, throwing 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on seven hits, one walk and four strikeouts. Bryner threw 3.1 innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits, with one walk and one strikeout.
USF returns to action this Tuesday, April 25 against Cal in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic, held at AT&T Park. Game time is set for 1:00 PM.