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Zags Fall To USF in Series Opener

April 27, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - - Sophomore Ryan Wiegand, of the Gonzaga University baseball team, went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run Friday as the Zags dropped a 4-2 decision to West Coast Conference opponent University of San Francisco at Benedetti Diamond in San Francisco.

Gonzaga falls to 26-20 overall, 9-4 against conference opponents, with the loss. San Francisco evens its record at 22-22, including 5-8 in league play, with the victory.

The Zags' starter Brandon Harmon (6-6) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on 10 hits and one walk, while striking out two over 7.0 innings of work. Matt Fields posted 1.0 innings of relief for Gonzaga, allowing no hits while posting one strikeout. USF starter Aaron Poreda (6-5) threw a complete game en route to the victory. Poreda allowed two runs, none of which were earned, on seven hits and one walk, while striking out six during his 9.0 innings on the mound.

The Dons opened scoring in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Jonathan Norfolk led off the inning with a double to left center. One out later, Brian Chavez doubled to left center to score Norfolk.

The Bulldogs answered in the top of third with a two-run home run by Wiegand to take a 2-1 edge. Scoring on the long ball was Bryan Winston, so reached base on a San Francisco fielding error.

San Francisco regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth. The Dons pieced together a single by Lucas Delong and run-scoring doubles by Joey Railey and Jonnie Knoble to take the 3-2 advantage.

The Dons added a run to their score in the sixth when Mitchell Bialosky scored on a sacrifice fly by Luke Sommer. Bialosky led off the frame with a double to left field.

The Zags threatened in the top of the ninth, but were unable to capitalize. Following a lead off single by Shawn Wayt, pinch hitter Michael Rhodes singled through the left side to place runners on second and third. The inning ended when, with two outs, Brandon Blank hit into a fielders choice that found Wayt out at third to end the game.

Wiegand led all Bulldog batters with three hits and was the only Zag to record a multiple base hit. Evan Wells, Bryan Winston, Shawn Wayt and Mark Castellitto all recorded singles for Gonzaga.

Gonzaga and San Francisco will play the second game of the three-game series Saturday. Clayton Mortensen (5-2) is expected to get the start for the Bulldogs in the game, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch.