May 5, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga capitalized on strong pitching and a five-run fifth inning to defeat Pepperdine 6-1, Friday afternoon, improving the Bulldogs conference record to an even 8-8, heading down the stretch toward the WCC playoffs.
The Bulldogs got another strong performance from senior left-hander Patrick Donovan, who went seven innings to pick up his seventh win of the season. The Spokane native allowed only one run, and pitched out of a number of jams. Stalwart reliever Brandon Harmon came on in the eighth inning, pitching two hitless innings.
Pepperdine looked to strike back in the second inning with runners in scoring position and two outs, but sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb made an outstanding diving stop going to his right and made the long throw to first to rob Waves designated hitter Justin Tellam of a base hit, securing a scoreless inning.
Holcomb, from Spokane's Shadle Park High School, made a handful of gold glove worthy plays throughout the game for the Bulldogs, including two stellar back-to-back putouts in the ninth to clinch the win.In the third inning the Waves were able to knot the score at 1-1 courtesy of a leadoff double by left fielder Luke Salas who would later score on a one-out single to centerfield.
But the Bulldogs were able to break the game open in the fifth inning as Pepperdine's pitching came undone. Brennan led off the inning off with his 17th double of the season, followed one batter later by Scott Campbell, who also doubled. Brennan was forced to hold up as the leftfielder Salas made a good play on the ball but was unable to make the catch following a nasty collision with the outfield wall. Holcomb then knocked in Brennan with a sacrifice fly.
With runners on first and third with one down, Dustin Colclough drove in Scott Campbell to score Gonzaga's second run of the inning. Freshman designated hitter Ryan Wiegand also picked up an RBI, doubling in Bobby Carlson, who had reached after being hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and two down, senior Zach Woodward snagged two RBI's with a single past the first baseman.
Using a five run lead, Donovan was able to get out of a bases loaded jam with two outs in the fifth, and another bases loaded jam with one out in the 7th, thanks to a solid piece of fielding by Carlson to double off a Waves runner.
Junior second baseman Scott Campbell went 4-4 with a run scored.
Gonzaga and Pepperdine will continue their series at Avista Stadium at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.