May 4, 2007
Spokane, Wash. - Freshman Mark Castellitto, of the Gonzaga University baseball team, hit a pinch-hit two-run walk off home run as the Zags came back from an early deficit to defeat Loyola Marymount University 7-6 Friday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The game marked the first of a three-game West Coast Conference series between the two schools.
Gonzaga improves to 28-21 overall, including 11-5 against conference opponents, with the win. The Bulldogs also moved a half of a game ahead of Pepperdine University in the WCC standings, taking sole possession of second place. The Waves do not compete in conference play this weekend. The Lions drop to 20-28-1 this season, 8-9 in conference play.
Reliever Jeremy Stumetz (3-1) earned the victory in 1.2 innings of hitless work while posting two strikeouts. Junior Brandon Harmon started the game for the Bulldogs, going 7.1 innings allowing six runs on 13 hits with four strikeouts. The Lions' Xavier Esquivel suffered the loss allowing two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings.
Loyola Marymount took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run double to right center by Angelo Songco. The Lions added another pair in the second frame on back-to-back singles by Eric Farris and DeAndre Miller. LMU extended its score to 5-0 in the third with a solo home run by Elvis Herrera.
The Bulldogs began to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the third with two runs to narrow the score at 5-2. Ryan Wiegand drove home the first run of the inning with a double to left, before scoring the second run on a single by Mike Terry.
The Lions capped their scoring in the fourth with a one-run single by Farris that scored Michael Glomb, who led off the inning with a triple.
Gonzaga posted a run in the fifth on Terry's second run-scoring hit of the day, an infield that scored Dustin Colclough.
Aaron McGuinness brought the Zags to within two in the seventh thanks to his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field, bringing the score to 6-5
With two outs in the bottom of ninth inning, Castellitto smacked his first career home run to mark the first walk-off home run for Gonzaga since 2001 and provide the Bulldogs with the victory.
All nine in the Gonzaga starting line-up recorded hits in the game. Terry led the Zags going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.
Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount will continue the three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will mark Military Day at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. All former and current members of the armed forces, as well as family members, will be admitted free of charge when presenting valid military identification.