May 6, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga fell in the second game of a three-game series with 27th ranked Pepperdine on Saturday afternoon, using seven pitchers in a 13-4 loss.
The Waves rode the strong arm of right-hander Barry Enright, who picked up his 10th win of the season pitching seven innings and allowing only two runs on six hits.
The Bulldogs managed to score four late inning runs against Pepperdine, after trailing 10-0 through seven innings.
Enright cruised through to the seventh before giving up three consecutive hits to Bobby Carlson, Ryan Wiegand and pinch hitter Nick Merriman to lead off the inning. One batter later senior right fielder Zach Woodward picked up Gonzaga's second RBI with a fielder's choice.
After cutting the deficit to eight runs, Gonzaga surrendered three more runs before adding two late runs in the ninth. With two outs and the bases loaded, third baseman Darin Holcomb stroked a single down the right field line driving in Will Ayala and Aaron McGuinness.
Pepperdine centerfielder Adrian Ortiz was busy all afternoon, both in the outfield and at the plate. Ortiz recorded nine putouts and went 2-6, including a three run homer that just made it over the short wall in right field. In the first two games of the series Ortiz is hitting 5-11 with four RBI and 2 runs scored.
Gonzaga now sits at 8-9 in WCC play, trailing conference leaders Pepperdine (11-6) and San Francisco (11-6), San Diego (10-7) and Saint Mary's (9-8), with four conference games remaining.