May 6, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team erupted for six runs in the eighth inning Sunday as the Bulldogs defeated Loyola Marymount University 6-4, sweeping a three-game West Coast Conference series, at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. The win was the 30th victory of the season for the Zags, marking the first time since 1990 that Gonzaga has won 30 or more games.
The Bulldogs improved to 30-21 for the season, including going 13-5 in league play, with the win. Gonzaga also moves a game and a half ahead of Pepperdine University for second in the WCC standings. The Waves are idle this weekend. The loss drops the Lions to 20-30-1 and 7-11 against WCC opponents this season.
Relief pitcher Matt Fields (2-0) earned the win, throwing 1.2 innings of perfect ball with one strikeout. Jeremy Stumetz earned his team-leading fourth save of the season holding the Lions to one run on two hits in the final inning of the game. Josh Monroe earned the start for the Zags, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5.0 innings. Chris Highmark also saw time of out the pen for the Zags. LMU reliever Xavier Esquivel suffered the loss after allowing two runs on one hits over 0.1 innings or work.
The Lions scored in the opening frame of the game to take a 1-0 lead as DeAndre Miller scored the lone run on a sacrifice fly by Eric Herrera.
The score remained unchanged until the fifth inning, when LMU added two more runs to take a 3-0 edge thanks to a two-run double to centerfield by Angelo Songco.
Gonzaga sent a dozen batters to the plate in the eighth inning to score all of it's six runs of the game. After the first batter of the inning grounded out, Dustin Colclough walked before scoring on a double to right center by Aaron McGuinness. Shawn Wayt then drew another walk before both Michael Rhodes, who pinch ran for Wayt, and McGuinness scored on a double to left by Mike Terry. Two batters later, Evan Wells singled to left to score Ben Greenslitt, who had pinch ran for Terry. Wells advanced to second on an infield single by Bryan Winston before both runners advanced on a walk to Darin Holcomb that loaded the bases. Ryan Wiegand then singled to right to drive home Wells and Winston to take the 6-4 lead.
Loyola Marymount threatened in the ninth but only managed to post one run, thanks to a one-run single by Songco.
On what was Senior Day at the ballpark, seniors Colclough, McGuinness and Terry produced big afternoons for the Zags. Colclough finished the contest going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while McGuinness also posted a pair of hits with a run scored and one run batted in. Terry recorded one hit for the afternoon, the double in the eighth to spark the six run frame.
McGuinness led the Bulldogs for the three-game series with LMU batting .500 with seven hits, two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and five runs batted in.
Gonzaga will take the field again next weekend in what will be a pivotal series in the conference race when it travels to Malibu, Calif. to take on nationally-ranked Pepperdine. The three-game set will open Friday at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday game times are scheduled for 1 p.m.