May 7, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - A four-run, ninth inning rally wasn't enough for the Bulldogs to overcome a ten run deficit as Gonzaga dropped the final game of a three game series with 27th ranked Pepperdine, 10-4 on Sunday.
For eight innings, Pepperdine (33-17, 12-8) hurler James Johnson dominated the Zags, allowing no runs and only three hits with his nine strikeouts. But it unraveled for Johnson in the ninth, attempting to go for the complete game shutout.
Trailing 10-0, Gonzaga's first three batters reached on hits, including Jackson Brennan's 18th double to lead off the inning. The Bulldogs, who had managed only three hits all game, erupted for six in the inning, while Darin Holcomb, Ryan Wiegand, Nick Merriman, and Aaron McGuinness each picked up an RBI.
Waves reliever Brian Ozols came on to spell Johnson, picking up the final out of the ball game on a fielder's choice groundout to second base.
The loss came on Senior Day for Gonzaga, in their final conference home game of the season. Prior to the game, the team honored each member of the 2006 senior class, which included right fielder Zach Woodward, center fielder Jackson Brennan, left fielder Will Ayala, first baseman Bobby Carlson, catcher Nick Merriman, and pitchers Jay Bryner, Nate Williams, and Patrick Donovan.
Gonzaga dropped to 8-10 in the West Coast Conference and is now eliminated from playoff contention following Sunday's victory by San Francisco over St. Mary's.
The Bulldogs will travel to San Diego next weekend for a three-game series before returning home to take on Washington State and Lewis-Clark State on May 16th and 19th, respectively.