May 12, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Dustin Colclough's three-run homer over the left field fence lifted the Gonzaga University baseball team to a 7-5 come-from-behind West Coast Conference win against the University of San Diego Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 30-22 overall and 11-8 in the WCC, and with the University of San Francisco claiming a 11 inning win over Loyola Marymount University, the Toreros chances of making the WCC Championship Series have come to an end. USD will now look to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament with three games remaining on the regular-season schedule. With the win the Bulldogs improve to 28-22 overall and 9-10 in the WCC.
With the Toreros leading 5-1 heading into the top of the ninth inning, the Zags rallied to score six runs to claim the win. GU scored their runs by a Scott Campbell RBI single, which scored two runs, one Campbell drove in and the other if which came across on an error by USD. The next run came on a Darin Holcomb ground out to the shortstop before Colclough hit a three-run homer to put the game at its final of 7-5.
USD got on the scoreboard first as they scored two runs in the first inning. Justin Snyder led off with a walk and moved to second base on a balk by the Gonzaga starting pitcher Patrick Donovan. Steve Singleton then hit a single up the middle advancing Snyder to third, but a fielding error on the center fielder allowed Snyder to come across for the first run of the game. Jordan Abruzzo then moved Singleton to third on a single to left field, and a second fielding error by Gonzaga allowed Singleton to come across for the second run of the inning to give USD a 2-0 lead.
After the Bulldogs took one run back in the fifth inning, USD responded by putting up three runs in the sixth inning. Singleton led off with a single to left field and moved to third on Abruzzo's single to left field. Logan Gelbrich then drove in Singleton with a single to right field. Ryan Lilly drove in the final two runs on a two-run double to left center field to give USD a 5-1 lead.
Offensively for the Toreros, Singleton led the charge going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Abruzzo was the only other Torero to register multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-4.
Matt Couch (6-3) was saddled with the loss for USD allowing two runs, one earned on one hit in 0.2 innings of work. CJ McClure (3-0) was credited with the win for the Bulldogs allowing no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work.
USD and Gonzaga will return to action on Saturday as they play game two of a three-game series at Cunningham Stadium with a 1 p.m. start.