May 13, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team was unable to complete a three-game sweep of No. 17 Pepperdine University Sunday, falling 4-3 in 11 innings in the final game of a three-game West Coast Conference series at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif.
The Zags won two-of-three games in the series, posting victories Friday and Saturday, to clinch second place and a berth in the WCC Championship Series in two weeks.
Gonzaga drops to 32-22 overall and will finish 15-6 in conference play. The Waves improve to 32-19 and 11-7 in league play. Pepperdine will conclude WCC play next weekend with a three-game set at the University of Portland.
Zags' starter Brandon Harmon (6-7) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on 12 hits in 10.1 innings. The complete game marked his team-leading sixth complete game of the season. It also marked the 12th complete game of the season for the Zags, the most since the 1990 club posted 20 complete games. Waves reliever Jason Dominguez (2-3), who entered the game in the eighth inning, earned the win allowing one run on three hits in 4.0 innings.
Gonzaga knotted the scored 3-3 in the top of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Pinch hitter Mark Castellitto took the first pitch of the inning up the middle for a single, before Alex Parrott was sent to act as a pinch runner. Parrott advanced to second on a ground out by Evan Wells, before scoring on a double to left center by Bryan Winston.
The Waves drove home the game winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to avoid the series sweep. With one out, Pepperdine drew a walk and then loaded the bases with back-to-back singles. Adrian Ortiz drove home the game winning run thanks to a single to right center.
Pepperdine opened the scoring in the bottom of the second to take the 1-0 lead. Chase d'Arnaud singled to center field before scoring two batters later on a double to right center by Denny Duron to put the Waves on the board.
Pepperdine regained the lead in the third inning, posting two runs to take the 3-2 advantage. The Waves combined a Gonzaga fielding error, as well as a sacrifice fly by Eric Thames to score Adrian Ortiz and Donald Brown.
The Bulldogs will conclude the regular season with a mid-week game Tuesday at the University of Washington in Seattle. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Husky Ballpark. Following the game with Washington, the Zags will be idle for nearly two weeks until May 25, when they will open the WCC Championship Series at No. 6 University of San Diego. The winner of the best-of-three series will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Earlier in the season, Gonzaga took two-of-three from the Toreros in a three-game set in Spokane.