May 15, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. - SEATTLE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team dropped the final game of the 2007 regular season to the University of Washington 16-6 Tuesday at Husky Ballpark in Seattle, Wash.
The loss drops Gonzaga University to 32-23 overall, while Washington improves to 27-23 with the victory.
Gonzaga used five pitchers in the contest with Jeremy Stumetz (4-2) suffering the loss. Stumetz allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits over 1.2 innings of work. Matt Fields earned his first start of the year for the Bulldogs allowing two runs on three hits over 4.0 innings in the no decision. Husky reliever Brandon McKerney earned the win working 0.2 innings of hitless ball. Nick Hagadone earned his 11th save of the season throwing the final 2.1 innings.
Washington opened the contest with two runs in the first inning to jump out to a 2-0 edge. After walking the lead off batter, Michael Burgher, David Cox took the first pitch of his at-bat to dead centerfield for a two-run home run.
Gonzaga knotted the score 2-2 in the top of the third frame on a pair of run-scoring singles. Ryan Wiegand drove home the first run with a single to left field to plate Evan Wells, who reached on a single to lead off the inning. Wiegand then advanced to second on a fielders' choice and moved to third on an error before scoring on a single to center by Aaron McGuinness.
The Bulldogs extend their lead in the top of the sixth with a bases loaded walk to Wiegand to bring the score to 4-2. With runners on second and third, the Huskies intentionally walked Darin Holcomb to load the bases before issuing a walk to Wiegand to bring home the run.
Washington answered with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead 7-4. The Hukies pieced together five singles, a walk and a Gonzaga fielding error to score the five runs of the inning.
A two-run top of the seventh narrowed the Huskies lead to 7-6. The Zags sent eight batters to the plate, scoring the two runs without the benefit of a hit. With the bases loaded due to two hit-by-pitches and a walk, the first run of the frame was plated when Winston was hit by a pitch to force home Dustin Colclough. Holcomb then hit into a run-scoring ground out to score Mark Castellitto.
The Huskies added four insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly and a three-run home run to right by Matt Stevens. Washington would post three more runs in the eighth to finalize the score at 16-6. The three runs were scored on a two-run home run to left center by Matt Hague and a run-scoring singles by Cox and pinch hitter Bryce Anderson.
The Bulldogs will look for its first West Coast Conference Championship in program history and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament next weekend, May 25-27, when they travel to San Diego to face No. 5 University of San Diego in the WCC Championship. The best-of-three series will open Friday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium. Saturday's, May 26, game time will be 2 p.m. with the game, if needed, on Sunday, May 27, at 3 p.m.