May 26, 2007
San Diego, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team was unable to complete the two-game sweep of No. 5 University of San Diego Saturday, falling 13-5 in the second game of the West Coast Conference Championship at Cunningham Stadium in San Diego, Calif. The Zag loss forces a game three of the best-of-three series Sunday at 3 p.m. The winner of Sunday's contest will earn the league's automatic bid into the 64-team NCAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs fall to 33-24 overall with the loss, while the Toreros improved to 42-16 for the season.
Gonzaga starter Brandon Harmon (6-8) took the loss after allowing nine runs on 15 hits over 6.1 innings on the mound. Jeremy Stumetz, Chris Highmark and Chris Griffith all saw time out of the pen for the Zags. San Diego starter Josh Romanski (9-2) earned the victory going 7.0 innings allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits while recording eight strikeouts.
San Diego responded with two runs in the top of the third thanks to a two-run double to left field by Logan Gelbrich.
The Toreros added another pair of runs in the top of the fourth for a 4-1 advantage. Mike Metzger and Shane Buschini each posted run-scoring hits in the frame to drive home the two runs.
Gonzaga tied the game, 4-4, with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Darin Holcomb led off the inning reaching first after being hit-by-a-pitch. The next batter, Wiegand, singled to right to put runners on second and first. Two batters later, Holcomb scored and Wiegand advanced to third when Aaron McGuinness hit into a fielding error to placed him on first. McGuinness then stole second before coming home to score, along with Wiegand, on a two-run single to centerfield by Mike Terry.
San Diego regained the lead in the top of the sixth, 5-4, with a run-scoring single to leftfield by Justin Snyder that drove home Sean Nicol, who led off the inning with a single.
The Toreros sealed the victory with a six run seventh inning. San Diego sent 11 batters to the plate, piecing together six singles and two walks to take the 11-4 lead.
Gonzaga capped its scoring in the bottom of the seventh, posting one run. Dustin Colclough led off the fame with a double to left center and advanced to third on a groundout by Terry. Colclough then came around to score on a groundout by Brandon Blank.
San Diego posted an additional two runs to its tally in the eighth thanks to back-to-back singles by Snyder and Jordan Abruzzo.
Wiegand led the Zags for the days, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Wayt and Colclough each posted two hits to round out Bulldogs with multiple-hits on the afternoon.
The decisive game of the championship series will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium. The Zags are looking to earn their first bid to the NCAA Tournament in 26 years when Josh Monroe (6-3) takes the mound for the Bulldogs.