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Baseball Heads To Banana Belt Classic

March 1, 2006

2006 Gonzaga Baseball Notes - March 1
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THURSDAY - March 2
Gonzaga at Lewis-Clark State, 2 p.m.

FRIDAY - March 3
Gonzaga vs. Washington State, 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY - March 4
Gonzaga vs. Chicago State, 11 a.m.

SUNDAY - March 5
Gonzaga at Washington State, 5 p.m.


BULLDOGS RETURN TO BANANA BELT: Gonzaga will be close to home the next two weeks as the Bulldogs travel for four games at the Banana Belt Classic this weekend and host Chicago State for two games at Avista Stadium the following weekend. Gonzaga is coming off a down weekend at Washington and the Bulldogs are looking to return to that early season stride that had them ranked 29th in the early season Collegiate Baseball poll. GU will open with host Lewis-Clark State on Thursday before facing Washington State and Chicago State on Friday and Saturday. GU will meet the WSU Cougars once more on Sunday afternoon in Pullman.

HEAD COACH Mark Machtolf: Mark Machtolf enters his third season as the Bulldogs head coach and 14th year as a member of the Gonzaga baseball staff. Following an 11-year stint as an assistant coach, Machtolf was handed the head coaching reigns on August 7, 2003 when former head coach Steve Hertz moved into an administrative position with the GU athletic department. Machtolf has posted a 59-59 record at Gonzaga including a 31-26 mark in West Coast Conference games. During his first two years he led the Bulldogs to consecutive third place finishes in the WCC Coast Division and produced the WCC Player of the Year in 2004. A 1987 graduate of Stanford University, Machtolf was a member of Stanford's 1987 College World Series championship team and was an All-CWS selection.

FEW SCHEDULE CHANGE NOTES: Gonzaga has announced several changes to its 2006 schedule mainly dealing with start times of games. This Sunday's game against Washington State in Pullman has been moved back to a 5 p.m. start, originally it was a 3 p.m. start. Next week's home opener against Chicago State has also had a time change with the start moving up to a 2 p.m. start instead of the listed 3 p.m. on most printed schedules. Gonzaga's three game home series with Dartmouth on March 24-26 has also had some adjustments. Friday's opener will start at 2 p.m. Saturday's game is a Noon and Sunday's series finale is at 11 a.m.

LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS (9-1): Gonzaga opens play at the Banana Belt Classic against host Lewis-Clark State College. The Warriors are off to a 9-1 start on the year, their lone loss coming to Albertson's College last weekend. L-C State is hitting .333 as a team with six starters hitting over .300. Matt Vogel is the top L-C hitter entering the weekend with a .545 average. Justin Fuller is the Warriors top RBI man.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (10-2): Gonzaga and Washington State meet for the first of two meetings on the weekend on Friday afternoon. GU and WSU will play a total of six times this season with two games at Avista Stadium later in the spring. WSU is off to a 10-2 start after going 4-0 at the River City Classic last weekend. Jared Prince is off to a hot start at the plate hitting .450 with 7 RBI. Jay Miller has already hit 10 doubles this season and is hitting .404.

CHICAGO STATE COUGARS (1-1): Gonzaga plays Chicago State on Saturday afternoon, the first of three meets in the span of a week. The CSU Cougars enter the tournament with a 1-1 record following a opening week split with Lipscomb University. Chicago State won a total of 6 games last season and are under first year head coach Vern Hasty. First baseman Rave Jackson is hitting .500 over the Cougars first two games while Luke Grow has driven in six runs.

CARLSON INCHES CLOSER TO DOUBLES RECORD BOOK: Senior Bobby Carlson remains three doubles shy of cracking the Bulldogs Top 10 doubles chart. Carlson has 34 career doubles and is chasing Bill Hainline (1976-79) for 10th place on the GU list. Jerrod Wong (1993-96) holds the GU career mark with 59 doubles.

CAMPBELL STREAK ENDS, NEW ONE BEGINS: Junior second baseman Scott Campbell had his 14 game hitting streak halted on Friday night at the University of Washington. Campbell had hit safely in the Bulldogs first 10 games this year and the last four last season. Following the loss of the streak, Campbell responded with six hits in the next two games including a 4-for-5 game on Sunday against the Huskies. Campbell leads the Bulldogs with a .400 average and 22 hits.

HOME RUNS UP IN SEATTLE: Gonzaga and Washington combined to hit 16 home runs during their three game series in Seattle over the weekend. Gonzaga hit six long balls to up their season total to 15. Jackson Brennan increased his team leading total to 5 while freshman Ryan Wiegand hit his first collegiate home run on Saturday as a Bulldogs rally fell short. Senior Bobby Carlson ranks second on the team with 4 home runs followed by shortstop Aaron McGuinness with three.

MONROE SOLID IN RELIEF: Josh Monroe looked solid in relief for the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon as Gonzaga attempted to rally from an early six run deficit. Monroe tossed four innings allowing only four hits and one run. he struck out three batters. Monroe has been working up his strength early in the season and is expected to get a start this weekend at the Banana Belt.

HARMON MAKES AN APPEARANCE: Brandon Harmon worked one solid inning of relief for the Bulldogs on Sunday allowing one hit with one strike out with no runs allowed. Harmon is still perfect in relief this season with two appearance and no runs allowed. Cory Powell is the only other GU pitcher not to have allowed a run this season, making two early appearances.

Jason Bay TO PLAY FOR TEAM CANADA: Former Gonzaga Bulldog and current Pittsburgh Pirates star outfielder Jason Bay will play for Team Canada during the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Group play starts next week with Canada paired with the United States, Mexico and South America. The top two teams from group play advanced to the next round.

DONOVAN PUNCHES OUT SEVEN: Senior left-hander Patrick Donovan punched out seven Washington batters on Sunday afternoon as he worked six innings allowed two earned runs. Donovan exited the game with 5-3 lead, but was given a no-decision after Washington rallied late to win. Donovan leads the team with 19 strike outs in 23.1 innings of work. His 4.44 ERA is also best among GU's starting staff.

BULLDOGS SOLID DEFENSE: Gonzaga continues to shine with the glove work as the Bulldogs committed only one error during three games in Seattle. Gonzaga now holds a .977 fielding percentage with 11 errors on the season. Gonzaga's opponents have committed 24 errors on the year with a .951 fielding clip.

MULTI-HIT GUYS : Gonzaga has produced a good number of its hits from the top third of its line-up this season with Scott Campbell, Jackson Brennan and Darin Holcomb all ranking among the top four hitters on the squad. Clean-up hitter Zach Woodward is also in that mix among the top team averages. Campbell, Brennan and Holcomb also share the team-lead for multi-hit games as each player has picked up 8 multi-hit games through the opening 13 games of the season.

BRENNAN UP TO 8: With Scott Campbell's hitting streak on the side, senior Jackson Brennan now holds the Bulldogs longest active hit streak with 8 straight games. Brennan was one of three Bulldogs to get a hit on Friday night as Gonzaga was limited to just 3 hits by Washington starter Tim Lincecum.

BASEBALL STADIUM APPROVED: Gonzaga University's Board of Trustees recently approved the construction of Gonzaga's new on-campus baseball stadium. Early stages of the construction will begin in the upcoming weeks with the field ready for practice in the Fall of 2006 and home games scheduled to be played on the GU campus in 2007. Gonzaga has not played an on-campus game since April of 2003 when August/A.R.T. Stadium became the site for the current McCarthey Athletic Center.