March 8, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Six Gonzaga University baseball home games have been switched from a 6:30 p.m. start time to a 3 p.m. first pitch. The change in game times has been made due to an unforeseen delay in the installation of lights at the Bulldogs' new home Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.
Games scheduled for March 20, March 21, March 23, March 27, March 30 and April 17 have been changed to an afternoon start time. The Zags are scheduled to play Washington State University on March 20 and April 17, the University of Washington on March 21, Lewis-Clark State College on March 23, Utah Valley State College on March 27 and open West Coast Conference play with a game against the University of San Diego on March 30.
The games on April 20 and May 3, also scheduled for 6:30 p.m., will remain at the originally scheduled time. April 20 against Saint Mary's College will mark the first night game held at the new facility, as well as serve as the Dedication Game for Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.
The 2007 season marks the first time in nearly three and a half years that the Zags will play a game on campus. The new home of Bulldog baseball is a state-of-the-art facility that also incorporates an old-time baseball feel. The new stadium includes 1,300 theater-style seats and includes classic brick detailing. Major League amenities include a state-of-the-art infield, a professional candle lighting system and authentic home and visitor dugouts with underground passages to full-service clubhouses.
The Bulldogs will play their first game at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field next Thursday, when they host Rider University in a three-game series. Game times for all three games are scheduled for 2 p.m.