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Baseball Hosts Chicago State In Lewiston

March 9, 2006

2006 Gonzaga Baseball Notes - March 9
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FRIDAY - March 10
Gonzaga vs. Chicago State, 6 p.m.
Game played at L-C State in Lewiston, ID

SATURDAY - March 11
Gonzaga vs. Chicago State, 4 p.m.
Game played at L-C State in Lewiston, ID

MONDAY - SATURDAY at Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, CA
MONDAY - March 13
Gonzaga vs. Miami (OH), 4 p.m.

TUESDAY - March 14
Gonzaga at Fresno State, 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY - March 15
Gonzaga vs. Bucknell, 1 p.m.

THURSDAY - March 16
Gonzaga vs. Lafayette, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY - March 17
Gonzaga vs. Washington State, 4 p.m.

SATURDAY - March 18
Gonzaga vs. Binghamton, 10 a.m.

GONZAGA HOSTS CHICAGO STATE: Gonzaga will host Chicago State University for two games this weekend. Both games have been moved to Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Ida., due to weather issues at Avista Stadium over the past several days. Game times have also been adjusted each day with Friday's game at 6 p.m. under the lights and Saturday's game at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs will travel to the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, Calif. for six games following the two-game set with Chicago State. Gonzaga defeated CSU 22-4 last weekend in Lewiston.

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 61-60 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.

BRENNAN NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Gonzaga senior outfielder Jackson Brennan was named the WCC Player of the Month for February after getting the Bulldogs off to a hot start that included the programs first national ranking since 1981. Brennan batted .396 for the month, going 21-for-53, pacing the conference with five home runs and 14 RBI. He also added three doubles and a pair triples. Brennan was also the Bulldogs lone stolen base threat with two swipes during the month.

HOLCOMB NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gonzaga sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb was named the WCC Player of the Week after helping the Bulldogs post a 3-1 record at the Banana Belt Classic. Holcomb hit .313 for the weekend driving in 11 runs. During Saturday's 22-4 win over Chicago State, Holcomb set a school record with 10 RBI against the Cougars, hitting three home runs with two grand slams. Holcomb is hitting .328 and leads the team with 21 RBI.

Dustin Colclough has worked his way into the starting catcher position, hitting .600 in two games.

CHICAGO STATE COUGARS (1-4, 0-0 Mid-Cont.): Gonzaga hosts Chicago State in a two game series at Avista Stadium this weekend. CSU is currently playing a three-game set at Washington State after competing in last weekend's Banana Belt Classic. The Cougars pitching staff has struggled early in the year allowing more than 16 runs in each of its games in the Pacific Northwest against NCAA Division I schools. John Torres is the Cougars top hitter with three early season home runs.

DONOVAN MASTERS WSU: Senior left-hander Patrick Donovan was masterful on the mound during Sunday's 7-0 win over Washington State. Donovan went the distance allowing only three hits and no walks. He faced only one batter over the minimum having two WSU runners erased on double plays. No WSU base runner every made it to second base as Gonzaga evened its season series with Washington State.

NEW CATCHER FOR ZAGS: Gonzaga has made a move behind the plate as junior Dustin Colclough has now been handed the starting catching job. Colclough has responded with three hits in his first five at-bats with one RBI. Gonzaga has now used four different starting catchers behind the plate as they look to replace former WCC Player of the Year Kiel Thibault who was drafted as his junior season. Tyson Van Winkle had won the job out of camp but is only hitting .140 through 15 games. Dan Ramsay and Nick Merriman have also had one start each at catcher. Ramsay is 0-for-3 this season while Merriman is hitting .429 with one double and 3 RBI.

THE PEPSI/JOHNNY QUIK SCHEDULE: Due to a late drop out by Savannah State in this year's Pepsi/Johnny Quik Baseball Classic, the format has been changed with the remaining seven teams each playing one game against each other. The Bulldogs will open play on Monday night against Miami of Ohio followed by a Tuesday night game against host Fresno State. Gonzaga will face a pair of teams from the Patriot League on Wednesday and Thursday with games against Bucknell and Lafayette. The second of several regular-season meetings with Washington State takes place on Friday night with a tournament ending game against Binghamton on Saturday morning. The overall winner will be decided by overall record. Any ties will be broken with head-to-head record followed by least runs allowed and most runs scored.

PEPSI/JOHNNY QUIK HISTORY: The Bulldogs will be making their ninth appearance at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Baseball Classic giving them the most appearances by any participating team outside of host Fresno State. Gonzaga has won 24 games in their previous eight appearances including a third place finish last season. Gonzaga lost in the tournament championship game in 2003 falling to host Fresno State, 4-3, in 11 innings.

15 INNINGS OF EXHIBITION BASEBALL: Based on a new ruling by the NCAA, the Bulldogs 15 inning win over Lewis-Clark State College at last weeks Banana Belt Classic must be classified as an exhibition. The NCAA ruling states that games played at NAIA schools under NAIA rules can not be counted as NCAA games. This ruling was not discovered until after the Bulldogs had won a 15 inning game over the Warriors when Jackson Brennan had an RBI double in the top of the 15th. No stats for that game can be counted for Gonzaga causing Brennan, Woodward and Wiegand all to lose home runs while Brandon Harmon loses his win and Cory Powell his save.

BRENNAN STREAK UP TO 11: Senior Jackson Brennan carries an 11 game hitting streak into this weekend's action as he is currently the team leader in that category. Earlier this season junior second baseman Scott Campbell had a 14 game hitting streak ended at the University of Washington. Brennan leads the team with a .403 batting average, five home runs and is second with 19 RBI.

CARLSON ONE AWAY FROM TOP 10: Senior Bobby Carlson needs one more double to crack the Bulldogs career Top 10 as the first baseman moved his career total to 36 doubles. With one more double Carlson will tie Bill Hainline (1976-79) for 10th place on the list. Jerrod Wong (1993-96) is the Bulldogs career doubles leader with 59.

MONROE GETS START AND WIN: Josh Monroe made his first start of the season on Saturday afternoon picking up his second win of the year. Monroe worked six innings allowing five hits and four earned runs during the Bulldogs easy win over Chicago State. Matt Fields worked the final three innings to pick up his second save of the year. It was Fields second save in which he worked at least three innings.

Bobby Carlson needs one double to crack the Bulldogs career Top 10.

PITCHING SOLID AGAINST L-C: Gonzaga had a strong performance from its pitching staff during the 15 inning exhibition win over Lewis-Clark State. Bobby McEwen allowed two earned runs during five innings while the bullpen committee of CJ McClure, Nate Williams, Brandon Harmon and Cory Powell allowed only one earned run in 10 innings of relief. The staff also allowed one unearned run with five strike outs.

ZAGS PICK UP MORE STOLEN BASES: Gonzaga increased its stolen base total over the weekend with four stolen bases at the Banana Belt Classic. Jackson Brennan picked up his third stolen base of the season while Zach Woodward was a perfect 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts. Shawn Wayt rounded the Zags stolen base leaders with one against Chicago State.

MORTENSEN, DONOVAN CHASE STRIKE OUT TITLE: Starting pitchers Clayton Mortensen and Patrick Donovan are chasing the team strike out lead with both pitchers holding a comfortable lead over the remainder of the team. Mortensen leads the team with 23 while Donovan is second with 22.

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.