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Zags Wrap Up Road Trip With Two At Utah

March 12, 2007

Spokane, Wash. -

Games 21-21
Gonzaga at Utah
Franklin Covey Field (2,204)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Monday, Mar. 12, 3 p.m., PT
Tuesday, Mar. 13, Noon PT

 

THIS MONDAY AND TUESDAY: The Gonzaga University baseball team will end its 22-game road swing on Monday and Tuesday with a pair of games at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Bulldogs travel to Salt Lake City looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Monday's game is set for a 3 p.m., PT first pitch, while Tuesday is scheduled for Noon, PT.

LAST WEEKEND: Last weekend, Gonzaga University dropped a three-game series to Brigham Young University 2-1. Thursday, Gonzaga opened the series with an 11-5 victory over the Cougars. The Zags were able to take advantage of four BYU errors, as well as exploding for a six-run fifth inning to earn the victory. Bryan Winston posted his third consecutive game with multiple-hits Friday but it wasn't enough as the Zags fell to Brigham Young 10-3. The junior went 4-for-5 in the game with two runs batted in. In the series finale Saturday, Chris Highmark threw against his former team in the 9-4 loss. Highmark, who transferred to Gonzaga from BYU, started the game, throwing 4.2 innings allowing six runs on eight hits.


ON DECK: Later this week, Gonzaga University will finally play its much anticipated first game at the new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Rider University travels to Spokane for a three-game series which will start Thursday and run through Saturday. This week marks the first time in nearly three and half years that the Bulldogs have played a game on Gonzaga's campus. All three games are scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch.

SCHEDULE NOTE, TIME CHANGES: Due the a delay in the installation of the lights at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field, the game time of six home games on the Gonzaga University baseball team's schedule have been changed. The games on March 20, March 21, March 23, March 27, March 30 and April 17 have been changed to a 3 p.m. first pitch. All six games were originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The games on April 20 and May 4, 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, with the dedication ceremonies occurring prior to first pitch.

PATTERSON BASEBALL COMPLEX AND WASHINGTON TRUST FIELD: This season the Zags will call the Gonzaga University campus home for the first time in nearly three and a half years. The 2007 season marks the inaugural year of play at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. 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 first game at the new facility is scheduled for March 15 against Rider University. Dedication ceremonies will be held April 20 prior to the game against Saint Mary's College.

LONG ROAD SWING: The Gonzaga University baseball team will conclude its 22-consecutive road  swing on Monday and Tuesday. Over the first month and a half of the season, the Bulldogs will travel to five states, including two trips to Arizona. Besides Arizona, GU traveled to California, Texas, Idaho and Utah, totaling nearly 10,500 miles. Following the road games, the Zags will return home later this week for a 12-game home stand before embarking on the road, once again.

RHODES STEALS GONZAGA RECORD: Michael Rhodes stole a Gonzaga University record Thursday, literally. In the 11-5 win over Brigham Young University, the junior transfer stole three bases, setting a program record for stolen bases in a game. Rhodes stole third twice in the game, once in the fifth inning and once in the eighth frame. He also stole second in the sixth inning. For the season, Rhodes leads the Zags with seven stolen bases out of eight attempts.

SCOUTING THE UTES: The University of Utah enters the two-game series with Gonzaga University with a 4-12 overall record. The Utes are fresh off of a three-game series with Southern Utah University, of which Utah won two games. Nate Burnham leads Utah at the plate, hitting at a .324 clip with a team-leading 22 hits and 15 runs scored. Eric King heads the Utes' pitching staff, posted a 3.04 earned run average in five starts, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on 20 hits in 23.2 innings of work. Gonzaga leads the all-time series against Utah 4-0. In the last meeting between GU and Utah, the Bulldogs downed Utah 12-7 as part of the 2004 Coca-Cola Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz.

COMMON OPPONENTS: The Gonzaga University and the University of Utah baseball teams share five common opponents this season. Both teams previously faced the Southern Utah University, with Utah winning the three-game series 2-1, while Gonzaga defeating SUU 4-2 as part of the Banana Belt Tournament. The Utes have already faced Santa Clara University, a team Gonzaga will play in West Coast Conference play, and have posted an 0-4 record against the Broncos. Gonzaga has already played three teams this season that Utah has scheduled for further on in the season. The Zags posted a 2-0 record in single games against Utah Valley State College and the Air Force Academy at the Banana Belt Tournament. Gonzaga also has a three-game series with UVSC scheduled for later this month. Last weekend, Gonzaga went 1-2 in a three-game series with Brigham Young University, a team that Utah has four games scheduled with for later on this season.

HOT HITTERS: Bryan Winston and Dustin Colclough each posted a .500 average in the three-game series with Brigham Young University last week. Winston went 7-for-14 with two doubles, one run scored and one run batted in. Colclough went 6-for-12 with a double, four runs scored and one run batted in. Winston posted multiple-hits on both Thursday and Friday. Friday, the junior recorded four hits, including a double. Colclough posted multiple hits on Thursday and Saturday, including a four-hit performance in the series finale.

HOMECOMING, OF SORTS: When Chris Highmark took the mound Saturday in his start against Brigham Young University; the sophomore pitched against his former teammates. Highmark, who has started six games for Gonzaga University this season, was a letter-winner for the Cougars last season. Saturday, the sophomore suffered the loss throwing 4.2 innings allowing six runs, three earned on eight hits and four walks. With BYU, Highmark posted a 6.38 earned run average with a 0-1 record in 14 appearances, all of which came in relief. In his 18.1 innings pitched, Highmark allowed 19 runs, 13 earned, on 31 hits and eight walks, while striking out 19. As a Zag, the native of Scottsdale, Ariz. has posted a 2-4 record with a 6.32 ERA. In 31.1 innings of work, he has allowed 27 runs, 22 earned, on 37 hits and 18 walks, while striking out 24. Highmark is holding opponents to a .298 batting average.

HURLERS RECORDING STRIKEOUTS AT QUICK PACE: Entering the 2007 season, no Gonzaga University pitcher had struck out 10 or more batters in a single game since 2003. To date this season, a Bulldog hurler has struck out 10 or more in a single outing three times. Clayton Mortensen leads the way with two games in which he has fanned ten or more. On Feb. 11, the senior struck out a career-high 11 in a 3-2 win over UC Riverside. His outing that afternoon marked the first time since 2003 a Bulldog pitcher has accomplished the feat. Mortensen repeated the accomplishment on Feb. 25 when the right hander fanned 10 batters in 6.1 innings in a 8-7 victory over Missouri State University. Chris Highmark also hit the 10+ K's mark with ten punch outs against Southern Utah University on March 3. The Gonzaga pitching staff is recording, on average, 6.75 strikeouts a game.

STREAK SNAPPED: Darin Holcomb's 13 game hitting-streak was snapped Saturday in a 9-4 loss to Brigham Young University. The streak marked the longest of the season for any member of the Gonzaga University baseball team. The streak originated on Feb. 16 in a 6-5 victory over then-No. 9 and defending national champion Oregon State University. Holcomb hit .340 during the streak, recording 17 hits, including four doubles, scoring 14 runs while driving home six. Throughout the streak, the junior posted four two-hit games as well as a two-RBI performance on Feb. 22 against the University of Texas - Arlington. The Gonzaga record for hits in consecutive games is 26, set by Barry Matthews in the 2000 season.

MULTIPLE RBI GAMES: Five Bulldogs have posted more than one game this season in which they have posted multiple runs batted in. Ryan Wiegand leads the pack with four games, including a three RBI performance on Feb. 10 at UC Riverside. Bryan Winston, Mark Ellis, Mike Terry and Mark Castellitto have all recorded two multiple-RBI outings. The single game RBI leader for the season is Castellitto. On Feb. 22 the freshman knocked in four runs on four hits, including a Gonzaga University record three doubles.

MORTENSEN EARNS NATIONAL AND CONFERENCE RECOGNITION: Clayton Mortensen lifted Gonzaga University to its first win of the season on Feb. 11, as the senior earned the decision in a 3-2 win over UC Riverside. For his efforts, the junior was named West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 12 and was also named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll. Mortensen tossed a complete game, allowing just one earned run on six hits and three walks, while striking out a career-high 11 Highlander batters. Mortensen held UC Riverside hitless through five innings and scoreless through seven frames during the outing, and became the first Bulldog since 2003 to fan 10 or more batters in a single game.

ROOKIES LEAD CANADA TO BRONZE: Mark Ellis and Cory Hall, a pair of freshman on the Gonzaga University baseball team, helped lead the Canadian Junior National team to a bronze medal last summer at the 2006 World Junior AAA Championships in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Hall pitched seven innings of relief allowing two runs on eight hits while posting five strikeouts earning a 6-2 win over Mexico for third place. For the tournament, Hall posted a 3-1 recording with a 1.13 earned run average and 15 strikeouts. Ellis, Canada's starting third baseman, posted a .207 average with one double and two runs batted in. The bronze medal was Canada's fifth-ever medal at the World Junior AAA Championships and it's first medal since 1997.

HEAD COACH Mark Machtolf: Mark Machtolf enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Gonzaga University baseball team and 15th year as a member of the Bulldog coaching staff. Machtolf was handed the head coaching reigns on August 7, 2003, following an 11-year stint as an assistant coach. He replaced former head coach Steve Hertz, who moved into an administrative position in the Gonzaga Athletic Department. Machtolf has posted an 81-77 record at Gonzaga, including a 40-38 mark in West Coast Conference play. During his first three seasons he has led the Bulldogs to three top-five finishes and produced the WCC Player of the Year in 2004, former Zag Kiel Thibault. During the summer of 2006, Machtolf served as an assistant coach for Team USA. Under his guidance, the Zags posted a 28-2-1 record, including  going a perfect at the Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) World Championships in Havanna, Cuba. A 1987 graduate of Stanford University, Machtolf was a member of the Cardinal's 1987 College World Series championship team and was an All-CWS selection.

NEWCOMERS MAKE STRONG IMPACT: Five position players and one pitcher that are newcomers to this season's Gonzaga University baseball team have seen time in the starting lineups. Freshmen Mark Castellitto and Mark Ellis, as well as transfers Evan Wells, Micahel Rhodes, Ben Greenslitt and Chris Highmark have earned starts for the Zags. At the plate, the newcomers have combined for over a third of the Zags' runs scored (27) and hits (37), as well as being responsible for just under a third of Gonzaga's doubles (10) and runs batted in (21). They have also combined to hit half of Gonzaga's triples (1) and steal half of GU's stolen bases (6). As a whole, the newcomers are batting at a .220 clip. Castellitto leads all newcomers with a .300 average. Highmark marks the lone newcomer to earn a start on the mound. The Brigham Young University transfer has posted a 2-3 record in four starts. Jeremy Stumetz and Chris Griffith, both freshmen on the squad, have also seen time on the mound.

BULLDOGS EARN TWO STRAIGHT TOURNAMENT TITLES: Gonzaga University earned its second straight tournament title this season after posting a 4-0 record at the Banana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho. Previously this season, Gonzaga won the Southwest Diamond Classic after posting a 2-1 record in Frisco, Texas. Two other teams, the University of Houston and Missouri State University both posted 2-1 records at the event, but the Zags were awarded the title based on run differential. The two titles marks the second consecutive season that Gonzaga has earned two tournament titles. Last season, Gonzaga was crowned the champions of both the Texas Pan American Tournament as well as the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic.

GONZAGA POSTS .700 RECORD IN TOURNAMENT PLAY: For the sixth straight season, Gonzaga University has posted a winning record while playing in tournaments. This season the Zags posted a 7-3 record (.700) in tournament play. The last time the Zags did not post a winning record in tournament play was in 2000, when the Bulldogs earned a record of 2-4. The Zags did not play in any tournaments during the 2001 campaign and have posted a .500 record or higher every season since. The highest winning percentage for Gonzaga during tournament play was recorded last season, with the Zags went 9-4 (.733).

TOURNAMENT PLAY SINCE 1990: Since the 1990 season, the Gonzaga University baseball team holds a 78-62-2 record when playing in tournaments. This season, Gonzaga has gone  7-3 in tournament play, including capturing the Southwest Diamond Classic Tournament Title and the Banana Belt Tournament Title. Last season, the Zags participated in four tournaments, compiling a 11-5 record in which they earned tournament titles at both the Texas Pan American Tournament and the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic.

FOUR ZAGS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Mark Castellitto, Brandon Harmon, Shawn Wayt and Aaron McGuinness of the Gonzaga University baseball team, have all been named to all-tournament teams this season. Castellitto and Harmon were bestowed with the honor at the Southwest Diamond Classic, while Wayt and McGuinness were honored at the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic. Castellitto finished the Southwest Diamond Classic going 6-for-11 (.545) with two runs scored and six RBI. At the same event, Harmon threw a complete game on Feb. 23 in a loss to University of Texas San Antonio. McGuinness and Wayt earned all-tournament accolades after combining to lift the Zags over then-No. 9 Oregon state Unviersity 6-5 on Feb. 19. Wayt went 2-for-4 with two run-scoring singles and three runs batted in, while McGuinness drove home the game winning run in the top of the ninth inning.

LIVE ON THE INTERNET: All Gonzaga University home games will be available via Gametracker on the internet at http://www.gozags.com. Check the Gonzaga web site for all Gametracker links.

TRIO NAMED TO WCC 40th ANIVERSITY TEAM: Three former Gonzaga University baseball standouts were named to the West Coast Conference/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team. Former Bulldogs Jason Bay, Nate Gold and Barry Matthews were named to the ceremonial team that consists of 40 of the top players that have graced WCC baseball diamonds over the past four decades. Bay, the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year, compiled a .374 career average with 125 runs, 152 hits, 24 doubles, 35 home runs and 121 runs batted in as a Bulldog. Gold, the WCC single-season home run champion, hit a league-record and NCAA leading 33 long balls in the 2002 season. The 2002 WCC Player of the Year posted a .307 career average with 147 hits, 95 runs, 46 home runs and 124 RBI. Matthews was one of the top two-way players in Gonzaga history. At the plate, Matthews compiled a .332 career average with 144 runs, 207 hits, 29 home runs and 130 RBI. On the mound, he posted a 21-12 career record, registering a 5.01 earned run average with 11 complete games, 284 innings pitched and 215 strikeouts.

ZAGS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH: The Gonzaga University baseball team has been selected to finish fifth in the 2007 West Coast Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. Pepperdine University, received six first place votes and a total of 47 points to edge out the University of San Diego and 2006 WCC regular season co-champion University of San Francisco for first place. The Toreros and Dons tied for second place with 41 points apiece, with each team garnering a first place vote. Loyola Marymount University checked in at fourth with 28 points, just edging out the Zags, who received 25 points. Santa Clara University was tabbed for a sixth place finish with 19 points, while Saint Mary's College and the University of Portland were picked to finish seventh and eighth with 16 and eight points, respectively.

 


 

 

THIS MONDAY AND TUESDAY: The Gonzaga University baseball team will end its 22-game road swing on Monday and Tuesday with a pair of games at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Bulldogs travel to Salt Lake City looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Monday's game is set for a 3 p.m., PT first pitch, while Tuesday is scheduled for Noon, PT.

LAST WEEKEND: Last weekend, Gonzaga University dropped a three-game series to Brigham Young University 2-1. Thursday, Gonzaga opened the series with an 11-5 victory over the Cougars. The Zags were able to take advantage of four BYU errors, as well as exploding for a six-run fifth inning to earn the victory. Bryan Winston posted his third consecutive game with multiple-hits Friday but it wasn't enough as the Zags fell to Brigham Young 10-3. The junior went 4-for-5 in the game with two runs batted in. In the series finale Saturday, Chris Highmark threw against his former team in the 9-4 loss. Highmark, who transferred to Gonzaga from BYU, started the game, throwing 4.2 innings allowing six runs on eight hits.


ON DECK: Later this week, Gonzaga University will finally play its much anticipated first game at the new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Rider University travels to Spokane for a three-game series which will start Thursday and run through Saturday. This week marks the first time in nearly three and half years that the Bulldogs have played a game on Gonzaga's campus. All three games are scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch.

SCHEDULE NOTE, TIME CHANGES: Due the a delay in the installation of the lights at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field, the game time of six home games on the Gonzaga University baseball team's schedule have been changed. The games on March 20, March 21, March 23, March 27, March 30 and April 17 have been changed to a 3 p.m. first pitch. All six games were originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The games on April 20 and May 4, 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, with the dedication ceremonies occurring prior to first pitch.

PATTERSON BASEBALL COMPLEX AND WASHINGTON TRUST FIELD: This season the Zags will call the Gonzaga University campus home for the first time in nearly three and a half years. The 2007 season marks the inaugural year of play at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. 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 first game at the new facility is scheduled for March 15 against Rider University. Dedication ceremonies will be held April 20 prior to the game against Saint Mary's College.

LONG ROAD SWING: The Gonzaga University baseball team will conclude its 22-consecutive road  swing on Monday and Tuesday. Over the first month and a half of the season, the Bulldogs will travel to five states, including two trips to Arizona. Besides Arizona, GU traveled to California, Texas, Idaho and Utah, totaling nearly 10,500 miles. Following the road games, the Zags will return home later this week for a 12-game home stand before embarking on the road, once again.

RHODES STEALS GONZAGA RECORD: Michael Rhodes stole a Gonzaga University record Thursday, literally. In the 11-5 win over Brigham Young University, the junior transfer stole three bases, setting a program record for stolen bases in a game. Rhodes stole third twice in the game, once in the fifth inning and once in the eighth frame. He also stole second in the sixth inning. For the season, Rhodes leads the Zags with seven stolen bases out of eight attempts.

SCOUTING THE UTES: The University of Utah enters the two-game series with Gonzaga University with a 4-12 overall record. The Utes are fresh off of a three-game series with Southern Utah University, of which Utah won two games. Nate Burnham leads Utah at the plate, hitting at a .324 clip with a team-leading 22 hits and 15 runs scored. Eric King heads the Utes' pitching staff, posted a 3.04 earned run average in five starts, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on 20 hits in 23.2 innings of work. Gonzaga leads the all-time series against Utah 4-0. In the last meeting between GU and Utah, the Bulldogs downed Utah 12-7 as part of the 2004 Coca-Cola Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz.

COMMON OPPONENTS: The Gonzaga University and the University of Utah baseball teams share five common opponents this season. Both teams previously faced the Southern Utah University, with Utah winning the three-game series 2-1, while Gonzaga defeating SUU 4-2 as part of the Banana Belt Tournament. The Utes have already faced Santa Clara University, a team Gonzaga will play in West Coast Conference play, and have posted an 0-4 record against the Broncos. Gonzaga has already played three teams this season that Utah has scheduled for further on in the season. The Zags posted a 2-0 record in single games against Utah Valley State College and the Air Force Academy at the Banana Belt Tournament. Gonzaga also has a three-game series with UVSC scheduled for later this month. Last weekend, Gonzaga went 1-2 in a three-game series with Brigham Young University, a team that Utah has four games scheduled with for later on this season.

HOT HITTERS: Bryan Winston and Dustin Colclough each posted a .500 average in the three-game series with Brigham Young University last week. Winston went 7-for-14 with two doubles, one run scored and one run batted in. Colclough went 6-for-12 with a double, four runs scored and one run batted in. Winston posted multiple-hits on both Thursday and Friday. Friday, the junior recorded four hits, including a double. Colclough posted multiple hits on Thursday and Saturday, including a four-hit performance in the series finale.

HOMECOMING, OF SORTS: When Chris Highmark took the mound Saturday in his start against Brigham Young University; the sophomore pitched against his former teammates. Highmark, who has started six games for Gonzaga University this season, was a letter-winner for the Cougars last season. Saturday, the sophomore suffered the loss throwing 4.2 innings allowing six runs, three earned on eight hits and four walks. With BYU, Highmark posted a 6.38 earned run average with a 0-1 record in 14 appearances, all of which came in relief. In his 18.1 innings pitched, Highmark allowed 19 runs, 13 earned, on 31 hits and eight walks, while striking out 19. As a Zag, the native of Scottsdale, Ariz. has posted a 2-4 record with a 6.32 ERA. In 31.1 innings of work, he has allowed 27 runs, 22 earned, on 37 hits and 18 walks, while striking out 24. Highmark is holding opponents to a .298 batting average.

HURLERS RECORDING STRIKEOUTS AT QUICK PACE: Entering the 2007 season, no Gonzaga University pitcher had struck out 10 or more batters in a single game since 2003. To date this season, a Bulldog hurler has struck out 10 or more in a single outing three times. Clayton Mortensen leads the way with two games in which he has fanned ten or more. On Feb. 11, the senior struck out a career-high 11 in a 3-2 win over UC Riverside. His outing that afternoon marked the first time since 2003 a Bulldog pitcher has accomplished the feat. Mortensen repeated the accomplishment on Feb. 25 when the right hander fanned 10 batters in 6.1 innings in a 8-7 victory over Missouri State University. Chris Highmark also hit the 10+ K's mark with ten punch outs against Southern Utah University on March 3. The Gonzaga pitching staff is recording, on average, 6.75 strikeouts a game.

STREAK SNAPPED: Darin Holcomb's 13 game hitting-streak was snapped Saturday in a 9-4 loss to Brigham Young University. The streak marked the longest of the season for any member of the Gonzaga University baseball team. The streak originated on Feb. 16 in a 6-5 victory over then-No. 9 and defending national champion Oregon State University. Holcomb hit .340 during the streak, recording 17 hits, including four doubles, scoring 14 runs while driving home six. Throughout the streak, the junior posted four two-hit games as well as a two-RBI performance on Feb. 22 against the University of Texas - Arlington. The Gonzaga record for hits in consecutive games is 26, set by Barry Matthews in the 2000 season.

MULTIPLE RBI GAMES: Five Bulldogs have posted more than one game this season in which they have posted multiple runs batted in. Ryan Wiegand leads the pack with four games, including a three RBI performance on Feb. 10 at UC Riverside. Bryan Winston, Mark Ellis, Mike Terry and Mark Castellitto have all recorded two multiple-RBI outings. The single game RBI leader for the season is Castellitto. On Feb. 22 the freshman knocked in four runs on four hits, including a Gonzaga University record three doubles.

MORTENSEN EARNS NATIONAL AND CONFERENCE RECOGNITION: Clayton Mortensen lifted Gonzaga University to its first win of the season on Feb. 11, as the senior earned the decision in a 3-2 win over UC Riverside. For his efforts, the junior was named West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 12 and was also named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll. Mortensen tossed a complete game, allowing just one earned run on six hits and three walks, while striking out a career-high 11 Highlander batters. Mortensen held UC Riverside hitless through five innings and scoreless through seven frames during the outing, and became the first Bulldog since 2003 to fan 10 or more batters in a single game.

ROOKIES LEAD CANADA TO BRONZE: Mark Ellis and Cory Hall, a pair of freshman on the Gonzaga University baseball team, helped lead the Canadian Junior National team to a bronze medal last summer at the 2006 World Junior AAA Championships in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Hall pitched seven innings of relief allowing two runs on eight hits while posting five strikeouts earning a 6-2 win over Mexico for third place. For the tournament, Hall posted a 3-1 recording with a 1.13 earned run average and 15 strikeouts. Ellis, Canada's starting third baseman, posted a .207 average with one double and two runs batted in. The bronze medal was Canada's fifth-ever medal at the World Junior AAA Championships and it's first medal since 1997.

HEAD COACH Mark Machtolf: Mark Machtolf enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Gonzaga University baseball team and 15th year as a member of the Bulldog coaching staff. Machtolf was handed the head coaching reigns on August 7, 2003, following an 11-year stint as an assistant coach. He replaced former head coach Steve Hertz, who moved into an administrative position in the Gonzaga Athletic Department. Machtolf has posted an 81-77 record at Gonzaga, including a 40-38 mark in West Coast Conference play. During his first three seasons he has led the Bulldogs to three top-five finishes and produced the WCC Player of the Year in 2004, former Zag Kiel Thibault. During the summer of 2006, Machtolf served as an assistant coach for Team USA. Under his guidance, the Zags posted a 28-2-1 record, including  going a perfect at the Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) World Championships in Havanna, Cuba. A 1987 graduate of Stanford University, Machtolf was a member of the Cardinal's 1987 College World Series championship team and was an All-CWS selection.

NEWCOMERS MAKE STRONG IMPACT: Five position players and one pitcher that are newcomers to this season's Gonzaga University baseball team have seen time in the starting lineups. Freshmen Mark Castellitto and Mark Ellis, as well as transfers Evan Wells, Micahel Rhodes, Ben Greenslitt and Chris Highmark have earned starts for the Zags. At the plate, the newcomers have combined for over a third of the Zags' runs scored (27) and hits (37), as well as being responsible for just under a third of Gonzaga's doubles (10) and runs batted in (21). They have also combined to hit half of Gonzaga's triples (1) and steal half of GU's stolen bases (6). As a whole, the newcomers are batting at a .220 clip. Castellitto leads all newcomers with a .300 average. Highmark marks the lone newcomer to earn a start on the mound. The Brigham Young University transfer has posted a 2-3 record in four starts. Jeremy Stumetz and Chris Griffith, both freshmen on the squad, have also seen time on the mound.

BULLDOGS EARN TWO STRAIGHT TOURNAMENT TITLES: Gonzaga University earned its second straight tournament title this season after posting a 4-0 record at the Banana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho. Previously this season, Gonzaga won the Southwest Diamond Classic after posting a 2-1 record in Frisco, Texas. Two other teams, the University of Houston and Missouri State University both posted 2-1 records at the event, but the Zags were awarded the title based on run differential. The two titles marks the second consecutive season that Gonzaga has earned two tournament titles. Last season, Gonzaga was crowned the champions of both the Texas Pan American Tournament as well as the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic.

GONZAGA POSTS .700 RECORD IN TOURNAMENT PLAY: For the sixth straight season, Gonzaga University has posted a winning record while playing in tournaments. This season the Zags posted a 7-3 record (.700) in tournament play. The last time the Zags did not post a winning record in tournament play was in 2000, when the Bulldogs earned a record of 2-4. The Zags did not play in any tournaments during the 2001 campaign and have posted a .500 record or higher every season since. The highest winning percentage for Gonzaga during tournament play was recorded last season, with the Zags went 9-4 (.733).

TOURNAMENT PLAY SINCE 1990: Since the 1990 season, the Gonzaga University baseball team holds a 78-62-2 record when playing in tournaments. This season, Gonzaga has gone  7-3 in tournament play, including capturing the Southwest Diamond Classic Tournament Title and the Banana Belt Tournament Title. Last season, the Zags participated in four tournaments, compiling a 11-5 record in which they earned tournament titles at both the Texas Pan American Tournament and the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic.

FOUR ZAGS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Mark Castellitto, Brandon Harmon, Shawn Wayt and Aaron McGuinness of the Gonzaga University baseball team, have all been named to all-tournament teams this season. Castellitto and Harmon were bestowed with the honor at the Southwest Diamond Classic, while Wayt and McGuinness were honored at the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic. Castellitto finished the Southwest Diamond Classic going 6-for-11 (.545) with two runs scored and six RBI. At the same event, Harmon threw a complete game on Feb. 23 in a loss to University of Texas San Antonio. McGuinness and Wayt earned all-tournament accolades after combining to lift the Zags over then-No. 9 Oregon state Unviersity 6-5 on Feb. 19. Wayt went 2-for-4 with two run-scoring singles and three runs batted in, while McGuinness drove home the game winning run in the top of the ninth inning.

LIVE ON THE INTERNET: All Gonzaga University home games will be available via Gametracker on the internet at http://www.gozags.com. Check the Gonzaga web site for all Gametracker links.

TRIO NAMED TO WCC 40th ANIVERSITY TEAM: Three former Gonzaga University baseball standouts were named to the West Coast Conference/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team. Former Bulldogs Jason Bay, Nate Gold and Barry Matthews were named to the ceremonial team that consists of 40 of the top players that have graced WCC baseball diamonds over the past four decades. Bay, the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year, compiled a .374 career average with 125 runs, 152 hits, 24 doubles, 35 home runs and 121 runs batted in as a Bulldog. Gold, the WCC single-season home run champion, hit a league-record and NCAA leading 33 long balls in the 2002 season. The 2002 WCC Player of the Year posted a .307 career average with 147 hits, 95 runs, 46 home runs and 124 RBI. Matthews was one of the top two-way players in Gonzaga history. At the plate, Matthews compiled a .332 career average with 144 runs, 207 hits, 29 home runs and 130 RBI. On the mound, he posted a 21-12 career record, registering a 5.01 earned run average with 11 complete games, 284 innings pitched and 215 strikeouts.

ZAGS PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH: The Gonzaga University baseball team has been selected to finish fifth in the 2007 West Coast Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. Pepperdine University, received six first place votes and a total of 47 points to edge out the University of San Diego and 2006 WCC regular season co-champion University of San Francisco for first place. The Toreros and Dons tied for second place with 41 points apiece, with each team garnering a first place vote. Loyola Marymount University checked in at fourth with 28 points, just edging out the Zags, who received 25 points. Santa Clara University was tabbed for a sixth place finish with 19 points, while Saint Mary's College and the University of Portland were picked to finish seventh and eighth with 16 and eight points, respectively.