March 13, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - The Gonzaga University baseball team battled the University of Utah to a 13-12 extra inning win Tuesday at Ute Field in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game went ten innings and included a total of 30 hits, 15 by each team.
With the win, Gonzaga improves to 11-10 while Utah drops to 4-13 for the season. The two teams were scheduled to play a two-game series but Monday's game was canceled due to poor field conditions.
Brandon Harmon (1-4) earned the win in his first relief appearance of the season. Harmon pitched 1.2 innings allowing no runs on two hits. Shawn Wayt earned his second save of the season, allowing two runs on one hit in 1.0 inning of work. Clayton Mortensen started the game for the Bulldogs, allowing seven runs on seven hits over 4.0 innings. CJ McClure also saw time out of the bullpen for Gonzaga. Geoff Wolfgramm (0-1) suffered the loss for Utah. Wolfgramm allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits over 2.0 innings of relief.
The Bulldogs started the game off on a strong start by posting two runs before an out could be recorded in the first inning. The Bulldogs pieced together singles by Evan Wells, Bryan Winston and Darin Holcomb as well as sacrifice fly by Dustin Colclough to take the early 2-0 advantage.
Utah answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame thanks to a double and a wild pitch.
The Utes took a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the second on a three-run triple to left center by Mike Mitchell. Mitchell then scored the fourth run of the inning on a passed ball. Utah added another run in the bottom of the fourth to take the 7-4 lead.
Down by three in the fifth inning, Winston led off the inning with his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left field, to narrow the Utes lead to 7-5. Gonzaga then used a Utah error and a sacrifice fly by Aaron McGuinness to score two more runs and tie the game at 7-7.
Gonzaga took an 8-7 lead in the top of the sixth with Wells singled to right to score Rhodes, who had singled to left to lead off the inning.
Utah tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, 8-8, when Mitchell scored an unearned run on a Bulldog error.
Colclough kicked off a two-run seventh inning with a home run to left field. Gonzaga added another run when Mark Castellitto, who singled up the middle, scored on a ground out by McGuinness to give the Zags a 10-8 lead.
The Utes hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to tie the game 10-10 and force the eventual extra inning.
In the top of the tenth, Gonzaga sent nine batters to the plate, scoring three runs to take a 13-10 edge. Rhodes, Wells and Winston scored runs in the extra frame. Rhodes, who singled to left center and then stole his team-leading eighth base, scored the first inning run on an error. The same error placed Wells on base at second. Wells then advanced and scored on two wild pitches. Winston, who reached first on a walk, scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Wiegand.
The Utes threatened the three run Gonzaga lead in the bottom of the tenth but failed to capitalize, scoring only two runs. Both runs were plated on a double to left by Dustin Hennis. Hennis, who would have been the tying run, was stranded on second to finish the game.
Holcomb led the Bulldogs for the afternoon with four hits, one run scored and one run batted in. Other Zags were multiple-hits were Rhodes with three and Wells, Winston and Colclough with two a piece.
The game marked the end of a 22-game road swing for Gonzaga, who will return home this week to play the first game at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The Bulldogs will host Rider University Thursday through Saturday in what will be the first games played on campus in nearly three and a half years. Game times for the three-game series are all slated for 2 p.m.