March 26, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. -
Lewis-Clark State at Gonzaga
Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field (1,500)
Tuesday, March 27, 3 p.m.
No. 21 San Diego at Gonzaga
Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field (1,500)
Friday, March 30, 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 1 p.m.
THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University will play four games at Patterson Baseball Compelx and Washington Trust Field this week. The Bulldogs will host defending NAIA national champion Lewis-Clark State College Tuesday at 3 p.m., before opening West Coast Conference play with a three-game series against nationally-ranked University of San Diego. The Zags and No. 21 Toreros will face off Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
LAST OUTING: Gonzaga University hosted at three-game series with Utah Valley State College, falling to the Wolverines in two of the three games. In the series opener, the Bulldogs dropped a 5-3 decision to the Wolverines. Game two was set for Saturday, but due to rain the game was rescheduled as the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. The Zags spilt the doubleheader Sunday, falling 9-8 in the first game, while shutting out UVSC 5-0 in game two. Darin Holcomb led Gonzaga Sunday with three home runs in the two games, while Brandon Harmon pitched a complete-game five-hit shutout in the late game. Earlier in the week, the Bulldogs hosted in-state rivals Washington State University and the University of Washington. Gonzaga dropped a 13-2 decision to the Cougars Tuesday before rebounding to defeat the Huskies 12-0 on Wednesday.
ON DECK: The Zags will hit the road for the first time in 12 games next weekend when they travel to the University of Portland. Due to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, the Bulldogs will play the Pilots Thursday, April 5 at 3 p.m. and round out the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 7. The first game of the twinbill will begin at 11 a.m.
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 three home games on the Gonzaga University baseball team's schedule have been changed. The games on 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 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 was March 15 against Rider University. Dedication ceremonies will be held April 20 prior to the game against Saint Mary's College.
DEDICATION CEREMONIES: March 15th marked the first game at Gonzaga University's new baseball facility, Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Although the game was the first game played at the new ballpark, special pre-game dedications ceremonies will not be held until April 20, when Gonzaga hosts Saint Mary's College.
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS: Defending NAIA national champions Lewis-Clark State College travels to Spokane boasting a 22-2 overall record, with one of it's two losses coming at the hands of Gonzaga University. Warrior regulars are led by Beau Mills, who is batting at a team-high .436 clip with 41 hits, 36 runs scored, nine home runs and 42 runs batted in. The pitching staff is anchored by starter Chris Kissock. Kissock boasts a 6-0 record in six starts while maintaining a 0.69 earned run average. Earlier this season the two schools met during the final game of the Banana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho. The Bulldogs handed LCSC its first loss of the season with a 4-3 victory to capture the tournament title. In the all-time series, Lewis-Clark State leads the Bulldogs 57-51-1.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS: The University of San Diego enters the week ranked as high as No. 21 in the national polls and currently has a 21-10 overall record. The Toreros are coming off of a 2-1 weekend against the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Sunday's loss to the Rebels snapped a seven-game win streak for USD. Earlier in the season, San Diego took a three-game series 2-1 from then-No. 4 University of Texas. Josh Romanksi leads USD batters with a .360 average with 40 hits, 21 runs scored, five doubles, a pair of triples, one home run and eight runs batted in. Brain Matsuz leads the pitching staff with a 2.51 average and a 5-1 record. Matsuz currently leads the West Coast Conference with 92 strikeouts. San Diego leads the all-time series against Gonzaga University 28-20-1.
TICKETS TO PATTERSON BASEBALL COMPLEX AND WASHINGTON TRUST FIELD: The gates to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field will open one hour prior to the scheduled game time. Tickets are available before the game at the ticket booth at the new facility. The ticket booth is located at the northeast corner of the ballpark. Admission is five dollars for adults and three dollars for seniors and kids 12 and under.
HOLCOMB HEATS UP: In the five games played last week, Darin Holcomb of the Gonzaga University baseball team smashed four home runs, including three long balls during Sunday's doubleheader against Utah Valley State College. Holcomb hit a three-run shot in the first game before recording homers in consecutive at-bats in the late game to become the first Zag since Nate Gold in 2002 to hit home runs in back-to-back at-bats. Holcomb's first home run of the week came during the Zags 12-0 rout of the University of Washington on Wednesday. For the week, the junior hit .429 with nine hits, nine runs scored, and 10 runs batted in. The third baseman is now batting .331 and leading Gonzaga with 29 hits, four homers and 22 runs batted in. For his efforts last week, Holcomb was named West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week.
STUMETZ THROWS GEM IN FIRST CAREER START: In his first career start Wednesday, Jeremy Stumetz led Gonzaga University to a 12-0 win over the University of Washington with a four-hit complete game shutout. The freshman, who recorded six strikeouts in the game, did not allow an extra-base hit all game. Stumetz is now 1-1 for the season with a 1.50 earned run average in 18.0 innings on the mound. For his perfomance, Stumetz was named West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week.
HARMON SHUTS DOWN WOLVERINES: Brandon Harmon, a starting pitcher for Gonzaga University, shut down Utah Valley State College Sunday in his eighth start of the season. The junior threw a complete game shutout holding the Wolverines to five hits, while striking out eight, to help the Bulldogs avoid a three-game series sweep. The complete game marked the second of the season for Harmon, as well as the second of his career. The shutout marks a career first.
BURSTING INTO THE TOP TEN: With his eight strikeouts in Sunday's victory over Utah Valley State College, Gonzaga University pitcher Brandon Harmon has jumped two spots on the Bulldog all-time strikeout leaders list. The junior, who has posted 32 K's this season, has posted 197 career strikeouts and is currently ranked eighth on the all-time list. Harmon, who entered the weekend tied for 10th on the list, jumped former Zags Eric Dworkis (190) and Ed Clelland (193) with his performance Sunday. He had previously been tied with Tom Gorman (189) for 10th place. Billy Walker holds the school career record with 332 K's during the 1987-90 seasons. Harmon is also two appearances shy of ranking in the top-10 for all-time appearances. Currently, Harmon has made 57 career appearances. Harmon already holds a stop in the career record books. He is ranked fifth all-time with eight career saves. Also entering the all-time rankings this week, Aaron McGuinness. McGuinness enters the career at-bats top 10 with 664 to rank ninth.
STUMETZ, HOLCOMB EARN CONFERENCE ACCOLADES: Jeremy Stumetz and Darin Holcomb each earned West Coast Conference recognition Monday, being named the conference's co-player and pitcher of the week. In his first career start Wednesday, Stumetz threw a complete-game four-hit shutout to blank the University of Washington 12-0. The win snapped a nine-game win streak for the Huskies and marked the first win of the freshman's career. Stumetz finished the game allowing no extra-base hits while striking out six. For the weekend, Stumetz earned a 0.00 earned run average in 11.0 innings of work while striking out eight. The right hander also pitched 2.0 innings of relief during the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Holcomb hit .429 with nine hits, nine runs scored, and 10 runs batted in for the week. Four of Holcomb's nine hits were home runs, including posting three long balls during Sunday's doubleheader. Holcomb hit a three-run shot in the first game before recording homers in consecutive at-bats in the late game to become the first Zag since Nate Gold in 2002 to hit home runs in back-to-back at-bats. Holcomb shared the weekly honor with Luke Sommer of the University of San Francisco.
RHODES STEALS GONZAGA RECORD: Michael Rhodes stole a Gonzaga University record on March 8, 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 nine stolen bases out of ten attempts. Overall, Gonzaga has stolen 26 bases this season.
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, 6.62strikeouts a game.
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.
HOME RUN ALLEY: During the first eight games at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field, 11 home runs have been recorded, seven of which have come off of Bulldog bats. All 11 home runs have been hit to the left side of the outfield. Seven of the 11 have gone into left center, while the remaining five have been hit to straight-away left field. The distance to the left field foul pole is listed as 328, while it is 370 feet to the alley in left center.
LONG ROAD SWING: The Gonzaga University baseball team began the 2007 season on a 21-consecutive road swing. Over the first month and a half of the season, the Bulldogs visited five states, including two trips to Arizona. Besides Arizona, GU traveled to California, Texas, Idaho and Utah, totaling nearly 10,500 miles. During the stint, the Zags posted an 11-10 record.
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.
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.
LIVE ON THE RADIO: Gonzaga University baseball will have 13 games aired live on the radio in the greater Spokane area this season. March 27 will mark the first aired game, when the Zags host Lewis Clark State College at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The March 27 game, as well the March 30 game versus University of San Diego will be aired on 1050 KEY. Ten remaining home games, and one away contest, will be aired as well. Games on March 31, April 1, April 10 (at Washington State University), April 17, April 20, April 21, April 22, May 4, May 5, and May 6 will be aired live on 790 KJRB. The broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch. Calling games for the Bulldogs will be Tom Hudson with former Gonzaga head coach Steve Hertz providing color commentary.
BULLDOG BASEBALL ON TELEVISION: Six Gonzaga baseball games will be aired on GUTV this season. The three-game series against West Coast Conference foe University of San Diego (March 30 - April 1), as well as the Saint Mary's College three-game set (April 20 - 22) will be featured by the station.
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, replacing 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.
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.