April 3, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. -
Gonzaga at Portland
Joe Etzel Field (1,500)
Thursday, April 7, 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 (DH), 11 a.m.
THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University continues West Coast Conference play this week, traveling 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.
LAST OUTING: Gonzaga University took a three-game series 2-1 from then-No. 20 University of San Diego last weekend as the Bulldogs wrapped up a 12-game home stand to open Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Josh Monroe (4-1) earned the victory in the series opener Friday, throwing 6.0 innings allowing three runs on eight hits as the Zags downed San Diego 6-3. The Toreros won the second game of the series 4-1 Saturday, as San Diego scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Sunday, Brandon Harmon (4-4) threw a complete game and held the Toreros to only two hits over the opening eight frames as the Bulldogs won the series with a 6-1 victory.
ON DECK: Gonzaga University will return to the Inland Northwest to play a game at Washington State University on Tuesday April 10, before resuming West Coast Conference play with a three-game series at Santa Clara University on April 13.
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 the April 17th contest has been changed. The game has been changed to a 3 p.m. first pitch.The game was 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 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.
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. Tickets can also be purchased through TicketsWest at 325-SEAT (7328), TicketsWest.com, at any TicketsWest outlet, or at the McCarthey Athletic Center Ticket Office, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
SCOUTING THE PILOTS: The University of Portland Pilots enter the three-game West Coast Conference series with Gonzaga University with a 13-14 overall record, including dropping two games of a three game series to Santa Clara University. The Pilots opened the season on a 9-4 run, the best start for Portland since the 1986 season. The Pilots are led by sophomore infielder Chase Powell. Powell is batting a team-leading .342. Given Kutz anchors the Pilots' pitching staff with a 4-2 record in eight starts, including two complete games and one shutout. Kutz leads the squad with a 3.00 earned run average in 57.0 innings with a team-leading 51 strikeouts. Gonzaga maintains the 94-58 advantage in the all-time series against Portland. Last season, the Zags swept the Pilots in a three-game series in Spokane. The Bulldogs have not dropped a game to Portland since the 2002 season, when the Pilots took two-of-three from Gonzaga.
SHOWING UP IN NUMBERS: On Friday, March 30, the Gonzaga University baseball team set a school-record for attendance at a regular-season game when 822 fans came to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field to watch the Zags prevail 6-3 over then-No. 20 University of San Diego. Over the 12 games that have been played at the new facility to date, 5,293 fans have come to watch the Gonzaga University baseball team, compared to 2,843 fans during the first nine home games of last season. Last season, the Zags played all home games at Avista Stadium during the construction of Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.
HARMON LEADS ZAGS TO SERIES WIN, NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Junior pitcher Brandon Harmon threw his second complete game of the season Sunday as the Gonzaga University baseball defeated then-No. 20 University of San Diego 6-1 and captured the 2-1 series victory. Harmon, who held USD to just two hits over the opening eight frames, allowed one run on four hits while striking out five during his 9.0 innings of work. The complete game marked the second of his career, after throwing a complete game shutout on March 25 against Utah Valley State College. Harmon also earned his first save of the season, ninth of his career, Friday in the San Diego series opener. For his efforts, the junior was named West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week.
STRONG PITCHING HALTS TOREROS: Three strong outings by Gonzaga University pitchers last weekend led to a 2-1 series win by the Bulldogs. Josh Monroe (4-1) earned the win Friday in the series opener. Monroe allowed three runs on eight hits over 6.0 innings work before handing the reigns over to Chris Highmark. Highmark threw 2.0 innings of relief of hitless ball. Brandon Harmon earned his first save of the season Friday as the Bulldogs defeated the Toreros 6-3. Saturday, Clayton Mortensen allowed one run over 7.0 innings. After surrendering a run in the first inning, Mortensen scattered five hits over the next six innings while striking out five. The Zags suffered the loss in the game as San Diego scored three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the series 1-1. Sunday, Harmon threw a complete game to capture the series win. Harmon, who held the Toreros to two hits over the opening eight frames, finished the game allowing one run on four hits.
HARMON POSTS BACK-TO-BACK COMPLETE GAMES: Brandon Harmon, a starting pitcher for the Gonzaga University baseball team, posted his second consecutive complete game Sunday against then-No. 20 University of San Diego. With the complete game, Harmon becomes the first Bulldog since 2005 to throw complete games in consecutive starts. In his last start prior to Sunday, Harmon threw a complete-game shutout as the Zags downed Utah Valley State College 5-0 on March 25. The last time a Gonzaga pitcher threw back-to-back complete games was during the 2005 campaign when Josh Monroe tossed complete games against San Diego (April 1) and against the University of San Francisco (April 8).
OUCH: Evan Wells, the Gonzaga University baseball starting second baseman, was hit-by-a-pitch three times on March 27 in the Zags' 13 inning loss to Lewis-Clark State College. Wells, who finished the game 0-for-1 with two walks, three hit-by-pitches and a run scored, became the first Bulldog since 2002 to be plunked three or more times in a game. Former Zag Nate Gold was hit three times during a West Coast Conference match-up with Saint Mary's College on May 5, 2002.
WAYT HEATS UP: Junior outfielder Shawn Wayt of the Gonzaga University baseball team posted a strong offensive effort last weekend against then-No. 20 University of San Diego. Wayt, who hit .455 for the series, led the Bulldogs with five hits, including a double and triple. For the season, Wayt is batting .286 in 13 games.
BURSTING INTO THE TOP TEN: Gonzaga University pitcher Brandon Harmon continues to move up the ranks on the Bulldog all-time career strikeout leaders list. The junior, who has posted 38 K's this season, has recorded 203 career strikeouts and is currently ranked eighth on the all-time list. Harmon, who wasn't in the top-ten to open the 2007 campaign, has previously been tied for with Tom Gorman (189) for 10th place before jumping former Zags Eric Dworkis (1900) and Ed Clelland (193) to take sole possession of eighth place. Billy Walker holds the school career record with 332 K's during the 1987-90 seasons. This past week, Harmon also broke into top-10 for all-time appearances with his relief appearance Friday and his start Sunday. Currently, Harmon has made 59 career appearances and is tied for 10th with Mike Mahoski. Harmon already holds a spot in the career record books. He is ranked fourth all-time with nine career saves, and is one save short of a tie for third place. Aaron McGuinness also gained position in the all-time ranks this week. McGuinness, who has started every game of his collegiate career, ranks ninth in career at-bats with 680.
HOME RUN ALLEY: During the first 12 games at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field, 16 home runs have been recorded, 10 of which have come off of Bulldog bats. All but two of 16 home runs have been hit to the left side of the outfield. Jordan Abruzzo of the University of San Diego hit a shot Saturday, March 21 that cleared the fence in right field and landed in the middle of Trent Ave. to mark the first long ball to exit the ballpark in right. Sunday, the Zags' Ryan Wiegand hit a solo shot to straight away center for his third of the season. Seven of the remaining 14 have gone into left center, while the remaining seven 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. The right field pole is listed at 328, while straight away center is 398 feet away from home plate.
HOLCOMB, STUMETZ EARN CONFERENCE RECOGNITION: Gonzaga University's Jeremy Stumetz and Darin Holcomb were named West Coast Conference Pitcher and Co-Player of the Week, respectively, on March 26. In his first career start on March 21, Jeremy Stumetz led Gonzaga University to a 12-0 rout 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. During the five games played by the Bulldogs between March 19 and 26, Holcomb smashed four home runs, including three long balls during a doubleheader against Utah Valley State College on March 24. 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 victory over Washington.
ZAGS GARNER NATIONAL ATTENTION: Junior Brandon Harmon,freshman Jeremy Stumetz and senior Clayton Mortensen, all pitchers for the Gonzaga University baseball team, have been named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll this season. Harmon was awarded the honor this week after earning the win and throwing a complete-game against then-ranked University of San Diego on Sunday. Stumetz earned the national accolade on March 27 after throwing a complete-game four-hit shutout against the University of Washington on March 21. Mortensen lifted the Bulldogs to their 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, he was named to the honor roll on Feb. 13.
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 nine games aired live on the radio in the greater Spokane area this season. Games on 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: Three remaining Gonzaga baseball games will be aired on GUTV this season. The three-game series against West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's College will be featured by the station. The three-game series against the University of San Diego that took place last weekend will be aired via tape-delay by the channel on a date that is yet to be established.
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.
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 team 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.
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.