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Mortensen K's 16 As Bulldogs Win Opener

April 8, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. - Clayton Mortensen went the distance and struck out 16 as Gonzaga University captured the first game of an Easter Sunday double-header, downing host University of Portland 7-4.

Mortensen (3-2) scattered six hits, allowed two earned runs and walked two. He finished the game by striking out the side in the ninth.

The teams traded big innings early, the Bulldogs scoring five in the second and the Pilots coming back with four in the third.

Aaron McGuiness started the scoring the in the second inning with a leadoff homer run. His third of the season. A one-out single by Mike Terry, a walk to Michael Rhodes and an Evan Wells single to center plated Terry with the second run off Portland starter the loser Given Kutz (4-3). Darin Holcomb's single through the left side scored Rhodes with Wells going to third and Holcomb top second on a throwing error by the left fielder. Ryan Wiegand capped the inning with a two-run double down the right flied line.

The Pilots came right back with four runs in the third, most of the damage coming with two out. With two out and runners on second and third, an infield single scored one run. As single to center by Chase Powell chased home another run. Justin Pierce was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, and it seemed Mortensen was out of the inning when Jesse Rodgers grounded to short. But Wiegand muffed McGuinness' throw allowing two runs to score.

Gonzaga got insurance runs in the fifth and eighth. Shawn Wayt's single to center scored Dustin Colclough who was aboard on a fielder's choice. In the eighth, Chris Siegfried relieved Kutz and the Bulldogs loaded the bases on a walk, fielder's choice and singles by Brian Winston and Holcomb. Wiegand's sacrifice fly to left scored Wells who had reached on a fielder's choice.