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Zags Travel To Pullman, Resume WCC Play At Santa Clara

April 10, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. -

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Game 37
Gonzaga at Washington State
Bailey Brayton Field (3,500)
Pullman , Wash.
Tuesday, April 10, 5:30 p.m.
Series Record:
WSU leads 107-67
Last Meeting:
WSU won 13-2
March 20 at GU

Games 38-40
Gonzaga at Santa Clara

Stephen Schott Stadium (1,500)
Santa Clara , Calif.
Friday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m.
Series Record:
SCU leads 31-26

THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University will take a break from West Coast Conference play early in the week when it travels to Pullman, Wash. to face regional rival Washington State University, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will then resume WCC play Friday with a three-game series at Santa Clara University. The series opener with the Broncos will be Friday at 7 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday game times are set for 1 p.m.

LAST OUTING: Gonzaga University took two out of three games from the University of Portland as the Zags continued West Coast Conference play. The Pilots grabbed their only win of the weekend in the series opener on Thursday as the Bulldogs dropped a 9-1 decision. Following a doubleheader rain out Saturday, the two teams made up the twinbill Sunday. Gonzaga's starting pitchers in both games, Clayton Mortensen and Brandon Harmon, posted outstanding starts as the Zags earned victories in both games. In the early face-off, Mortensen threw a complete game, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits while striking out a career-high 16 batters as Gonzaga defeated the Pilots 7-4. Harmon earned the victory in the late game throwing a two-hit complete game shutout to lift GU over Portland 6-0.

ON DECK: Gonzaga University will return home to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane to open a four-game homestand next week. The Zags will host Washington State University on Tuesday, April 17 before resuming West Coast Conference play as the Zags welcome Saint Mary's College to their new facility for a three-game series. The opening night, April 20, of the three-game tilt with the Gaels will mark the dedication game of Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Special dedication ceremonies will be held 15 minutes 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 COUGARS: Washington State University enters the week with a 16-13 record, including a 1-5 record in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Cougars haven't played a game since dropping a 8-1 decision at the University of San Francisco on April 2. Leading all Cougar regulars at the plate is Scott Suttmeier. In 24 appearances, including 19 starts, Suttmeier is batting .348 with 24 hits, 19 runs scored and 12 runs batted in. Wayne Daman, Jr. anchors the pitching staff with a 3.41 earned run average in six starts. Daman has posted a 2-1 record with a team-leading 32 strikeouts. Tuesday will mark the first of three- straight Tuesday night meetings between the two teams. Gonzaga University and WSU have met once already this season with the Cougars prevailing 13-2 at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane on March 20.

SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara University enters the three-game series with Gonzaga University with an even 17-17 record, including posting a 4-2 mark in West Coast Conference play. The Broncos are coming off of a weekend in which they took two-of-three games from the University of San Francisco. Santa Clara is led by Tommy Medica who is hitting at a .397 clip. Last week, Medica hit .706 going 12-for-17 through four games. Sunday, in a 10-6 win over USF, the freshman posted a 5-for-5 outing. On the mound, SCU is led by reliever Jeff Lombard who has posted a 3-2 record with six saves in 19 appearances and 26.0 innings of relief. Matt Wickstat leads all starters with a 3.56 earned run average and a 4-4 record in 10 starts. Santa Clara holds the 31-26 all-time advantage over the Bulldogs. Last season in Spokane, the Zags dropped two-of-three to the Broncos. Both losses came by one run and were decided in the later innings of the games.

PITCHING GEMS GRAB WCC SERIES: Brandon Harmon and Clayton Mortensen threw gems Sunday as Gonzaga University swept a doubleheader from the University of Portland to take the three-game series two games to one. Mortensen started game one of the twinbill, earning his first West Coast Conference win of the season. The senior struck out a career-high 16 batters as he threw a complete game, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits as the Bulldogs downed Portland 7-4. The 16 K's marks the most in a game this season by a hurler in the WCC.  In the late game, Harmon continued a string of strong pitching performances for the Zags as the junior posted his third consecutive complete game. Harmon shutdown the Pilots, allowing only two hits as the Zags blanked Portland 6-0.

HARMON HITS TRIFECTA: Brandon Harmon, a starting pitcher for the Gonzaga University baseball team, posted his third consecutive complete game Sunday against the University of Portland. With the complete game, Harmon has now posted three career complete games, all coming in his last three starts. The last time a Bulldog completed the feat of throwing at least three consecutive complete games was accomplished in 1995 by former Zag Darin Blood.

WIEGAND JUMPS ALL OVER PILOTS: Sophomore first baseman Ryan Wiegand batted at a .600 clip last weekend when the Gonzaga University baseball team visited the University of Portland. Wiegand went 6-for-10 with one run scored and a series-leading four runs batted in. In the opening game of the doubleheader on Sunday, the San Diego native went 3-for-3 with three RBI. For the season, Wiegand is batting .315, including boasting a .476 average in West Coast Conference play.

WAYT CONTINUES HOT BAT: Junior outfielder Shawn Wayt of the Gonzaga University baseball team posted another strong offensive effort last weekend against the University of Portland. Wayt, who hit .455 two weeks ago against the University of San Diego, posted a .400 average during the three-game series with the Pilots. Overall for West Coast Conference play, the junior has posted a .429 average with nine hits including two doubles and a triple while scoring two runs and driving in four.

JUNIOR REPEATS AS PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Harmon earned his second straight West Coast Conference accolade Monday when he was named the conference's Co-Pitcher of the Week. Harmon, who was also earned the honor last week, posted his third-straight complete game Sunday, as he threw a two-hit shutout over the University of Portland. The recognition marks the third straight week and fourth time this season a member of the Bulldog pitching staff as been named the Pitcher of the Week. Freshman Jeremy Stumetz was presented the honor for the week of March 26, while senior Clayton Mortensen was the first Zag to receive the honor this season when he was named Pitcher of the Week on February 12. Darin Holcomb was named the conference's Player of the Week on March 26 to round out Bulldog WCC honors to date.

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 four times. Clayton Mortensen leads the way with three games in which he has fanned ten or more, including striking out a season-high 16 batters Sunday against the University of Portland. On Feb. 11, the senior struck out 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.

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 (190) 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.

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.