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Bulldogs Still On Top Of WCC Standings

April 11, 2006

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FRIDAY - April 14
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's, 3 p.m.

SATURDAY - April 15
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's, 10 a.m.
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's (Game 2)

TUESDAY - April 18
Gonzaga at Washington State, 6 p.m.


BULLDOGS STILL ON TOP IN WCC STANDINGS: Gonzaga preps for its first West Coast Conference road trip of the season after the Bulldogs opened the first two weeks with a 4-2 conference mark. After sweeping Portland to open WCC play, Gonzaga lost a series to Santa Clara dropping a pair of one-run decisions in games two and three. The Bulldogs head to Saint Mary's for a single game on Friday afternoon and doubleheader on Saturday. Following the quick trip to Moraga, Calif., Gonzaga will play at Washington State next Tuesday.

HEAD COACH Mark Machtolf: Mark Machtolf enters his third season as the Bulldogs head coach and 14th year as a member of the Gonzaga baseball staff. Following an 11-year stint as an assistant coach, Machtolf was handed the head coaching reigns on August 7, 2003 when former head coach Steve Hertz moved into an administrative position with the GU athletic department. Machtolf has posted a 74-65 record at Gonzaga including a 35-27 mark in West Coast Conference games. During his first two years he led the Bulldogs to consecutive third place finishes in the WCC Coast Division and produced the WCC Player of the Year in 2004. A 1987 graduate of Stanford University, Machtolf was a member of Stanford's 1987 College World Series championship team and was an All-CWS selection.

BULLDOGS NINE-GAME WIN STREAK SNAPPED: Prior to Saturday's loss to Santa Clara, Gonzaga had put together a nine-game win streak to improve to 22-10 on the year. The nine-game span was the longest win streak for the Bulldogs program since opening the 1990 season with a 9-0 record. Over that nine-game run Gonzaga hit .366 as a team with four players hitting over .400. Scott Campbell and Ryan Wiegand were tied for the team lead both hitting .472. Gonzaga's pitching was also strong over that nine-game span with a 2.25 ERA. Pitchers Clayton Mortensen, Patrick Donovan, CJ McClure and Bobby McEwen all posted 2-0 records over the run.

Junior second baseman Scott Campbell leads the WCC with a .414 average.

CAMPBELL STILL OVER .400 : Junior second baseman Scott Campbell continues to hover over .400 as the Bulldogs completed week number 10 of the baseball season. Campbell is hitting .414 following the Bulldogs series loss to Santa Clara. The junior is the only every day player in the WCC still hitting over .400 as he leads the conference in on-base percentage and hits. Campbell has 58 hits this season and a .509 on-base percentage.

SAINT MARY'S GAELS (16-15, 3-3 WCC): Gonzaga plays its first road WCC series this weekend at Saint Mary's holding a one-game lead over the Gaels in a tight WCC race. Saint Mary's won two of three over Loyola Marymount last weekend to improve to 16-15 overall, 3-3 in the WCC. Sam Carter is the Gaels top hitter with a .372 average, six home runs and 35 RBI. Corey Madden is the Gaels top pitcher with a 4-1 record and 2.88 ERA in eight starts this season. Gonzaga won two out of three against the Gales in Moraga last season, splitting season series 3-3.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (22-12, 4-5 Pac-10): Gonzaga will face off with Washington State next Tuesday night in the fifth meeting of the season between the two schools. Both teams have won two games in the series with both of the Bulldogs wins coming in Pullman. In the last match-up on April 4, Gonzaga turned two triple plays against the Cougars. Jay Miller and Jared Prince are both hitting over .400 for WSU.

BULLDOGS SUFFER RARE HOME LOSS: Gonzaga lost its first home game of the season on Saturday afternoon at Avista Stadium. Gonzaga had won seven straight to open the year at home. Gonzaga also lost on Monday afternoon in a game that was moved to Spokane Falls Community College based on wet field conditions at Avista Stadium. Since moving to Avista Stadium for the 2004 season, Gonzaga is 27-16 for a .627 winning percentage. Gonzaga also played 10 home games at SFCC during the 2003 season and is 7-4 at SFCC since vacating August/A.R.T. Stadium. Construction is currently under way for Gonzaga's new baseball park set to open for the 2007 season.

Freshman Alex Parrott is one of three GU players platooning in left.

DONOVAN WITH NO-DECISION: Senior left-hander Patrick Donovan missed the chance to pick up his sixth win of the season on Saturday afternoon as he left the game in the eighth inning leading 6-2 and watched as the Bulldogs bullpen could not hold on. Donovan had allowed only two runs in seven innings as he lowered his season ERA to 3.27. Donovan is now 5-2 in ten starts with 35 strike outs and 63.1 innings on the mound. With is seven innings on Saturday, Donovan moved into a tie with Ed Clelland for seventh place on the career innings pitched list with 277.1. Donovan needs three more wins to move into a three-way tie for ninth on the career wins list. He has 17 career wins and will most likely get five to six more starts this year.

BULLDOGS LEAD TRIPLE CROWN: Gonzaga currently has a player as the leader in each of the triple crown categories. Junior second baseman Scott Campbell holds the WCC lead in batting average with a .414 mark. Senior outfielder Jackson Brennan is the WCC leader with 10 home runs and sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb leads the RBI chase with 43. Brennan and Holcomb also rank first and second in runs scored while Brennan is tied for the WCC lead in triples with 4.

BRENNAN NEARING SINGLE SEASON LISTS: Senior Jackson Brennan is nearing some Gonzaga single-season Top 10 lists as the Bulldogs enter week three of the WCC season. Brennan currently has 14 doubles, 4 triples and 10 home runs to his credit. He needs three doubles to join a host of players tied for 10th with 17 doubles. Brennan needs one triple to join four other players with five triples and he needs three home runs to join four players in a tie for 8th. The last GU player to hit five or more triples in a season was Kevin Taylor in 1999. Gordon Corder was the last Bulldog with 13 or more home runs in 2003. Current GU senior first baseman Bobby Carlson had 17 doubles last season for the Bulldogs.

HARMON SHARP IN LAST FOUR: Sophomore Brandon Harmon continues to look sharp for the Bulldogs out of the bullpen. Harmon has not allowed a run in his last four relief appearances and leads the team with a 1.23 ERA. Harmon has a team-high 13 appearances with 22 innings on the mound. He has only allowed runs in two of his 13 stints on the mound. He also has 16 strike outs with only three walks allowed this season.

WIEGAND, HOLCOMB HIT DOUBLE DIGITS: Freshman Ryan Wiegand and sophomore Darin Holcomb both pushed their current hitting streaks into double digits with hits in all three weekend games. Wiegand now has a 14 game hitting streak and ranks second on the club with a .371 average (12 doubles, 34 RBI). Holcomb extended his streak to 12 games and his hitting .361 with a conference high 43 RBI.

Sophomore Darin Holcomb is the WCC leader with 42 RBI.

McCLURE PICKS UP TWO STRAIGHT WINS: Freshman reliever CJ McClure has picked up both his wins during his last two relief appearances. On Friday afternoon, McClure was called directly off the bench after starter Josh Monroe left the game with some soreness prior to the top of the fourth inning. Despite coming off the bench and a shortened warm-up time, McClure worked 1.2 scoreless innings and was credited with the win. Earlier this year against Dartmouth, McClure worked 3 innings of relief to pick up his first collegiate win in a 14-7 win.

PLATOON IN LEFT: Gonzaga continues to use a platoon of three players to cover the left field duties as the Bulldogs move through the season. Will Ayala, Shawn Wayt and Alex Parrott have combined to start all 34 games in left. Wayt has the best average among the three hitting .289 with Parrott and .269 and Ayala at .238. The position has combined for one extra base hit and 15 RBI.

BASEBALL EARLY SIGNEES: Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf signed three players during the fall early signing period. Signing National Letters of Intent were Bryan Barnes, Mark Ellis and Sebastian Herve. Barnes is a middle infielder at Mountlake Terrace High. Ellis is middle infielder at Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School in British Columbia. Herve, a native of France, is an outfielder at Cochise CC in Arizona.

MACHTOLF NAMED TO TEAM USA COACHING STAFF: Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf has been named an assistant coach for Team USA for the summer of 2006. Machtolf will serve as the hitting coach for USA Baseball as the team plays a full slate of games this summer ending with the III FISU World Baseball Championships in Havana, Cuba. Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin will serve as the head coach of Team USA while TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle and Auburn head coach Tom Slater were also named assistant coaches.

BASEBALL STADIUM APPROVED: Gonzaga University's Board of Trustees recently approved the construction of Gonzaga's new on-campus baseball stadium. Early stages of the construction will begin in the upcoming weeks with the field ready for practice in the Fall of 2006 and home games scheduled to be played on the GU campus in 2007. Gonzaga has not played an on-campus game since April of 2003 when August/A.R.T. Stadium became the site for the current McCarthey Athletic Center.