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Baseball Hosts Washington State Tuesday

April 17, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. -

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Game 41
Washington State at Gonzaga

Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field (1,500)
Spokane, Wash.
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.

Games 42-44
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga
Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field (1,500)
Spokane, Wash.
Friday, April 20, 6:00 p.m.*
Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m.
*Dedication game, ceremonies begin at 5:45 p.m.

THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University will play four home games this week, including the dedication game for Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field on Friday. Tuesday, the Bulldogs will resume a four-game season series with regional rival Washington State University. Tuesday game will mark the first night game at the Zags new facility, game time is set for 6:30 p.m. The dedication game on Friday will mark the opening night of a three-game West Coast Conference series with Saint Mary's College. Dedication ceremonies will begin at 5:45 with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday game times are slated for 1 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Last week, Gonzaga University posted a 3-1 record thanks to a victory over Washington State University and taking a West Coast Conference series, two games to one, from Santa Clara University. Tuesday, the Bulldogs came back from an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Washington State, 12-6, in Pullman, Wash. Friday, Mike Terry's three-run home run in the seventh inning lifted the Zags over the Broncos 3-2. Gonzaga suffered its only loss of the week on Saturday, as a Bulldog rally fell short in the ninth inning to give Santa Clara a 5-3 victory and even the series at one game apiece. In the rubber game on Sunday, Gonzaga claimed the series by downing the Broncos 6-3.
ON DECK: Gonzaga University will wrap-up a four-game series with Washington State University on April 24 before resuming West Coast Conference play with a three-game series at the University of San Francisco on April 27. The Bulldogs and Cougars will meet Tuesday evening in Pullman at 5:30. Friday's WCC series opener against the Dons is scheduled for 3 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday's game times are scheduled for 1 p.m.
FIRST NIGHT GAME AT NEW FACILITY TO BE PLAYED TUESDAY: Tuesday night's match-up between Gonzaga University and Washington State University will mark the first night game to be played at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Installation of the lights were completed last Thursday night with testing of the lights completed on Friday evening. The game time  of Tuesday's contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. With the completion of the lights, the game time of Friday's dedication game has been scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch, with the dedication ceremonies beginning at 5:45 p.m. Please note that in many places, Tuesday's game time may have been reflected as 3:00 p.m., while Friday's game has been moved up 30 minutes, from an original 6:30 p.m. 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. The facility also features eight light poles, two which are 90 feet tall while the other six stand at 80 feet. Dedication ceremonies will be held April 20 prior to the game against Saint Mary's College.
DEDICATION CEREMONIES: The official dedication game of Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field is scheduled for Friday, April 20 against West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's College. Dedication ceremonies for the new facility will commence at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch of the game scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS: Washington State University enters the week with a 16-17 overall record and are looking to break a five-game losing streak. Last week, the Cougars posted a 0-4 record falling to Gonzaga University 12-6 on Tuesday in Pullman as well as dropping a three-game set to then-No. 10 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. At the plate, WSU is led by junior Scott Suttmeier. Suttmeier is batting .316 in 27 games. Washington State's pitching staff is led by Jayson Miller, who in 12 appearances has posted a 2-2 record with a 3.12 earned run average. The Cougars and Bulldogs have met twice already this season, with the season series spilt at one game apiece. On March 20 the Zags dropped a 13-2 decision to Washington State in Spokane before Gonzaga earned its victory last week. For the all-time series, WSU holds a 107-68 advantage.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's College enters the week with a 16-19-1 overall record and is still in search of its first West Coast Conference victory after starting conference play with a 0-9 record. Last week, the Gaels were unable to break a losing streak, dropping a three-game WCC series to Loyola Marymount University and extend their slump to 11 games. Joe Staples  leads the SMC offense, ranking fourth on the team, batting at a .329 clip as well as leading the Gaels in hits (46), doubles (10) and home runs (6). Sean Gleason leads all starting pitchers with a 3.66 earned run average and an even 4-4 record. Taylor Stanton holds down the SMC bullpen, posting three saves and a 2.45 ERA in 10 appearances. Gonzaga University holds the all-time advantage over Saint Mary's 30-20. Last season, the Gaels took two-of-three from the Bulldogs in Moraga, Calif.
STUMETZ NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Jeremy Stumetz, a freshman pitcher for the Gonzaga University baseball team, has been named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week. Stumetz (2-1) posted three solid relief outings last week as the Bulldogs posted a 3-1 record, including taking a WCC series from Santa Clara University two games to one. For the week, the Richland, Wash. native pitched 10.0 shutout innings, allowing only three hits while striking out seven en route to earning one win and posting two saves. The recognition marks the second of the rookie's career as well as the fourth straight week and fifth time this season a member of the Bulldog pitching staff has been named the Pitcher of the Week. Stumetz was previously presented the honor for the week of March 26. Brandon Harmon earned the honor on both March 2 and 9 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.
WAYT CONTINUES HOT BAT: Junior outfielder Shawn Wayt of the Gonzaga University baseball team posted another strong offensive effort last weekend against Santa Clara University. Wayt, who has hit at least .400 in all three West Coast Conference series this season, posted a .500 average during the three-game series with the Broncos. Overall for WCC play, the junior has posted a .448 average with 13 hits including three doubles and a triple while scoring four runs and driving in seven. Last week, including a 3-for-5 performance at Washington State University, Wayt hit at a .538 clip with seven hits including a pair of doubles and his first home run of the season. He also scored four runs while driving in six.
MORTENSEN HITS TOP TEN NATIONALLY: Gonzaga University pitcher Clayton Mortensen ranks in the top ten in NCAA Division I in strikeouts. The senior, who through April 7 had struck out 74 batters, ranks tenth in the national rankings and second in the West Coast Conference. Mortensen also ranks 77th in Division I strikeouts per nine innings with a 9.5 average. The national strikeout leader, both overall and per nine innings, is the University of San Diego's Brian Matsuz, who has struck out 106 batters and averages 13.1 K's per game. Against the Zags on March 30, Matsuz fell way below his average, only striking out four as he suffered the 6-3 loss to the Bulldogs.
HOME SWEET HOME: On Friday, March 30, 822 fans showed up to watch the Gonzaga University baseball team play then-No. 20 University of San Diego at the new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The number of fans marked the highest regular-season attendance at a home baseball game in Bulldog baseball history. Over the 12 games that have been played at the new facility to date, 5,293 fans have come to watch Gonzaga, compared to 2,843 fans during the first 12 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.
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, 6.53 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 44 K's this season, has recorded 209 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, had 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 season, Harmon has also broken into top-10 for all-time appearances. Currently, Harmon has made 60 career appearances and is tied for ninth with Neil Mefford. Harmon is also 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. The shortstop ranks seventh in career at-bats with 708, one at-bat short of a tie with Vince Barranco for sixth place. McGuinness, who also has started every game of his collegiate career, has played in 198 games during his career and is tied with Bill Hainline for seventh place.
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 has been awarded the accolades twice this season, as he was named to the Honor Roll on April 2 and April 9. The junior earned the honor last week after a complete-game two-hit shutout over Portland on April 8. Harmon was first awarded the honor after earning the win and throwing a complete-game against then-No. 20 University of San Diego on April 1. 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 seven remaining games aired live on the radio in the greater Spokane area. Games on April 17, April 20-21 and May 4-6 will be aired live on 790 KJRB. The broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch. Calling games for the Bulldogs is 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.
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 is in 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 104-94 record at Gonzaga, including a 46-41 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 8-0 record 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 was 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.