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April 19, 2006

2006 Gonzaga Baseball Notes - April 19
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FRIDAY - April 21
Gonzaga vs. San Francisco, 3 p.m.

SATURDAY - April 22
Gonzaga vs. San Francisco, 1 p.m.

SUNDAY - April 23
Gonzaga vs. San Francisco, 1 p.m.

TUESDAY - April 25
Gonzaga vs. Washington State, 6:30 p.m.


BULLDOGS IN MIDDLE OF TIGHT WCC RACE: Despite dropping two straight West Coast Conference series, Gonzaga University remains right in the thick of the WCC race as they enter the fourth week of conference action. Gonzaga is 5-4 in WCC games, one game behind San Diego and San Francisco. The Bulldogs host San Francisco at Avista Stadium this weekend before ending the four-game homestand with a Tuesday night game against Washington State. Gonzaga is in a three-way tie with Pepperdine and Saint Mary's for third place in the WCC.

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 76-67 record at Gonzaga including a 36-29 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.

GU TO HOST WSU IN NIGHT GAME: Gonzaga has moved back the game time of next Tuesday's home game against Washington State University. The Bulldogs and Cougars will play at 6:30 p.m. at Avista Stadium. This will be the Bulldogs first night game at Avista Stadium since moving to the stadium in 2004. Gonzaga has won two straight night games against the Cougars this season with both games being played in Pullman. Gonzaga is 3-0 at Washington State this year.

FIELDING IT WELL: With 15 games remaining in the 2006 regular-season, Gonzaga currently ranks 10th in the nation in fielding percentage with a .976 fielding clip. The Bulldogs have committed just 35 errors all season with 984 put outs and 423 assists. Gonzaga has turned 38 double plays and two triple plays this season. The defense has also helped Gonzaga's pitching staff as the Bulldogs have allowed only 27 unearned runs for the year.

SAN FRANCISCO DONS (24-16, 6-3 WCC): Gonzaga will host WCC co-leader San Francisco in a three-game series at Avista Stadium this weekend. Gonzaga trails the Dons by one game in the WCC standings with USF tied with San Diego with 6-3 marks in conference play. USF enters with a 24-16 overall record following a win over Stanford and loss at San Jose State during the week. Joey Railey is the team's top hitter with a .367 average while Stefan Gartrell has a team-high 35 RBI. The Dons have been winning with pitching boasting a 3.64 team ERA. Patrick McGuigan is 9-1 with a 2.43 ERA while Aaron Poreda is a 3-4 with a 2.47 ERA.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (23-15, 5-7 Pac-10): Gonzaga and Washington State will play the sixth game in their season long series next Tuesday night at Avista Stadium. It will be the Bulldogs first time to play host this year as GU leads the season series 3-2. GU has won all three meetings against WSU in Pullman while losing two match-ups at neutral sites. Jared Prince and Jay Miller continue to pace the WSU hitting attack with both players hitting over .400.

Senior Bobby Carlson has been one of the hottest Zags hitters in the month of April.

CAMPBELL AND THE CHASE FOR .400: Junior second baseman Scott Campbell continues his chase for .400 as he increased his batting average to .418 after a 4-for-4 night against Washington State. Campbell now has 66 hits this season and needs 13 more over the remaining 15 games to join the Gonzaga single season Top 10 list. Only five Gonzaga players have ever hit over .400 for a season with Kiel Thibault hitting .424 in 2004 the last to accomplish the feat. Larry Patterson holds the school mark of .448 during the 1977 season.

HOLCOMB THE NEW HITS LEADER: Sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb now owns the longest active hitting streak for Bulldog this season as he extended his mark to 16 straight games on Tuesday night. Holcomb ranks second on the club with a .364 average and leads the team with 45 RBI. He is also second on the team with 13 doubles. For the season Holcomb has posted 24 multi-hit games with five games with three hits. Holcomb has also collected multiple RBI in 14 games with a school record 10 RBI against Chicago State earlier this year.

WIEGAND TOPS AMONG WCC FRESHMEN: Gonzaga freshmen designated hitter Ryan Wiegand is among the WCC leaders in batting average, doubles and RBI as the Bulldogs enter the fourth week of WCC action. In fact Wiegand is the top freshmen hitter in all three of those categories in the league. He is hitting .355 with 12 doubles and 38 RBI. Matt Long of Santa Clara is second in the WCC for freshmen batters with a .353 average. Wiegand's 12 doubles place him sixth in the WCC for two-baggers and his 38 RBI ties for second in the league.

BEST ON THE BASES: Seniors Bobby Carlson and Zach Woodward have become the most effective base stealers on this year's Gonzaga squad that has been successful in only 16-of-34 attempts this season. Carlson has been successful in 75 percent of his attempts going 3-for-4 in stolen base attempts. Woodward has a 57 percent success rate with 4 steals in 7 attempts. Three other GU players have picked up one steal in one attempts this year for a 100 percent success rate. Jackson Brennan has swiped the most bases this year with 4 steals in 10 attempts while Scott Campbell has 2 steals in 8 attempts.

HARMON CONTINUES TO IMPRESS: Sophomore Brandon Harmon continues to dominate on the mound this season as he lowered his season ERA to 0.96 following work against Saint Mary's and Washington State. Harmon has made a team-high 16 appearances allowing only three earned runs all year. He has 28 innings of work and picked up his first save of the year on Monday against Saint Mary's. Harmon has also mowed down 19 batters with an average of 6.1 strike outs per game. Harmon now has 6 career saves and moves into a tie for fifth on the Bulldogs career list with Tucker Urdahl (1998-99) and David Hixson (2000-01).

Sophomore Brandon Harmon picked up his sixth career save on Monday at Saint Mary's.

RADIO, TV EXPOSURE: Gonzaga will have 11 of its final 15 games broadcast on the radio and two more games televised on GUTV as the Gonzaga closes out the season. Gonzaga's series against San Francisco, Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine will all be broadcast along with home games against Washington State and Lewis-Clark State in May. Games can be heard on the internet or on two Spokane stations, AM 1050 and AM 790. Also GUTV will broadcast this Friday and Sunday's contests against San Francisco. The games will be broadcast on a tape delayed basis on Monday and Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

HOT IN APRIL: As the Bulldogs hit the midway point of April baseball two players have had good starts to the month at th plate while four Bulldogs have looked sharp on the mound. Scott Campbell and Bobby Carlson are both hitting over .400 for the month of April with Campbell hitting .429 and Carlson .424 this month. On the mound Brandon Harmon, CJ McClure and Jay Bryner have all looked good out of the bullpen. Harmon has eight appearances with a 0.69 ERA. McClure is 1-0 with a 1.12 ERA in relief and Bryner has a 2.70 ERA. Donovan has been solid as a starter with a 1-1 record and 3.22 ERA in three starts.

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.