April 19, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. -
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga
Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field (1,500)
*Friday, April 20, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m.
GU leads 30-20
*Dedication game, ceremonies begin at 5:45 p.m.
THIS WEEKEND: Gonzaga University will host Saint Mary's College in a three-game West Coast Conference series this weekend. The series will start with the dedication game for the new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field on Friday. Dedication ceremonies will being at 5:45 with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. The two remaining games of the series will take place Saturday and Sunday with game times slated for 1 p.m.
LAST OUTING: Tuesday night, Gonzaga University hosted Washington State University in the first night game played at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The Bulldogs dropped the 7-4 decision to the Cougars, despite having a trio of Zags post multiple-hit outings. Aaron McGuinness, Shawn Wayt and Byran Winston each record a pair of singles for Gonzaga, which did not post an extra-base hit on the evening. With the win, Washington State took a 2-1 lead in the four-game season series with Gonzaga. The season series will conclude next Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. game in Pullman, Wash.
LAST WCC OUTING: Last weekend, Gonzaga University traveled to Santa Clara, Calif. to take on Santa Clara University in a three-game West Coast Conference series. The Bulldogs finished the weekend winning the conference series, two games to one. Friday, Mike Terry's three-run home run in the seventh inning lifted the Zags over the Broncos 3-2 before Gonzaga suffered its only loss of the series on Saturday, falling to Santa Clara 5-3. In the rubber game on Sunday, the Bulldogs 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 p.m. Friday's WCC series opener against the Dons is scheduled for 3 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday game times scheduled for 1 p.m.
DEDICATION CEREMONIES: The official dedication game of Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field is scheduled for Friday 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. The emcee for the event will be Steve Hertz, former Gonzaga University head coach and player. The dedication ceremony will feature words from Gonzaga President Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., athletic director Mike Roth and Mike Patterson, a major contributor to the project Also included in the dedication will be a blessing of the ballpark by Fr. Spritzer as well as the ceremonial first pitches. The first 1,000 fans to enter the gates of Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field will receive a commemorative pennant.
TICKETS TO PATTERSON BASEBALL COMPLEX AND WASHINGTON TRUST FIELD: The gates to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field will open one hour and a half prior to game time on Friday. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with dedication ceremonies begining at 5:45 p.m. and first pitch at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available before the game at both of the ticket booths at the new facility. The ticket booths are located at the northeast corner of the ballpark, as well as on the west side, near the Gonzaga University Law School. 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. For all other games, the ticket booth at the northeast corner and main gate will open one hour prior to game time.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's College travels to Spokane, looking to break a 12 game losing streak. The Gaels are currently 16-20-1 overall and is still in search of their first West Coast Conference victory after starting conference play with a 0-9 record. Tuesday night, the Gaels were unable to break a losing streak, dropping a contest to UC Davis, 5-1. Joe Staples leads the SMC offense, ranking fourth on the team, batting at a .324 clip as well as leading the Gaels in hits (46), doubles (10), home runs (6) and runs batted in (35). 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.
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 13 games that have been played at the new facility to date, 6,074 fans have come to watch Gonzaga, compared to 3,179 fans during the first 13 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.
PATTTERSON 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.
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. In his past 12 starts, Wayt has improved his batting average over 136 points, going from batting at a .226 clip to hitting .362. The left fielder has posted seven multiple hit games, including a pair of back-to-back three hit outings.
MORTENSEN HITS TOP 15 NATIONALLY: Gonzaga University pitcher Clayton Mortensen ranks in the top 15 in NCAA Division I strikeouts. The senior, who through April 17 had struck out 79 batters, ranks 15th in the national rankings and second in the West Coast Conference. Mortensen also ranks 89th in Division I strikeouts per nine innings with a 9.2 average. The national overall strikeout leader is the University of San Diego's Brian Matsuz, who has struck out 119 batters and averages 13.2 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.
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 tied for sixth in career at-bats with 712. McGuinness, who also has started every game of his collegiate career, has played in 199 games during his career to hold sole possesion of 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.
LIVE ON THE INTERNET: All Gonzaga University home games are 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 has six remaining games to be aired live on the radio in the greater Spokane area. Games on April 20-22 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. This weekend's 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 104-95 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.