May 16, 2006
TUESDAY - May 16
Gonzaga vs. Washington State, 3 p.m.
THURSDAY - May 18
Gonzaga vs. Lewis-Clark State, 3 p.m.
2006 GONZAGA BULLDOGS RECORD: 28-23, 9-12 WCC
ZAGS ENDS 2006 SEASON AT HOME: Gonzaga University will end the 2006 baseball season at home with games against Washington State on Tuesday and Lewis-Clark State on Thursday. Both games will start at 3 p.m. at Avista Stadium. Gonzaga is 10-6 at home this year and with wins in both games would reach the 30 win mark for the first time since the 1990 season. Gonzaga finished 9-12 in the West Coast Conference and is currently tied for 5th in the standings. Thursday's game will be the last for Gonzaga's eight member senior class who were recognized earlier this year for their contributions to the Bulldogs program.
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 80-76 record at Gonzaga including a 40-37 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.
HOLCOMB HITS THE CHARTS: Sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb moved into the Bulldogs single-season Top 10 for RBI with a two-run homer on Sunday afternoon. Holcomb increased his RBI total to 56 while places him in 9th place on the list, passing Jeff Hainline (1984) and Larry Patterson (1977) who were tied for 9th with 55. Gordon Corder (2003) and Bobby Carlson (2005) are both one spot ahead of Holcomb with 57 RBI. Nate Gold holds the GU single-season record with 74 RBI in 2002.
L-C STATE GAME MOVED UP ONE DAY: Due to graduation ceremonies for members of the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team, this weeks game with the Warriors has been moved up one day to Thursday, May 18. Gonzaga and L-C State will square off in the final game of the season for the Bulldogs starting at 3 p.m. at Avista Stadium.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (33-18, 9-9 Pac-10): Gonzaga squares off with Washington State for the final time this season with the winner of Tuesday's game winning the season series. Each team has won three games with Gonzaga going 3-0 at Washington State and the Cougars winning one game in Spokane and two on neutral fields. WSU comes into to Spokane prior to Tuesday's contest after winning two of three at Arizona. Jared Prince continues to hit over .400 for the Cougars entering the week with a .411 average. Prince is also the Cougars top run producer with 51 RBI.
LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS (42-5, 29-2 NAIA): The Bulldogs host Lewis-Clark State on Thursday afternoon to end the 2006 baseball season. GU won an earlier season meeting at L-C State in 15 innings, but the game had to be counted as an exhibition for Gonzaga based on a new ruling by the NCAA. This match-up will be played under NCAA rules and thus will count towards Gonzaga normal win/loss total. L-C State is 42-5 on the year with Matt Vogel the top Warriors hitter with a .390 average in 42 games.
CAMPBELL STILL IN HITTING RACE: Junior second baseman Scott Campbell continues to stay in the middle of the WCC batting race as he enters the final week of the season in second place. Campbell is hitting .384 and sits nine points behind Daniel Nava of Santa Clara for the lead. Santa Clara has one game left against Stanford on Tuesday. David Uribes of Pepperdine is third in the race with a .374 average.
JUST A FEW MORE HITS: In addition to chasing the WCC batting title, Scott Campbell is also in pursuit of placing his name on the Gonzaga single-season record list. Campbell enters the week with 78 hits, needing just one more hit over the final two games to move into the single-season Top 10. Casey Parsons (1976) is currently 10th with 79 hits. With two hot games at the plate Campbell could also crack the single-season Top 10 for batting averages. Campbell enters the week with a .384 average. Jerry Bendorf (1981) and Julio Delgado (1974) are currently tied for 9th with a .389 average. Sophomore Darin Holcomb also has a solid chance of joining the Top 10 for single-season hits as he enters the weekend with 74.
BULLDOGS REMAIN OVER .300: Gonzaga enters the final week of the season with a team average of .301 as the Bulldogs have two games on deck. GU is tied for second in the WCC in team batting average with Pepperdine also hitting .301. San Diego is the conference leader with a .306 team average. The Bulldogs do lead the WCC in runs scored (337), RBI (312) and are tied for first with 38 home runs.
BRENNAN A POWER THREAT: Senior outfielder Jackson Brennan enters the final weekend of the season as one of the top power hitting threats in the West Coast Conference. Brennan leads the Bulldogs in runs scored, doubles, triples and home runs. He is third on the team in RBI serving most of the season as the Bulldogs lead-off hitter. Brennan also ranks highly in the WCC in all those categories standing second in runs scored (52), third in doubles (18) and third in home runs (11). He is also second in triples with four.
McCLURE GOES TO 3-0: Freshman relief pitcher CJ McClure found himself in the right place at the right time for the third time this season as he improved to 3-0 on the year. McClure entered on Friday with the Bulldogs trailing by several runs. Following a big ninth inning, McClure was credited with his third win.
DONOVAN AMONG WCC'S BEST ARMS: With the West Coast Conference portion of the Bulldogs schedule complete, senior hurler Patrick Donovan ranked among the best in the conference. Donovan as sixth among WCC starters with a 3.12 ERA during conference play posting a 3-2 record. Gonzaga was able to win two additional games that Donovan started but the Spokane native was left with a no-decision in each game. Donovan worked 51.1 innings in WCC play, fourth best among WCC starters while picking up 18 strike outs.
BULLDOGS ON PACE FOR DEFENSIVE RECORD: Gonzaga enters the final weekend of the WCC season with a .975 field percentage which ranks second in the West Coast Conference. The Bulldogs have made only 48 errors in 51 games this season during 1,937 defensive chances. Last season the Bulldogs set a record for fielding percentage ending the season with a .972 clip, the best in school history. Should the solid defense continue over the next two games, Gonzaga will turn in a record defensive performance for the second straight year.
DRIVING IN A FEW: Gonzaga hitters have had the knack for driving in multiple runs all season long. Entering the final week of the season four Bulldog players have drove in multiple runs on 10 more occasions this season. Darin Holcomb leads the team with 17 multi-RBI games while Jackson Brennan has 11. Ryan Wiegand and Bobby Carlson each have 10 games with multiple RBI.
HARMON GETS ANOTHER SAVE : Sophomore closer Brandon Harmon picked up his third save of the season on Friday afternoon during a perfect inning against San Diego. Harmon increased his career save total to 8 which places him fifth on the Bulldogs career list. Randy Bostic (1981-82) and Matt Siwek (1996-00) are currently tied for third with 10 career saves. John Gonzalez (2001-04) is career leader with 12.
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.