May 28, 2011
Blog post by Jeff Tourial, WCCsports.com
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Well, it all comes down to this. 20 of 21 West Coast Conference games have been played, and San Francisco and Gonzaga sit atop the WCC standings - each with a 15-5 mark. The WCC is unique in Division I baseball, as one of just three of the 31 DI conferences not to have a post-season tournament. In the WCC, the regular season means everything.
Through the first 20 conference games, the Dons and Bulldogs are neck-and-neck. It just so happens - by luck, honest - that the two teams are going head-to-head this weekend at Gonzaga's Patterson Baseball Complex. San Francisco struck first in the three-game series, knocking off the Zags by a 4-2 score on a chilly Friday night.
A USF victory on Saturday would give the Dons the WCC title and the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The weather was warmer - but not hot (it is Spokane, after all), and the Dons came out strong against Gonzaga freshman Marco Gonzales. USF put a three-spot on the board in the top of the second, taking a three-nothing lead before most of the spirited crowd had settled in.
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