Aug. 9, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. -Gonzaga University's baseball team had another strong year defensively according to the final NCAA statistics.
The Bulldogs ranked seventh in the country and first in the West Coast Conference in fielding with a .976 percentage and were 84th in the country in double plays per game at 0.91. For the second straight season the Bulldogs set a school record for fielding percentage, this year's team breaking the .972 set by the 2005 squad. Gonzaga committed just 49 errors in 2,018 chances in 2006.
The left side of the infield returns in 2007 with junior third baseman Darin Holcomb and senior shortstop Aaron McGuinness returning. The Bulldogs will have to replace senior first baseman Bobby Clarson and second baseman Scott Campbell, the latter drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round and decided to forego his senior season to sign a professional contract.
"Our players are committed to playing good defense," Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We take pride in our defense. It's an old cliché, but defense does win championships. If we continue to play solid defense we'll be competitive every season."