Oct. 30, 2007
Spokane, Wash. -
Five opponents who participated in the 2007 NCAA Tournament - including a two-game home series with two-time defending national champions Oregon State University - highlight the 2008 Gonzaga University baseball schedule as announced by fifth-year head coach Mark Machtolf.
The Bulldogs' schedule features 23 regular-season home games at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Last season, the Zags' opened the new state-of-the-art facility by posting a 13-6 home record.
Gonzaga will open the season playing a four-game series at Oklahoma State University. Last season, the Cowboys earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament before advancing to the Super Regionals. The Cowboys will host the Bulldogs Feb. 22-24 in Stillwater.
The 2008 home schedule will open with a four game series against Brigham Young University Feb. 28-Mar. 1, including a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 29. Following the home stand, the Bulldogs will begin a 15-game road swing.
The 15-game road trek will open with a March 2 game at Lewis-Clark State College before three games at the University of the Pacific. Gonzaga will then travel to Fresno, Calif. to compete at the 2008 Pepsi Johnny Quick Classic. This season will mark the 10th time the Bulldogs have competed in the six-day event. In total, the Zags have gone 27-23-2 during the tournament, including a program-best finish of 2nd place in 2003. This season, Gonzaga will face Indiana University, the University of Utah, the University of Portland, New Mexico State University and host Fresno State University, a 2007 NCAA Tournament team, at the annual event.
The Bulldogs will finally return to Spokane, following a three game series at Sacramento State University and single contests at UC Davis and Washington State University. March 28 will mark the Zags first home game in nearly a month, and will serve as the West Coast Conference season opener. The Bulldogs will host Pepperdine University, who made an appearance at the NCAA Tournament last season, in a three-game slate scheduled for March 28-30. Gonzaga will also welcome WCC foes Santa Clara University, University of Portland and the University of San Francisco to the confines of Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field this season.
The Bulldogs will open their conference road schedule in tough fashion at the University of San Diego on April 4-6. The Toreros earned the WCC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last season after taking two of three games from Gonzaga in the conference championship. The Zags will also travel to Saint Mary's College and Loyola Marymount University in league road action.
Among non-conference action in Spokane this season, Gonzaga will welcome a trio of regional rivals as well as two-time defending national champions Oregon State. The Beavers will travel to Gonzaga for a two-game midweek series on April 29-30. The Bulldogs will also welcome Washington State, the University of Washington and LCSC to their ballpark this season for midweek contests.
This year will mark the first season that the Bulldogs will play all their midweek games and Friday contests as night games, with the exception of the early season BYU series. Games scheduled for Monday through Thursday will be played at 6 p.m., while Friday night games have first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
When the 2008 campaign begins, the Zags will be looking to continue their success from last season. In 2007, Gonzaga enjoyed one of the most memorable season in the program's history. The achievements of the squad include boasting its best record in 16 years, landing eight All-WCC accolades, opening its new home - Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field, and advancing to the WCC Championship for the first time since 2001.
The Bulldogs finished 2007 with a 33-25 record. The 33 wins marked the first time since 1990 that the Zags have posted 30 or more victories. This season also marked the highest finish in conference play for Gonzaga, as the Zags finished second in the regular season standings with a 15-6 mark against league opponents.
22-24 - at Oklahoma State; 28-29 - Brigham Young
1 - Brigham Young; 2 - at Lewis-Clark State; 7-9 - at Pacific; 10-15 - at Pepsi Johnny Quick Classic (Portland, Fresno State, New Mexico State, Indiana, Utah); 21-23 - at Sacramento State; 24 - at UC Davis; 25 - at Washington State; 28-30 - *Pepperdine
4-6 - at *San Diego; 8 - Washington State; 11-13 - *Santa Clara; 14-15 - Washington; 18-20 - *Portland; 22 - at Washington State; 23 - Lewis-Clark State; 25-27 - *Saint Mary's; 29-30 - Oregon State
2-4 - *San Francisco; 13 - Washington State; 16-18 - at *Loyola Marymount; 23-25 - West Coast Conference Tournament