May 22, 2014
COMPLETE LMU RELEASE
STOCKTON, Calif. - Junior Colin Welmon tossed his third straight complete game, including his fourth in his last five outings, on Thursday night at the 2014 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship, guiding LMU (31-22) to a 5-1 victory over Gonzaga (25-28) at Banner Island Ballpark. Welmon allowed just six hits and one unearned run while striking out four en route to improving to 10-2 with the win. Welmon, who threw 123 pitches on Thursday night, has now allowed just one unearned run over his last 18 frames.
LMU will advance into the winner's bracket on Friday, playing as the visiting team against #1 seed Pepperdine at 3:30 pm. Action tomorrow, which will be aired live on TheW.tv, begins with an elimination game between Santa Clara and Gonzaga at Noon. The winner of the Santa Clara-Gonzaga game will then play the loser of the LMU-Pepperdine matchup Friday night at 7:30. The winner of that game will advance to the Championship game on Saturday at 7 pm, which will be broadcast on ESPNU.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Gonzaga got on the board first with an unearned run in the third. Nicholas Minteer got the inning going with a single before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt. Welmon got a ground ball on the ensuing play, but the throw from Ted Boeke at third sailed wide of the bag at first and allowed runners to move to second and third. Caleb Wood took advantage of the opportunity, punching a run-scoring ground ball to shortstop to break the stalemate.
The second time around the order proved fruitful for the Lions as David Fletcher reached with a one-out single before coming around to score the tying run on an RBI-double down the right field line off the bat of Tanner Donnels. After a pop out for the second out, junior Jimmy Jack came up with a clutch two-strike two-out RBI-single into left centerfield to hand LMU the lead at 2-1.
Jack, a native of Granite Bay, Calif., finished the game 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and three RBI.
The Lions extended the lead to 5-1 after six by way of three runs on three hits, including a two-RBI double from Jack. A one-out walk to Donnels got the inning moving before Cole Trezek placed a perfect drag bunt down the third base line to push runners to first and second. Jack wasted no time delivering the blow, grounding a ball just inside the bag at first base to send the runners around the bags and in to score. Senior Kevin Garcia capped the scoring run two plays later, shooting a single back up the middle and into centerfield to drive in Jack from second base and make it a four-run game.
Welmon worked around a few small jams on Thursday night, stranding eight Bulldog runners, including three in scoring position. Brandon Bailey was also impressive for Gonzaga in the loss, registering his fourth complete game of the year and tossing eight innings and allowing the five runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out eight. The decision dropped the freshman right-hander to 6-7 on the year.