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Maxx Garrett hit a key two-run triple in the ninth inning rally.
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Bulldog Offense Explodes In Ninth Inning To Beat Huskers

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 02/18/2012
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PEORIA, Ariz. - The Gonzaga University baseball team scored five runs in the ninth inning to erase a three-run deficit and defeat the University of Nebraska 10-8 in game two of the non-conference series Saturday evening.

Marco Gonzales, Payden Cawley Lamb and Eric Lane each recorded three of the Bulldogs 18-hit barrage. Gonzales and Maxx Garrett also led the way with three RBI each.

Starter Tyler Olson received a no-decision after allowing six runs, two earned, in six innings of work. David Bigelow received the win after throwing two innings of relief in his Gonzaga debut and Zach Abbruzza earned his second save after shutting out the Huskers in the ninth inning.

The Bulldogs (2-0) got on the scoreboard first by scoring a run each in the first three innings. Olson looked to be unstoppable, but the Huskers (0-2) got him rattled in the third inning. Olson surrendered a leadoff double and after a passed ball, the Huskers used two RBI singles to cut the Bulldogs lead to one.

The Huskers tied the game 3-3 with a solo home run in the fourth inning and in the sixth inning, they took advantage of six Bulldog errors to score three runs and take a 6-3 lead.

The Bulldogs got two runs back in the seventh inning. Royce Bolinger singled to the pitcher and advanced to second on Clayton Eslick's walk. Garrett followed with a fielder's choice, but a throwing error by the shortstop allowed Bolinger to score. Gonzales would bring in the Bulldogs fifth run with a double down the right field line.

The Huskers added two runs in the eighth using an RBI double and a RBI single.

Trailing 8-5, Billy Moon got the Bulldogs rally started with a leadoff single through the right side. After Bolinger walked, the Bulldogs did some serious damage as Garrett hit a monster two-run triple to left field to cut the Huskers lead to one. Gonzales brought in the tying run with an RBI single through the right side and Steven Halcomb drove in the go-ahead run with a double. The Bulldogs added an insurance run with Cawley Lamb's RBI single up the middle.

The Bulldogs will go for the sweep Sunday at 11 a.m. PT.

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