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Travis Forbes three hits, including a two-run single in the second inning, helped the Bulldogs beat the Ragin' Cajuns.
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Bulldogs Improve To 8-0 With Win Over Ragin' Cajuns

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 03/02/2012
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Travis Forbes had three hits and Marco Gonzales struck out nine batters to help the Gonzaga University baseball team beat the University of Louisiana - Lafayette 6-1 Friday in the opening game of the UTSA Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

The Bulldogs continue to be perfect as they improve to 8-0 on the year.

Gonzales (1-0) struck out nine batters and allowed six hits in six innings and Derek Peterson went the rest of the way by throwing three shutout frames to earn his first collegiate save.

Along with delivering three hits, Forbes also recorded a double, a run and two RBI. Alex Stanford had two hits, including a two-run home run, and Steven Halcomb also had two hits and two RBI to extend his career-best hitting streak to eight games. Eric Lane saw his career-best 11-game hitting streak come to an end as he went 0-for-4.

The Bulldogs got all the runs they needed in the second inning. After three straight singles by Maxx Garrett, Stanford and Andy Hunter to load the bases with nobody out, Forbes followed with a two-run single through the right side. Halcomb drove in the third run with a one-out single to right center field to give Gonzaga a 3-0 lead.

Gonzaga added more runs in the next two innings. In the third inning, Garrett drew a two-out walk and Stanford followed with a two-run homer to right field. One inning later, Forbes led off with a single through the right side and after he advanced to third on Lane's ground out to the shortstop, Halcomb brought in the Bulldogs sixth run with a single up the middle.

Gonzales looked to be unstoppable. Although he allowed a one-out single in the first inning, he would go on to retire eight straight batters, including striking out the side in the third inning. But in the fourth inning, he surrendered back-to-back singles and a sacrifice fly brought in the Ragin' Cajuns (5-4) their only run.  Gonzales would retire the next nine batters until he walked back-to-back batters to start off the seventh inning. He would hand the ball to Peterson, who would finish the game retiring eight of the next nine batters.

The Bulldogs will play host University of Texas - San Antonio Saturday at 4 p.m. PST.

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