Olson's Complete-Game Gem Lifts Zags To Win Over Roadrunners
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Gonzaga University baseball team's offense recorded a season-low three hits but starting pitcher Tyler Olson backed them with a brilliant complete-game performance as the Bulldogs remain undefeated with a 4-1 win over the University of Texas - San Antonio in the nightcap of the UTSA Classic Saturday.
Olson (1-0) helped the Bulldogs improve to 9-0 on the year by striking out four batters and allowing three hits and a walk.
Roadrunner starting pitcher Blake Denman (1-1) dominated the Bulldogs lineup for five innings but the Bulldogs broke through in the sixth.
After Eric Lane was hit by the pitch to start the inning, Halcomb broke Denman's no-hitter with a single through the right side. Lane advanced to third on the play and he scored the first run of the game on Eslick's RBI groundout to the second baseman. The Bulldogs got another run in when a throwing error by Roadrunner shortstop RJ Perucki allowed Stanford to reach base safely to keep the inning alive and Halcomb to score from second base.
The Bulldogs got some insurance runs in the eighth inning. Eslick received a free pass to first base to start the inning and Royce Bolinger moved him to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Eslick advanced to third on Stanford's single to left field and Maxx Garrett laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring him home. Moon followed with a RBI single to left field to help the Bulldogs extend their lead to four.
Olson retired 23 of 26 batters but had a little bit of trouble trying to close out the game in the ninth inning. After he walked the leadoff hitter, he threw a wild pitch to move the runner into scoring position and following a fly out, the Roadrunners got on the board with a RBI single to center field. Olson would end the game on a strikeout and a fly out to center field.
The Bulldogs will close out play in the UTSA Classic against the University of Kansas Sunday at 10 a.m. PST.