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Andy Hunter struck out nine batters in his outing Friday.
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Hunter Strikes Out Season-High Nine In Loss To No. 19 Toreros

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 04/06/2012
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team scored first but a three-run second inning helped the 19th-ranked University of San Diego beat the Bulldogs 5-2 in the middle game of the West Coast Conference series Friday.

Andy Hunter (2-2) threw 7 1/3 innings and allowed all five runs, one unearned, on seven hits and four walks. He also struck out a season-high nine batters.

The Bulldogs (20-8, 3-2 WCC) had an 8-7 hitting advantage over the Toreros (24-8, 6-2 WCC). Payden Cawley Lamb and Billy Moon each had a pair of hits while four Zags recorded one.

Royce Bolinger recorded a base hit in third inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games. Clayton Eslick saw his 12-game hitting streak come to an end after going hitless in his four appearances at the plate.

Torero starter Paul Sewald (5-1) allowed the two runs in five innings of work.

Eric Lane got the game started with a base hit to left field and Alex Stanford followed with a RBI double to right center field to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead.

Hunter got himself into a jam as he loaded the bases right away on back-to-back walks and a bunt single. A sacrifice fly followed by back-to-back RBI singles gave the Toreros a 3-1 lead. Hunter stopped the bleeding by getting the next two batters to strike out and ground out.

In the fourth inning, Cawley Lamb drew a one-out walk and after Steven Halcomb singled to right field, Moon followed with a RBI single up the middle to cut the Toreros lead to one.

The Bulldogs and Toreros will meet in the rubber match of the series Saturday at 1 p.m.

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