Hunter Strikes Out Season-High Nine In Loss To No. 19 Toreros
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.
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.
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.