Bulldogs Rally To Upend Pacific 7-3 In Coca-Cola Classic
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Down 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Gonzaga University baseball rallied and scored seven runs to upend future West Coast Conference member University of Pacific in the Coca-Cola Classic on Kansas City Royals practice field five Saturday. Senior Travis Forbes hit a bases-loaded triple to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs.
Gonzaga improves to 6-4 and Pacific drops to 3-6. The Zags are 2-0 in the Coca-Cola Classic.
The rally began with a Steven Halcomb base hit through the left side of the infield. Clayton Eslick would walk, putting the first two batters on. The Tigers would go to the bullpen and pull Travis Lumby for Kevin Hammann.
Brock Slavin replaced Zach Abbruzza at the DH position and hit a grounder to first that advanced the runners to second and third. Cory LeBrun then singled up the middle bringing home Halcomb and putting the Zags on the board for the first time in the game.
After another pitching change, Marco Gonzales walked and bases were loaded for Billy Moon. Gabe Araj would hit Moon with a pitch on the elbow bringing in the second Bulldog run and making the score 3-2. With Forbes coming up to bat, the Tigers dipped into its pitching staff again and brought in Jake Jenkins.
Down in the count, two strikes and no balls, Forbes drove one to right center clearing the bases and putting Gonzaga up 5-3.
The Zags added two more runs in the inning with a Cabe Reiten base hit and Caleb Wood groundout that scored the runner on third.
In all, the Zags scored seven runs on six hits in the inning.
Not to be overshadowed by the seven run inning, Bulldog starter Tyler Olson (1-1) delivered a strong performance. Olson went 7.1 innings allowing three runs, two earned. He owns the staffs lowest ERA at 2.21.
Getting the victory was Arturo Reyes who pitched 1.2 in relief with two strike outs.
Gonzaga out-hit the Tigers 12-8 and Halcomb, Gonzales and Reiten all had multiple hit games.
The game concludes all of the games between the Zags and Tigers. GU took the season series 2-1.
The Bulldogs go for a perfect weekend Sunday when it faces tournament host Arizona State University for a 3 p.m. contest in Surprise Stadium.