Bulldogs Drop Rainbows 7-1 In Game One
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Brock Slavin, Mitchell Gunsolus and Cory LeBrun each drove in two runs Friday as Gonzaga University baseball downed University of Hawai'i 7-1 in Les Murakami Stadium. Marco Gonzales went eight innings allowing four hits to pick up his team best third victory.
By winning the first of the five-game series, the Zags improve to 7-4-1 and Hawai'i falls to 1-13.
Gonzales (3-1, 2.10 ERA) gave up just four hits and one run while striking out five Rainbows and walking no one. The southpaw has allowed only one run in his last two starts (17 innings).
Rainbow starter Connor Little tossed seven innings giving up 10 hits and five runs.
The Bulldogs offense got Gonzales the lead in its first at bat. With two outs, LeBrun hit a RBI single to center bringing home Steven Halcomb.
In the top of the second, Billy Moon and Zach Abbruzza reached base safely to start the inning. Slavin then hit a double down the right field line bringing Moon and Abbruzza in. Gonzaga led 4-0 early.
Pi'ikea Kitamura singled in a run for Hawai'i in the bottom of the fourth but that was all Gonzales would allow.
Gonzaga would add another run in the fifth off a LeBrun sacrifice fly.
The Bulldogs all but ended the game in the eighth. With bases loaded, Gunsolus singled up the middle bringing in the Zags sixth and seventh runs.
The Zags had 12 hits in the game, multiple hits coming from Gunsolus (2), Clayton Eslick (3), Abbruzza (2) and Slavin.
The series continues Saturday as the Bulldogs and Rainbows play an 8:35 p.m. PT contest. Senior Tyler Olson will be on the hill for Gonzaga.