April 22, 2003
TUESDAY - April 22
Whitworth at Gonzaga, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY - April 25
San Diego at Gonzaga, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY - April 26
San Diego at Gonzaga, 1 p.m.
SUNDAY - April 27
San Diego at Gonzaga, Noon
GONZAGA BULLDOGS: 17-20-1, 6-12 WCC
BULLDOGS START LONG HOME STINT: Gonzaga's bats and arms came alive over the weekend in Los Angeles and now the Bulldogs return home for their longest home stint of the season. GU will play seven of their next eight games at home with the lone road game at Washington State on Tuesday, April 29. The Bulldogs have moved their home games to Spokane Falls Community College after construction started last week on the new basketball arena and baseball complex. Start times for weekday games have been moved back to 4 p.m. to accommodate Spokane Falls baseball practice times. Gonzaga will open play at SFCC on Tuesday afternoon with a game against cross town opponent Whitworth before hosting WCC West Division leader San Diego. This will be the final WCC cross divisional series for Gonzaga before they wrap up play against the WCC Coast Division. Remaining series to be played at Spokane Falls baseball field will be San Diego (April 25-27), Saint Mary's (May 2-4), Pepperdine (May 16-18) and Oregon State (May 23-25).
ZAGS GET HEALTHY ON LMU PITCHING: The Bulldogs knocked off WCC West Division leader Loyola Marymount over the weekend as Gonzaga won the series two games to one. On Thursday Gonzaga pounded out 17 hits but stranded 14 runners as LMU held on for a 7-5 win. On Saturday the result was a little different as David Johnson connected for a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to lift the Bulldogs to a 4-3 win in game one of a twin bill. In the second game Johnson again had a two-run home run as Gonzaga exploded for 16 hits during an 11-4 win. Eric Dworkis pitched five strong innings with nine strike outs to pick up the win in the second game after Ed Clellend worked into the ninth in the first game for the win. Gonzaga also had home runs from Gordon Corder and Jeff Culpepper during the 11-4 win. Johnson drove home five runs in the doubleheader while Corder drove home four. It was the second straight year that Gonzaga has won the season series from the Lions after sweeping all three games last year.
WHITWORTH PIRATES (11-16-1): Gonzaga entertains Whitworth for the second time this season on the Monday after Easter. The Pirates are led by Jake Krummel with a .354 batting average. Earlier this season Gonzaga defeated Whitworth 10-5 as freshman Josh Monroe picked up his first collegiate win. The game will be played at a site still to be determined after Gonzaga approved construction of a new basketball arena and baseball complex.
SAN DIEGO TOREROS (22-24, 11-10 WCC): Gonzaga faces the WCC West Division leader for the second consecutive week as San Diego travels to Spokane for baseball action. Last week Gonzaga won two-of-three from West Division leader LMU to help propel San Diego into its current first place position. The Toreros have won three of their last four games including an 18-11 slug fest win over Saint Mary's in which the Toreros had 22 hits, not one of them a home run. Joey Prast leads the team with a .380 batting average, 21 doubles, 10 home runs and 49 RBI. The top Toreros pitcher is Kyle Collins with a 6-3 record and 4.21 ERA. The Toreros staff owns a 5.43 ERA on the season.
CORDER GETS TO 10: Junior first baseman Gordon Corder became the first Bulldog to reach double digit home runs with his two-run shot against LMU on Saturday. Corder needs three more home runs on the season to crack the Bulldogs single-season Top 10 and move into a tie with Nate Gold (2001), Bo Hart (1998 & 1999) and Jeff Hainline (1986) in seventh place. Gold owns the single-season record of 33 home runs set last year.
GONZO SEES ACTION IN ALL THREE GAMES: No one could blame junior pitcher John Gonzalez of being tired after the Bulldogs weekend series with Loyola Marymount. The California native appeared in all three weekend games including both ends of Saturday's doubleheader. Gonzalez tossed 3.1 shutout innings on Thursday and added another 2.1 shutout innings on Saturday. In the first game Saturday, Gonzalez recorded the final out of the game as he induced a fly out with a runner on third base to collect his third save of the year. In second game Gonzalez worked the final two innings to lower his ERA on the season to 2.12, second best on the Gonzaga staff.
RODLAND NEW HITS KING: Senior Eric Rodland now ranks as the Gonzaga career hits leader after breaking the record on April 8 against Washington State. Rodland collected both hits in the Bulldogs eight-run third inning as he doubled early in the inning to tie the record before a single through the infield gave him the new school mark. Rodland now has 250 career hits as Gonzaga has 16 games remaining on the 2003 schedule. The West Coast Conference career record for hits is 314 held by Pepperdine's Paul Faires (1984-87). Rodland does have a chance of catching the bottom half of the WCC career Top 10 as Kris Zacuto (LMU) and Travis Tarchione (LMU) both stand tied for 10th with 265 career hits.
OREGON STATE GAME CHANGE: Fans are advised that Gonzaga's two game series with Oregon State has been moved from May 13 and 14 to the weekend of May 23-25. The Bulldogs and Beavers will now play a three game non-conference series at Spokane Falls Community College.
HEAD COACH STEVE HERTZ: Gonzaga head coach Steve Hertz enters his 24th season as skipper of the Bulldogs and his 26th year overall as a college head coach. A three-year member of the Gonzaga baseball team, Hertz compiled a 19-8 record as a pitcher prior to graduating from GU in 1972. Hertz went on to play three years in the Minnesota Twins organization prior to returning to Gonzaga, starting his collegiate coaching career as a Bulldogs assistant in 1976. Hertz took over the program in 1978 and led Gonzaga to a 33-14 record and NCAA Regional appearance. Following a two-year stint at UC Irvine, Hertz returned to Gonzaga in 1981 and guided the Bulldogs to their best season with a 48-21 record and NCAA Regional appearance. During his coaching career Hertz has earned five Coach of the Year honors the most recent coming in 2001 when he guided the Bulldogs to the WCC Coast Division crown. Hertz has compiled a 687-684-6 record as a Division I head coach including a 628-622-6 record at Gonzaga.
JOHNSON HITS GAME WINNER: Outfielder David Johnson connected for two two-run home runs on Saturday as the Bulldogs won both games against Loyola Marymount. Johnson's first blast came in the top of the ninth inning during game one and guided the Bulldogs to a 4-3 win. In the second game Johnson again had a two run blast that helped Gonzaga jump out to a 4-0 lead and never look back.
EVANS STILL LEADING BATTING RACE: Senior Danny Evans continues to lead the Bulldogs batting race on the season as the third baseman is hitting a team best .357. Over the weekend Evans hit .538 going 7-for-13 at the plate. His 41 hits are currently tied for third on the Gonzaga team.
SCORING IN THE LATE INNINGS: Gonzaga's offense comes alive in the late innings as the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents by 23 runs in the eighth and ninth innings of games this season. On the season Gonzaga holds an 11 run margin over their opponents with Gonzaga averaging 5.6 runs per game compared to 5.3 for their opponents. In the final two innings of games Gonzaga is averaging 1.2 runs per game compared to 0.6 runs per game for the Bulldogs opponents.
From Interstate I-90 East (Spokane Valley) - Take Exit 280A-the Maple Street exit. At the stoplight take a right onto Maple Street. Get into the left hand lane. Take a left onto Second Avenue (which is the second light after turning onto Maple) where you will go past the Rosauer's store on the right. Take Sunset Blvd. (a single lane to the right) and cross the bridge. At the first light after the bridge turn right onto Government Way. Follow Government Way approximately 2 miles north to the stoplight at Fort George Wright Drive. Turn right onto Fort George Wright Drive. Our campus is about a half mile on your left. The baseball field entrance will be the first one into the campus, you will see the old football stadium as your land mark.
From Interstate I-90 West (Seattle) - Take Exit 277A-the Garden Springs exit. This road will go straight about 3/4 of a mile and then curve over the freeway to the stop sign, which is Sunset Blvd. Take a right on Sunset Blvd. Go down the hill until you come to the stoplight. This is the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Government Way. Take a left at the light onto Government Way. Follow Government Way approximately 2 miles to the stop light at Fort George Wright Drive. Take a right onto Fort George Wright Drive. Our campus is about a half mile on your left. The baseball field entrance will be the first one into the campus, you will see the old football stadium as your land mark.
From Gonzaga Campus - Head west on Sharp Avenue (towards downtown) until you reach Ruby Street. Take a right on Ruby. Follow until you reach Indiana Avenue. Stay on Indiana as it turns into Northwest Blvd. Follow Northwest Blvd and take a left onto T.J. Meenach Drive. Come down the hill across the bridge and then up the next hill. After you get to the top of the hill you will be able to see Spokane Falls Community College off to your right. The baseball field entrance is the last one into the campus, you will see the old football stadium as your land mark.