Baseball Ties Hawai'i Late And Wins In 12 Innings
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Trailing for the majority of the game, Gonzaga University baseball tied the University of Hawai'i in the top of the ninth inning and completed the 3-1 comeback in 12 innings in Les Murakmi Stadium Monday. Cabe Reiten drove in the winning runs with a triple in the top of the 12th giving the Zags its third straight victory.
The Bulldogs improved to 9-4-1 and the Rainbows fall to 1-15.
Hawai'i scored its only run in the second inning with a two out homerun from Marc Flores. The 1-0 edge would hold until the top of the ninth.
Alex Bonczyk opened the Bulldogs last at bat with a single to center field. He would steal second base, but the Zags comeback looked slim with two outs.
However, Cory LeBrun connected on a pitch for a base hit to right field bringing home the tying run for Gonzaga. Tied at 1, the game went into extra innings.
The Zags winning runs came with two outs and no one on base. Travis Forbes came through hit a clutch single to left putting the go ahead run on first. The next batter, Clayton Eslick, singled on a grounder to the second baseman putting runners on the corners.
Then freshman Reiten drove a ball to deep center fielder that got by a diving fielder brining in the winning runs. The extra base hit was Reiten's first triple in his collegiate career.
Michael Rucker (1-0) picked up the win after pitching 3.2 innings of relief for starter Derek Callahan. The two Zag pitchers allowed just six hits with Callahan impressing in his 8.1 innings of work.
Rainbow starter Scott Squier was equally excellent on the mound. He threw nine innings allowing four hits and the one run.
Gonzaga has won the first three games in its series against the Rainbows over the weekend. The team will go for the series sweep Tuesday at 9:35 p.m. in Les Murakami Stadium.