Bulldogs Take A Wild 10-7 Decision Over The Tigers
STOCKTON, Calif. – The Gonzaga University baseball team scored a season-high 10 runs, including an eight-run second inning, to take the second game of the weekend series against the University of Pacific Saturday with a 10-7 winner at Klein Family Field.
The Zags improve to 8-13 overall and move to 4-1 in West Coast Conference play. Pacific falls to 11-14, 3-2 WCC.
Tiger’s starter John Haberman did himself no favors in the game and was pulled in the second inning. Haberman had a 1-0 lead entering the frame but he would walk three consecutive batters (12 straight balls) before getting pulled for reliever Jake Jenkins.
Jenkins had his issues finding the strike zone as well, and walked the next two Gonzaga batters. The Zag bats then connected for back-to-back hits off the right-handed pitcher.
In total, the Zags scored eight-runs in the frame on four hits and five walks. Taylor Jones (2), Cabe Reiten, Beau Bozett, Payden Cawley Lamb, Jimmy Sinatro, Caleb Wood and Nicholas Minteer were all credited with an RBI.
UOP slowly chipped into the Bulldog lead by scoring three-runs in the third and two more in the fifth. In the third inning it was Brett Sullivan (game one hero) with a two-run home run off GU starter Brandon Bailey. Runs in the fifth scored on a sacrifice fly and a Sullivan single.
On the afternoon Bailey, earning his second win of the season, worked 6.0 innings allowing six runs on six hits. The Broomfiled, Colo., native struck out two and walked none.
Kenny Smith relieved Bailey in the seventh inning but got into trouble in the bottom of the eighth. A leadoff single followed by a Tiger RBI double cut the lead to 8-7. The runner advanced to third with one out which prompted head coach Mark Machtolf to go to the bullpen.
Right-handed pitcher Sean-Luke Brija was able to preserve the lead by getting the critical final two outs in three pitches.
In the top of the ninth Mitchell Gunsolus put the game out of reach with a clutch 2 RBI triple, his first of the season, down the right field line. He scored Sam Brown and Jones pushing the GU lead 10-7.
The Bulldogs out-hit Pacific at an 11-7 margin with Caleb pacing GU with three. Gunsolus’ pair of RBI marks his third multi-RBI game of the season.
The rubber match of the series is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. Gonzaga will throw righty Andrew Sopko while the Tigers counter with Will Lydon.