Baseball Falls in Extras 8-7 to Cal Poly
Feb. 16, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga baseball suffered a tough, extra-inning loss in its season opener, going down 8-7 in 10 innings to Cal Poly in the Surprise Tournament in Surprise, Ariz., on Friday night.
With a 7-2 leading heading into the ninth, GU gave up five unearned runs to head to extra innings, where they weren't able to equal the Mustangs' 10th inning run.
"That was a tough way to finish out that game," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We played really good baseball for eight innings, but we weren't able to finish the game out. More importantly, we get a chance tomorrow to show how resilient we are and come out and give Oregon State our best shot."
GU pounded out 16 hits on offense, led by Ernie Yake, who made his Gonzaga debut with a huge offensive night in the leadoff spot. The redshirt freshman went 4-for-6 with a double and two runs scored. Branson Trube and Jace VanDeBrake each knocked in two runs, and Troy Johnston scored twice.
Redshirt junior starter Daniel Bies avoided the big inning with timely strikeouts on his way to the victory. He tied a career-high going six innings, giving up just two runs on six hits to go along with a career-high seven strikeouts.
The bullpen was solid through the seventh and eighth, but got into trouble after a pair of GU errors in the ninth, giving up five unearned runs that tied the score at 7-7.
The Zags' big third inning got the scoring started. A pair of RBI singles from Johnston and Trube were sandwiched around a Jake Vieth sacrifice fly to put GU up 3-0 after three innings.
After Cal Poly pulled within one a solo homer in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth, Gonzaga's bullpen came in with back-to-back shutdown innings. Calvin LeBrun went 1.1 scoreless, and Taylor Davis entered with one out in the eighth and got out of a jam with the Zags still up 3-2.
GU's offense then came back to life, putting runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth with two out. Trube picked up his second RBI single of the day, and after Fredrickson reached on an error, Jace VanDeBrake made the Mustangs pay with a two-out, two-RBI single for a 6-2 lead. Gonzaga added one more in the frame when Fredrickson scored on a wild pitch to head to the ninth with a 7-2 lead.
Down one heading into the 10th, GU put the first two runners aboard, but a strikeout and a double play ended the night.
The Zags will be back on the field in Surprise, Ariz., on Saturday as part of a four-game tournament taking on Oregon State at Noon PT. Links to live stats will be available on GoZags.com.
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