Baseball's Late Rally Falls Short vs. No. 2 Oregon State, 4-3
Feb. 17, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga's baseball team battled No. 2 Oregon State to the end in a 4-3 loss on Saturday afternoon at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.
Down 4-2 heading into the ninth inning, GU put the first two runners on base and pulled within one run on a wild pitch. But, with a runner on third and one out, GU's late rally came up short against last year's College World Series participant OSU.
"We did a good job of battling today," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "We had some opportunities that we weren't able to capitalize on. Mac Lardner and some strong defense definitely gave us a good chance to win today."
GU got a quality start for the second straight day as sophomore Mac Lardner pitched his way through a career-high 6.2 innings. Despite five walks, Lardner held the potent Beaver offense to just five hits and struck out four while giving up just two earned runs.
The Zags got on the board first for the second straight day, notching a pair of runs in the third inning. Carson Breshears ripped a double down the left field line to score Jace VanDeBrake. Breshears then came home on a passed ball to make it 2-0.
Oregon State countered with a solo homer in the bottom of the third, and RBI single in the sixth to tie the score. The Beavers then added a pair of runs in the eighth to take the lead for good.
GU will continue with the third of four games in the Surprise Tournament against New Mexico on Sunday at 4 p.m. Check GoZags.com for available links to live stats.
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