Vieth Powers Baseball to 4-3 Win Over New Mexico
Feb. 18, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga’s baseball team got a huge performance out of Jake Vieth and solid pitching all day to beat New Mexico 4-3 on Sunday evening in Surprise, Ariz.
Veith, a senior, reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a walk to end just a triple short of the cycle. Vieth’s big day included GU’s first home run of the young season.
On the mound, Spokane native and freshman Alek Jacob put together a solid start in his first-career collegiate appearance. He went 5.1 innings, giving up just two earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Calvin LeBrun was solid in relief the Zags, getting the win after 2.2 innings with four hits, one earned run and four strikeouts. Sophomore Casey Legumina picked up his first save of the season and second of his career with a three-strikeout ninth.
“It was a great team win tonight,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “Alek Jacob did a nice job of settling in and giving us a good start after taking good punch in the first inning. Jake Vieth had a great night and Ernie Yake had a big go-ahead hit for us. I thought Casey Legumina had a nice bounceback outing and shut things down in the ninth.”
For the third straight day, the Zags hit the scoring column first with Vieth blasting a two-run first-inning shot to centerfield that also plated Austin Pinorini.
After New Mexico tied it in the bottom of the first, Yake quickly grabbed the lead back for GU. The leadoff hitter brought home Daniel Fredrickson on a sacrifice fly to put score at 3-2.
Pitching dominated the next five innings for both teams as each went scoreless until the Lobos tied it with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
Yake wasted no time in putting the Zags back in the lead again in GU’s very next at-bat. In the top of the eighth, the freshman roped a double down the left-field line to bring home Gunnar Schubert.
LeBrun, who entered for Jacob in the fifth, pitched his way out of a two-on jam in the eighth to set up Legumina to shut the door with back-to-back-back strikeouts in the ninth.
GU will wrap up the Surprise Tournament with Cal Poly on Monday at 9 a.m. in Surprise, Ariz. Check GoZags.com for available links to live stats.
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