Zags Sweep Utah Valley State
Feb. 27, 2005
PASCO, Wash. - Junior catcher Kiel Thibault went 5-for-5 with three RBI to help the Gonzaga University baseball team win its fourth consecutive game with a 14-1 win over Utah Valley State College Sunday afternoon at Columbia Basin College.
With the win the Zags complete a three-game sweep over the Wolverines and move to 6-3 while Utah Valley State drops to 4-6 with the loss.
Gonzaga did most of the scoring damage in the second inning as the Zags put up five runs on five hits. Junior second baseman Scott Campbell got things started when he hit an RBI single plating Aaron McGuinness, who was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, senior Jeff Culpepper hit a two-run double bringing across Campbell and Thibault, who had singled, to give GU a five run lead. Freshman third baseman Darin Holcomb then singled in Culpepper and freshman Will Ayala hit an RBI single up the middle to end the big inning for the Zags.
The Wolverines spoiled the shutout for the Bulldogs in the sixth inning when senior Kory Drew hit a solo home run of Gonzaga starting pitcher Jay Bryner.
Gonzaga would score at least one run in every inning except the eighth inning. GU scored two runs in the first, third and sixth innings and scored one run in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
The Bulldogs had four players record multiple hits on the day. Culpepper went 3-for-5 with three RBI, Holcomb went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two doubles, McGuinness went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Thibault went 5-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored.
Bryner (1-2) picked up the win for the Bulldogs as he allowed one run on five hits while striking out five in six innings of work. Kam Mickolio (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Wolverines as he allowed nine runs, one unearned, on nine hits in 2.1 innings of work.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Lewiston, Idaho for the start of the Banana Belt Baseball Classic against Northwest rival Washington State University at 10 a.m.
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