Bats Heat Up In Home Opener
Feb. 28, 2008
Spokane, Wash. - Junior Jason Chatwood hit home runs in back-to-back at-bats to lead the Gonzaga University baseball team to a 19-12 victory over Brigham Young University Thursday in its 2008 home opener at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Chatwood was one of five Bulldogs to record multiple hits in the outing, including Bryan Winston who went 4-for-5 with six runs batted in.
Starter Brandon Harmon (1-1) earned the victory for Gonzaga (1-4) as the senior allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits while striking out five during 6.0 innings of work. Jeremy Stumetz and Cody Martin also saw time on the mound for the Zags. Brigham Young (1-3) threw five pitchers including starter Jake Wortham (0-1). Wortham was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs on eight hits during 2.0 innings.
Chatwood, Winston, Marcus McKimmy, Tyson Van Winkle and Michael Rhodes all recorded multiple hits in the game with Chatwood and Winston earning four apiece. Van Winkle and McKimmy each posted three while Rhodes recorded a double and a single. In addition, Chatwood, Van Winkle, Rhodes and Evan Wells each scored three runs to account for 12 of the Bulldogs runs scored.
BYU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening frame thanks to one-run singles by Steve Parker, Bryce Ayoso and a two-run single by Jonathan Cluff.
Chatwood narrowed Gonzaga's deficit in the bottom of the first with his first home run of the season, a solo-shot to left center. During the next inning, with two outs, a runner on second and one run already scored, Chatwood recorded his second home run of the game to become the first Zags since 2002 to record home runs in back-to-back at-bats. The next batter, Van Winkle, then stepped up to the plate smashing a ball over the left field wall for his first home run of the season, bringing the score to 5-4.
Gonzaga would go on to post three runs in the third thanks to a three-run shot by Winston before eventually scoring 13 unanswered runs to take a 13-4 advantage.
Brigham Young began to chip away at the lead in the sixth inning with two runs, before scoring three runs in each the seven and eighth frames. The Zags maintained their lead throughout the game though, scoring two runs in each the sixth, seventh and eighth.
In total, Gonzaga posted 18 hits including nine multiple-base hits. Prior to Thursday afternoon, the Bulldogs had recorded only two extra-base hits in the opening four games of the season. The hit total was the highest for the Zags since an 18-hit barrage on March 26, 2006 against Dartmouth College.
Friday the Cougars and Gonzaga will continue the four-game series at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field with a doubleheader. Matt Fields is expected to earn the starting in the opening game, which is scheduled for a Noon first pitch. Cory Powell will start for GU in game 2, which will begin thirty minutes following the end of game one. Both games will be nine inning contests.
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