Bulldogs Take Two From Cougars
Feb. 29, 2008
Spokane, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team swept a doubleheader over visiting Brigham Young University Saturday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The Zags opened the twinbill with a 7-6 victory before posted a 12-5 win in the second game.
CJ McClure (1-1) and Cory Powell (1-1) picked up victories for GU (3-4) in the games. McClure, who made two relief appearances on the day, earned the victory in game one after recording 2.0 innings of work. Matt Fields started opening game, earning allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work. Cody Martin pitched the final frame of the first game as he picked up his first collegiate save. Powell started the second game en route to his first victory of the season. The senior gave up three runs on seven hits during 7.0 innings on the mound. Brigham Young's (1-5) Blake Torgerson (1-1) and Nelson Castleberry (0-1) picked up the losses, respectively.
Offensively the Zags were led by Evan Wells and Tyson Van Winkle, each of which hit .500 on the day. Wells went 5-for-10 with three runs scored and two runs batted in, while Van Winkle recorded four hits, including a two-run double in game two, scoring one run while driving home four.
In game one, Fields held the Cougars scoreless until the third inning, when a lead off walk resulted in an 1-0 advantage. Gonzaga answered in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly by Ryan Wiegand to knot the score at 1-1.
BYU regained the lead in the sixth thanks to a one-run triple by Kent Walton. Walton would then score on a single through the left side by Kasey Ko to give the Cougars a 3-1 edge. The lead didn't last for long, as the Zags answered the runs with two of their own in the bottom of the frame thanks to a two-run double to right field by Van Winkle.
The lead changed once again in the top of seventh as BYU posted a pair of runs on the board. Gonzaga answered with four runs in its half of the eighth to regain the lead for good. The rally was highlighted by a three-run home run to left field by Marcus McKimmy - his first home run of the season.
BYU threatened in the top of the ninth but fell short, as the Cougars were only able to plate one run.
In game two, Gonzaga continued its offensive powers as every member of the starting line-up recorded at least one hit to contribute to the Zags 14 total hits.
Grant Kveder drove home four runs in the late game including a two-run single in the second to provide GU with a 3-0 advantage. BYU narrowed the score to 3-2 in its half of the third thanks to one-run hits by Dan Vargas and Walton.
The Zags' bats exploded in the fourth inning, as the Bulldogs sent 11 batters to the plate, resulting in six runs on five hits, including run-scoring doubles by Van Winkle and Brett Nicholas.
Gonzaga added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Drew Heid hit a long ball to left field for his first home run of the season.
The Cougars added a run in the seventh inning and two in the eighth, but the Zags continued their offensive output, recording two runs in the bottom of the eighth to seal the 12-5 victory.
During the past two days, Gonzaga has recorded 38 runs on 40 hits, including nine doubles and six home runs. Heading into the four-game home stand with Brigham Young, the Zags had only scored seven runs on 18 hits in the opening four games of the season.
The Zags will look to complete a sweep of BYU Saturday, as AJ Proszek is expected to get the start in the series finale. The game will begin at 11 a.m. Please note, previously published schedules may reflect a 1 p.m. game time but due to a travel conflict, the game will be played at 11 a.m.
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