Baseball Holds Off Portland For 9-5 Win
March 1, 2003
LEWISTON, Ida. - Gonzaga University (3-5) jumped out to a 9-0 lead and then had to hold off a late University of Portland (3-7) rally to win 9-5 in third day action from the 2003 Cellular 2-Way Banana Belt Classic at Harris Field.
The Bulldogs jumped on the board in the second inning as David Johnson doubled lead off the frame. Johnson would come around to score on a RBI single by Jeff Culpepper. The Zags added another run in the third as Eric Rodland was hit by a pitch to lead off. Rodland scored three batters later as Kemp Quackenbush hit a sharp single off the glove of Pilots second baseman Andrew Wrisley.
Gonzaga would tack on three unearned runs in the fourth inning before exploding for their final four runs in the fifth inning. Sam Hess opened the Bulldogs fifth with a single and scored on a single by Rodland that would end Pilots starter Daniel Knox's (0-2) day on the mound. Stephen Ball would enter the game with the bases loaded and was called for a balk to account for the Bulldogs next run. Grant Zurmely and Gordon Corder would drive in the final two Bulldogs runs.
Errol Simonitsch (2-1) was dominant during the first six innings of action as he limited Portland to only two hits and struck out nine batters. Portland finally broke through against the left-hander with back-to-back singles in the seventh by Brock Griffin and Travis Vetters. After a walk to Justin Pierce to load the bases, designated hitter Pat Geraghty cleared the bases with a double to right center.
Eric Everson would come in to get Gonzaga out of the inning as GU lead 9-4. Portland would add an unearned run in the ninth on a Tyler Perkins ground out. Everson pitched three innings to pick up the save making him Gonzaga's career leader in saves with his 11th.
Corder led Gonzaga with a 3-for-3 afternoon and 2 RBI. Rodland and Culpepper each added two hits, Rodland and Zurmely also added 2 RBI. Portland combined for seven hits with Geraghty driving home three runs. Ball pitched solidly for the Pilots with 3.2 innings of one hit relief.
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