Baseball Wins Two in Doubleheader
March 4, 2018

GU-Mil Box Score  |  GU-SacSt Box Score

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gonzaga baseball dominated on the mound in both ends of a doubleheader to defeat Milwaukee and Sacramento State on Sunday in Sacramento, Calif.

The two GU starting pitchers, Daniel Bies and Alek Jacob, combined to pitch 16.0 innings, giving up just two runs on eight total hits, while striking out a total of 19 batters and walking just one. At the plate, GU's Ernie Yake went a combined 5-for-10 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Branson Trube went 4-for-7 with a walk, two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI.

"That was our most complete effor all around this year," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "Great pitching, great defense and good to have the offense get rolling again. We are very pleased with the effort from our bench today, set the tone from pitch one."

The win moves GU to 5-4 on the season, while Milwaukee dropped to 2-6 and Sac State dropped to 4-6 on the year.

Gonzaga will face Sacramento State on Monday at Noon to wrap up the weekend. Check the baseball schedule page on for available links to live stats.

GAME 1: Gonzaga 4, Milwaukee 1
The Zags got a complete-game performance out of starting pitcher Daniel Bies on the way to a 4-1 win over Milwaukee in the opening game of the doubleheader.

Bies went 9.0 innings and struck out a career-high eight batters while giving up just six hits and one run without zero walks.

At the plate, Ernie Yake collected three hits with a run scored and an RBI, while Austin Pinorini and Jace VanDeBrake each notched two hits.

Milwaukee got on the board first with a solo homer in the second inning, but GU answered in a big way in the third inning, collecting all four runs.

In that third inning, Carson Breshears walked and Trube singled to set the table for the Zags. Yake knocked home Breshears with a single, and then Troy Johnston scored Trube on a sacrifice fly to give GU the lead. The Zags weren't done yet, as Jake Vieth and Pinorini each added two-out RBI singles to cap the scoring.

From there it was all Bies. He allowed just three hits the rest of the way, and not more than one in any given inning to keep the Panther attack from getting going.

GAME 2: Gonzaga 13, Sac State 3
GU's second game went much like the first with dominant pitching, to go along with a major breakout on offense. This time it was freshman starter Alek Jacob that tossed a gem, striking out 11 in 7.0 innings of work, while giving up just one run on two hits and walking just one.

The Zags got on the board first, and built an eight-run lead before the Hornets could get anything going on offense. Jacob struck out five of the first six batters he faced on the day.

Trube went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Vieth, Yake, Johnston and Schubert all collected two hits each.

Johnston scored on a wild pitch in the first, Gunnar Schubert knocked home two with a double in the third and Jake Vieth doubled Yake home in the fourth for a 4-0 GU lead. The Zags added one more in the sixth on a double steal attempt that scored Johnston from third and three more in the seventh to put the game away. Trube had an RBI double, Yake brought home a run with a groundout and pinch hitter Isaac Barrera singled home Trube to complete the damage for the inning.

Gonzaga added one more in the eighth, and then piled on four in the ninth with Patrick Chung scoring on an error, Barrera notching his second RBI with a groundout, pinch hitter Nick Brooks driving home one with a single and Nick Nyquist collecting an RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Michael Spellacy came in to relieve Jacob to start the eighth and pitched the final two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and striking out one.



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