Bulldogs Strike Out 14 To Beat Tigers In Series Opener
March 4, 2011
STOCKTON, Calif. - Ryan Carpenter struck out a career-high 11 batters in 6 1/3 innings to help the Gonzaga University baseball team defeat the University of the Pacific 7-4 in the series opener Friday.
Eric Lane got three of the Bulldogs eight-hit barrage to lead the team while three Bulldogs each drove in a run.
The Bulldogs opened the series with a four-run first inning. Keegan Acker was awarded first base on a hit-by-pitch to start the game and scored on a double to left field by Maxx Garrett. Following a walk by Cameron Edman, Andy Hunter singled to left field to score Garrett and move Edman to third. Edman scored on a wild pitch and Hunter on a sacrifice fly by Royce Bolinger who saw his four-game hitting streak come to an end after going 0-for-2.
Carpenter got himself into a jam in the fifth after allowing two walks and a single to load the bases. He was punished for it when Allen Riley hit a two-out bases clearing double to tie the game.
The Bulldogs regained the lead in the eighth inning. Edman led off the eighth with a double to left center field and two batters later Tyler Chism hit an RBI single to right center to give the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead.
In the ninth inning the Bulldogs got some insurance runs. Steven Halcomb led off the inning with a walk and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Sturdivant. Lane hit a one-out RBI double to right center and after Garrett was walked Edman brought Lane in with a single to left.
"We had solid efforts on the mount from Ryan, Billy and Cody and got two clutch hits from Eric and Tyler to help us get game one," Bulldogs head coach Mark Machtolf said.
The Bulldogs and Tigers square off for game two Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will hand the ball to freshman Marco Gonzales who will look for his first collegiate win.
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