Baseball Takes Rice Series with 10-2 Win
March 11, 2018

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HOUSTON — Gonzaga baseball took the series at Rice with a 10-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Reckling Park in Houston, Texas. The Zags beat the Owls three times in the four-game series.

Gonzaga bounced back from a loss in the second half of a doubleheader last night with a great start out of Mac Lardner and an offensive outburst led by four RBI from Branson Trube and three hits from Ernie Yake.

“We had a lot of quality at-bats, good pitching performances and solid defense today, and all weekend, to win a series at a national-power program,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “It is a great weekend for us to build on and prepare for two good midweek challenges with Oregon and Seattle.”

Along with Yake’s three hits and Trube’s two, Jace VanDeBrake and Gunnar Schubert each added two hits in the game. Schubert’s first hit pushed his on-base streak to all 13 games this year and his hit streak to seven games.

After giving up one run in the first, the Zags responded with five in the second, which was all they would need behind Lardner’s start. He went 7.0 innings, giving up just one run on seven hits with one strikeout and two walks. Calvin LeBrun entered in a jam in the eighth and struck out the side to end a serious Rice threat.

In that second inning, the Zags tied it on an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Daniel Fredrickson, but broke it open with a two-RBI single from Yake and a two-RBI double from Branson Trube.

Trube wasn’t done there as he hit a two-run homer in the sixth to give him a career-high four RBI on the day. Jace VanDeBrake added his first home run of the year in the seventh and Nick Brooks hit an RBI double in the top of the ninth.

Gonzaga is back on the road on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. GU faces Oregon at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Seattle U at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.



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