Baseball Plays Cal Poly To A Tie At Fresno Tournament
March 12, 2003
FRESNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University scored five runs over the final four innings but ran out of time as they collected an 8-8 tie with Cal Poly during day three action of the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno. The Bulldogs fell behind 8-3 and needed a run in the ninth to garner the tie and improve to 6-9-1 on the season. Gonzaga will now face either Pennsylvania or Illinois State during Thursday cross-divisional play. The first three games of each day in the tournament are placed on a 3 hour time limit.
After jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning behind a sacrifice fly by Nick Froman and an RBI single by Eric Rodland, the Zags watched their two run lead fall into a five-run deficit as the Mustangs (12-8-1) scored seven times in the bottom of the fourth. Alex Chavarria had a three run home run off Bulldogs reliever Nate Williams who had entered after Gonzaga starter Josh Monroe exited the game after facing two batters in the inning. Cal Poly would then take advantage of two Gonzaga errors and a balk to tack on the additional four runs. Adam Leavitt and Pat Breen each accounted for a Mustangs RBI in the frame.
Gonzaga chipped away at the lead with two more runs in the sixth as Danny Evans led off with a home run that chased Cal Poly starter Tyler Fitch from the contest. Chris Sinner then added an RBI double to score Rodland and trim the lead to 8-5.
The Bulldogs scored a run in each of the final innings to close the game. Gordon Corder hit a solo home run in the eighth after Kemp Quackenbush had an RBI single in the seventh. Gonzaga's final heroics would come off a Cal Poly miscue as the team's combined to commit seven errors. Grant Zurmely singled with one out in the inning and was safe at second as the Mustangs second baseman misplayed the ball for an error. Sinner would then reach in the next at-bat on an error by the Cal Poly left fielder which set the table for Corder's game tying sacrifice fly to right. Kris White pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to keep the Bulldogs in a tie after he worked a perfect eighth inning in relief.
Evans continued to swing a hot bat for the Bulldogs as he led the team with two hits after going 4-for-4 on Tuesday. Corder had two RBI for the Bulldogs which improve to 2-0-1 in the tournament. Cal Poly had four players with multiple hits as Sam Herbert, Scott Anderson, Pat Breen and Cory Taillon each had two.
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