Three-Run Eighth Inning Comeback Lifts Zags Past Bradley
March 12, 2010
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. – Gonzaga University used a three-run eighth inning to post an 8-6 victory over Bradley University in the second day of the Irish Baseball Classic Friday afternoon.
Cameron Edman’s RBI-single tied the game at 6-6 and Drew Heid drove in the go-ahead runs with a one-out two-run single to cap the Bulldogs (6-6) comeback. Edman finished the game with two hits and three RBI including his second home run of the season while Mark Castellitto also added two hits and a home run.
The Zags opened the game by scoring runs in each of the first three innings to build a 4-1 lead. Gonzaga’s leading run producer Andy Hunter drove in the game’s first run with an RBI single to score Sean Wilson in the first inning. In the second it was Edman who followed a Brian Yardley single with a two-run blast down the left field line before the Zags capped the early inning scoring on a Yardley third inning RBI-ground out.
Bulldogs starting pitcher Ryan Carpenter pitched well early on, surrendering just one run on a sacrifice fly in the second but ran into some trouble in the fifth inning. Bradley (3-5) used a one-out walk, two stolen bases and a Gonzaga throwing error to bring one run across and added another run on a sacrifice fly later in the inning to cut the GU lead to 4-3.
Castellitto was able to get one of those runs back in the bottom half the fifth with his one-out opposite field solo shot over the right field fence to make it a 5-3 ball game. The Braves continued to battle though, as they were able to push three runs across in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead. The inning started with a base-hit and a walk both surrendered by Carpenter before the Zags called Mark Phillips in from the bullpen. The Bulldogs picked up the inning’s first out as Edman threw a runner out trying to steal third. Phillips got the next batter to fly out but the next batter reached on an infield single and the following hitter produced a three-run homer to give the Braves the lead.
Gonzaga was held in check in the sixth and seventh innings but came through in the eighth. Clayton Eslick and Yardley both reached on Bradley fielding errors to start the inning. Edman followed with his run scoring single that tied the game at 6-6. Ernesto Ortiz then put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up second and third for Heid. The Zags senior lead-off hitter then produced in a big way, lining a 0-1 pitch back up the middle to score both runners and give GU an 8-6 lead.
After Phillips pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, Moon entered the game after Phillips issued a lead-off walk to start the ninth. The left-handed throwing Moon took the mound and immediately fired over to first, picking off the Bradley baserunner who had just walked the start the frame. Moon then got a ground out to second, allowed an infield single but struck out the final hitter of the game to seal up the 8-6 Bulldog victory.
Carpenter received the no-decision after striking out five and allowing three earned runs in five plus innings of work while Phillips earned his first career win with three innings of relief and benefitting from the late-inning comeback. Moon earned his first career save after his impressive work in the ninth.
The Zags continue play in San Antonio 10 a.m. Saturday with a match up against tournament hosts University of Notre Dame.
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