Bulldogs Capture Pepsi/Johnny Quick Title
March 15, 2008
Fresno, Calif. - Grant Kveder was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic Saturday as the Gonzaga University baseball team scored seven runs in the sixth inning to capture the tournament title with a 10-7 victory over the University of Utah in Fresno, Calif. During the championship game, Kveder led the Bulldogs going 3-for-5 with a run scored.
Gonzaga captured the victory thanks to a seven run rally in the bottom of the sixth. In the inning, the Bulldogs sent a dozen batters to the plate, recording seven hits, all of which were singles. The first nine batters sent to the plate reached first, as Gonzaga capitalized on a hit-by-pitch, an error and six consecutive singles. Seven Zags drove home runs in the frame, including Tyson Van Winkle who plated two runs with a hit to center.
CJ McClure (3-1) earned his second win of the tournament Saturday as the reliever threw 1.1 innings allowing one hit while striking out one. Cory Powell earned the start for Gonzaga as he pitched 5.2 innings en route to the no decision. Cody Martin picked up his team-leading second save of the season as the freshman struck out three over the final two frames of the afternoon. Utah (6-10) reliever Bennett Askew suffered the loss, allowing six runs, four earned, on four hits over 2.1 innings of work.
Utah jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the first and second innings. In the first, the Utes' Austin Jones and Dustin Hennis each recorded run-scoring hits to score two runs in the opening frame. Utah added a run in the third as Fred Ferguson scored on a GU fielding error.
The Zags narrowed the lead to a run in the third, scoring two-runs on a single to right field by Ryan Wiegand that plated Marcus McKimmy and Jason Chatwood. Wiegand led the Bulldogs on the evening with three RBI.
Ferguson, Tyler Relf, and Cody Guymon helped to extend Utah's lead to 6-3 in the top of the sixth as each recorded run-scoring hits, including a double by Ferguson.
Utah capped scoring in the top of the eighth as it scored one run on a home run to right by Corey Shimada.
Kveder led Gonzaga (10-7) during the six-game event, batting .500 with 10 hits, five runs scored and five runs batted in as the Bulldogs posted a 4-2 record to earn the program's first Pepsi/Johnny Quick title.
The Bulldogs will rest Sunday before returning to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field as they host Utah Valley University in a three-game series that is slated to start Monday. All three games will begin at 6 p.m. as the Bulldogs play their first home games under the lights this season.
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