Zags Offense Backs Carpenter's Strong Outing To Beat Iowa
March 18, 2011
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Gonzaga University’s baseball team pounded 14 hits and put up nine runs in support of Ryan Carpenter’s stellar pitching performance to post a 9-1 victory over the University of Iowa in the first day of the Irish Baseball Classic Friday.
After going 0-5 to start the 2011 season, the Zags have won eight of their last 10 games to improve their record to 8-7. Carpenter (1-1) struck out eight and allowed one run on two hits in six innings to earn his first win of the season. Mark Phillips, Aaron Brooks and Sean Santschi each pitched a shutout inning to secure the win.
Seven Bulldogs produced two hits out of the barrage. Royce Bolinger blasted his first home run of the season and Billy Moon hit a pair of RBI doubles in his first two plate appearances to help the Zags give the Zags the eventual winning run.
Iowa’s (7-9) Matt Dermody (0-3) suffered the loss after allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings. Keegan Acker got the Zags on track early, leading off the game with a single up to center field. He would score the first run of the game on Moon’s two-out RBI double.
The Hawkeyes answered back though in the bottom half of the first inning. After Carpenter walked the leadoff hitter, the Hawkeyes used two sacrifice bunts to tie the game 1-1.
Eric Lane was awarded first base on a hit-by-pitch to lead off the top of the third and Moon’s two-out RBI double gave the Zags a 2-1 lead and Bolinger added one more with a RBI single to left field.
Bolinger started another Gonzaga offensive burst in the sixth inning with his solo home run to left field to lead off. After Marco Gonzales was hit by the pitcher, Steven Halcomb hit a RBI triple to right field and Acker followed with an RBI bunt single to give the Bulldogs a 6-1 lead.
The Bulldogs added three more runs the next inning when Bolinger scored on a wild pitch and Gonzales and Halcomb hit back-to-back RBI singles.
Gonzaga will play a doubleheader Saturday starting with tournament host University of Notre Dame at 12:05 p.m. PT, followed by Iowa at 2 p.m. PT. Gonzales will start against the Fighting Irish and Tyler Olson will face the Hawkeyes.
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