Bulldogs Come Alive Late to Sweep Pacific
March 19, 2017

Box Score


SPOKANE, Wash.—Gonzaga used a late offensive surge to power past Pacific 9-4 Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs clinched their first series sweep of 2017.

The visiting Tigers scored the game’s first two runs with one each in the second and third innings. In the second, the Tigers loaded the bases with three inning-opening singles, but Gonzaga starter Calvin LeBrun limited the damage to just one run on a sacrifice fly to Keaton Glover. In the third, James Free led off with a solo blast to left field, but LeBrun got the next three Tigers to ground out to Gunnar Schubert at short, ending the frame.

Gonzaga tied the game in the bottom of the third, getting a pair of unearned runs off the bat of Tyler Frost. With the bases loaded, Frost sent the first pitch he saw from Pacific starter Ricky Reynoso up the middle, allowing Nick Brooks and Sam Brown to score.

Pacific added one more in the fifth off reliever Sam Hellinger, but the Zags took the lead in the bottom of the sixth with two more scores. Justin Jacobs slid a one-out double down the right-field line to plate Frost, and Jake Vieth knocked in the Zag second baseman in with a single up the middle.

The Zags tacked one on in the seventh with a sacrifice fly from Brown, and they broke the game open in the eighth with four runs on three hits. With runners on the corners, Schubert hit a single past the glove of Pacific second baseman Nick Iwasa, allowing Jacobs to score for a 6-3 lead. Two batters later, Jake Roberts hit a tough ball to right field, and the Tigers’ Danny Mayer could not make the diving catch. Two more came in on the double. Finally, Brown closed the Zags’ scoring summary with a single through the right side of the infield for Gonzaga’s ninth tally of the game.

In the ninth, Pacific got one back off Wyatt Mills, but that was all as the Gonzaga closer fanned Iwasa to end the game. Hellinger got the win after entering in the fifth inning, and Mills picked up the save – his fourth of the year – by striking out six batters during the contest’s final two frames.

Pacific reliever Jordan Gonzales took the loss. He took over in the sixth for Reynoso, who allowed two unearned runs in five innings of work while striking out six.

Bulldog Bites:

  • Gonzaga completed the sweep of Pacific Sunday for the Zags’ first sweep of the season. They’ve now won their last four games, GU’s longest win streak of the season. The Bulldogs have also won their last eight contests against Pacific after sweeping the Tigers in Stockton, Calif., last season and winning the final two games of 2015’s series between the two clubs.
  • Eight different Bulldogs collected hits Sunday, and six tallied at least one RBI. Brown and Jacobs each led the way with two base knocks, while Brown Frost, and Roberts each drove in two scores.
  • With his single in the third inning, Brown tallied his 200th career hit. He’s the first Zag since 2015 to reach the milestone. Ending the game at 201, he’s 28 hits away from a spot in the program’s top 10 list.
  • In his first start of the season, LeBrun pitched 4.0 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs. Those are the first two runs GU starters allowed to Pacific after posting back-to-back shutouts to begin the series. In all, LeBrun, Eli Morgan, and Justin Vernia combined for a 0.86 ERA with two earned runs in 21.0 innings of work. The Tigers managed just a .155 batting average off Gonzaga starters in Spokane.

Zag Speak:

Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf

  • “LeBrun came up very big in the second inning [in limiting the Tigers to one run]. He showed great composure out there. That’s what you have to do on Sundays. He gave our offense a chance to break it open late.”

Left fielder Sam Brown

  • “We try and dominate the last three innings every game. No matter where we’re at in a game – down a bunch, up a bunch – we always try to dial it in for the last three innings. We really took that to heart today and played well at the end.”

Next Up:

The Zags (10-9, 3-0 WCC) take a break from conference play by welcoming No. 23 Washington to Spokane for a pair of games. That intrastate series will begin Tuesday, March 21, at 6:00 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.


 

 

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