Bulldogs Open Series With 4-3 Victory
March 21, 2008
Sacramento, Calif. - Behind a strong pitching performance by starter Brandon Harmon, the Gonzaga University baseball team defeated Sacramento State University 4-3 at Hornet Field Friday afternoon in Sacramento, Calif. The game was the opening game of a two-day, three-game series.
Harmon (2-2) earned the victory for the Zags (13-8), throwing 7.0 innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out two batters. Cody Martin earned his third save of the season, as the freshman allowed one run on two hits over the last two frames of the contest. The freshman is now one save away from entering the single season top-10 list for saves. Sacramento State's (5-12) Jose Ramirez (2-2) suffered the loss as the starter allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over 6.0 innings.
Gonzaga jumped on the board early, thanks to a home run in the first inning by Marcus McKimmy. The first two batters of the inning, Evan Wells and Jason Chatwood, walked to put runners on first and second before McKimmy stepped to the plate and belted his third long ball of the season to give the Zags a 3-0 edge.
Sacramento State brought the score to 3-2 heading into the fifth, after scoring a run in the third and another in the fourth. In the third, Ryan Blair got the Hornets on the board with a one-run single up the middle before Tim Wheeler drove home David Flores with a sacrifice bunt in the fourth.
The Bulldogs added a run in the eighth as Tyson Van Winkle hit into a fielding error that plated Van Winkle.
The Hornets rallied in the bottom of ninth and were able to post a run but left the tying and go-ahead run stranded on base to end the game. The final run of the game was scored on a single to left field by Hunter Martinez.
Pacing the Bulldogs at the plate was Grant Kveder, who went 2-for-3 with two singles. McKimmy finished the afternoon going 1-for-3, scoring two runs and driving in three.
The Bulldogs and Hornets will wrap-up the three-game series Saturday with a doubleheader that is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. Matt Fields and Cory Powell are expected to earn the starts for GU in the twin bill.
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