Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader 9-5, 18-12
March 22, 2008
Sacramento, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team swept a doubleheader against Sacramento State University Saturday, taking the first game 9-5 before coming back from an early deficit in game two to post an 18-12 victory. Marcus McKimmy and Ryan Wiegand led the Bulldogs on the day with six hits each.
The sweep of the twin bill secured a series sweep for the Bulldogs (15-8) as they also defeated the Hornets ( 5-13) in the series opener on Friday afternoon.
In game one, Matt Fields (3-1) earned the victory for Gonzaga as the junior allowed four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts during 5.1 innings. Cody Martin threw two perfect innings of relief en route to his fourth save of the season. In the second game, reliever Chris Highmark (1-2) allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits over 3.2 innings to earn his first win of the season. Brandon Blank, who is listed as an outfielder on GU's roster, earned his first career save, as he threw the final 4.0 innings of the game.
Sacramento State hurlers Trevor York (0-4) and Trevor Paine (1-1) suffered the losses as the Hornets utilized 11 pitchers on the day, including eight in the second game alone.
McKimmy and Wiegand each enjoyed good outings at the plate for the day. Between the two, they combined for 17 of Gonzaga's 27 runs. McKimmy recorded eight runs batted in, including five the opening contest, and scored three, while Wiegand plated four and scored two.
Drew Heid and Mark Castellitto also posted strong offensive efforts for the Bulldogs. Heid went 5-for-9 on the day with four runs scored and one run driven in, while Castellitto recorded four hits, including home runs in back-to-back at-bats during the second game.
Gonzaga controlled the first contest from the start after McKimmy drove home a run in the first and second inning to give the Zags' the 2-0 edge heading into the third.
Following a Sacramento State run in the bottom of the third, the Bulldogs extended their lead in the fourth with three runs on three hits in the top of the fifth.
The Hornets narrowed the scored to 5-4 in the sixth frame with three runs on run-scoring hits by Jeff Hannah and Blake Crosby. McKimmy answered for the Zags in the top of the seventh with a bases-loaded double to extend GU's lead to 8-4.
Sacramento State would score a run in the bottom of the seventh before Wiegand drove home his first run of the day in the top of the ninth on a single up the middle.
In game two, all nine batters in Gonzaga's line-up scored runs as the Zags scored often throughout the contest. After falling behind 7-2 in the opening two frames, the Bulldogs rallied over the next five innings to post their 18 runs.
The Zags posted two run in the third on a single by McKimmy and a wild pitch before they busted out for a big five-run fourth inning. The five runs came courteous of six hits, including run-scoring ones by McKimmy, Wiegand and Heid. In the sixth, Castellitto recorded his first long ball of the days to lead off the frame. The sophomore would then highlight a four-run sixth inning with a two-run home run in his next at-bat.
Gonzaga scored four more runs in the eighth to extend its lead to 18-10. In the inning, 10 batters stepped to the plate as the Bulldogs used two hits, four walks and a hit-by-pitch to rally.
The Hornets would score one run in the seventh and a run in the eighth to finalize the score at 18-12.
For the three-game series, McKimmy and Heid each hit at a .500 clip with McKimmy posting the more impressive numbers. McKimmy finished 7-for-14 with three doubles, a home run, five runs scored and 11 runs batted in. In two starts, Heid went 5-for-10 with one RBI and four runs scored. On the mound, Martin led the Zags in the series with two saves, allowing one run on two hits over 4.0 frames.
The Bulldogs will rest Sunday before a game at UC Davis Monday at 1 p.m. Gonzaga will then return to the Inland Northwest to play a game at No. 25 Washington State University Tuesday before opening West Coast Conference play Friday with a three-game series against No. 29 Pepperdine University at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.
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