Baseball Reaches .500 Mark With Win Over Whitworth
March 25, 2003
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University (11-11-1) scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to rally for a 10-5 win over cross town opponent Whitworth College (7-9-1) on Tuesday afternoon at August/A.R.T. Stadium. Gonzaga would add three runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure its second win in a row and move the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Whitworth jumped on the board with three runs in the top of the fourth as they looked to surprise the host Bulldogs. Josh Taylor opened with a single and moved to second on a John Gebbers base hit. Kyle Henderson then doubled to center field and Gebbers beat the throw to the plate to put the Pirates up 2-0. Jeremy McMillen would single later in the inning to score Henderson.
Gonzaga cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning as Sam Hess singled through the right side to score Chris Sinner from second. Whitworth would add a run to its total in the fifth against Bulldogs starter Patrick Donovan as Daniel Gebbers homered to left.
Pirate's starting pitcher Cole Young ran out of gas in the fifth inning as Gonzaga was able to score three runs taking advantage of a crucial Whitworth error. Sinner opened the scoring with an RBI single and would come around to score along with Danny Evans after a throw to second base sailed into the outfield on what would have been the third out of the inning.
Gonzaga again used a Whitworth error to score three runs in the sixth as a sacrifice bunt by Nick Froman was thrown over the head of the first baseman allowing Evans and Marshall Bratton to race home. Froman would come around to score on a balk by Pirates reliever K.C. Reese (0-1) who was credited with the loss.
John Gebbers and Danny Pecka led Whitworth with two hits each while Bratton was the only Bulldogs player with multiple hits going 2-for-3 at the plate. Gonzaga returns to WCC action this weekend with a series at Saint Mary's College.
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