Olson, Hunter Lead Bulldogs To 3-0 Win Over No. 11 UC Irvine
March 26, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. – The pitching combination of Tyler Olson and Andy Hunter helped Gonzaga University’s baseball team shut out 11th-ranked UC Irvine 3-0 Saturday at the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.
Olson (3-1) allowed six hits and a pair of walks but struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings. Hunter pitched the rest of the game allowing no hits, one walk and three strikeouts to earn his first career save. UC Irvine’s starting pitcher Andy Lines (1-1) allowed one hit and four walks in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
The win extends the Bulldogs (12-7-1) unbeaten streak to eight games. They also win the three-game series over the Anteaters (14-5), who are ranked 11th in both the Collegiate Baseball newspaper and USA Today Coaches’ polls as well as 15th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, have lost three straight.
The Bulldogs produced eight hits but left 11 runners on base including two loaded in the first and second innings. Cameron Edman and Royce Bolinger each registered two hits and Billy Moon, Eric Lane, Tyler Chism and Keegan Acker each recorded one hit.
“Obviously we’re excited to get win and win the series here,” Bulldogs associate head coach Danny Evans said. “But the reality is we didn’t execute very well. We left a lot of base runners on and didn’t get our offense going on all those cylinders today. We had a huge pitching performance and they picked us up. That is what good teams will do. When you are not swinging it or not clicking on all cylinders, pitching is going to pick you up, defense is going to pick you up and vice versa.”
Moon led off the Bulldogs half of the first inning with a walk and advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt and a single, respectively. Designated hitter Maxx Garrett walked to load the bases and with two outs Marco Gonzales walked in the Bulldogs first run of the game. Edman flew out to left field to end the inning.
The Bulldogs had the bases loaded again in the second inning but couldn’t get a hit to score in runs. With two outs, Garrett grounded in a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Gonzales walked again with one out in the third inning and would score the Bulldogs second run on back-to-back singles by Edman and Acker, respectively.
Gonzaga had an opportunity to add a third run in the sixth inning. After Moon hit a one out single to right center field to extend his hitting streak to a team-best six games, he advanced to second on a wild pitch and tried to score after catcher Ronnie Schaeffer’s throw to second went into the outfield but right fielder Sean Madigan’s throw home beat Moon for the out.
Bolinger led off the seventh inning with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a fly out to the outfield. Chism grounded out to the pitcher scored but drove in the Bulldogs third run of the game.
Gonzales will look for his third-straight win on the hill Sunday when he and the Bulldogs conclude the three-game series with the Anteaters at noon.
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