Gonzales' Complete-Game Victory Gives Zags Series Sweep Over No. 11 Anteaters
March 27, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. - For the second-straight start on the mound, freshman Marco Gonzales pitched a complete-game as the Gonzaga University baseball team shut out 11th-ranked UC Irvine 3-0 at the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Sunday afternoon.
Coming off his first career complete-game victory against the University of Notre Dame March 19, Gonzales (3-2) carried that momentum against the Anteaters (14-6). He struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits to earn his first shutout and help the Bulldogs (13-7-1) sweep the Anteaters in their long-awaited home debut.
The Bulldogs, who held the Anteaters scoreless for 26-straight innings, also extended their unbeaten streak to nine games.
Gonzales got off to a rocky start. He allowed a leadoff single and after retiring the next two batters, he loaded the bases on a single and a walk. He got out of the first inning with a fly out to Moon in left field. He would then hold Anteater runners at first base the rest of the game.
On the offensive side, the Bulldogs were limited to only one hit in the first three innings. Moon singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to a team-best seven games. But Lane got the fourth inning started with a single through the right side and advanced to third on Moon's single through the left side. Clayton Eslick hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the eventual game-winning run.
Edman reached home twice in the game. After being hit by the pitcher in the fifth inning and advanced on a balk, Edman scored on Acker's single to right field. He then gave Gonzaga some breathing room with a leadoff solo home run to left center field in the seventh, his first of the season.
Anteaters starter Andrew Thurman (1-2) went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
The Bulldogs will make a day trip to Pullman, Wash., Tuesday to play in-state rival Washington State University at 5:30 p.m.
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