Martin Deals But Zags Fall In Pitchers Duel 3-1
April 3, 2010
HONOLULU, Haw. – Two of the top pitchers in the country turned in a couple very impressive pitching performances in the first game of Gonzaga University’s weekend series against the University of Hawai’i Friday evening. Bulldogs starter Cody Martin finished with 10 strikeouts as the Zags (10-14) dropped the series-opener 3-1 to the Rainbows (15-7) who also had their ace Josh Slaats record 10 strikeouts and surrender just one hit in seven shutout innings.
Both pitchers commanded the plate early and often as neither offense registered a hit until UH produced a two-out single in the fourth inning off of Martin. The Zags meanwhile struggled to figure out Slaats in his seven innings of work as Cameron Edman produced a fifth inning two-out double off the UH junior starter who came into the game with a 1.29 ERA.
Martin, the West Coast Conference leader in strikeouts also cruised through his first three innings before he dodged a Hawai’i first and third threat with a pair of strikeouts to end the fourth inning. The fifth inning saw a bad break go against the Zags, leading to two UH runs. Martin retired the first two hitters to start the inning before allowing a two-out single. The next batter then blooped a pop fly over to GU third baseman Sean Wilson who lost the ball in the lights, allowing the ball to fall and the inning to continue. With the rain falling for the second time during the game, Martin walked the next batter to load the bases. The Rainbows leading run producer Collin Bennett then took a one-strike pitch to right field to drive home two runs.
Martin came back out in the sixth and recorded a strikeout and a ground ball double play before he gave way to reliever Andrew Danner. Danner retired the first two hitters in the seventh before a pair of infield singles forced the Zags to bring in Mark Phillips. The right hander Phillips surrendered a walk to load the bases and then saw UH pick up their third run of the ball game on a wild pitch before he ended the inning with a strikeout to keep it a 3-0 Hawai’i advantage.
The Bulldogs were able to get some swings off the Rainbow bullpen late as Clayton Eslick and Royce Bolinger each picked up one-out singles. Pinch-hitter Brian Yardley later earned a walk before an infield single off the bat of Kevin Hawk brought Eslick across for the Zags run. The Bulldogs late rally came to a close as Drew Heid lined out to the second baseman to end the game.
Martin (2-3) took the loss despite allowing just the two unearned runs on three hits in his six innings. Slaats improved to 3-1 with his seven innings of one-hit ball. Edman finished with two hits for the Zags.
The series continues 8:35 p.m. Saturday with left hander Ryan Carpenter taking the mound for the Bulldogs.
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