Baseball Falls To Portland, 5-1
April 4, 2003
PORTLAND - The University of Portland (7-22, 3-7 WCC) received seven plus strong innings from starter Stephen Ball on Friday afternoon as the host Pilots downed Gonzaga (12-15-1, 3-7 WCC) to win the opening game of their WCC series in Portland by a score of 5-1.
The Pilots jumped on the board in their half of the first against Bulldogs starter Errol Simonitsch (4-3). Gustaf Little was hit by a pitch and moved to third base on consecutive hits by Kory Casto and Travis Vetters. Joe Watson then drew a bases loaded walk to score Little.
Portland added to their total in the bottom of the third as Casto reached on his second hit of the game and Vetters reached on a hit-by-pitch. Trevor Hahn would drop in a bloop single to right field with two-outs to score Casto and Vetters and stretch the Pilots lead to 3-0.
Gonzaga cut into the lead in the top of the sixth as the Bulldogs took advantage of the Pilots miscue. Eric Rodland singled to open the inning and moved to second on a walk to Chris Sinner. Rodland then scored on the next play as Gordon Corder lined out to right field. Pilots right fielder Casto then sent the sailed a ball into the Bulldogs dugout as he threw behind Sinner on the play. Portland starter Stephen Ball (2-1) would strand Sinner on third.
The Pilots extended their lead back to three runs in the sixth as Brock Griffin led off with a double to the base of the left field fence. He would come around to score as Tyler Perkins drove a ball through the right side while the Bulldogs had the infield drawn in.
Gonzaga had a chance in the top of the eighth as they loaded the bases with no outs. Trent Kristjanson then got a line drive out by David Johnson and a tapper back to the mound for a double play to get the Pilots out of the jam. Griffin and Justin Pierce had back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the inning for Portland's final run.
Danny Evans had three hits to lead Gonzaga. Five Portland players had multiple hits, Griffin leading the way with two doubles. The two teams return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Pilot Stadium.
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