Zags Bullpen Holds Off Late Hawai'i Rally To Post 7-6 Win
April 3, 2010
HONOLULU, Haw. – Gonzaga University held off a ninth-inning rally to post a 7-6 win over the University of Hawai’i Saturday night. The Bulldogs improved to 11-14 as Drew Heid finished with three hits, two runs scored, two RBI and one stolen base to the pace the 12-hit Gonzaga attack. The Rainbows saw their record fall to 15-12.
The Rainbows were the first to score, putting up one run in the first inning to own an early 1-0 lead but the Zags answered back in the third to support starting pitcher Ryan Carpenter’s strong outing. Ernesto Ortiz led off the third inning with a base hit through the left side of the infield before the Bulldogs leading hitter Heid slapped a pitch the other way down the left field line for an RBI double to score the first GU run of the ball game. Cameron Edman then grounded out, allowing Heid to move up to third before Hunter drove home his first run of the night on a RBI ground out to give the Zags a 2-1 lead.
The Gonzaga offense strung some hits together and benefitted from a Rainbow error in the fifth inning to push three runs across as Heid proved to the be the igniter once more, leading off the inning with single and then stealing second base. One batter later Hunter again came through with a two-strike base-hit to left field, driving in Heid for the inning’s first run. Castellitto followed with his own base-hit before both Gonzaga baserunners came around to score on an error by the Hawai’i left fielder to open up a 5-1 lead.
UH tried to chip away, scoring one run in their half of the fifth inning and another in the sixth to cut the GU lead to 5-3 but Bulldog relievers Tyler Olson and Andrew Danner combined to limit the Rainbow offense to just one run and one hit over the next three innings.
The Zags picked up another run in the seventh on a Hawai’i wild pitch and capped their scoring in the eighth on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Heid to push the lead to 7-3. The Gonzaga bullpen nearly had things nailed down, posting a scoreless eighth before things almost got away from the Zags in the ninth. The first three batters reached to open the final frame, loading the bases before Hawai’i picked up its first run on a RBI single to make it a 7-4 game. Bulldogs reliever Mark Phillips struck out the next batter but then surrendered a two-run single to the next batter which cut the lead to 7-6 with two runners still on and one out. Phillips got some help from his defense to close things out as the next Rainbow batter grounded a ball back up the middle but the shortstop Ortiz was shaded up the middle and was able to field the ball, step on second base and fire on to first for the game-ending double play.
Carpenter improved to 2-3 after striking out seven and limiting UH to two earned runs on four hits in five innings. Gonzaga used six pitchers throughout the night as Danner fired two scoreless innings and Phillips recorded all three outs in the ninth to pick up his first career save.
The Bulldogs wrap up their series with the Rainbows 3:05 p.m. (PST) Sunday.
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