Wiegand's Grand Slam Powers Zags Past Huskies
April 6, 2009
SPOKANE, Wash. - Senior first baseman Ryan Wiegand's fifth inning grand slam led Gonzaga University to a 7-3 non-conference win over the University of Washington at the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane, Wash. Monday night.
Wiegand finished with two hits and four RBI as the Bulldogs won for the fifth time in their last six ball games and improved to 21-8 overall. Gonzaga sophomore starting pitcher Reedy Berg (1-3) struck out four and held the Huskies (10-19) to three runs over five innings to earn his first win of the season.
Junior centerfielder Drew Heid gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a two-out RBI single to plate freshman shortstop Ernesto Ortiz. Ortiz had reached on a sharply hit one-out single through the left side of the infield. He later stole second as UW starting pitcher Adrian Gomez' throw over to first was late as Ortiz broke for second and was able to slide under the tag at second. Senior second baseman Evan Wells' ground out moved Ortiz to third and Heid then lined a single to left center to bring Ortiz across for the game's first run.
The Huskies took the lead in the fifth inning on Kyle Conley's two-run homer deep over the left centerfield fence for his team-leading 11th home run of the season, giving UW a 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs came right back in a big way as back-to-back singles by redshirt freshman Chris Sturdivant and Ortiz led off the GU fifth inning. A sacrifice bunt by Wells moved each runner up a base and Heid then lined out to short. After falling behind 3-0 to junior catcher Tyson Van Winkle, UW intentionally walked him to load the bases for Wiegand. The first pitch he saw he launched deep over the right centerfield fence for the second grand slam of his career and give the Zags a 5-2 lead.
After UW brought a run across in the top of the sixth inning, Gonzaga answered with a run of their own as senior pinch-hitter Grant Kveder's sacrifice fly scored junior leftfielder Mark Castellitto to make it 6-3. Castellitto led off the inning with a double to right center and later moved over to third on a ground out. Kveder's sacrifice fly to shallow left center was caught by a charging UW centerfielder Caleb Brown who fired a throw home that was on line and beat Castellitto but Castellitto's hard slide knocked the ball out of the catcher's glove allowing him to score.
GU added a run in the eighth and sophomore reliever Cody Martin struck out three in the ninth inning to preserve the 7-3 win. Freshmen relievers Tyler Olson and Andy Hunter ate up the middle innings for the Zags; combining to allow just one UW hit over three innings before giving way to Martin who closed it up in the ninth.
The Zags and Huskies wrap up their season-series at Noon tomorrow.
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