Baseball Downs L-C State Behind Unlikely Hero
April 9, 2003
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University Bulldogs (15-16-1) won their second non-conference game in two days on the backs of some unlikely heroes as GU held on for a 7-3 win over Lewis-Clark State (27-7) at August/A.R.T. Stadium in Spokane. Freshman Nate Williams (1-0) pitched five strong innings in his first collegiate start to garner the win while outfielder Marshall Bratton drove home three Zags runs.
Matt Reding opened the Bulldogs scoring in the bottom of second as he singled up the middle against Warriors starter Marc Kaiser (6-2). Reding would come around to score three batters later as Bratton drew a bases loaded walk as the L-C starter. Kaiser struggled with his control all day as he walked four batters and hit four more Bulldog batters in the contest. Gordon Corder and Jeff Culpepper would drive in the additional two Gonzaga runs in the inning as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs added two insurance runs in the sixth as Bratton hit a two-run home run to left field scoring Chris Sinner ahead of him. Sinner would drive home the final Bulldogs run in the seventh with a single to left field.
Eric Everson tossed two innings of relief for Gonzaga and Patrick Donovan looked strong until the end of the ninth when a Gonzaga error set the table for a dramatic finish. Micah Furtado and Jay Knowlton had back-to-back singles against Donovan to load the bases. Sophomore pitcher Eric Dworkis entered the game and struck out Rodriguez to pick up the save and preserve the Bulldogs win.
Sinner, Corder, Quackenbush and Culpepper all had two hits for Gonzaga as the Bulldogs had 11 hits on the afternoon. Rodriguez and Knowlton led L-C State with two hits each. Gonzaga returns to action on Friday afternoon when the Bulldogs open a three-game West Coast Conference series against San Francisco, start time for Friday's series opener is 3 p.m. The Warriors return to action against NAIA competition next week with Azusa Pacific coming to Lewiston. L-C State is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest NAIA national poll.
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