Carpenter, Gonzales Help No. 24 Bulldogs Win WCC Opener
April 8, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. - Ryan Carpenter struck out nine in seven innings and Marco Gonzales produced four singles and two RBI to help the 24th-ranked Gonzaga University baseball team win the West Coast Conference season opener 10-2 over the University of San Diego Friday evening in front of a season-high crowd of 1,256.
Carpenter (4-2) won his fourth-straight start despite allowing two runs early in the game. Mark Phillips retired the side on three fly outs to the outfield in the eighth inning and Kenny Smith faced four batters in the ninth to close out the game.
Out of the 14-hit barrage, the Bulldogs (17-9-1, 1-0 WCC) also got multiple hits from Billy Moon, Cameron Edman and Keegan Acker. Royce Bolinger registered a hit extend his hitting streak to 11 games, matching Moon for the longest streak on the team.
The Toreros (7-20, 0-1 WCC) starting pitcher James Pazos (1-3) suffered the loss after going 2 2/3 innings.
The lead didn't last long. In the Bulldogs opening-half of the inning, Eric Lane led off being hit by Pazos and Tyler Chism followed with a double down the right field line. Bolinger was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out and Cameron Edman put the Bulldogs on board with a sacrifice fly to center field. Andy Hunter was awarded first base on another hit-by-pitch and Gonzales hit a single up the middle to score in two runs and give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
The Toreros cut the Bulldogs lead to one run in the third inning. Bryan Haar led off the inning with a single to the second baseman Acker and after stealing back-to-back bases, Scott Schauer hit a two out RBI single to shortstop Steven Halcomb.
The Bulldogs got the run back and added more in the next inning. Edman led off with a single to left field and Andy Hunter hit a long ball toward the fence at left center field to record a RBI double. Gonzales laid down a bunt down the third base line and although he beat the third baseman's throw to first, the ball passes the first baseman, Gonzales moved to second and Hunter scored on the error to give the Bulldogs a 5-2 lead.
Pazos' struggles on the hill continued as he hit Moon to start the fourth inning. Moon advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a fly out to center field. Edman laid down a squeeze bunt to score the Bulldogs sixth run.
One inning later, Lane led off with a walk and Chism singled down the right field line. Moon hit toward an open gap at right center field to hit a two-run triple.
The Bulldogs and Toreros return to the field Saturday at 1 p.m.
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