Lane Scores Twice To Give No. 24 Bulldogs Win Over Toreros
April 9, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. - Eric Lane had three hits and scored two runs to lift the 24th-ranked Gonzaga University baseball team to a 3-1 West Coast Conference win over the University of San Diego Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Olson (5-1) won his fifth-straight start after throwing 75 pitches in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and allowed an unearned run on eight hits. Cody Martin went 1 1/3 innings and allowed two walks, two hits and two strikeouts to earn his sixth save of the season.
Lane was the only Bulldog (18-9-1, 2-0 WCC) to produce more than one of the team's eight hits. Two Bulldogs recorded a RBI, Tyler Chism hit a sacrifice fly and Cameron Edman blasted his third home run of the season. Royce Bolinger recorded a single through the left side in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to a team-best 12 games.
San Diego's (7-21, 0-2 WCC) starting pitcher Chris Jensen (0-5) suffered the loss despite throwing seven strong frames. He allowed two runs on six hits, walked three and struck out one.
After the leadoff hitter grounded out of shortstop Steven Halcomb, Olson got a runner in scoring position after giving up back-to-back singles. But in a way, he helped get himself out of the jam when he a line drive deflected off his right shin to the third baseman Lane for a double play to end the inning.
Olson threw a couple of pitches in the bullpen during the Bulldogs half of the first inning to check if he can continue pitching which eventually he did. Bulldogs pitching coach Steve Bennett was glad the result of the play ended the inning.
"I think the biggest part of that was having turned that into a double play so he didn't have to pitch on it right away," Bennett said. "Afterwards he got into the dugout and stretched it out quite a bit. He paces in between every inning anyways but I think it helped him. I didn't see any affects of it at all. I thought his stuff was the same as it has been."
While Olson was in the bullpen, the Bulldogs scored the first run of the game. Lane led off with a single down the right field line and advanced to third on Chism's sacrifice bunt and Billy Moon's single through the left side. Bolinger hit a fly ball to center field deep enough for Lane to score and give the Zags a 1-0 lead.
Olson returned to the mound and retired six-straight batters. With one out in the fourth inning, he allowed two singles but got out of the inning on a double play.
In the home half of the fifth, Lane led off with a double to right field and Chism followed with an RBI single through the right side to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
After Olson allowed a leadoff single in the seventh inning, the next batter singled to right field but the base runner hesitated to reach third base and as he retreated back to second base, he was tagged out on Chism's throw to Halcomb.
Olson finished the day with a strikeout for the second out. Martin came into the game and loaded the bases on a walk and a throwing error by Lane. The senior walked in the Toreros only run but got out of trouble with a ground out to Halcomb.
The Bulldogs got the run back on Edman's one out solo home run in the seventh inning.
In the ninth inning, Martin gave up back-to-back one out singles but closed the game with back-to-back strikeouts.
The Bulldogs will send Gonzales to the hill Sunday as they will look to sweep the WCC opener. First pitch is at 1 p.m.
"We won the series and now we want to get ahead of that," Bennett said. "We want to start on top of the conference. We always look at it if you want to win the conference you have to win every series and you have got to throw in a sweep at some point just to get ahead of everybody else. We're going to try to jump out tomorrow and get ahead early and try to sweep this series."
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