Bulldogs Baseball Falls To USF After Long Rain Delay
April 12, 2003
SPOKANE, Wash. - The University of San Francisco scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning on Saturday and held on for a 7-5 West Coast Conference win over Gonzaga at August/A.R.T. Stadium. The game which started after a 2 and a half hour rain delay was marked by four Gonzaga (15-18-1, 4-10 WCC) errors which led to two unearned runs for San Francisco (15-23, 8-9 WCC).
After giving up an unearned run in the top of the second inning on a Ryan Hanson RBI through the left side, Gonzaga rallied for two runs in the bottom of the third inning. David Johnson and Chris Sinner each reached on singles before Eric Rodland drove both runners home with a single to center.
San Francisco returned to the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as they posted four runs against Bulldogs starter Ed Clelland (2-3). Joe Jacobitz, Royce Fukuroku and Cy Donald all singled to load the bases for USF. Hanson then drove a ball to the left center field gap that was just missed by a diving Sinner allowing two of the Dons runs to score. Nick Tarbat followed two batters later with a double down the left field line that capped the Dons scoring for the inning.
Gonzaga cut the lead to 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth as Matt Reding hit his first home of the season, a two-run shot to right off San Francisco starter Bryan Williams (4-2). Williams would work through the 8th before being lifted in favor of the Dons bullpen.
San Francisco took advantage of lead off walks in the eight and ninth innings to score two insurance runs Hanson and Jacobitz each collecting RBI's. The Bulldogs trimmed the lead to 7-5 in the ninth when pinch-hitter Brad Welker doubled down the left field line before Brian Borgmann could get out of the inning to pick up the save.
Gordon Corder had two of the Bulldogs eight hits while Rodland and Reding each drove in two runs. Hanson had three hits and four RBI for San Francisco.
Sunday will mark the final baseball game at August/A.R.T. Stadium in Spokane after the Gonzaga Board of Trustees voted on Friday to begin construction on a new basketball arena and baseball complex. Construction on the arena, which will be located on top of the current baseball field, will begin on Monday morning. The baseball team will play the remainder of its 2003 home schedule at a site to be determined.
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