Baseball Wins Series, Beats Pacific 7-1 Sunday
April 15, 2018
STOCKTON, Calif. — Gonzaga baseball rode a strong start by Mac Lardner until the bats got going late on the way to a 7-1 win over Pacific on Sunday to take an important West Coast Conference road series.
Lardner’s solid day on the mound was rewarded when the GU offense got hot for the second straight day in the final two innings. After scoring five runs between the eighth and ninth on Saturday, the Zags post five more on Sunday with one in the eighth and four in the ninth to pad the lead. All four ninth-inning runs came with two outs on three RBI singles and a wild pitch.
“We played a very complete game today with another great start from [Mac] Lardner and close from [Casey] Legumina,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “Our offense was able to string together quality at-bats when we needed them and extend the lead for a series win on the road.”
Lardner got the win and moved to 4-1 on the year with 7.0 innings of work, giving up just one run on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Casey Legumina, who entered in the eighth with a 3-1 lead, closed out the final two innings to get his 10th save of the year. He gave up just one hit and struck out three.
Carson Breshears had two hits and knocked home a pair of runs, while Austin Pinorini and Gunnar Schubert each scored twice to go along with their two hits each. Jake Vieth reached three times on two walks and single, and Isaac Barrera had two hits and an RBI.
Gonzaga answered a Pacific run in the bottom of the third inning with a pair of their own in the top of the fourth. GU put the first two on with a hit batter and a single, and then Breshears hit an RBI single to tie the score. The next batter, Barrera, put GU in the lead with an RBI double to right-center.
The Zags got one in the eighth on a two-out RBI single from Breshears, and then did more damage with two outs in the ninth. Pacific got the first two batters of the ninth, but a double, three singles and two hit batters resulted in four runs. Schubert, Pinorini and Vieth each picked up RBI singles, while Nick Brooks sprinted home on a wild pitch.
Gonzaga returns home to step out of conference for a single game Tuesday against Washington State at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The Zags will look to avenge a 4-3 loss early this season to WSU.
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