Synegal's Two Home Runs Leads Zags To Game One Win
April 17, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. – No. 22 Gonzaga University used a pair of home runs from Anthony Synegal to post a 6-3 victory over the University of Portland in game one of a West Coast Conference weekend series Friday afternoon.
Synegal hit his third and fourth homers of the season as his two-run blast in the seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie. Ryan Carpenter fired four scoreless innings in relief of starter Matt Fields to seal up the victory for the Bulldogs (25-10, 7-3 WCC).
Tyson Van Winkle continued his hot streak with a 4-for-5 performance and also drove in his team-leading 38th run of the season. Ernesto Ortiz added two hits including his second home run of the season.
Portland (18-17, 2-8 WCC) was the first to get on the board as Rocky Gale’s solo homer in the third inning put the Pilots up 1-0. UP later added another run in the inning to push the lead to 2-1.
Gonzaga was able to put up single runs in each of the next three innings. Synegal led off the Bulldog fourth inning with his first big fly of night, an opposite field solo shot to right field for the Zags first run. Van Winkle and Ryan Wiegand then led off the fifth inning with back-to-back hits before Mark Castellitto singled through the left side with one out to score Van Winkle and tie the game at 2-2.
After Portland scored a run in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead, the Zags came right back with another run as Ortiz led off the sixth inning with his second career homer to tie the game at 3-3.
The Bulldogs bats stayed hot in the seventh inning as Synegal launched his second home run of the night. Wiegand had led off the inning with a walk before Synegal came to the plate and hammered the 3-1 pitch over the left field fence to give Gonzaga a 5-3 lead.
The Zags added another run the eighth inning as Van Winkle picked up his fourth hit of the ball game, scoring Drew Heid from first on a one-out double to right centerfield gap to make it a 6-3 lead. It was Van Winkle’s team-leading 18th double of the season and his eighth hit in his last nine at-bats after going 5-for-5 in this past Tuesday’s win over Washington State University.
Carpenter (5-3), making just his second relief appearance of the season, held the Pilots to just three hits in his four innings of work to pick up the win. Fields allowed three runs and struck out seven in five innings in a no-decision, snapping his personal five-game winning streak.
The Bulldogs and Pilots will continued their weekend series Saturday at 1 p.m.
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