Zags Complete Three-Game Sweep
April 18, 2005
PORTLAND, Ore. - Freshman third baseman Darin Holcomb's RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Gonzaga University baseball team to a 12-8 come-from-behind West Coast Conference victory over the University of Portland Monday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field.
With the win the Bulldogs hold on to first place in the WCC Coast division, complete a three-game sweep over Portland and improve to 23-12 overall and 10-4 in the WCC. With the loss Portland falls to 12-23 overall and 3-12 in the WCC.
The Bulldogs were trailing 8-6 heading into the eighth inning and dug in to score three runs on three hits to recapture the lead. Shortstop Aaron McGuinness got things started with a single through the left side and moved to second on Bobby Carlson's fly out to right field. Aaron McGuinness then walked to put runners at first and second. Scott Campbell hit a two-run double down the left field line knotting the score at eight runs apiece. Holcomb then brought Campbell home on his single to left field giving the Bulldogs a one-run lead. GU would add three insurance runs in the ninth inning to cap off the win.
The Pilots saw their 2-1 lead dissipate in the fifth inning as Gonzaga out up five runs on seven hits, but responded with five runs of their own in their half of the inning. Portland scored their runs on a Justin Ehlers sacrifice fly, a Nick Kosach two-run double, a Jason Krohn single and caped the inning on a Matthew Peters single to center field.
The Bulldogs had six players record multiple hits on the day with Bobby Carlson leading the way going 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Josh Bryant (3-1) picked up the win for the Zags allowing one run on five hits in 3.2 innings of work and Brandon Harmon recorded the save allowing no runs on no hits while striking out three in 1.2 innings of work. Josh Roberts (0-4) was saddled with the loss for the Pilots allowing four runs, one earned, on four hits in 1.2 innings of work.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Tuesday night as they head to Pullman, Wash. for a 6 p.m. game against Pacific Northwest rival Washington State University.
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