Carpenter Throws First Complete-Game In No. 24 Zags Win
April 21, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. - Ryan Carpenter went the distance and struck out 11 to match his season-high as the 24th-ranked Gonzaga University baseball team defeated Saint Mary's College 5-2 in a West Coast Conference series opener Thursday evening.
Carpenter (5-1) also pitched the first complete-game of his career as he held the Gaels (15-17, 3-4 WCC) to three hits and a walk. His 11 strikeouts matched the outing against the University of the Pacific March 4.
Saint Mary's starting pitcher Mark Anderson (6-3) also pitched the entire game but scattered nine hits and the Gaels defense made three costly errors.
The Gaels got on the board early with a two-out solo home run which hit the left field foul pole. After the next six batters retired on a fly out and five consecutive strikeouts, the Gaels broke through and scored the team's second run in the third inning on a two-out triple followed by a RBI single up the middle.
After allowing the single, Carpenter settled down and retired 19 of the remaining 20 batters in the game.
"He was outstanding tonight, that's the outing we need to see from him as we are mid-way through conference," Bulldogs associate head coach Danny Evans said of Carpenter. "The guys are pumped. That is a big, big momentum to see him throw the ball like tonight."
The Bulldogs offense awoke in their half of the third. Halcomb led off the inning with a single through the left side and after a fly out, Eric Lane reached on a fielding error by the shortstop. Chism followed with a hard line drive to the short stop. The ball deflected off the shortstop and rolled into the outfield, allowing Halcomb to score the Bulldogs first run and move Lane to third. Moon tied the game with a ground out to the second baseman.
In the home half of the fifth inning, Halcomb led off with another single through the side and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out. Chism put the Bulldogs ahead with a RBI single through the left side and with Moon at the plate he stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Moon brought him in with a single through the left side.
Bolinger led off the eighth inning with a single to right center field and Cameron Edman cashed in an insurance run with a RBI double to left field.
Tyler Olson will take the ball for the Bulldogs in game two Friday at 6 p.m.
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