Edman Homers Twice But Gaels Rally To Beat No. 24 Zags
April 23, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. - Cameron Edman hit two home runs for Gonzaga University's 24th-ranked baseball team but a two-run ninth inning gave Saint Mary's College a 7-6 victory in the rubber match of the West Coast Conference series Saturday.
Edman recorded a three-run afternoon along with a singled and laid down a sacrifice bunt. Clayton Eslick also had a multiple-hit game, producing a triple and a single. Marco Gonzales received a no-decision after allowing five runs on nine hits. Cody Martin (2-1) went the rest of the way and allowed two runs on four hits.
The Gaels (17-17, 5-4 WCC) exit the series without using their bullpen. Starter Kyle Barraclough (4-4) became the third Gael to go the distance, striking out seven and scattering nine hits.
It is the first time the Bulldogs (22-13-1, 6-3 WCC) have lost back-to-back games since going 0-5 to start the season.
Edman got the Bulldogs offense started in the second inning with a leadoff single and Eslick drove in the first run of the game with a RBI triple to the right center field fence. Andy Hunter followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
One inning later, Royce Bolinger hit a two-out single through the left side to extend his hitting streak to seven-games. Bolinger moved into scoring position on a wild pitch but it wasn't needed as Edman hit a two-run blast down the left field line to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.
Gonzales retired 10 of the first 13 batters to start the game but the Gaels broke through in the fifth inning. The Gaels led off the inning with a first-pitch home run to left field and after a fly out, they used a single and three doubles to tie the game 4-4.
The Bulldogs regained the lead one inning later. Bolinger led off with a walk and after advancing to second on Edman's sacrifice bunt, Eslick's single hopped passed the shortstop to allow Bolinger to score the Bulldogs fifth run.
The Gaels bounced back with a seventh-inning leadoff double down the left field line. Following a sacrifice bunt, Martin came into the game but couldn't hold the runner at third as the first batter he faced singled down the right field line to tie the game again.
After a scoreless eighth inning, the ninth inning determined the entire game. The Gaels led off the inning with a double to left center field and after a sacrifice bunt, the go-ahead run was scored on a single to left field. The Gaels caught a break when a fielding error by Steven Halcomb cashed in an insurance run.
Edman led off the ninth inning with his second home run to left center field to start the home half of the ninth. Keegan Acker got on base with a two-out single to right center field and Halcomb, looking to rebound from the error, was robbed of a base hit when he hit a hard grounder stopped by the shortstop to end the game.
The Bulldogs will have the day off Sunday to celebrate Easter but they are back on the field to start a two-game series with the University of Washington Monday at 6 p.m. Following the short series, the Bulldogs will begin a 13-game road stand including three WCC series at Santa Clara University, the University of Portland and Pepperdine University.
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