Ames Deals, Bulldog Offense Erupts To Post Series Sweep
April 26, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Gonzaga University closed out a three-game series sweep with an 11-1 win over Santa Clara University Sunday afternoon to stay in a tie atop the West Coast Conference standings with the University of San Diego.
Ryan Wiegand led the Bulldogs (28-13, 10-5 WCC) 19-hit attack with four hits and four RBI while reaching base in all six of his plate appearances. Gonzaga's top two players of the lineup pestered SCU (15-24, 4-11 WCC) all afternoon as leadoff hitter Evan Wells recorded three hits, scored three times and drove in two runs and two-hole hitter Drew Heid also added three hits, scored twice and had two RBI. The Zags' tope four hitters combined to go 13-for-10 with eight runs scored and nine RBI. Tyson Van Winkle also picked up three hits and scored twice.
The huge offensive performance backed an equally impressive outing by starting pitcher Steven Ames (7-0) who fired his team-leading second complete-game victory of the season. Ames held the Broncos to just the one run on five hits, struck out four and allowed just two hits after allowing a fourth inning home run.
The Bulldog offense gave Ames an early lead with three runs first inning. Wells led off the game with a walk and Heid followed with a base-hit through the right side of the infield to allow Wells to advance around to third. Van Winkle then brought home the first run of the inning with single through the left side of the infield to score Wells. Wiegand then hammered a two-run double into the left centerfield gap to score Heid and Van Winkle and open up a 3-0 lead.
Ernesto Ortiz led off the fourth inning with a double and after moving to third on a Wells' groundout, came home on Heid's sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. SCU was able to answer with a run in the bottom half of the inning as Geoff Klein's solo home run cut the GU lead to 4-1 but that would be as close as the Broncos would get.
The Gonzaga offense continued to get swings off of the SCU pitching staff, adding a couple more runs in the sixth and seventh innings to open up a 6-1 advantage. In the sixth, Wiegand picked up an RBI single before Wells added a two-out RBI base-hit in the seventh to build a five-run cushion.
In the ninth inning, Wells and Heid were at it again as each recorded RBI base-hits and each scored once more. Wiegand picked up his fourth RBI and fourth hit of the day with a two-out opposite field single and Chris Sturdivant also got into the action, recording a two-run single in the ninth to cap the scoring at 11-1.
The series win is Gonzaga's fourth in the five WCC series played this season and their first WCC series sweep. Loyola Marymount who had been in a three-way tie with Gonzaga and USD before losing its series finale at Saint Mary's College, is now one game back of both teams. Gonzaga will host SMC next weekend and will close out the regular season at home against LMU May 15-17.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a home-and-home series with Washington State University Tuesday and Wednesday. Gonzaga and WSU will matchup in Spokane 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and at 5:30 p.m. in Pullman on Wednesday.
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