Win Streak Ends as Saint Mary’s Takes Game One
April 28, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash.—The No. 19 Gonzaga baseball team’s win streak ended at eight games Friday night as the Zags fell 7-3 to Saint Mary’s during game one of a key West Coast Conference series at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field.
The Gaels broke up a scoreless game in the fourth, scoring three runs on four hits, all singles off GU starter Eli Morgan. Right fielder Joe Vranesh drove in the first run with a knock through the right side, and Joey Fiske added two more two batters later with an infield base hit.
Saint Mary’s added two more in the fifth, but the Bulldogs got those back in their half of the inning. Redshirt senior catcher Jake Roberts led the rallying effort with a one-out home run to left field, and the Bulldogs continued with three straight singles, Tyler Frost’s smash up the middle driving in a run. After the Gaels made a pitching change, Jeff Bohling was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Nick Brooks flew out to right field to end the rally.
After a scoreless sixth, the Gaels extended their lead to 7-2 in the seventh, finally chasing Morgan in the process. The junior from Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., fanned Kevin Milam to begin the frame, but a single and a walk were it for Morgan, who then left the game in favor of southpaw Calvin LeBrun. Saint Mary’s’ Austin Chauvin greeted the junior with a double down the left field line, plating the two runners. LeBrun then got a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.
The Zags scored one more in the eighth with a solo home run from Gunnar Schubert, the first of his Bulldog career. That was all, though, as the Gaels held on for the 7-3 win to begin the series.
Morgan took the loss, his second of the season, while Saint Mary’s reliever Ty Madrigal earned the win after escaping a two-on, one-out jam in the fifth. Ken Waldichuck, who entered the game in the sixth and finished it off, picked up the save.
Gonzaga associate head coach Danny Evans
Gonzaga catcher Jake Roberts
Gonzaga (25-15, 14-5 WCC) and Saint Mary’s (27-14, 10-6 WCC) continue the three-game series on Saturday, April 29, with a 3:00 p.m. contest at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field. The Zags turn to senior right-handed pitcher Justin Vernia, while the Gaels will send out fellow righty Conner Loeprich.
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