Zags Draw Even at BYU with 9-5 win
April 29, 2016
PROVO, Utah--After erasing two deficits, the Gonzaga University baseball team evened up its key West Coast Conference series at BYU Friday night with an 9-5 win over the Cougars at Miller Field in Provo.
The Zags used a big fifth inning to grab the lead permanently, scoring five runs on as many hits for an 8-4 advantage. After a leadoff walk, Tyler Frost and Jeff Bohling posted back-to-back doubles, Bohling bringing in two scores with his two-bagger. Two batters later, Nick Brooks singled through the left side to plate Bohling, and Brooks himself came across on another RBI double, this one from Jake Roberts. Shortstop Dustin Breshears wrapped up the scoring in the frame with a RBI single to right field, although the Zags did load the bases before the side was retired.
Before the fifth, the lead had changed hand a couple times after BYU initially took it in the second. Gonzaga responded to the Cougars' second-inning run with two in the third, getting RBIs from Frost and Sam Brown. They added one in the top of the fourth on a leadoff homer from Brooks, but BYU re-took a brief advantage with three in the bottom of the frame.
After that three-run fourth inning, Gonzaga starter Eli Morgan found his groove, keeping the Cougars scoreless in the fifth, sixth, and seventh, while facing the minimum in the sixth and seventh innings. In that sixth inning, he caught all three Cougar batters looking, bumping his strikeout tally on the night to five.
In the eighth, Bohling hit a solo blast out to right field to give the Zags a 9-4 lead. In the bottom of the frame Morgan retired the first batter he faced but was pulled after walking Cougar first baseman Colton Shaver. Junior Sam Hellinger came in relief and kept the Cougars off the scoresheet in the inning. He did, however, allow one in the ninth before Wyatt Mills came in and got the final out of the inning to preserve the win.
The Zags (25-14, 13-7 WCC) and Cougars will wrap up the three-game set on Saturday, April 30, with a 12:00 p.m. Pacific (1:00 p.m. Mountain) contest to decide the series. Gonzaga will send RHP Hunter Wells to the mound while the Cougars will counter with LHP Riley Gates.
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