Baseball Wins Again, Bulldogs End April With 12-1 Victory
April 30, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team closed out the month of April in style as the Bulldogs (19-22, 11-8 WCC) won their eighth game in their last nine outings with a 12-1 rout of Santa Clara University at Avista Stadium in Spokane. The win handed Gonzaga pitcher Eric Dworkis his 19th career victory to move into tenth place on the Gonzaga career wins list as he improved to 7-3 this season with a complete game. Santa Clara fell to 19-25, 8-11 in WCC action.
The Broncos scored the games first run in the second inning as Nic Crosta and Jason Matteucci opened with back-to-back singles against Dworkis. After a sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third, Michael Lange drove home the lone Santa Clara run with a sacrifice fly to center. Dworkis would go on to allow only seven SCU hits while striking out three batters. Crosta led the Santa Clara offense with three of those seven hits, Matteucci added two.
The remainder of the game was all Gonzaga as the Bulldogs collected nine hits and took advantage of three hitter batters and six walks issued by the Santa Clara pitching staff. Aaron McGuinness started the offensive outburst with a two-run homer to left field in the third inning. Jeff Culpepper would add a bases loaded fielder's choice later in the frame to stake Gonzaga to a 3-1 lead.
GU added four more runs against Santa Clara starter Kellan McConnell (4-6) in the fourth and sixth innings before the right-hander exited with one out in the seventh. McGuinness' sacrifice fly accounted for the Bulldogs run in the fourth while Matt Reding drove home two runs in the sixth with a double off the right centerfield wall. The final run of the inning scored on a passed ball to give Gonzaga a comfortable 7-1 advantage.
Bobby Carlson added a few insurance runs in the eighth as the connected for a three-run home run down the left field line. Carlson finished 3-for-5 with 4 RBI while McGuinness finished 2-for-2 with 3 RBI. Mike Rundle also had two hits for Gonzaga. The same two teams will return to action on Saturday and Sunday to wrap up their three-game West Coast Conference series. Start time for both games is 1 p.m.
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