Edman's Three Home Runs Lift Bulldogs To Win Over BYU
May 9, 2011
PROVO, Utah – Cameron Edman set career-highs of five hits, three home runs and six RBI to lead the Gonzaga University baseball team to a 12-5 win over future West Coast Conference foe Brigham Young University Monday afternoon.
Edman hit a pair of two-run homers in the first and fifth innings followed by a leadoff shot in the eighth. Edman, who already recorded two home runs in a game this season, becomes the third Bulldog in three consecutive seasons to record three homers in a game.
Marco Gonzales (8-2) struck out seven and allowed a career-low one hit in five innings to win his third straight start. Tyler Olson struck out two in three frames but allowed the five runs in the eighth. Kenny Smith closed the door with back-to-back strikeouts and a ground out.
BYU starter Matthew Neil (4-4) suffered the loss after allowing 10 runs, six earned, on 10 hits in four innings of work.
The Cougars retired the first 2 batters to start the game but missed the third out on the first baseman throwing error to the pitcher to put out Billy Moon, who reached second base on the error. After Royce Bolinger singled to center field, Edman punished the Cougars with a three-run shot to center field to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs continued to punish the Cougars for their mistakes. In the third inning, Chism reached on a fielding error by the shortstop and advanced to third on Moon’s single through the right side. Following a strikeout, Edman hit a RBI double to the left field wall to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.
Andy Hunter led off the fourth inning with a double to right field and advanced to third on a ground out. Although Steven Halcomb struck out on a squeeze attempt, Hunter stole home after the catcher couldn’t hold on to the ball. Lane hit a two-out single down the left field line and Chism gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 with his two-run shot toward left field.
After Bolinger singled to left field to lead off the fifth, Edman hit his second home run of the day toward left field. Clayton Eslick followed with a single to the third baseman. Keegan Acker walked but was forced out at second base on Halcomb’s grounder to the shortstop. With Eslick at third, Lane drove him in with a single to the shortstop.
Edman finished his day with a leadoff home run in the eighth, giving Gonzaga an 11-0 lead.
The Bulldogs will send Hunter to the hill to wrap up the two-game series with the Cougars Tuesday at 5 p.m. PT.
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