Zags Ninth-Inning Rally Comes Up Short, Split Series With BYU
May 10, 2011
PROVO, Utah - A rally in the ninth inning came up short as the Gonzaga University baseball team lost 4-3 to incoming West Coast Conference member Brigham Young University Tuesday evening. The Cougars and Bulldogs split the two-game series.
Trailing 4-1 in the ninth, the Bulldogs (26-14-1) had the bases loaded with one out and a pinch hit two-run single by Clayton Eslick cut the Cougars (25-22) lead to one. But the Cougars got out of the threat with a double play to end the game.
Coming off a career day of three home runs and a career-high six RBI, Cameron Edman continued to lead the offensive efforts for Gonzaga going 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI.
Starter Andy Hunter was credited a no-decision despite striking out five and allowing two hits including a solo home run. Mark Phillips (1-3) suffered the loss after allowing three runs in two innings of work. Aaron Brooks allowed hit in the seventh but Cody Martin highlighted his day moving up in the program history books. He made his 81st career appearance to tie Matt Siwek for second most in program history and also recorded his 260th career strikeout to tie Bulldogs assistant coach Steve Bennett for third most.
BYU starter Mark Anderson went 8 1/3 innings allowing three runs on nine hits. Kolton Mahoney got the save after facing one batter.
The Cougars took the lead for the first time in this short series in the second inning with a leadoff opposite field home run to left field. But the Bulldogs answered back in the fourth. Tyler Chism led off with a bunt single to third base, Billy Moon singled to left field and Royce Bolinger hit a fly ball to right field. The ball dropped but the right fielder’s throw to second was in time to force out Moon. Edman’s double to center field brought in the tying run but Bolinger, who tried to score the go-ahead run, was tagged out at the plate.
Chris Sturdivant reached on a fielding error by the third baseman and Marco Gonzales walked to load the bases but the Cougars got out of the inning with a fly out to center field.
Phillips started his day retiring the side in the fifth inning but the Cougars started the sixth inning with back-to-back singles, a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk. They would take a 4-1 lead with a two-run double but the Bulldogs avoided more damage with a strikeout and a fly out.
The Bulldogs return to WCC action this weekend as they take on the University of Portland starting Friday at 3 p.m.
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