Zags Offense Bounces Back To Take Series From Pepperdine
May 22, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. – Marco Gonzales matched his career-high of eight strikeouts in seven innings of work and Thomas Henderson drove in three runs as they helped Gonzaga University’s baseball team defeat Pepperdine University 5-0 to claim the West Coast Conference series Sunday.
With the win the Bulldogs (31-17-1, 14-4 WCC) move into a tie for first place in the WCC standings with the University of San Francisco, who had the weekend off. The two teams will meet next weekend at the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field for both the conference championship and the automatic berth to the NCAA Baseball Championships starting Friday at 6 p.m.
Gonzales (10-2), who has the most wins in the conference, didn’t walk a batter and surrendered three hits including a double. Cody Martin finished the game not allowing a hit along with striking out two and walking one.
Waves (21-30, 6-12 WCC) starter Alex Najera (1-4) allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings.
After three scoreless frames the Bulldogs broke through in the fourth inning with Keegan Acker drawing a one-out walk. He advanced to second and third after a pickoff attempt passed the first baseman and deep into foul territory. Henderson’s sacrifice bunt allowed Acker to score the eventual game-winning run.
The Bulldogs collected some insurance runs in the next inning. Moon led off the inning with a single to the second baseman. After Edman was hit by Najera, Bolinger grounded to the shortstop who forced out Edman at second. With Moon at third, Andy Hunter’s groundout to second base was enough to bring Moon home for the Bulldogs second run. After Acker walked, Henderson hit a two-run double to right field but was tagged out attempting to turn the hit into a triple.
Moon once again registered a leadoff single to the first baseman to lead off the seventh inning. Following Edman’s sacrifice bunt, Bolinger’s hit toward left center field drove in the fifth run. Bolinger attempted a three-bagger but was tagged out.
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