Gonzaga Drops Final WCC Tune-up
May 22, 2017
FRESNO, Calif.--The Gonzaga baseball team played one final regular season game Monday night, falling 9-2 to Fresno State at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium in Fresno.
The Fresno State Bulldogs (32-23, 18-12 Mountain West) took an early lead, scoring two in the first inning after loading the bases. After allowing an RBI groundout to Jared Akins, GU starting pitcher Justin Blatner fanned Nick Warren to end the frame.
The Gonzaga Bulldog offense quickly cut the lead in half, scoring in the top of the second. After Jake Roberts doubled to left field, Branson Trube advanced the catcher with a single of his own. First baseman Jake Vieth then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Roberts to score.
That 2-1 Fresno State lead held until the fourth when Korby Batesole hit a sacrifice fly of his own to add one for FSU. After an inning and a half, however, the Zags got that run back after Vieth led off the sixth with a walk, moved to third base on a wild pitch and a single from Gunnar Schubert, and came home when Sam Brown hit an RBI single to right center.
Fresno State countered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth, three of them coming on a three-run home run from Jeremiah Burks. The home team added two more in the seventh with a two-run shot from Jesse Medrano.
In the eighth, Gonzaga reserves gave the Zags a scoring opportunity as Jace VanDeBrake doubled to right center and Nick Brooks was hit by a pitch from Adam Medrano. The next three batters made outs, however, ending the frame. Neither team scored in their final trip to the plate, confirming the 9-2 score.
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The Zags (31-18, 20-7 WCC) now turn to the postseason and the 2017 edition of the WCC Championships. They begin the conference tournament as the competition's No. 1 seed and will face fourth-seeded Saint Mary's on Thursday, May 25, at 3:00 p.m. Every game of the WCC Championships will take place at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton.
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