Baseball Heads South to Open Season
Feb. 15, 2018

Fri., Feb. 16 | 4:00 p.m. PT | Gonzaga vs. Cal Poly
RHP Daniel Bies (0-0, -.-- ERA) vs. RHP Michael Clark (0-0, -.-- ERA)

Sat., Feb. 17 | Noon PT | Gonzaga vs. Oregon State
RHP Mac Lardner (0-0, -.-- ERA) vs. TBA

Sun., Feb. 18 | 4:00 p.m. PT | Gonzaga vs. New Mexico
RHP Alek Jacob (0-0, -.-- ERA) vs. RHP Drew Gillespie (0-0, -.-- ERA)

Mon., Feb. 19 | 9:00 a.m. PT | Gonzaga vs. Cal Poly
TBA vs. RHP Darren Nelson (0-0, -.-- ERA)

The Last Meeting
Gonzaga1
Cal Poly6
March 13, 2017
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
BASE Falls in Single Game at Cal Poly
The Zags played Cal Poly for just the second time in program history Monday night, falling to the Mustangs 6-1 in San Luis Obispo.

The Last Meeting
Gonzaga3
Oregon State4
February 14, 2014
Tempe, AZ

The Last Meeting
Gonzaga1
New Mexico4
March 11, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M.
The Last Meeting
Gonzaga1
Cal Poly6
March 13, 2017
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
BASE Falls in Single Game at Cal Poly
The Zags played Cal Poly for just the second time in program history Monday night, falling to the Mustangs 6-1 in San Luis Obispo.

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NEW LOOK GONZAGA:
- Gonzaga has 35 players on the 2018 roster: 21 returners (18 who saw action at least once last season) and 14 newcomers...three Zags redshirted last season.
- The Zags return four starting fielders (Jake Vieth, Gunnar Schubert, Daniel Fredrickson, and Troy Johnston)...furthermore, six other returners saw time in the starting lineup last season.
- From the rotation, RHPs Daniel Bies and Casey Legumina and LHP Mac Lardner all spent a significant part of 2017 as starters...LHPs Calvin LeBrun and Justin Blatner also each started one game.
- Of the newcomers, nine are freshmen and five are transfers...redshirt juniors Carson Breshears and Slade Heggen came to GU from Gonzaga, junior Austin Pinorini from Bellevue Collge, junior Taylor Davis from Lower Columbia College, and Matthew Henckel from Tacoma Community College.

ONE LAST LOOK BACK:
- Gonzaga captured its second consecutive share of the West Coast Conference title last season, ending WCC play with a 20-7 record after sweeping BYU in the final series...the Zags shared the title with BYU and Loyola Marymount.
- Overall, GU went 33-20 in 2017...they reached the title game of the WCC Championship tournament.
- Head coach Mark Machtolf was named WCC Coach of the Year after leading the Zags to their fourth WCC title since 2009...he also picked up his 400th career victory in April 2017...he's No. 2 in Gonzaga history and No. 6 in WCC history (third among active coaches) with 417 career wins.
- Junior RHP Eli Morgan picked up various All-America honors as well as Second Team All-Region and First Team All-WCC honors...five others received some sort of All-WCC accolades, including Daniel Fredrickson's Honorable Mention and Troy Johnston's All-Freshman Team designations. - Morgan was one of six Zags selected in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft...in all, nine Bulldogs signed pro deals after the season.

HAPPY NEW YEAR:
- This is the 17th consecutive season the Zags have started the year in a warm-weather climate (since 2002)...they've played nine season openers in Arizona since 2003, including four of the last five (2014: Tucson, 2016: Phoenix, 2017-18: Surprise).
- They've also played at Surprise Stadium eight times since 2003...they're 13-12-1 in Surprise since the turn of the century.
- The Zags are 4-4 in season openers since 2010...last year, they beat Duke 6-1 in the first game of the season before falling to Indiana later in the day...they're 14-15 during the first weekend of competition during that stretch.

SCHEDULING NOTES:
- Gonzaga will play 12 games against teams who won conference titles last season (Oregon State, New Mexico, Rice, BYU, Loyola Marymount) and 11 against those who reached the NCAA Tournament (Oregon State, Rice, BYU, Stanford).
- The Zags start 2018 with a seven-game road trip to Surprise, Arizona, and Irvine, California...this is the shortest road trip to begin the season since 2008 as the Zags have their home opener scheduled for March 2 against Milwaukee...that series will be the earliest set of home games for GU since hosting BYU from Feb. 28-March 1 that year.
- Last year, the Zags played 17 on the road before a March 17 season opener...in 2014, they began with a 23-game road swing, and that number was 25 in 2006.
- In all, the Zags play 19 games at Patterson Baseball Complex & Washington Trust Field...nine of those games will take place April 27 or later, including two of the final three WCC series.

PLAYING THE TOURNAMENT FIELD:
- Cal Poly returns 19 letterwinners from last season's team that finished second in the Big West...eight who saw significant time in the starting lineup come back, including hits leader Alex McKenna and RBIs leader Kyle Marinconz...the Mustangs did lose staff ace Spencer Howard to the MLB draft but do return two starters and closer Michael Clark, who earned Second Team All-Big West honors with 11 saves, a 5-0 record, and a 2.59 ERA.
- Gonzaga is 0-1-1 against Cal Poly, losing 6-1 last year in San Luis Obispo, California...the first meeting between the two clubs came in 2003 when they tied 8-8 at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno.
- Oregon State finished the 2017 season with a 56-6 record, tying for fourth in NCAA Division I history with a .903 winning percentage. The Beavers advanced to their sixth College World Series, and finished 2-2 in Omaha to place third nationally, per the polls.
- The Zags will finally meet the Beavers after losing two games last year to inclement weather...the former Pac-10 North division-mates have played 92 times since 1970 with OSU leading the series 32-60...the Beavers have won the last five games between the Pacific Northwest clubs, but that stretch followed a six-game GU win streak.
- The defending Mountain West regular-season champion University of New Mexico baseball team will again picked to be the favorite to win the MWC. The Lobos had three players make the Preseason All-Mountain West Team in senior outfielder Danny Collier, junior outfielder Jared Mang and junior pitcher Christian Tripp. - GU is 3-3 against New Mexico with both clubs sweeping a home series earlier this decade...the Bulldogs won all three games at Patterson Baseball Complex in 2011 while the Lobos returned the favor at Albuquerque in 2012.

PITCHING LINES:
- RHP Daniel Bies is coming off a career year in 2017...as a redshirt sophomore, he tallied career highs in nearly every category...he started nine games, going five innings or more five times and allowing three or fewer runs in six...his best performance came out of the bullpen, however, on April 30 when he tossed five shutout innings in a 12-11 walkoff victory against Saint Mary's.
- LHP Mac Lardner started six of his 13 appearances as a freshman...his best start came in his very first one with one run allowed and eight strikeouts in six innings versus Duke Feb. 18...he also ended the year well, allowing one run in six innings of work at the WCC Championships May 27...overall, he posted a 3-1 record as a rookie with 37 strikeouts and a 3.99 ERA, the best of GU's returning starters.
- RHP Alek Jacob is a freshman from Spokane, marking the second straight year GU has a freshman starting an opening-weekend game...Jacob started all four years at North Central HS, earning All-Greater Spokane League honors three times...as a senior, he posted a 0.90 ERA and 63 strikeouts...he led the league in strikeouts and tallied Second Team All-State accolades as a junior.


 

 

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