Baseball Closes Non-Conference Play at WSU
May 14, 2018


Gonzaga Game Notes

Gonzaga (26-21) at Washington State (15-27-1)

Tuesday | Pullman, Wash. | Bailey-Brayton Field
TV: Pac-12 Networks | Live Stats
RHP Collin Maier (1-0, 5.52) vs. RHP Michael Spellacy (0-0, 6.00)

Gonzaga (26-21, 14-10) vs. Santa Clara (25-24, 11-13)
Friday-Sunday | Spokane, Wash. | Patterson Baseball Complex and Coach Steve Hertz Field
Game 1: Live video | Live Stats
Game 2: Live video | Live Stats
Game 3: Live video | Live Stats

WEEKLY RECAP
- Gonzaga won the bookends of a non-conference series with New Mexico State in Spokane, taking a 2-1 win on Friday and 10-2 win on Sunday, while losing 2-1 on Saturday.
- New Mexico State entered the series hitting .327 as a team, and the GU pitching staff held them to a .192 batting average over three games, along with a 1.67 ERA.
- Down 1-0 heading to the seventh, Jake Vieth hit a two-run opposite field homer to put the Zags in the lead for good.
- Daniel Bies went six innings of one-run ball and Casey Legumina got a two-inning save, his school-record 13th of the year. He’s ranked first in the WCC and fourth in the nation with 13 saves.
- Alek Jacob went 7.0 innings of two-run ball and Justin Blatner pitched two scoreless innings in the loss.
- On Sunday, GU’s offense came alive late and Mac Lardner threw his first-career complete game, allowing just two runs. Branson Trube hit a three-run homer and scored three times. The top four spots in the order (Barrera 2, Yake 2, Schubert 3, and Trube 3) combined to score all 10 runs.

DEFENSE:
- Gonzaga’s defense has been one of the best in the nation all season, and currently rank at the top of the West Coast Conference and second nationally with a .984 fielding percentage.
- The Zags have committed just 27 errors all year, second in the nation behind only Yale’s 24 (.985). - GU is also in the top 100 in double plays and double plays per game defensively.

OFFENSE:
- Freshman Ernie Yake has been on a tear over the last 10 games. In that span, he’s raised his batting average 37 points from .283 to a team-leading .320, going 19-for-42 (.452) with a .511 on-base percentage, team-high nine runs scored and five RBI.
- Nick Brooks found his power stroke over the last 10 games, posting three home runs and three doubles in that stretch. He’s second on the team with six home runs on the year, despite playing in just 35 games and starting just 23 of 47.
- Seniors Branson Trube and Gunnar Schubert have been two of the most productive Zags this season, ranking first and second on the team in RBIs with 32 and 28, and are second and third in total hits with 53 and 51.
- Of Trube’s 32 Schubert’s RBI, 15 have come with two outs, tied with Schubert for most on the team.
- Schubert had his GU season-high 25-game on-base streak snapped vs. Stanford, two games after his 17-game hit streak was snapped at Saint Mary’s.
- 1B Jake Vieth leads the team in home runs with eight and is the most-patient Zag, leading the team with 31 walks, eight more than any teammate. He also has 11 HBPs, second behind Carson Breshears’ 14.
- Fourth on the team in batting average, Vieth’s 42 free passes (walks + HBPs) have given him the highest OBP on the team at .415, 31 points higher than any teammate.
- Trube has a team high 32 runs scored, and 32 RBI, with three coming in the NMSU series finale.
- Trube leads GU with 19 multi-hit games, followed by 17 for Yake, each had two in the NMSU series.
- Schubert is 4-for-7 (.571) with the bases loaded this season, while Yake is 3-for-6 (.500), the two highest marks on the team.
- Yake leads the team with a .382 batting average with two outs (21-for-55).
- Schubert has also been fantastic with runners on any base when he comes to bat, going 31-for-91 (.341) when there’s a Zag aboard.
- Gonzaga pinch-hitters are also getting the job done, hitting .310 on the season, going 13-for-42. Jace VanDeBrake provided the first pinch-hit home run of the season against LMU as well.
- Carson Breshears, who has batted in the nine-spot in the lineup the majority of the season, has made the most of being a second leadoff man. He’s had 31 opportunities to lead off an inning and has reached base 15 times, 48 percent of the time.

PITCHING:
- Gonzaga pitching has been one of the best staffs in the nation this season, ranking 10th in ERA, 14th in walks allowed, 15th in WHIP and 22nd in strikeout-to-walk ratio. The staff is No. 2 in the WCC in ERA, shutouts, WHIP, walks allowed and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
- Gonzaga pitching has been stout in West Coast Conference action, allowing WCC hitters just a .236 batting average with a 2.82 ERA, the best marks in the league.
- Counting only league games, Bies is the only starter with two complete games and leads the WCC in strikeouts with 62. Lardner and Jacob are tied for second with four wins each.
- In WCC games, three GU pitches rank among the top 10 in ERA on the year with Lardner at 2.01, Legumina at 2.10, and Bies at 2.56.
- After throwing a 2.0 inning save against New Mexico State, Casey Legumina enters the week with 13 saves on the season, the best mark in the West Coast Conference and the fourth-most in the nation.
- Against USF, the staff combined for a 1.44 ERA, and allowed Don hitters just a .223 batting average.
- Daniel Bies has thrown three complete games this year, his most recent coming in a shutout of San Francisco that earned him WCC Pitcher of the Week Honors.
- Against Pacific, the staff combined for a 1.73 ERA, and allowed Tiger hitters just a .184 batting average.
- All three starters went at least 7.0 innings against Pacific, and Casey Legumina was the only reliever to get work, going 2.0 innings in each of the final two games of the series and collecting two saves.
- Bies pitched his second complete game of the season in a 2-1 loss at Pacific on Friday night. His other complete game came in a 4-1 win over Milwaukee earlier this year.
- The staff has also four combined shutouts this season with two by Alek Jacob and one each by Daniel Bies and Mac Lardner that were all finished off by closer Casey Legumina.


 

 

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