Feb. 21, 2003
SEATTLE - Jeff Culpepper had five hits and Eric Rodland added three more and also walked twice to lead Gonzaga to its first victory of the year Friday. After a seven-run fourth to open the scoring, the Bulldogs coasted to a 13-2 win over the Washington baseball team at the UW's home opener at Husky Ballpark.
Bulldogs starting pitcher Errol Simonitsch (1-1) held Washington to only two hits over five and two-thirds innings to earn the win for the Zags (1-4). Simonitsch, a junior lefty, fanned seven and didn't walk a batter.
Senior Sean White (0-2) suffered the loss for the Huskies (3-4). The Mercer Island righty held the Zags scoreless through the first four innings, but lasted only four and two-thirds, allowing seven runs.
Neither team was able to do much with the bats until the Bulldogs rallied for seven runs in the top of the fifth, all with two outs. Chris Sinner got it started a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Leadoff hitter Eric Rodland followed with a sharp double to right-center to drive home Sinner. After Brad Welker was hit by a pitch, David Johnson singled up the middle and Gonzaga led, 2-0.
Gordon Corder was hit by a pitch to load the bases and right fielder Jeff Culpepper followed with a single, his third hit of the game, to drive home two more. After Sean White hit Sam Hess with a pitch to load them up again, Kemp Quackenbush singled home another pair.
After Josh Conover came on to relieve White, Grant Zurmely doubled to left-center to drive in Hess, but Quackenbush was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first to finally end the bleeding.
The Bulldogs tacked on another pair of two out runs in the sixth when two runs scored on a single from Culpepper.
In the eighth, Rodland led off with a homer off of UW freshman reliever Matt Kasser, making his first career outing. After a Welker single, Johnson belted a homer to right to extend the Zags' lead to 12-0.
Culpepper finished 5-for-5 with four runs batted in while Rodland, who reached base five times, was 3-for-4 with two RBI.
One of the few other bright spots for the Huskies came in the return of junior pitcher Trevor Gibson. Expected to be one of the Huskies' top starters, Gibson missed the first two weeks of the season with an injury. He entered the game in the eighth with one out and the bases loaded and got two quick outs on a strikeout and a popup. Gibson went on to pitch the ninth, giving up a run on a pair of doubles while striking out two.
The Huskies and Bulldogs will continue the three-game series Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
LINESCORE Gonzaga 13, Washington 2 Gonzaga 000 072 031 -- 13 17 1 Washington 000 000 002 -- 2 7 0 Errol Simonitsch, Ed Clelland (6) and Sam Hess, Kiel Thibault (8). Sean White, Josh Conover (5), Matt Kasser (7), Trevor Gibson (8) and Aaron Hathaway, Jefferson Thiel (7). W - Simonitsch (1-1). L - White (0-2). Sv - Clelland (1). 2B - GU, Jeff Culpepper, Eric Rodland, Grant Zurmely, Jackson Brennan, Gordon Corder; UW, Chad Boudon. HR - GU, Rodland (1), David Johnson (1); UW, Kyle Larsen (4). T - 2:55. A - 396.