Big Seventh Inning Lifts Zags Past UW, 8-5
April 10, 2012
SEATTLE - A five-run seventh inning was the difference as the Gonzaga baseball team beat Washington, 8-5, Tuesday at Husky Ballpark.
The Bulldogs (22-9) swept the two-game, non-conference series from the Huskies (17-13).
Gonzaga reliever Zach Abbruzza (1-2) pitched the final four innings, allowing just one hit and no runs, for the victory. At one point, he retired 10 straight UW batters until a two-out infield single in the ninth. Husky reliever Joshua Fredendall (0-2) suffered the loss. All five runs he allowed in the seventh were unearned.
The Huskies led through much of the game as they scored a run in the first. Jayce Ray led off with a walk. After taking second on a bunt and stealing third, he crossed home on a groundout from Branden Berry, giving the UW a 1-0 lead.
In the third, the Zags got singles from Maxx Garrett and Eric Lane to begin the inning, putting runners at first and third for Payden Cawley Lamb, whose flyout to center drove home Garrett to cut the lead to 2-1.
In the sixth, the Bulldogs scored two runs to move in front, 3-2. A walk, a hit batter and a bunt put runners at second and third with one out for Brock Slavin, who hit a ground ball to first. The throw to the plate to get the lead runner was just late, tying the game at 2-2. Garrett followed with a squeeze bunt to bring home Andy Hunter from third, giving Gonzaga its first lead.
Washington answered quickly with a three-run sixth inning, moving back on top. With runners at first and second, a balk was called on a pitch to Ely, but he put the ball in play. Gonzaga tried to turn a double play, but the throw to second was irrelevant due to the balk and Ely beat the relay throw to first, leaving the bases loaded with no outs.
Jacob Lamb followed with a ground ball to second base, but the throw to second to try to start a double play was off line, allowing two runners to score on the play. Later in the inning, Ely scored on a sacrifice fly from Ray to move out to a 5-3 lead.
Gonzaga answered in the top of the seventh. After a single and an error put two aboard with one out, Alex Stanford singled to right-center field to drive in a run. After a second out, Steven Holcomb singled to drive in another and Slavin reached on a hit that bounced high off of the rubber to drive in Stanford, moving the Bulldogs back in front, 6-5.
Garrett and Lane continued the rally for the Bulldogs as each drove in a run with a two-out single, stretching the Gonzaga advantage to 8-5.
Bolinger and Stanford each had three hits for the Bulldogs while Slavin and Garrett drove in two apiece.
Joe Meggs was the only Husky to record multiple hits, going 2-for-4, while Lamb had two RBI. The UW got scoreless relief appearances from four different pitchers as Tyler Kane, Austin Voth and Dae Yang Kim pitched one scoreless inning apiece and Nick Palewicz contributed one and one-third without allowing a run. Starter Zach Wright gave up just one run over his three innings of work.
Next up for the Dawgs is a three-game series vs. California in Berkeley this Friday through Sunday.