Bulldogs Get First Win Of 2013 Over UC Riverside - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA

Bulldogs Get First Win Of 2013 Over UC Riverside

Posted:

By: Gonzaga University Athletics

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. Gonzaga University baseball shrugged off its morning defeat and shutdown UC Riverside 6-3 to capture the nightcap of its Opening Day doubleheader in Palm Springs Stadium Friday.  

Gonzaga improves to 1-1 while UC Riverside suffered its first defeat.

"Tonight was a great response from our guys," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "They really bounced back from our earlier game against Utah Valley. We really played well in all facets of the game."

Senior Tyler Olson (1-0), a five game winner from a year ago, went five shutout innings and struck out seven Highlanders in a gutsy performance for the Bulldogs.

"We got a great start out of Tyler," Machtolf said. "He really set the tone from the start and it translated into our bullpen."

The Bulldogs got on top of the Highlanders early and never allowed them to get back in the game.

Steven Halcomb singled in the top of the first, which was followed by a Clayton Eslick double gave GU runners on second and third. Zach Abbruzza then singled to right field, bringing in the first Bulldog run. Junior Marco Gonzales also got in on the action, bringing in a run with a single to the right side. Gonzaga was up 2-0 after the first.

UC Riverside would have its opportunities; but the Highlanders would strand nine runners on base in the first four innings. The left-handed Olson handled each scare with an inning ending strikeout or a weak grounder routine play.

Gonzaga would build its lead to 5-0 over UC Riverside by adding two more in the fifth inning. Eslick laid a sacrifice bunt to advance Mitchell Gunsolus to third and Halcomb to second. With one out, Abbruzza lined a double to left field to bring in the runs.

Abbruzza finished the game with 3 RBI.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, UC Riverside would bring in its first run after Joe Chavez hit a leadoff triple down the left field line. He was brought in on a sacrifice fly to center.

Then in the eighth the Highlanders showed more life. With no outs and the bases loaded, Clayton Prestridge singled in a run. Another sacrifice fly brought the score to 5-3 but freshman Michael Rucker ended the threat with an inning ending strike out.  

Senior Billy Moon pitched a perfect ninth and collected the first Zag save of the season.

Gonzaga hits the diamond again on Saturday, when it will faces tournament host, No. 6 Oregon State, for  12 p.m. battle.
  • Local Sports from SWXLocal Sports from SWXMore>>

  • Seahawks Training Camp Kicks Off

    Seahawks Training Camp Kicks Off

    The Seattle Seahawks training camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Complex (VMAC) kicked off today with SWX's John Collett bringing you live coverage as the team begins to prepare for its first Super Bowl-title defending season.More >>
    The Seattle Seahawks training camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Complex (VMAC) kicked off today with SWX's John Collett bringing you live coverage as the team begins to prepare for its first Super Bowl-title defending season.More >>
  • Live On SWX: HAPO Columbia Cup Weekend

    Live On SWX: HAPO Columbia Cup Weekend

    The 49th HAPO Columbia Cup will take place on the Columbia River this weekend, with SWX bringing you live coverage on Sunday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT with Greg Talbott and Matt Reichmann on the call.More >>
    The 49th HAPO Columbia Cup will take place on the Columbia River this weekend, with SWX bringing you live coverage on Sunday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT with Greg Talbott and Matt Reichmann on the call.
    More >>
  • Beast Mode Hold Out : Marshawn Lynch Not Expected To Show Up At Training Camp

    Beast Mode Hold Out : Marshawn Lynch Not Expected To Show Up At Training Camp

    The reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks may be without an integral cog in their offense when they open up training camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Friday, July 25. According to Marshawn Lynch's former teammate and Super Bowl Media Day mouthpiece, Michael Robinson...More >>
    The reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks may be without an integral cog in their offense when they open up training camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Friday, July 25. According to Marshawn Lynch's former teammate and Super Bowl Media Day mouthpiece, Michael Robinson...
    More >>
  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • Local Basketball Teams Praised By NABC For Excellence

    Local Basketball Teams Praised By NABC For Excellence

    A trio of local University basketball teams have been named among the best academically by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Wednesday, July 23.More >>
    A trio of local University basketball teams have been named among the best academically by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Wednesday, July 23.
    More >>
  • Pippins Lose 6-5 to Bellingham Bells

    Pippins Lose 6-5 to Bellingham Bells

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:54:59 GMT
    If the Yakima Valley Pippins and Bellingham Bells meet in the playoffs, few fans would likely be disappointed after the series the two teams just completed. The Bells finished the exciting three-game set Thursday with a late rally to win, 6-5 at County Stadium.More >>
    If the Yakima Valley Pippins and Bellingham Bells meet in the playoffs, few fans would likely be disappointed after the series the two teams just completed. The Bells finished the exciting three-game set Thursday with a late rally to win, 6-5 at County Stadium.More >>
  • Williams Shuts Down Bells, Before Bats Rally To End Skid

    Williams Shuts Down Bells, Before Bats Rally To End Skid

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:30:37 GMT
    When the top two pitching staffs in the West Coast League, you can expect a quality pitching performance. That’s exactly what the Yakima Valley Pippins and Bellingham Bells delivered Tuesday night, as the Pippins rallied late to win, 6-1 at County Stadium.More >>
    When the top two pitching staffs in the West Coast League, you can expect a quality pitching performance. That’s exactly what the Yakima Valley Pippins and Bellingham Bells delivered Tuesday night, as the Pippins rallied late to win, 6-1 at County Stadium.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and SWXRN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.