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Gonzaga Open's Doubleheader With a Win, Drops Game Two

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Rain forced a Saturday doubleheader and clouds served up a picturesque field for the teams on Saturday. Rain forced a Saturday doubleheader and clouds served up a picturesque field for the teams on Saturday.

by Gonzaga Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. – Home runs from Jimmy Sinatro and Caleb Wood powered the Gonzaga University baseball team in its home opener Saturday as the Bulldogs blasted Loyola Marymount 10-5 at Patterson Baseball Complex.

Friday night’s game between the two sides was rained out, forcing the Saturday doubleheader.

By taking the opening game, GU improves to 10-14 overall and 6-1 in West Coast Conference games. LMU slides to 15-11, 5-2 WCC.

The Bulldogs bats got the best of reigning WCC Pitcher of the Week Colin Welmon. The Zags burned the right-handed pitcher for 13 hits and 10 runs in 5.1 innings of work.

Gonzaga’s starter Taylor Jones allowed two-runs in the first inning but settled down by not allowing another hit until the seventh inning. Jones picked up the win after working seven innings, allowing three-runs on seven hits while striking out four.

The Zags took a 3-2 in the bottom of the opening frame on Sinatro’s homer. The starting catcher brought homeMitchell Gunsolus and Caleb Wood on the hit over the left field fence.

Gonzaga added runs in the second and third innings on a Gunsolus sacrifice fly and a fielding error by the Lions shortstop.

Wood had his two-run home run in the fourth giving GU an 8-2 lead. Scoring on the homer was Gunsolus who reached on two outs by getting hit by a pitch.

The final two Zag runs came on a Sam Brown triple down the right field line in the bottom of the sixth.

Gonzaga out-hit Loyola Marymount 13-11 with multiple hit performances coming from Payden Cawley Lamb, Wood, Sinatro and Brown.

Karl Myers relieved Jones in the eighth inning for his sixth appearance of the year. Myers worked two innings but allowed two runs on four hits.

Pacing the Lions was David Fletcher and Tommy Cheek. Each had a pair of RBI.

The doubleheader continues Saturday evening with a 6 p.m. first pitch.

Game 2 

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University baseball and Loyola Marymount University will play for the series Sunday as the Lions prevailed 2-0 in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader at Patterson Baseball Complex.

By splitting the two games, GU moves to 10-15 overall and 6-2 in the West Coast Conference. LMU slides to 16-11, 6-2 in league.

Gonzaga freshman starter Brandon Bailey put forth a tremendous effort in his first starting nod in Spokane. The right-handed pitcher went the distance and gave up two runs on nine hits while striking out five. Unfortunately his performance went unrewarded and he picked up his fourth loss of the season.

LMU’s Patrick McGrath got the win for the Lions. He allowed five hits in 6.1 scoreless innings.

Loyola Marymount scored in the fourth and sixth innings. Their first run came on a Jimmy Jack fly out in foul territory to left field which brought home David Edwards (who was on third base). The other scored on a Cole Trezek RBI to left field.

GU did have a few opportunities to get on the board.

In the bottom half of the fourth, Gonzaga had runners on first and second base. However McGrath got Cory LeBrun to hit into an inning ending double play. Two innings late Cabe Reiten faced the same situation but he too hit into an inning ending double play.

The Bulldogs had five hits in total and Sam Brown was responsible for two of them. The remaining hits came from Mitchell Gunsolus (double), Taylor Jones (double) and Jimmy Sinatro (single).

The series finale between the top two teams in the WCC standings is set for Sunday at noon.

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