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Zags End Season with Tough 4-3 Loss at Pepperdine

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by Gonzaga Athletics

The Gonzaga University baseball team was just one out away from forcing extra innings during the 2015 season finale at Pepperdine, but a solo home run from Hutton Moyer gave the Waves a 4-3 walk off win Sunday afternoon at Eddie D. Field Stadium in Malibu.

Pepperdine scored the first run of the game, taking the lead with an unearned tally in the second. Aaron Barnett singled through the right side to lead off the frame, and he moved over on a fielder's choice, surviving the double play attempt on a throw that took second baseman Caleb Wood off the bag. After a pair of sacrifices, Barnett touched home for the run.

The Zags responded immediately, taking the lead in the top of the third. Joey Harris gave Gonzaga an immediate base runner, singling to center field. Mitchell Gunsolus brought the junior catcher home with a double to deep center that hit just a few feet below the top of the fence. A hard bounce off the wall allowed Harris to score from first, and Gunsolus took third on a late attempt at the plate. The senior third baseman came home himself after a strong at bat from Sam Brown, who took six pitches before hitting a sacrifice out to center field.

In the fourth, Gonzaga used small ball to bring around another tally. Justin Jacobs led the inning off with a single up the middle, and he advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Wood drew a walk, they both moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt from Cory LeBrun. Jacobs scored on a second consecutive productive out, a groundout to second base from Tyler Frost.

Two solo home runs from Pepperdine tied the game. A four-bagger from Barnett in the fourth cut the Gonzaga lead to one, and Moyer tied the game with a blast to lead off the sixth inning. The Waves then had an opportunity to take the lead in the seventh. They put runners on first and second with just one out, but GU starter Eli Morgan got Chris Fornaci, the leadoff hitter, to pop out to short. The freshman right hander then struck out Moyer to end the frame.

In the eighth, Pepperdine again saw a chance to take the lead, but the Zags again escaped unscathed. The Waves put two men on base with two out before Morgan left the game in favor of bullpen ace David Bigelow. Bigelow got a ground ball from his first batter faced, but Manny Jefferson reached on a fielder's choice when Brad Anderson beat a throw to third base. Josh Davis then hit a deep fly ball to center field, but Brown tracked the ball down and made a leaping catch, falling towards the warning track and keeping the game level.

In the ninth inning, the Zags went down in order, and after the first two Pepperdine batters made outs in the bottom of the frame, the game looked like it'd go into extra innings. Moyer put a 2-0 pitch over the fence in right field, however, for his second home run of the game and a walk off victory for Pepperdine.
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