Zag Baseball Wins WCC Opener vs. USF - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Zag Baseball Wins WCC Opener vs. USF

Gonzaga has sputtered recently but started its WCC schedule with a win on Friday. (Photo: Gonzaga Athletics) Gonzaga has sputtered recently but started its WCC schedule with a win on Friday. (Photo: Gonzaga Athletics)

by Gonzaga Athletics

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The defense of the 2013 West Coast Conference regular-season title got started on the right foot Friday, as the Gonzaga University baseball team took its league opener 6-5 at the University of San Francisco at Benedetti Diamond on Friday, Mar. 14.

The victory marks the first win at San Francisco since April 9, 2010 and improves the Zags to 5-12 overall, 1-0 in conference play. The Dons fall to 8-7, 0-1 WCC.

Starter Taylor Jones improved to an even 2-2 on the year with the victory. The sophomore worked 7.2 innings and retired nine consecutive in the fifth through seventh innings. Dons starter Abe Bobb took the defeat.

Jones got himself into a jam in the opening inning. He retired the first two batters of the inning but then went on to hit the next two. Jones then walked Derek Atkinson to load the bases and Brendan Hendriks followed with a three-run double to put GU in an early 3-0 deficit.

GU took the lead in the top of the third inning on four hits. Cory LeBrun and Sam Brown each singled in a run before Jimmy Sinatro’s bases clearing double. The hit was Sinatro’s first extra-base hit of the year and it put the Zags on top 5-3.

San Francisco made it a one-run game in the bottom of the frame by taking advantage of a Gonzaga fielding error. It remained a one-run game until a masterful suicide squeeze bunt from Caleb Wood added an insurance run in the seventh.

Payden Cawley Lamb doubled to open the inning and advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt from LeBrun. Playing aggressively, Wood placed his bunt down the first base line allowing Lamb to score.

Don Bradley Zimmer had his fourth home run of the year in the bottom of the eighth off Jones to make it a one-run game again. Jones retired the next batter before getting pulled for right-hander Kenny Smith.

Smith recorded the final four outs of the game en route to his third save of the year.

Gonzaga out-hit San Francisco 10-4 with Lamb, Wood, Brown and Sinatro each responsible for two.

The Zags and Dons will play game two of the series Saturday at 1 p.m.

  • College

    • WSU men's basketball 2017-18 Pac-12 schedule released

      Washington State University men's basketball opens up Pac-12 play with two-straight games at Los Angeles on ESPN2, first against UCLA, Friday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m., followed by a trip to the Galen Center to take on USC.

    • Press Pass Pullman: Week Three

      In this week's edition of Press Pass Pullman, head coach Mike Leach reflects on the Cougs' dominant win over Oregon State and looks ahead to Nevada, a team which features a myriad of connections to Washington State.

    • Super 8 Plays of the Week 9/18

      Check out this week's top plays from across the state!

    • Scoot's Place, Griz Team Barbershop

      Former Griz WR Caleb Lyons had to retire last year after suffering a head injury. He's now a student coach but he's also become the team barber. Watch him give Shaun Rainey a haircut on live TV and find out why all the players go to "Scoot's Place" to get a fresh cut. 
    • Crowd Surfing 9/17

      With the weather getting colder, things look a bit different for our local football games, as we take a look at during this week's Crowd Surfing.
    • Pettis propels Huskies to 48-16 win over Fresno State

      Dante Pettis had four touchdowns including an NCAA record-tying eighth punt return touchdowns of his career, and No. 6 Washington finished off the undercard of its schedule with a 48-16 rout of Fresno State on Saturday night

    • Rocky's Upset Bid Over #5 Montana Tech Comes Up Short

      The Battlin' Bears came into the second half down 20-0, but outscored the Diggers 28-14 in the second half.

    • Vandals fall short against Western Michigan 37-28

      The Vandals took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter after a 39-yard touchdown from Matt Linehan to Alfonso Onunwor.

    • WSU beats Oregon State 52-23 to open up Pac-12 play

      Luke Falk threw six touchdown passes — three to Tavares Martin Jr. — and No. 21 Washington State beat Oregon State 52-23 on Saturday for its fourth consecutive victory over the Beavers.

    • A costly win for Montana, beat Savannah State 56-3

      A win is a win, but the Montana Grizzlies (2-1) suffered a loss alongside of their 56-3 drubbing of Savannah State (0-3) Saturday in Missoula.  Early in the second quarter, with Montana up 14-0 already, senior quarterback Reese Phillips was taken to the ground on a scramble play inside the pocket. He could not get up, laying on his stomach as his leg was turned almost 90 degrees the other way. Phillips was on the ground for minutes, trainers and head coach Bob Stitt attendi...