March 22, 2013
SPOKANE, Wash. - The 25th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team dropped a 6-2 West Coast Conference game to Gonzaga University Friday evening at Patterson Baseball Complex.
The Toreros (14-7, 3-1 WCC) got on the scoreboard first, as they managed to push across one run in the top of the first inning. Lucas Hagberg got things started, as he reached on a double. After a Kris Bryant walk, Dillon Haupt moved each runner up a base on a sacrifice bunt. Connor Joe then hit an RBI single to center field to give USD the early 1-0 lead.
Gonzaga (13-6-1, 3-1 WCC) then responded with a six run bottom half of the first inning. The GU runs came on a USD fielding error, RBI singles from Slavin, and Wood, a two-run Reiten double and a Forbes RBI sacrifice fly to move the score to 6-1.
USD then tried a ninth inning rally, and things got really interesting. Dillon Checkal got things started with a single through he left side. Logan Davis then reached on a fielder's choice, which caused Checkal to be thrown out at second. AJ Robinson was then hit by a pitch, which moved Davis to second. After both runners moved up one base on a wild pitch, another wild pitch then scored Davis. Back to-back walks by Kris Bryant and Haupt then loaded the bases with two outs. But USD could not push across any more runs, leaving the game at its final of 6-2.
Bryant led the offensive charge for the Toreros, as he went 2-for-3 with two walks.
Michael Wagner (1-2) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits in 5.1 innings of work. GU's Marco Gonzales (4-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Zags, as he allowed one run on five hits in 7.0 innings of work.
The Toreros and Bulldogs will return to action on Saturday with sa 6 p.m. WCC game in Spokane.