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    WCC Baseball Championships Field Is Set

    STOCKTON, Calif.The 2013 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship field is set and the top-seeded Gonzaga University is set to face fourth-seed University of San Francisco Thursday at 3 p.m.

    The top four teams in the final WCC regular-season standings qualified for the tournament held at Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports. Along with the Zags and Dons, the University of San Diego and BYU fill out the bracket. The Toreros enter as the second-seed and the Cougars are the third-seed.

    The Bulldogs stood atop the WCC standings and were crowned the regular-season champs with an 18-6 conference record. San Diego, BYU and San Francisco all tied for second in the standings with a 15-9 mark but league bylaws sorted out the championship seeding.

    Gonzaga opened WCC play March 15 against San Francisco in Spokane. The Bulldogs took the series two games to one including a 14-inning walk-off thriller in series opener. In the series Steven Halcomb hit .467 (7-for-15) with a homerun. In his opening game start, Marco Gonzales went eight innings scattering four hits, striking out six and allowing two runs.

    The Gonzaga and San Francisco game opens the WCC Championships with a 3 p.m. scheduled first pitch. San Diego and BYU play in the nightcap Thursday at 7 p.m.

    A win puts Gonzaga in the 3:30 p.m. game against the winner of San Diego/BYU. If the Bulldogs fall to USF, the club will play Torero/Cougar loser Friday at noon.

    Games Friday and Saturday will be live streamed on the WCC Network and the championship Sunday will be featured ESPNU starting at 7 p.m.

    Gonzaga Article Link

    WCC Championships Tournament Central Link

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    Bulldogs And Dons Open WCC Tournament Thursday

    STOCKTON, Calif.Gonzaga University and the University of San Francisco will face off at Banner Island Ballpark Thursday at 3 p.m. to open the 2013 West Coast Conference Baseball Tournament. Joining the Zags and Dons in Stockton will be the University of San Diego and BYU. The winning club from the four-team tournament will earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The championship game will be aired on ESPNU Saturday at 7 p.m. (PDT).

    2013 WCC Championship Tournament

    GAME 53 | May 23 | vs San Francisco | Banner Island Ballpark | 3:00 p.m

    RADIO: 1510 KGA TV: WCC Digital Network

    All times Pacific Time Zone and subject to change
    Live stats available on GoZags.com and on the GoZags App
    Visit GoZags.com for live audio/video availability...

    Gonzaga Bulldogs (31-14-1, 18-6 West Coast)

    STARTING PITCHER

    #7 LHP Marco Gonzales (7-2, 2.55 ERA)

    Head Coach - Mark Machtolf (Stanford 1987, 10th Year - 23rd at Gonzaga)

    Gonzaga Record - 298-231 Career Record - Same



    San Francisco Dons (32-21, 15-9 West Coast)

    STARTING PITCHER

    #25 RHP Haden Hinkle (8-1, 1.60 ERA)

    Head Coach - Nino Giarratano (William Jewell 1985)...

    BULLDOGS VS DONS ROUND 2: Gonzaga University baseball and University of San Francisco squared off in Spokane March 15. The series opened West Coast Conference play for both squads as GU was victorious in two of the three games. Game one of the series was a walk-off winner for the Zags in the 14th-inning. Steven Halcomb hit .467 in the series. Thursday’s starter Marco Gonzales was successful against the Dons in his start. The lefty went eight innings allowing just four hits, two runs while striking out six batters.

    GU AGAINST THE REST OF THE FIELD: The Gonzaga baseball team won all but one West Coast Conference series during the 2013 season. The lone team to take two games from the Bulldogs was Loyola Marymount University. Against the other three teams in the WCC Championships, the Zags are 6-3. In each of the series against University of San Francisco, University of San Diego and BYU, the Bulldogs won the first two games before dropping the finale. GU also hosted each of the three teams at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washing Trust Field in Spokane.

    WCC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPS: The quest to stand atop the West Coast Conference was fulfilled last Saturday as Gonzaga University baseball clinched the WCC regular-season title with a 6-1 victory over Santa Clara University at Stephen Schott Stadium. The landmark moment marks the second WCC regular-season title in program history with the last coming in 2009...


    HOW CAN WE WATCH?: Each contest Thursday and Friday in the West Coast Conference Baseball Tournament can be watched free online on the WCC Digital Network, powered by Campus Insiders. The championship game Saturday can be seen on ESPNU and on the Watch ESPN mobile app. The Gonzaga baseball team opens the tournament Thursday at 3 p.m. against the University of San Francisco.

    YOU CAN LISTEN TOO!: Each of the Gonzaga baseball team’s games over the WCC Championships can also be heard on KGA 1510 AM with Steve Hertz and Tom Hudson on the call.

    Gonzaga Article Link

    Game Notes Link

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    • #3
      I'm a little nervous. Zags aren't exactly rollin', at the moment.
      But we don't play nobody.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sittingon50 View Post
        I'm a little nervous. Zags aren't exactly rollin', at the moment.
        Agree...the Zags will need to right the ship quickly tomorrow or they could find themselves on the outside looking in...a possible NCAA tournament selection could be just a fond memory.

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        • #5
          Let's Go Zags!

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          • #6
            After 1 complete inning, the Zags and the Dons are tied 0-0.

            Marco Gonzales started for Gonzaga and had USF runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs in the top of the 1st...a double play and then a strike out got Gonzales out of the inning.

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            • #7
              USF leads Gonzaga 3-0 after 2 complete innings.

              The Dons got a single to right center that scored two runs with 2 outs...

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              • #8
                After 3 complete innings, the Zags and the Dons are tied 4-4...

                After USF scored 1 run in their half of the 3rd inning, Gonzaga scored 4 runs with Cory Lebrun with the big blow a 3 run home run.

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                • #9
                  Gonzaga and USF are tied 4-4 after 4 complete innings...

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                  • #10
                    The Dons are threatening early in the 5th inning with runners on 1st and 3rd and 0 outs...

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                    • #11
                      I'm not encouraged. This team has not been itself the past 3 weeks. Marco has struggled (I wonder if he's hurt). Not much room for error with our offense. Marco's thrown a lot of pitches.
                      You have to love the Gonzaga fan. Not satisfied to be affronted merely by common hosings at the hands of ragtag referees, he plows all avenues of discontent. - John Blanchette

                      Gonzaga University...Home of the Zags...The Bulldogs. If you pronounce it "Gone Zaw Ga," they'll know you're not from here and they may charge you more for your coffee. - Garrison Keillor

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                      • #12
                        USF leads Gonzaga 5-4 after 5 complete innings...

                        The Zags had runners on 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out and later had the bases loaded with 2 outs but could not score...

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                        • #13
                          After 6 complete innings, the Dons lead the Zags 5-4...

                          Marco Gonzales still pitching for the Zags entering the 7th inning...

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                          • #14
                            The Dons scored another run in the top of the 7th inning...with 2 outs and a runner on second, the Gonzaga left fielder dropped what should have been the third out when he lost the fly ball in the sun and the ball dropped in.

                            The Zags, in the bottom of the 7th, scored only 1 run after loading the bases with only 1 out...Zags left 3 runners on base...

                            After 7 complete innings, USF leads Gonzaga 6-5.

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                            • #15
                              In the 8th inning, Zach Abbruzza is now pitching in relief for the Zags...

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