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    Zags Ready for WCC Championships

    Tournament begins Thursday against BYU

    May 24, 2016

    [B]Tournament Central[/B

    Gonzaga Notes | BYU Notes | Pepperdine Notes | Saint Mary's Notes

    Gonzaga at WCC Championships
    May 26-28 | Stockton, Calif. | Banner Island Ballpark

    Thursday, May 26 vs. No. 2 BYU 7:00 p.m. Live Stats Live Video Radio: 1510 AM KGA


    •The Zags enter the WCC Championships as one of the three regular season champions, but they’re the No. 3 seed due to series losses to Saint Mary’s and BYU, both of which were on the road. Overall, the Zags have the second-best record in the league at 33-17, and their RPI of 30 tops the conference. Last weekend, they took two of three games at San Diego to clinch a share of the title, and they ended the regular season Monday at UCSB with a 6-5 walk-off loss, their fifth such loss of the season...


    •The Zags are well-accustomed to flying these days as 40 of their 50 regular season games were away from Spokane, and 36 of those were true road games. They finished the year with a 23-13 away record, sweeping three-game series at UTSA, Pacific, and LMU and two-gamers at Oregon and Washington State, and they also won a single-game series at Arkansas. Their 23 road wins are tied with Wright State for second-most in the nation (Bryant leads D1 with 24), and they are the program’s most since at least 2003.
    •The Zags have only played four neutral site games, going 2-2 at the Alamo Irish Classic in San Antonio during the second week of the season. Their neutral wins came over Texas Southern and Incarnate Word while both losses – one to Bradley and one to Notre Dame –came via a walk-off.
    •After returning from the WCC Championships, the Zags will have travelled 28,828 miles and made four trips out of the Pacific time zone this season. They’ve had two road trips of at least 13 games: a 15-game stretch to begin the year and a 13-game trip that ended the regular season. Gonzaga went 8-2 in their abbreviated home schedule, and their final home game took place April 24.


    •Gonzaga now has three WCC regular season titles after winning the league pennant outright in both 2009 and 2013. This is also their third berth to the WCC Championships, the four-team tournament to decide which club gets the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the fourth year of the WCC Championships as the Zags were the top seed in its first year (2013) and were the three-seed one year later; they were the only team to make the conference tournament during its first two years.
    •The Zags have played five games at the WCC Championships, going 0-2 in 2013 and 1-2 a year later. Steven Halcomb (‘10-’13) has the top batting average at Banner Island Ballpark, going 4-for-7 (.571) with a run and an RBI in 2013. Payden Cawley Lamb (‘11-14) played in all five games, starting four of them, with seven hits and 4 RBIs, both program highs. On the mound, Kenny Smith (‘11-’14) has the best qualifying ERA at the WCC Championships, allowing two earned runs over 8.0 innings and two outings, including one start. He and David Bigelow (‘12-’15) are the only two GU pitchers to make multiple appearances at the tournament.
    •Of current Zags, Sam Brown, Joey Harris, and Jimmy Sinatro have played in three games; Brown and Sinatro both started all three in 2014 and Harris played twice that year and once as a freshman in ‘13. Brown is the only one with multiple hits, going 3-for-12 (.250) as a redshirt freshman, adding one RBI as well. Harris, Sinatro, Jeff Bohling, and Taylor Jones each have one hit, while Nick Brooks saw one at bat in 2014. RHP Brandon Bailey started the club’s first game in 2014, tossing all 8.0 innings and allowing five runs during a 5-1 loss to Loyola Marymount. Bailey and Jones are the only two current Zags that have pitched at Banner Island as Jones started the final game in 2014.


    •3B Jeff Bohling was named WCC Player of the Year Tuesday after a breakout 2016 season. It’s the fifth time a Bulldog has won Player of the Year honors, although he’s the first to take it outright since 2004. Three more Zags joined him as First Team All-WCC: RHPs Brandon Bailey and Eli Morgan, and Tyler Frost. 1B Taylor Jones was named to the Second Team All-Conference squad, and 2B Justin Jacobs received Honorable Mention accolades. Redshirt freshman and RF Jace VanDeBrake also was named to the All-Freshman team...

    Gonzaga Article Link

  • #2
    The Gonzaga vs. BYU game got off to a late start this evening.
    The earlier St. Mary's - Pepperdine went 11 innings...

    Through 3 compete innings, the Zags lead BYU 2-0.
    Gonzaga's Brandon Bailey has 8 strike outs and has given up only 1 hit...


    • #3
      Tremendous performance!!

      Terp will be along with the details.
      But we don't play nobody.


      • #4
        Bailey's 17 Strikeouts Powers Zags to 5-3 Win over BYU

        Gonzaga advances to winner's bracket game against Saint Mary's tomorrow

        STOCKTON, Calif.--Gonzaga starter Brandon Bailey pitched a 17-strikeout masterpiece to power GU to a 5-3 win to open the WCC Baseball Championship in Stockton, Calif.

        GU starter Brandon Bailey began the game by throwing heat, striking out eight of his first 10 batters faced, allowing just one hit through the third. The junior fanned the first two Cougar batters of the game and all three in the second inning to set the tone for the night. BYU managed to do some late damage via the home run with three solo shots, but Bailey continued work through the Cougar lineup on the way to a complete-game six-hitter. He walked just one and threw 138 pitches.

        The Zags' batters gave Bailey a lead in the third, scoring twice in the frame. Catcher Joey Harris hit a leadoff double to left for an immediate runner in scoring position. Two batters later, Sam Brown drove in the senior with a single to left field, and scored in the next at-bat when Jeff Bohling found the gap in left center for a double.

        Gonzaga added three more runs in the fifth with Brown and Bohling again doing the damage. Nick Brooks drove a base knock up the middle for a one-out base runner, and Jace VanDeBrake reached on a BYU error. Brown then lined a shot to center field, allowing Brown to score, and Bohling found the gap in right center for another double, clearing the bases and putting Gonzaga up 5-0...

        Tournament Update:

        During game one of the WCC Championships, No. 1 seed Saint Mary's downed No. 4 Pepperdine in 11 innings by an 8-7 scoreline. The Gaels scored five in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at five-all, and they again came back with two in the bottom of the 10th to tie the game as well. They won the game with a walk-off RBI single from Zach Kirtley. Saint Mary's will face Gonzaga in the top half of the bracket at 3:30 p.m. while the Waves will play a loser-out contest against BYU at noon. The two teams with one loss will then play a loser-out game at 7:30 p.m...

        Next Up:

        Gonzaga (34-17) and Saint Mary's will square off on Friday, May 27, at 3:30 p.m. with a chance to advance to the WCC title game. That will again take place in Stockton's Banner Island Ballpark.

        Gonzaga Article Link


        • #5
          4th place PEP smokes Co-Champs BYU 7-2. Will be curious to see if BYU get's an at large bid.
          But we don't play nobody.


          • #6
            The Zags and the Gaels are tied 2-2 after 4 complete innings...


            • #7
              St. Mary's now leads Gonzaga 8-3 in the 6th inning...


              • #8
                Zags now trail the Gaels 12-3 after 7 complete innings...


                • #9
                  St. Mary's defeats Gonzaga this evening 13-4...

                  The Zags will play later this evening against Pepperdine...


                  In better news (at least for me), the Lady Terps are leading Syracuse
                  16-6 with less than 13 minutes left and the clock now running in the
                  NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four...Go Terps!


                  • #10
                    After 5 complete innings, Gonzaga and Pepperdine are tied 2-2...


                    • #11
                      Now after 7 complete innings, Gonzaga leads Pepperdine 4-2...

                      Sam Hellinger pitching for the Zags...


                      • #12
                        Top of the 9th now coming up, Zags still lead the Waves 4-2...

                        Sam Hellinger still pitching for Gonzaga...


                        • #13
                          Wyatt Mills now comes in to pitch for the Zags...

                          Pepperdine has 1 on and 1 out...


                          • #14
                            Pepperdine scores 2 runs to tie the game on a 2 run home run...

                            Game tied 4-4 heading into the bottom of the 9th...


                            • #15
                              Zags fail to score after having runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs...

                              Game goes into extra innings tiead at 4-4...