SPOKANE, Wash.—The Gonzaga baseball team returned to Patterson Baseball Complex after 12 days off, but the Zags showed few signs of rust as they began a key West Coast Conference series against Loyola Marymount with a 6-3 win Friday.
Gonzaga wasted little time in taking the lead, scoring in the bottom of the first. Leadoff man Sam Brown ripped a double down the right field line for an immediate runner in scoring position. Cleanup hitter Justin Jacobs brought him home with a single through the right side of the infield.
The Bulldogs added to their advantage with three tallies in the third inning after Brown once again led off with a hit. After that bunt single, the Zags loaded the bases with two of the next three batters. Third baseman Jeff Bohling then drove in Brown with a ground ball to short, and catcher Jake Roberts followed up with a well-struck single to left center, allowing both Jacobs and Tyler Frost to scamper home.
Loyola Marymount got on the scoreboard with two hits – the Lions’ first two of the game – in the fifth, but GU countered with two more in their half of the frame. Roberts hit a leadoff double of his own, and he came around on a single from Gunnar Schubert. Brown then drove in the GU shortstop with a sacrifice fly and a 6-1 Gonzaga advantage.
The Lions scored single runs in the seventh and the eighth to put the game at 6-3 with all of Loyola Marymount’s runs coming off GU starter Eli Morgan. Despite the runs, Morgan turned in another quality start, going 7.2 innings while striking out 11 batters. He earned the win – his eighth of the year – while Wyatt Mills picked up the save after getting the final four outs of the game.