SPOKANE, Wash. – Payden Cawley Lamb was thrown out at home to end Friday night’s heartbreaking thriller at Patterson Baseball Complex as Gonzaga University’s 10th inning two-out rally came up shy to Santa Clara University 6-5.
Santa Clara (14-19, 5-5 West Coast Conference) scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th on a David Bigelow wild pitch and GU (10-22, 6-7 WCC) looked to tie the game with its second two-out rally of the evening. Reece Karalus retired the first two Bulldogs in the frame before Lamb began the Zag surge.
Lamb doubled down the left field line for his fourth hit in the game to bring cleanup hitter Jimmy Sinatro to the plate. Fearing the Bulldogs power hitter, the Broncos intentionally walked Sinatro which put runners on first and second.
Freshman Sam Brown then singled to left field to allowing Lamb to sprint for home in hopes of extending the game. Unfortunately Bronco left fielder Kert Woods’ throw to home was in time and Lamb was tagged out at the plate to end the ballgame.
The frustrating loss extends the Zags longest losing streak of the season to eight games.
GU showed a lot of heart in the game, exhibited by its heroic efforts to tie Santa Clara with a two-out rally in the ninth. Junior Cory LeBrun singled to left field to keep the Bulldogs hope alive for right-handed hitter Cabe Reiten. The sophomore doubled to right field which allowed the tying run to score.
The Zags had a season-high 18 hits in game but the club would also leave a season-high 15 runners on base.
Lamb’s four hits paced the club as Reiten (3), Sinatro (two), Brown (2), LeBrun (2) and Joey Harris (2) all had multiple hit performances. Reiten’s three RBI were a season-high as well.
Starter Taylor Jones worked five innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. The sophomore had five of his six strikeouts in the first two innings and only walked one on the afternoon.
Bigelow was the losing pitcher of record after allowing a run to score on the wild pitch. The run was unearned as the first Bronco of the inning reached on a fielding error at first base by freshman Blake Bozett. Bigelow’s solid night saw him work 4.2 innings allowing the solo run on just two hits.
Senior Karl Myers made his ninth appearance of the year in his 0.1 inning of work.
Karalus got the win for Santa Clara. SCU starter DJ Zapata worked 4.1 innings and allowed 11 hits before being chased from the game.
Game two of three-game series is set for 6 p.m. Saturday.