SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Gonzaga University baseball team surrendered its second consecutive West Coast Conference series Saturday as University of San Diego downed the Bulldogs 4-1 at Fowler Park and Cunningham Field.
Gonzaga (10-20, 6-5 WCC), who dropped game one 5-4, has lost six consecutive games. San Diego improves to 21-9 and 8-3 in league.
The Bulldogs did not hold a lead in the game as USD scored the first run off Zag starter Brandon Bailey in the first. Conner Joe singled to open the day and later scored on an Austin Bailey base hit through the right side.
Gonzaga’s lone run of the game tied San Diego in the top of the second. Sam Brown singled to right field and advanced to third on two Louie Lechich wild pitches. Joey Harris scored Brown for his fourth RBI of the year on a single up the middle.
The Toreros took the lead back with a runs in the home half of the second, fourth and fifth innings.
Joe connected for an RBI double down the left field line to take the lead in the second. Kyle Holder then opened the fourth with a triple to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly. The next frame it was Joe scoring on another sacrifice fly.
Bailey was charged with each of the four San Diego runs in his seven innings. He gave up seven hits, struck out three and walked two. He moves to 2-5 on the year.
Head coach Mark Machtolf was ejected from the game in the top of the sixth inning. Payden Cawley Lamb was batting and was hit by a pitch but was not awarded a base because the home umpire Travis Katzenmeier ruled he leaned into the pitch. Machtolf came out and argued the call as tension between the benches mounted. Order was maintained but Machtolf continued to argue the call and was eventually tossed.
David Bigelow made his eighth appearance of the year and delivered a scoreless eighth inning.
Nicholas Minteer went 2-for-4 and was responsible for a third of the Bulldog hits. Also with base knocks were Mitchell Gunsolus, Caleb Wood, Brown and Harris.
GU will try to avoid the sweep in the Sunday finale. Right-handed pitcher Andrew Sopko will get the start with first pitch coming at 12 p.m.