SEATTLE -- Gonzaga's three home runs highlighted an 11-1 win over the University of Washington on Tuesday evening in Seattle.
Gonzaga (14-27-1) finished with 14 hits and had Clayton Eslick, Sean Wilson and Mark Castellitto each hit home runs. Castellitto’s two-run blast in the third inning was his 10th homer of the season and 28th of his career, moving him into eighth place on Gonzaga’s all-time career home run list. The Bulldogs put up 11 unanswered runs led by five players who posted multi-hit games and had Eslick finish with four RBI and Castellitto drive in three runs. Washington dropped to 20-19 overall with its first loss to the Bulldogs in four meetings this season.
Gonzaga got things going with the long ball in the third inning, putting up four runs in the inning to overcome a first-inning run by the Huskies and take a 4-1 lead. Tyler Chism opened the frame with a single through the left side and Wilson followed with a two-run blast over the left field fence for his first career big fly. Heid later doubled to left center and with two outs Castellitto launched one over the left centerfield fence to cap the Zags four-run frame.
The Zags bats stayed hot the rest of the game, putting up two more runs in the fifth on a Steven Halcomb sacrifice fly and a Castellitto RBI base-hit to centerfield to push the lead to 6-1. An inning later Cameron Edman opened the inning with a single and Chism followed with double before Ernesto Ortiz produced a one-out double down the left field line to score Chism for a 7-1 advantage.
Eslick and the Bulldogs put the game out of reach in the seventh as Andy Hunter earned a one-out walk and Royce Bolinger followed with a double. Edman was then intentionally walked to load the bases and UW reliever Colton Bielaski struck out Chism for the inning’s second out. The Zags then went to the bench and called upon the left-handed hitting Eslick who hammered one the opposite way over the left field fence for a grand slam and open the Zags lead up to 11-1.
Bulldogs starting pitcher Ryan Carpenter pitched well in his first start since Apr. 3, allowing just the one run and striking out three in 2.1 innings before leaving after reaching a pre-determined pitch limit. Mark Phillips was outstanding in relief of Carpenter, picking up his second win of the season firing 4.2 scoreless innings and recording three strikeouts. Andrew Danner also pitched well, preserving the win after posting scoreless eighth and ninth innings.
Heid extended his hitting streak to a team season-best 11 games with his two hits and Castellitto also extended his season best hitting streak to nine with his two hits.
The Bulldogs and Huskies close out their season series tomorrow at 2pm.