SPOKANE, Wash. – Drew Heid set the Gonzaga University record for hits in a single-season with 92 as his fifth inning double pushed him past Larry Patterson’s 1977 top mark of 91.
All seven Gonzaga seniors honored before the game made an appearance for the Bulldogs who dropped the season-finale 7-3 to the University of Portland at the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Sunday afternoon.
Gonzaga finishes the season with an overall record of 20-36 and 8-13 in the West Coast Conference while Portland received a complete-game effort from Kyle Kraus to close out the season with a 34-18 record and 14-7 in WCC play.
Royce Bolinger led the way for the Zags with a pair of doubles while Cameron Edman also added two hits. Mark Castellitto and Kyle LaHonta each recorded hits as LaHonta’s RBI-single in the ninth was both his first hit and RBI of his career. Senior pitchers Jeremy Stumetz, Liam Baron and Jacob Hiatt all made appearances on the mound in their final games as a Zag. Baron fired six shutout innings in relief of Stumetz who started while Hiatt pitched a scoreless ninth for the Bulldogs.
Portland picked up all seven of their runs in the first two innings, using four hits to bring four runs across in the first inning and a pair of homers to score three runs in the second inning.
Gonzaga picked up a run in the second, as Edman lined a single that hit Krause, allowing him to reach with two outs. Bolinger followed with a RBI double, driving a ball over the centerfielder and just short of the centerfield wall to score Edman and make it 7-1.
Baron relieved Stumetz to start the third and gave the Zags a chance, changing arm angles and keeping the Pilots off balance and off the scoreboard in his six innings of work.
History was made in the fifth as Heid lofted a ball into the left centerfield gap that could not be caught by a diving Portland centerfielder, allowing Bolinger, who had led off the inning with a double down the left field line, to score and make it 7-2.
Despite the strong outing by Krause who filled up the strike zone all afternoon, recording nine strike outs and walking just one, the Bulldogs were able to get some swings in the ninth. Castellitto led off the frame with a base-hit in his final at-bat as a Zag. One batter later, Edman singled back up the middle to put runners on first and second. The left-handed hitting LaHonta then stepped in and lined a 2-2 pitch into right center to record his first career hit and RBI, scoring Castellitto and capping the game’s scoring at 7-3.
Stumetz (4-4) suffered the loss while Kraus (10-3) earned the win with his third complete-game of the season.
Brian Yardley, Heid, Castellitto, Hiatt, Baron, LaHonta and Stumetz were each recognized prior to the game.