Cameron Edman is very familiar with home plate; heâ€™s the catcher for the Bulldogs, so he is always protecting the plate on defense. In Mondayâ€™s game at BYU, Edman became comfortable attacking home plate as he drove in three home-runs for the Zags in the 12-5 Gonzaga victory.
He had a standout game, going 5-5 at the plate, collecting six RBIâ€™s, and the three home-runs gave him a season total and team high nine. His stellar offensive effort moved him into first on the roster with a .371 batting average. Edmanâ€™s slugging percentage of .700 is the highest in the WCC.
Edman seems to be racking up all the attention for Gonzagaâ€™s baseball team, as this week he also earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District 8 team. Â The red-shirt senior is working on his masterâ€™s degree in Organizational Leadership and has a current GPA of 3.92.
Defensively against the Cougars, freshman pitcher Marco Gonzales notched eight strikeouts and gave up only one hit in his scoreless five innings on the mound. Junior Tyler Olson pitched three innings for the Zags giving up the five earned runs. Rookie sophomore Kenny Smith had a solid ninth inning as he struck out two in his stint on the mound.
On top of Edmanâ€™s impressive performance, the Bulldogs tallied a total of 17 hits and 11 runs batted in. Leadoff hitter Eric Lane went 4-6 and drove in one run, while right fielder Tyler Chism notched 3 RBIâ€™s in his 3-6 outing at the plate.
The Bulldogs will face the Cougars for the second game of their two game series Tuesday at 5pm Pacific in Provo.