After a statement victory Friday night, the Bulldogs bulldozed through Saturday and Sunday with wins to move into third place in the conference with an overall record of 32-21. In the second game of the three match series, GU racked up a 5-3 win, and then closed out the weekend with close 7-6 edge over Portland.
In Saturday’s win, sophomore starter Marco Gonzales whipped out eight innings, just as Tyler Olson did Friday. He let up two earned runs, but helped himself out as he led off the GU batting order and drove in one run. Gonzales tossed eight strikeouts in his stint on the mound.
It was junior utility player Clayton Eslick, who brought the offense; going 2-3 at the plate, while scoring two runs. Eslick started at third base on the defensive end, but has played first, second, left field, and has been assigned designated hitter this season.
Steven Halcomb, Alex Stanford, and Maxx Garrett also notched RBI’s for the night, as Stanford, Billy Moon, and Alex Bonczyk crossed home plate to put runs up on the board.
On Sunday, which was senior day for the Bulldogs, Andy Hunter followed the lead of Olson and Gonzales in staying on the mound into the eighth inning. While he was credited with all six earned runs, he managed the win. In his last home game at Patterson Baseball Complex, Hunter did all he could manage to do, lasting eight and a third innings, while DHing for the team. He earned two hits and an RBI, as he moved to 4-2 as a starter.
The other offense was provided by fellow senior honoree, Royce Bolinger as he cleared the fence and the bases with a three run homer in the fourth inning. Bolinger racked up three hits in his last game in Spokane. He finished the night with four runs batted in. Garrett, the senior catcher, drove in a teammate, as did Bonczyk, the junior center fielder.
Gonzaga will face BYU in Provo next weekend to close out WCC play, but first they will head 70 miles south to Pullman to take on regional rival Washington State, on Tuesday. The two teams are making up a game that rained out earlier in the season. It’s time to take four games from the awful Cougar mascot.