For the third weekend in a row, I sat through horrid weather and wind for multiple hours. Itâ€™s okay though, the Gonzaga baseball team came away with their third series sweep at home in as many weekends.
The Bulldogs knocked off University of San Diego 10-2 Friday, 3-1 Saturday, and 11-6 on Sunday.
Obviously the Zags (19-9-1, 3-0) are playing some pretty good baseball. They are 9-2 in the past three weeks of the season. While excellent pitching, productive offense, and solid defense have all contributed to the Bulldogâ€™s success, there are a few other things that I think have sparked the Zags toward victory.
The past three weekend series have been at Gonzagaâ€™s own Patterson Baseball Complex. The teams that have travelled to Spokane to play the Zags were UC Irvine, New Mexico, and University of San Diego. All of these teams are from warm weather climates that tend to play ball in nice sunshine and temperatures most of the season.
Well, Spokane has had like one nice day in the last five months, so the Bulldogâ€™s baseball team is rather used to temperatures in the forties, gusty winds, and the secret weapon that comes out every series: precipitation.
Snow, hail, and rain; these three elements from Mother Nature have come to visit just like the Anteaters, Lobos, and Toreros. The less than favorable precipitation may or may not have really helped the Zags earn these wins, but it sure seems like the bad weather only helped Gonzaga.
Along with this idea is that the last two losses for the Bulldogâ€™s have come to WSU. The Cougars play in nearly the same weather as the Zags, so the elements were not exactly and advantage for Gonzaga against their regional rival.
The Bulldogs are used to the cold and nasty weather, and are quite frankly, happy to be playing in it. If it werenâ€™t for games, this weather would be keeping the Zags inside playing the unfavorable indoor version of their game for practice. The visiting teams, however, are taken aback by the frigid â€œspringâ€ temperatures and falling elements from the sky.
In Sundayâ€™s game, as rain sputtered down from the clouds, and nearly 20mph winds swept through Spokane, Gonzagaâ€™s bats came alive.
Billy Moon nailed a three run homer in the bottom of the first inning giving the Zags an early 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, Moon was credited another RBI.
Designated hitter Clayton Eslick drove in two runs with his double in the second. In the fourth inning, Eslickâ€™s hit to left field allowed two more runs to score for the Bulldogâ€™s as the left fielder fumbled the pop-up.
Freshman pitcher Marco Gonzales received the win for the Zags. He threw 6 2/3 innings only allowing one run.
Gonzaga heads to Pullman Tuesday to play the Cougars in the final of three mid-week matchups between the two schools. The first pitch is at 5:30pm at WSU.