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Zags drop two games to OK State

STILLWATER, Okla., ( Feb. 24, 2008) The Gonzaga University baseball team was unable to avoid a sweep by No. 27 Oklahoma State University Sunday, dropping both games of a doubleheader. In the first game of the twin bill, the Zags’ fell to the Cowboys 3-1 before dropping a 10-3 decision in game two.

GU (0-4) starter Matt Fields (0-1) suffered the loss in the opening game of the twin bill as the junior went seven innings allowing three runs on seven hits with one strikeout. Cody Martin also saw his second relief appearance of the four-game series with one inning of one-hit ball. CJ McClure (0-1) earned the start in the series-ending contest as the junior suffered the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits during three innings on the mound. Oklahoma State’s (4-0) Matt Gardner and Jeff Breedlove (1-0) earned the victories in the first and second contests, respectively. Earning the save in game one was Jordy Mercer.

In game one, the Zags’ jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage after the opening frame. Evan Wells led off the inning with a double down the left field line before advancing to third on a ground out. Wells would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Brett Nicholas.

Oklahoma State responded with a pair of runs in the third inning and a run in the seventh. In the third, Tyrone Hambly led of the frame with a walk before eventually scoring on a double to right field by Michael Dabbs. Two batters later, Dabbs provided the Cowboys with a one-run lead thanks to a single to center by Matt Hague. The lone run in the seventh inning came on a home run to left field by Hambly.

In game two, Gonzaga opened the game with three runs in the top of the first inning. The Zags’ earned the first run after Oklahoma State’s starting pitcher walked the first three batters prior to hitting Nicholas with a pitch to force in the lead-off batter Wells. Jason Chatwood, who hit in the second hole, scored the second run when Grant Kveder hit into a Cowboy fielding error. The final run was scored when, with the bases loaded, Mark Castellitto drew a walk that plated Marcus McKimmy, the third batter in the line-up.

OSU exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning. Highlighting the frame for the Cowboys were back-to-back home runs by Donnie Webb and Hambly. Oklahoma State added an additional two runs in the seventh frame with runs scored by Rebel Ridling and Webb.

The Bulldogs will return to the field Thursday as the open the home slate of the 2008 schedule. The Zags’ will welcome Brigham-Young University to Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Feb. 28 – Mar. 1. The series opener on Thursday will begin at 3 p.m.

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