SPOKANE, Wash. – Saint Mary’s jumped out to an early two run lead on the strength of the 40th career home run by Troy Channing and a triple by Ricky Boas. The lead would not last long however, as Gonzaga scored two runs in the third and sixth to spoil another solid outing by Mark Anderson , losing game one of the series 4-2 at Patterson Complex on Thursday night.
Anderson (6-3) looked sharp early, retiring six of the first seven batters he faced. In the bottom of the third his evening began to unravel as a costly SMC error paved the way for two runs to tie the game up in the third. Anderson surrendered five runs, only three of them earned, throwing his sixth quality start of the year. For the evening Anderson threw a complete game, eight innings, surrendering nine hits, five runs, three earned, with no walks, while striking out eight.
Saint Mary’s (15-17/2-4 WCC) jumped out to the early lead when Channing blasted a 3-2 offering down the left field line for his 40th career home run. The solo shot moves Channing up the list to eighth all-time for career home runs in the West Coast Conference, and also moves him one RBI shy of James Mouton’s mark of 147 career RBIs.
The Gaels added a second run in the third when Ricky Boas tripled to right center on a two-strike mistake by Gonzaga’s starter Ryan Carpenter (5-1). Boas came around to score on the two out single up the middle by Justin Fazio .
Carpenter went into shutdown mode after that, retiring 11-straight after the single by Fazio. Carpenter earned the win going nine complete, scattering three hits, while striking out 11.
Gonzaga (22-11-1/6-1 WCC) tied the game in the third and eventually took the lead for good in the fifth. The Bulldogs were aided by a few defensive miscues by SMC, scoring three runs on three costly errors. Gonzaga added an insurance run in the eighth to go up 5-2 following an RBI double by junior catcher Cameron Edman.
The Gaels and Bulldogs will resume the series tomorrow evening at Patterson Complex, the Gaels will be sending out sophomore Martin Agosta . He will face Gonzaga’s lefty Tyler Olson, the game is scheduled for a 6:00 PM first pitch.