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Gonzaga defeats Santa Clara on Late Rally 4-2

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by Brad Wall

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga used the strength of a late two out rally in the eighth inning to defeat Santa Clara in the first of a three-game series Friday night.

Alex Stanford got the scoring going in the second with a leadoff solo shot to right center. After advancing Hunter to third base on a sacrifice bunt with one down, the Bulldogs failed to bring him in.

Santa Clara's Peter Summerville then gave the Broncos the lead with a two-run home run in the sixth.

Clayton Eslick responded in the sixth with a solo home run, tying the game a two a piece.

After getting two quick outs, Gonzaga rallied in the eighth to score two runs. Following a Stanford hit by pitch and an Andy Hunter walk, Steven Halcomb broke the tie on a RBI single scoring Stanford. Brock Slavin then brought in Hunter, giving the Zags some insurance 4-2.

Tyler Olson, who ended up with a no-decision, pitched 6 and 1/3 innings allowing two runs on nine hits.

In relief of Olson, Derek Peterson got the win allowing no runs or hits in 1 and 2/3 innings.

After hitting the leadoff batter in the ninth, Peterson was replaced with Zach Abbruzza, who retired the next three batters, giving him the save.

Gonzaga is now 23-9 on the season and 3-3 in the West Coast Conference.

The second game of the series takes place tomorrow at 3 p.m.

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