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No. 30 Zags Fall To San Francisco In WCC Series Finale

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – (April 22, 2012 – www.gozags.com) – The 30th-ranked Gonzaga University baseball team scored first but couldn't hold on to the lead as the University of San Francisco defeated the Bulldogs 7-4 in the West Coast Conference series finale Sunday.

Brock Slavin and Alex Stanford both led the effort at the plate by recording two of the Bulldogs (26-12, 6-6 WCC) 13 hits on the afternoon. Steven Halcomb and Eric Lane also added two hits to contribute to the offense.

The Bulldogs called five pitchers from the bullpen after starter Andy Hunter allowed three runs on six hits and a pair of walks in 3 1/3 innings. David Bigelow (3-3) suffered the loss after allowing the go-ahead run to score in the eighth inning.

The Dons also used five pitchers from the bullpen after starter Abe Bobb allowed two runs on six hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings.

Gonzaga had things going early on as Stanford and Halcomb led off the second inning with back-to-back base hits, Payden Cawley Lamb moved them over with a sacrifice bunt and Slavin drove in two runs with a double to left field.

The Dons (19-24, 6-6 WCC) got on the board after Hunter allowed a leadoff double and a RBI single. Hunter's day ended in the fourth inning once he surrendered a one-out double followed by walking the next batter. Kenny Smith took over and walked the first batter he faced before the Dons used back-to-back RBI singles to the outfield to take a 3-2 lead.

In the Bulldogs half of the sixth inning, Slavin reached safely on a bunt single to third base and advanced to second on a ground out to the shortstop. The Bulldogs caught a break when a fielding error by the third baseman allowed Slavin to score and tie the game 3-3.

But the Dons got the run back in their half of the sixth frame, using a leadoff single followed by a sacrifice bunt and a RBI single to take a 4-3 lead.

Gonzaga would come back in the seventh inning when back-to-back doubles by Clayton Eslick and Stanford tied the game 4-4. But the Dons scored two runs in the seventh inning and one run in the eighth to push their lead to 7-4.

The Bulldogs will continue WCC play as Loyola Marymount University visits the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field this coming weekend. The series begins Friday at 6 p.m.

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