Lions Fall 1-0 in Controversial 12-Inning Pitcher's Duel on ESPNU
Gonzaga sophomore Marco Gonzales went 11 innings and struck out 15.
April 28, 2012
SPOKANE, Wash. - Sophomore Marco Gonzales went 11 innings and struck out 15 without walking a batter but did not factor in the decision as Gonzaga (27-13, 7-7 WCC) walked-off with a controversial 1-0 victory in 12 innings on Saturday to even a WCC series with LMU (20-18, 8-6 WCC) at one game apiece. The game aired live on ESPNU and third-base umpire Rick Jaggars was at the center of the controversy in the 12th.
Gonzales struck out six straight from the end of the eighth through two out in the 10th in the win, maintaining his quality stuff throughout the 139 pitches. He allowed just five hits and did not walk a batter. The 15 strikeouts were the most for a single pitcher against the Lions since Tim Lincecum struck out 15 Lion hitters on March 12, 2004 for Washington.
Freshman Trevor Megill was impressive in his own right for LMU, dealing seven shutout innings and allowing just four hits while striking out eight. Ryan Hawthorne pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief before junior Aaron Griffin allowed the game-winner over two innings, falling to 3-4 with the loss.
Zach Abbruzza got the win after tossing one scoreless inning to improve to 2-3.
Scoreless through 11 and a half innings, Gonzaga caught a few breaks and benefitted from a controversial call in the 12th to take a victory. Andy Hunter reached with a one-out single when he flied a ball to right field and Zac Fujimoto fell down and could not recover to make the catch. Pinch hitter Billy Moon followed with a ground ball up the middle that kicked off of Cullen Mahoney's glove at second base on a dive. Jaggars took to the national spotlight on ESPNU on the ensuing play, calling a balk on Griffin that moved the runners up 90 feet. Numerous replays begged the question of whether a balk was actually committed. After intentionally walking the next hitter to load the bases and set up the double play, pinch hitter Payden Cawley Lamb lined a RBI-single into left centerfield to win the game.
Game three is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.