Regional Preview: #3 Seed Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga came into this season with pretty high expectations after going 30-23 in 2008 and returning seven regular position players and most of their pitching staff. The Bulldogs have been a consistent team and have only had two weekends where they didn't win their series/tournament.

  • Overall Record – 35-16
  • Conference Record – 14-7 (1st place)
  • How they qualified for a regional – Won the West Coast Conference championship series (Loyola Marymount 4-3, 14-3).
  • Last Regional Appearance – 1981
  • RPI/ISR – 43/20

Season Summary

Gonzaga came into this season with pretty high expectations after going 30-23 in 2008 and returning seven regular position players and most of their pitching staff.  The Bulldogs have been a consistent team and have only had two weekends where they didn't win their series/tournament.  Gonzaga has only played nine games against teams that qualified for the regional field and went 5-4 in those games (including 1-1 against Utah) and has a 46 SOS according to Boyd's World.  The Bulldogs took control of the WCC race early with series wins against Pepperdine and San Diego and finished things off with back to back series wins against Loyola Marymount to end the season.  Gonzaga doesn't have a prolific offense but that hasn't been necessary because their pitching staff has put up some of the best numbers in the country, including two strong SP's who have combined to go 16-2.

  

Offense

Park Factor according to Boyd's World – 99 (decreases offense by 1%).

Batting Average – .297 (159)

Runs Per Game – 6.8 (142)

Home Runs – 35 (214)

Stolen Bases – 40 (237)

Slugging Percentage – .429 (198)

Walks – 189 (190)

HBP's – 94 (15)

Sac Bunts – 29 (147)

 

Batting Order

2B Evan Wells (LH – .313-0-24-12).  Leads team with 55 R's, 31 BB's, .450 OBP, 12 SB's and 6 SAC bunts.  Very good BB/K ratio (30/25). 

CF Drew Heid (LH – .350-2-37-9).  Good speed.  2nd on team in BA.  5th in the country with eight 3B's. 

C Tyson Van Winkle (RH – .361-5-54-0).  1st team all-conf.  Leads team in BA and SLG.

1B Ryan Wiegand (LH – .330-6-62-1).  1st team all-conf.  Leads team in RBI.  Good BB/K ratio (26/29).  Had 3 HR and 8 RBI in the series clinching game against LMU last weekend. 

DH Anthony Synegal (RH – .329-6-32-3).  1st team all-conf.  Tied for 2nd in HR's.

LF Mark Castellitto (RH – .273-8-39-3).  Leads team in HR's.

3B Jason Chatwood (RH – .238-4-23-5).  Hit .316 and played SS last season before moving over to 3B this year.

RF Grant Kveder (RH – .217 in 92 AB's) or Chris Sturdivant (RH – .333 in 45 AB's).  Kveder hit .322 as the starting catcher in 2008.

SS Ernesto Ortiz (LH – .300-0-19-7).  Leads team with 60 K's. 

 

Defense

Fielding .970 (49) – 57 errors.  Beltran has decent range but has committed 18 errors.  Chatwood has committed 9 errors after committing 29 errors last season at SS.  Wells has committed only 6 errors.  Heid has very good range in CF.

Double Plays – 45 (143)

Stolen Base Attempts – 36-56 against Van Winkle. 

WP's/PB's Allowed – 38

 

Pitching

ERA – 4.21 (20)

BA – .276

HR – 41

H's/9 IP – 9.69 (62)

BB's/9 IP – 3.36 (54)                 

K's/9 IP – 7.8 (54)

 

Starting Pitchers

Matt Fields (RHP – 8-1, 2.86 ERA, 13 starts, 2 CG, 88 IP, 89 H, 28 BB, 73 K, .264 BA, 3 HR, 5 HBP, 4 WP).  WCC Pitcher of the Year.  Ground ball pitcher with good stuff and good control.  Beat LMU 4-3 in each of his last two starts.  2008 – 8-3, 4.92 ERA, 12 GS, 79 IP.

Steven Ames (RHP – 8-1, 3.51 ERA, 13 starts, 3 CG, 90 IP, 95 H, 17 BB, 66 K, .273 BA, 6 HR, 6 HBP, 6 WP).  Outstanding control but has been hit a little harder than Fields because he stuff isn't quite as good and he is around the plate more.

A.J. Proszek (RHP – 2-1, 3.09 ERA, 12 apps, 4 starts, 3 saves, 47 IP, 49 H, 13 BB, 24 K, .278 BA, 1 HR, 6 HBP, 2 WP).  Moved into the rotation the last month of the season and went 7 IP in each of his last two starts.  2008 – 3-4, 4.92 ERA, 10 starts, 60 IP.

Ryan Carpenter (LHP – 6-3, 4.82 ERA, 14 apps, 11 starts, 62 IP, 65 H, 27 BB, 62 K, .278 BA, 5 HR, 2 HBP, 4 WP). 


Relief Pitchers

Closer – Cody Martin (RHP – 5-4, 3.31 ERA, 21 apps, 4 starts, 6 saves, 54 IP, 47 H, 30 BB, 60 K, .233 BA, 9 HR, 2 HBP, 5 WP).  Hard thrower but wild and prone to giving up HR's.  2008 – 4-1, 2.80 ERA, 9 saves.

Reedy Berg (LHP – 3-4, 5.75 ERA, 16 apps, 4 starts, 41 IP, 45 H, 11 BB, 43 K, .281 BA, 8 HR, 4 HBP, 3 WP). 

Tyler Olson (LHP – 1-1, 5.09 ERA, 11 apps, 18 IP, 20 H, 8 BB, 19 K, .290 BA, 2 HR, 2 HBP, 0 WP).

Jacob Hiatt (RHP – 1-1, 4.91 ERA, 12 apps, 1 save, 15 IP, 18 H, 10 BB, 17 K, .286 BA, 3 HR, 1 HBP, 1 WP).

Andy Hunter (RHP – 1-0, 4.82 ERA, 11 apps, 19 IP, 20 H, 6 BB, 20 K, .270 BA, 1 HR, 6 HBP, 2 WP).