Diamond Dawgs sweep Gonzaga

Freshman Kyle Conley hit two home runs, including the tiebreaking two run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning, to lift the Huskies to a 7-5 win over Gonzaga and a sweep of their home opening three game series at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. With the sweep the Huskies have won three straight games and improved to 8-2, while Gonzaga dropped to 7-6.

The Huskies trailed 5-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning but rallied for four runs against reliever Nate Williams.

Bradley Boyer led off with a ground rule double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly to right center by Matt Hague. With two outs Zach Clem walked, stole second, took third on another wild pitch, and scored on a double to left by Curt Rindal to tie the game at 5. Conley then capped the rally when he drove a 3-2 pitch from Williams into the left field bullpen for his second long ball of the game and third of the season. Earlier, in the bottom of the second, Conley tied the game at 1 when he pulled a one strike pitch from Gonzaga starter Patrick Donovan into the left field bullpen.

Gonzaga wasted no time getting on the board in the top of the first when leadoff batter Scott Campbell hit a solo homer, his first of the season, over the right field wall against Husky starter Tyler Cheney.

The Bulldogs took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the top of the fourth, courtesy of Ryan Wiegand's first home run of the season. Shawn Wayt led off with a single, Aaron McGuinness walked, and Wiegand then smacked a 1-1 delivery from Cheney well over the Husky Fever logo in right field. Gonzaga added another run in the top of the sixth to go up 5-1. With two outs and two runners aboard, Zach Woodward hit an apparent inning ending ground ball to first baseman Curt Rindal. Unfortunately, Matt Kasser, covering first on the play, dropped Rindal's throw and by the time he fielded the ball and threw home Bulldog runner Darin Holcomb scored from second.

The Huskies took advantage of Gonzaga starter Patrick Donovan's wildness to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and cut their deficit to 5-3. After Hague struck out swinging, Clem walked, Rindal singled, and Conley reached safely on an error by McGuinness to load the bases. Then Donovan could not find the strike zone, walking Joey Dunn on four pitches to force home Clem and then issuing a free pass to pinch hitter Brett Kaluza to plate Rindal.

On the mound, Kasser benefited from the Huskies' rally, getting the win to improve to 1-0. He pitched three innings, allowing only an unearned run on three hits and three walks. He struck out one. Nick Hagadone then relieved Kasser and slammed the door on the Bulldogs, pitching two perfect innings, to record his first save of the season. He struck out the side in the eighth. For the Bulldogs Williams suffered the loss to drop to 2-1. In his only inning he gave up four runs, all earned, on three hits and a walk. He fanned one.

At the plate, Campbell went 4 for 5 and had a chance to hit for the cycle for Gonzaga. After his leadoff home run in the first, he doubled in the second and in the fourth and then singled in the sixth. He needed only a triple when he came to the plate for his final at-bat in the eighth, but struck out looking against Hagadone.

The Huskies next return to the road, traveling to Hawaii for the Rainbow Baseball Tournament from Tuesday, February 28 through Saturday, March 4. Teams they will face include Arkansas, Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific and Texas Arlington.

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