Gonzaga Clobbers San Diego In Game One
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Gonzaga’s freshman third baseman Ernie Yake posted a five-hit day and led GU to a 13-3 win on the road at San Diego on Friday night.
The Zags (23-19, 13-9) put the game out of reach early against the Toreros (20-26, 9-13), posting five runs in the second inning, and then piling on eight more to tie their highest-scoring output of the year. GU also posted a season-high 17 hits in the game, led by huge days from Ernie Yake and Nick Brooks.
“Tonight was a big-time effort all around, we were clicking on all cylinders,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “That was a special five-hit night for Ernie Yake. We are looking forward to the opportunity to win a series on the road tomorrow.”
Yake had the first five-hit game for a Zag since Sam Brown on April 30, 2017, going 5-for-5 while reaching base six times with three runs and four RBI. Brooks was 3-for-5 with a homer and two doubles along with two RBI and a run scored.
Three more Zags had two hits each in Isaac Barrera, Branson Trube and Jake Vieth. Trube’s pair of hits included a two-run homer and a team-high four RBI on the day.
The Zags also got another solid start out of ace Daniel Bies, who went 7.0 innings and scattered 10 hits while giving up just two runs and striking out six with three walks. He forced the Toreros to strand 11 runners during his seven innings. Taylor Davis came on to finish the final two innings for GU, allowing one run and just two hits while striking out one.
The five-run second included Brooks’ two-run homer, an RBI double by Barrera and a two-RBI single from Yake. After USD came to within 5-2, the Zags added two runs each in the fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings.
In the fourth, Gunnar Schubert had an RBI single, and Yake scored from second after a USD throwing error on a ball put in play by Trube. Trube then posted the next four with a two-RBI single in the sixth and a two-run homer in the eighth.
Yake finished his day in the top of the ninth when he knocked home a pair with a double down the right field line.
The Zags and Toreros will play the second of a three-game series on Saturday at 5 p.m. at San Diego. Links to live coverage are available on GoZags.com.