Yake homer powers Gonzaga baseball to a 7-6 win

Yake homer powers Gonzaga baseball to a 7-6 win

Gonzaga hit three home runs on the night, including a go-ahead solo shot from Ernie Yake in the eighth inning to get the 7-6 win over Lamar on Friday night in Spokane, Wash.

The Zags (26-20) had a no-hitter going through the fifth from starter Nick Trogrlic-Iverson, but Lamar (16-32) battled its way back with a five-run sixth. GU then got the late homer from Yake to take the lead.

Trogrlic-Iverson pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five runs on six hits with seven strikeouts. Alek Jacob came in to start the seventh and threw the final 3.0 innings, allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts.

At the plate, Gonzaga got two hits each from Yake and Troy Johnston, and two runs scored each from Guthrie Morrison and Mason Marenco.

“We liked the way Nick [Trogrlic-Iverson] came out tonight and threw strikes,” associate coach Danny Evans said. “We want to get everybody feeling good, pitching well and staying healthy as we head into the rest of this weekend.”

Gonzaga got things rolling with a pair of homers two players who entered the game with none on the season. In the first, Guthrie Morrison hit a solo home run in the first inning, and then Josh Bristyan added a two-run blast in the second to make it 3-0 Zags.

The Zags added one in the bottom of the fifth when Troy Johnston doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. Lamar responded in a big way in the very next frame.

With Trogrlic-Iverson spinning a no-hitter through five, the Cardinals got to him in the sixth with five runs on six hits to take a 5-4 lead.

The Zags immediately grabbed the lead back with two runs of their own. Johnston knocked home the first run with a single and Pinorini followed up with run-scoring double.

Gonzaga and Lamar will continue the three-game set on Saturday at 6 p.m. Links to live coverage will be available at GoZags.com.