Feb. 11, 2006
Surprise, Ariz. - The University of Nevada(0-5) was kept winless by Gonzaga(5-1) as the Bulldogs defeated the Wolf Pack 11-5 on day two of the Surprise Arizona Tournament being hosted at Surprise Stadium. Surprise Stadium is the spring training complex of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. Gonzaga improved to 5-1 on the season while the Pack fell to 0-5.
Nevada committed five errors in the game which led to five unearned runs for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga scored a single run in the second inning and three more in the third to take a 4-0 lead before the Pack got on the board with a single run in the bottom of the third inning.
The Bulldogs exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth inning to build a commanding nine-run lead at 11-2. The Pack responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to make the final score 11-5 as both teams failed to score in the last three innings of the game.
Ryan Rodriguez (0-2) fell to 0-2 on the season after allowing six runs on nine hits in five innings on the mound. Just two of the six runs were earned. Gonzaga starter Clayton Mortensen(1-1) earned his first victory of the season pitching six innings. Mortensen surrendered five runs on seven hits in the game.
Nevada shortstop Leo Radkowski (2-for-4,R,RBI) led the Pack with two hits. The hits were the first of his career in the Silver & Blue. Catcher Jordan Opdyke (1-for-3,R,RBI,HR) collected his first collegiate hit which was a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Six of Gonzaga's nine batters in the game had two or more hits in the game. Third baseman Darin Holcomb(3-for-6,2R) and right fielder Zach Woodward(3-for-5,3R,RBI) had three hits each to lead the Bulldogs while center fielder Jackson Brennan(2-for-5,2R,3RBI) had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in three.
The Wolf Pack will play Arizona State on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. to conclude play in the Surprise Tournament.