Gonzaga pitching stifles UTSA offense on Saturday night, 4-1
SAN ANTONIO — Tyler Olson hurled a complete-game three-hitter to lead Gonzaga to a 4-1 victory against UTSA on Saturday night at Wolff Stadium.
The Bulldogs (8-0) scored two runs in both the sixth and eighth innings before holding off a late rally by the Roadrunners (7-4) in the fourth game of this weekend's UTSA Classic.
UTSA held Gonzaga to just three hits, but three pitchers combined to issue six free passes and they also hit three Bulldogs.
Olson (1-0) walked just one while striking out four in the 100-pitch (64 strikes) performance.
Sophomore starter Blake Denman hit Eric Lane to start the sixth and Lane promptly moved to third on a single by Steven Halcomb. Clayton Eslick followed with a grounder to second that allowed Lane to cross the plate with the first run of the evening. The Bulldogs scored again two batters later when sophomore RJ Perucki's throw on Alex Stanford's grounder was up the line that brought Halcomb plateward.
Gonzaga tacked on a pair of insurance runs two stanzas later on Maxx Garrett's squeeze bunt and Billy Moon's run-scoring single to left.
The Roadrunners, who saw just two runners reach scoring position, plated their lone run in the ninth.
Perucki advanced to second on a wild pitch after drawing a lead-off walk and freshman Horacio Correa III then lined a 1-2 fastball into center field that brought home Perucki.
Denman (1-1) gave up a pair of runs (one earned) on only one hit in his 5.2 innings. The Bellaire native struck out four, walked two and hit two more batters.
Meanwhile, junior Ryan Dalton had UTSA's only extra-base hit of the night, a fifth-inning double.
The Roadrunners will wrap up tournament play on Sunday when they face Louisiana-Lafayette (6-4) at 4 p.m..