Gonzaga got aff to a good start in a game they have to have.
Evan Wells led off the game with a single, then Torero starter Matt Coauch was calledfor a balk, which San Diego head coach Rich Hill argued to the umpire about (something Hill seems to do a lot ) and then Bryan Winston hit a single to put Gonzaga up 1-0.
Couch recovered, getting out of the inning with no further damage. No we'll see how Gonzaga's starter, Josh Monroe, does against the Toreros explosive offense.
For the first time in their history, San Diego will host an NCAA Regionals next weekend. The team was told in the locker rooms before the game, so they should be pretty fired up for the final game in this series.
No thanks to the crowd (which is acting like they are watching a movie), the Toreros got a baseloaded double in the top of the third from Logan Gelbrich to take a 2-1 lead.
Josh Romanski tried to score from first on the play, but was thrown out at the plate. Although, USD head coach Rich Hill argued for about 10 minutes that Romanski should have scored becuase the catcher was blocking the plate (he had a good arguement), but the call was not overtunred.
It was three up and three down fro Gonzaga in the bottom of the third, so the Toreros will now bat in the fourth.
It looked like it was going to be Gonzaga's Clayton Mortensen who going to get pulled early (not Brian Matsuz), but after giving up four runs in the first two innings, the WCC Pitcher of the Year has now settled down, pitching four scoreless innings.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf doesn't use his bullpen much, so Mortensen will probably go deep into this one.
Gonzaga is still up in the top of the seventh, 5-4.
Unlike many of the conferences, which include more teams than it excludes in its conference tournaments, there will be only two teams that will compete for West Coast Conference championship this weekend. Regular-season champion San Diego (ranked No. 9 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Top 25) will try to lock up a top-seed for next week's NCAA Tournament, when it meets second-place Gonzaga at Cunningham Stadium in San Diego.