No. 4-ranked Arkansas used a strong bullpen to hold off Gonzaga on Wednesday 5-3 in a nonconference game.
Royce Bolinger hit a two-run home run in the seventh, and the Bulldogs (10-5 overall) had the tying runners on base in the ninth but couldn't complete the rally. Kennewick High graduate Maxx Garrett finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the loss, starting at catcher.
, but it was all the Bulldogs (10-5) would get. Kennewick High graduate Maxx Garrett finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the loss, playing behind the plate the entire game.
The Razorbacks (16-2), who beat Gonzaga 1-0 on Tuesday to sweep the two-game series, used eight pitchers. Brandon Moore (2-0) earned the win in relief.
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Zach Abbruzza (0-2) kept the Razorbacks hitless in his three innings of work, but walked two and allowed a run.
Gonzaga will play its home opener at 6 p.m. Friday, hosting the University of the Pacific. The Bulldogs played their first 15 games on the road.
Gonzaga 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 8 1
Arkansas 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 X 5 7 2
GU – Zach Abbruzza; Ryan Leahy(4); Karl Myers(4); Sean-Luke Brija(5); Kenny Smith(7); Derek Peterson(8) and Maxx Garrett. AR – Trent Daniel; Brandon Moore(3); Mark Reyes(6); Greg Milhorn(7); Colby Suggs(7); Michael Gunn(8); Ty Wright(8); Barrett Astin(9) and John Clay Reeves. Win - Brandon Moore (2-0) Save - Barrett Astin (5) Loss - ABBRUZZA, Zach (0-2).
Hits: GU: Eric Lane, Clayton Eslick (2), Royce Bolinger, Andy Hunter, Marco Gonzales (2). AR: Sam Bates (2), Matt Reynolds, Jacob Mahan, Jacob Morris (2), John Clay Reeves.
2B: Morris (2); HR: Bolinger