Gonzaga is slowly turning themselves into a post season contender. With an 8-2 record and now a series win over a highly ranked Oklahoma State team, the Zags are a team to be feared. The Zags needed to rely on not one, but two long balls to clinch the series victory with a 2-1 win on Saturday.
William Kemper got the start for Gonzaga and he pitched well over 6.1 innings. A runner he was responsible for ended up being the tying run off of a single against relief pitcher Nico Zeglin. Kemper’s performance would not be worth anything more than a “no decision” despite his masterful work. The win was awarded to Brody Jessee in this contest. Jessee allowed just 1 Hit and racked up 7 Ks in his 3.2 innings of labor.
Stephen Lund got the scoring going early with his 1st inning dinger, but the bats went silent after that. The Zags would only pick up 1 Hit in the ensuing 8 innings of play. If it wasn’t for the elite performance of the pitching staff, a chance for Cade McGee to send a moonshot in the 10th inning would never have come. That swing ended up being the difference in the game as Oklahoma State stranded a whopping 13 runners on base.
Gonzaga can exhale after securing the series win by a razer thing margin, but their weekend is not over yet. Tomorrow morning they are set to do battle with the Cowboys one more time. For the Zags, a sweep would easily propel them into every major poll. For the Pokes, salvaging at least one game might keep them from falling too far in the rankings.