SAN ANTONIO – The Gonzaga University baseball team handed head coach Mark Machtolf his 300th career victory with a 6-1 win over the Univerity of Incarnate Word in the opening game of the Irish Baseball Classic at Nelson Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
Junior Payden Cawley Lamb went 1 for 3 while driving in a pair of runs and Sam Brown collected a game-high three hits for the Bulldogs (2-3).
Incarnate Word opened the scoring in the first inning when sophomore Taylor Jones (1-0), in his first career start, gave up an RBI double to Jesse Hoover. But that was the Cardinals’ only lead on the day.
The Bulldogs got to Cardinals starter Dylan Boss in the bottom of the inning. After walking junior Cory LeBrun to load the bases, Boss hit Lamb to drive in the tying run. Beau Bozett followed with a walk to give Gonzaga a lead it would not relinquish.
Jones pitched into the sixth inning before being pulled in favor of Karl Myers. The Cardinals threatened with a pair of runners in the sixth as Myers pitched out of a two-out bases-loaded jam to end the inning. Myers was credited with the save after 3.2 scoreless innings.
The Bulldogs face tournament host Notre Dame today at 10:30 a.m.