Gonzaga posted nine runs in the first two innings and Alek Jacob struck out 12 on the way to a 9-0 shutout win over Santa Clara on Saturday night.
The win moved Gonzaga to 29-21 overall and 16-10 in the West Coast Conference, and kept the Bulldogs within one game of Pepperdine for the league lead. The Waves beat Portland 6-2 to hold on to the top spot. On Sunday, a Gonzaga win and Pepperdine loss would clinch the No. 1 seed for GU in next weekend’s WCC Tournament.
Jacob continued his fantastic freshman season out of North Central, throwing 7 innings with a career-high 12 strikeouts and giving up just three hits while walking three. Matthew Henckel gave up one hit in the eighth, and Taylor Davis pitched the ninth to complete the shutout.
The teams play at noon on Sunday.
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