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Gonzaga's storybook season comes to a close in lose against Arizona State

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The Zags picked up a win in the tournament, but couldn't get any more.

Bob Haynes / Bob Haynes Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Gonzaga Bulldog’s fantastic season came to a close after the Zags couldn’t find enough offense to push past Arizona State as they were eliminated from the Fort Worth Regional, 6-3.

The Zags couldn’t get much offense across against Zach Dixon, who kept the Zags mostly in check for eight innings of the game. The Bulldogs started to finally make a late run in the eighth inning after Taylor Jones doubled with two outs to close the lead to 4-3.

Jeremy McCuin hit an insurance home run in the ninth inning and Brian Serven added a sacrifice fly to make it 6-3.

And with that, the Zags’s season ends with a 36-21 record. The playoffs started quite well, with Gonzaga defeating Arizona State, but the regionals are not an easy way to make it out. Even if Gonzaga defeated Arizona State today, they would have had to turn around and defeat TCU in two consecutive games.

Still, there is plenty to be proud of for this team. They made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, and it was the first at-large bid in school history. The Zags also finished the season with 23 total road wins, tied for second-most in the nation, and only one win behind Bryant (who had 24).

Go Zags!