BOISE-- Chicago Cubs third-round draft pick Mark Zagunis hit for the cycle, as the Boise Hawks beat the Spokane Indians, 11-6, on Monday night. Zagunis is the first Hawks player to hit for the cycle in 20 years, since Demond Smith did it back in August of 1994.
Zagunis got the triple out of the way in bottom of the first, when he scorched a liner to center field. He opened the third inning with a single to right to get him halfway through the cycle. The catcher picked up his third hit of the night when he hit and opposite field, two-run homerun to right field. The homer gave the Hawks a 7-6 lead, and put them in front for good.
With a possible cycle in hand, Zagunis struck out looking in his fourth at bat in the bottom of the fifth. But he would still likely get one last plate appearance.
In the bottom of the eighth, Zagunis stepped up to the plate with two outs. He connected with the 2-0 pitch, sending a high fly ball to no-man's land in between second base and right field. Seemingly blinded by the lights above Memorial Stadium, second baseman Seth Spivey lost the ball, and right fielder Luke Tendler couldn't make up the ground. The ball landed safely into the grass in shallow right, giving Zagunis a double and completing the cycle.
Zagunis finished the night batting 4-for-5, with a homerun and four RBI.
The Hawks will host the Indians again on Tuesday night, with first pitch set for 7:15 p.m.