April 4, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Gonzaga University recorded back-to-back triple plays in the second and third innings then took the lead with a five-run fifth as the Bulldogs defeated Washington State University, 6-2, in a nonconference game Tuesday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.
With the loss the Cougars fall to 21-10 on the season while Gonzaga improves to 21-10.
Following a 51-minute rain delay prior to the first pitch, the Cougars wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a run in the first. Travis Coulter connected for a one-out double to left then came home on Jared Prince's infield single to first.
The lead was pushed to 2-0 in the second when Ryan Krauser led off with a walk then scored on Simi Reynolds' single through the left side. It could have been much more as WSU had runners at first and second with no outs. On a 1-0 pitch, Zach Franklin hit a bullet to Bulldog first baseman Bobby Carlson. Carlson stepped on first and threw to second to complete the triple play.
In their next at bat the Cougars again put runners on first second with no outs and Jay Miller at bat. In an instant reply of the second inning, Miller lined a shot to Carlson, who stepped on first and threw to second for the third out, making it back-to-back triple plays for the Bulldogs.
A look through the NCAA record book could not produce an instance where a team recorded triple plays in consecutive innings.
Gonzaga took the lead in the fifth thanks to five runs on five hits. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs off Cougar reliever Josh Williamson before Jackson Brennan's RBI groundout pushed the first run across. Darin Holcomb then singled back up the middle, scoring Aaron McGuinness and Alex Parrott for a 3-2 lead. Dustin Colclough had an RBI groundout and Ryan Wiegand singled home Scott Campbell for the final run of the inning.
The Cougars loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but reliever Jay Bryner retired Zach McAngus to end the inning.
The Cougars used eight pitchers on the evening, with Williamson suffering the loss as his record falls to 1-2. Jay Miller, Prince, Krauser and Reynolds each had two hits for WSU.
Gonzaga was led by Campbell's three hits, while Holcomb, Wiegand and Parrott added two each. Starter Bobby McEwen picked up his fourth win of the season as he went five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.
Washington State is next in action Friday when it opens a three-game series at UCLA. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.