April 25, 2006
The win improved the Cougars to 27-15 on the year and evened the season series against Gonzaga at 3-3. The Bulldogs fell to 26-16.
The Cougars struck in their first at-bat as Ryan Krauser led off with a four-pitch walk. Following a hit and sacrifice, Krauser scored on Jared Prince's sharp single to left. In the second another leadoff walk produced the Cougars second run. Jeff Miller earned a 10-pitch walk and advanced to third on Zach McAngus' single to right. A balk by Bulldog starter Bobby McEwen brought home Miller then McAngus scored on an error by second baseman Scott Campbell, extending the WSU lead to 3-0.
Gonzaga found the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Bobby Carlson led off with a double to left then scored on Shawn Wayt's two-out, infield single to short.
The scoring continued for WSU in the third as Miller's single to center brought home Paul Gran, who was on second after a one-out double to left. In the bottom of the third Gonzaga struck for three runs to tie the game at 4-4. Ryan Wiegand had an RBI groundout and with two outs, Aaron McGuinness hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot over the wall in left.
The Cougars added four runs in the fifth as with two outs and the bases loaded, Greg Lagreid hit a single over the third baseman, bringing home Prince and Gran. Following a pitching change, Scott Suttmeier walked and Travis Coulter followed with a two-run single to center.
Gonzaga hit three home runs in the game as Jackson Brennan and Bobby Carlson each had solo shots to go with McGuinness' two-run homer.
Ross Humes started for WSU and went three innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Reese Baker came on to start the fourth and after allowing a home run to Brennan, surrendered just one more hit in his two innings of work. In all six Cougar pitchers saw action, with Baker picking up his first win and Travis Webb earning his sixth save.
In addition to Coulter and Prince, Suttmeier, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fourth, had a pair of hits, as did Lagreid and McAngus.
Gonzaga was led by Carlson and Colclough with two hits each. The Bulldogs used five pitchers on the evening with Josh Monroe suffering the loss.
The Cougars are next in action Friday when they begin a Pacific-10 Conference home series against USC at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.