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Gonzaga completes season sweep of WSU with 5-2 win in Pasco

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Round three between the Cougs and Zags on the diamond ended up exactly like the first two rounds.

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The Cougs are coming off of a big weekend. WSU took two out of three from their rivals on Montlake and won their first series in Seattle since 2004. Ian Hamilton was a big part of that series win. After a dominating performance on Saturday the Pac-12 rewarded him with the conference pitcher of the week award.

Today, the Cougs tried to keep that momentum rolling into their annual game in Pasco. For the third time this season, WSU met up with Gonzaga. And for the third time this season, the Cougars fell short against the Zags.

The Bulldogs pushed across four runs in the 2nd inning, including two sac flies and two doubles, to take the early 4-0 lead. But the pitching staff calmed down after that. Four pitchers combined for 6 no-hit innings for the rest of the game, giving up just one more run on a fielder's choice.

The Cougar offense answered back with two RBI doubles of their own in the 3rd, from Justin Harrer and Shane Matheny, but those were the only hits WSU could muster Tuesday night. Justin Vernia and Calvin LeBrun combined to dominate the Cougs tonight for Gonzaga, striking out 12 tonight.

The win completes a three game season sweep for the Bulldogs over the Cougs. Gonzaga is in first place in the WCC heading into their final conference series next week. WSU, meanwhile, hosts McNeese State for four games this weekend in Pullman before hosting Washington for another game in central Washington, next Tuesday in Yakima.


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