The Washington State baseball team is coming off their biggest series of the year. Not only did they beat their rivals from Washington two out of three times at home, but they gathered momentum heading into the second installment of another rivalry matchup.
That momentum, didn’t really help.
Washington State faced off with Gonzaga for game two of their three game season series. The teams faced off a couple of just nine days ago up in Spokane with GU rolling over the Zags in a 9-4 game (that wasn’t as close as it sounds). Tuesday night, the series returned to Pullman. And this time the result... Was very similar...
The Bulldogs took an early lead in this one. Nick Brooks doubled in a run in the 2nd, but that was the only run given up by talented freshman AJ Block, who went 4 innings, giving up just one run on four hits.
The Cougs were able to strike back in the 6th. Another WSU freshman, Dillon Plew, struck first with an RBI single. Then, next batter, junior Shane Matheny came through with an RBI single of his own.
Washington State had the lead, but it didn’t last long. Gonzaga scored 4 more in the 7th, including a 2 run homer from Brooks, and ran away from there, picking up the 7-3 win, their 8th in a row.
As for the Cougs, it’s their second straight loss. But, at this point in the season, conference games are all that matter (although the Cougs and Zags do meet one more time this season on May 16 in Spokane). Washington State sits in the cellar of the Pac-12, but they’ll have a chance to climb out starting Thursday afternoon when they start at three game set in Utah.
Full highlights from this one, courtesy of WSU Athletics, are embedded below.
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