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HCA: Cougar baseball wins Eastern Washington rivalry battle with Gonzaga

In a rare non-walkoff win, the Cougs topped Gonzaga 4-3.

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The Cougs entered Tuesday on a 2 game win streak, both coming in walk off fashion. On Tuesday, they helped ease the stress on our hearts by scoring the go-ahead win an inning early.

In the bottom of the 8th, junior catcher Robert Teel showed off some opposite field power, going deep to right for the solo shot, the first homer of his career, to put the Cougars on top. Ryan Walker would come in to seal the 4-3 win with his third save of the year.

It all started with another show of power in the first. Justin Harrer, who hit the walk-off homer against ASU on Thursday, hit his 5th of the season to put the Cougs up 2-0 early.

From there, the Zags chipped away at that lead with some small ball. They got one in the 2nd on a sac fly and scored the tying run in the 5th on a balk with a runner on third. In the 7th, Gonzaga switched from small ball to big ball. Jake Vieth hit a solo shot of his own to put the Bulldogs on top for the first time, 3-2.

The Cougs were able to tie it in the bottom of the 7th on a sac fly, allowing Teel to end the game with his go-ahead blast in the 8th.

The win moves the Cougs to 8-15 on the season, with all 8 of those wins coming by just one run. WSU does have some momentum on their side winning 4 of their last 6 games.

Washington State will now head to Eugene for a big series with Oregon. Both teams have 3-6 records in conference play and the Cougs and Ducks are looking to break a 4-way tie for 7th place in the Pac-12. Game 1 is Friday at 6

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