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HCA: Baseball heads North for mid-week matchup against Gonzaga

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For the second time this season the Cougs and the Zags will meet up

Tod Fierner

After another tough weekend, the Washington State baseball team will head North to Spokane for a mid-week matchup with Gonzaga today. First pitch is scheduled for 6pm at the Patterson Baseball Complex. This is the second of three meetings this season between the two teams.

A win today will lock up the third series win for the Cougs as they have not won a series since the beginning of March when they won two of three against both California State-Northridge and Nevada in consecutive weeks.

This past weekend, the Cougs (8-27-1) dropped two of three while visiting USC. There was a glimmer of hope on Sunday when they led 9-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth before they gave up 5 runs in the bottom of the inning that would send the game to extra innings. They would play 12 innings before the game was called a 10-10 tie due to time and travel restrictions.

The Cougars and the Zags met up on April 2nd in Pullman and the Cougs led 9-1 heading into the seventh inning before things started to fall apart for them and they gave up 9 runs in the final three innings. Washington State was able to edge them out 12-10 thanks to a 3-run seventh inning.

In the nine games since the Cougars last played Gonzaga they have been outscored 84-36 and have just one win and a tie. Gonzaga on the other hand has been going in the opposite direction since that game as they have gone 7-4 in their last 11 games and were barely edged out against third ranked Stanford on Monday.

Up next, the Cougs will head to Oregon State this weekend for a three game series before returning home and hosting Washington. They will then finish up the season series with Gonzaga on May 6th in Pullman.

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