Washington State brought the tying run to the plate in the 9th inning with two out, but they fell short Tuesday night at Gonzaga, 8-5.
The Cougs made the trip north to renew their regional rivalry. Zane Mills got the start for WSU, and after a 1-2-3 first, the Zags struck in the 2nd. GU put up 3 hits, to go along with a walk, a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch, that resulted in a trio of runs, letting the Bulldogs take a 3-0 lead. That would be the last inning for Mills who went 2 frames and picked up the loss.
WSU struck back in the 3rd thanks to an Andres Alvarez RBI single and Dillon Plew sacrifice fly. Home runs by Gonzaga’s Troy Johnston and WSU’s Alvarez helped make this one a 5-5 tie through 5... But the Zags took over from there.
GU regained the lead with a pair of runs on an RBI single and wild pitch in the 6th. They added another in the 7th thanks to the classic combination of an error, sac bunt, wild pitch and sac fly.
Washington State had one last chance in the 9th. With two outs, Danny Sinatro reached on a HBP followed by an Alvarez walk to bring the game-tying run to the plate. Plew gave the ball a ride, but came up short with a fly ball to deep center field to end the game, sealing an 8-5 Gonaga win.
The loss takes the Cougs to 8-28-1 on the season, and 1-8-1 in their last ten. But the road doesn’t get much easier from here. They’ll continue their road trip in Corvallis Friday through Sunday for weekend set. All three games can be live streamed on Oregon State’s website.
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