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HCA: Cougar baseball holds on for win over Gonzaga, 12-10

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The Cougs jumped out to an early lead, but had to hang on for life in their win over Gonzaga.

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The Washington State offense delivered early and often Tuesday night against Gonzaga, but they had to hold off a fast and furious late rally from the Zags to pick up their seventh win of the season.

Home runs by Kodie Kolden and Andres Alvarez put WSU up 5-0 through 2 innings of play. The Cougs followed that with a three run 4th inning and a one run 6th to push their lead to 9-1. But, from there, the Bulldogs woke up.

In the seventh inning, the Zags loaded the bases with no outs and followed that with back-to-back RBI singles, a run scoring error, a hit by pitch, a run scoring fielder’s choice, an RBI ground out and a single on their way to a 6 run seventh inning. Just like that, the Zags had cut the lead to 9-7

Kolden would lead the push once again in the bottom half of the seventh, delivering a two run single, followed by a Danny Sinatro RBI sacrifice fly to make it a 12-7 game.

Gonzaga would get two more in the eighth, but Michael Newstrom would get the ball in the ninth and finish this one off for his first save of the season. Freshman Tyson Guerrero started the game, working 3.2 innings while striking out 2 on his way to the win, taking his season record to 1-1.

The win brings the Cougs to 7-20 on the season. They’ll hit the road this weekend in search of their first Pac-12 victory when they take on Cal in a three game set starting Friday night. All three games this weekend will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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