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HCA: Washington State baseball to host Gonzaga

This is the first match-up between the two this season

Washington State University Athletics
Washington State Athletics and Communications

The Washington State baseball team is coming off their first sweep of the season this past weekend and will welcome Gonzaga for a mid-week match-up today at 3:05 pm. This will be the first of two games that are played throughout the season with the second game coming in April. Like all home games, you can watch and follow along on the WSU website.

The Cougars (9-6) just swept Niagara in a four game series outscoring them 47-16 including a monster weekend from Kyle Manzardo who went 10 of 18 bringing in 9 RBI’s and scoring 11 times himself. Justin Van De Brake made sure to make some noise himself with his second grand slam of the season. He finished the weekend going 7 of 13 with 9 RBI’s and scored 6 times.

The Bulldogs (5-10) are coming off a four game series split with California State University Northridge and have struggled to find a grove this season. Like the Cougars, the Bulldogs have played just one series at home this season as their schedule was front loaded with away games.

The Cougars will bring out Sophomore right hander Brandon White who has a 4.91 ERA on the season in his one start that came February 14th against California State University Bakersfield. He threw 3.2 innings giving up 7 hits and 2 runs while striking out 7. Last season he appeared in 15 games with 14 starts and finished with a 6.52 ERA giving up 73 hits in his 58 innings pitched.

On the opposite side, the Bulldogs will bring out Keaton Kneuppel who has a 11.57 ERA after his one appearance this season. He gave up 3 earned runs and 4 hits in his 2.1 innings pitched. He did not play last season but has appeared in 6 games total during his career.

Last season, the Cougars would win the series 2-1 taking the first and third games of the season series. While the Cougars came away with the victories last season, the Bulldogs have won 11 of the last 15 meetings between the two.

The Cougars will continue their home stand with a three game series against California beginning on Friday.

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