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HCA: Cougs host Gonzaga in mid-week matchup

This will be the first of two matchups this season

Washington State University Baseball versus Stanford April 2nd at Bailey Brayton Field in Pullman, WA. Jack Ellis/CougCenter

Washington State will return home today after earning their first Pac-12 road series win since 2017 to host Gonzaga in a mid week matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 pm at Bailey-Brayton field and can be seen on the Washington State athletics website.

The Cougs (16-11) took the first and final game of the series against Utah over the weekend and have now won four of their last five games. In game two of the three game series, the Cougs held a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th inning but allowed the Utes to put up 7 runs in the bottom half of the inning that gave them the 10-7 lead that would win them the game.

Gonzaga (19-12) is coming off of a series win over Saint Mary’s College of California including a 21-3 victory in game two of the three game series. Sophomore Daniel Naughton will make his first career start for the Bulldogs. He has appeared in six games this season and has only thrown for two complete innings twice in his young career with the last time coming February 28th. He has a 3.21 ERA and has struck out 10 while walking 6 batters and giving up 7 hits.

Last season, the Bulldogs took the lone matchup between the two schools in a 15-3 victory in what would be the Cougars last game of the season due to the pandemic. Prior to that, the Cougars took 2 of the three games in the 2019 season.

Following the game against the Bulldogs, the Cougs will stay home for a three game series against Arizona starting on Friday at 3:05 pm. They will play Saturday at 2:05 and will finish up on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 12:05. All three games can be seen on the Washington State athletics website.



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