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Cougar baseball heads north to take on #15 Gonzaga

The Cougs will look to get their 11th win on the season

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

The Washington State baseball team will take the hour and a half trip north up 195 to Spokane to take on 15th ranked Gonzaga today at 6:00 pm. The game will be televised on SWX. The Cougs are coming off a walk-off win over Utah this past weekend but have really struggled recently finding a win. The win broke a 10-game losing streak and hopefully gives them some confidence to get back to winning.

Fridays game against the Utes included a comeback that fell short as they scored four in the bottom of the ninth but would end up losing 10-9 and stranding the tying run on second. The Utes took off early as they hit three homeruns in a six-run second inning. They picked right up where they left off on Saturday and held a 10-0 lead heading into the seventh inning. The Cougs were able to put a few runs up on the board in the seventh and eighth innings but would drop the second game of the series by a score of 10-3.

The series finale on Sunday was a little different as a majority of the scoring came late in the final few innings of the game. The Cougs held a 2-1 lead before Utah put three more on the board in the seventh and eighth and led 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Cougars finally had some luck go their way as Keith Jones II got on base after a walk. Justin Van De Brake beat out an infield single before they both moved up a base after a throwing error. Jones II would score next as the Utah pitcher balked and Van De Brake moved up to third. Jacob McKeon took a 1-1 pitch to right field that would tie the game up at 4. Jake Meyer then hit a double to right that scored McKeon and won the game for the Cougs.

Gonzaga (18-7) is coming off of back-to-back 2-1 series wins over BYU and Pepperdine and recently beat Oregon 9-5 a few weeks ago.

Head-to-head, the Zags have had the Cougs number the past few years as they have won seven of the last 10 meetings and have outscored the Cougs 31-8 in the last three matchups. The last Cougar win came in 2019 in a 9-5 victory in Spokane.



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