Courtesy Washington State athletics
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga defeated Washington State 4-3 in nonconference baseball, Tuesday night at Patterson Baseball Complex.
The victory was the ninth straight for the Bulldogs (24-10-1), who swept the three-game season series with the Cougars (18-16).
"We didn't play great, but I liked our intensity tonight," Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "If we can bring that same type of intent to the Bay Area this weekend, I like our chances."
Washington State took a 2-0 with a single run in both the second and third innings against Gonzaga starter Billy Moon (1-1). In the second, Brett Jacobs led off with a single and moved to second on a single by Jason Monda. The duo combined for a double steal as Trace Tam Sing struck out before Jacobs scored on a wild pitch.
In the third, Trek Stemp and Collin Slaybaugh opened with back-to-back single and moved up on a foul out by P.J. Jones. Yale Rosen followed with a sacrifice fly to score Stemp.
The Bulldogs picked up one run off Cougar starter Chris McDowell in the fourth, the only run the Washington State right hander gave up in four innings. Gonzaga took a 4-2 lead with three runs in the fifth against reliever J.D. Leckenby (0-2).
Washington State added its final run in the eighth inning when Adam Nelubowich led off with a triple and scampered home on a wild pitch.
The Cougars open a three-game Pac-12 Conference series at California, Friday at 6 p.m.