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Rosen, Cougars Too Much for Gonzaga

Yale Rosen's 3-run jack in the third inning was just what the Cougars needed to lift themselves over Gonzaga on Tuesday night. Yale Rosen's 3-run jack in the third inning was just what the Cougars needed to lift themselves over Gonzaga on Tuesday night.
The Washington State University baseball team defeated Gonzaga 5-1 in a local non-conference matchup at the Patterson Baseball Complex on Tuesday, April 15.

The Bulldogs (12-23) got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when Caleb Wood scored from second off of Sam Brown's RBI single to left field with two outs. 

The Cougars (17-16) took the lead in the top of the third thanks to a Yale Rosen 3-run home run with two outs. Gonzaga's Kenny Smith got the first two batters of the inning out, but then gave up a single to Collin Slaybaugh and hit Trek Stemp to put a pair of runners on for Rosen's blast.

Smith struck out the one batter he faced in the fourth inning before exiting in favor of Bulldogs reliever David Bigelow. WSU would load the baseslater in the fourth with two outs, but Bigelow and the Zags got out of the jam. 

Washington State's Scott Simon settled in after his shaky first inning and retired 10-straight Zags before giving up a lead-off single to Cabe Reiten in the top of the fifth. Simon ended up throwing four-straight shutout innings after the Bulldogs scored before giving way to Kellen Camus in the sixth.

Slaybaugh stole a triple, when the rest of the diamond was thinking double in the top of the seventh inning, only to get caught in a rundown after trying to score on a grounder to short by Stemp. After walking Rosen intentionally, Bigelow would strike out Nick Tanielu to end the inning for Gonzaga. 

In the top of the eighth inning the Cougars loaded the bases on Bigelow with back-to-back infield singles from Ben Roberts and PJ Jones and a single to left from Sagdal. Cooper Elliot pinch hit for Matt Mendenahll and promptly grounded into a double play, but one run still came across. Trace Tam Sing hit a double to center field to plate Sagdal and move WSU's lead to four, 5-1, ending Bigelow's night in the process. Ben Brown stopped the bleeding for the Zags by striking out Slaybaugh to end the inning. 

With two outs and a full count in the bottom of the eighth Mitch Gunsolus extended his season-long streak of reaching base safely to 36 games with a single to right. Wood followed suit with a single of his own, leading the Cougs to pull Camus and replace him with Matt Bower, who walked Payden Lamb to load the bases. Bower went on to strike out Gonzaga clean-up hitter Jimmy Sinatro to end the threat. 

Camus pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with 3 strikeouts, only giving up the two hits to Gunsolus and Wood in the 8th. 

Gonzaga's Sam Brown got on with a lead off infield single in the bottom of the ninth but the combination of Bower and Sam Triece struck out the next three batters to secure the win for Washington State.

The relief core of Camus, Bower and Triece pitched four innings of shutout baseball and racked up seven strikeouts while only giving up four hits and a walk. Simon (1-2) finished with the win, throwing five innings giving up only four hits and the one earned run. 

Brown finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and the sole RBI for Gonzaga.