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Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics

Zags Baseball Bests Washington State 10-8 In Pullman

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 03/19/2013
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PULLMAN, Wash. - Gonzaga University baseball held off a late charge from Washington State University Tuesday night at Bailey-Brayton Field to claim a 10-8 road victory in the first of three meetings between the two programs this season. Cory LeBrun recorded three hits and three RBI in the Bulldogs winning effort.

The win improves GU to 12-6-1 overall and bumps Washington State down to 11-8.

"I am proud of how our ballclub answered all the punches tonight to secure the win," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "Kenny Smith gave us a good start and our offense was firing on all cylinders."

Smith (1-0) hurled six solid innings and picked up the victory. Billy Moon and Arturo Reyes pitched in relief with Reyes picking up the save.

The Bulldogs had the game under control early after building a 7-0 lead over the Cougars through four innings.

In the first Clayton Eslick, Zach Abbruzza and Travis Forbes all brought in a run. The Zags offense was all over WSU freshman starter Chris McDowell early. McDowell lasted just 1.2 innings allowing five hits and three runs.

The Gonzaga attacked produced four more runs in the Zags half of the fourth inning. With one out and bases loaded, LeBrun singled to center field driving in two runs. Eslick followed LeBrun with a singled to the ride side for his second RBI of the game. The fourth run came on a Abbruzza grounder to second to put the Zags up 7-0.

Washington State would however rally late. The Cougars put up five runs in the sixth highlighted by a bases loaded 3 RBI triple from Ian Sagdal. Through six the Zags held a 7-5 edge.

WSU added another run in the seventh making it a one run game however the Zags would match that run in the eighth. Not to be out done, the Cougars scored in the bottom of the eighth. Going into the final frame, GU clung to 8-7 advantage.

Gonzaga added two runs in the ninth for enough insurance to pick up the win. With bases loaded and one out, Cabe Reiten hit what appeared to be an inning ending double play but an errant throw from the shortstop allowed two runners to score giving the Bulldogs enough to close the game with breathing room.

"It was a good win and now we need to carry the momentum into the weekend as we face another very good ballclub," Machtolf said.

The Bulldogs next game is against West Coast Conference foe University of San Diego. The Toreros will visit Spokane for a three game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

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