Wild Finish As Bulldogs Take Season Series Over WSU
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University baseball walked off against regional rival Washington State University Tuesday night to win the season series as Caleb Wood trotted home on a Matt Bower wild pitch in a thrilling 5-4 victory at Patterson Baseball Complex.
The Bulldogs (23-26) have won the season series over the Cougars (22-25) for three consecutive years.
Wood got the ninth inning rally started with a double to deep left field. Bower intentionally walked Payden Cawley Lamb which set up an opportunity for Jimmy Sinatro to win the game. Bower would strikeout Sinatro but threw a wild pitch during the at bat to move both runners into scoring position.
Sam Brown, who hit his first collegiate home run in the first inning, stepped in to for his chance to win the game but another Bower miscue cost the Cougars. On the second pitch of the at bat, Bowers threw a breaking ball into the dirt which got away from the catcher and Wood scampered home for the series win.
Wood finished the evening 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Other RBI came from Lamb, Sinatro and Brown.
The Zags scored its first four runs of the game in the first inning. Before Brown connected for the two run homer to right field, Lamb singled home Mitchell Gunsolus and Sinatro scored Wood on a sacrifice fly.
Senior Karl Myers (2-2) got the victory after pitching the final 1.1 innings. The Bulldogs used five pitchers in the game including starter Will Abram who was responsible for three runs in four innings.
Gonzaga only has one series remaining on the schedule. Pepperdine University visits Spokane for the weekend to close the West Coast Conference season. The Bulldogs will have the opportunity to earn a berth into the WCC tournament and potentially the WCC regular-season title.