Baseball Falls In Banana Belt Final
March 7, 2004
LEWISTON, Ida. - The Gonzaga University Bulldogs (5-9) committed five errors leading to six unearned runs on Sunday afternoon as they fell to Washington State University, 9-3, in the final day of competition at the Banana Belt Classic in Lewiston, Ida. Washington State improved to 10-3 as they took advantage of four unearned runs in the fifth inning to blow open a tight game.
The Cougars scored first in the second inning as Zach McAngus connected for a two-out RBI single that scored Jeremy Farrar. Gonzaga would knot the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth as they extended the frame against Cougars starter Aaron Trolia (3-0) on a Cougar error. After two hit batters and a bases loaded walk to David Johnson the game was tied.
Errors worked in the Cougars favor in the fifth and sixth innings as they scored six unearned runs against Bulldogs starter Ed Clelland (0-2). McAngus scored on one error in the fifth while Jay MIller had an RBI double to extended WSU's lead to 3-1 in the fifth. The sixth inning was opened with a solo home run by Farrar before four unearned runs blew open the game and staked WSU to a 8-1 lead. Kaeo Rubin had a two-run double during the sixth.
Gonzaga was able to get to Trolia in the bottom of the sixth as David Johnson hammered a two-run home run to left center to cut the margin to 8-3. Dane Renkert entered the game to end the Bulldogs rally hopes, closing out the game for his first save.
Johnson accounted for all three Gonzaga RBI while Chris Sinner had a team-high two hits. McAngus had three hits for WSU while Jay Miller added two. Gonzaga finishes the Banana Belt Classic with a 3-1 record and will travel to Oregon State University for a three-game series next weekend.
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