Seven Run 9th Hands Baseball A 13-11 Loss
March 30, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. - Kaeo Rubin's three-run double with the two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning capped a seven-run outburst for Washington State University (16-8) as the Cougars roared back for a 13-11 win over the host Gonzaga University Bulldogs (9-17) on Tuesday afternoon at Avista Stadium. Rubin finished with four RBI on the game including the three he delivered with his shot to left center.
Trailing 11-6 heading into the ninth inning, Washington State finally got to Gonzaga relief pitcher John Gonzalez after the Bulldogs hurler had held WSU in-check for 3 innings of relief. Grant Richardson started the Cougars rally in the ninth with a three-run home run off Gonzalez, his second home run of the game. Zach McAngus trimmed the lead to 11-10 as he doubled against Nate Williams. Rubin would then clear the bases and hand WSU the win against GU pitcher Chris Albrecht (1-1).
The Bulldogs had built two big leads in the contest as they scored five runs in the second inning and three runs in the seventh. In the second Kiel Thibault singled home two of the Zags runs with a bases loaded single to right while Jeff Culpepper and Marshall Bratton singled home two of the other Gonzaga runs. In the seventh David Johnson laced a ball off the outfield wall to drive home two runs while Bobby Carlson collected one RBI with a sacrifice fly.
Washington made one other charge at the Bulldogs lead prior to the ninth inning as they scored four runs in the fifth chasing Gonzaga starter Patrick Donovan from the game. Rubin added an RBI single in that frame while Collin Henderson also had an RBI single. Jeremy Farrar drove home the final two Cougars runs with a single to right.
James Freeman (1-0) picked up the win for Washington State with a third of an inning of relief in the eighth while Aaron MacKenzie struck out three batters in the ninth to notch the save. Washington State used seven pitchers in the game with Freeman and MacKenzie serving as the final two.
Thibault led the Bulldogs offensive attack with three hits to raise his season average to .457. Four other Gonzaga players also had two hits with Johnson driving home four of the Bulldogs 11 runs. Washington State was led by Henderson and Jason Freeman with three hits each while Rubin and Richardson each had four RBI.
Gonzaga returns to action this weekend as they host the University of San Diego for a three-game West Coast Conference series. All three games will be broadcast on the radio with Friday and Saturday's games aired on 1050 AM in Spokane and Sunday's series finale broadcast on 790 AM in Spokane. Start time is 2 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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