Bulldogs Fall 17-11 To Cougars In A Hitting Battle
March 29, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - In what was a hitting barrage in Pullman, Wash., the Gonzaga University baseball team lost a tough game to its in-state rival Washington State University 17-11 Tuesday evening. The loss snaps the Bulldogs nine-game unbeaten streak.
Billy Moon and Cameron Edman each recorded three of the Bulldogs (13-8-1) 14 hits. Tyler Chism and Maxx Garrett also produced multiple hits while Eric Lane, Royce Bolinger, Clayton Eslick and Steven Halcomb registered one. After reaching base safely, Moon and Bolinger both extended their hitting streaks to eight and six, respectively.
Starter Mark Phillips went 3 1/3 innings and allowed six runs, three earned, on seven hits. He struck out four and walked one. Andy Hunter (2-2) suffered the loss after allowing five runs in the sixth inning.
Gonzaga's top-four hitters in the lineup scored in the first inning. Moon led off the game with a walk, Lane and Bolinger hit back-to-back singles through the left side and Chism hit into a RBI fielder's choice for the first run. Marco Gonzales followed with a sacrifice fly and after Garrett singled through the left center, Edman hit a RBI single to the shortstop to give Gonzaga a 4-0 lead.
Leading 4-1 in the top of the third inning, the Bulldogs added two runs to their lead. Garrett led off with a double to center field and after the next two batters walked, Moon hit a RBI single to right center and Lane followed with an RBI ground out to give the Bulldogs a 6-1 lead.
Phillips was off to a good start. He allowed one run in the first inning and struck out the side in the second but the Cougars took advantage of two throwing errors by Halcomb in the third inning, scoring four runs to make it 6-5 Bulldogs.
Halcomb didn't let his errors bother him. In the next inning he hit a three-run triple to right center field and Moon brought him in with a ground out to the first baseman, giving Gonzaga a 10-5 lead.
The Bulldogs saw its 10-6 lead disappear when the Cougars scored six runs in the sixth inning and added two more in the seventh and three in the eighth.
Gonzaga made an effort to rally in the ninth inning but came up short. Moon led off with a single up the middle, Lane walked and was replaced by Payden Cawley Lamb, Bolinger hit into a fielder's choice and Eslick hit a RBI ground out to the second baseman. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded with two out but Garrett struck out to end the game.
The Bulldogs return to the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field to begin a seven-game homestand, starting with the University of Mexico in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
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