No. 24 Bulldogs Fall To Cougars In Season Series Finale
April 12, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - The 24th-ranked Gonzaga University baseball team lost 3-1 to its in-state rival Washington State University in the season series finale Tuesday evening.
Steven Halcomb produced two of the Bulldogs (19-10-1) five hits while Eric Lane, Clayton Eslick and Royce Bolinger recorded one. Mark Phillips (0-2) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits. Andy Hunter allowed a home run in three innings pitched and Cody Martin pitched a one-inning shutout. All three pitchers each recorded a strikeout.
Kellen Camus (2-0) was credited the win for the Cougars (14-14) after going five innings and allowing one run and Paris Shewey allowed one hit in the ninth inning to earn the save.
Washington State got on the scoreboard in the second inning. Phillips surrendered back-to-back singles to start the inning and after the runners advanced on a ground out, Collin Slaybaugh hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score in the first run. The Cougars added another run when Kyle Johnson singled on a squeeze bunt down the third base line.
In the fifth inning, Eslick and Halcomb both singled through the right side. With Eslick at third, Keegan Acker grounded out on a bunt to the second baseman but allowed Eslick to score.
The Cougars got the two-run lead back with a two out solo home run to right center field.
The Bulldogs return to West Coast Conference action this weekend at Loyola Marymount University in a battle for first place this weekend. The three-game series starts Friday at 3 p.m.
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