Big Seventh Inning Leads Gonzaga to Eighth Straight Win
April 25, 2017
PULLMAN, Wash.—The Gonzaga baseball team continued its roll Tuesday night at Washington State, turning a seventh-inning deficit into a 7-3 victory and extending its win streak to eight games at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.
The Zags scored four in the seventh to take a permanent lead. Trailing 2-1 at the top of the frame, Parker Price led off with a pinch-hit double, giving Nick Brooks a runner in scoring position. The first baseman then put the Zags ahead by crushing a 1-1 pitch from WSU reliever Scotty Sunitsch over the wall in left center for a two-run home run. Gunnar Schubert followed up with a single to left center, and Jake Roberts was plunked for a second runner. Both moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch, and they scored with a Troy Johnston single up the middle.
Washington State answered with a single run in the bottom of the frame on a double from Danny Sinatro, but the Zags got that one back in the eighth. Right fielder Branson Trube singled up the middle for a one-out base runner, and he took second base on a throwing error from Cougar catcher Cal Waterman. After advancing on a ground ball, the junior from Meridian, Idaho, came home on a base knock from Schubert.
Gonzaga opened the scoring accord in the second inning when Brooks doubled to center field, allowing Justin Jacobs to score from third base. The Cougars took the lead – their only advantage of the game – in the sixth after four singles off starter Daniel Bies.
Until that sixth inning, Bies had kept the Cougar hitters quiet, allowing just two runners in the first five frames. He walked leadoff batter Andres Alvarez to begin the first, but the redshirt sophomore then retired 13 straight batters before Blake Clanton singled with two down in the fifth for the Cougs’ first base hit of the night. The strong start earned Bies the win, his third of the season.
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The Zags (25-14, 14-4 WCC) return to Spokane and to conference play with a three-game set against Saint Mary’s. That series begins a 10-game homestand that will wrap up the WCC season and the 2017 home slate. First pitch of the series against the Gaels is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Friday, April 28.
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