March 3, 2006
LEWISTON, Ida. - Washington State University scored in seven of nine innings on Friday night and the Gonzaga University Bulldogs pushed across runs in four innings as the two teams combined to score 28 runs. WSU (12-2) ended up on top during the slugfest with an 18-10 decision over the Bulldogs (8-7). Gonzaga was coming off a 15 inning win over host Lewis-Clark State College on Thursday night as day two action of the Banana Belt Classic continued.
WSU jumped out to an early 13-1 lead scoring in the first five innings. The Cougars scored two unearned runs in the first, a single run in the second and two more unearned runs in the third to jump on top 6-0. Jeff Miller had the only big hit for WSU in the early going with a solo homer in the second. Scott Campbell had knotted pulled GU within one run in the bottom of the first with a solo home run but Gonzaga's offense could never make up the difference.
WSU put the game away with five runs in the fifth. Jay Miller had a big two-run single in the inning as the Cougars added two more unearned runs. GU starter Clayton Mortensen fell to 2-3 after allowing five earned runs through 4.1 innings of work. Wayne Daman picked up the win for WSU improving to 4-0 on the year.
Gonzaga made a charge in the bottom of the sixth scoring five runs that chased ended Daman's day on the mound. Aaron McGuinness started the rally with a sacrifice fly to score Bobby Carlson. Nick Merriman added a two-run double and Jackson Brennan closed the inning with an RBI single.
The Bulldogs pushed three more across the plate in the seventh on a McGuinness RBI single and Alex Parrott sacrifice fly. Campbell led GU with three hits while Merriman picked up three RBI. Gonzaga returns to action on Saturday morning when they face Chicago State University
Washington State was led by Jay Miller's four hits and Jared Prince's four RBI.