April 10, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Shawn Wayt hit his first home run of the season Tuesday to lift the Gonzaga University baseball team over Washington State University 12-6 at Bailey Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash.
With the win, Gonzaga improves to 21-16 overall, while the Cougars fall to 16-14 for the season.
Jeremy Stumetz (2-1) earned the win in relief, allowing no runs on two hits over the final five innings of the game. Chris Highmark started the game for the Bulldogs throwing two innings before handing the reigns over to CJ McClure, who also pitched two innings. Washington State used nine pitchers with Steve Kost (1-3) taking the loss. Kost allowed five runs on three hits over 0.2 innings of work.
The Cougars jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jim Murphy hit a double down the left field line to score the opening two runs of the frame before advancing to third on a bunt single by Paul Gran. The next batter, Greg Lagreid, doubled to left field to score Murphy. Gran would later score the fourth inning run on a ground out by Jeff Miller.
Gonzaga sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning as the Zags knotted the score 4-4. With one out in the inning, the Bulldogs pieced together a run scoring double by Bryan Winston and a two-run double down the left field line by Darin Holcomb. The fourth run of the frame was scored on a left field single by Aaron McGuinness.
Washington State posted a pair of runs in the bottom of third. The first run of the inning was scored on a balk, while the second run was plated on a double to right field by Jeff Miller.
The Zags took the lead in the sixth inning, posting five runs to go-ahead 9-6. The Bulldogs loaded the bases to open the inning before falling victim to two strikeouts. With the bags full and two outs, McGuinness singled to right to drive home two and leave runners on second and first. Wayt then launched a ball over the left field fence to take the lead. The three-run home run was his first long ball of the season.
Gonzaga added three insurance runs in the ninth to finalize the score 12-6. The Zags scored on by Winston and Ryan Wiegand as well as two Washington State fielding errors.
Eight of the starting nine in Gonzaga's lineup recorded hits, including three eights by Winston and Wayt. In total, the Zags recorded 15 hits, including four extra base hits.
The Bulldogs will resume West Coast Conference play Friday when they travel to Santa Clara University. The three-game series will begin Friday with a 7 p.m. game time.