April 17, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - - Shawn Wayt of the Gonzaga University baseball team posted a 2-for-4 performance with two runs batted in Tuesday but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell to Washington State University 7-4 in the first night game to be played at the new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 23-18 overall while the Cougars even their season record at 17-17. The Cougars now hold the season series advantage two games to one, with one game between the two teams remaining.
Gonzaga starting pitcher Bobby McEwen (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on five hits over 2.0 innings of work. CJ McClure, Chris Highmark and Matt Fields all saw time out of the bullpen for the Bulldogs. Highmark was the lone Zag pitcher not to allow a run, throwing 2.1 innings of shutout ball while allowing one hit. Michael Ratigan (2-2) earned the win for Washington State, throwing 5.0 innings while surrendering four runs on five hits. Ross Humes earned his sixth save of the season, holding Gonzaga scoreless over the final 2.1 innings of the game.
Washington State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Paul Gran hit a run-scoring infield single that plated Greg Lagreid, who doubled down the left field line to open the frame. Two batters latter, Cody Bartlett his a three-run home run to left field that scored Gran and Simi Reynolds, who had reached base via a walk.
The Cougars posted another run in the top of the third thanks to Gran's second run-scoring single of the game.
Gonzaga narrowed the score to 5-1 in the bottom of the third when, with the bases loaded and no outs, Evan Wells grounded into a double play that scored Dustin Colclough, who had singled to right to lead off the inning.
Bartlett extended Washington State's lead in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to widen the Cougars' lead to 6-1.
The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the frame with three runs, to narrow Washington State's lead to 6-3. The three runs came thanks to a run-scoring single by Darin Holcomb and a two-run single by Wayt.
Lagreid added an insurance run for the Cougars in the top of ninth with a lead-off home run to left to finalize the score at 7-4.
Wayt highlighted a trio of Bulldogs that posted multiple hits Tuesday night. In addition to a pair of singles by Wayt, Holcomb and Byran Winston also recorded two singles of their own. Aaron McGuinness, Colclough and Brandon Blank each posted singles, as well, to round out Gonzaga's nine hits of the evening, none of which were extra-base hits.
The Zags will return to action Friday when they open a three-game series with West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's College. The series opener on Friday will also serve as the dedication game for Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Dedication festivities are scheduled to being at 5:45 with a 6 p.m. first pitch.