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Big First Inning Lifts Bulldogs To 9-4 Win

April 18, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Gonzaga University baseball team may as well call Bailey-Brayton Field home as the Bulldogs scored seven runs in the first inning to post a 9-4 win over Washington State University on Tuesday evening. Gonzaga improved to 3-0 against WSU on the Cougars home field this season. Gonzaga improved to 24-14 while WSU dropped to 23-15.

Scott Campbell led the GU hit parade with four hits as the Bulldogs never trailed taking advantage of two early WSU errors. Gonzaga scored seven runs, six of which were unearned. Campbell had two hits in the inning while Darin Holcomb drove home two runs with a single up the middle.

Bobby McEwen (5-1) picked up his second win of the year over the Cougars giving up four runs in six innings of work. Matt Way was tagged with the loss falling to 1-1.

WSU answered with a run in the second as Paul Gran led off with a double down the line in left. After a single by Jeff Miller, Gran scored on a double play ball. In the fourth the Cougars cut into the Bulldog lead as Matt Thomas drove a deep home run over the left field fence, bringing in Gran to make it a 7-3 Gonzaga lead. It was Thomas' second home run of the season.

In the fifth three straight hits led to another run as Jay Miller's single, his second of the game, brought home Ryan Krauser. WSU drew no closer as the Bulldogs put up single runs in the eighth and ninth to seal the win. Bobby Carlson led off the eighth with a solo home run to left, his sixth of the season.

Gonzaga had 13 hits on the evening as Campbell reached base in all five plate appearances, including a walk. Holcomb and Carlson each had two hits and two RBI.

Offensively the Cougars connected for 11 hits, three from Krauser and two each by Travis Coulter and Miller.

Gonzaga will host the University of San Francisco in a three-game West Coast Conference series this weekend at Avista Stadium. GU is currently one game behind USF and the University of San Diego for first place in the WCC standings. Friday's series opener is set for a 3 p.m. start.