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Holcomb Homers In 12-9 Loss

April 24, 2007

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. - - Evan Wells and Darin Holcomb led Gonzaga University with three hits each, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell to Washington State University 12-9 Tuesday night in Pullman, Wash.

Gonzaga falls to 26-19 overall with the loss, while Washington State improves to 20-18 and earned the season-series after taking three of four games from the Zags this season.

A total of 12 pitchers were used in the contest, with six from each team. The Bulldogs' starter Bobby McEwen (0-2) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on three hits and two walks over 0.2 innings. WSU's Michael Ratigan (3-2) earned the victory, allowing one run on two hits over 1.1 frames of relief. Ross Humes earned this eighth save of the season by recording the final out of the ninth inning.

The Bulldogs posted an early 1-0 lead in the opening half of the first inning thanks to Holcomb's fifth home run of the season.

The lead did not last long though, as the Cougars responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame. After retiring the first two batters, Washington State loaded the bases before Jeff Miller drew a walk to force in a run. The next batter, Nick Hall then hit a bases clearing double down the left field line to score three. Hall was then plated during the next at-bat on a single to right center by Greg Lagreid. Washington State added a pair runs in the second to extend its lead to 7-1. The two runs were scored on a sacrifice fly and a failed pick off attempt.

Gonzaga added a run to its total in the top of the third. Wells scored the run when Ryan Wiegand grounded into a double play. Wells led off the inning with a single up the middle, before advancing to second and third on a back-to-back walks.

The Cougars combined a run-scoring double to left and a fielder's choice in the fourth to post two additional runs and take the 9-2 advantage.

The Zags narrowed Washington State's lead to 9-5 with three runs in the fifth. The runs were scored on a single to left by Holcomb, a sacrifice fly by Wiegand and when Aaron McGuinness hit into a fielder's choice.

Following a WSU run in the bottom of the fifth, Gonzaga posted a run in the top of the sixth to bring the tally to 10-7 in favor of the Cougars. The Bulldogs' Mike Terry led off the sixth inning with his first career triple before scoring on the next play, a ground out by Brandon Blank .

The Cougars finalized their scoring in the eighth with a one-run single up the middle by Mike Glibert, extending their lead to 12-6.

Gonzaga rallied in the ninth but fell short, scoring three runs and stranding two men on base to finalize the score at 12-9. With runners on second and third with no outs, pinch hitter Mark Castellitto drove in a run with a ground out to the shortstop. Dustin Colclough then singled through the left side to drive home the second inning runbefore advancing to second on balk during the next at-bat and scoring the Zags' final run on a fielding error.

The Bulldogs will look to gain ground in the West Coast Conference title race, as well as improve on their 9-3 conference record this weekend when Gonzaga travels to the University of San Francisco. The three-game conference series will start Friday with a 3 p.m. first pitch.