April 25, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga faced Washington State for the sixth time Tuesday evening, falling to the Cougars 9-6. The season series with the Bulldogs' non-conference rival now stands at 3-3, with a final match-up between the two scheduled for Friday, May 16th at Spokane's Avista Stadum.
Gonzaga trailed 4-1 after just three innings, but managed to strike back at the Cougars by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game. With runners on second and third, freshman designated hitter Ryan Wiegand picked up an RBI by grounding out to third. Two batters later, Aaron McGuinness slammed his fourth homer of the season over the wall in left to tie the game.
With the score knotted at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Gonzaga took the lead briefly on a solo homerun by center fielder Jackson Brennan. The senior from Castle Rock, Colo., leads the Bulldogs with 11 round-trippers.
Gonzaga relinquished the lead for good in the top of the fifth as the Bulldogs allowed four unearned runs to cross the plate.
Washington State pitcher Reese Baker picked up his first win of the season, teaming with Jeremy Johnson and Steve Kost to retire ten consecutive Bulldogs batters from the fifth until the eighth inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, leadoff batter Bobby Carlson stroked his eighth home run of the year to narrow the margin to 8-6, but Washington State added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth the Bulldogs' potent 1-2-3 combination of Brennan, sophomore third baseman Darin Holcomb, and junior second baseman Scott Campbell were retired in order to finish the game.
Gonzaga now travels to Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount in a three-game West Coast Conference series starting on Friday. The Bulldogs are currently sitting in a three-way tie with Pepperdine, San Diego, and San Francisco for second place in the WCC.