May 16, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash.--Gonzaga dropped the rubber match of its non-conference, seven-game season series with Washington State on Tuesday afternoon, 11-5.
Darin Holcomb picked up three hits for the Bulldogs, while Gonzaga's leading hitter Scott Campbell added two hits of his own. Holcomb, who picked up an RBI on a single in the third, improved his season total to 57 RBI's. The sophomore from Spokane now sits in a three-way tie for 7th place in the all-time record books for RBI's in a season. He is currently tied with Gordon Corder (2003) and current Zag, Bobby Carlson.
Campbell's two hits also propelled him into the Gonzaga record books. With 80 hits on the season, Campbell is now tied with current major-leaguer Jason Bay (2000) in 9th place for most hits in a season.
Brandon Harmon got the start for the Zags, throwing amid on-field temperatures in excess of 90 degrees, and picked up his second loss of the season. Harmon gave up six runs and allowed 12 hits in his five innings of work. Matt Fields came on in relief to pitch four innings, but allowed five runs on six hits.
Washington State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after two innings, but Gonzaga was able to strike back, eventually tying the game in the bottom of the fourth. But the Cougar bats were too much for the Bulldogs, notching 18 hits led by Paul Gran, Travis Coulter, Jim Murphy, and Garrett Kimbrel with three hits apiece.
With the win, the Cougars secured the season series, 4-3, and hold a 102-67 advantage in the all-time record. Washington State left fielder Jay Miller also picked up his 300th career hit with a lead-off double in the ninth.
Gonzaga (28-24, 9-12) will close out the season at home on Thursday against Lewis-Clark State (42-5). Game time is scheduled for 3pm.