SPOKANE, Wash. – A bases loaded single off the bat of Marco Gonzales in a three run fifth inning was the deciding factor as the 24th-ranked Gonzaga University baseball team extended its season-long winning streak to nine games in a 4-3 victory over Washington State University Tuesday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.
The Zags swept the season series over the Cougars after winning the previous two games in Pullman. GU is now 24-10-1 overall. WSU drops to 18-16.
The Zags fifth inning rally started with a Brock Slavin smash down the left field line for a double. A Travis Forbes single put runners on the corners for Mitchell Gunsolus who hit an RBI singled through the right side to tie the game at 2.
Then with two outs, Cory LeBrun took a four pitch walk to load the bases for the Gonzales winning hit.
Billy Moon (1-1) got the start for the Bulldogs and put together a solid performance. In 5.2 innings of work, Moon allowed just two runs on eight hits. Of the 17 outs Moon recorded, 13 of them were fly outs.
Zach Abbruzza contributed 2.1 innings of relief and Arturo Reyes picked up his second save of the season.
The Gonzaga offense out-hit the Cougars 10-7 and forced WSU to use five pitchers in the game. JD Leckenby picked up the loss.
Gonzaga now shifts its attention back to West Coast Conference play with a huge series down in Malibu, Calif., against Pepperdine University starting Friday. The Zags (11-4 WCC) and Waves (8-4) sit at No. 1 and No. 2 in conference standings.