SPOKANE – Freshmen Caleb Wood and Cabe Reiten both collected their first career homeruns in a Bulldogs uniform, but it was not enough as the Gonzaga University baseball team was swept by the University of Washington Wednesday. The Huskies took game one Tuesday night 6-2 and rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth to win 11-8 at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field today.
Gonzaga has dropped three straight games and moves to 26-13-1 overall. The Huskies improve to 13-26 overall. The Zags held a 6-2 lead through the first four innings sparked by the homeruns from Wood and Reiten. Wood connected on the second pitch in his at-bat and drove it over the left field wall in the three-run Bulldogs first inning.
Not to be outdone, Reiten hit a solo shot in the same vicinity in the second inning giving GU starter Billy Moon a 4-2 lead. However, Washington rallied and would put up three runs in the fifth to close the margin 6-5. With two outs, the Huskies tabbed together four consecutive base-hits before reliever Andrew Sopko struck out Huskie Ryan Wiggins ending the threat.
UW tied the game in the sixth inning on a RBI single up the middle from Andrew Ely but GU charged back with two more runs in the seventh.
Gonzaga has a very short turnaround as the club now prepares for BYU who come to Spokane for a three-game series starting Thursday. The Bulldogs and Cougars resume WCC play at 6 p.m.
The Zags used five pitchers overall. Moon went 3.0 innings and was responsible for two earned runs. In relief Sopko (2.0 innings) was charged for four runs, Zach Abbruzza (2.1 innings) allowed one unearned run, Taylor Jones (1-1) picked up the loss allowing four runs in 1.1 innings and Karl Myers (0.1 innings) made his first appearance of the season.
UW reliever Austin Voth retired the Bulldogs in order in the bottom half of the ninth picking up the save.
With one aboard, Wiggins drilled a ball over the left field wall to give UW a 9-8 lead. Two more runs came across on Washington base hits extending the Huskies lead to 11-8.
The Huskies made it a one-run ballgame by taking advantage of two Zag errors in the eighth before unleashing a four-run ninth inning comeback.
Clayton Eslick crushed a ball to right-center field for an RBI triple that scored Marco Gonzales who led the inning off with a walk. Reiten came through again for the Zags with a single through the left side bring home Eslick and giving GU an 8-6 edge.