Posted on May 13, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Tuesday, May 13 at 11:39 PM
SPOKANE – Matt Bower’s wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed Caleb Wood to score the winning run and Gonzaga defeated visiting Washington State 5-4, Tuesday night.
Bower (2-1) gave up a double and issued an intentional walk to start the bottom of the ninth. After a wild pitch moved both runners up, the left-hander fanned Gonzaga (23-26) cleanup hitter Jimmy Sinatro for the first out. With a 1-0 count to Sam Brown, Bower bounced a pitch that got by Washington State (22-25) catcher P.J. Jones.
The Zags scored its first four runs of the game in the first inning. Before Brown connected for the two run homer to right field, Lamb singled home Mitchell Gunsolus and Sinatro scored Wood on a sacrifice fly.
Washington State chipped away at the deficit immediately with a run in the top of the second. Jones led off with a double, stole third and scored on a throwing error.
In the fourth, Yale Rosen singled with one out. After a ground ball by Jones forced Rosen at second, Patrick McGrath drilled a ball over the left-center field fence for his first-career home run to bring Washington State within a run at 4-3.
The Cougars evened the score in the fifth when Trace Tam Sing singled, moved to second on a sacrifice by Luke Stratman, and came home on a two-out single by pinch hitter Cooper Elliott, his first-career RBI.
Karl Myers (2-2), the fifth Gonzaga pitcher, picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief.