Gonzaga beats Washington St. in regional baseball rivalry

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by WSU / KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:00 AM

SPOKANE – Andy Hunter collected four hits, including a home run, and host Gonzaga beat Washington State 9-3 in a regional baseball rivalry on Tuesday at Washington Trust Field.

Washington State (13-12) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first against Gonzaga (19-7) starter Derek Callahan. Jason Monda led off with a single and stole second with one out. Taylor Ard singled to drive in Monda followed by a walk to Derek Jones. Adam Nelubowich singled to score Ard and Ty Jackson singled to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Jones to come home with the third run of the inning.

The Bulldogs chipped away at the deficit with a run in the first and another in the third against Cougar starter Kyle Swannack (2-3). Hunter’s homer to open the fourth tied the game and Gonzaga added a second run in the inning for a 4-3 lead.

Gonzaga tacked on a run in the sixth and four more in the eighth against the Washington State bullpen. Kenny Smith (1-0) worked 6 2/3 innings of four-hit shutout relief with six strikeouts to earn the victory.

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