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03-18-2013, 05:30 PM

Gonzaga Baseball Visiting Washington State Tuesday

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University baseball opened its 2013 home slate and West Coast Conference play last weekend against University of San Francisco at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The Bulldogs won the first two games of the series including a 14-inning thriller Friday night. The Zags attention now shifts to local rival Washington State University for its first of three games scheduled against the Cougars. WSU will host the first two games of the series (Mar. 19 and Apr. 2) and GU will host the finale (Apr. 16). The Bulldogs won two of three games played between the teams last year. Starting for the Zags will be Kenny Smith (0-0, 3.09 ERA) and his opponent is Chris McDowell (0-0, 1.29 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. PT.

Baseball Game Notes

Spokane, WA

GAME 19 | Mar. 19 | vs. Washington State | Bailey-Brayton | 6:00 p.m.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-5-1, 0-0 West Coast)

Probable Pitching Rotation

RHP - 45 Kenny Smith, R-R, 6-0, 200, Jr., Petaluma, CA

(0-0, 3.09 ERA)

Head Coach - Mark Machtolf (Stanford 1987, 10th Year - 23rd at Gonzaga)

Gonzaga Record - 277-226 Career Record - Same

Washington State Cougars (11-7, 2-1 PAC-12)

Probable Pitching Rotation

RHP - 25 Chris McDowell, L-R, 6-6, 187, Fr., Mt. Vernon, WA

(0-0, 1.29 ERA)

Head Coach - Donnie Marbut (Portland State 1997, 9th Year)

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State University is coming off a great weekend against No. 14 Arizona State University. The Cougars won the series two games to; one scoring 30 runs against the Sun Devils. At home, Washington State has only dropped one game and won seven. Chris McDowell will get his first collegiate start against Gonzaga Tuesday. In seven innings of work this season, the righty has allowed three hits, one run and struck out seven. Offensively WSU has two batters hitting over .400 (Trek Stemp and Nick Tanielu). Each also has two homeruns...

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03-19-2013, 11:24 PM

Zag Baseball Bests Washington State 10-8 In Pullman

PULLMAN, Wash. - Gonzaga University baseball held off a late charge from Washington State University Tuesday night at Bailey-Brayton Field to claim a 10-8 road victory in the first of three meetings between the two programs this season. Cory LeBrun recorded three hits and three RBI in the Bulldogs winning effort.

The win improves GU to 12-6-1 overall and bumps Washington State down to 11-8.

"I am proud of how our ballclub answered all the punches tonight to secure the win," head coach Mark Machtolf said. "Kenny Smith gave us a good start and our offense was firing on all cylinders."

Smith (1-0) hurled six solid innings and picked up the victory. Billy Moon and Arturo Reyes pitched in relief with Reyes picking up the save.

The Bulldogs had the game under control early after building a 7-0 lead over the Cougars through four innings.

In the first Clayton Eslick, Zach Abbruzza and Travis Forbes all brought in a run. The Zags offense was all over WSU freshman starter Chris McDowell early. McDowell lasted just 1.2 innings allowing five hits and three runs.

The Gonzaga attacked produced four more runs in the Zags half of the fourth inning. With one out and bases loaded, LeBrun singled to center field driving in two runs. Eslick followed LeBrun with a singled to the ride side for his second RBI of the game. The fourth run came on a Abbruzza grounder to second to put the Zags up 7-0.

Washington State would however rally late. The Cougars put up five runs in the sixth highlighted by a bases loaded 3 RBI triple from Ian Sagdal. Through six the Zags held a 7-5 edge.

WSU added another run in the seventh making it a one run game however the Zags would match that run in the eighth. Not to be out done, the Cougars scored in the bottom of the eighth. Going into the final frame, GU clung to 8-7 advantage.

Gonzaga added two runs in the ninth for enough insurance to pick up the win. With bases loaded and one out, Cabe Reiten hit what appeared to be an inning ending double play but an errant throw from the shortstop allowed two runners to score giving the Bulldogs enough to close the game with breathing room.

"It was a good win and now we need to carry the momentum into the weekend as we face another very good ballclub," Machtolf said.

The Bulldogs next game is against West Coast Conference foe University of San Diego. The Toreros will visit Spokane for a three game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

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