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Branson Trube’s two-run homer lifts Gonzaga to West Coast Conference baseball win over Portland

Hardy fans endure temperatures in the 30s and steady winds as the Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the Portland Pilots Friday, April 6, 2018 at Gonzaga University. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Hardy fans endure temperatures in the 30s and steady winds as the Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the Portland Pilots Friday, April 6, 2018 at Gonzaga University. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Freshman Alek Jacob pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and Branson Trube hit a two-run homer in the eighth Saturday as Gonzaga blanked Portland 3-0 in a lightning-delayed West Coast Conference baseball game at Washington Trust Field at Patterson Baseball Complex.

Jacob struck out eight, walked two and allowed three hits. The Pilots (10-18, 4-7) put two runners on base in the eighth, but reliever Calvin LeBrun ended the threat with a strikeout.

Portland starter Corbin Powers struck out the side in the seventh after a lengthy weather delay in the bottom of the sixth. Powers (3-4) had a career-high nine strikeouts but surrendered Trube’s two-run homer to left, his fifth of the season.

Closer Casey Legumina of the Bulldogs (15-14, 6-5) recorded the final two outs for his eighth save and second in two nights.

The Zags won the series opener 6-4 on Friday. The teams will complete the series at noon Sunday.


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