Washington State used an early scoring attack and then fended off a late Cal State Northridge rally to secure a 13-11 victory Sunday at Earl E. Wilson Field in Las Vegas.
With the win, the Cougars (7-7) placed fifth in the 18th annual Coors/UNLV Desert Classic.
WSU freshman Jason Grove was called upon to make his first collegiate start on the mound. Grove, who had previously started every game in right field, gave up only two earned runs in four innings. Cougar sophomore Les McTavish (1-1) got the win.
Gonzaga men shut out
At Malibu, Calif., Pepperdine continued its mastery over the Gonzaga University baseball team with a 5-0 West Coast Conference victory.
Gonzaga (2-7, 0-3), could muster only eight hits off two Pepperdine pitchers at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Brad Tucker (2-0) scattered five hits and registered six strikeouts in seven innings to collect the win. Will Ohman got the save for the Waves (12-9-1, 3-0).
Pepperdine swept the three-game weekend series, winning both ends of a doubleheader Saturday.
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