Gonzaga broke open a tight game with a six-run sixth inning Friday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and the Bulldogs held on late to defeat San Francisco 15-8 to open a three-game West Coast Conference series.
Troy Johnston’s two-run double and Josh Bristyan’s two-run single highlighted Gonzaga’s sixth-inning outburst. Johnston went 4 for 5 with five RBIs, including home runs in the first and seventh innings. Bristyan, Isaac Barrera and Guthrie Morrison, who also went 4 for 5, had two RBIs apiece. Zags starter Mason Wells (2-2) went five-plus innings for the win.
Gonzaga (21-17, 13-6 WCC) hosts the Dons (24-18, 12-7) tonight at 6 in the second game of the three-game series.
Whitworth 5, PLU 4: The top-seeded Pirates rallied from a 4-0 first-inning deficit to defeat fourth seed Pacific Lutheran in the Northwest Conference Tournament opener at Merkel Field.
Nick Nerud singled in Cody Simmons with the tying run in the seventh inning, then scored the go-ahead run on Tyler Bailey’s single. Nerud and Ben Wintringer drove in two runs apiece for the NWC regular-season champions (23-12). Brett Thomas (1-0) threw four shutout innings in relief of starter Matthew Young for the win. Austin Gormley drove in a pair of runs for the Lutes (22-15).
In the second game, third-seeded Whitman defeated second seed Pacific 7-1. The Blues (21-16) face Whitworth this morning at 10; PLU faces Pacific (24-17) at 1.
Oregon State 18, Washington State 4: Every Cougar starter recorded a hit, but Washington State left 11 men on base as the Beavers romped in a Pac-12 game in Corvallis. Jack Smith and Danny Sinatro had two hits apiece for the Cougars (8-29-1, 1-14-1 Pac-12). Adley Ruschman drove in five runs for Oregon State (29-10-1, 15-4).
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