Eli Wilson’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday snapped a 4-all tie and helped Minnesota beat Gonzaga 8-5 in the first day of the Surprise (Arizona) College Baseball Classic.
The game was a season opener for both teams.
Gonzaga starter Casey Legumina took a no-hit bid into the sixth.
The Zags led 4-2 after the top of the eighth, but GU newcomer Nick Trogrlic-Iverson gave up three earned runs to give the Golden Gophers the late lead. Minnesota’s Easton Bertrand tied the game at 4 with a two-run, inside-the-park homer and Eduardo Estrada added a two-run homer to cap a six-run eighth.
Nick Nyquist’s two-run homer to center field in the second gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Troy Johnston added two RBIs for GU.
Saint Mary’s 8, Washington State 1: Ken Waldichuk struck out six and allowed one hit in seven innings, and the Gaels (1-0) defeated the visiting Cougars (0-1) in nonconference play in Moraga, California.
Waldichuk, a junior All-American candidate, gave up his only hit in the top of the second, the first collegiate hit for Garrett Gouldsmith.
Saint Mary’s scored four runs in the first against junior A.J. Brock.
WSU’s Kodie Kolden also had his first career hit, a single to right in the ninth.
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