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College baseball: Gonzaga uses late surge to defeat Saint Mary’s

UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019

From staff reports

Troy Johnston hit the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, Nick Nyquist added four RBIs, and Gonzaga pulled away to beat Saint Mary’s 12-3 Saturday at the Patterson Baseball Complex.

The Bulldogs (25-18, 16-7 West Coast Conference) fell behind 3-1 as the Gaels (26-18, 11-9) got solo homers from Conor Thane, Edward Haus and Joe Vranesh.

Mason Marenco singled in a run in the sixth, and GU took the lead in the seventh as Ernie Yake hit an RBI double to tie it and Johnston followed with a two-run blast.

The Bulldogs broke open the game with a seven-run eighth, capped by a two-run double from Guthrie Morrison and a three-run double by Nyquist.

Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s will play the rubber match Sunday after the Gaels won Friday’s series opener.

Washington 10, Washington State 2: Braiden Ward went 5 for 6 with three RBIs and two runs, and the Huskies (23-18, 9-11 Pac-12) defeated the Cougars (8-33-1, 1-18-1) at Bailey-Brayton Field.

UW broke open a 1-all game with four runs in the third, as Nick Kahle had an RBI single, Joe Wainhouse followed with a run-scoring double and Mason Cerrillo added a two-run single.

Wainhouse finished with two runs and two RBIs, and Washington won for the sixth time in its last seven games, including a 7-2 win in Friday’s series opener. All nine UW starters had a hit.

Dillon Plew went 3 for 3 and scored a run for WSU.

The Cougars will try to avoid the sweep when the teams meet Sunday.

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