Gonzaga rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, but Cal State-Northridge tallied in the 10th to win the opener of a four-game nonconference series 4-3 Friday at the Patterson Baseball Complex.
CSUN’s Robert Bullard led off the 10th with a triple to right field. Two outs later, Mason Le drove home the go-ahead run with a single to right.
The Bulldogs (3-9 overall) tied it in the ninth after Brett Harris led off with a single to left field. Tyler Rando grounded into a fielder’s choice and was replaced by pinch-runner Alex Brenner. With two outs, Stephen Lund reached on an infield single to shortstop, sending Brenner to second. Jack Machtolf drove in the tying run with a single.
Machtolf hit a two-run homer to right field in the second inning, giving the Zags a 2-0 lead.
The Matadors (9-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak, scored single runs in the third and fourth innings off Gonzaga starter Max Lardner to tie the score. CSUN took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on Jayson Newman’s solo homer.
CSUN’s Blake Schriever (1-0) pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the victory. Gonzaga’s Gabriel Hughes (0-1) took the loss.
Lardner went six innings for the Zags, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts.
The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Washington State 6, Niagara 3: Kyle Manzardo hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and lead the host Cougars to their second consecutive nonconference victory against the Purple Eagles.
Jack Smith added a two-run homer for WSU (7-6 overall), which won the opener of the four-game series 16-7 Thursday.
The Cougars’ Connor Barison (1-0) worked two innings of relief for the victory. Owen Leonard pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the season.
WSU starter Zane Mills went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He walked five and struck out seven.
Manzardo had a run-scoring single in the fourth to break a scoreless tie.
Niagara (5-6) suffered its third consecutive defeat.
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