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There was a time in the 1980s and early ’90s when the Gonzaga-Washington State baseball rivalry was as intense, entertaining and meaningful as any in the Pacific Northwest. The schools shared membership in the Pacific-10 Conference’s North Division and featured of colorful and highly animated coaches in GU’s Steve Hertz and WSU’s Bobo Brayton.
Gonzaga University put itself in position Thursday night to continue a positive West Coast Conference baseball trend. Or start an even better one, perhaps.
Jared Prince and Cody Bartlett each drove in three runs to lead Washington State to a 13-4 victory over Brigham Young University in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday at Bailey-Brayton Field. WSU (14-13) eclipsed the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Niko Gallego had three hits and three RBIs as UCLA avoided a three-game sweep with a 9-5 Pac-10 baseball victory over Washington State on Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. Jared Prince (1-3) took the loss for the Cougars (12-13, 4-2 Pac-10). He also went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, and now has hits in his past six at-bats.
Donnie Marbut is not a fan of bad weather. But Washington State’s fifth-year year head baseball coach wouldn’t mind if the cold temperatures, rain and occasional snow showers that have plagued the Pullman area in recent days stick around through the weekend.
Gonzaga scored twice in the ninth inning to rally for a 6-4 West Coast Conference baseball victory in the series finale with host San Francisco on Sunday. Jason Chatwood drove in the game-winning run on a squeeze bunt with runners on first and third. Another run came across later in the inning on an error.
Anthony Synegal ripped three hits, including a double and run-scoring single in the sixth inning, to help Gonzaga University close out its successful nine-game homestand with a 3-2 non-conference baseball win over Utah at Washington Trust Field on Wednesday afternoon. Synegal accounted for half of GU’s hits as the Bulldogs (15-6) avenged Tuesday night’s 16-9 loss to the Utes (9-12) to finish 8-1 in their extended homestand.
Gonzaga and Washington State both open the conference portions of their college baseball schedules this week, hoping to build on the midseason momentum they have established. GU (14-5) will close out a nine-game homestand against Utah at noon today and head to the Bay Area, where it will open West Coast Conference play against the University of San Francisco at 3 p.m. Friday.
Steven Ames picked up his team-best fifth win of the season as Gonzaga beat Pacific 5-4 on Sunday in Spokane, the Bulldogs’ eighth win in a row and second consecutive series sweep. Mark Castellitto drove in two runs for the third consecutive game for Gonzaga (14-5), and Ryan Wiegand, Anthony Synegal and Jason Chatwood each collected an RBI.
Ryan Wiegand and Drew Heid each had three hits and two RBIs as part of Gonzaga’s 13-hit outburst in a 10-1 non-conference win over the University of San Francisco at the Palm Springs (Calif.) Classic on Sunday. Bulldogs starter Steven Ames (3-0) earned the win, allowing one unearned run over six innings. Three Gonzaga (7-5) pitchers didn’t allow a walk and struck out nine Dons.
Derek Jones hit a pair of solo home runs and reliever David Stilley (1-0) allowed one hit in four shutout innings to propel the Washington State Cougars (3-5) to an 8-4 non-conference baseball victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-2) on Tuesday at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. Mark Castellitto homered and drove in two runs for Gonzaga.
Shea Vucinich hit two home runs and drove in three runs as Washington State beat No. 16 Oklahoma 10-6 on Sunday to earn a split of the four-game weekend series in Pullman. Jared Prince hit a two-run home run, Alex Burg drove in three runs and Greg Lagreid had a pair of RBI singles for the Cougars (2-5).
First baseman Ryan Wiegand was 2 for 5 and drove in four runs to lead the Gonzaga Bulldogs to an 11-3 non-conference college baseball victory over the Creighton Bluejays at the Phoenix Classic at Phoenix. Eight Bulldogs recorded at least one hit and six players scored at least one run as Gonzaga (5-1) pounded out 17 hits in the game.
Washington State will get another early jump on the home portion of its 2009 schedule this afternoon when it entertains Gonzaga in a 5:30 p.m. non-conference game at Bailey-Brayton Field. The weather will be raw and the competition challenging, but Cougars coach Donnie Marbut is happy to be back in Pullman to kick off a six-game homestand after opening the season with three straight road losses to 22nd-ranked Arkansas.
The Gonzaga baseball team finished its season-opening weekend with a 13-9 win over No. 10 Missouri at the Grand Canyon Classic on Sunday in Phoenix. The Zags (3-1) won their final three games of the weekend, including two against the Tigers (1-3).
Three area players are among the seven who have signed letters of intent to play baseball at Gonzaga University, coach Mark Machtolf announced on Wednesday. Catcher Kevin Hawk (Lewiston), left-handed pitcher/outfielder Billy Moon (University High) and left-hander/first baseman Jacob Partridge (Rogers) are among those scheduled to join the Bulldogs for the 2010 season.
For the second straight night, the eighth inning proved a deciding factor in a Washington State University loss. Two eighth-inning runs on three Cougars errors gave sixth-ranked Arizona State a come-from-behind 6-5 men's baseball win Saturday night in front of 1,286 fans at Packard Stadium.
After Alabama fell behind LSU by nine runs Saturday, Joe Caruso tried to start a comeback. First, he hit a two-run homer in the third. Then, he hit a two-run single in the eighth.
Defending baseball champion Louisiana State is among eight schools chosen by the NCAA to be a regional host for this season's Division I tournament. The tournament is scheduled to start May 22, with regional action continuing through that weekend. The 48-team field will be divided into six-team regions competing in a double-elimination format.
Scott Randall's single to center field scored Shawn Stevenson from second base with the winning run in the 11th inning Sunday as Washington State completed a sweep of Portland State with a 13-12 Pacific-10 North baseball victory at Pullman. The resurgent Cougars boosted their winning streak to seven games, six of them against Portland State, and their overall record to 12-33. WSU now has a 7-9 conference record. Portland State (9-35, 2-12) occupies last place.