By Nate Hanson
Once again, after falling behind to Gonzaga early, the Cougs couldn’t battle back as the Bulldogs defeated WSU 7-2. This is the second time Gonzaga (17-10-1) has beat the Cougs (16-11) this season.
Sam Triece made his first-career start for WSU and lasted 3 2/3 innings before being chased after giving up two earned runs. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 6-0 before the Cougs were able to get a run up on the board in the bottom of the seventh. Derrick Callahan threw five shutout innings to pick up his second win of the season. Nick Tanielu and Adam Nelbowich each had RBI doubles to cut the lead down to 6-2. Gonzaga responded by adding another run in the top of the eighth. The Cougs put up one more threat in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded before Tyler Olson of the Bulldogs put the game to bed.
WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut is still left with the challenge of getting his young team focused day in and day out. “I wish I knew how to get our guys motivated every night,” said Marbut.
The top six hitters for the Cougs all had a base hit, but the bottom-third of the order only got one man on base. Marco Gonzalez went 3 for 3 with two RBI and Caleb Wood also picked up two RBI to lead Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs will hit the road for a three-game series with the Portland Pilots starting Friday. The Cougs will also leave Pullman as they head to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Utes for a three-game conference series starting Friday at noon.
The Bulldogs and Cougs will play each other for the third and final time on April 16th in Spokane.