The WSU baseball team
lost 15-3 to the Gonzaga University Bulldogs baseball team on Tuesday afternoon
Redshirt freshman catcher Stephen Lund dominated the game for Gonzaga with four hits, six RBIs and three doubles.
For the Cougars, sophomore first baseman Kyle Manzardo had two hits, a run and an RBI.
WSU walked nine GU
batters and hit four with pitches.
“It comes down to free
bases,” head coach Brian Green said. “It’s an issue we need to correct.”
On the mound getting the start for the Cougars was sophomore pitcher Brandon White. White pitched for the first time since the Cougars’ opening game in mid-February. He pitched just one inning and gave up two hits and an earned run.
GU scored off White with a hit from senior infielder Ryan Sullivan which brought in redshirt junior infielder Ernie Yake home safely.
For the Bulldogs, sophomore pitcher Keaton Knueppel started on the hill. He pitched three innings giving up six hits and one earned run.
Manzardo continued his
hot streak and hit a home run in his first time up to the plate in the first
The game was tied 1-1 entering the second inning. Junior right-handed pitcher Brody Barnum took over for White in the top of the second inning for the Cougars.
In the top of the
third, redshirt junior infielder Brett Harris scored for the Bulldogs on a
double from Lund.
Gonzaga added two more
runs as a single from redshirt junior Jack Machtolf scored Lund and Sullivan.
Another run was added
when senior infielder Josh Bristyan hit a single that scored Machtolf.
WSU made another
pitching change as sophomore pitcher Connor Barison replaced Barnum in the top
of the third.
GU quickly scored
again as a double from freshman infielder Anthony Garrett got Bristyan all the
After giving up another run, Barison was replaced by junior pitcher Hayden Rosenkrantz. The Cougars used four pitchers in the first three innings.
A sacrifice fly
brought another run for Gonzaga and a double from Lund scored Harris and junior
outfielder Isaac Barrera.
The inning ended after the Bulldogs scored nine runs, and the Cougars trailed 10-1 going into the bottom of the third.
A single from junior right
fielder Collin Montez scored junior third baseman Jack Smith to give the
Cougars a run entering the fourth inning.
The Bulldogs made
their first pitching change of the game when they brought in freshman pitcher
Reagan Haas in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Lund doubled in the
top of the fifth to score Barrera and Harris for the Bulldogs. The Cougars
trailed 12-2 and made their fifth pitching change of the game when they put
redshirt junior pitcher Tanner West on the mound.
West gave up one run
in his first inning on the hill. WSU was down by 11 entering the bottom of the
A triple from
sophomore shortstop Kodie Kolden scored redshirt sophomore catcher Jake Meyer
for the Cougars in the bottom of the fifth.
A Yake triple tacked
on another run for the Bulldogs in the top of the sixth as Garrett scored all
the way from first.
Lund’s sixth RBI of
the game scored Yake as Gonzaga went up 15-3 in the top of the sixth.
The Cougars made
another pitching change in the top of the seventh inning bringing in freshman pitcher
In the bottom of the
seventh Haas was replaced on the mound with freshman pitcher Jacob Rutherford
for the Bulldogs.
Freshman pitcher Ethan
Ross came in for the Cougars to close out the game on the mound in the top of
The Cougars finished the game losing 15-3 to end their four-game winning streak.
“We have to continue
to get better,” Green said. “We need to take it pitch-by-pitch. We have the
fewest strikeouts in the Pac-12.”
The Cougars begin their Pac-12 conference play against the University of California Golden Bears starting at 3:05 p.m. Friday in Pullman.