April 24, 2013
SPOKANE, Wash. - Junior catcher Ryan Wiggins hit a two-run homer to start a four-run rally in the ninth as the Washington baseball team completed a two-game sweep of 21st-ranked Gonzaga with a come-from-behind, 11-8 win Wednesday at Patterson Baseball Complex.
Washington (13-26) trailed 6-2 and 8-6 in the game. The Huskies have won four out of their last five, all against ranked opponents. Gonzaga (26-13-1) lost its third in a row after having won 11 straight prior to that.
Wiggins' blast was the biggest hit in a Husky offensive outburst that included 13 hits, five of them for extra bases. Andrew Ely and Michael Camporeale had three hits each while Jayce Ray drove in three runs and Robert Pehl added two doubles.
UW reliever Alex Nesbitt, who entered the game with just one-third of an inning this season.
As it did in Tuesday's night's game, the UW scored a pair in the first. After a single from Ely and a double from Pehl, Camporeale reached on an error, allowing Ely to score from third. Trevor Mitsui then grounded into a force at second base, allowing Pehl to come home.
The 2-0 lead didn't last long, however. Mitchell Gonsolus led off Gonzaga's half of the first with a single and Caleb Wood hit his first homer of the season to left, tying it at 2-2. Cory Lebrun then walked, stole second and scored on a Marco Gonzales single to give the Zags the lead.
In the second, a one-out solo homer from GU's Cabe Reiten increased the home team's lead to 4-2. Later in the innings, the Bulldogs loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter and then got a fifth run on a wild pitch.
In the third, the Bulldogs made it 6-2 as Alex Bonczyk walked and eventually scored on a ground ball.
But, the Huskies came back to life in the fifth. With two outs, Ely singled and scored on Pehl's second double of the game. Camporeale doubled to drive in Pehl and then scored himself on a single from Mitsui, cutting the Bulldogs' lead to one at 6-5.
The UW drew even in the sixth as Joe Meggs led off with a single and eventually scored on Ely's two-out single, knotting the score at 2-2.
The Bulldogs, who hadn't managed a hit since the second inning, broke through in the seventh to re-take the lead. With two outs and a runner at third, pinch hitter Clayton Eslick belted a triple to right-center to break the tie. He scored on a Reiten single to give Gonzaga an 8-6 lead.
Washington fought back again. In the eighth, Meggs and Braden Bishop both reached on errors to begin the inning. After a bunt moved them both up, Ray drove in Meggs with a sacrifice fly to narrow the gap to 8-7.
In the ninth, Camporeale led off with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Erik Forgione, who stole second. With one out, Wiggins knocked his first homer of the year to left, putting the Dawgs on top, 9-8. Meggs walks and pinch hitter Brian Wolfe singled to keep the rally alive for Ray, whose two-out double drove them both in, adding two more.
Gonzaga reliever Taylor Jones (1-1) took the loss, allowing four runs over one and one-third innings. Reiten had two hits and two RBI to lead the Bulldogs offense.
The UW returns to Seattle this weekend as the Dawgs take on California in a three-game, Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark.
|Linescore - April 24, 2013|
|Washington 11, #21 Gonzaga 8|