Yale Rosen belted a three-run home run and Washington State defeated Gonzaga 5-1 in nonconference baseball, Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs (12-23) scored a run in the first inning, but the Cougars (17-16) responded with a two-out rally in the third. Collin Slaybaugh singled and stole second. After Trek Stemp was hit by a pitch, Rosen launched a ball over the right-center field fence for his fourth home run of the year to give Washington State a 3-1 lead. The blast came off Gonzaga starter Kenny Smith (0-4).
The Cougars added to their lead with two runs in the eighth against the Bulldogs’ bullpen. Ben Roberts opened the frame with an infield single. P.J. Jones followed with a bunt single and Ian Sagdal singled to left to load the bases. Pinch hitter Cooper Elliott grounded into a double play that scored Roberts and Trace Tam Sing delivered an RBI-single for a 5-1 advantage.
Scott Simon (1-2) went five innings for the Cougars and received relief help from Kellen Camus, Matt Bower and Sam Triece.