Teel’s Late Homer Lifts WSU Over Gonzaga
PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State’s Robert Teel hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning for a 4-3 win over Gonzaga at Bailey-Brayton Field Tuesday night.
Teel led off the WSU eighth inning with his first career homer, an opposite-field solo shot to right field and senior Ryan Walker closed it out with a perfect ninth inning for his third save. The Cougars (8-15) used eight pitchers and received two-hit games from Justin Harrer and Ryan Ramsower. Harrer hit his team-leading fifth home run, a two-run shot in the first, and senior reliever Collin Maier picked up his first WSU win after getting the final out in the eighth inning.
Gonzag dropped to 13-14 overall.
The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Alvarez led off the WSU first with a walk, stole second and moved to third on an error before Harrer launched a two-run homer to left field.
Gonzaga scored a run in the second inning after two hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly. The Bulldogs tied things up with a walk, a single and a balk that brought a run home. In the seventh, Gonzaga took a 3-2 lead with a two-out opposite field home run.
In the bottom of the seventh, Dillon Plew led off the inning with an opposite-field single to left field and Justin Harrer reached on a fielder’s choice error by the Gonzaga third baseman. Ramsower bunted both runners up a base and Blake Clanton was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. WSU called upon freshman pinch-hitter Collin Montez who delivered a sacrifice fly to right field to score Plew, tying the game at 3-3.
In the eighth inning, Gonzaga loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth but Maier ended the threat by getting a flyout to Harrer in left who made a nice catch on the run.
Teel led off the Cougars half of the eighth by driving an 0-2 pitch the other way for the go-ahead homer. Walker took over in the ninth and retired the side, ending the game with a strikeout.