Washington 7, Gonzaga 3

Mike Wagner went 3 for 5 with a home run and three runs batted in to lead Washington to a 7-3 victory over Gonzaga before 732 fans in attendance on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

After getting outscored 29-3 and outhit 32-13 by the Bulldogs in the first two games, game 3 once again began less than auspiciously for the Huskies.

Gonzaga took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Husky starter Jeff Petersen, as Eric Rodland led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice by Chris Sinner and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Gordon Corder. The visitors then went up 2-0 in the third as Nick Froman led off with a double, moved to third on a fly out by Sinner, and scored when David Johnson grounded out to first baseman Kyle Larsen.

Unlike game 1, when they fell behind 13-0 before putting a run on the board and game 2 when they trailed 15-0 before scoring, the Huskies not only scored once, but twice to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Larsen lined a double into right center field against Gonzaga starter Sean Lichter and came in when Wagner roped his third home run of the season over the 365 marker in left field.

Gonzaga reclaimed the lead 3-2 with a run in the top of the fifth as Rodland singled, Sinner walked, and Corder singled to center to score Rodland. Jeff Culpepper followed with a single that appeared as if it would get into center field.

However, Husky second baseman Greg Isaacson made a great play, diving to keep the ball in the infield, and then fired a perfect peg to catcher Aaron Hathaway to cut down Sinner, who attempted to score from second on Culpepper's hit.

The Huskies then scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead, their first lead over Gonzaga in the series. Wagner and Taylor Johnson singled and moved up a base when reliever Patrick Donovan balked. John Otness then lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score Wagner, and Johnson came in with the go-ahead run when Donovan uncorked a wild pitch.

The Huskies made it 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth as Tila Reynolds singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by third Gonzaga pitcher Josh Monroe. With first base open and only one out, Monroe walked Larsen intentionally to set up a double play possibility.

However, Monroe foiled his own team's strategy with another wild pitch, putting Reynolds at third and Larsen at second. Wagner then singled to center to plate Reynolds.

Washington added two insurance runs in the seventh, as Chad Boudon scored on a balk by Gonzaga reliever Matt Reding and Hathaway scored on a wild pitch by Reding.

On the mound, Trent Baysinger earned the victory in relief of Petersen and improved his record to 1-0. He pitched three plus innings, allowing no runs on only two hits and a walk, and retired eight consecutive batters before running into trouble in the ninth.

Gonzaga got the first two runners aboard against Baysinger in the ninth on a walk and an error by Wagner, but Will Fenton extinguished the threat and notched his second save of the season by getting Marshall Bratton to ground out and then striking out both Froman and Rodland looking to end the game.

Donovan's record dropped to 0-1, as he allowed two runs on four hits in two innings.

With the victory the Huskies snapped a four game losing streak and improved their record to 4-5, while Gonzaga dropped to 2-5.

They return to action on Friday, February 28, when they play San Diego in the Clash of the Conferences in Lancaster, California, and face Cal-State Northridge on Saturday, March 1 and San Diego State - now coached by former major league all-star Tony Gwynn, on Sunday, March 2.

Then the Huskies return home on Friday, March 7, when they host cross-state rival Washington State in the first of a three game series.

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