by Brad Wall
SEATTLE, Wash. – Gonzaga scored two runs off of three Husky errors, defeating in-state rival Washington 6-4 in the first of a short two-game series Monday.
The Bulldogs fell behind early after Erik Forgione hit a shot to right center just out of reach of a diving Royce Bollinger, tallying a two-run triple and putting UW up 2-0 after two innings of play.
Gonzaga (21-9) would answer right back in the third as Payden Cawley Lamb singled and then scored on a Bolinger double. Clayton Eslick then hit a single and Cawley Lamb scored on a throwing error by the right fielder. The Zags loaded the bases up after an Alex Stanford double and an Andy Hunter intentional walk, but only managed to bring one more runner in on a Steven Halcomb sacrifice fly.
Cawley Lamb doubled the next inning, scoring Eric Lane and giving Gonzaga a 4-2 lead.
After giving back a run to the Huskies on a fielding error in the fifth, the Bulldogs scored two more runs in the seventh. The first came on another throwing error by the Huskies that scored Bolinger and advanced Eslick to third. Hunter then hit a sac-fly, scoring Eslick and putting the Zags up 6-3.
The Huskies (17-12) salvaged a run late on a two-out RBI single, but couldn't rally any further.
Kenny Smith got the first start of his collegiate career, allowing three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Derek Peterson relieved him the rest of the way allowing one run on two hits, getting the save.
Gonzaga will be eying a sweep over the Huskies in the two-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.