CORVALLIS, Ore. – Troy Johnston smacked a two-run home run, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson pitched five effective innings, and Gonzaga hung on to defeat No. 3 Oregon State 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Johnston’s drive in the third inning off Dylan Pearce (1-2), followed an RBI single by Guthrie Morrison, staking the Bulldogs (24-17) to a 3-0 lead.
Trogrlic-Iverson (2-2) yielded a solo homer to Adley Rutschman in the fourth, but allowed only one other hit. Michael Spellacy pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, with four strikeouts.
Gonzaga added to its lead in the seventh inning, when Daniel Frederickson and Austin Pinorini scored on a throwing error and passed ball, respectively. Ernie Yake scored on a balk in the eighth.
The Beavers (31-11-1) threatened in the ninth, as Zack Zalesky doubled in two runs before Oregon State loaded the bases. But Daniel Naughton struck out pinch-hitter Greg Fuchs, giving Gonzaga its fifth straight victory.
Yake reached base four times and scored twice for the Bulldogs, while Johnston’s home run was his seventh of the season.
GU resumes West Coast Conference play Friday when it hosts Saint Mary’s for a three-game set.
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