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Gonzaga Reveals Superstitions Before WCC Tournament

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga has been playing some of the best ball in all the country, as the Zags have rolled off 13 wins in the past 17 games. The streak hasn't been just about run support and pitching though, it's also about superstitions. On Monday, Gonzaga pitchers Andrew Sopko and Brandon Bailey revealed some of the superstitions of pitching coach Steve Bennett.

“Pregame is where it all begins,” said Sopko. “Ben Brown always stacks the balls in a pyramid like thing. He just has so many weird superstitions that he does and he has to do.”

 “I think my favorite is the tank, when the pyramid is up, there's a base of four, then two, then one,” added Bailey. “He has to grab two baseballs and then he has to roll one of them off so that there are four and one out in front of it. I don't know why but we have to do that.”


For more on the Zags' superstitions, click on the video and you can watch the full interview Monday night at 10:30 PM on SWX Tonight.

Below is a story on the WCC Tournament written by Gonzaga University Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. – 
The Gonzaga University baseball team is turning Banner Island Ballpark into a home away from home. The Bulldogs, after all, are the lone team from last year’s inaugural West Coast Conference Championship Tournament returning to the site for the 2014 edition. 

The Bulldogs (25-27, 17-10 WCC) earned their postseason spot by defeating the 23rd-ranked Pepperdine University Waves on the final game of the season Sunday. The Zags refused to give in and battled from a 5-0 deficit to eventually score a season-high 13 runs in the 13-10 victory.

Cabe Reiten had a career-best four RBI in the game including two bases loaded doubles. Sam Brown and Cory LeBrun combined for seven runs scored while having two hits each. Mitchell Gunsolus and Nick Brooks also had multiple RBI performances as well.

In addition to the Zags, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University make up the four teams vying for the WCC championship. Gonzaga, the third seed, will take on No. 2 LMU in the opening round. Regular-season champion Pepperdine is the top seed and will face No. 4 Santa Clara.

The championship game is on May 24 and will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. while each of the other games can be viewed on theW{dot}tv.  

The WCC championship format consists of a double elimination bracket with no “if necessary” Championship game. The tournament winner gets an automatic bid into the NCAA Baseball Championships.

Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount will play Thursday night with a 7 p.m. scheduled first pitch.

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