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Oregon State Holds Off Cougars As Ace Newell Improves To 6-0

Oregon State pitching ace Mark Newell struck out 12 Washington State batters and the Beavers defeated the Cougars 9-6 Friday in a Pacific-10 North baseball opener at Corvallis, Ore.

The Cougars (2-24) outhit Oregon State 12-11 and did not commit an error, but couldn’t rally off Newell in the late innings.

Scott Randall, Ray Hattenburg, Steve Curran and Casey Kelley collected 11 of the Cougars’ hits, but the bottom of the WSU lineup reached Newell (6-0) for just one single.

The Beavers (17-6-1) built a 5-0 lead through four innings before WSU had three timely hits and OSU committed two errors in a four-run fifth for the Cougars.

The Beavers responded by scoring four times in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by Matt Bailies’ two-run double.

WSU and OSU continue their four-game weekend series today with a doubleheader beginning at noon.

Community Colleges of Spokane racked up 24 hits and took advantage of six Columbia Basin errors to score a 24-1 victory in a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges game at Spokane Falls CC.

The Sasquatch had 21 singles and scored multiple runs in six innings, including an eight-run fourth.

Basketball

At least two candidates for the vacant University of Idaho men’s head coaching job are expected to interview today.

Vandals’ assistant coach Dave Farrar and Stanford assistant Doug Oliver will kick off what likely will be a busy weekend as Idaho searches for Kermit Davis’ replacement.

Davis left UI after one season for an associate coaching position at Louisiana State University earlier this week.

Farrar, the head coach at Middle Tennessee State for five years before coming to Moscow, hasn’t returned phone messages. Farrar also coached Hutchinson Junior College to the national championship in 1988.

Oliver is the dean of Pac-10 Conference assistant coaches with 11 years at Stanford. He also has assisted at Utah and Boise State and coached high school ball in Montana and California.

Softball

Heather Headam homered and drove in the game-winning run in the opener and Traci Moore backed her complete game with two hits and two runs scored in the second game as Community Colleges of Spokane swept a Northwest Athletics Association of Community Colleges doubleheader with visiting Edmonds Community College, 3-2 and 5-3.

Headam was 2 for 3 in the opener. She hit a solo home run in the second for a 2-1 CCS lead, then broke a 2-all tie with her seventh-inning RBI single. Holly Vanwert pitched a complete game five-hitter for the Sasquatch (8-4, 4-0).

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