April 28, 1997 in Sports

Cougs Win 7th In Row

 

Scott Randall’s single to center field scored Shawn Stevenson from second base with the winning run in the 11th inning Sunday as Washington State completed a sweep of Portland State with a 13-12 Pacific-10 North baseball victory at Pullman.

The resurgent Cougars boosted their winning streak to seven games, six of them against Portland State, and their overall record to 12-33. WSU now has a 7-9 conference record. Portland State (9-35, 2-12) occupies last place.

WSU had to score twice in the 11th inning to win.

Portland State took a 12-11 lead in the top of the 11th when Mark Burke plated Rusty Keith with his fourth single.

With one out in the bottom half, WSU’s Duane Stewart slapped a two-strike single, then scored on Jesse Hoorelbeke’s double. After Hoorelbeke was thrown out, trying to reach third base, Stevenson doubled and scooted home when Randall unloaded his third hit.

Washington’s Ryan Lentz led off the seventh inning with a home run and the first-place Huskies (31-17 overall, 12-4 Pac-10) went on to defeat Oregon State (28-11-1, 10-5) 6-3 at Corvallis, Ore.

Tony Hurtado’s three-run, eighth-inning homer lifted University of San Francisco to a 10-8 victory over Gonzaga in a West Coast Conference game at August/A.R.T. Stadium.

Gonzaga, trailing 10-5 in the last of the ninth, scored three times and had men on first and second base when center fielder Brad Marshall came in to pitch for the Dons. Marshall induced Jeff Bowne to bounce back to the mound, starting a game-ending double play.

Motorsports

Tim Elliott of Creston, British Columbia, held off the challenge of Californian Howard Ford to win the 100-lap main event in Sunday’s Northwest Late Model Super Stock inaugural race at Spokane Raceway Park.

Kevin McKeehan of Lewiston was third. Spokane’s Blaine Sneva had engine problems and did not race.

After two weeks of cancellations caused by wet weather, Stateline Speedway finally started its season, and defending champions Todd Witham and Andy Brown won in Sportsman and Compact Street, respectively.

Kelly Tanner took over the lead on lap 98 and cruised to an easy victory over Gary Lewis in Saturday night’s NASCAR Reb-Co Northwest Tour Franks’s Chevrolet 125 at Yakima Speedway.

Rowing

Washington State’s women’s Junior Varsity Eight came away with a victory in a crew competition with University of California on Montlake Cut at Seattle.

The Cougars were timed in 6:33.8. Cal’s Varsity Eight edged the Cougars by 2 seconds and the Bears won the Novice Eight race by 8 seconds.

, DataTimes


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