Gonzaga University scored six runs in the eighth inning and added the winner in the ninth Sunday as the Bulldogs edged Washington State University 8-7 in the final game of the Evans, Craven & Lackie Baseball Invitational at August/S.R.T. Stadium.
Gonzaga finished with a 3-0 record for the non-counting, three-day fall event.
Ryan Burke’s three-run double highlighted the eighth-inning rally as GU overcame a 5-1 WSU lead. The Bulldogs then scored the capper in the ninth when George Arnott singled home Kevin Taylor, who had doubled with two out.
With Gonzaga leading, 8-5, Washington State scored twice with the help of a walk, two hit batsmen and a wild pitch before reliever Brian Newton induced Dusty Edler to pop up for the final out.
WSU finished the tournament with a 1-2 record. Oregon State placed second by going 2-1. University of Portland finished 0-3.
Ben Ching’s pair of first-half goals gave Gonzaga the advantage and the Bulldogs hung on to defeat Oregon State 3-1 in a non-league game at Corvallis, Ore.
Ching scored in the 23rd and 37th minutes and Bret Houck added an unassisted goal in the 72nd minute as the Bulldogs improved their record to 9-3-0. Oregon State slipped to 2-7-1.
Whitworth’s Mark Lupton took a short pass from Kenny Krestian and fired a 20-yard blast into the lower left corner of the net to give the Pirates a 1-1 tie with Willamette in a Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges match at Whitworth.
Whitworth’s record is 3-5-2 with a 1-5-2 record in conference play. Willamette stands at 2-6-3, 1-6-1.
Eastern Washington’s new program marked up its first goal and first victory as the Eagles defeated Albertson College 1-0.
Kellsie Johnson accounted for the goal on a corner kick from 8 yards out.
Washington State scored on both of its first-half shots and the Cougars bounced Kentucky 2-0 at Lexington, Ky.
Junior Kimberly Schelpf and freshman Deka DeWitt scored the goals for the Cougars (5-4-0) who won their third straight match on the road.
Willamette University defeated Whitworth College in Spokane for the first time since 1994, downing the Pirates 2-0.
The victory enabled the Bearcats (8-2-1, 6-1-1) to preserve their share of first place in the NCIC standings. Whitworth fell to 4-6-1, 4-4.
Lisa Armendariz and Xochitl Hernandez scored as University of Texas at El Paso (5-6-1) came from behind to defeat Gonzaga (5-6-0) in the championship game of the Miner Classic at El Paso.
Gonzaga’s Katie Carpenter, who was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Betsy Platt, gave the Bulldogs the lead by blasting a loose ball past UTEP keeper Amanda Smith in the 24th minute.
Kelly Wilson grabbed the top spot and Washington State took the first-day lead in the Lady Lumberjack Invitational by shooting a total of 307 at Flagstaff, Ariz.
Wilson, a Bellevue, Wash., senior, carded a 4-under-par 69 at Elden Hills Golf Course to claim a five-stroke advantage over Jordan Lintz of Wyoming. WSU’s Jennifer Dodd shares third place after shooting a 75.
University of Idaho holds seventh place with a team total of 328. Eastern Washington stands 14th at 342. Gonzaga shared 18th place with a total of 362.
Marci Bernhardt of Idaho is tied for ninth place at 78, one stroke ahead of teammate Sara Thompson.
The 54-hole event runs through Tuesday.
John McCroskey won his third straight Fever Four main event and his fifth race in the last six outings as the racing season closed out at Spokane Raceway Park.
Matt Hall won his first main event of the season in Street Stocks, while Chris Yochum collected his first victory in five weeks in Hobby Stocks. Ted Morris won for a second time this season in the truck class.
On the drag strip, Terry Harrison drove his dragster to victory over Kenny Newitt in the seventh annual King-of-the-Hill race. Harrison advanced from the Super Pro ranks, where he was a winner for the second straight week, while Newitt’s K ‘n K Racin’ entry was the winning entry in Pro Eliminator for the third week in a row.
Playfair Race Course hit a season-high for wagering when its 10-race thoroughbred program handled $502,823.
The Spokane track’s figures were bolstered by more than $65,000 in bets from its new 29 wagering sites in Illinois and more than $80,000 from satellite fans at Emerald Downs.
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