For the second straight night, the eighth inning proved a deciding factor in a Washington State University loss.
Two eighth-inning runs on three Cougars errors gave sixth-ranked Arizona State a come-from-behind 6-5 men’s baseball win Saturday night in front of 1,286 fans at Packard Stadium.
Washington State (2-3) starter Wade Parrish threw five innings of shutout ball before yielding three runs to the Sun Devils (10-2) in the sixth inning. He struck out four and gave up six hits in six innings.
Jason Grove hit a home run for WSU to put the Cougars up 5-4 in the eighth. But ASU scored two runs on a hit and three Cougar errors.
The three-game series will conclude today with a noon game at Packard Stadium.
Humrei Thompson broke the University of Idaho women’s 200-meter record at Saturday’s McDonald’s II indoor track and field meet at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. Thompson was timed in 24.70 to finish just ahead of Vandals teammate Katharine Hough, whose 24.75 also was better than the previous record of 24.99 by Traci Hanegan in 1994.
Washington State’s Hilary Mawindi provided the other highlights of the daylong meet with victories in the men’s long and triple jumps. He went 24 feet, 7 inches to win the long jump and sailed 50-8 to win the triple jump.
Smokin Mel, a 4-year-old colt who won two New York stakes races and $252,184 for his owners last year, was chosen as the Washington Horse of the Year.
He was honored at the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s 1997 Champions annual awards dinner at Emerald Downs in Auburn.
Smokin Mel, who is owned by Sidney Port, Edwin Wachtel and Annabelle Stute, won the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct and the Jerome Handicap at Belmont. He also had two runner-up finishes and two thirds in 11 starts last year.
Grand Forks scored an 8-4 victory over the Spokane Braves. The Braves will host Eagle Valley tonight.
The Spokane Falcons, a U-13 club team, advanced to the semifinals of the Snickers Championship Cup with a 3-0 victory over the Cascade Avalanche from Everett.