Pirates win 12th straight – again
The ninth-ranked Whitworth Pirates extended their winning streak to 12 games – the second time they’ve done that this season – with a 3-0, 10-1 Northwest Conference softball doubleheader sweep over Lewis & Clark College (4-28 overall, 2-20 NWC) at Portland.
The Pirates (25-3, 20-0) can tie the school record for consecutive wins when they host Willamette Saturday.
•Oregon State (33-13, 5-3) earned a 5-4 come-from-behind Pacific-10 Conference victory over 12th-ranked Washington (27-11, 4-4).
Gonzaga (23-17, 6-3 WCC) got a two-run homer from senior catcher Dustin Colclough in a 6-3 West Coast Conference victory over Santa Clara (18-19, 5-4) at Santa Clara, Calif.
•Eric Sogard and Andrew Romine drove in three runs apiece to lead Arizona State (29-10, 10-2) to a 16-6 Pacific-10 Conference victory over Washington State (16-17, 1-8) at Tempe, Ariz.
•Whitworth and Puget Sound split a doubleheader.
UPS (14-17, 13-8 NWC) scored four runs in the sixth to take a 6-2 Northwest Conference win in the opener.
The Pirates (12-19, 8-10) rebounded to win the non-conference nightcap 5-3.
Track and field
Idaho sophomore Mykael Bothum won the women’s open shot put at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., with a personal-best, regional qualifying throw of 49 feet, 1 1/2 inches, the fifth best distance in school history.
Among WSU competitors, senior Tyson Byers tied for fifth in the men’s Invitational University/Open pole vault after clearing 17-feet, 3 1/2 inches (5.27m).
Former WSU All-Americans competing included Tamara Diles, who finished third in the Invitational University/Open pole vault with a clearance at 13-7 1/4 (4.15m), and Whitney Evans, competing for Canada, who finished sixth in the Invitational University/Open high jump at 5-10 3/4 (1.80m).
Alicia Bratlien earned All-Northwest Conference honors with a sixth-place finish at the conference championship tournament at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore., this weekend.
Four other Pirates finished in the top 16 as Whitworth finished third as a team behind Puget Sound and Linfield.
•Senior Alex Prugh (Ferris) shot even-par 70 and finished 12th overall to lead the University of Washington to a fifth-place team finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate tournament at Stanford, Calif.
Washington State was ninth with top golfer Chris Collins finishing 24th.
Host Stanford and Minnesota tied for first.
The University of Washington men’s and women’s varsity 8’s beat Stanford and Central Florida, respectively, to highlight the second day of competition at the Windermere Real Estate Classic at Redwood Shores, Calif.
The Washington State women were swept by Virginia, while the Gonzaga men were edged by Oregon State.