College roundup: Arizona overcomes Gonzaga
Gonzaga University baseball fans had much to cheer about Monday at Patterson Baseball Complex.
Ryan Wiegand hit his second grand slam of the season, and Ernesto Ortiz went 3 for 5, which featured three doubles, and scored three times.
But at the end of the day, it was the visiting Arizona Wildcats who were cheering an 8-7 non-conference victory.
After surrendering an early 3-0 lead, which included solo home runs from Jett Bandy and Hunter Pace, Arizona (17-19) used a three-run seventh inning to overcome GU (25-13).
After being held to two hits the first four innings, the Bulldogs got untracked in fifth, and Wiegand’s slam got them a short-lived lead. It was tight the rest of the way and Gonzaga had what would have been the tying run thrown out at home in the ninth inning and left two runners on when the game ended.
•Gonzaga junior catcher Tyson Van Winkle is the West Coast Conference player of the week for the second time this season after going 13 for 18 (.722) with nine RBIs, and seven runs scored in four games.
•Whits cancel game: Lewis-Clark State, faced with the prospect of missing three days of classes in a row, was unable to travel Monday for the makeup of a snow-out game from last week at Whitworth, so the teams cancelled the non-league meeting.
Western Athletic Conference: Idaho freshman Teo Poplawski made more pars than any other player in the opening round of the women’s championship tournament in Reno, Nev., and is tied for third. The Vandals are second with two rounds to play.
Poplawski’s 1-under 71 is four strokes off the first-round lead of San Jose State’s Katrina Delen Briones. Idaho’s Kayla Mortellaro is tied for seventh at 2-over 74.
The Vandals are at 10-over 298, 13 strokes behind leader San Jose State’s 3-under 285.
•Big Sky Conference: Eastern Washington has four within 11 strokes of one another, led by Marli Mikulecky’s 7-over 79, but it couldn’t keep the Eagles out of last place after the first round of the women’s championship tournament in Chandler, Ariz.
Eastern has a 335 team total, 37 shots back of leader and host Northern Arizona.
•Community colleges: Chelsea Kenner of CC Spokane won her second playoff in as many weeks to lead the Sasquatch women to victory in the Yakima Apple Tree Tournament.
Kenner, from Post Falls, and Annie Viola of Green River tied for first in the 36-hole tournament with 13-over 159s. Kenner won on the first playoff hole. CCS bested Green River 507-511.
The CCS men were also victorious in Yakima, scoring their fourth win in six tournaments, 585-586 over runner-up Southwestern Oregon. It moved CCS into a first-place tie with SW Oregon and Walla Walla heading into the final league match May 3-4.
Taylor Porter of Coeur d’Alene and Sam Krause of CCS tied for sixth with 1-over-par 147s.
•Northwest Conference: Whitworth sophomore Ryan Young, who won his second tournament of the year to lead the Pirates to a team win at the NWC North Tournament, is the men’s golfer of the week.
Track and field
Pac-10: Washington State junior Trent Arrivey is the men’s field athlete of the week after clearing a lifetime-best 7-feet, 41/2 inches as the top collegiate high jumper at the Mt. SAC Relays. It ties the fourth-best mark in school history.
Cougars’ sophomore Marissa Tschida, who threw the javelin a school-record 175-feet, 11-inches to finish as the top collegian, and second overall, in the women’s university/open javelin at the Mt. SAC Relays, is the women’s field athlete of the week.
•Western Athletic Conference: Idaho junior James Rogan, whose lifetime best hammer throw of 211-8 in the Olympic Development section of the Mt. SAC Relays, is the men’s field athlete of the week. It’s the second-best throw in school history.
•Northwest Conference: Jeff Kintner, a junior at Whitworth who set a meet record in the shot put at the CWU Spike Arlt Meet at 55-43/4, is the men’s field athlete of the week.