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GU rallies with 5-run 9th

Gonzaga’s Mark Castellitto stroked a walk-off run-scoring single to cap a five-run ninth inning Saturday as the host Bulldogs knocked off visiting University of Pacific 9-8 in a non-conference college baseball game at Washington Trust Field.

GU (13-5) was trailing 8-3 after seven innings but scored a single run in the eighth and exploded for five more in the ninth. The Zags sent eight batters to the plate and got RBI hits from Drew Heid, Tyson Van Winkle and Anthony Synegal, as well as Costelitto. The win was the seventh straight for the Bulldogs.

•The Washington State Cougars (7-11) got two hits apiece from Alex Burg, John Desmarais and Cody Bartlett en route to a 12-4 triumph over the visiting South Dakota State Jackrabbits (4-13) in non-conference play.

USDS scored the game’s first run in the top of the first inning, but the Cougars pushed across three in their first at-bats, giving winning pitcher Jared Prince (1-1) a lead he and relievers Ross Humes and Seth Harvey refused to relinquish.

•Whitworth’s Luis Tovar drilled a three-run home run in the first inning and the Pirates pushed across the winning run in the ninth on a bases-loaded walk to trip visiting Lewis & Clark 9-8 in the nightcap of a Northwest Conference doubleheader at Merkel Field. The Bucs (4-14, 2-11) scored their nine runs on only five hits, as the Pioneers (2-13, 2-8) walked 11 batters and hit three others.

Mitch Ramsey had three of the Pirates’ 10 hits in the opener, a 14-5 loss.

•Mark Purser singled, doubled and tripled as Community Colleges of Spokane (7-2) defeated Shoreline (10-2) 9-5 to cap its day at the Yakima Tournament. Yakima Valley (7-8) edged CCS 7-6 earlier in the day.


North Idaho College’s Lauren Maloney drove in two runs with a pair of hits and Karri Johnson threw a three-hit shutout as the visiting Cardinals posted a 9-0 win over College of Southern Nevada in the first game of a Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader in Henderson, Nev.

NIC (18-15, 16-10) dropped the second game to CSN (22-13, 16-10) 11-3, despite getting two hits and two RBIs from Wailana Buchanan.

•Community Colleges of Spokane scored all the runs in needed on Heather Jackson’s solo first-inning home run and beat host Walla Walla 2-0 in the opener of a NWAACC doubleheader. Rachel Eisenman, who finished with three hits, scored the other run for the Sasquatch (13-3, 3-1), who got a five-hit shutout from Sean Topp (5-1).

WWCC (11-6, 3-1) won the nightcap 3-2, scoring the winning run in the ninth on a wild pitch.

Track and field

Community College of Spokane sophomore Chanel James, running unattached, won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and also captured the long jump at the 10th annual Dusty Lane Open at CCS. James ran the 100 in 12.41 seconds, the 200 in 25.90 and won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, ¼ inch.

In the men’s competition, CCS sophomore Tim Armstrong took first in the 110 hurdles (15.67) and 400 hurdles (56.67). CCS’s Deonta Edwards, who was also running attached, won the high jump (6-6) and long jump (22-111/2).

•Washington State’s Anna Layman (2:09.23) and Lisa Egami (2:09.58) finished 1-2 in the women’s 800 – both with NCAA regional-qualifying marks – and three other Cougars women reached RQ marks at the USC Trojan Invite in Los Angeles.

In the men’s competition, WSU’s Robert Williams led a quartet of regional qualifiers by running a 14.02 in the 110 hurdles.

•Whitworth’s Emmanuel Bofa won the 800 in 1:51.74 and teammate Jeff Kintner won the shot put with a throw of 52-3 ¼ at the University of Oregon Preview in Eugene, Ore. Both efforts were NCAA Division III provisional qualifying marks.


Whitworth’s Natalie Turner and Rory Buck broke school and Northwest Conference records at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Turner finished sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:03.90 and Buck placed 12th in the 200 breaststroke in 2:02.34.

•Washington State junior Michaela Ahlin broke her school record in the 200 butterfly preliminaries of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in College Station, Texas, by posting a time of 1:56.46 seconds. Ahlin, whose previous record time was 1:56.66, finished 21st in the preliminaries and failed to qualify for the finals.

California won the team title.

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