Arizona scored five runs in the first and held on to beat Washington 9-5 on Monday in Pac-10 baseball at Jerry Kindall Field in Tucson, Ariz., and damage the Huskies’ postseason hopes.
Washington (25-27, 13-11 Pac-10) dropped into a tie for fourth with Oregon State, three games back of second-place Washington State (28-22, 16-8).
UW would need to win all three games next weekend at WSU to finish above .500 and even be considered for an NCAA berth.
•Washington State and Gonzaga, who are in the hunt for NCAA tournament berths, square off in a non-conference game tonight at 6:30 at the Patterson Baseball Complex on the GU campus.
The neighboring rivals each collected a player-of-the-week honor from their conference Monday.
WSU senior outfielder Jared Prince is the Pac-10 player of the week after batting .478 (11 for 23) with a home run and 10 RBIs to lead the Cougars’ 4-2 week.
GU’s Cody Martin was named the West Coast Conference pitcher of the week. The right-handed reliever had a save and a win as the Bulldogs clinched the WCC regular-season title by winning the first two of three games against Loyola Marymount.
San Diego has won the West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the second straight year, becoming the second school in the eight-year history of the award to earn back-to-back trophies.
San Diego also won the 2008-09 WCC Women’s All-Sports Award, while San Francisco took home the WCC men’s award
Gonzaga finished sixth in the combined standings, placing second in the men’s competition and seventh in the women’s.
Whitworth University’s Jo Wagstaff has been named the 2009 NCAA Division III West Region women’s coach of the year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Wagstaff, also the 2009 Northwest Conference coach of the year, led the Pirates to a 21-5 record and the team’s first appearance in the NCAA Division III national tournament.
Wagstaff has coached the Pirates women for 25 years and has led Whitworth to three NWC titles (1991, 1997 and 2009).
District 8 4A softball
Sammy Beemer’s two-run double capped a four-run second inning that sent Lewis and Clark on the way to a 4-1 victory over Mead on Monday at Whitworth that kept the Tigers alive for a berth in the regional tournament and eliminated the Panthers.
LC will take on University at 5 p.m. today at Whitworth in another loser-out game that will decide the district’s second seed to the regional tournament. Central Valley beat U-Hi for the No. 1 seed last week.
The Tigers had five hits, three of them doubles, and took advantage of one Mead error in its big inning. Emily Ness had an RBI double and Meagan Haux drove in a run with a fielder’s choice.
Jordan Hardy drove in Mead’s run with a single in the bottom of the second.
District 6/7 1B baseball
Wilbur-Creston scored on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to overcome Northport 2-1 at University High School to claim third seeding to state.
Jacob Struve, who reached on an error, scored the winning run. Daman Abel limited Northport to five hits.
Almira/Coulee-Hartline defeated Curlew 9-2 in the battle for first and second seeding to the state tournament. No details were reported.
Wilbur-Creston will play Curlew at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Avista Stadium and ACH faces Northport at 1 p.m. in loser-out games. The winners will play in the state semifinals.