Chad Arnold tossed a complete-game five-hitter and Washington State defeated No. 22 Oregon State 5-1 on Friday in the opener of a three-game Pacific-10 Conference baseball series at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Arnold (4-2) struck out a career-high 11, did not allow a hit after the fifth inning and retired 13 of the final 14 men he faced. It was his second consecutive complete game, the first time a Cougar has thrown back-to-back complete games since Aaron MacKenzie in 2004.
Washington State (20-14, 4-6 Pac-10) scored three times in the bottom of the third against Oregon State (20-12, 3-7 Pac-10) starter Greg Peavey (3-1), including a solo home run by Derek Jones, his eighth.
The teams meet again at 2 p.m. today with the final game of the series Sunday.
•Gonzaga had an early two-run lead, but the San Diego Toreros roared back in the middle innings to take a 9-4 West Coast Conference win in San Diego.
Andy Hunter had two hits and Clayton Eslick drove in two runs for the Bulldogs (13-25-1, 2-4-1).
Cody Martin (4-4) took the loss, giving up 14 hits and all nine runs in 61/3 innings.
The Toreros took the lead for good, 4-3, with three runs in the fourth inning. San Diego added three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to win the first game of the series.
•The Washington Huskies (19-17, 4-6 Pac-10) surrendered 16 hits and seven walks in losing 10-2 to No. 1-ranked Arizona State (32-4, 10-3) at Tempe, Ariz.
Jessica Mangis pitched a four-hit shutout, Lacey Kerr had two hits and lead-off batter Sami Parr drove in two runs as the Whitworth Pirates (18-14, 12-12) took a 7-0 Northwest Conference victory over George Fox (9-27, 3-21) in Newberg, Ore.
Mangis (10-3) struck out four and walked none in the game, a makeup of a rained-out contest last month.
•North Idaho College (30-24, 23-19 Scenic West) overwhelmed last-place Colorado Northwestern (4-32, 4-32), sweeping a doubleheader in Coeur d’Alene 8-0 and 13-5. Both games went five innings.
Kathy Comack gave up two hits and struck out nine in pitching the shutout. Lauren Maloney and Jessica Ross both hits home runs and had two RBIs. Alyssa Hawley picked up the win in the second game. She was 6 for 7 with five runs scored and four RBIs on the day, including 4 for 4 with four RBIs in the second game. Briggett Plenger added a homer in that game. She, Maloney and Amanda Krier had two hits each in the nightcap.
•CC Spokane split a doubleheader with Walla Walla, losing the opener 6-3 and winning the second game 10-4. Kelsey Raines and Stephanie Chrystal hit two-run homers, combining for seven RBIs for the Sasquatch (14-18, 9-7 NWAACC). Shelby Bethel pitched two complete games for CCS. The Warriors are 18-15, 9-7.
•Danielle Lawrie (26-2) came out on top of a 10-inning pitchers’ duel with Jolene Henderson (15-6) as the No.1-ranked Washington Huskies (36-4, 8-2 Pacific-10) pushed across a run on a fielding error to defeat the California Golden Bears 1-0 at Berkeley, Calif. Lawrie struck out a season-high 18 batters. Cal fell to 33-12, 4-6.
Washington State’s women bowed out of the Pac-10 tournament as Elisabeth Fournier fell in the quarterfinals and all three Cougars doubles teams lost in the first round in Ojai, Calif.
•Gonzaga’s men’s and women’s teams were both eliminated from the West Coast Conference tournament in San Diego with 4-0 first-round defeats.