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Cougars open season with win

Matt Argyropoulos and Garry Kuykendall each had three hits as Washington State opened its baseball season with an 11-6 win over Seattle University on Saturday in Pullman.

Argyropoulos doubled, homered and drove in three runs, and Kuykendall scored three times and recorded two RBIs. Chad Arnold (1-0) earned the win, going four innings.

The Cougars scored in five different innings, including a five-run second with all runs coming with two outs.

The teams play again today at noon at Bailey-Brayton Field.

•Gonzaga sandwiched two big innings around a four-hour rain delay in a 9-3 win over New Mexico State at the Cactus Classic in Tucson, Ariz.

The Bulldogs (2-0) scored four runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead before rain showers halted the game. When play resumed, Gonzaga put together a five-run sixth inning.

Sean Wilson drove in five runs for the Bulldogs (2-0), and Reedy Berg pitched four scoreless innings of relief after the rain delay for his first career save.

Gonzaga was scheduled to play Washington on Saturday, but the game was moved to today at 1:30 p.m. because of weather.

•Whitworth lost twice Saturday at the Northwest Nazarene Invitational, finishing the tournament 0-4. The Pirates lost 9-2 to Willamette and 15-4 to Oregon Tech in Nampa, Idaho.

J.R. Jarrell drove in Michael Takemura for both of Whitworth’s runs against Willamette. Takemura had two RBIs against Oregon Tech, and Landon Scott and Kevin Valerio each had two hits.


North Idaho swept a doubleheader with Western Nevada, winning 9-2 and 9-0 in Coeur d’Alene. The Cardinals (16-8, 13-3 SWAC) have won 13 in a row.

Junior hockey

Two Rebels recorded hat tricks as Castlegar opened a 2-0 series lead with an 8-4 win over the Spokane Braves in Castlegar, British Columbia.

The best-of-7 series now heads to Spokane, with Game 3 on Monday and Game 4 on Tuesday. Both games are at 8 p.m. at Eagles Ice-A-Rena.

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