Zags’ Castellitto hits 3 homers
Mark Castellitto set the tone for the Gonzaga baseball team, belting three home runs and finishing with five hits in seven at-bats, seven RBIs and five runs as the Bulldogs (9-12) dumped Utah Valley University (6-9) 23-12 in non-conference play Thursday in Orem, Utah.
After leading 3-1 through two innings, the Bulldogs erupted for eight runs in the third and kept right on scoring, collecting 21 hits to finish off the Wolverines as the Bulldogs touched up UVU starter Zane Gray for 11 runs in 22/3 innings.
Cameron Edman and Chris Sturdivant each added a three hits for GU.
Cody Martin earned the win, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits while striking out five in five innings.
The 23 runs were tops for the Zags since March 4, 2006.
Track and field
Jasmine Johnson-McKeown and Angela Jensen both had top-four finishes for the Washington State heptathletes, while Kyle Schauble led the WSU decathletes with a fifth-place finish on the second day of the Cal Multi Meet in Berkeley, Calif.
Johnson-McKeown took second with 4,876 points, while Jensen was fourth (4,767) behind winner Cassie Merkley of Idaho State, who earned 5,246 points.
Schauble pole vaulted 13 feet, 91/4 inches for his personal record in the event while also setting a personal best in the javelin with a throw of 179-5 as he scored 6,802 points.
•After the opening day of the Buc Scoring Invite, freshmen led the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon at Whitworth.
Community Colleges of Spokane’s Spencer Wordell won the 100-meter dash in 11.41 seconds and finished the first day with 3,366 points to lead Eastern Washington’s Brandon Lattin (3,253) and Michael Blanchard of Montana (3,126) in the decathlon.
EWU’s Elise Jepsen finished the first day with 2,559 points with wins in the 100, high jump and shot put to lead the field in the heptathlon. Teammate Liz Cobb sits in second with 2,345 while Whitworth’s Tera Prosser is in third (2,232).
Spokane Shock head coach Rob Keefe announced the release of three players – lineman Lafaele Manupuna, defensive back Chris Martin and defensive lineman Ryan Lucas.