Castellitto leads Zags to victory
Mark Castellitto continued with his hot bat for the Gonzaga baseball team in the series finale against Utah Valley (7-10), putting the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the eighth inning as the Bulldogs (10-13) won 8-3 Saturday in Orem, Utah.
Pitching and defense prevailed for the most part in the third game between the Bulldogs and Wolverines after the opening two games produced 73 runs.
•Derek Jones had three hits and drove in a pair of runs during a four-run seventh inning that lifted Washington State (14-6) over Cal State Bakersfield (10-10) 13-12, after dropping the opener of the doubleheader 9-5 in Pullman.
Shea Vucinich added four RBIs and a home run for the Cougars. With CSB threatening with no outs in the eighth, Adam Conley came on to earn the save – inducing a double-play grounder and a pop-up, before pitching a scoreless ninth.
•Whitworth received strong pitching performances from Jake Hanley and C.J. Perry in the first two games of its tripleheader against Linfield (17-7, 9-3), winning 4-0, 3-2 at Roy Helser Field in McMinnville, Ore.
The Pirates (8-15, 5-4) didn’t complete the sweep, falling 3-0 in the third game as Linfield starter Reese McCulley went the distance, allowing just six hits.
Hanley allowed two hits and no runs while striking out a pair and Perry surrendered no runs on four hits in seven innings in the opener for the Pirates.
•Taylor King tallied three hits and Quinn Holt added two as three Community Colleges of Spokane pitchers combined on a five-hitter, shutting out Tacoma CC (4-5) 5-0 on the second day of the Eastern Region Invite in Pasco.
The Sasquatch (12-4) kept things rolling in the second game against Bellevue CC (12-7), winning 6-4 behind two more hits each from King and Holt, who both tripled. CCS tallied 24 hits in the doubleheader.
Jessica Mangis pitched her second shutout in four days, blanking George Fox 10-0 in the opener, and then earned a win in relief as Whitworth exploded for 10 runs in the sixth inning in the second game to earn the sweep with a 13-5 win at Morse Field in Spokane.
Jamie Brunner had three hits in the opener and finished with five in the sweep for the Pirates (9-9, 3-7) against the Bruins (7-15, 1-9).
•After struggling to put up runs in the opener and losing 6-1, Community Colleges of Spokane stormed back behind pitcher Amanda Edwards to earn a split against Columbia Basin, winning the second game 5-2 at Spokane Falls.
Edwards hit a two-run home run in the first inning for the Sasquatch (4-11, 3-1), added an RBI single in the sixth and held CBC (8-6, 2-2) hitless until the Hawks scored two in the seventh.
•Shelbie Madrano gave North Idaho problems for the second straight day, earning a win and a save as College of Southern Nevada (21-12, 17-10) made it back-to-back sweeps against NIC (21-19, 14-14) by taking a pair from the host Cardinals 7-2, 5-4.
NIC leadoff hitter Alyssa Hawley had five hits over the two games.
Victoria Fallgren and Jessica Howe led a comeback by the Gonzaga women on the final day of the Mountain View Collegiate tournament, each posting scores of 73 to lift the Bulldogs from 16th to ninth place by the end of the tournament, closing play with a score of 914 in Tucson, Ariz.
Fallgren finished 14th in the tournament with a score of 224.
Emma Betland led Washington State for the third straight day, posting a 77 to finish with a 225 (9 over par), good for 18th. Led by Betland, the Cougars finished 16th with a combined score of 931.
Track and field
Washington State’s Stephan Scott-Ellis and Kendall Mays each led the way for the Cougars with personal bests on the final day of the Stanford Invitational at Cob Track and Angell Field in Stanford, Calif.
Scott-Ellis finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 50 feet, 10 inches, while Mays, a junior from North Central, set a PR with a height of 12-91/2 in the pole vault.
Also at the invite, Eastern Washington had 16 athletes set NCAA qualifying marks, led by sophomore Kyle King.
King finished 13th in the 10,000 meters in 29 minutes, 34.21 seconds to set a school record in the event and also qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championships.
•Ron Whitley won the hammer throw with a toss of 178-4 and took second in the discus (161-11) as the Whitworth men were led by their throwers, winning the Buc Scoring Invitational with a score of 98 at Boppell Track in Spokane.
Michael Nahl also posted a win in the shot put (54-91/4) and Emmanuel Bofa won the 1,500-meter run in 3:59.46.
Community Colleges of Spokane’s Chanel James was a two-event winner, helping the Sasquatch to a win with 91 points ahead of Whitworth (45) and Idaho (43).
James won the 100 in 11.81 and also took first in the long jump at 17-4.
•Puget Sound senior Caitlin McGrane of Colville set a meet record in the 400 in 58.76, also winning the 100-meter hurdles (16.01), taking second in the long jump and third in the high jump at the Joe Peyton Invitational in Tacoma.