Roundup: Cougars’ big ninth beats Cardinal
Shea Vucinich hit a two-run, go-ahead triple and Michael Weber hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run ninth inning as Washington State rallied to beat No. 25 Stanford 9-3 in Pac-10 action Sunday in Stanford, Calif.
The Cougars (28-18, 11-10 Pac-10) took two of three games in the weekend series and moved into a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings with the Cardinal (27-20, 11-10 Pac-10) and California.
WSU starter Adam Conley didn’t factor in the decision but held Stanford to three runs, two earned, on eight hits over seven innings. Connor Lambert (4-1) pitched two perfect innings of relief for the victory.
•Gonzaga scored all of its runs in the first four innings as the Bulldogs beat Saint Mary’s 10-5 in West Coast Conference action in Moraga, Calif.
The win gave Gonzaga (17-33, 5-10 WCC) a series win over the Gaels (16-28-1, 7-10 WCC).
Mark Castellitto and Billy Moon (University High) each drove in three runs for the Bulldogs, with Moon’s RBIs coming on his first career home run. Jeremy Stumetz (3-3) earned the win in his first appearance in nearly a month.
•Jacob Lamb drew a bases-loaded, two-out walk in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie as Washington beat Oregon State 3-2 in a Pac-10 game in Corvallis, Ore.
Jacob Clem (3-3) went eight innings in relief to earn the win for the Huskies (26-24, 9-12 Pac-10), who broke a five-game losing streak and avoided a sweep by the Beavers (26-19, 9-12 Pac-10).
Washington’s men followed their undefeated regular season with a sweep of the four races at the Pac-10 Championships on Lake Natoma outside Sacramento, Calif.
The Huskies were trailed by California in all four races and earned the maximum 72 points for the conference title.
Washington State finished fifth overall with 32 points. The Cougars finished fifth in the Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8 and Freshman 8.
•The 11th-ranked Washington State women’s rowing team placed sixth at the Pac-10 Championships on Lake Natoma.
California took the team title for the third straight year, tallying 39.5 points and beating Stanford by half a point. The Golden Bears have won six titles in the past seven years. The Cougars finished with 17.5 points
WSU’s best finish of the day came in the Second Varsity 8, which placed fourth. The Varsity 8 finished sixth, the Novice 8 was fifth and the Varsity 4 was seventh.
The NCAA will announce selections for the NCAA Rowing Championships, which WSU will host at Lake Natoma on May 28-30, on Tuesday.
Community Colleges of Spokane won the men’s title and Wally Heidenson was named coach of the year at the NWAACC Championships in Spokane.
CCS finished with 141 points, well ahead of second-place Treasure Valley. Sasquatch players earned all but one individual title. Tyson McGuffin, Peter Brown, Matt Demming, Bryan Lee and Drake Van Dyke won singles titles, while McGuffin and Brown, Demming and Matt Marceau and Lee and Van Dyke paired for doubles titles.
The CCS women finished in fifth place with 11 points. Bellevue won the women’s team title with 119 points.