Jones ignites Cougars’ rout
Derek Jones had an inning he’ll never forget and as a result the 24th-ranked Washington State Cougars routed the Southern Cal Trojans 18-4 in Pacific-10 Conference baseball action Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.
With the Cougars leading 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Jones belted a two-run home run off the right-field foul pole.
The Cougars (30-18, 13-10) loaded the bases and Jay Ponciano and Garry Kuykendall tallied back-to-back RBI singles to make it 5-0. That sent USC (25-20, 5-18) starter Chris Mezger (4-2) to the showers. Cody Bartlett greeted reliever Logan Odom with a run-scoring single and Michael Weber followed with a two-run single to stretch the lead to 8-0. Matt Fanelli was hit by a pitch for the second time in the inning to reload the bases and Jones stepped up and smacked a grand slam to center field to cap an 11-run inning and put the Cougs up 12-0.
James Wise (3-1) picked up the win for WSU with six innings of work. He allowed three runs on seven hits. Seth Harvey allowed one run on one hit over the final three innings to notch his first save of the season.
The 14-run margin of victory was the largest in school history against USC.
•Drew Heid went 3 for 3 with a double and his eighth home run of the season and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (19-32, 7-10) posted a 5-3 victory over the visiting Loyola Marymount Lions (22-28, 4-13) in West Coast Conference play.
Ryan Carpenter (4-4) evened his record for GU with six innings of work. He allowed three runs – two earned – on six hits. Mark Phillips threw two shutout innings to earn his third save.
•KC Serna led off the game with a home run and Andrew Mendenhall stroked a go-ahead two-run double in the fourth inning to lead the Oregon Ducks (36-19, 11-12) to a 5-2 win over the Washington Huskies (27-25, 10-13) in Pac-10 play in Seattle.
The Washington Huskies rolled to the NCAA West Regional championship behind the 1-2 finish of Richard Lee and Moscow High graduate Chris Williams, who had a hole-in-one, at Gold Mountain GC in Bremerton, Wash.
Lee finished with an 8-under-par 208 over three rounds to earn medalist honors, while Williams carded a final-round 7-under 65 to finish two strokes back. Teammate Darren Wallace (211) tied for third.
Washington beat runner-up USC by 29 strokes.
Washington State’s Kevin Tucker shot 14-over 230. He tied for 61st. He was the lone Cougar in the tourney and failed to advance.
Danielle Lawrie (37-2) tossed a compete-game two-hitter, striking out 11 along the way to lead the top-ranked Washington Huskies (47-2) to a 1-0 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels in Seattle.
Kimi Pohlman led off the game for Washington with a double and scored when Jenn Salling beat out an infield single and the throw sailed into right field, allowing Pohlman to score.
The win puts UW in the regional final round.
•Former Shadle Park High standout China Frost went 3 for 3 with a triple and an RBI, but her Wright State Raiders lost 11-2 to the Michigan Wolverines in a Regional first-round game in Ann Arbor, Mich.
•Community Colleges of Spokane’s opener at the NWAACC Championships at Delta Park in Portland was rained out for the second straight day. The event, originally scheduled for four days, is now set to be played today and Monday.