Timing was decisive as No. 3 Oregon State rallied for a 7-6 Pac-10 baseball win over Washington State on Friday night at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
Danny Hayes delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning on the heels of Jared Norris’ double to give the Beavers (29-7, 10-1 Pac-10) the come-from-behind win.
WSU (14-19, 2-12) jumped on OSU starter Sam Gaviglio for four first-inning runs, capped by Jason Monda’s second home run of the season, a two-run shot, but the Cougars couldn’t make it hold up.
The Beavers caught up at 4 in the bottom of the sixth, only to see the Cougars go back ahead with a two-run seventh. But the Beavers got in the last shots, scoring two in the eighth to set up Hayes’ winning drive.
Cody Bartlett was 4 for 5 with two RBIs for WSU.
• A seven-run seventh inning, capped by Chase Anselment’s two-run homer, made it interesting, but Washington (11-25, 2-9 Pac-10) suffered a 12-9 Pac-10 loss to Southern Cal (18-20, 8-6) in Seattle.
• Saint Mary’s (16-17, 4-4 WCC) worked over Gonzaga starter Tyler Olson for 10 earned runs in an 11-run third inning that vaulted the visiting Gaels to a 12-1 West Coast Conference victory at Patterson Baseball Complex.
The big hit was Patrick Wisdom’s three-run triple.
Steven Halcomb scored for No. 24 GU (22-12-1, 6-2) on a double play after doubling in the third.
• Kevin Valerio and JR Jarrell drove in three runs each as Whitworth beat visiting Willamette 10-4 in the opener of a Northwest Conference doubleheader at Merkel Field.
But three pitchers for the Bearcats (19-15-1, 10-10 NWC) handcuffed the Pirates (17-9, 10-10) in a 4-0 second-game win.
Kyle Krustangel had his second homer of the season for the Whits in the opener. Doug Bloom, Max Stepan and T.C. Lee homered in each game for Willamette.
Kelsey Burgi’s third-inning sacrifice fly provided the winning run as Whitworth squeaked past Willamette 5-4 to stay alive in the Northwest Conference double-elimination tourney at Linfield.
The Pirates (20-18), who dropped a 3-0 decision to Pacific Lutheran in a first-round game, get a rematch in an elimination game this morning. PLU lost 11-2 to top-seeded Linfield.
Emily Anderson scattered nine hits in eliminating Willamette and Jill Pecka had a two-run single to highlight a three-run second inning for the Pirates.
Stacey Hagensen pitched a five-hitter and had an RBI single for PLU in the win over Whitworth.
• Stephanie Chrystal hit home runs in both games for Community Colleges of Spokane, but the Sasquatch had to settle for a split of an NWAACC Eastern Region doubleheader with visiting Treasure Valley. CCS (14-16, 9-7 league) won the first game 7-3 before Treasure Valley (16-13, 8-8) took the second 13-9.
• KaSara Wise (North Central) capped a 10-pitch at-bat with a three-run home run in the sixth inning of the first game of an SWAC doubleheader for North Idaho College, but it was the most noise the Cardinals made against Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.
The Golden Eagles (36-14, 30-7 SWAC) swept NIC (28-23, 21-19) 8-5 and 9-1.
Desirae Tinoco was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs for NIC in the first game. Alyssa Erickson (Central Valley) homered for the Cardinals’ second-game run.
• Niki Williams slammed her 11th home run, a two-run shot in the top of the seventh inning, but No. 9 Washington (30-8, 5-6 Pac-10) dropped a 5-2 Pac-10 decision at No. 11 UCLA (31-9, 7-4).
The Gonzaga women will play Portland today for seventh place in the West Coast Conference tournament in San Diego after dropping a 4-1 decision to San Francisco (5-13) in the opening round of the consolation bracket.
Senior Clare Dodge and junior Kristina Zauere posted their 13th win of the season and seniors Rika Mehndiratta and Danielle Farmer won for the 10th time as GU (10-12) won the doubles point.
The Gonzaga men’s season ended with a 4-2 loss to sixth-seeded Portland (13-8). The No. 7 Zags (5-17) earned the doubles point on wins by senior Conor Feeney and freshman Pablo Mosquers Perez and junior Jake Davis and sophomore Levin Guillermo, but the Bulldogs managed just one singles win, by No. 5 Scott Sullivan.
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