Stacey Hagensen (21-5) tossed a complete-game five-hitter and Kaely Cuthill drove in four runs – three coming on a triple in the second inning – to propel the Pacific Lutheran Lutes (31-12) to an 8-0 victory over the Whitworth Pirates (20-19) in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference softball tournament in McMinnville, Ore., on Saturday.
Kimmi Kumangai went 2 for 2 for the Pirates, who finished with a winning record – and 20 wins – for the first time since the 2007 season.
Later, Linfield defeated PLU to win the NWC title.
• Jenn Salling belted a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning and the ninth-ranked Washington Huskies (31-8, 6-6) edged the 11th-ranked UCLA Bruins 4-3 in Pacific-10 play in Los Angeles.
The Huskies improved to 4-1 in extra-inning affairs this season and handed the Bruins (31-10, 7-5) their first extra-inning loss in four games.
Freshman Kaitlin Inglesby (19-5) went the distance for Washington to earn the win. She allowed three runs on seven hits and also led the way with three hits at the plate.
• Moriah Beeler had four hits on the day – including a triple and two doubles – drove in four runs and scored three and Stephanie Chrystal smacked her fourth home run in two days – a two-run shot in the fourth inning of the first game – to guide the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (16-16, 11-7) to 9-0, 9-1 five-inning victories over the visiting Blue Mountain Timberwolves (3-27, 1-17) in Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges play at SFCC.
DJ Johnson won both games for CC Spokane. She allowed six hits while striking out eight in the opener before firing a two-hitter with four strikeouts in the nightcap.
• Desirae Tinoco was a one-woman wrecking crew, powering the North Idaho Cardinals (30-23, 23-19) to an 8-6, 15-11 doubleheader sweep over the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles (36-16, 30-9) in Scenic West Athletic Conference play in Twin Falls.
Tinoco went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs in the first game, before going 4 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the nightcap. Tinoco had help in the second game. KaSara Wise went 3 for 4 with a homer and six RBIs and Alyssa Erickson went 2 for 5 with a homer and four RBIs.
The Whitworth men placed second, while the Pirates women finished fourth at the Northwest Conference championships.
The Whitworth men finished with a 35-over-par 611 at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick, 16 shots behind winner Linfield.
Linfield’s Alex Fitch was the medalist with a 2-under 142 total over two rounds. Whitworth was led by the fifth-place showing of Jesse Salzwedel, who carded a 5-over 149. Teammate Cameron Whittle (150) tied for sixth place.
George Fox shot a 43-over 619 to win the women’s team title at Columbia Point in Richland.
Whitman (which included Gonzaga Prep grad Elaine Whaley, who finished in a tie for 15th at 168) was second at 653, followed by Linfield (658) and Whitworth (675).
George Fox’s Brianna Nap (Deer Park) was medalist with a 5-over 149. Whitworth was led by Elizabeth Martin, who tied for 13th with a 22-over 166.
Washington State’s 17th-ranked varsity-8 boat defeated 14th-ranked Michigan and the varsity-4 boat posted wins over Michigan and eighth-ranked Michigan State at the Griggs Reservoir Regatta on Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.
The WSU varsity-8 clocked in at 6 minutes, 37.6 seconds over 2,000 meters to beat Michigan (6:40.8), but lost by 3 seconds to Michigan State.
The varsity-4 boat finished nearly 5 seconds in front of Michigan and smoked MSU by 17.
WSU’s novice-8 beat MSU, but lost to Michigan.
Gonzaga redshirt sophomore Prue Teitzel posted the lone singles victory for the Bulldogs, who lost 4-1 to the Portland Pilots in the seventh-place match at the West Coast Conference women’s championships at Spokane’s Barnes Tennis Center.
Playing No. 2 singles, Teitzel defeated Sabine Fuchs 6-3, 6-2.
Gonzaga was seeded fifth heading into the championships, while Portland was seeded sixth.