Bret DeRooy pitched six shutout innings and the Washington State offense backed him with 11 hits as the Cougars beat Utah Valley 16-2 on Sunday in Pullman to complete a three-game nonconference sweep.
DeRooy (1-0) limited the Wolverines (3-10) to four hits, struck out three and didn’t walk a batter to earn his first collegiate victory.
WSU (9-4) scored nine runs in the first two innings en route to its fourth straight victory.
Designated hitter Patrick Claussen led the WSU offense, going 3 for 4 and tying a career high with four RBIs. Jason Monda, Taylor Ard, Tommy Richards and Paul Clingan each drove in two runs, with Clingan’s RBIs coming on his first career home run.
The Cougars open a seven-game road stretch with a four-game series at Fresno State beginning Thursday.
• Gonzaga scored all of its runs over the first four innings in a 15-6 victory over Minnesota in Sacramento, Calif.
Cody Martin (2-0) earned the win with five shutout innings in relief for the Bulldogs, who improved to 7-7 after starting the season 0-5. Martin struck out a season-high eight, allowed three hits and walked two.
Maxx Garrett had three of Gonzaga’s 15 hits and drove in two runs. Eric Lane had three RBIs for the Zags.
Gonzaga heads to San Antonio for the Irish Baseball Classic with Notre Dame and Iowa starting Friday.
• Edmonds Community College swept a doubleheader with Community Colleges of Spokane, winning the first game 7-3 and the second 9-8 at Spokane Falls. The losses dropped the Sasquatch to 3-5.
Amber James hit two home runs and collected six RBIs as Community Colleges of Spokane beat Central Illinois 14-7 at the Phoenix College Tournament in Phoenix.
Mead graduate Breanna Lookbill had three hits and scored twice for the Sasquatch (2-2) and starter D.J. Johnson struck out six.