The Gonzaga Bulldogs rode a pair of masterful pitching performances to a nonconference doubleheader sweep – beating two teams – on Saturday in San Antonio.
Marco Gonzales (2-2) tossed a complete-game six-hitter to lead the Bulldogs (10-7) to a 4-1 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-10) in the first game. Clayton Eslick went 2 for 4 and scored a run and GU scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning to put the game out of reach. Gonzales struck out seven and walked one.
In the nightcap, Tyler Olson (2-1) fired seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts to propel the Bulldogs to a 7-2 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-10). Olson scattered eight hits and two walks. Billy Moon went 3 for 3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored.
• Ethan Flory and Taylor Hustad banged out five hits apiece as the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch rolled to a nonconference doubleheader sweep at Spokane Falls Community College.
Flory had three hits, including a triple, to spark the Sasquatch to a 7-5 victory over the Grays Harbor Chokers (1-9) in the opener. Chris Allen allowed three runs in seven innings to earn the victory.
In the second game, Hustad had four hits, including a double, to power the Sasquatch (5-5) to a 13-1 seven-inning rout over the Okanagan (British Columbia) Coyotes. Stinson Ott threw five shutout innings to notch the victory.
• Landon Scott belted a two-run home run in the first inning and Nathan Johnson (2-2) went the distance on the mound to lead the Whitworth Pirates (7-11, 2-3) to a 4-3 victory over the Lewis & Clark Pioneers (3-13, 2-6) and a split of their Northwest Conference twinbill in Portland.
The Pioneers scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for an 8-5 win in the first game.
• The Fresno State Bulldogs (14-2) used a five-run second inning to cruise to a 7-2 nonconference victory over the Washington State Cougars (9-7) in Fresno, Calif.
The 17th-ranked Bulldogs roughed up WSU starter Chad Arnold, who was making his season debut. Jason Monda had three hits for the Cougars.
FSU opened the day by polishing off a 16-1 win that began Friday but was suspended by rain.
Track and field
Four Washington State Cougars won events at the USC Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles.
Joe Bartlett won the men’s shot put with a personal-best toss of 56 feet, 6 3/4 inches.
Anna Layman won the women’s 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 8.8 seconds. Ashley Kenney won the women’s discus with a throw of 154-7, while Marissa Tschida finished first in the women’s javelin with a heave of 176-10.
• Chanel James and Candace Missouri were double winners for the Washington State Cougars at the Dusty Lane Open meet at Spokane Falls Community College.
James won the women’s 100 in 12.15 and the 200 in 25.14.
Missouri won the women’s long jump, leaping 18-5, and the triple jump with a mark of 36-11.
Other WSU women’s winners were: Allison Clark (1,500 in 4:42.72); Caroline Austin (3,000 steeplechase in career-best 11:06.53); and Christine Rice (high jump, 5-6).
WSU men’s winners were: Stephan Scott-Ellis (100, 11.24); Justin Englund (1,500 in 3:56.61); and Ryan Deese (high jump, 6-8).
Also at the same meet, Whitworth’s Alex Hymel set a school record in the men’s javelin with a throw of 216-10. He placed second.
Carter Comito won the men’s discus with a mark of 175-1.
Four Pirates women had NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Elizabeth Mattila won the 400 hurdles in 1:03.81. Jheri Gates cleared 5-5 in the high jump, finishing second. Tonya Turner clocked an 11:06.94 in placing second in the steeplechase. And Erica Cox had a provisional qualifying mark in the hammer throw with a mark of 163-10. She placed third.
Community Colleges of Spokane (1-2) split a pair of games at the Walla Walla preseason tournament.
Clackamas scored twice in the top of the seventh inning and held off a Sasquatch rally in the bottom half of the inning to post a 6-5 win.
CC Spokane bounced back to pound Chemeketa 10-2 in the second game.