March 27, 2011 in Sports

Area update: Gonzaga baseball defeats No. 11 UC Irvine again


Tyler Olson (3-1) and Andy Hunter combined for a shutout and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-7-1) posted a 3-0 victory over the 11th-ranked UC Irvine Anteaters (14-5) on Saturday at Washington Trust Field.

It was Gonzaga’s second straight win over UC Irvine. The three-game series concludes today.

Olson blanked the Anteaters through 6 1/3 innings. He allowed six hits and two walks, while striking out seven.

Hunter breezed through the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up his first save. He allowed no hits, a walk and fanned three.

Marco Gonzalez plated the Bulldogs’ first run in the bottom of the first inning with a bases-loaded walk. Gonzaga added a run in the third on Keegan Acker’s RBI single and scored a run in the seventh on Tyler Chism’s groundout with Royce Bolinger at third base.

• Justin Jones (3-1) fired eight shutout innings and the 16th-ranked California Golden Bears (15-5, 2-0) beat the Washington State Cougars 3-0 in Pacific-10 Conference play in Berkeley, Calif.

James Wise (2-2) took the loss for the Cougars (9-9, 0-2). He allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings, while striking out seven.

• The visiting Linfield Wildcats (16-4, 10-1) breezed to an 11-2, 6-3 doubleheader sweep over the Whitworth Pirates (9-14, 3-5) in Northwest Conference action.

Clayton Truex went 3 for 3 with a home run and five RBIs to lead the Wildcats to a rout in the opener and homered twice with three RBIs to spark Linfield in the nightcap. Landon Scott had three hits for the Whits in the second game.

• The Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (8-6) split a pair of games in Pasco – losing 3-2 to Mt. Hood (3-3) before bouncing back to beat Green River (11-4) 13-3.

Beau Dahmen had three hits, including a triple, and Quinn Holt doubled twice among his three hits for the Sasquatch in the second game.


The visiting Pacific Lutheran Lutes (13-4, 12-1) breezed to a 10-1, 10-2 doubleheader sweep over the Whitworth Pirates 8-12, 6-6) in Northwest Conference play.

Amanda Goings and Stacey Hagensen each drove in three runs to power the Lutes to a five-inning win in the opener. Lindsey Matsunaga went 3 for 3 with three RBIs to spark PLU to a six-inning win in the second game.

Julia Johnson belted a two-run home run for the Whits in the nightcap.

• Moriah Beeler had a double and a triple among her four hits on the day and the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (5-6, 2-0) romped to 15-4 and 18-0 five-inning victories over the Blue Mountain Timberwolves (2-10, 0-4) in NWAACC action in Pendleton, Ore.


Tai Jade Kliebphipat and Jessica Howe tied for 23rd place to help the Gonzaga Bulldogs women finish 12th at the MountainView Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz.

Kliebphipat closed with a 74 and Howe finished with a 72 en route to 221 totals.

Iowa State won the team title, six strokes up on runner-up Oklahoma. Arkansas’ Emily Tubert earned medalist honors with a 207 total.

• Hank Frame tied for 21st with a 2-over-par 214 total to help the Washington State Cougars men place 13th in the 19-team Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas.

Arkansas won the tourney, finishing five shots in front of runner-up Oklahoma. Michael Whitehead of Rice was the medalist with a 15-under 197.


The Washington State Cougars women won a dual regatta against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Silver Lake in Medical Lake.

WSU posted wins in Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8 (twice), Varsity 4 and Second Varsity 4. GU’s lone win came in Novice 8.

Track and field

A pair of Washington State Cougars women set lifetime-best marks at the Stanford (Calif.) Invitational meet.

Chelsea VanDeBrake ran 10,000 meters in 35 minutes, 14.27 seconds. It was the second-best time in WSU history. Shaquana Logan clocked a 13.86 in the 100-meter hurdles. It tied her for ninth best in school history.

Idaho Vandals’ Lauren Schaffer turned in the best time for a WAC performer in the 800 with a 2:09.27 at the meet. She placed seventh.

• Whitworth’s men and women won team titles at their Buc Scoring Invitational.

Jheri Gates broke the Whitworth record in the women’s high jump, clearing 5 feet, 6 inches. Erica Cox won both the women’s hammer and discus, while Elizabeth Mattila won both women’s hurdles races for the Whits.

On the men’s side for Whitworth, Frank Lima cleared 6-8 to earn an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Alex Couette did likewise in the hammer with a toss of 175-7.

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