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Eastern Washington women set standard at Big Sky meet

Sun., May 15, 2011

Erica Chaney won a second title and Eastern Washington’s women posted their highest finish at the Big Sky Conference track and field championships Saturday in Sacramento, Calif.

The Spokane thrower tossed the discus 155 feet, 4 inches on her first attempt and saw it hold up for the victory to go with her win Friday in the shot put. A fifth-place finish by teammate Emma Murillo gave the Eagles their biggest windfall Saturday and boosted them to third place – after being picked in a coaches’ poll to finish eighth this spring.

EWU finished fourth a year ago, its first upper-half Big Sky finish.

The Eagles’ men took fourth behind the sprint titles of Brad Wall and Michael Okoro – Wall defending his 400-meter championship in 46.93 seconds and Okoro, just a freshman, a surprise winner in the 200 in 21.38. Okoro also took fourth in the 100 and both ran legs on Eastern’s relay teams.

Adding runner-up finishes for EWU were Olivia Midles in the hammer (181-2) and Stephen Praast in the high jump (6-6 3/4).

Community Colleges of Spokane grad Jason Flemmer of Montana topped a tough javelin field with a 225-8 heave. Two-time champ Aaron Mettler of EWU was third at 214-4.

• The Washington State Cougars had four first-place finishes during the final day of the Pacific-10 Conference championships in Tucson, Ariz.

Jeshua Anderson won the men’s 400 hurdles with a time of 48.13. Anderson was fourth in the 110 high hurdles at 13.88 and ran a leg of the Cougars’ second-place 1,600 relay – along with Brandon Dawson, Jacob Sealby and Nate Washington – which clocked 3:06.4. Stephan Scott-Ellis won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 52-2. The WSU men’s team of Greg Hornsby, Washington, Brett Blanshan and Marlon Murray won the 400 relay with a time of 39.48. Anna Layman won the women’s 800 run with a time of 2:03.48. Murray was third in the men’s 100 at 10.44.

Oregon’s men and women won team titles. Arizona was second in both races. WSU’s men and women both placed seventh.


Derek Jones drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Washington State Cougars (21-22, 6-13) to a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Wildcats (30-17, 9-10) in Pacific-10 Conference play at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.

WSU trailed 5-1 before scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nate Blackham was hit by a pitch to open the sixth and Jones followed with an infield single. Taylor Ard stepped in and smacked a three-run home run to cut the deficit to 5-4. Patrick Claussen reach first on an error and, after a Matt Argyropoulos sacrifice bunt, Claussen scored on a single by Adam Nelubowich to knot the score. Collin Slaybaugh tripled to drive in Nelubowich for a 6-5 lead.

Cougars starter Adam Conley stuck around long enough to qualify for the win, but closer Paris Shewey allowed a run in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

In the Cougs’ 10th, Kyle Johnson doubled with two outs, Cody Bartlett was intentionally walked and Trace Tam Sing was hit by a pitch, setting up Jones’ walk-off walk.

Anthony Drobnick (1-1) fanned two in a scoreless 10th to get the win.

• Mark Phillips fired four shutout innings in relief and Marco Gonzales went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to help the Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-14-1, 11-3) rally for a 7-5 victory over the Portland Pilots (17-27, 6-8) in West Coast Conference action in Portland.

Phillips (2-3) allowed three hits while striking out four in relief of GU starter Tyler Olson. Olson surrendered five runs, four earned, in 3 2/3 innings of work.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Billy Moon’s RBI single, Cameron Edman’s two-run double and a run-scoring single by Gonzales. But Portland battled back to take a 5-4 lead at the end of the fourth inning.

The Bulldogs added a run in the sixth to tie it at 5-5.

In the seventh, Tyler Chism led off with a double and moved to third on a Moon groundout. Edman doubled home Chism for the go-ahead run and Gonzales added an insurance run with an RBI single.

• The Washington Huskies (14-32, 5-16) rallied from a six-run deficit in the nightcap to post a 7-6 victory and earn a Pac-10 split with the second-ranked Oregon State Beavers (37-12, 16-5) in Seattle.

OSU breezed to a 9-3 win in the first game.

In the second game, the Huskies scored twice in the sixth and pushed across four runs in the seventh to tie the score at 6-6. In the ninth, Will Sparks led off with a double and moved to third on a bunt single by Joe Meggs. Jacob Lamb was intentionally walked to load the bases and Troy Scott drew a bases-loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch to force in the winning run.

• The Columbia Basin Hawks (32-12, 22-6) pounded out 23 hits on the day and rolled to a 13-3, 7-0 doubleheader sweep over the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (20-24, 10-18) in Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges play in Pasco.

The Sasquatch managed just seven hits in the two games. Quinn Holt and Alex Wolf each had a double.


The 15th-ranked Washington Huskies (34-14, 9-12) staged a final-inning rally and beat the Oregon State Beavers 5-4 in regular-season-ending Pac-10 play in Corvallis, Ore.

The Huskies scored four times in the seventh to pull out the victory against the hapless Beavers (19-28, 2-19). Ashley Tuiasosopo reached on an error. Victoria Hayward and Kimi Pohlman followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases with no outs. Jenn Salling was hit by a pitch to force in the first run. Niki Williams ripped a bases-clearing triple to put Washington up for good.

Kaitlin Ingelsby (22-8) pitched the final 4 2/3 innings to notch the win. She allowed one run on seven hits and a walk.

• The Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch split a NWAACC doubleheader with the Big Bend Vikings in Moses Lake.

Moriah Beeler’s two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning gave the Sasquatch (19-23, 14-14) a 4-2 win in the opener. The Vikings (19-23, 9-19) scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win the second game 10-1 in five innings.

The split give the Sasquatch a fourth-place tie with Columbia Basin in the final NWAACC standings.

The Sasquatch will travel to Pasco for a one-game playoff on Monday to decide which team advances to the championship tournament in Portland next weekend.

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