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Pitching leads Bulldogs past Huskies

Tue., April 10, 2012

Kenny Smith and Derek Peterson were roughed up a bit, but the Gonzaga University pitchers danced in and out of trouble to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-4 nonconference baseball win over Washington at Husky Ballpark in Seattle on Monday.

Smith (2-0), making his first start, gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to collect the win. Peterson, a freshman from Ferris, earned his second save with 3 2/3-innings of two-hit relief. The Huskies (17-12) got to him for a run in the bottom of the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate, but Peterson ended the threat to snap a two-game skid for GU (21-9).

Royce Bolinger, who had a run-scoring double for GU in the third, scored what proved the winning run on a UW error in a two-run seventh after walking. Payden Cawley Lamb also had a run-scoring double for the Zags and Alex Stanford and Clayton Eslick led the Bulldogs’ 12-hit attack with three hits each.

Track and field

Luke Mathews tied for first in the high jump and was second in the shot put en route to second place after the first day of the decathlon in the Northwest Conference Combined Event Championships in McMinnville, Ore.

Mathews, who jumped 5-foot-11 1/4 and put the shot 34-2 3/4, has 3,157 points to the 3,205 leader Carson Kenndy of Willamette, with whom he tied in the high jump. Whitworth’s Stephen Cooper won the long jump at 20-9 3/4 and is fourth with 3,060 points.

In the women’s heptathlon, Whitworth’s Janelle LeMieux is 10th with 1,974 points. Defending champion Alexis Arnold of George Fox leads with 2,964.

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