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Area roundup: Gonzaga baseball sweeps Nebraska

Mon., Feb. 20, 2012, midnight

Marco Gonzalez ripped a three-run double with one out in the top of the ninth inning to propel the Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-0) to a 5-4 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-3) and a sweep of the three-game nonconference baseball series in Peoria, Ariz., on Sunday.

Nebraska led 4-0 after seven innings. Gonzaga scored twice in the eighth inning to halve the lead. In the ninth, Maxx Garrett drew a one-out walk. Clayton Eslick reached on an infield error, moving Garrett to third base. Cameron Alvarado walked to load the bases and set up Gonzalez’s bases-clearing hit.

Derek Peterson (1-0) picked up the win in relief. GU starter Andy Hunter allowed four runs in six innings with five strikeouts. Royce Bolinger had three hits, including a double for the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga heads to Beaumont, Texas, next weekend for the YMBL Cardinal Classic, where they will play both Illinois and Lamar twice.

• The Washington State Cougars (1-2) and Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-1) split a pair of games with the Cougars winning the opener 6-5 in 13 innings and the Bulldogs winning the nightcap 5-4.

In the opener, Tommy Richards went 3 for 5 and drove in two runs and WSU scored twice in the top of the 13th and hung on for the victory.

In the second game, the Cougs scored twice in the top of the eighth to take a 4-2 lead, but MSU roughed up reliever Spencer Jackson, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth to rally for the win.

Nate Blackham had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs to pace Washington State.

• The Whitworth Pirates (6-3-1) rallied twice in the final innings to earn a 14-2 victory and a 7-7 tie in nonconference play against the Puget Sound Loggers (2-3-1) in Tacoma.

In the opener, Spencer Ansett (3-0) allowed one earned run on four hits and the Whits scored six runs in both the eighth and ninth innings to pull out the win.

In the nightcap, Gerhard Muelheims’ two-out two-run double in the ninth inning knotted the score for the Pirates. The game was called after 10 innings because of darkness.

Tyler Pfeffer doubled four times in the two games for Whitworth.


The Whitworth Pirates (2-4) dropped a pair of games on the final day of the Northwest Cup in Clackamas, Ore.

The Pirates dropped an 8-0 five-inning decision to the Concordia Cavaliers (4-7) in the opener. Ashley Suter no-hit the Pirates, striking out 11 along the way. Concordia scored all eight runs in the third inning.

In the second game, the defending national champion Oregon Tech Owls (8-2) rallied for a 7-3 win, erasing a 3-2 deficit with a five-run fifth inning.

Sacha Clow doubled in a run in the first inning for Whitworth and Julia Johnson had a two-run single in the fourth to cap the scoring.

Whitworth opens Northwest Conference play next weekend when it host NCAA Division III champion Linfield at Marks Field.

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