Gonzaga’s Gonzales shuts out Pacific
Marco Gonzales pitched a complete-game shutout Saturday to lead the Gonzaga baseball team to a 2-0 nonconference win over the University of the Pacific Tigers (3-15) at Patterson Complex.
Gonzales struck out eight and allowed five hits. He ran his season record to 3-0.
The Bulldogs (11-5) mustered just enough offense. They had 10 hits, all of which were singles.
Eric Lane had an RBI single in the second inning for Gonzaga’s first run. Its second run came in the seventh, when Alex Bonczyk scored on Steven Halcomb’s RBI single.
The Bulldogs will look for the series sweep at 1 p.m. today.
• Despite winning the series opener on Friday, Washington State lost the series to No. 6 Arizona after being swept by the Wildcats in a Pac-12 Conference doubleheader in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona rallied in the opener. The Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh and held on for a 8-7 win. Derek Jones had two RBIs for WSU, which put up five runs in the first inning.
The Wildcats won the nightcap 12-9. Arizona scored seven runs in the fifth inning and held on for the win. Seth Megias-Brean had three RBIs for the Wildcats (16-4, 2-1).
Jones hit for the cycle and drove in two runs to lead Washington State (10-8, 1-2). Tommy Richards had three RBIs and Taylor Ard added two for the Cougars.
• Whitworth’s explosive offense in the opener fizzled in the nightcap as the Pirates (10-6-1, 4-1) split a Northwest Conference doubleheader with Pacific Lutheran (11-6, 6-2) at Merkel Field in Spokane.
Tyler Pfeffer hit two doubles and a triple and drove in two runs as Whitworth claimed the first game 10-5. Nick Motsinger, J.R. Jarrell, Paul Miller, Kevin Valerio and Michael Takemura all had RBIs for the Pirates.
The Lutes’ Collin Nilson stymied Whitworth in the second game and the Lutes won 3-1. Nilson pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and one unearned run.
• Washington (12-7, 2-1) split a doubleheader with No. 17 Oregon (13-5, 1-2) in Pac-12 Conference action at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. The split gave the Huskies, who beat the Ducks on Friday, the series win.
Tyler Davis pitched six scoreless innings and UW won the opener 5-0.
In the second game, the Ducks’ Andrew Mendenhall scored on a two-out error in the top of the 13th inning and Oregon won 3-2.
Whitworth (6-14, 4-10) swept visiting Puget Sound (2-16, 2-10) in a Northwest Conference doubleheader at Marks Field.
Taylor Gilbert pitched all seven innings in the opener, allowing three runs on six hits as the Pirates rallied to win 6-3.
Jessica Ross’ RBI double capped Whitworth’s four-run fifth inning.
The Pirates won the second game 12-7. Heather Hesselgesser hit two doubles and drove in four runs for Whitworth, which scored seven runs in the first inning. Ross added three hits and three RBIs.
Track and field
Whitworth’s Chibron Tomeo broke the school record in the pole vault at the Dusty Lane Open at Spokane Falls Community College.
Tomeo won the event, clearing 15 feet, 11 inches. The previous school record of 15-8 was set by Mark Unicume in 1986.
Four other Pirates men won individual events at the meet, which included athletes from Washington State, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Central Washington, Lewis-Clark State and Community Colleges of Spokane.
Seven Washington State women won events. The Cougars’ Shaquana Logan took first in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.25 seconds. WSU claimed the top four spots in the event.
Oregon State won five of six matches at the OSU dual at Dexter Lake, Ore.
The Bulldogs’ lone victory came in the second varsity 4-plus.
Gonzaga finished in 8 minutes, 8.25 seconds, more than 8 seconds faster than the Beavers.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Husky Open in Seattle and the San Diego Crew Classic in San Diego. Both contests will be held on March 31.