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Gonzaga wins rubber game

Mon., May 7, 2012

Royce Bolinger got Gonzaga off to a quick start and Kenny Smith was solid in relief to help the Bulldogs (29-17, 9-9) nail down a 7-5 victory over the Saint Mary’s Gaels (22-23, 6-12) in the rubber game of a West Coast Conference baseball series in Moraga, Calif., on Sunday.

Bolinger drilled a two-run home run in the top of the first inning after Steven Halcomb led off with a double to stake the Bulldogs to a 2-0 lead.

The Gaels used back-to-back doubles off GU starter Andy Hunter, who lasted just three innings, to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first, but the Bulldogs answered back.

GU used RBI singles from Mitchell Gunsolus and Marco Gonzales and a balk by Gaels starter Jordan Mills (4-4) to score three times for a 5-1 lead.

Derek Callahan (3-1) replaced Hunter to begin the fourth and allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings to pick up the win.

Smith pitched shutout ball over the final 4 1/3 innings to notch his first career save.

• Caleb Brown’s two-run single capped a four-run seventh inning and the Washington Huskies (26-18, 11-10) completed a three-game sweep of the USC Trojans (22-21, 7-13) with a 5-0 win in Pac-12 play in Los Angeles.


Teagan Gearhart (30-10) tossed a four-hit shutout and the 19th-ranked Stanford Cardinal (36-16, 9-12) rolled to a 10-0 win over the 14th-ranked Washington Huskies (36-17, 7-16) in five innings in Pac-12 play in Stanford, Calif.

Track and field

Washington State decathletes Sean Harris (11th) and Michael Bolligar (16th) and heptathlete Shaquana Logan (14th) finished out of the scoring at the Pac-12 multi-event championships in Eugene, Ore.

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