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College baseball: GU continues domination of Portland

The Gonzaga University baseball team made it eight straight victories against Portland with a doubleheader sweep of the Pilots in West Coast Conference action at Joe Etzel Field Saturday in Portland.

The Bulldogs won the opener 5-4. The game picked up in the fourth inning after it was suspended because of rain on Friday.

Clayton Eslick’s pinch-hit single in the seventh brought in the winning run for Gonzaga.

Arturo Reyes picked up the win after allowing four hits and one unearned run while striking out nine batters through six innings.

Tyler Olson threw his third complete game of the season to guide the Bulldogs to a 4-1 win in the nightcap. The left-hander allowed four hits and a run and struck out 11.

Cabe Reiten had a two-run double in the seventh to lead GU at the plate.

Gonzaga improved to 19-10-1 overall and 7-4 in conference games. Portland fell to 12-19 and 4-4.

The series concludes today.

Utah 2, Washington State 1: Trey Nielsen hit a pair of solo home runs and the Utes edged the Cougars 2-1 in a Pac-12 Conference game in Salt Lake City.

Nielsen’s first home run came in the fourth inning to give the Utes (14-13, 4-7) a 1-0 lead.

The Cougars (16-13, 3-5) tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth, but Nielsen went deep again in the bottom of the inning to cap the scoring.

Both home runs came off of WSU starter Tanner Chleborad, who took the loss and fell to 3-5.

The series concludes today.

Whitworth 15-4, Lewis & Clark 12-12: Whitworth’s offense came alive in the opener and the Pirates snapped a seven-game losing streak in a Northwest Conference doubleheader split with Lewis & Clark at Merkel Field in Spokane.

The Pirates (10-16-1, 5-9) won the first game 15-12, their first victory since a March 17 win at Pacific Lutheran.

Whitworth scored nine runs in the first two innings to build a commanding lead. Josh Davis hit a two-run home run in the first to help set the tone.

Jeremy Druffel was 4 of 6 at the plate and drove in three runs to guide Whitworth, which held off the Pioneers’ late rally.

Lewis & Clark (7-22, 4-10) won the nightcap 12-4. The Pioneers scored nine runs in the first three innings. Whitworth left 15 runners on base.

The Pirates and Pioneers will complete the three-game series today.

CC Spokane 15-18, Big Bend 6-1: The Sasquatch got their offense going in a sweep over the Vikings in an NWAACC doubleheader at Spokane Falls Community College.

The Sasquatch won the opener 15-6 and took the nightcap 18-1.

Eli Driessen hit a home run and drove in four runs in the first game. Colin Peterson added five hits and Tyler Watkins plated a couple of runs.

CCS put up five runs in the first inning, three in the seventh and seven more in the eighth.

Rodee Anderson and Austin Bartleson each had four hits and two RBIs to guide the Sasquatch in the nightcap.

CCS, which won its sixth straight, improved to 16-8 overall and 7-1 in conference games. Big Bend fell to 6-14 and 1-7.



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