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College baseball: Olson, Eslick spark Bulldogs past Gaels

Sun., April 14, 2013

Tyler Olson overcame some shaky defensive support in the first inning and stymied Saint Mary’s hitters through seven innings and Gonzaga edged the Gaels 4-2 in a West Coast Conference baseball game Saturday at Patterson Complex in Spokane.

Saint Mary’s (11-24, 2-6) benefited from three Gonzaga errors in the first inning and scored two unearned runs.

The Bulldogs (22-10-1, 10-4) responded with runs in the second and third innings to knot the game at 2.

In the seventh, Clayton Eslick hit a pinch-hit, two-run triple to give Gonzaga a 4-2 lead.

Olson gave up five hits and four walks while striking out six in seven innings. Zach Abbruzza pitched the final two innings without giving up a run for his first save of the season.

• After Washington State finished off Arizona in a suspended game from Friday, the Wildcats responded later in the day to even the series in Pac-12 Conference action at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.

The Cougars (18-14, 5-6) and Wildcats (22-12, 7-7) picked up action from Friday’s suspended game in the eighth inning and WSU went on to win 9-5.

Arizona came back to edge the Cougars 6-5 in the teams’ regularly-scheduled game.

WSU scored all five of its runs in the final two innings to put pressure on Arizona, but the couldn’t complete the comeback.

Tanner Chleborad (3-6) took the loss for WSU after allowing three runs in six innings.

The series finale will be played today at noon.

• Pacific pitchers kept the Whitworth (10-19-1, 5-12) hitters in check and the Boxers swept the Pirates in a Northwest Conference doubleheader in Forest Grove, Ore.

Pacific (11-18, 8-9) won the opener 2-1 and eased to an 8-1 win in the nightcap.

Rob Dittrick went the distance for the Boxers in the first game, giving up a run on 10 hits. Charlie Gaff’s RBI triple in the eighth broke a 1-all tie.

Whitworth’s Dan Scheibe gave up four hits and a run through seven innings.

Nick Morton threw seven shutout innings for Pacific in the nightcap.

• Community Colleges of Spokane (18-10, 9-3) rallied late to beat Treasure Valley 9-7 in the second game of an NWAACC doubleheader in Ontario, Ore.

The Chukars (23-5, 10-2) won the opener 7-3.

The Sasquatch trailed 7-5 through seven innings in the second game, but scored four runs in the final two innings to complete the comeback.

Nick Naccarato hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to put CCS on top.

Next up for the Sasquatch is a doubleheader Wednesday at Walla Walla.

• Michael Camporeale drove in four runs and Austin Voth allowed two runs in eight innings as Washington (9-23, 3-8) topped Stanford (18-11, 6-5) 11-3 in a Pac-12 Conference game at Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif.

Freshman Braden Bishop added three hits and four runs and Jayce Ray went 3 for 3 with three runs and two RBIs for UW.

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