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GU blanks Waves for 11th straight victory

Sun., April 21, 2013

Tyler Olson (7-2) fired a complete-game four-hitter, striking out six, and the 24th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs blanked the Pepperdine Waves 2-0 in West Coast Conference play on Saturday in Malibu, Calif., for their 11th straight victory.

Olson, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth inning, scattered four singles and issued three walks. Gonzaga is 10-0 in April.

Gonzaga (26-10-1, 13-4) tallied a run in the fourth when Cory LeBrun scored on a wild pitch and a run in the fifth on LeBrun’s RBI single.

The Bulldogs go for a sweep of second-place Pepperdine today at 1 p.m.

• Jason Monda singled home Trace Tam Sing in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Washington State Cougars (19-17, 6-8) to a 7-6 win over the California Golden Bears (17-21, 6-11) in Pac-12 Conference play in Berkeley, Calif.

Monda (2-0) also earned the victory with two shutout innings of relief.

Adam Nelubowich had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs for WSU.

• The visiting Willamette Bearcats (17-18, 11-9) rallied twice to knock off the Whitworth Pirates 5-3 and 9-6 in 10 innings in Northwest Conference action.

Peter Hoffman (6-4) threw a complete-game three-hitter and Hunter Gallant drilled a two-run single in the top of the ninth to carry Willamette to a victory in the opener.

In the second game, Brandon Chinn singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning and Andrew Wilson added a two-run double as the Bearcats earned a sweep.

Nick Motsinger’s two-run double in the bottom of the ninth for Whitworth (10-22-1, 5-15) sent the game into extra innings.

• The Washington Huskies (11-25, 5-9) swept a doubleheader against the fifth-ranked Oregon State Beavers (29-8, 10-4) in Pac-12 Conference play in Seattle.

In the opener, Jared Fisher (1-2) fired seven shutout innings and the Huskies pounded out 11 hits – all singles – to cruise to a 5-1 victory.

In the nightcap, the Huskies sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the eighth and scored eight runs to rally for a 10-3 win.

• Austin Bartleson tripled home Trevor Lahonta in the top of the seventh inning to lead the visiting Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (19-13, 10-6) to a 1-0 win over the Wenatchee Valley Knights (13-15, 8-8) and a split of a NWAACC doubleheader.

Josh Benjamin earned the victory for CCS with 10 strikeouts in eight shutout innings.

WV won the opener 17-4.


Shelby VandeBergh tossed a complete-game two-hitter and the regular-season champion Linfield Wildcats (35-6) breezed to a 12-0 five-inning victory over the Whitworth Pirates (23-19) in the Northwest Conference tournament championship game in McMinnville, Ore.

The Pirates advanced to the title game earlier in the day with an 11-2 five-inning win over NCAA Division III defending champion Pacific Lutheran. Julia Johnson homered and drove in four runs and Jamie Brunner and Heather Hesselgesser collected three RBIs apiece to power the Pirates.

• The North Idaho Cardinals (18-28, 12-23) won two of three games from visiting Western Nevada (15-36, 12-26) in Scenic West Athletic Conference action.

NIC won the first game 6-1, before falling 8-2. The Cardinals rallied for a 2-0 win in the final game.

Emily Perlich picked up a pair of wins, striking out 10 in the finale.

• The 14th-ranked Washington Huskies (32-12, 10-5) scored six runs in the fifth inning – after a three-hour rain delay – and held on for a 6-5 win over the 16th-ranked Stanford Cardinal (28-13, 5-7) in Pac-12 play in Seattle.

The second game was rained out.

Kaitlin Inglesby notched her 18th win for UW.

Track and field

Stephan Scott-Ellis was a three-time winner and Holly DeHart won twice as the Washington State Cougars dominated the Cougar Invitational at Mooberry Track in Pullman.

Scott-Ellis won the men’s long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 8 1/4 inches; the 200-meter dash in a wind-aided time of 21.26 seconds; and the triple jump with a wind-aided leap of 50-9 1/2.

DeHart won the women’s 100 in a wind-aided 12.13 and the 200 in a wind-aided 24.74. Both times were season bests for DeHart.

Other Cougars men’s winners were: Sean Harris (110 hurdles), Spencer Wordell (400 hurdles), Jovan Vukicevic (high jump) and Austin Sodorff (pole vault).

Other Cougars women’s winners were: Ruby Roberts (800), Caroline Austin (1,500), CharLee Linton (3,000) and Andrea Smith (100 hurdles).

The Idaho Vandals had a pair of winners.

Alyssa Covington won the women’s long jump with a wind-aided leap of 18-5 3/4, while Nicole Dorsey won the women’s 400 hurdles in a season-best 1:07.64.

• The WSU Cougars women’s 4x100 relay team of Cindy Robinson , Dominique Keel, Christiana Ekelem and Shawna Fermin placed third at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

The foursome clocked a season-best 45.37.

Idaho Vandals sophomore Ben Ayesu-Attah placed second in the men’s 400 with a WAC-best time of 47.1.


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