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Cougs notch first win

Mon., Feb. 18, 2013

Nick Tanielu ripped a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to snap a 1-1 tie and the Washington State Cougars (1-2) earned their first victory of the season by rallying for a 4-1 win over Western Carolina (2-1) on Sunday in Cullowhee, N.C.

The Cougars bullpen delivered against the Catamounts.

Kyle Swannack, who pitched a perfect sixth inning to notch his first career victory, and four other relievers combined to retire 14 of the 15 batters they faced.

WSU starter Scott Simon allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings of work in his first start.

The Cougars host Eastern Michigan in their home opener on Friday at 2 p.m.

• Derek Callahan fanned six batters in seven innings of work and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-2) cruised to a 6-4 victory over Utah Valley (1-3) at the Palm Springs Tournament in Palm Springs, Calif.

Mitchell Gunsolus had a triple and a double among his three hits on the day for Gonzaga.

The Zags play UNLV on Friday in Stockton, Calif.

• The Whitworth Pirates split a pair of games at a tournament in Pasco.

Jeremy Druffel drove in a pair of runs to snap a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning and Josh Davis had three hits to lead the Pirates to a 5-3 win over Puget Sound (4-3) in the first game.

Taylor Isadore (1-1) got the final five outs to pick up his first win for Whitworth.

Corban (6-0) scored three runs in the top of the first inning and breezed to a 5-2 win over the Pirates (4-3-1) in the second game.

Nick Scourey (0-2) took the loss for the Pirates. He went seven innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks.

Junior hockey

The visiting Spokane Braves and the Grand Forks Border Bruins played to a 1-1 tie in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play. No details were available.



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