Travis Forbes ripped a three-run triple and the Gonzaga Bulldogs scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally for a 7-3 baseball victory over the Pacific Tigers on Saturday at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz.
Steven Halcomb started the Bulldogs’ rally when he led off with a single. Clayton Eslick followed with a walk and a Brock Slavin groundout pushed the runners to second and third. Cory LeBrun singled home Halcomb for Gonzaga’s first run of the game. Marco Gonzales walked to load the bases. Billy Moon was hit by a pitch to plate a run and pull the Bulldogs within 3-2. Forbes followed and drilled an 0-2 pitch to right-center field to clear the bases. Cabe Reiten added a run-scoring single and Caleb Wood delivered an RBI groundout for Gonzaga’s final run.
Arturo Reyes fanned two in 1 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win.
The Bulldogs close out the tournament with a game against host No. 25 Arizona State at 3 p.m. today.
• The Whitworth Pirates (5-4-1) split a pair of games in Tyler, Texas.
Gerhard Muelheims had three hits and Josh Davis drove in three runs to power the Pirates to a 6-2 win over Austin in the opener.
In the nightcap, Cayden Cunniff ripped a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Texas-Tyler to a 5-4 win.
Tyler Pfeffer’s RBI double helped Whitworth tie it at 4-4 in the top of the ninth.
The visiting Pacific Lutheran Lutes (4-2, 4-2) romped to a double-header sweep over the Whitworth Pirates (5-7, 2-4) in Northwest Conference play.
Leah Butters allowed just one run and one hit in leading the Lutes to 12-1 rout in six innings in the opener.
In the second game, Karen Hatlen surrendered just three hits to lead PLU to an 8-0 win.
• The Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch split a pair of games.
The Sasquatch piled up 13 hits and used a seven-run fourth inning to roll to an 11-0 five-inning win over Pierce in the first game.
In the second game, CCS saw Mt. Hood score five times in the seventh en route to a 9-2 defeat.
Track and field
The Whitworth Pirates piled up first-place finishes at the Willamette Open in Salem.
Peter Delap, Frank Lima, Stephen Cooper and Nathan Stenson led the way for the Pirates with all four finishing tied for first place in the men’s high jump, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches.
Chibron Tomeo won the men’s pole vault – clearing 14-11. Jonathan Hoff won the long jump at 21-6 3/4. Shannon Winant won the triple jump at 44-3 1/4. Carter Comito topped the field in the shot put (57- 3/4) and discus (184-10 3/4), while Keegan Shea won the hammer at 179-7 3/4. Chase Wright took first in the javelin with a toss of 208-2 1/4.
On the women’s side, Emily Moore won the 400-meter hurdles in 1 minute, 6.76 seconds. Kierstie won the pole vault at 10-11 3/4. Rebekah Daniels was first in the hammer at 150- 1/4.
The Washington State Cougars finished ninth at the Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
Stanford won the team title with 1,439.5 points, followed by USC at 1,418.5. WSU had 189.