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Cougs’ streak ends at eight

Mon., March 4, 2013

Cal State Northridge used a five-run third inning to beat Washington State 5-3 on Sunday in nonconference baseball in Pullman, snapping the Cougars’ eight-game winning streak.

Yale Rosen’s two-run home run in the first inning staked WSU (8-3) to a 2-0 lead, but the Matadors scored five runs in the third against Cougars starter Kyle Swannack (1-1). Nick Tanielu’s RBI single in the third got WSU to within 5-3.

• Gonzaga and Arizona State played to a 6-all tie through eight innings in nonconference play in Surprise, Ariz. The game was called due to the Bulldogs’ travel plans.

Gonzaga (6-4-1) battled back after falling behind 5-0 after three innings. Nicholas Minteer had a pinch-hit, two-run single for the Bulldogs, and Steven Halcomb was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

• Texas-Tyler broke the game open with a six-run second inning en route to a 12-2 pounding of Whitworth in nonconference play in Tyler, Texas.

Justin Liu’s RBI single and Blake Thoren’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning was all the offense the Pirates (5-5-1) could muster.

Whitworth starter Nick Scourey (0-3) allowed seven runs, four earned, on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings.

• Linn-Benton swept an NWAACC doubleheader with Community Colleges of Spokane, winning 4-1 and 7-6 in 11 innings. The Roadrunners won despite committing eight errors on the day.


Whitworth split a Northwest Conference doubleheader with Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma to avoid a sweep in the weekend series.

The Lutes won the first game 7-5. Taylor Gilbert (1-5) took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits over 2 2/3 innings of relief. Heather Hesselgesser hit her first home run of the season for the Pirates (6-9, 3-5 NWC).

In the second game, Whitworth used home runs from Julia Johnson, Hesselgesser and Bailey Kasler. Riley Fritz (5-1) allowed six runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings, and Gilbert earned her first save of the season.

• Community Colleges of Spokane split its two games Sunday at the NWAACC preseason tournament in Richland, beating Olympic 3-1 and losing to Everett 9-6. The Sasquatch finished 2-2 in the weekend event. Shayd Urhausen had three hits and two RBIs in the loss to Everett, and Lindsey Walchi (2-0) struk out five in the win over Olympic.


The Whitworth men opened their season with a second-place tie at the Lutes Invitational in DuPont, Wash.

The Pirates entered the final day tied for first place with host Pacific Lutheran, but the Lutes won by 17 strokes, finishing at 24-over 600 in the two-round event.

Whitworth’s A and B squads tied for second place, both finishing at 41-over 617.

The Pirates’ Austin Billeter finished second individually, with his 3-over 147 just one stroke behind medalist Dustin Hegge of PLU. Whitworth’s Oliver Rudnicki and Jesse Salzwedel finished tied for fourth at 8-over 152, with Christian Boudreau a stroke behind in sixth place.

• The Eastern Washington women finished eighth in the 21-team field at the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz.

The Eagles finished at 46-over 622 in the two-round event, 17 strokes behind winner Toledo. Marissa Borja finished fifth for Eastern at 5-over 149, with Morgan Lee tied for sixth place a stroke behind. Cal State Northridge’s Clariss Guce was the medalist at 2-over 146.

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