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Bulldogs power past Dons

Sun., March 17, 2013

Clayton Eslick and Steven Halcomb each hit two-run home runs to help power the Gonzaga baseball team past San Francisco 9-5 at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field on Saturday in Spokane.

Eslick’s homer came in the first inning off San Francisco (7-11, 0-2) starter Alex Balog. Halcomb hit his home run in the sixth to put Gonzaga (11-5-1, 2-0) ahead 9-2.

GU’s Brock Slavin had a two-run single and Eslick added a sacrifice fly to finish with three RBIs.

Tyler Olson (3-1) picked up the win for the Bulldogs, giving up five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.

• Ryan Kellogg stymied Washington State on three hits and one run through seven innings and No. 13 Arizona State beat the Cougars 4-1 in a Pac-12 game at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

Two of ASU’s three runs in the third were unearned.

• After winning its first three Northwest Conference games, Whitworth dropped a doubleheader with Pacific Lutheran in Parkland, Wash.

The Pirates (8-8-1, 3-2) lost the opener 4-3 and fell 5-4 in the nightcap after the Lutes (13-5, 6-2) scored twice in the bottom of the ninth.

In the first game, Josh Davis and Jeremy Druffel each drove in runs in the sixth to put the Pirates ahead 2-1, but Pacific Lutheran scored three runs in the seventh and held on for the win.

In the nightcap, Tyler Pfeffer had three hits and drove in a run to lead Whitworth.

• Chad Michaud’s sixth-inning grand slam powered Tacoma past Community Colleges of Spokane 14-3 in an NWAACC game in Pullman.

Colton Loomis took the loss for CCS after giving up six runs in four innings.

• Nick Vander Tuig pitched a complete game shutout to lift No. 11 UCLA (14-3, 2-0) to a 5-0 win over Washington (4-13, 0-2) in a Pac-12 Conference game in Los Angeles.

Vander Tuig (3-2) allowed seven hits and no walks while striking out eight.

Andrew Ely had three hits to lead the Huskies. UW starter Austin Voth (2-3) took the loss after giving up five runs – three earned – in 6 1/3 innings.

Track and field

The Washington State men’s and women’s teams combined to win 17 events at the Dusty Lane Open at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane.

The event was the first outdoor meet of the season.

The women were led by Indigo Williams, who won the 100-meter dash in 12.36 seconds, nearly a second better than second-place finisher Rachel Palmquist of Whitworth.

Christiana Ekelem led a first-through-third finish for the Cougars in the 200. She won in 24.57 seconds.

The Washington State women took first place in the team standings.

Whitworth, with six first-place finishes, was the men’s champion.

Pirates senior Frank Lima was the high jump champion and Tyler Guinn won the long jump. Carter Comito took first place in the shot put and John McCormack won the javelin.

Whitworth also claimed wins in the 400- and 1,600-meter relays.

The Pirate women were led by Kerry Wright, who finished second in the javelin, but set a school record in the event (45.42 meters). The Eastern Washington women took third place. The Eagles were led by Anandae Clark, who won the pole vault, and Martha Sanford, who claimed the win in the 400-meter hurdles.

Washington State will compete in the USC Trojan Invitational Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles. Whitworth will host the Buc Scoring Invite Thursday and Friday in Spokane.


Whitworth’s doubleheader against Puget Sound in Tacoma was postponed during the fourth inning of the opening game because of rain. The teams will resume play today and then play twice more.

Men’s golf

Washington State shot 16 over and finished in 10th place at 33 over at the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas.

Hank Frame led the Cougars in the final round with a 1-over 71.

Blake Snyder was the top placer overall for WSU, finishing in a tie for 30th.

Prep basketball

The 10th annual Idaho All-Star boys and girls basketball games at North Idaho College were lopsided affairs.

A pair of schoolmates from the southeastern-most region of the state made sure the South were winners in both games at North Idaho College.

Clark Wilkinson of Highland scored 21 points to lead the South to a runaway 102-68 win in the boys game while Dakota Gonzalez, also of Highland, scored 13 points to ignite the South to a 91-61 rout in the girls game.


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