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Area roundup: Vikings advance to D-II semifinals

Fri., March 29, 2013

John Allen scored 22 points and Austin Bragg added 17 points and 14 rebounds as Western Washington advanced to the Division II men’s basketball semifinals with a 96-82 win over Florida Southern on Thursday in Louisville, Ky.

Richard Woodworth had 17 points for the Vikings (31-2), who will now face Drury on Saturday.

Cameron Severson came off the bench to contribute 14 points and Paul Jones scored 10 for WWU.

The defending national champion Vikings, who tied the school record for victories set last season, aim to become the first team to repeat as NCAA Division II champions since Cal State Bakersfield (1994).

Metro State and West Liberty will face off in the other semifinal.

Baseball

Loyola Marymount 7, Gonzaga 4: Bulldogs ace Marco Gonzales and the Zags ran out of gas in the late innings, dropping a West Coast Conference contest to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.

The Bulldogs (15-9-1, 4-3) flipped a 2-0 deficit in the second inning to a 4-2 lead by the sixth before the Lions (12-13, 4-3) tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and added three in the seventh for the final margin.

LMU tagged Gonzales for all seven runs – five earned – on nine hits.

Caleb Wood led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a run scored, a stolen base and an RBI.

Stanford 3, Washington State 0: Cardinal ace Mark Appel threw a four-hit shutout, striking out 10 Cougars (15-9, 2-2) in a Pac-12 Conference game in Pullman.

Joe Pistorese went the distance for WSU, striking out four while allowing nine hits and two earned runs against Stanford (12-8, 2-2).

The Cougars were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

Oregon 5, Washington 3: Ryan Healy hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to power the Ducks (20-6, 6-1) past the Huskies (6-17, 2-5) in a Pac-12 Conference game in Seattle. Healey tied the game in the eighth inning with a two-out RBI single.

Softball

Whitworth dropped a pair of games at the NTC Spring Games, losing to Wisconsin-Whitewater 6-3 and to Luther College 3-1 in Claremont, Fla.

Jamie Brunner’s fourth home run of the season put the Pirates (18-14) ahead in the first inning against the Warhawks, who quickly tied the game in the bottom of the frame.

Oregon 12, Washington 1: Kaylin Howard doubled in the tiebreaking run to begin the scoring in a four-run fifth inning and the Ducks (27-4, 4-0) piled on seven more runs in the seventh to clobber the Huskies (24-9, 2-2) in a Pac-12 Conference tilt in Seattle.

Track and field

Washington State’s Spencer Wordell collected a lifetime-best tally of 7,093 points to finish ninth in the decathlon at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.



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