Area roundup: Fermin, Austin, Wells star for Cougars
Shawna Fermin took second in the 400 meters to lead the Washington State women’s track and field team at the Stanford Invitational Friday in Stanford, Calif.
Fermin finished in 53.37 seconds. Carline Austin took ninth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 10 minutes, 23.77 seconds. The time was a personal best and the third-fastest in WSU women’s history.
Dana Wells led the Cougar men with a second-place finish in the 400 hurdles (52.08). The meet continues today.
No. 15 George Fox (18-7, 11-3) came through with timely hits in both games and swept Whitworth (9-14-1, 4-7) in a Northwest Conference doubleheader at Morse Field in Newberg, Ore.
The Bruins won the first game 5-1 and eased to an 11-3 win in the nightcap.
In the opener, George Fox scored four runs in the third to gain the early advantage. It was all Bruins’ ace Clay Gartner needed. Gartner went the distance, giving up a run on six hits while improving his season record to 5-0.
The Bruins scored seven runs in the fifth and cruised to the easy win in the second game.
• A safety squeeze bunt in the second was all No. 12 Oregon (21-6, 7-1) needed in a 1-0 win over Washington (6-18, 2-6) in a Pac-12 Conference game in Eugene.
Oregon ace Cheridan Hawkins limited Washington (24-10, 2-3) to two hits and the 10th-ranked Ducks (28-4, 5-0) edged the 16th-ranked Huskies 4-2 in a Pac-12 Conference game in Seattle.
• North Idaho (11-18, 8-14) couldn’t get its offense going and the Cardinals dropped a pair of games to Salt Lake (31-4, 25-1) at Memorial Field in Coeur d’Alene.
The Cardinals lost 8-0 in the opener and 5-0 in the nightcap. North Idaho was limited to four hits in the two games combined.