Jeff Hendrix hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday and the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team held on to beat Gonzaga 4-3 in the season-opening Husker Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
In the fifth, GU’s Joey Harris hit an RBI single to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. Payden Cawley Lamb made it 3-1 with an RBI single in the sixth.
The Beavers closed the gap with a sacrifice fly in the seventh before Hendrix put them ahead for good in the eighth.
Bulldogs starter Brandon Bailey pitched five innings, giving up a run on four hits while walking three and striking out four.
Gonzaga plays Nebraska and Pacific today.
• Top-ranked Cal State Fullerton scored six runs in the first two innings and eased past Washington State 12-0 in a nonconference season opener for both in Fullerton, Calif.
Titans starter Thomas Eshelman pitched seven shutout innings and tied a career high with eight strikeouts.
The Cougars and Titans will play the second game of the three-game series at 2 p.m. today.
The Whitworth men and women are both in first place after the opening day of the Northwest Conference championships at the King County Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
The men’s team, seeking its 12th straight conference title, leads Puget Sound by 40 points. The women’s team leads Whitman by 17 points.
In the men’s 200-yard individual medley, Whitworth’s Wes Walton set an NWC record of 1 minute, 51.30 seconds in the morning preliminaries. He later won the event with a time of 1:52.06.
Track and field
Freshman Dino Dodig led Washington State at the Husky Classic in Seattle with a fourth-place finish in the men’s pole vault. He cleared 15 feet, 1 3/4 inches – a personal best.
WSU’s Andrew Kimpel was sixth in the men’s 5,000-meter race in 14 minutes, 4.93 seconds. Kimpel’s teammate, Andrew Gonzales, was 11th in 14:07.21. Gonzaga’s Colin O’Neil finished in 14:28.21 – the fastest time in GU history.
A few competitors also represented WSU at the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Charlotte Muschamp led the way with a fourth-place finish in the high jump. She tied her lifetime best by clearing 5-10.
Drew Buchkoski was hired as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Spokane Shock.
Buchkoski earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in 1999 before earning his master’s in sport and athletic administration from Gonzaga in 2001.
Former Shock player Raul Vijil was named assistant strength and conditioning coach.