Taylor Jones and the Gonzaga Bulldogs ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday in Irvine, Calif.
That buzzsaw was NCAA earned-run-average leader Andrew Morales.
Morales (3-0) ran his scoreless-innings streak to 30 in pitching the UC Irvine Anteaters to a 1-0 victory over Gonzaga in nonconference baseball action.
Morales allowed six hits in seven innings and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning by striking out GU’s Caleb Wood and Sam Brown.
Jones (1-2) allowed one run on six hits in seven innings of work. The Anteaters lone run came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Evan Cassolato led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Cooper.
Gonzaga falls to 3-9 on the season, while UC Irvine improves to 10-3 with its eighth straight win.
• The Washington State Cougars (4-8) split a nonconference doubleheader with Texas State (10-5) in Pullman.
Nick Tanielu went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Cougars to a 4-3 win in the opener.
Texas State scored twice in the ninth to pull out a 5-3 win in the nightcap.
• The Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch split a nonconference doubleheader with University of Calgary, falling 13-9 at Spokane Falls CC in the opener before posting a 13-3 win in the nightcap.
Logan Jackson had four hits on the day, including a pair of doubles for CCS. Patrick O’Brien had four hits with two doubles and Daniel Rowton homered in the nightcap.
Qiorema Matovodad belted a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and propel the Pacific Boxers (11-2, 6-1) to a 9-5 win over the Whitworth Pirates (14-6, 7-3) in Northwest Conference play in Forest Grove, Ore.
The second game of the doubleheader was postponed because of rain with the Pirates trailing 4-3. It will be resumed at a later date.
Track and field
The Whitworth Pirates men’s and women’s teams each notched team victories at the Lewis & Clark tri-meet in Portland, Ore.
The Whit women won 12 events, while the men had 11 first-place finishes.
Whitworth’s Christina Dobbins was a double-winner on the women’s side, topping the field in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.2 seconds and winning the high jump by clearing 5-feet, 3 1/4 inches. The Pirates’ Corey Burt won twice for the men – in the shot put (51-feet, 11 inches) and the discus (143-8).
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