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Gonzaga wins to qualify for WCC baseball tournament

Mon., May 19, 2014

Gonzaga defeated 23rd-ranked Pepperdine 13-10 in Spokane on the final day of the regular season to qualify for the West Coast Conference baseball tourney.

Sunday’s victory gave the Bulldogs (25-27, 17-10) the No. 3 seed. Pepperdine (36-16, 18-9) is the top seed.

The tournament will take place at Banner Island Park in Stockton, California. Gonzaga races No. 2 seed Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine plays No. 4 Santa Clara on Thursday.

The Bulldogs used 11 hits and eight walks to come up with Sunday’s victory. They came back from a 5-0 deficit to take the lead, fell behind ahead, and took the lead for good in the seventh before ensuring the victory with a three-run eighth.

Cabe Reiten drove in four runs for GU, including two in the eighth with a double for a 12-9 lead. Reiten had two doubles. Cory LeBrun and Sam Brown both added two hits each.

• Nick Tanielu went 4 for 4 as Washington State routed host Stanford 10-1.

With the win, the Cougars (23-27, 13-14 Pac-12) salvaged the final game of the weekend series with the Cardinal (26-23, 13-14).

Tanielu doubled and drove in a run to lead a 12-hit attack in support of Tanner Chleborad (4-6).

Trace Tam Sing had three RBIs for WSU.

• Ben Wetzler threw a two-hit shutout, striking out nine, as second-ranked Oregon State (41-9, 22-5) blanked No. 5 Washington 3-0 in Corvallis, Oregon, to take a two-game lead in the Pac-12 race.

The Huskies (38-13, 20-7) dropped their first series of the season. Both teams have three conference games remaining.


Washington State’s varsity 4 crew led the way for the Cougars with a fourth-place finish as the women’s team took sixth in the seven-team Pac-12 Championships on Lake Natoma in California.

Stanford won its first conference title with Washington second. Cal was third, the first time it hadn’t won since 2007.

UW won its fifth consecutive men’s title.

Track and field

Whitworth learned Sunday it would be sending 12 athletes to the NCAA Division III championships to be held Thursday through Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio.

Nine Whitworth men will compete: William Wren (800 meters), Jonathan Hoff and Casey Monahan (110 hurdles), Joe Green (pole vault), Keegan Shea (hammer), Chase Wright and Tyler Coopman (javelin), and Peter Delap and Stephen Cooper (decathlon).

Kerry Wright (javelin), Dakota Kliamovich (hammer) and Courtney Fairhart (discus) will compete for the Pirates women’s team.

Men’s soccer

Nick Hamer tapped in a goal in the 84th minute to lift the Spokane Shadow into a 1-1 draw with South Sound in an Evergreen Premier League match at Tacoma. The goal came after the South Sound goalie bobbled the ball in the box.

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