The Whitworth men’s and women’s track and field teams swept the team titles at the Northwest Conference championships Saturday at Lewis & Clark in Portland.
The Whitworth men, fourth after the first day, finished with 187 points with George Fox second at 181.5. It’s the seventh consecutive title for the men.
The women led both days, finishing with 216.5 points and a comfortable margin over George Fox with 173 to take their second straight crown.
Saturday, the men got victories from their 1,600 relay team (Jalen Robinson-McClure, Alex Hardlund, John-Robert Woolley and Nicholas Gosselin) in 3:17.36, and in the pole vault from Everett Leven (16-0) and shot put from Corey Burt (57-6).
The women added five more victories to the three they had Friday with Kayla Leland in the 800 (2:14.59), Katie McKay in the 1,500 (4:35.37), Kayla Brase in the triple jump (38-3 1/4), Chole Quinnett in the shot (40-3 1/4) and Courtney Fairhart in the discus (132-2 1/2).
WSU-Washington dual: The Huskies men won 95-68 and the UW women 100-63 for only their second sweep in Pullman.
Liz Harper led the WSU women with a trio of wins in the long jump (19-8 1/4), the 100 hurdles (13.80) and 400 hurdles (59.80).
WSU’s Ja’Maun Charles won the 100 (10.44) and Terrance Chambers the 200 (21.19) and both were on the winning 400 relay team (40.17). CJ Allen won the men’s 400 hurdles (50.74) and was part of the winning 1,600 relay (3:12.13).
Spokane Memorial meet: Austin Upmeyer won the men’s 100 (11.06) and 200 meters (21.67) and Kaytlyn Coleman took the women’s hammer (199-7) and shot put (45-3) for Eastern Washington at the Spokane Memorial held at Spokane Falls.
EWU also swept the 400 relays while CC Spokane took both 1600 relays.
Gonzaga’s Troy Fraley, running unattached, set a venue record in winning the men’s 1,500 in 3:47.18.
Gonzaga 3, Santa Clara 0: Eli Morgan pitched eight scoreless innings and Nick Brooks slugged a two-run home run as the Bulldogs (24-12, 12-5 WCC) beat the Broncos (16-20, 4-10) in Spokane.
Gonzaga, which has won the first two games of the series, is a game ahead of second-place BYU and Saint Mary’s, which are playing nonconference series this weekend.
Morgan (7-1) gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out seven. Daniel Bies got two outs in the ninth but gave up a single and a walk. Wyatt Mills came in to strike out the only batter he faced for his fourth save.
USC 6, Washington State 2: The Trojans hit three home runs, including two in a three-run ninth inning, and USC (18-19, 7-7 Pac-12) defeated the Cougars (12-23, 5-12) for the second straight day.
Kyle Davis (3-6) gave up three hits, six walks and one run while striking out nine over eight innings for USC.
Colby Nealy (0-2), the third of seven WSU pitchers, got the loss, giving up two sixth-inning runs.
WSU’s Trek Stemp singled in a run in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
NWC tournament: Whitworth reached the championship round but the Pirates will have to beat Pacific Lutheran twice on Sunday in Spokane to claim the tournament crown and the automatic NCAA berth.
The Pirates (27-9) lost to PLU 7-3 before bouncing back to defeat Pacific 6-5.
Whitworth and PLU play at noon Sunday with a second game to follow if the Pirates win the first.
Ryan Kingma (7-3) lasted only 3 2/3 innings in the loss to the Lutes (24-16), giving up 11 hits and five runs. Jeremy Druffel and JT Phelan had three hits each for Whitworth.
In the win over the Boxers (24-16), the Pirates built a 6-0 lead over four innings and then held on. Daniel Casanova had two hits and two RBIs for Whitworth. Phelan, Jordan McGowan, Tyler Bailey and Garrett Hughes also had two hits. Starter T.J. Orchard (7-1) went seven innings, giving up four runs and striking out 10. Kelly Fitzpatrick pitched 1 2/3 innings for his third save.
CC Spokane 3-0, Columbia Basin 2-10: Garrett Schmerer doubled and, with one out, scored from third when the Hawks (23-9, 10-6 NWAC), couldn’t complete a double play in the ninth inning to give the Sasquatch (18-12, 7-9) a win in the first game of a doubleheader split.
Tyler Huck’s two-run single tied the game for CCS in the sixth inning. Kade Woods pitched a two-hitter, walking three and striking out five. CCS only had three hits.
In the seven-inning second game, Columbia Basin’s Michael Wyatt slugged two home runs and the Sasquatch were shut out on three hits.
Northwest Conference tournament: Linfield rallied to beat Whitworth (29-13) in a suspended game 7-6 and the Pirates were then eliminated by George Fox 3-0 in Spokane. Linfield (29-13) then dealt George Fox (30-13) at 12-2 loss to win the tournament title and the conference’s automatic NCAA bid.
The Pirates, regular-season champions, led Linfield 6-1 before the Wildcats rallied to get within 6-5 when the game was suspended Friday in the bottom of the fifth because of lightning. Linfield came back on Saturday to score two runs in the seventh on a failed fielder’s choice and sacrifice fly.
Madison Sorensen (15-4) tossed a four-hit shutout for George Fox in its win over Whitworth.
Alyssa Hall and Shannon Wessel had three hits over the two games for the Pirates.
Oregon State 3, Washington 2: The Beavers (27-15, 6-11 Pac-12) had only four hits, but two were home runs, as they beat the 10th-ranked Huskies (29-10, 10-7) in Corvallis, Oregon. Casey Stangel (6-3) started and went three innings in taking the loss.
CC Spokane 5-8, Treasure Valley 4-0: Michele Strauss struck out nine in the first game and threw a one-hitter in the second game and hit a home run off the top of the scoreboard in right-center field as the Sasquatch (21-13, 12-8 NWAC) swept the Chukars (14-22, 11-9) in Spokane.
In the opener, Erika Hall drove in the winning run in the ninth and Madi Naccarato was 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
North Idaho 12-8, Blue Mountain 4-3: The Cardinals (23-9, 16-4 NWAC) swept a doubleheader from the Timberwolves (5-33, 2-20) in Coeur d’Alene.
The opener lasted just five innings. Brittany Gay homered and Katie Barron, who pitched a complete game, and Emily Aspden got three hits each.
In the second game, the Cardinals scored five runs in the sixth inning to snap a tie. Aspen had four hits while Lexi Courtney homered. Both had two RBIs. Amber Hawkes picked up the complete-game win.
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