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Cougs just miss golf nationals

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Washington State lost a three-way playoff for the eighth and final spot to nationals as the NCAA West Regional wrapped up at Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course Saturday.

The Cougars tied Texas and Oregon with a 913 for three rounds. Texas finished the playoff at 2-under-par, WSU at even-par and Oregon at 1-over.

WSU’s Ana Kostina shot a final-round, 3-over 75 to finish tied for 15th at 221. Teammate Kim Welch finished another shot back in a three-way tie for 18th.

Washington (892) qualified for nationals by placing fourth, led by Paige Mackenzie’s seventh-place 217.

Champion Hannah Jun, with a final-round 71, finished at 209 to defeat Ohio State’s Allison Hanna by two shots. Jun led the Bruins (861) to the team title, with a seven-shot advantage over California.


Washington State pounded out 18 hits while starting pitcher Aaron Trolia gave up just two hits in eight innings as the Cougars overwhelmed Sacramento State 17-3 in a non-conference game played at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.

The Cougars (24-19) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Trolia (5-4) struck out a career-high 11 while walking four. Reliever Brett Beetham gave up five hits and three runs in the ninth.

The two teams continue their three-game series today with a 2 p.m. game followed by a Monday game at 11 a.m.

Kaeo Rubin had three hits for the Cougars. Six other WSU players had two each.

• Jeff Gilmore (8-2) struck out eight in seven innings and Jed Lowrie collected three doubles as top-ranked Stanford (37-7, 11-3) evened a three-game Pac-10 series at a win apiece with a 7-2 victory over No. 16 Washington (27-15-1, 11-6) at Husky Ballpark in Seattle.

• Jordan Abruzzo finished 4 for 6 with three RBIs as San Diego (30-20, 16-10 West Coast Conference) crushed visiting Gonzaga 16-0 in the middle game of a three-game series at Cunningham Stadium.

The Zags (20-25, 12-11) have been outscored 30-2 in dropping three consecutive games. The series wraps up today.

Gonzaga’s David Johnson went 2 for 3.

Zags starter Ed Clelland (4-6) was touched up for 13 hits and seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

San Diego trails Loyola Marymount by two games in the Coast Division. GU dropped to 4 1/2 games out of the lead.

• Lewis-Clark State College (48-7) pounded out 33 hits against seven pitchers to sweep Whitworth 12-5, 20-1 in non-conference play at Harris Field in Lewiston.

Catcher Tyler Best homered in both games for the Warriors. LCSC collected 14 doubles on the day.

The Pirates’ Josh Taylor finished 5 for 9 for the day, including his eighth homer in the opener. Whitworth completed its season 13-26, losing 13 of its final 15.

• Bryan Winston finished the day 6 for 10 with four runs to lead Community Colleges of Spokane to a 4-2, 13-3 sweep of Wenatchee Valley at Spokane Falls CC.

Cory Rickard and Adam Patchett of the Sasquatch were a combined 6 for 11 with three doubles in the second game. Rickard had four RBIs.

The Sasquatch (21-5, 17-7) retained second place in the East Division of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, with two doubleheaders left in the regular season. The seventh-place Knights dropped to 9-25, 7-17.


Kate Sinnott pitched a three-hitter and had five RBIs in the opener, and Stefani Hertz followed with a four-hitter to guide East Division champion CC Spokane (27-11, 23-3 NWAACC) to a 15-2, 9-0 sweep of Treasure Valley CC (15-20, 12-14) at Ontario, Ore.

Vanessa Shelton also had five RBIs in the first game, when she and Sinnott clubbed three-run homers.

In the second game Mindy Morgan doubled and homered, and Aubrie May went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

The Sasquatch’s final regular-season doubleheader, against Big Bend CC, has been switched from Tuesday to Thursday at Spokane Falls CC.

• Kelly Anderson (22-8) pitched a two-hitter and struck out six as fourth-ranked California (42-11, 9-8 Pac-10) notched a 3-1 win over No. 6 Washington (35-14, 9-7) at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley, Calif.

Cal’s Kaleo Eldredge hit a solo homer in the fifth for a 2-0 lead.

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