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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.

Baseball

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.

Softball

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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