Top-ranked Arizona State hit four home runs and defeated Washington State 13-3 Friday in the opener of a three-game Pac-10 Conference series.
It was the 12th straight win at home by the Sun Devils (24-7, 9-1) over the Cougars (14-14, 4-3).
WSU senior Matt Way (4-3) was touched for four runs, including a pair of home runs, in the bottom of the first inning.
WSU responded with three runs in the second, including RBI singles by Matt Argyropoulos and Cody Bartlett. But Sun Devils pitcher Mike Leake (8-1) shut out the Cougars in the final seven innings and finished with 12 strikeouts. Argyropoulos had his fourth straight two-hit game.
•Also in the Pac-10: Jake Rife hit a double and home run and Jason Erickson turned in the Huskies’ longest start of the year in the University of Washington’s 6-2 win over visiting California. Erickson worked eight innings and Rife drove in two runs for the Huskies (13-19, 3-5). California dropped to 15-16, 3-8.
•West Coast Conference: First-place San Diego evened its road series with Gonzaga by winning 9-2 on the second day of their three-game set. The Toreros (23-12, 7-1) scored three times in the fourth inning and scored twice each in the seventh and ninth. Jose Valerio, a .152 hitter, and Zach Waters each homered for San Diego.
Tyson Van Winkle was 2 for 4 for the Bulldogs (22-10, 5-3) and Ryan Wiegand’s sacrifice fly RBI moved him into sole possession of second place on the career list with 184. He is two behind all-time leader Jeff Hainline.
•Northwest Conference: Whitworth University salvaged a split of a doubleheader at Pacific Lutheran, winning 8-7 in 10 innings following a 23-3 loss. The Pirates (6-22, 4-18) trailed 7-1 entering the seventh inning when they loaded the bases on singles. With two out, Nick Combo struck out, but a wild pitch prolonged the inning and JR Jarrell singled home two more. Whitworth tied the game in the ninth with three more runs, including a bases-loaded walk. Kevin Valerio, hit by a pitch, scored the winner on Luis Tovar’s two-out double in the 10th. Takemura and Scott each had three hits.
NWAACC: Sean Topp pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out nine in the opener and Michelle Wells provided the offense as Community Colleges of Spokane (23-5, 13-3) swept a doubleheader, 5-0 and 9-8, against visiting Columbia Basin (8-17, 4-11). Wells hit a solo home run in the first game and hit a three-run homer in the sixth of the second game as the Sasquatch rallied from a 7-2 deficit.
•Scenic West: North Idaho College (28-17, 24-12) split one-run games in a road game at College of Southern Idaho (33-15, 26-10), losing 1-0 in the eight-inning opener before scoring four times, the final three runs on Briggett Plenger’s home run in the seventh for a 7-6 victory in Game 2. Karri Johnson was a hard-luck loser in Game 1. Designated hitter Brianna Harbour and Plenger were both 3 for 4 in Game 2.
•Northwest Conference: Whitworth swept a doubleheader at Lewis & Clark College, 8-4 and 6-3 in Portland. The Pirates improved to 12-14 overall and 8-8 in league.
•Pac-10: No. 3 ranked University of Washington dropped to 31-6 for the season, losing 2-0 in 11 innings to UCLA in Los Angeles on Andrea Harrison’s home run. The Huskies were held hitless through eight innings and finished with one single.
Track and field
Washington State athletes won two races and reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks during the second day of the decathlon at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational in UCLA’s Drake Stadium. Freshman Emily Farrar finished second in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 10 minutes, 47.77 seconds.
Reny Follett, a junior from Lewiston, won the men’s 400 open race in 48.01. Kyle Schauble scored 6,487 points for third place in the decathlon and freshman Sean Harris was fifth behind Rice winner Clayton Chaney’s 6,539. Angela Jensen was fourth in the heptathlon with a personal record 4,656 points. Lorraine King ran a regional-qualifying 1:00.69 finishing third in the 400 hurdles as did J Hopkins for the men in 52.45.
Gonzaga University men’s team won two of three races at the George Washington Invitational Regatta on the Potomac River in Washington D.C. The varsity 8 topped 17th-ranked Georgetown in the final 50 meters to win by .3 seconds. The freshman 8 also beat Georgetown, by 6.8 seconds.
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