Matt Fanelli opened the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to jump-start an eight-run inning and the Washington State Cougars (21-14, 5-6) breezed to a 12-4 victory over the 22nd-ranked Oregon State Beavers (20-13, 3-8) in Pacific-10 Conference baseball action Saturday in Pullman.
After Fanelli’s homer in the fourth, Jay Ponciano was hit by a pitch with one out. Kyle Johnson followed with a single. Garry Kuykendall fanned for the second out, but the inning was far from over for Beavers starter Tanner Robles (4-4). Shea Vucinich, Brett Jacobs, Michael Weber, Matt Argyropoulos and Fanelli delivered five straight run-scoring singles and Cody Bartlett capped the rally with a two-run triple.
WSU starter David Stilley (2-1) picked up the win. He went five innings and allowed three runs.
Bartlett put the finishing touch on the Cougars’ victory with a solo home run in the seventh.
•Chase Anselment hit a tie-breaking two-run home run in the seventh inning to propel the Washington Huskies (20-17, 5-6) to a 9-4 win over the top-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (32-5, 10-4) in Pac-10 play in Tempe, Ariz.
Ferris grad Andrew Kittredge started for UW, but left with one out in the sixth trailing 4-3. He allowed seven hits and four walks. He struck out five.
•The San Diego Toreros (22-15, 8-0) scored 13 runs on 13 hits – in the third inning – and walloped the Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-26-1, 2-5-1) 18-5 in West Coast Conference play in San Diego.
•The Whitworth Pirates (9-27, 6-16) tallied 31 hits and scored 16 runs, but still lost both games of a Northwest Conference doubleheader to the Willamette Bearcats (14-19, 10-10) in Salem, Ore.
Max Stepan’s two-out run-scoring double in the eighth sent the Bearcats to a 9-8 win in the opener.
The Bearcats pounded out 24 hits en route to an 18-8 win in the nightcap.
•The Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (18-14, 6-10) dropped both halves of a NWAACC doubleheader against the visiting Treasure Valley Chukars (22-7, 11-5) at Spokane Falls CC.
Lucas Miller had three hits and the Chukars scored 14 runs in the first five innings and then held on for a 15-13 win in the opener. Miller added three hits in TVCC’s 6-4 victory in the second game.
The 13th-ranked California Golden Bears (34-12, 5-6) ruined freshman Baily Harris’ first Pac-10 start – scoring eight runs in the second inning – and defeated the top-ranked Washington Huskies (36-5, 8-3) 9-1 in a five-inning mercy-rule contest in Berkeley, Calif.
•North Idaho (32-24, 25-19) rode the arm of Kathy Comack to 15-1, 6-0 wins over visiting Colorado Northwestern (4-34, 4-34) in SWAC play.
Comack threw a pair of complete games. She allowed just one run and five hits in 12 innings, while striking out 12 and walking three.
•Columbia Basin swept a pair of NWAACC games against the CC Spokane Sasquatch in Pasco.
Breanna Lookabill’s three-run homer helped the Hawks (17-11, 8-6) win the opener 11-3. CBC jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and held off CCS (14-20, 9-9) 5-3 in the nightcap.
•The visiting Whitworth Pirates (18-16, 12-14) were on the short end of a Northwest Conference doubleheader against the Willamette Bearcats, (25-11, 17-7) losing 11-10 and 4-1. Sami Parr and Lacey Kerr led Whitworth with four hits apiece on the day.
The Whitworth Pirates men’s and women’s teams both grabbed leads after the first day of the Northwest Conference Championships at Heron Lake GC in Portland.
The Pirates women benefited from Emily Guthrie’s low round of the day – an 8-over-par 80 – to take a four-stroke lead over fourth-ranked George Fox. Whitworth’s Rachel Dubes was third with an 82.
The Pirates men used Ryan Young’s tourney-leading 2-over 74 to grab a one-stroke lead over Linfield 309-310. Whitworth’s Cameron Whittle carded a 5-over 77 and is in a tie for second place with a trio of Linfield players.
•The Idaho Vandals men finished sixth in the BYU Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah.
Colorado State edged host BYU by two strokes with a 14-under-par 850 total. Idaho finished with a 1-under 863. Brad Tensen finished with a 1-under 215 to tie for 13th place and lead the Vandals. Nevada’s Jared Becher (206) was medalist.
Washington State won three of four varsity races to defeat Gonzaga and Western Washington at Silver Lake.
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