Spencer Ansett and Dan Scheibe helped Whitworth put an end to a three-game losing skid with a pair of standout pitching performances in a Northwest Conference doubleheader against Pacific Saturday in Forest Grove, Oregon.
The Pirates, who were swept by Linfield last week, won the opener 3-1 and the nightcap 8-2.
Scheibe improved to 7-2 after throwing six scoreless innings in the first game. He allowed two hits, two walks and struck out 11. Whitworth scored all three of its runs in the first inning. Jeremy Druffel had a two-run double.
Ansett went eight innings in the nightcap, giving up two runs and striking out seven. The Pirates’ Joshua Davis and Paul Miller had two RBIs apiece. The Boxers (13-18, 8-12) and Pirates (22-11, 13-7) play another doubleheader today.
• Justin Jacobs had a three-run triple and a two-run double and Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s (19-15, 6-8) 5-3 in a West Coast Conference game at Patterson Complex in Spokane.
Bulldogs starter Hunter Wells earned the win after giving up a run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. GU (17-17, 7-7) will be seeking the series sweep today.
• Community Colleges of Spokane (20-5, 9-3) swept Blue Mountain (9-19, 1-11) in a Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader in Pendleton, Oregon.
The Sasquatch used a late-game rally to claim the nightcap 5-1. CCS scored four runs in the final three innings.
Sasquatch starter Zach Haggett pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits while striking out eight. CCS won the opener 8-2.
Whitworth (26-8, 17-5) and Linfield (24-10, 13-9) split a Northwest Conference doubleheader in McMinnville, Oregon.
The defending NWC-champion Wildcats won the opener 4-0 behind Montana McNealy’s no-hitter. Her only blemish was a two-out walk to Whitworth’s Shannon Wessel in the first inning. The Pirates bounced back in the nightcap, winning 8-3. Wessel hit a three-run home run in the first inning. It was Wessel’s third homer this season.
• Miranda Powless and Tori Almos led North Idaho (24-1) to a pair of nonconference wins over Yakima Valley (0-23) in Yakima.
Powless was perfect in NIC’s 11-0 nigthcap victory, but one Yakima Valley player reached base on an error.
The Cardinals claimed the opener 12-0. Almos pitched all five innings, giving up just three hits and three walks while striking out eight.
• Community Colleges of Spokane (24-2, 16-1) swept Walla Walla in a Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader at Spokane Falls Community College.
Shalaina Duford sparked a nine-run third-inning rally with a two-run home run and the Sasquatch went on to win the opener 14-4.
In the nightcap, CCS pounded out 14 hits in a 10-1 win. Michele Strauss had two hits and drove in three runs.
CCS starter Lindsie Scholwinski improved to 16-0 after allowing a run on just two hits in five innings.
• Casey Stangel (Lake City High School) hit a home run, a double and drove in three runs and No. 18 Washington (35-10, 7-6) rallied to beat No. 16 Arizona (32-10, 7-4) 9-8 in a Pac-12 Conference game in Tucson, Arizona.
Track and field
Washington State’s Bria’una Watley and Jesse Jorgensen claimed wins at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona.
Watley won the women’s 200-meter dash in a lifetime-best time of 24.16 seconds. Jorgensen won the men’s 1,500 in 3 minutes, 49.31 seconds.
• Gonzaga’s Dillon Quintana led a first-through-third finish for the Bulldogs in the men’s 10,000-meter run at the WAR VIII meet at Spokane Falls Community College.
Quintana finished in 30:53.44 and was followed by teammates Nick Roche (31:05.95) and Max Kaderabek (31:13.69). Other GU men’s winners included Colin O’Neil (5,000; 15:14.99) and Andy Phillips (800; 1:54.84).
Whitworth’s Dakota Kliamovich won the hammer throw with a toss of 164-01.
For the women, Gonzaga’s Maggie Jones won the 1,500 (4:38.01) and Community Colleges of Spokane’s Kendra Hamm won the 200 (26.27).
• Emma Murillo set a school record in the discus in windy conditions at the Pelluer Invitational in Cheney.
Murillo reached a distance of 169 feet. The previous school record of 160-9 was set by Carolee Gutierrez in 2007.
Forward Calder Brooks, who just wrapped up his Western Hockey League career with the Spokane Chiefs, signed an amateur tryout contract with the Bridgeport (Connecticut) Sound Tigers.
Brooks recorded a career-high 58 points in 52 games (50 with Spokane) during his 20-year-old season. The Chiefs acquired Brooks from Prince Albert early in the 2014-15 season. Bridgeport is the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders.
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