Ian Sagdal had four hits, four RBIs and hit his fourth home run to power the Washington State Cougars to a 14-2 rout of San Jose State (10-29) Saturday afternoon in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.
The second baseman’s home run was a three-run blast in the Cougars’ (20-18) five-run fifth and provided more than enough offense for starting pitcher Joe Pistorese.
Pistorese (6-3) picked up his third straight win. His seven innings allowed him to surpass Richard Ramsey as the Cougars’ career leader in innings pitched with 331. Ramsey pitched 326 innings from 1993-96.
• Whitworth (24-13, 15-8) clinched a berth to the inaugural Northwest Conference tournament with a home sweep of Willamette (10-13 NWC) at Merkel Field.
Dan Schiebe (8-2) recorded his conference-leading eighth win of the season, striking out nine batters in six innings while leading the Pirates to a 5-3 victory in the opener.
In the second game, Nick Motsinger, who hit his second home run of the season in the opener, earned a walk with the bases-loaded in the ninth, capping a three-run inning that led to a come-from-behind 8-7 victory.
Whitworth’s Jeremey Druffel and Joshua Davis finished with three hits each. Druffel added two runs and two RBIs.
• Gonzaga had its West Coast Conference win streak snapped at six games with a 10-6 loss to Portland at Joe Etzel Field in Portland.
The Pilots jumped on the board early, scoring five runs in the first inning, and the Bulldogs (19-18, 9-8) didn’t recover.
Mitchell Gunsolus had a double, two walks, two runs and a RBI to lead Gonzaga.
• Lucas Denney hit his fourth home run of the season and Community Colleges of Spokane (21-8, 10-6) split a Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader with Columbia Basin College at Pasco.
Denney homered in the Sasquatch’s 12-2 second-game win.
Denney, Michael Heaton, Evan Douglas and Darian Barlow each had two RBIs in the victory.
CBC took the opener 14-0.
• Alex Schmidt had three hits and Josh Cushing added two RBIs, but Arizona State (24-11, 12-5) held off the Washington Huskies (21-15, 7-10) 4-3 in a Pac-12 game at Seattle.
Whitworth closed in on its first Northwest Conference title with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Lewis & Clark College at Diana Marks Field.
Makayla Lefever pitched a pair of complete-game victories, allowing four hits and striking out two as the Pirates (29-9, 20-6) won the opener 7-0. Megan John added a pair of doubles for Whitworth.
Lefever (16-2) allowed one run in the 5-1 second-game win. Peyton McMahon tripled home two runs to lead the Pirates’ offense.
• Community Colleges of Spokane won twice at the Northwest Athletic Conference’s Crossover tournament at Yakima.
Shawnee Zink, Jesse Schafer and Lexi Miller hit consecutive homers in the seventh inning to lead CCS to a 10-2 win over Chemeketa CC.
Lindsie Scholwinski picked up her 18th win, striking out 15, in CCS’s 7-0 defeat of Douglas in the nightcap.
Track and field
Andy Phillips ran the second-fastest 800-meter time in Gonzaga’s history, finishing second in the Oregon Relays at Eugene.
Phillips, who also owns the school record, finished with a time of 1 minute, 51.75 seconds.
Jessica Mildes cruised to a women’s 5,000-meter school record while finishing third at 16:16.88. The sophomore owns the top 5,000 and 10,000 times in program history.
• Washington State sophomore CJ Allen, the reigning Pac-12 Conference 400 hurdles champion, ran a lifetime-best 50.83 to win the second heat of the men’s invitational section at the 57th Annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California.
The time was the ninth fastest in school history.
• EWU freshman Jeremy VanAssche tied a 15-year-old school record in the 100 (10.43), placing second in the Mt. SAC Relays.
VanAssche tied Johnnie Williams’ 1999 record.
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