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Area roundup: Mt. Spokane grad Drew Rasmussen perfect against WSU

Oregon State freshman Drew Rasmussen, a 2014 graduate of Mt. Spokane High School, fired the fourth perfect game in Pac-12 Conference history Saturday in No. 25 Oregon State’s 3-0 win over Washington State at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.

Rasmussen struck out 10 and threw 103 pitches. He recorded six of his outs by fly ball and 11 by ground balls. He didn’t allow a ball out of the infield until WSU’s Jack Strunc flied out to left field to end the sixth inning.

With the win, Rasmussen improved to 3-0 on the season with a 1.36 earned-run average. He has 40 strikeouts and five walks in 39 2/3 innings.

Washington State (12-10, 1-4) starter Joe Pistorese kept the Beavers’ bats quiet. He allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out six in his second straight complete game.

Rasmussen’s gem was the first perfect game in Oregon State history. The last perfect game in conference history was thrown by Washington State’s Joe McIntosh in 1973.

Rasmussen was a standout on the mound during his career at Mt. Spokane and was selected in the 39th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Arizona, but elected to attend Oregon State. During his senior year at Mt. Spokane, Rasmussen went 11-1 with a 0.57 ERA, garnering first-team all-state and first-team all-league honors.

The game was the second of a three-game set. The Beavers (17-5, 3-2) will look for the series sweep today. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

• Brennon Lund had three hits, scored three runs and drove in a pair to guide BYU to a 13-4 West Coast Conference rout of Gonzaga at Patterson Complex.

The win gave the Cougars (11-12, 4-2) a 2-1 series win. The Bulldogs (11-12, 2-4) will host Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday.

• California’s Lucas Erceg hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to lift the Golden Bears (17-5, 4-1) to a 3-2 Pac-12 Conference win over Washington (13-9, 1-4) in Seattle.

Huskies starter Tyler Davis took the hard-luck loss. He threw his second career complete game, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out six.

• Whitworth earned a Northwest Conference sweep of Puget Sound (10-10, 8-4) in Spokane.

The Pirates rallied in the opener, scoring four runs in the sixth in a 4-2 win. The nightcap wasn’t close, as Whitworth pounded out 19 hits in a 15-2 rout.

Brett Moser, Thomas Wakem and Joshua Davis drove in three runs apiece for the Pirates (13-8, 7-4) in the second game.

• Adam Paulson and Anthony Contonio combined on a four-hit shutout in the opener of Community Colleges of Spokane’s doubleheader sweep of Clackamas (5-6) at Spokane Falls Community College.

Paulson started and went five innings, giving up three hits and no walks. The Sasquatch (9-2) won the first game 15-0 and the nightcap 8-4.


Whitworth’s Wes Walton took 13th place in the backstroke at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.

Walton finished in 1 minute, 48.57 seconds.


Delaney Spaulding drove in four runs and No. 11 UCLA (28-5, 4-0) scored seven runs in the sixth in a 10-3 Pac-12 Conference win over No. 18 Washington (28-6, 1-2) in Seattle. Casey Stangel (Lake City) drove in two runs for UW.

• Community Colleges of Spokane (11-1, 3-0) swept Walla Walla (6-10, 0-4) in a Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader in Walla Walla.

CCS’ Lindsie Scholwinski pitched a two-hit, five-inning shutout in the opener. The Sasquatch won the first game 9-0 and claimed the nightcap 11-2.

Track and field

Celena Ward and Bradley Stevens led a limited number of Washington State track and field competitors at the USC Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles.

Ward took second place in the women’s javelin, reaching a distance of 150 feet, 1 inch. Stevens was fourth in the men’s javelin, reaching a lifetime-best distance of 219-10.

Arena football

The Spokane Shock announced their 24-man roster following the end of training camp. The roster features 14 returning players from last year, as well as Ruschard Dodd-Masters, who will be returning to the field as a defensive back after serving as defensive backs coach last year.

James Ruffin, the reigning Arena Football League Defensive Lineman of the Year, will also be returning.

The Shock open the season Saturday in Phoenix against the Arizona Rattlers.