The Whitworth Pirates baseball team battled back in the ninth inning before falling 7-6 to Millsaps in the opening round of the NCAA Division III West Regional in Tyler, Texas, on Thursday.
Down by four runs, the Pirates rallied for three in the bottom of the ninth and had the bases loaded with one out. But Nick Motsinger grounded into a game-ending double play and Millsaps (29-12) sent Whitworth (28-14) into a loser-out game against La Verne today.
Middle infielders Joel Condreay and Garrett Hughes each had two RBIs and Thomas Wakem three hits and two runs scored to lead Whitworth.
• Sun Devils’ starter Ryan Kellogg pitched a five-hit shutout, striking out 11, in leading Arizona State (30-18, 15-9) to a 5-0 Pac-12 victory over Washington State (27-23, 9-15) in Phoenix.
Cameron Frost led WSU with two hits.
Gonzaga’s James Fahy recorded a 5-over-par 77 at the NCAA Bremerton (Wash.) Regional at Gold Mountain Golf Club, good for 55th overall after the first round.
Fahy completed the first-ever round by a Gonzaga golfer at an NCAA Championship event.
Cheng-Tsung Pan shot a 5-under-par 67, and the No. 12 Washington Huskies sat in a tie for fourth place after the first round.
Pan is a shot back of Sean Crocker, the overall leader from Southern California.
• Idaho’s Daniel Sutton shot a 1-under-par 71, tying for sixth after the first round of the NCAA San Diego Regional at The Farms Golf Club at Rancho Santa Fe, California. The Vandals team is 10th.
Track and field
Whitworth posted several personal bests in its final regular-season meet hosted by George Fox at Newberg, Oregon.
Sophomore Everett Kleven placed first in the men’s pole vault clearing 15 feet, 9 3/4 inches, a personal best.
Senior Matt Landon took first in the men’s 100 meters with a personal best of 10.96 seconds.
Also recording personal bests were junior Katie McKay (800, 2:11.93), sophomore Danielle Openiano (shot put, 43-11 1/4), and sophomore Lucas McGill (decathlon, 6123 points).
The Pirates’ next meet will be at the NCAA Division III National Championships.
• Gonzaga dominated the men’s 5,000 meters, sweeping the event at the BYU Last Chance Invitational at Provo, Utah.
Matthew Crichlow led Gonzaga, finishing in 15:20.94. He was followed by four other Bulldog finishers (Jack Pearce, Max Kaderabek, Danny Lunder and Dillon Quintana).
Amelia Evans paced the women with a second-place finish in the 5,000.
The Spokane Shock made a number of midseason adjustments to their roster, including trading quarterback Danny Southwick to the L.A. Kiss for future considerations.
Spokane also was assigned rookie defensive back Jeff Richards, activated defensive back Andre Jones, and placed defensive back Sam Pope on injured reserve.
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