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Area roundup: Roberts sparks Gonzaga to 11th-winning win at Pacific

Jake Roberts drove in Tyler Jones with the tiebreaking run in a three-run 11th inning that lifted Gonzaga to a 5-3 victory over Pacific in a West Coast Conference baseball game in Stockton, California, on Saturday night.

With Jones, who had doubled, on third and Dustin Breshears on first with two outs, Roberts singled to center field. Breshears and Roberts also scored on the play following a throwing error.

Wyatt Mills gave up a run in bottom of the 11th and had the bases full with one out before getting out of the jam to get the win. Mills (2-1) struck out eight in four innings. Starter Eli Morgan also fanned eight.

Roberts had given Gonzaga (15-9, 5-3) a 2-1 lead with his first home run as a Bulldog, a solo shot in the 10th. But Pacific (9-15, 3-5), with the bases empty and two outs, used a catcher’s interference call on a 2-2 count and then two singles to tie it.

Jace Vandebrake had a triple and a double and scored Gonzaga’s other run.

Arizona State 18, Washington State 3: The Sun Devils scored five runs in the first inning and seven in the seventh in cruising to a victory over the Cougars in Pullman to take the rubber game of the Pac-12 series.

Patrick McGrath had a pair of RBI doubles for Washington State (9-16, 2-7) while Andrew Snow drove in four runs and Andrew Shaps and Gage Canning three each for the Sun Devils, who had 13 hits against eight Cougar pitchers.

Leading 5-1, the Sun Devils scored seven runs in the fifth with the help of five walks.

Whitworth 7-2, Linfield 4-8: Daniel Casanova, Jeremy Druffel and Garrett Hughes all homered in a Game 1 victory for the eighth-ranked Pirates (21-5, 13-4 Northwest) before the Wildcats (16-13, 8-9) took the second game in McMinnville, Oregon.

Jordan McGowan had three hits in the first game and added another in the second for Whitworth.

The split allowed the Pirates to increase their lead in the to three games over second-place Pacific (10-7) after the Boxers were swept Saturday by Willamette.

Columbia Basin 14-11, CC Spokane 8-6: The Hawks (17-3, 4-0) racked up 29 hits in sweeping a NWAC doubleheader from the Sasquatch (11-7, 0-4) in Pasco.

The Sasquatch scored four runs in the eighth to get within a run, 9-8, before the Hawks came back with five in the bottom of the inning using two-run singles by Anthony Gosline and Zack Chamberlain.

Jordan Ross finished with six hits for CCS.

Oregon State 5, Washington 4: The 11th-ranked Beavers scored three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to overcome the Huskies (13-10, 4-4 Pac-12) in Corvallis, Oregon.

The Beavers (19-6, 5-3) rallied against closer Troy Rallings (1-1), who entered in the eighth inning having not given up a run in his previous 18 appearances dating to last season.

Softball

Puget Sound 11-0, Whitworth 7-0: Whitworth gave up a season-high 11 runs in the opener in Tacoma but Makayla Lefever (12-3) – who lasted only 1 1/3 innings in the first game – responded with a two-hit shutout in the second game to give the 25th-ranked Pirates (20-9, 12-6) a split with the Loggers (9-18, 3-13).

Michelle Silva slugged a home run in the Pirates’ victory.

The Loggers’ win snapped a 20-game losing streak against Whitworth.

CC Spokane 7-5, Wenatchee Valley 1-4: Michelle Strauss threw a six-hitter in the opener and Courtney Adams’ had a two-run double in a three-run, sixth-inning rally in the second game as the Sasquatch swept the Knights (7-10, 5-7) at Wenatchee.

Josie Schultz collected five hits, four in the first game for CCS (14-8, 6-6).

North Idaho 13-16, Yakima Valley 3-3: The Cardinals (16-4, 10-2) used a nine-run in the sixth inning in the first game and another nine-run inning in the fifth inning of the second game to end both halves of a NWAC doubleheader early over the host Yaks (2-18, 1-11).

Nicole Miller drove in three runs in the opener and Emily Aspden had four hits in the second game with Amber Hawkes pitching two complete games.

Arizona 8, Washington 4: Joelle Krist slugged a three-run homer and Mo Mercado drove in two with a double in a five-run third inning as the 18th-ranked Wildcats (23-10, 5-2 Pac-12) beat the No. 11 Huskies (21-8, 2-5) in Seattle.

Women’s rowing

Washington State advanced all four of its boats – varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity eight and novice eight – to the Grand Finals on the first day of the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay. Gonzaga placed three boats in the Grand Finals: varsity eight, second varsity eight and open eight.

Track and field

Washington State’s Thane Pierson won the men’s high jump at the Sam Adams Open with a height of 7 feet, 2 1/2 inches, the eighth-best mark in Cougar history and currently ranked fifth nationally.

Anthony Bloom of host Whitworth improved on his Division-III nation-leading mark of 213-2 in the men’s javelin.

WSU swept the men’s and women’s dual-meet scoring in the seven-team event with Whitworth winning all its matchups except against the Cougars.

Friday night at the Stanford Invitational in California, Shelby Mills lowered her school record in the steeplechase with a time of 10:06.49.

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