Brandon Bailey struck out 10 over seven innings and Taylor Jones slugged a two-run homer and drove in three runs to lead Gonzaga to a 7-4 victory over Santa Clara in Spokane on Friday night.
Jones homered in the third and then snapped a 2-2 tie with a bases-loaded single in a four-run sixth that included a two-run double by Tyler Frost. Jones and Dustin Breshears finished with three hits each.
Bailey gave up one earned run on six hits and one walk.
The victory over the Gaels (16-19, 4-9) gave the Bulldogs (23-12, 11-5) a half-game lead in the West Coast Conference race over BYU and Saint Mary’s, both 10-5 and in action against nonconference opponents Friday.
USC 4, Washington State 2: The Trojans (17-19, 6-7 Pac-12) put together four hits and a sacrifice fly to score two runs in the 10th inning and beat the Cougars (12-22, 5-11) in Pullman.
The two runs came against Ryan Walker (5-2), who entered the game with two outs in the fourth following a 1-hour, 25-minute rain delay that ended Ian Hamilton’s start. Walker had held USC scoreless with one hit until the 10th.
WSU took a 2-1 lead with two outs in the fourth on a run-scoring double by Jack Strunc and RBI single by Shane Matheny before USC tied the game in the fifth. Trek Stemp had two hits for the Cougars.
Whitworth 5, Pacific 3: Hugh Smith (5-0) pitched 8 2/3 innings and the top-seeded Pirates (26-8) rode an early 5-0 lead to a victory over the Boxers (23-15) in their first-round Northwest Conference tournament game in Spokane.
Whitworth plays second-seeded Pacific Lutheran on Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner advances to Sunday’s championship while the loser will play later Saturday, facing the winner of George Fox and Pacific, who play a loser-out game at 10 a.m.
Joel Condreay, who had two doubles, drove in two runs in a four-run first inning with the Pirates adding another run in the second.
The Boxers had two runners on in the ninth inning before JD Page came on to get the final out and his third save.
Smith allowed three earned runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six.
Besides Condreay, Jeremy Druffel, Matthew Nelson and Garrett Hughes also had two hits each for Whitworth.
Whitworth 4, Pacific 2: The top-seeded Pirates defeated the Boxers in the opener of the Northwest Conference tournament in Spokane but will have to complete its second game Saturday morning.
The Pirates (29-11) led Linfield 6-5 with Whitworth at bat with no outs in the bottom of the fifth when the game was suspended because of lightning. That game will resume at 9:45 a.m. with the winner advancing to the championship round at 1:30 p.m. The Whitworth-Linfield loser will play George Fox in a loser-out contest at 11 a.m.
Michelle Silva hit a two-run homer and Makayla Lefever went the distance in Whitworth’s victory over the Boxers.
After Silva’s homer in the fourth, the Pirates added two more runs in the sixth when Chelsey Hayes walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored after Kelsey Downey singled to right field and a throw home got away from the catcher. Downey, who had two hits, came home on Morgan Portlock’s pinch single.
Lefever (19-3) gave up four hits but no walks while striking out five.
In other games, Linfield beat George Fox 9-0 in six innings and George Fox eliminated Pacific 4-1.
CC Spokane 8-7, Blue Mountain 2-6: Michele Strauss hit a home run and pitched a complete game in the first game of a doubleheader sweep for the Sasquatch (19-13, 10-8 NWAC) in Spokane. The Sasquatch scored two runs in the sixth inning to take the second game to beat the Timberwolves (5-31, 2-18).
North Idaho 15-14, Treasure Valley 2-4: The Cardinals (21-9, 14-4 NWAC ) swept a doubleheader from the Chukars (14-20, 11-7) in Coeur d’Alene.
Chole McIntosh slugged a home run and had four hits to lead the Cardinals in the opener with Lexi Courtney and Abby Howard also hitting home runs. Katie Barron pitched the distance in the five-inning victory.
Track and field
Whitworth opened the Northwest Conference championships in Portland with four Pirates winning.
The Whitworth women are in first place while the men are in second after the first day of competition.
Kerry Wright won the women’s javelin with a throw of 140-8½, becoming a four-time NWC champion.
Dakota Kliamovich became a three-time champion in the women’s hammer with a mark of 164-11.
Allie Wood won the women’s 10,000 meters in 37:55.55.
Kolton Carlson won the men’s hammer at 178-8¼.
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