Channing Nesbitt made the most of his first collegiate start – allowing three hits and two walks in five shutout innings – to lead the Washington Huskies (13-8) to a 2-0 nonconference win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-10) on Tuesday at Husky Ballpark in Seattle.
Josh Cushing hit a solo home run off GU starter Eli Thornquist (0-1) in the fourth and AJ Graffanino added a run-scoring single in the seventh to cap the scoring.
Taylor Jones had two of Gonzaga’s five hits.
The Whitworth Pirates and Willamette Bearcats split a Northwest Conference doubleheader for the second straight day.
The Pirates let the opener slip away 2-1 when Mallory Asaro led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to knot the score and Carrie Fox delivered a run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth for the victory.
Whitworth bounced back to win the nightcap 5-2 after trailing 2-0 early. Myranda Ramirez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored to pace the Pirates’ offense.
Oliver Rudnicki shared medalist honors to help guide the Whitworth Pirates to a seventh-place finish at the 14-team West Cup tournament at Sierra La Verne Country Club in La Verne, California.
Rudnicki shot an 8-over-par 218 over three rounds to tie La Verne’s Alec Spencer for the top spot.
La Verne (896) won the team title by eight strokes over Cal Lutheran. The Pirates finished at 924.
The Whitworth Pirates had five athletes win NWC player-of-the-week honors.
The winners were: Andrew Bloom (men’s field); Kerry Wright (women’s field); Hugh Smith (baseball); Shannon Wessell (softball); and Drew Brigham (men’s tennis).
GU’s Jordan Smith was named the WCC men’s tennis singles player of the week.
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