Gonzaga scored four runs in the eighth inning to propel the Bulldogs (10-9, 3-0 WCC) over the Pacific Tigers (8-10, 0-3), 9-4 on Sunday at the Patterson Baseball Complex in Spokane, Washington.
The Zags completed a three-game series sweep with Sunday’s win over the Tigers to begin West Coast Conference play.
Sam Hellinger (2-1) picked up the win for the Bulldogs, giving up one earned run on five hits in three innings of relief. Wyatt Mills was credited with the save after surrenduring one run in the final two innings.
Jake Roberts, Sam Brown and Tyler Frost each had two RBIs to pace the Bulldogs’ offense.
Washington State 4, USC 1: Cody Anderson gave up only one run on five hits and struck out six in eight innings to lead the Cougars (11-7, 1-2 Pac-12) past USC (12-7, 2-1 ) in Los Angeles, California.
Anderson improved to 3-0 with the performance and lowered his earned-run average to 1.80.
James Rudkin and Dugan Shirer each had a pair of hits and Blake Clanton launched his first home run of the season in the seventh inning to lead WSU’s offense.
Washington 4, Utah 0: The Huskies (12-6, 3-0 Pac-12) scored three runs in the seventh inning and added another in the eighth to top Utah (9-8, 0-3) at Husky Bullpark in Seattle, completing a three-game sweep to start conference play.
Relief pitcher Alex Hardy improved to 5-0 on the season after pitchign 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Wille MacIver went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
Whitworth 5-17, Pacific Lutheran 4-5: The Pirates (11-8, 4-7 NWC) rebounded after losing twice in a double-header on Saturday to Pacific Lutheran, beating the first-place Lutes twice at Merkel Field.
Matthew Nelson singled to left field in the eighth inning to plate Daniel Casanova to put the Pirates up 5-4 in the first game. Kelly Fitzpatrick picked up the save by striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning.
Nelson went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and Jordan McGowan wnet 3 for 5 with six RBIs to lead Whitworth’s offense in the second game, which erupted for 17 runs.
CC Spokane 11-4, Clackamas 1-5: The Sasquatch (3-6) split a doubleheader with the Cougars (1-6) at Spokane Falls Community College.
Brayden Olson went 3 for 4 and Nolan Wasson drove in three runs for the Sasquatch in Game 1. Clackamas’ Tyler Parker scored the go-ahead run with a solo home run in the seventh inning of Game 2.
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