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Area roundup: Gonzaga rallies in ninth to beat UC Irvine in baseball

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018

Troy Johnston’s two-run single capped a three-run ninth-inning rally and Gonzaga defeated UC Irvine 5-3 on Sunday in Irvine, California.

The Anteaters (5-2) scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth but the Bulldogs (3-4) loaded the bases on two walks and a single by Austin Pinorini. Daniel Friedrickson’s sacrifice fly brought in the tying run before Johnston’s two-out single.

Johnston finished with three hits and three RBIs. Reliever Casey Legumina (1-1) got the win.

CC Spokane 18-13, Big Bend 4-7: Isaac Wersland hit a grand slam and a three-run home run for seven RBIs and added Mitch Dean hit a three-run pinch homer in the opener, and Wersland slugged another homer and Aaron Fritts had four RBIs in the second game as the Sasquatch swept the Vikings to start their season in Moses Lake. Jadan Vandervert had two doubles in each game.

Relievers Cory Wagner and Reed Harrington picked up victories.

Softball

Whitworth DH suspended: The Pirates doubleheader versus George Fox in Newberg, Oregon, was suspended in the first inning of the first game because of rain. No makeup date has been announced.

Women’s golf

Grand Canyon Invitational: Eastern Washington’s Madalyn Ardueser finished in a seventh-place tie with a three-round score of 6-over 222, three strokes out of first and the Eagles finished 12th in the 15-team field at 72 over on the Grand Canyon University course in Phoenix.

Kelly Hooper of Montana State and Carly Dehlin of Utah State tied for first at 219. Portland State won at 23 over.

Women’s basketball

Cal 83, Washington 67: Kristen Anigwe had 23 points, on 11-of-18 shooting, and 12 rebounds, Kianna Smith added 16 points and eight assists and the Golden Bears (20-9, 11-7 Pac-12) beat the Huskies (7-22, 1-17) in a regular-season finale in Seattle.

Cal clinched the fifth seed in the conference tournament and will play the 12th-seeded Huskies in a first-round game on Thursday in Seattle.

Amber Melgoza led Washington with 24 points.

UW has lost 10 games in a row – two shy of the program’s longest losing streak and its longest since a six-game skid in February 2000. As the Huskies head into the Pac-12 Tournament, they have the fewest wins in school history and have tied the record for losses. Their one conference win is their fewest in more than 25 seasons.

Washington won 20-plus games in each of the last six seasons and advanced the Final Four in 2016 and the Sweet Sixteen in 2017.

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