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Area roundup: Justin Harrer’s homer in 10th inning gives Washington State win in Pac-12 baseball

UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

From staff reports

Justin Harrer homered to left-center field leading off the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday, giving Washington State an 8-7 win over Arizona State to open a three-game Pac-12 Conference baseball series in Pullman.

Harrer’s homer came on a 0-2 pitch from Chaz Montoya (0-3), who entered in the 10th.

Ryan Walker (2-2) earned the win with four shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out five.

The Cougars (6-14, 2-5) tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the sixth without a hit, benefiting from two walks and a throwing error.

The Sun Devils (12-13, 4-3) took a 4-0 lead in the first, highlighted by Alika Williams’ two-run double to left-center.

WSU answered with a six-run second that featured seven hits, including Collin Montez’s three-run homer to right. Dillon Plew added a two-run single to left.

Spencer Torkelson’s two-out, two-run homer to center gave ASU a 7-6 lead in the top of the sixth.

WSU’s Blake Clanton and Danny Sinatro finished 2 for 3 with one run.

Cougars starter A.J. Block was roughed up for four hits and two earned runs in one inning.

Saint Mary’s 3, Gonzaga 2: Jackson Thoreson’s two-run double sparked a three-run eighth and the Gaels (14-9, 4-3 West Coast Conference) held off the Bulldogs (12-11, 3-4) to open a three-game series in Moraga, California.

Thoreson’s double down the right-field line, with no outs on a 0-2 pitch from Casey Legumina (2-2), scored Kevin Milam and Joe Vranesh for a 2-1 lead. Thoreson scored on Brett Rasso’s single to right.

Bulldogs starter Daniel Bies entered the eighth with a two-hitter. He departed after Milam led off with a single to center.

Bies struck out seven and walked one.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth. Jake Vieth and Gunnar Schubert singled to right and Austin Pinori was hit by a pitch. Michael Hobbs of the Gaels earned the save when Nick Brooks grounded into a double play and Jace VanDeBrake grounded out to shortstop.

The Zags took a 1-0 lead in the sixth. Branson Trube doubled to left with two outs and scored on a throwing error by shortstop Gio Diaz after Vieth’s infield single.

USC 1, Washington 0: Kyle Hurt pitched seven sharp innings and Angelo Armenta hit his first career homer to give the Trojans (13-9, 3-4 Pac-12) a win over the Huskies (11-11, 4-3) to open a three-game series in Los Angeles.

Hurt allowed three hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking three.

Brian Gursky (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth to earn the win. Connor Lunn earned his eighth save despite allowing two hits in the ninth, stranding runners at first and third.

UW starter Lucas Knowles allowed four hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one. Armenta’s homer, off Josh Burgmann (0-1), came while leading off the eighth.

  • Whitworth University and the Spokane Sports Commission will co-host an NCAA Division III regional May 17-20 at Avista Stadium. Spokane will host either six or eight teams at the event. Avista, home to the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League, also hosted the Division III regional in 2016.

Softball

(1) Washington 8, Stanford 1: Taran Alvelo (17-1) scattered six hits and Emma Helm hit a two-run homer to guide the top-ranked Huskies (35-2, 5-2 Pac-12) past the Cardinal (20-11, 1-3) in Stanford, California.

Alvelo allowed no earned runs, struck out six and walked one.

The Huskies broke a 1-all tie with a two-run fifth, scoring on an RBI ground out and a wild pitch.

UW broke it open with a five-run seventh. Kelly Burdick had an RBI single after Helm’s second homer of the season.

Women’s golf

Eastern Washington’s Alexa Clark shot a final-round, 1-over-par 73 to tie for 11th place at the Portland State-Eastern Washington Invitational in Chandler, Arizona.

Clark finished three rounds at 10-over 226, 11 shots behind medalist Tara Finigan of Portland State.

Portland State took the top four spots to cruise to the team title at 870, 40 shots ahead of Seattle.

EWU (925) tied for fourth place with Montana in the six-team field.

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