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College baseball: Gonzaga makes preliminary list as 2021 NCAA baseball tournament host

The Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the Portland Pilots Friday, April 6, 2018, at Gonzaga University.   (JESSE TINSLEY)
From staff reports

The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced Gonzaga as one of 20 predetermined preliminary-round sites for this year’s NCAA baseball tournament.

Of the 20 sites, the committee will choose 16 to host regional round games; eight of those 16 regional sites will host super regionals. The 16 final predetermined sites will be revealed at 5:30 p.m. on May 30.

The designation of predetermined sites will have no bearing on teams selected to participate or for seeding in the 2021 Division I Baseball Championship. The championship field will consist of 30 conference automatic qualifiers and 34 at-large qualifies.

The official bracket and pairings for the 2021 Division I Baseball Championship will be released at 9 a.m. PT Monday, May 31, on ESPN2.

• Bulldogs rout Pilots: Brett Harris hit two home runs and Ryan Sullivan had four RBIs as visiting Gonzaga thumped Portland 12-4 on Friday.

It was the first game in two weeks for GU due to COVID-19 protocols.

Former North Central standout Alek Jacob struck out nine in six innings to earn his fifth win of the season for the Zags (28-13, 15-4 West Coast Conference).

USC 8, Washington State 8: The Trojans (21-21, 9-13 Pac-12) scored six runs in a fourth-inning outburst and held off the Cougars’ (23-21, 10-15) late charge to secure the victory in Los Angeles.

Tristan Peterson hit a two-run home run in the ninth for WSU, and Kyle Manzardo had two hits and two RBIs.

Pacific Lutheran 6, Whitworth 4: Alex Boyd drove in two runs on three hits as the Lutes (27-16) eliminated the Pirates (16-25) from the Northwest Conference Tournament in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Jaxsen Sweum hit a solo home run and Dawson Warner had two hits and two RBIs for Whitworth.