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Area sports: Gonzaga beats San Diego 8-4 to win West Coast Conference baseball title

May 21, 2022 Updated Sat., May 21, 2022 at 10:57 a.m.

Gonzaga baseball celebrates its West Coast Conference title on Friday.  (Courtesy of GU athletics)
Gonzaga baseball celebrates its West Coast Conference title on Friday. (Courtesy of GU athletics)

Enzo Apodaca hit a two-run single to add onto a San Diego pitching meltdown in the sixth inning and lift visiting Gonzaga over the Torreros 8-4 on Friday to win the West Coast Conference regular-season title.

The Bulldogs (33-14, 19-6 WCC) loaded the bases with singles from Shea Kramer and Grayson Sterling before San Diego’s Ian Churchill gifted the go-ahead runs on a hit by pitch and a wild pitch in succession.

Gonzaga’s Gabriel Hughes threw 82/3 innings with 139 pitches, allowing four runs on seven hits.

The Bulldogs will close their regular season Saturday with a doubleheader against the Torreros (31-17, 16-9).

Gonzaga has the top seed in the WCC Tournament and will play at 3 p.m. Thursday against the lowest advancing seed.

Washington State 10, Arizona State 6: Jake Van De Brake hit a grand slam, Caden Kaelber pitched 31/3 scoreless innings to earn the save and the Cougars (26-26, 11-18 Pac-12) beat the Sun Devils (25-29, 13-16) in Pullman to win their last series of the season.

Already eliminated from the Pac-12 Tournament contention, WSU’s back-to-back wins over ASU have kept the Sun Devils a game behind Washington at seventh in the conference standings. The Cougars’ season finale is Saturday at noon.

Softball

North Idaho bowed out of the Northwest Athletic Conference Championships after splitting a pair of loser-out games at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

The Cardinals (31-17) beat Chemeketa 14-4, led by Kahlea Dumas’ two doubles and two RBIs, before losing to Everett 11-9.

NIC’s Addison Ribordy hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh, but the Cardinals’ next two batters went down in succession, ending the rally and their season.

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