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Golf: Rory McIlroy only gets to play three regular PGA Tour events this year. He showed Thursday why the Memorial tournament was one of them. On a Muirfield Village course at Dublin, Ohio, that already ranks among his favorites, McIlroy had a birdie putt on his last eight holes and converted half of them on his way to a 6-under-par 66 to join Chris Riley in the lead after the first round.
Niki Williams’ two-run double with no outs and the bases full in the sixth inning keyed a five-run burst Saturday in Seattle and the 12th-seeded Washington Huskies (37-14) rallied for a 7-5 win over the Brigham Young Cougars (40-18) to become the first team to make it to the Super Regionals of this year’s NCAA softball tournament. Kaitlin Inglesby (25-8) earned the win for UW and also singled home two runs during the Huskies’ sixth.
Mark Machtolf reached the century mark in the West Coast Conference. Gonzaga presented its eight-year head coach with his 100th WCC victory on Friday with a 3-2 win at Pepperdine (20-29, 5-11 WCC) in the opener of a three-game series.
Kaitlin Ingelsby (23-8) scattered six hits and struck out nine Thursday as host Washington (35-14) opened NCAA softball regional play with a 6-2 win over Portland State (34-17). Ingelsby also went 2 for 3 with a two-run single in the fifth inning and Niki Williams hit a two-run homer in the third for the Huskies.
The streak is alive! Moriah Beeler smacked a two-run double in the top of the third inning and Stephanie Chrystal made it stand up as the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (20-23) edged the Columbia Basin Hawks (23-22) 2-1 Tuesday in Pasco in a play-in game for the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship softball tournament.
Erica Chaney won a second title and Eastern Washington’s women posted their highest finish at the Big Sky Conference track and field championships Saturday in Sacramento, Calif. The Spokane thrower tossed the discus 155 feet, 4 inches on her first attempt and saw it hold up for the victory to go with her win Friday in the shot put. A fifth-place finish by teammate Emma Murillo gave the Eagles their biggest windfall Saturday and boosted them to third place – after being picked in a coaches’ poll to finish eighth this spring.
Erica Chaney broke the Eastern Washington record in the shot put and won her first Big Sky Conference title in the event as the conference track and field championships got under way in earnest Friday in Sacramento, Calif. The Gonzaga Prep graduate needed a last-throw effort of 51 feet, three-quarters of an inch to propel her more than 2 feet past Big Sky indoor champ Andrea Behring of host Sacramento State. The throw added just less than 2 inches to the 20-year-old school mark set by Nancy Kuiper.
Lucas Pope broke Idaho’s outdoor record in the pole vault and became Western Athletic Conference champion for the third time at the conference track and field meet Thursday in Honolulu. Pope cleared 17 feet, 3 inches to add a quarter-inch to the year-old mark set by Jeremy Klas, who is redshirting this spring.
Stacey Hagensen (21-5) tossed a complete-game five-hitter and Kaely Cuthill drove in four runs – three coming on a triple in the second inning – to propel the Pacific Lutheran Lutes (31-12) to an 8-0 victory over the Whitworth Pirates (20-19) in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference softball tournament in McMinnville, Ore., on Saturday. Kimmi Kumangai went 2 for 2 for the Pirates, who finished with a winning record – and 20 wins – for the first time since the 2007 season.
Alex Gillingham (6-2) worked 8 1/3 innings and Loyola Marymount jumped on Tyler Olson for five RBI doubles Saturday as the Lions (20-13, 4-1 West Coast Conference) moved back into a tie for first place with a 9-4 win over Gonzaga (20-11-1, 4-1) at Los Angeles. Olson (5-2) had won five consecutive games, but the Lions struck for three runs in the second and five in the fourth, when Joe Vierra had a two-run homer.
Former Washington State volleyball standout LaToya Harris has been named head volleyball coach at Lewis-Clark State College, Warriors athletic director Gary Picone announced Monday. Harris played at WSU from 1999-2002 and was a teammate of the coach she replaces, Jen Stinson Greeny, in 1999. Greeny resigned last month to become head coach at WSU.
Leadoff hitter Eric Lane went 3 for 4 and scored two runs and Tyler Olson won his fifth straight start to help guide the 24th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-9-1, 2-0) to a 3-1 victory over the visiting San Diego Toreros (7-21, 0-2) in West Coast Conference play on Saturday. Olson (5-1) allowed one unearned run on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six. Cody Martin got the last four outs to notch his sixth save.
Tyler Olson (3-1) and Andy Hunter combined for a shutout and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-7-1) posted a 3-0 victory over the 11th-ranked UC Irvine Anteaters (14-5) on Saturday at Washington Trust Field. It was Gonzaga’s second straight win over UC Irvine. The three-game series concludes today.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs rode a pair of masterful pitching performances to a nonconference doubleheader sweep – beating two teams – on Saturday in San Antonio. Marco Gonzales (2-2) tossed a complete-game six-hitter to lead the Bulldogs (10-7) to a 4-1 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-10) in the first game. Clayton Eslick went 2 for 4 and scored a run and GU scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning to put the game out of reach. Gonzales struck out seven and walked one.
Tyler Chism hit for the cycle to propel the Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-7) to a 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Golden Golphers (5-6) in nonconference play Saturday on the campus of Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif. Chism singled in the second inning, tripled in the third, belted a two-run home run in the fifth and completed the cycle with an RBI double in the seventh.
Community Colleges of Spokane women defended their championship in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges golf tournament at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton on Monday. The CCS men had the medalist, sophomore Tyler Johnson of Coeur d’Alene High, but finished second for a second straight year, losing the title by a stroke to Bellevue.
Area colleges Brian Mazone pitched no-hit ball for 5-1/3 innings and struck out seven Friday as visiting San Diego (17-14-2, 5-4) beat Gonzaga University 8-1 in a West Coast Conference baseball game at August/A.R.T. Stadium. Jeff Bowne of the Zags (13-17-1, 2-7) broke up the no-hitter with a double in the sixth. Dominic Prince followed with a run-scoring single.