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Madi Perez threw a six-hitter Saturday as Whitworth ended three-time defending national champion Tufts University’s 53-game winning streak with a 6-0 triumph at The Spring Games in Clermont, Florida.
Taylor Jones had five hits, including two triples and two doubles, and Gonzaga took a doubleheader from host Texas-San Antonio, 12-3 and 12-4, on Sunday, sweeping the three-game series.
College softball: Whitworth splits home doubleheader
The Gonzaga baseball team split a nonconference doubleheader with Grand Canyon Saturday at Brazell Stadium in Phoenix.
Softball: Florida got everything right – except its championship celebration. As the Gators reveled in their second straight national softball title following their 4-1 win over Michigan on Wednesday night at Oklahoma City, Lauren Haeger and coach Tim Walton participated in postgame interviews. Two players tried to douse them with Gatorade, but the bucket was too heavy. They ended up just getting Walton’s ankles.
SOFTBALL: Lauren Haeger had a home run and three RBIs against Michigan, but what she didn’t do Monday night could play a more important role in Florida’s championship hopes. Haeger, the national player of the year, is also her team’s ace pitcher. After winning three games at the Women’s College World Series, she got a break from the mound, and her teammates handled Michigan.
The Southeastern Conference is well represented at the Women’s College World Series. Five of the eight teams in the double-elimination tournament in Oklahoma City – Florida, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee – are from the SEC. Defending champion Florida is the No. 1 seed, but the Gators open today ( 9 a.m., ESPN) with No. 8 seed Tennessee. In other opening-day matchups, No. 2 Oregon faces No. 7 UCLA, No. 3 Michigan battles No. 6 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn takes on No. 5 LSU. All eight seeded teams made the field for the first time since 2006. – Associated Press
Washington State senior Jesse Jorgensen won the men’s 800 meters on Sunday, the final day of the Pac-12 track and field championships held at UCLA’s Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. Jorgensen turned in a lifetime-best time of 1 minute, 46.49 seconds, which ranks as the fourth-fastest time in WSU history.
The Whitworth baseball team’s season came to a close Friday with a 10-3 loss to La Verne at the NCAA Division III West Regional tournament at Irwin Field in Tyler, Texas. The Leopards (26-18) used four-run rallies in the fourth and seventh innings to take control.
No longer is it enough to simply join a team. There must now be the “buy-in,” a commitment of heart and mind that sounds concrete and final, and yet remains strangely undefined. So let’s take a stab at it.
No longer is it enough to simply join a team. There must now be the “buy-in,” a commitment of heart and mind that sounds concrete and final, and yet remains strangely undefined.
Arizona scored a pair of unearned runs in the 11th inning to take a 2-0 victory over Washington State at Pullman on Sunday. A two-out dropped fly ball error by outfielder Cameron Frost allowed Wildcats runners on first and second to score.
UCLA starter James Kaprielian shut down Gonzaga through 7 2/3 innings and the second-ranked Bruins blanked the Bulldogs 3-0 in the opener of a three-game nonconference baseball series Friday in Los Angeles. Kaprielian allowed four hits, two walks and struck out six to improve to 8-4. David Berg pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 10th save.
Tight end Charlie Hopkins (Gonzaga Prep) will transfer from Stanford to Virginia for his final year of football eligibility, Virginia’s athletic department announced Thursday. Hopkins, 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, played in all 14 games when the Cardinal competed in the Rose Bowl in 2013. He was limited to three games last season.
The Whitworth men claimed their sixth straight Northwest Conference track and field title and the women broke two school records in claiming their first NWC title Saturday in Newberg, Oregon. Junior Nicholas Gosselin led the men’s team with a victory in the 200-meter dash. He finished in 21.86 seconds. Gosselin was also a part of Whitworth’s winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams.
Whitworth’s magical softball season ran out of tricks Saturday as the Northwest Conference regular-season champion Pirates lost to George Fox 3-0 in the league tournament. The Pirates (31-12) set a school record for wins while taking its first conference crown. But Whitworth must now wait to see if the selection committee will choose it in May for an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III tournament.
Andre Mercurio’s one-out RBI single in the top of the 11th inning Thursday sparked visiting San Jose State (10-27) to a 7-5 win over Washington State (18-18) to open a four-game nonconference baseball series. Mercurio singled home Michael Breen, who opened the 11th off Ian Hamilton (0-2) with a single to right field. Mercurio later advanced to third base on a passed ball and scored on Corey Olivet’s sacrifice fly to center.
Brandon Bailey threw a four-hit shutout and Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s 1-0 in a West Coast Conference baseball game played in Spokane on Sunday. Bailey (6-1) walked four and struck out nine. He had his regular start on Friday pushed back two games after coming down with strep throat.