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Spencer Ansett and Dan Scheibe helped Whitworth put an end to a three-game losing skid with a pair of standout pitching performances in a Northwest Conference doubleheader against Pacific Saturday in Forest Grove, Oregon. The Pirates, who were swept by Linfield last week, won the opener 3-1 and the nightcap 8-2.
Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos wowed the capacity crowd at Hinkle Fieldhouse on his way to victory in the 2015 State Farm College Slam Three-Point Championship on Thursday evening in Indianapolis. The Zags senior scored 23 points in each of the first two rounds and knocked down 22 in the final round against Butler’s Alex Barlow and UConn’s Ryan Boatright.
Cory Mack went eight strong innings and Thomas Wakem broke a tie with a two run home run in the seventh inning as Whitworth beat Lewis & Clark 5-2 on Sunday in Portland for the Pirates’ ninth consecutive baseball victory. First-place Whitworth (19-8, 11-4) swept its second straight Northwest Conference series.
Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey and forward Venky Jois were selected for the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 first team, it was announced Friday. Harvey was a second-team selection last year. Harvey, a junior, led NCAA Division I with a 23.1 scoring average, and closed the year with Big Sky and EWU single-season records for 3-pointers with 128. His 738 points were a school record and ranked fourth in league history.
Designated hitter Matthew Nelson drove in five runs on the day to spark the Whitworth Pirates (16-8, 10-4) to a doubleheader sweep over the Whitman Missionaries (4-16, 3-11) in Northwest Conference baseball action on Wednesday in Walla Walla. Nelson and Skyler Lookabill drove in three runs apiece in the opener to lead the Whits to an 11-5 victory.
Former Mt. Spokane standout Drew Rasmussen, who pitched the first perfect game in the Pac-12 since 1973, was named not only the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week but also Collegiate Baseball’s National Pitcher of the Week. Rasmussen, an Oregon State right-hander, needed just 103 pitches to register the fourth perfect game in conference history in a 3-0 win over Washington State on Saturday. The first three perfect games were all by WSU pitchers. Rasmussen struck out 10 Cougars and induced 11 ground balls in a brisk one-hour, 44 minute game to improve to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 1.36.
Trever Morrison’s double drove in Christian Donahue in the bottom of the 11th inning and No. 25 Oregon State defeated Washington State 2-1 on Sunday in Corvallis, Oregon. Donahue led off the inning with a single off reliever Ian Hamilton (0-1), who was working his fourth inning. Hamilton threw away a pick-off throw as Donahue took second before Morrison’s game-winning hit.
Gonzaga capitalized on some sloppy play in the eighth inning to rally for five runs in the frame and defeat visiting BYU 7-6 in a West Coast Conference-baseball game on Friday at Patterson Complex. The Bulldogs (11-11, 2-3 WCC) took two walks to the start the eighth before Taylor Jones ripped a bases-clearing double to pull GU to within two at 6-4. After another walk, a throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt by BYU pitcher James Lengal moved the runners to second and third before a wild pitch plated Jones. After yet another walk put runners on the corners, Lengal booted a safety squeeze to load the bases.
San Francisco finally figured out Gonzaga’s David Bigelow and parlayed it into a 4-3 victory Monday at GU and a 2-1 margin in the rain-interrupted West Coast Conference-opening baseball series. Bigelow, Gonzaga’s senior relief pitcher, ran a no-hit streak to 92/3 innings by retiring the side in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth before the Dons got to him to snap a 3-3 tie.
Joe Pistorese allowed two runs on seven hits in a complete-game effort and the Washington State Cougars (12-6, 1-1) rallied for a 4-2 victory over the sixth-ranked Southern California Trojans (16-3, 1-1) in Pac-12 action in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Cougars erased a 2-0 deficit with a three-run fifth inning.
Cameron Frost drove in three runs and Shane Matheny hit a solo home run as Washington State swept a four-game baseball series from Sacred Heart with an 8-4 win Sunday in Pullman. Frost sparked a three-run first inning with a two-run double. WSU added three runs in the fourth with Matheny connecting to right-center for a 6-2 lead.
The kickoff time for the Spokane Shock-San Jose SaberCats Arena Football League game on May 16 has been changed from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arena. The game was changed in consideration of the Spokane Lilac Festival parade and events later that same evening.
The Washington Huskies broke a four-game losing streak to end the regular season with a 6-1 baseball win over UCLA on Sunday in Seattle. The eighth-ranked Huskies finished second in the Pac-12 behind Oregon State and are a sure pick for the 64-team NCAA tournament field when it is revealed today.
Chase Wright took second place in the javelin, Jonathan Hoff and Casey Monahan secured top-10 finishes in the 110-meter hurdles, and the Whitworth men surged on the final day of the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships Saturday in Delaware, Ohio, to finish ninth. Wright reached a personal-best distance in the javelin with a toss of 216 feet, 4 inches. Pirates sophomore Tyler Coopman was seventh at 199-2, a personal best.
Hayden Fields drove in five runs with a fourth-inning double and a sixth-inning homer Wednesday as North Idaho College opened the Region 18 softball tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho, with a 10-6 win over Western Nevada (12-44). Fields’ two-run double to right-center gave the Cardinals a 7-4 lead. She capped NIC’s scoring with a two-out, three-run homer to left.
USC avoided a series sweep by Washington State, scoring six runs in the eighth inning to take a 7-1 Pac-12 baseball victory on Sunday in Pullman. The 24th-ranked Trojans took the lead in the eighth using two doubles, two singles, three walks and a sacrifice fly to put together the scoring outburst.
Washington State’s Patrick McGrath hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday and the Cougars beat No. 24 USC 4-3 in a Pac-12 Conference game at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. Nick Tanielu scored the winning run after opening the inning with a single to center field.
Nick Tanielu’s run-scoring double in the seventh snapped a 2-all tie and P.J. Jones followed with a two-run single as Washington State (19-22, 9-10) opened a three-game Pac-12 baseball home series Friday with a 5-2 win over Southern California (24-19, 12-10). Joe Pistorese (4-2) allowed five hits and two earned runs in 8 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking one. Ian Hamilton notched his 12th save by stranding a Trojans runner at second base.
Led by senior Peter Delap, the Whitworth men’s track and field team won its fifth consecutive Northwest Conference Championship Saturday at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Delap was chosen the field athlete of the meet. Over the two-day meet he won the high jump and decathlon, took fourth place in the pole vault and was sixth in the long jump and 110-meter hurdles.
Sophomore Andrew Sopko registered the first complete game and shutout of his career Saturday while leading Gonzaga to a 3-0 win over Portland in West Coast Conference baseball at Patterson Complex. Sopko (4-2) scattered eight hits, struck out six and walked three as the Bulldogs (15-23, 11-7) completed a three-game sweep and defeated the Pilots (8-33, 2-16) for the 12th consecutive time. Sopko lowered his team-leading earned-run average to 2.70.