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The Gonzaga baseball team rallied for a 10-6 victory over Saint Mary’s on Sunday in Spokane for its eighth straight victory. The first-place Bulldogs (23-10-1, 11-4 West Coast Conference) used a six-run fifth inning to turn a 5-2 deficit into an 8-5 lead they would not relinquish. The victory completed Gonzaga’s second consecutive conference series sweep.
John Allen scored 22 points and Austin Bragg added 17 points and 14 rebounds as Western Washington advanced to the Division II men’s basketball semifinals with a 96-82 win over Florida Southern on Thursday in Louisville, Ky. Richard Woodworth had 17 points for the Vikings (31-2), who will now face Drury on Saturday.
Jason Monda’s grand slam highlighted an eight-run eighth inning and the Washington State Cougars (14-8) unleashed the bats en route to a 20-1 nonconference win over the Brown Bears (1-9) on Sunday in Pullman. Adam Nelubowich had two hits, including a double, and drove in four runs for the Cougars, who piled up 18 hits in the rout.
On a night neither team shot well from the field, the hot hand of Lexi Nelson proved to be the difference in Eastern Washington’s 67-61 overtime victory over Idaho State in a Big Sky Conference women’s basketball game at Cheney. The victory ensures the Eagles the third seed in the conference tournament.
Cal State Northridge used a five-run third inning to beat Washington State 5-3 on Sunday in nonconference baseball in Pullman, snapping the Cougars’ eight-game winning streak. Yale Rosen’s two-run home run in the first inning staked WSU (8-3) to a 2-0 lead, but the Matadors scored five runs in the third against Cougars starter Kyle Swannack (1-1). Nick Tanielu’s RBI single in the third got WSU to within 5-3.
Freshman Nick Tanielu drove in six runs on the day and the Washington State Cougars (5-2) rolled to a 13-10, 12-2 doubleheader sweep of the Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-5) in nonconference baseball action on Sunday in Pullman. It was WSU’s second straight sweep of the Eagles and gives the Cougars a five-game winning streak.
Joe Pistorese was stellar on the mound and Derek Jones and Kyle Johnson delivered run-scoring doubles to spark the Washington State Cougars (28-28, 12-18) to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Huskies (30-25, 13-17) in Pacific-12 Conference baseball action Sunday in Seattle. With the victory on the final day of the regular season, the Cougars avoided a three-game sweep.
Gonzaga took advantage of two Portland errors to score five unearned runs and held off a Pilots rally in the ninth inning to win 7-6 on Sunday in Spokane and complete a sweep of the three-game West Coast Conference series. Senior Royce Bolinger hit his 11th home run of the season in his final career home game, a three-run shot, and finished 3 for 4 with four RBIs for the Bulldogs (32-20, 12-9 WCC).
Sophomore Zac Regel threw his second consecutive no-hitter on Friday as Mead created a tie for first place in Greater Spokane League baseball with a 5-0 win over Gonzaga Prep. Regel (2-1) struck out six, walked two and hit one batter as the Panthers tied the visiting Bullpups at 11-2 in the GSL.
Gonzaga scored five runs in the seventh inning to beat Washington 8-5 on Tuesday in Seattle to complete a two-game nonconference baseball sweep. Freshman Zach Abbruzza (1-2) earned his first collegiate victory after allowing only one hit in four shutout innings of relief. He struck out three.
The University of Idaho men led area teams at the War V track and field meet Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College. The Vandals had four individual champions and finished tied for second place out of 15 teams.
Andrew Daniel and Louie Lechich had run-scoring singles in the second inning Friday as the 19th-ranked San Diego Toreros (24-8, 6-2) defeated visiting Gonzaga 5-2 in a West Coast Conference baseball game. Billy Moon had two hits, including an RBI single, for GU (20-8, 3-2).
C.J. Perry and Dan Scheibe were a dynamic duo on the mound and Joshua Davis singled in Landon Scott with the go-ahead run in the fourth inning as the Pirates (14-9-1, 8-4) earned a 4-1 victory over the visiting George Fox Bruins (14-13, 10-5) to avoid a Northwest Conference series sweep and improve the Whits’ record on Sunday to 5-0-1. Perry (3-1) tossed the first five innings and allowed one unearned run and Scheibe pitched four scoreless innings to notch his second save.
Caylan Haehl went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs and Taylor Gilbert tossed a five-inning two-hitter as Whitworth’s softball team beat Augsburg 9-0 in five innings in the nightcap for a split of their doubleheader Thursday at the Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. Gilbert, who had two strikeouts and allowed a walk, also drove in two runs in Game 2 for the Pirates (11-15).
Tyler Olson pitched a complete game, surrendering just one run on three hits, as Gonzaga (9-0) continued its perfect baseball season with a 4-1 win over the University of Texas-San Antonio (7-4) in the nightcap of the UTSA Classic on Saturday. Olson (1-0) and Roadrunner starter Blake Denman (1-1) had a pitching duel early in the game. Denman dominated the Bulldogs lineup for five innings, but Steven Halcomb broke Denman's no-hitter in the sixth with a single through the right side. The Zags scored on a RBI grounder to second and on a throwing error.
Travis Forbes had three hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs and Alex Stanford drilled a two-run home run to propel the unbeaten Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-0) to a 6-1 victory over the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (5-4) in the opener of the UTSA Classic in San Antonio. Marco Gonzales (1-0) allowed six hits and a run in six innings to earn the victory. He struck out nine. Derek Peterson tossed three shutout innings to pick up his first career save.
The Community Colleges of Spokane softball team opened its season by being swept in a doubleheader by BYU-Hawaii on Thursday in Laie, Hawaii. The Sasquatch fell 9-1 in the opener and 3-1 in the second game.
Gonzaga scored three runs in the eighth inning Friday and beat Nebraska 7-4 in both teams’ season openers in Peoria, Ariz. Eric Lanes’ RBI single in the eighth proved to be the winning hit for the Bulldogs.
Golf: Steve Stricker went from doing everything right to having just about everything go wrong as his lead was cut in half over the final five holes Saturday at the Memorial at Dublin, Ohio. The good news for Stricker is that he had a six-shot lead at one point, and his 3-under-par 69 at Muirfield Village still kept him three shots clear of Jonathan Byrd going into the final round.
Golf: On a course with such a fine line between birdies and bogeys, Steve Stricker settled for perfection Friday in the Memorial with a hole-in-one that put him in control at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Stricker used a 6-iron on the 188-yard eighth hole – his 17th hole of the second round – then birdied his final hole for a 5-under-par 67. Instead of being part of a five-way tie for the lead, he wound up at 9-under 135, three shots clear going into the weekend.