Cougs fall to UNLV in slugfest

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LAS VEGAS — The Cougars and Rebels got caught up in a slugfest, but UNLV slapped just a few more hits, drew a bunch of walks and slipped by Washington State 12-7 on Wednesday to take a two-game college baseball sweep at windy Earl E. Wilson Stadium on Wednesday.

The Rebels (11-7) had 13 hits to WSU’s 11, and had 10 batters walk compared to the Cougs’ four.

Three UNLV runs in the second, fifth and seventh innings — accrued by Coug mishaps and advantageous smacks — were enough to set the edge.

Dillon Plew — who’s reached base in 19 straight games — belted a three-run shot in the fourth to give WSU (6-10) a 4-3 lead, but the Rebels responded with efficient enough relief pitching and two long-lasting innings to put it away.

The Cougars used eight pitchers. Starter Michael Newstrom allowed five hits and three runs over three innings. His reliever, Trent Sellers, took the loss with a three-earned-run fourth.

WSU’s Tyson Guerrero hit his first-career homer in the sixth to make it a one-run game before UNLV pushed two across.

The Cougars open Pac-12 play with a three-game series starting Friday at No. 19 Arizona State (coaches’ poll).

WSU 010 301 110—7 11 1

UNLV 030 032 31x—12 13 0

Newstrom, Sellers (4), Ichimura (5), Moyle (6), Mills (6), Mullins (7), Guerrero (8), Baillie (9) and Blunt. Pohlmann, Mitchell (4), Bixby (6), Montoya (7), Woods (7), Cofer (8) and Taormnia.

W — Mitchell (1-0). L — Sellers (0-1).

WSU hits — Plew (HR), Sinatro 2, Manzardo, Montez 2 (2B), Alvarez (2B), Gouldsmith, Guerrero (HR), Blunt 2.

UNLV hits — Stott 2, Wold 2, Williams, Smith 2 (2B), Robbins 3 (2B), Pahukoa, Gamble 2.

FOOTBALL

Gubrud reportedly suffers injury

PULLMAN — According to a Cougfan.com article posted Wednesday, Washington State quarterback Gage Gubrud suffered a lower-body injury during a late-night workout which could keep the Eastern Washington graduate transfer out for the entirety of spring camp.

A Spokesman-Review source relayed that Gubrud will probably miss spring camp, which begins March 21, and confirmed that the injury was either to his left foot or ankle. Also, Gubrud did not reinjure the fractured toe that caused him to miss EWU’s final 10 games last season, according to the Spokesman-Review source.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Lewis-Clark St. 64, William Penn 58

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Lewis-Clark State women’s basketball team must really enjoy playing at Rimrock Arena.

It’s where the Warriors made their run to the 2017 NAIA finals.

And it’s where the Warriors enjoyed more magic in their first time back at the arena since losing in the NAIA title game two years ago.

Seeded sixth in its bracket at Nationals, L-C upset third-seeded (and two-loss) William Penn on Wednesday in the opening round of the NAIA Tournament behind 13 points from Hailey Turner and 12 points from Abbie Johnson.

L-C won to improve its mark at Rimrock during NAIA tournament games to 5-1 (with two of those wins over William Penn).

The Warriors will move on to face LSU Alexandria Friday at 9:45 a.m. PDT.

Turner was fouled on a defensive rebound with 1:46 left and hit both of her freebies on a one-and-one to push L-C ahead for good, 59-58.

The Warriors went 15-for-17 from the line and hit 5 of 7 over the game’s final two minutes to put the finishing touches on the win.

LEWIS-CLARK STATE (21-11)

Blackman 1-7 2-2 4, Burland 1-5 5-6 7, Johnson 4-8 3-3 12, Moscrip 2-7 1-2 6, Turner 4-13 4-4 13, Banks 0-1 0-0 0, Burlage 1-1 0-0 3, Farmer 1-2 0-0 3, Nielson 3-4 0-0 8, Souvenir 3-8 0-0 8. Totals 20-56 15-17 64.

WILLIAM PENN (30-3)

Nwagbaraocha 7-12 8-8 22, Oliver 2-7 0-0 6, Pennington 4-16 2-5 12, Santi 0-3 1-2 1, Yilato 5-13 1-1 14, Pezley 1-6 0-0 3, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Voigt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 12-16 58.

Lewis-Clark State 16 17 16 15—64

William Penn 12 14 18 14—58

Three-point goals — L-C 9-29 (Blackman 0-1, Burland 0-4, Johnson 1-3, Moscrip 1-5, Turner 1-3, Banks 0-1, Burlage 1-1, Farmer 1-2, Nielson 2-3, Souvenir 2-6), William Penn 8-30 (Oliver 2-3, Pennington 2-8, Santi 0-3, Yilato 3-10, Pezley 1-6). Rebounds — L-C 38 (Blackman 9), William Penn 39 (Nwagbaraocha 11). Assists — L-C 17 (Souvenir 9), William Penn 14 (Santi 5). Fouls — L-C 16, William Penn 15. Fouled out — Yilato. Technicals — none.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Warriors nab No. 2 seed to NAIA tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lewis-Clark State men’s basketball team already knew it was headed to Nationals, after winning the Frontier Conference tournament to earn an automatic berth. But the Warriors now know their seeding.

The Warriors will be a No. 2 seed when the men’s NAIA tournament takes place next week in Kansas City, Mo., at the Municipal Arena.

L-C will open against Campbellsville, Ky., on Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. PDT.

The Tigers are a seventh seed.

The Warriors, who will make their 14th appearance at Nationals, are 3-13 at the tournament. This is L-C’s fifth consecutive trip.

The Warriors are 27-6 while Campbellsville is 22-9. The Tigers are an at-large berth and are making their second straight appearance.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

L-C stays ranked

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lewis-Clark State women’s tennis team remained in the NAIA top 25, placing 22nd in the latest coaches’ poll, released Tuesday.

The Warriors get an arduous road trip in two weeks — they’ll face four ranked NAIA opponents.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Colton’s Patchen earns accolade

RENTON, Wash. — Colton High girls’ basketball senior guard Dakota Patchen was tabbed one of nine athlete of the week winners by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, as announced Wednesday by the organization.

The accolade pertains to Patchen’s showing at the Class 1B state tournament. She canned 10 of 20 shots from 3-point over the event’s span, and averaged 16 points and 6.3 rebounds in three tilts.

The Wildcats won the whole thing for the second straight season, and 10th time in the past 11 years.

AWARDS

Lewiston wins ‘Battle of the Fans’ contest

Lewiston High’s participation in the Golden Throne earned it the “Battle of the Fans” contest, a new competition organized by the Idaho High School Activities Association and its Student Advisory Council.

Lewiston’s victory in the large-school division was announced on Twitter earlier this week.

For their application for the award, Lewiston students produced a video showing scenes from the annual Golden Throne basketball game, which pits the Bengals against Clarkston in a battle of school spirit. The side judged most spirited wins the golden toilet traveling trophy.

CORRECTION

A rater for the Frontier Conference incorrectly submitted the Lewis-Clark State women’s basketball team’s record to the NAIA several weeks ago. Incorrection information appeared in Wednesday’s edition due to a Tribune error.

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