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Originally published Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

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Huskies' rally falls short vs. Trojans

The Washington baseball team scored three runs in the last two innings but couldn't quite make it all the way back in a 5-4 loss to USC...

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The Washington baseball team scored three runs in the last two innings but couldn't quite make it all the way back in a 5-4 loss to USC on Friday night at Husky Ballpark.

Washington got a two-out, pinch-hit double from Alex Schmidt to drive in two runs in the ninth, but a ground out ended the game with the tying run on second.

Huskies shortstop Ty Afenir was 3 for 3 and first baseman Trevor Mitsui went 3 for 4.

Bob Wheatley (3-2) scattered 12 hits over eight innings, giving up two runs for the Trojans (9-13, 2-2 Pac-12). Reliever Nigel Nootbaar pitched the ninth for his third save.

In the ninth, Mitsui was hit by a pitch and Andrew Ely drew a two-out walk to set up Schmidt, who drove a ball just fair down the right-field line. But on the next pitch, Nootbaar got a grounder back to the mound to end the game.

The Huskies (4-16, 0-4) got on the board in the third. Jayce Ray led off with a double and scored on Robert Pehl's double.

UW starter Nick Palewicz (2-4) took the loss, allowing four runs in 1-2/3 innings. Reliever Tyler Davis worked 7-1/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits with seven strikeouts.

Other baseball

Joe Pistorese pitched seven innings to lead host Washington State past Brown 8-2. Pistorese (3-1) gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits, walked two and struck out seven. Brown (1-7) scored both runs in the first inning. The Cougars (12-8) responded with four runs in their half of the first.

Marco Gonzales pitched seven strong innings and Cabe Reiten had two hits and two runs batted in as host Gonzaga (13-6-1, 3-1 West Coast) earned a 6-2 victory over San Diego (14-7, 3-1).

Softball

Seattle U (11-19, 0-2) started Western Athletic Conference play with two losses at UT Arlington (17-12, 2-0). The Redhawks lost 5-3 and 1-0 in eight innings.

• Northwest University pitcher Kelli Peckham threw a five-hitter as the Eagles (4-20, 2-10) picked up their first Cascade Conference win, 2-1 over Eastern Oregon in the first game of a doubleheader in Clackamas. In the third inning, Lauren Robinson hit a two-run double for Northwest. In the second game, Sarah Payne's run-scoring single in the 11th inning clinched a 2-1 win and a sweep for the Eagles.

Track and field

Washington's Joe Zimmerman tossed the javelin 238 feet to win the Trojan Invitational on the USC campus. Teammate Jimmy Brookman was second at 220-2.

Washington State's Anna Adamko was the runner-up in the women's javelin with a personal-best throw of 161-5.

Women's tennis

Host Washington State (11-6, 1-3 Pac-12) lost to No. 4 UCLA, 6-1. Olga Musilovich beat Catherine Harrison 6-4, 6-3 to improve her dual-match record to 15-1 for the Cougars.

Notes

• Seattle Pacific hosts the 12th Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics championships Saturday at 6 p.m. at Brougham Pavilion. Joining SPU in the field are Air Force, Alaska Anchorage and UC Davis.

• Basketball player Michael Greene was named Northwest U male athlete of the year. Volleyball player Heather Shulke and soccer player Stephanie Cummins were co-female athletes of the year.

• Western Washington guard John Allen and forward Paul Jones were first-team picks on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II West All-District Team.

Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.

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