Seattle University gained momentum heading into this week’s Western Athletic Conference baseball tournament, defeating Washington State 4-3 Monday afternoon in a nonconference game at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park.

“We knew we needed some momentum going into the tournament, and it was a great opportunity to play a Pac-12 opponent the caliber of Washington State in order to get us going,” Seattle U coach Donny Harrel said.

The Cougars (23-28) outhit Seattle U 9-7, led by a three-hit performance from Collin Slaybaugh. But WSU stranded nine runners on base as Seattle U (26-25) held on for its third victory of the season over a Pac-12 program.

Seattle University opens the double-elimination WAC tournament against Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday.

Notes

• Western Washington’s women’s rowing team received an at-large berth in the 13th annual NCAA Division II National Championships that will be held on May 30 to June 1 outside Indianapolis.

• Western Washington cracked the 200-point barrier for the second year in a row in winning its sixth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Sports title. WWU, which scored a record 206 points last year, tallied 201 in winning its 11th overall GNAC all-sports title in 14 seasons.

From sports-information reports.