Dani Braun and Kylee Lahners drove in four runs each and starting pitcher Bryana Walker put up four solid innings as No. 11 Washington knocked off host Oregon State 11-1 in five innings Saturday.
The Huskies (27-12, 7-8 Pac-12) got multihit games from Whitney Jones, Braun and Lahners, who equaled a career high with four hits for the second time this season. Victoria Hayward stole two bases to increase her Pac-12-leading total to 22.
Walker held the Beavers (13-28, 3-15) to just one run on three hits over four innings and earned the win to move to 15-7 on the season. Kaitlin Inglesby shut the Beavers down in the fifth.
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Western Washington took a huge step toward winning its first conference regular-season title since 2007, sweeping league-leading Western Oregon 2-1 and 6-3 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader in Monmouth.
The wins moved the Vikings (29-11) into a three-way tie for first at 16-6 with Western Oregon. They can clinch at least a tie for the championship with a sweep of a conference doubleheader Sunday at defending champion Saint Martin’s.
Pitcher Jenna DeRosier (17-3) won her 12th straight decision in the opener and Alexie Levin tied a school record by hitting her ninth home run of the season in the nightcap. Levin has a school-record 45 RBI.
• Oregon Tech clinched the Cascade Collegiate Conference championship by sweeping a doubleheader at Northwest University (2-32, 2-26), 3-2 and 5-1.
The game between Washington and Washington State was postponed by inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday at 2 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.
• Left-hander Will Dennis pitched a seven-hit shutout, striking out eight, as Seattle University beat host North Dakota 7-0. Cullen Hendrickson went 3 for 5, homered and drove in four runs for the Redhawks (19-19, 8-6 Western Athletic Conference).
Washington (1,107) sits in third place and Washington State (1,143) in 11th after three rounds of the Pac-12 championships at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. Stanford (1,083) leads by 21 shots over California.
The Huskies’ Cheng-Tsung Pan (215) is third, six shots behind leader Patrick Rodgers of Stanford. Blake Snyder (219) of WSU is tied for eighth.
Washington (583) was in fifth place and Washington State (600) 10th after the second round of the Pac-12 championships at Tysting Tree in Corvallis, Ore. UCLA (573) is the leader by one shot over Arizona.
UCLA’s Erynne Lee from Silverdale and Arizona’s Lindsey Weaver were tied for the individual lead at 4-under 140.
Washington’s SooBin Kim and Charlotte Thomas were tied for seventh at even-par 144.
• Seattle U (663) was fourth after two rounds of the WAC championships in Mesa, Ariz. Amanda Beyke and Dorsey Addicks were tied for 19th at 165.
Track and field
Des Moines native Katie Flood anchored Washington to victory in the distance medley relay at the Drake Relays.
Katie Knight, Kayla Stueckle, Eleanor Fulton and Flood finished in 11:09.59, nearly three seconds ahead of Baylor and 10 seconds better than Iowa State. Flood got the baton in third position but ran the final 1,600 meters in 4:37 to win going away.
The Seattle Pacific men’s and women’s varsity-four crews placed among the top three in their preliminary races to earn advancement into the grand finals at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
Western Washington advanced its women’s varsity-four and varsity-eight teams.
Ryan Villopoto of Poulsbo wrapped up his fourth straight AMA Supercross 450SX Class season title, easily winning in front of 62,217 fans at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Villopoto has three straight victories and six this season to push his career total to 40.
From sports-information reports and The Associated Press.