TEMPE, Ariz. – Andrew Ely couldn’t remember the last time he hit a game-winning home run. What he did know is that Arizona State reliever Ryan Burr would want to get ahead of him in the count in the 11th inning.
Sure enough, Burr threw Ely a 95 mph fastball on the first pitch and the Huskies’ junior knew exactly what to do with the pitch. He deposited the ball over the right-center field wall to give his team a 4-3 lead, which would ultimately prove to be the final score.
“I usually try to stay through the ball. I’m more of a singles and doubles hitter,” Ely said after hitting his second home run of the season.
“But I got the pitch I was looking for and we needed it in that situation.”
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The Huskies’ (12-5-1, 2-1) victory Sunday gave them the series win over Arizona State (9-8, 1-2) 2-1 in the final time UW will ever play at Packard Stadium.
Whitman women reach Final Four
WALLA WALLA — Sarah Anderegg had 20 points and 11 rebounds as seventh-ranked Whitman beat top-ranked and undefeated Thomas More 76-60 Saturday night to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament.
Meghan White had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Missionaries (30-1). Heather Johns had 13 points and Hailey Mcdonald chipped in 10.
Sydni Wainscott led Thomas More (31-1) with 13 points.
Whitman will face Wisconsin-Whitewater (26-4) at 5 p.m. Friday in Stevens Point, Wis. FDU-Florham plays Tufts in the other semifinal at 3 p.m.
Trace Tam Sing had four hits and scored two runs for Washington State, which held off Arizona to secure a 3-2 victory and capture a three-game Pac-12 series in Tucson.
Washington State (6-9, 2-1) carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth when it brought closer Ian Hamilton into the game. Hamilton, who earned the save in Saturday night’s win, stranded the potential tying run at third base when he induced a soft liner by Kevin Newman to end the game.
• Gonzaga (7-12, 3-0 WCC) completed its three-game sweep in San Francisco with a 5-2 victory over the Dons (8-9, 0-3).
• Weber State (15-10) used two runs in the fourth inning to snap a tie with Seattle University in a 6-4 victory in the final day of the USD Tournament in San Diego. The Redhawks (10-20) managed just two hits in a 9-0 five-inning shutout to host San Diego in the second game of the day.
• Central Washington freshman Taylor Ferleman hit a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning in the second game of a softball doubleheader with Montana State Billings to break a tie and give the Wildcats a 10-7 victory. The Yellowjackets upended CWU in game one, 5-2.
• The Seattle University women’s tennis team earned the doubles point but could not sustain the run in singles play as it lost, 5-2, to University of Maryland-Baltimore County in Reno, Nev., to finish 0-3 for the weekend.
• Cody Nance won the Professional Bull Riders Passport Invitational at the Tacoma Dome by riding New Holland PowerStar for 89.75 points. There was a three-way tie for second place among Guilherme Marchi, Tanner Byrne and Fabiano Vieira. Gage Gay was fifth.
From sports-information reports.