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Gu Handed League Setback

An eight-run seventh inning helped Loyola Marymount to a 12-5 victory over Gonzaga in a West Coast Conference baseball game Sunday in Los Angeles.

Gonzaga (2-14 overall, 0-6 WCC) had taken a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning on three hits and a Loyola error.

But in the seventh, Loyola (13-9-1, 3-0) had five hits and four runs off Gonzaga starter and losing pitcher Matt Siwek (1-5) and reliever Forrest Higgins before the Bulldogs could get an out. By the time the hitting barrage ended, Loyola had an 11-5 lead.

Cougars fall to Cal

For the second straight day, the California Bears used outstanding relief pitching to hold off the visiting Washington State Cougars, scoring a 6-4 baseball win in Berkeley, Calif.

The Cougars (7-9) jumped to a 3-0 lead after two innings. But California (10-11-1) battled back and took the lead with a two-run outburst in the seventh inning.

WSU and California will conclude their three-game series with a single contest today at 2 p.m.

Huskies gain sweep

The 20th-ranked University of Washington baseball team finished a four-game Pac-10 North series sweep of Portland State, beating the Vikings 8-2 and Husky Ballpark.

The Huskies (12-4 overall, 4-0 Pac-10) earned their 15th straight win over Portland State (6-12, 0-4).

UW first baseman Ed Erickson blasted a two-run homer, his first of the year, for the Huskies.

Whitworth blasts Pacific

A 10-run fourth inning highlighted by Tim Bishop’s three-run home run, carried Whitworth to a 20-5 NCIC baseball victory over visiting Pacific.

Bishop finished with four RBIs. Miguel Saldin was 4 for 5 with four RBIs, including a three-run double in the fourth, for the Pirates (6-5, 4-1).

Kevin Daling earned his first victory with six strikeouts.

CCS stumbles

Eric Garma was the lone bright spot for Community Colleges of Spokane when he blasted two home runs in a 15-4 loss to Southern Idaho at the Holiday Inn Invitational.

Gambill improves ranking

Jan-Michael Gambill of Colbert, Wash, improved his ATP Tour ranking from 126th to a career-high 81st Sunday.

Gambill, 20, a Mead High graduate, advanced to his first ATP Tour semifinal last week at the Newsweek Champions Cup at Indians Wells, Calif.

Gambill plays his next tournament beginning Thursday at the Lipton Championships in Key Biscayne, Fla.

, DataTimes