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Bruins beat Cougars on diamond

Niko Gallego had three hits and three RBIs as UCLA avoided a three-game sweep with a 9-5 Pac-10 baseball victory over Washington State on Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.

Jared Prince (1-3) took the loss for the Cougars (12-13, 4-2 Pac-10). He also went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, and now has hits in his past six at-bats.

WSU’s Alex Burg extended his career-best hitting streak to 10 games with a fourth-inning double.

WSU continues its five-game homestand tonight at 5:30 against BYU.

•Ryan Heroy’s RBI single in the eighth inning broke a tie and helped No. 26 Pepperdine beat Gonzaga 5-4 in West Coast Conference action as the Waves avoided a three-game sweep in Malibu, Calif.

Ryan Wiegand and Tyson Van Winkle both went 2 for 4 for the Bulldogs (20-8, 4-2), and Anthony Synegal hit his second home run of the season.

The Zags host Washington today at 6:30 p.m.

•Luis Tovar’s home run capped a three-run rally in the seventh inning as Whitworth beat league-leading George Fox 5-4 in the second game of a Northwest Conference doubleheader in Spokane. The Bruins won the opener 16-4.

The Pirates (5-21, 3-17 NWC) broke a seven-game losing streak.

•Third-ranked Arizona State completed a three-game sweep with a 6-2 Pac-10 win over Washington in Seattle.


Ashley Charters hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving No. 3 Washington a 3-2 Pac-10 win over No. 4 Arizona State in Seattle.

The Huskies (31-5, 4-2 Pac-10) completed a weekend sweep of the Sun Devils and No. 9 Arizona. Washington handed ASU its first two conference losses of the season.

•Whitworth and Puget Sound split a Northwest Conference doubleheader in Tacoma, with the Pirates winning the first game 8-3 and the Loggers winning the second game 3-2 in eight innings.

Whitworth (10-14, 6-8 NWC) rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the opener.


Washington State’s varsity eight finished sixth and the novice eight finished third at the second day of races at the San Diego Crew Classic.

Washington’s crews won three golds and three silvers at the event. The junior varsity women, novice women and freshman men boats won their races.