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WSU’s Hamilton, Tanielu named to All-Pac-12 baseball team

Washington State freshman right-hander Ian Hamilton and sophomore third baseman Nick Tanielu were named to the All-Pac-12 Conference baseball team, the conference announced Wednesday. Tanielu led the Cougars with a .340 batting average, 70 hits, 16 doubles, 29 runs and 33 RBIs. Hamilton, the team’s closer, went 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 15 saves, striking out 24 in 30 innings.

Gonzaga wins to qualify for WCC baseball tournament

Gonzaga defeated 23rd-ranked Pepperdine 13-10 in Spokane on the final day of the regular season to qualify for the West Coast Conference baseball tourney. Sunday’s victory gave the Bulldogs (25-27, 17-10) the No. 3 seed. Pepperdine (36-16, 18-9) is the top seed.

Huskies split with Britain

Competing against a program that collected more Olympic medals (nine) than any other country at the 2012 Games in London, Washington’s varsity boats earned a split Saturday in the 28th annual Windermere Cup on Montlake Cut. The men, ranked No. 1 in college rowing, lost to Great Britain’s heavyweight eight by six seats, unable to keep pace with Great Britain’s vigorous pace over the final 500 meters. Great Britain hit the finish line in 5 minutes, 54 seconds, two seconds quicker than UW.

McGrath, Cougars beat No. 24 USC in 10th

Washington State’s Patrick McGrath hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday and the Cougars beat No. 24 USC 4-3 in a Pac-12 Conference game at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. Nick Tanielu scored the winning run after opening the inning with a single to center field.

Huskies sweep doubleheader from Cougs

Washington beat Washington State 2-1 and 2-0 Sunday to take the final two games of a three-game Pac-12 baseball series in Seattle. The No. 7-ranked Huskies (29-10-1, 16-5 Pac-12) scored an unearned run in the fifth inning of the opener for the final margin.

EWU sixth after first day of Big Sky golf

Taylor Crandall shot a 74 to lead Eastern Washington on the first day of the three-day women’s Big Sky Golf Championship at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. The Eagles are sixth at 314. Portland State is in first place at 11-over 299 with the Vikings’ A Ram Choi firing a 2-under 70 to lead the field.

Sopko’s shutout caps Gonzaga’s sweep

Sophomore Andrew Sopko registered the first complete game and shutout of his career Saturday while leading Gonzaga to a 3-0 win over Portland in West Coast Conference baseball at Patterson Complex. Sopko (4-2) scattered eight hits, struck out six and walked three as the Bulldogs (15-23, 11-7) completed a three-game sweep and defeated the Pilots (8-33, 2-16) for the 12th consecutive time. Sopko lowered his team-leading earned-run average to 2.70.

Area roundup: Gonzaga edges Santa Clara in 10 innings

Pinch hitter Nick Brooks drove in the winning run with a no-out, bases-loaded infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday as Gonzaga edged Santa Clara 2-1 in West Coast Conference baseball at Patterson Complex. Mitch Gunsolus walked to open the 10th against Jacob Steffens (0-4). He moved to third on Caleb Wood’s single to left, and Payden Lamb’s walk loaded the bases.

Oxford wins on River Thames

Oxford won its fifth Boat Race in seven years on the River Thames in London on Sunday after an early clash of blades damaged university rival Cambridge’s hopes of victory. Looking for its first victory in the annual event since 2012, the Cambridge crew had an aggressive start. However, the 160th race was effectively over after just five minutes when the Light Blues’ two-seat Luke Juckett of the United States slipped from his position, allowing Oxford to pull clear, after the boats had got too close. Juckett almost went overboard before regaining his balance but his team lost precious time and never recovered. Cambridge still leads the series 81-78, with one tie. Associated Press

Cougars complete sweep of Golden Bears

Michael Monda’s two-out infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Patrick McGrath to give Washington State a 6-5 Pac-12 baseball victory over Cal on Sunday in Pullman and a sweep of the three-game series. It was WSU’s first sweep of a conference opponent since 2010.

Cougars top Cal for fifth straight win

Tanner Chleborad pitched effectively into the eighth inning Saturday and Washington State stymied California for the second straight day, beating the Golden Bears 3-1 in the second game of a three-game Pac-12 Conference baseball series in Pullman. The win was WSU’s fifth straight. Chleborad threw 7 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and no walks. Nick Tanielu led the Cougars (14-13, 5-3) offensively with two hits, two runs and an RBI.

GU women rowing favorites

Defending champion Gonzaga has been selected to repeat as West Coast Conference women’s rowing champion and the Zags placed four on the preseason all-conference team. The Bulldogs received five first-place votes and 35 points in balloting by the seven league coaches to finish ahead of 2012 champion San Diego, which had the other two first-place votes and 27 points.

College roundup: Idaho men win WAC indoor track and field crown

The Idaho men’s track and field team claimed the Western Athletic Conference indoor title Friday in Moscow, beating Grand Canyon by one point. In the final event, Vandals freshman Arphaxad Carroll recorded a career-best 49 feet, 2½ inches in the triple jump to secure the 173-172 victory.

Asada takes free skate title at Skate America

Figure skating: Japan’s Mao Asada beat American Ashley Wagner at Skate America in Detroit on Sunday. Asada, the leader going into the free skate, won despite a fall on her triple axel and a two-footed landing on her triple lutz. She scored 204.55 points, thanks to her elevated technical difficulty. Wagner, the 2012 Skate America champion, finished with 193.81.

Huskies tied for first after beating Stanford

The Washington volleyball team moved into a tie for first place in the Pac-12 after the sixth-ranked Huskies defeated No. 7 Stanford 14-25, 25-21, 25-11, 22-25, 15-12, on Sunday in Seattle. Junior All-American Krista Vansant had her first career 20-20 match with a match-high 23 kills and a career-best 20 digs for UW.

Woman attempting solo row reaches Alaska

A 28-year-old British adventurer became the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, arriving late Monday at a small town in the Aleutian Islands after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. “I have had some of the most intense and memorable months of my life out on the Pacific, it has been brilliant and brutal at the same time,” Sarah Outen said in a statement. She celebrated with a bottle of champagne in Adak, Alaska, and greeted community members and supporters, her first human contact in nearly five months, as first reported by the Anchorage Daily News. “I have pushed myself to my absolute limits both physically and mentally to make land here in Alaska,” she said. She left Choshi, Japan, on April 27. It is part of her plan for a global trek by an ocean rowing shell, kayak and bike. – AP

Blixt improves position with Greenbrier win

Golf: Jonas Blixt shot a 3-under 67 Sunday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., to win the rain-delayed Greenbrier Classic by two strokes. Blixt emerged from a five-player chase over the final five holes to pick up the $1.1 million winner’s check. He also shot from 139th to 39th in the FedEx Cup points standings.

Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix to extend overall lead

Auto Racing: Sebastian Vettel was so far ahead of the pack in the Canadian Grand Prix that only the walls and the curbs were in his way. The three-time defending Formula One champion improved his chances at a fourth straight season title Sunday, surviving an early brush with a wall and late trouble in Turn 1 to earn his first victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Vettel’s Red Bull left from pole position and led almost the entire way to finish 14.4 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.